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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777827/is-reward-prediction-error-encoding-reliable-during-development
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Hanna Keren, Gang Chen, Brenda Benson, Monique Ernst, Ellen Leibenluft, Nathan A Fox, Daniel S Pine, Argyris Stringaris
Reward Prediction Errors (RPEs), defined as the difference between the expected and received outcomes, are integral to reinforcement learning models and play an important role in development and psychopathology. In humans, RPE encoding can be estimated using fMRI recordings, however, a basic measurement property of RPE signals, their test-retest reliability across different time scales, remains an open question. In this paper, we examine the 3-month and 3-year reliability of RPE encoding in youth (mean age at baseline = 10...
May 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777607/optimizing-charge-state-distribution-is-a-prerequisite-for-accurate-protein-biomarker-quantification-with-lc-ms-ms-as-illustrated-by-hepcidin-measurement
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Ellen M H Schmitz, Niels M Leijten, Joost L J van Dongen, Maarten A C Broeren, Lech G Milroy, Luc Brunsveld, Volkher Scharnhorst, Daan van de Kerkhof
BACKGROUND: Targeted quantification of protein biomarkers with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) has great potential, but is still in its infancy. Therefore, we elucidated the influence of charge state distribution and matrix effects on accurate quantification, illustrated by the peptide hormone hepcidin. METHODS: An LC-MS/MS assay for hepcidin, developed based on existing literature, was improved by using 5 mM ammonium formate buffer as mobile phase A and as an elution solution for solid phase extraction (SPE) to optimize the charge state distribution...
May 19, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777550/evidence-for-dietary-time-series-in-layers-of-cetacean-skin-using-stable-carbon-and-nitrogen-isotope-ratios
#3
Lauren A Wild, Ellen M Chenoweth, Franz J Mueter, Janice M Straley
RATIONALE: Stable isotope analysis integrates diet information over a time period specific to the type of tissue sampled. For metabolically active skin of free-ranging cetaceans, cells are generated at the basal layer of the skin and migrate outward until they eventually slough off, suggesting potential for a dietary time series. METHODS: Skin samples from cetaceans were analyzed using continuous-flow elemental analyzer isotope ratio mass spectrometery (EA-IRMS)...
May 18, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776850/what-is-the-best-protocol-to-cryopreserve-immature-mouse-testicular-cell-suspensions
#4
Jaime Onofre, Katrien Faes, Prashant Kadam, Elena Vicini, Ans M M van Pelt, Ellen Goossens
RESEARCH QUESTION: From a clinical perspective, which parameters grant optimal cryopreservation of mouse testicular cell suspensions? DESIGN: We studied the effect of different cryopreservation rates, the addition of sugars, different vessels and the addition of an apoptotic inhibitor on the efficiency of testicular cell suspension cryopreservation. After thawing and warming, testicular cell suspensions were transplanted to recipient mice for further functional assay...
April 27, 2018: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776407/comparative-genomics-of-the-miniature-wasp-and-pest-control-agent-trichogramma-pretiosum
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Amelia R I Lindsey, Yogeshwar D Kelkar, Xin Wu, Dan Sun, Ellen O Martinson, Zhichao Yan, Paul F Rugman-Jones, Daniel S T Hughes, Shwetha C Murali, Jiaxin Qu, Shannon Dugan, Sandra L Lee, Hsu Chao, Huyen Dinh, Yi Han, Harsha Vardhan Doddapaneni, Kim C Worley, Donna M Muzny, Gongyin Ye, Richard A Gibbs, Stephen Richards, Soojin V Yi, Richard Stouthamer, John H Werren
BACKGROUND: Trichogrammatids are minute parasitoid wasps that develop within other insect eggs. They are less than half a millimeter long, smaller than some protozoans. The Trichogrammatidae are one of the earliest branching families of Chalcidoidea: a diverse superfamily of approximately half a million species of parasitoid wasps, proposed to have evolved from a miniaturized ancestor. Trichogramma are frequently used in agriculture, released as biological control agents against major moth and butterfly pests...
