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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906488/total-synthesis-of-leupyrrins-a1-and-b1-highly-potent-antifungal-agents-from-the-myxobacterium-sorangium-cellulosum
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Sebastian Thiede, Paul R Wosniok, Daniel Herkommer, Thomas Debnar, Maoqun Tian, Tongtong Wang, Michael Schrempp, Dirk Menche
Full details on the design, elaboration and application of efficient strategies for the high-yielding total syntheses of leupyrrins A1 and B1, unique antifungal agents from the myxobacterium Sorangium cellulosum are reported. A sequential zirconocene-mediated diyne-cyclization and regioselective opening of the zirconacyclopentadiene intermediate enabled a concise entry into the unique dihydrofuran fragment, while another domino reaction was developed for the butyrolactone involving a one-pot lactol opening, stereoselective aldehyde addition and in situ-lactonization...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906468/optimal-timing-of-hepatitis-c-treatment-for-patients-on-the-liver-transplant-waiting-list
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Jagpreet Chhatwal, Sumeyye Samur, Brian Kues, Turgay Ayer, Mark S Roberts, Fasiha Kanwal, Chin Hur, Drew Michael S Donnell, Raymond T Chung
: The availability of oral direct-acting antiviral (DAAs) has altered the hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment paradigm for both pre- and post-liver transplant (LT) patients. There is a perceived trade-off between pre- versus post-LT treatment of HCV-treatment may improve liver function but potentially decrease the likelihood of a necessary LT. Our objective was to identify LT-eligible patients with decompensated cirrhosis who would benefit (and not benefit) from pre-LT treatment based on their MELD scores...
November 5, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906413/comparison-of-psychodrug-prescription-patterns-in-patients-diagnosed-with-bipolar-disorder-and-addiction
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Diego Barral, Fátima Barral, Nuria Cruz, Juan D Molina, Victoria Sánchez, Teresa Rosique
OBJECTIVE: To describe if there are differences in the prescription of psychodrug at discharge between bipolar disorder patients with or without addiction. METHODS: We review all the psychotropic drugs dispensed to inpatients of a brief hospitalization psychiatric unit diagnosed as having bipolar disorder at time of discharge. We recluted 225 patients over 18 years old on their last manic episode, between the year 2000 and 2010. We classify them according to the comorbid presence or not of a substance abuse or dependence disorder...
November 2016: Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906365/computation-of-radiation-pressure-force-exerted-on-arbitrary-shaped-homogeneous-particles-by-high-order-bessel-vortex-beams-using-mlfma
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Minglin Yang, Yueqian Wu, Kuan Fang Ren, Xinqing Sheng
Due to special characteristics of nondiffraction and self reconstruction, the Bessel beams have attracted wide attention in optical trapping and appear to be a dramatic alternative to Gaussian beams. We present in this paper an efficient approach based on the surface integral equations (SIE) to compute the radiation pressure force (RPF) exerted on arbitrary shaped homogeneous particles by high-order Bessel vortex beam (HOBVB). The incident beam is described by vector expressions perfectly satisfy Maxwell's equations...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906283/5kw-gtwave-fiber-amplifier-directly-pumped-by-commercial-976nm-laser-diodes
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Huan Zhan, Qinyong Liu, Yuying Wang, Weiwei Ke, Li Ni, Xiaolong Wang, Kun Peng, Cong Gao, Yuwei Li, Honghuan Lin, Jianjun Wang, Feng Jing, Aoxiang Lin
With home-made fiber perform and special fiber drawing & coating technique, a new-type of (3 + 1) GTWave fiber theoretically designed for bi-directional pump method, was successfully fabricated and justified of integrating multi-kW pump energy from commercial 976nm laser diodes. This (3 + 1) GTWave fiber amplifier demonstrated uniform absorption of pump light and easy thermal management characteristics along the whole fiber length. This amplifier is capable of simultaneously aggregating 5.19kW pump power at 976nm and finally generating 5...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906279/adaptive-multifocus-image-fusion-using-block-compressed-sensing-with-smoothed-projected-landweber-integration-in-the-wavelet-domain
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Unni V S, Deepak Mishra, G R K S Subrahmanyam
The need for image fusion in current image processing systems is increasing mainly due to the increased number and variety of image acquisition techniques. Image fusion is the process of combining substantial information from several sensors using mathematical techniques in order to create a single composite image that will be more comprehensive and thus more useful for a human operator or other computer vision tasks. This paper presents a new approach to multifocus image fusion based on sparse signal representation...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906110/failed-upregulation-of-tfam-protein-and-mitochondrial-dna-in-oxidatively-deficient-fibers-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-locomotor-muscle
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Yana Konokhova, Sally Spendiff, R Thomas Jagoe, Sudhakar Aare, Sophia Kapchinsky, Norah J MacMillan, Paul Rozakis, Martin Picard, Mylène Aubertin-Leheudre, Charlotte H Pion, Jean Bourbeau, Russell T Hepple, Tanja Taivassalo
BACKGROUND: Low mitochondrial content and oxidative capacity are well-established features of locomotor muscle dysfunction, a prevalent and debilitating systemic occurrence in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although the exact cause is not firmly established, physical inactivity and oxidative stress are among the proposed underlying mechanisms. Here, we assess the impact of COPD pathophysiology on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) integrity, biogenesis, and cellular oxidative capacity in locomotor muscle of COPD patients and healthy controls...
February 18, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906101/characterization-of-a-dmd-egfp-reporter-mouse-as-a-tool-to-investigate-dystrophin-expression
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Mina V Petkova, Susanne Morales-Gonzales, Karima Relizani, Esther Gill, Franziska Seifert, Josefine Radke, Werner Stenzel, Luis Garcia, Helge Amthor, Markus Schuelke
BACKGROUND: Dystrophin is a rod-shaped cytoplasmic protein that provides sarcolemmal stability as a structural link between the cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix via the dystrophin-associated protein complex (DAPC). Mutations in the dystrophin-encoding DMD gene cause X-linked dystrophinopathies with variable phenotypes, the most severe being Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) characterized by progressive muscle wasting and fibrosis. However, dystrophin deficiency does not only impair the function of skeletal and heart muscle but may also affect other organ systems such as the brain, eye, and gastrointestinal tract...
July 5, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906080/tonic-and-burst-spinal-cord-stimulation-waveforms-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-intractable-pain-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Konstantin V Slavin, Richard B North, Timothy R Deer, Peter Staats, Kristina Davis, Roni Diaz
BACKGROUND: Burst stimulation is a novel form of neurostimulation for the treatment of chronic pain which has demonstrated promise in small uncontrolled studies, but has not yet gained approval for use in the U.S. We report the study methods for an ongoing multicenter, randomized, controlled, cross-over study designed to gain United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for burst stimulation. METHODS: Participants who are candidates for a currently approved neurostimulation device were enrolled and screened...
December 1, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906072/actrii-blockade-protects-mice-from-cancer-cachexia-and-prolongs-survival-in-the-presence-of-anti-cancer-treatments
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Shinji Hatakeyama, Serge Summermatter, Marie Jourdain, Stefan Melly, Giulia C Minetti, Estelle Lach-Trifilieff
BACKGROUND: Cachexia affects the majority of patients with advanced cancer and is associated with reduced treatment tolerance, response to therapy, quality of life, and life expectancy. Cachectic patients with advanced cancer often receive anti-cancer therapies against their specific cancer type as a standard of care, and whether specific ActRII inhibition is efficacious when combined with anti-cancer agents has not been elucidated yet. METHODS: In this study, we evaluated interactions between ActRII blockade and anti-cancer agents in CT-26 mouse colon cancer-induced cachexia model...
July 26, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905979/diabetes-incidence-and-projections-from-prevalence-surveys-in-fiji
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Stephen Morrell, Sophia Lin, Isimeli Tukana, Christine Linhart, Richard Taylor, Penina Vatucawaqa, Dianna J Magliano, Paul Zimmet
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) incidence is traditionally derived from cohort studies that are not always feasible, representative, or available. The present study estimates T2DM incidence in Fijian adults from T2DM prevalence estimates assembled from surveys of 25-64 year old adults conducted over 30 years (n = 14,288). METHODS: T2DM prevalence by five-year age group from five population-based risk factor surveys conducted over 1980-2011 were variously adjusted for urban-rural residency, ethnicity, and sex to previous censuses (1976, 1986, 1996, 2009) to improve representativeness...
November 25, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905972/a-new-parametric-model-to-assess-delay-and-compression-of-mortality
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Joop de Beer, Fanny Janssen
BACKGROUND: A decrease in mortality across all ages causes a shift of the age pattern of mortality, or mortality delay, while differences in the rate of decrease across ages cause a change in the shape of the age-at-death distribution, mortality compression or expansion. Evidence exists for both compression and delay of mortality. Existing parametric models to describe the full age pattern of mortality are not able to capture mortality delay versus mortality compression. More recent models that assess delay versus compression mostly focused on the adult or old ages alone and did not distinguish mortality compression below and above the modal age at death, although they represent different mechanisms...
December 1, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905969/disparities-in-length-of-life-across-developed-countries-measuring-and-decomposing-changes-over-time-within-and-between-country-groups
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Sergey Timonin, Vladimir M Shkolnikov, Domantas Jasilionis, Pavel Grigoriev, Dmitry A Jdanov, David A Leon
BACKGROUND: Over the past half century the global tendency for improvements in longevity has been uneven across countries. This has resulted in widening of inter-country disparities in life expectancy. Moreover, the pattern of divergence appears to be driven in part by processes at the level of country groupings defined in geopolitical terms. A systematic quantitative analysis of this phenomenon has not been possible using demographic decomposition approaches as these have not been suitably adapted for this purpose...
August 11, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905967/alzheimer-s-and-other-dementias-in-canada-2011-to-2031-a-microsimulation-population-health-modeling-pohem-study-of-projected-prevalence-health-burden-health-services-and-caregiving-use
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Douglas G Manuel, Rochelle Garner, Philippe Finès, Christina Bancej, William Flanagan, Karen Tu, Kim Reimer, Larry W Chambers, Julie Bernier
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, there is concern that increases in the prevalence of dementia will result in large demands for caregivers and supportive services that will be challenging to address. Previous dementia projections have either been simple extrapolations of prevalence or macrosimulations based on dementia incidence. METHODS: A population-based microsimulation model of Alzheimer's and related dementias (POHEM:Neurological) was created using Canadian demographic data, estimates of dementia incidence, health status (health-related quality of life and mortality risk), health care costs and informal caregiving use...
November 3, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905955/future-healthy-life-expectancy-among-older-adults-in-the-us-a-forecast-based-on-cohort-smoking-and-obesity-history
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Bochen Cao
BACKGROUND: In the past three decades, the elderly population in the United States experienced increase in life expectancy (LE) and disability-free life expectancy (LE(ND)), but decrease in life expectancy with disability (LE(D)). Smoking and obesity are two major risk factors that had negative impacts on these trends. While smoking prevalence continues to decline in recent decades, obesity prevalence has been growing and is currently at a high level. This study aims to forecast the healthy life expectancy for older adults aged 55 to 85 in the US from 2011 to 2040, in relation to their smoking and obesity history...
July 12, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905948/changes-in-life-expectancy-1950-2010-contributions-from-age-and-disease-specific-mortality-in-selected-countries
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Jochen Klenk, Ulrich Keil, Andrea Jaensch, Marcus C Christiansen, Gabriele Nagel
BACKGROUND: Changes of life expectancy over time serve as an interesting public health indicator for medical, social and economic developments within populations. The aim of this study was to quantify changes of life expectancy between 1950 and 2010 and relate these to main causes of death. METHODS: Pollard's actuarial method of decomposing life expectancy was applied to compare the contributions of different age- and disease-groups on life expectancy in 5-year intervals...
May 23, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905945/mortality-and-life-expectancy-in-kiribati-based-on-analysis-of-reported-deaths
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Karen L Carter, Tibwataake Baiteke, Tiensi Teea, Teanibuaka Tabunga, Mantarae Itienang, Chalapati Rao, Alan D Lopez, Richard Taylor
BACKGROUND: Kiribati is an atoll country of 103,058 (2010 Census) situated in the central Pacific. Previous mortality estimates have been derived from demographic analyses of census data. This is the first mortality analysis based on reported deaths. METHODS: Recorded deaths were from the Ministry of Health and the Civil Registration Office for 2000-2009; populations were from the 2000, 2005, and 2010 censuses. Duplicate death records were removed by matching deaths within and between data sources using a combination of names, date of death, age, sex, island of residence, and cause of death...
February 29, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905939/causes-of-death-in-vanuatu
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Karen Carter, Viran Tovu, Jeffrey Tila Langati, Michael Buttsworth, Lester Dingley, Andy Calo, Griffith Harrison, Chalapati Rao, Alan D Lopez, Richard Taylor
BACKGROUND: The population of the Pacific Melanesian country of Vanuatu was 234,000 at the 2009 census. Apart from subsistence activities, economic activity includes tourism and agriculture. Current completeness of vital registration is considered too low to be usable for national statistics; mortality and life expectancy (LE) are derived from indirect demographic estimates from censuses/surveys. Some cause of death (CoD) data are available to provide information on major causes of premature death...
March 15, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905926/understanding-clinical-and-non-clinical-decisions-under-uncertainty-a-scenario-based-survey
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Vlad V Simianu, Margaret A Grounds, Susan L Joslyn, Jared E LeClerc, Anne P Ehlers, Nidhi Agrawal, Rafael Alfonso-Cristancho, Abraham D Flaxman, David R Flum
BACKGROUND: Prospect theory suggests that when faced with an uncertain outcome, people display loss aversion by preferring to risk a greater loss rather than incurring certain, lesser cost. Providing probability information improves decision making towards the economically optimal choice in these situations. Clinicians frequently make decisions when the outcome is uncertain, and loss aversion may influence choices. This study explores the extent to which prospect theory, loss aversion, and probability information in a non-clinical domain explains clinical decision making under uncertainty...
December 1, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905912/effect-of-sitagliptin-on-blood-glucose-control-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-who-are-treatment-naive-or-poorly-responsive-to-existing-antidiabetic-drugs-the-jamp-study
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Hiroshi Sakura, Naotake Hashimoto, Kazuo Sasamoto, Hiroshi Ohashi, Sumiko Hasumi, Noriko Ujihara, Tadasu Kasahara, Osamu Tomonaga, Hideo Nunome, Masashi Honda, Yasuhiko Iwamoto
BACKGROUND: To investigate the ameliorating effect of sitagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor, on blood glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who were previously untreated with or who have a poor responsive to existing antidiabetic drugs. METHODS: Sitagliptin (50 mg/day) was added on to the pre-existing therapy for type 2 diabetes and changes in the glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level after 3 months of treatment were compared with the baseline and performed exploratory analysis...
December 1, 2016: BMC Endocrine Disorders
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