May 18, 2018: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774066/caveolae-mediated-mesenchymal-stem-cell-labelling-by-pss-coated-plga-pfob-nano-contrast-agent-for-mri
#6
Hieu Vu Quang, Chi-Chih Chang, Ping Song, Ellen-Margrethe Hauge, Jørgen Kjems
Rationale: Non-invasive tracking of transplanted cells is critical in evaluating delivery, migration and prognosis of cell therapies. Methods: We formulated a nano-contrast agent consisting of a perfluorooctylbromide (PFOB) core within a shell of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) followed by a coat of polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) for 19 F MRI. The nano-contrast agent (PSS-NP) was characterised by DLS and the uptake efficiency of the nano-contrast agent (PSS-NP) was tested using flow cytometry, in vitro MRI and confocal microscopy...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773894/corrigendum-early-onset-progressive-retinal-atrophy-associated-with-an-iqcb1-variant-in-african-black-footed-cats-felis-nigripes
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Annie Oh, Jacqueline W Pearce, Barbara Gandolfi, Erica K Creighton, William K Suedmeyer, Michael Selig, Ann P Bosiack, Leilani J Castaner, Rebecca E H Whiting, Ellen B Belknap, Leslie A Lyons
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/srep43918.
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773458/outcomes-of-conventional-phacoemulsification-versus-femtosecond-laser-assisted-cataract-surgery-in-eyes-with-fuchs-endothelial-corneal-dystrophy
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Dagny C Zhu, Parth Shah, William J Feuer, Wei Shi, Ellen H Koo
PURPOSE: To compare the outcomes in eyes with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy after standard phacoemulsification with those of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. SETTING: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida, USA. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Charts from patients diagnosed with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy who had phacoemulsification cataract surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute between January 1, 2014, and January 1, 2017, were reviewed...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773308/collaboration-between-hospital-and-community-pharmacists-to-address-drug-related-problems-the-homecome-program
#9
Hendrik T Ensing, Ellen S Koster, Dasha J Dubero, Ad A van Dooren, Marcel L Bouvy
BACKGROUND: Hospital discharge poses a significant threat to the continuity of medication therapy and frequently results in drug-related problems post-discharge. Therefore, establishing continuity of care by realizing optimal collaboration between hospital and community pharmacists is of utmost importance. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the collaboration between hospital and community pharmacists on addressing drug-related problems after hospital discharge. METHODS: A prospective follow-up study was conducted between November 2013-December 2014 in a general hospital and all affiliated community pharmacies...
May 8, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772692/insurance-coverage-policies-for-pharmacogenomic-and-multi-gene-testing-for-cancer
#10
Christine Y Lu, Stephanie Loomer, Rachel Ceccarelli, Kathleen M Mazor, James Sabin, Ellen Wright Clayton, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Ann Chen Wu
Insurance coverage policies are a major determinant of patient access to genomic tests. The objective of this study was to examine differences in coverage policies for guideline-recommended pharmacogenomic tests that inform cancer treatment. We analyzed coverage policies from eight Medicare contractors and 10 private payers for 23 biomarkers (e.g., HER2 and EGFR ) and multi-gene tests. We extracted policy coverage and criteria, prior authorization requirements, and an evidence basis for coverage. We reviewed professional society guidelines and their recommendations for use of pharmacogenomic tests...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771877/cholera-epidemic-lusaka-zambia-october-2017-may-2018
#11
Nyambe Sinyange, Joan M Brunkard, Nathan Kapata, Mazyanga Lucy Mazaba, Kunda G Musonda, Raymond Hamoonga, Muzala Kapina, Fred Kapaya, Lwito Mutale, Ernest Kateule, Francis Nanzaluka, James Zulu, Chileshe Lukwesa Musyani, Alison V Winstead, William W Davis, Hammad S N'cho, Nelia L Mulambya, Patrick Sakubita, Orbie Chewe, Sulani Nyimbili, Ezinne V C Onwuekwe, Nedghie Adrien, Anna J Blackstock, Travis W Brown, Gordana Derado, Nancy Garrett, Sunkyung Kim, Sydney Hubbard, Amy M Kahler, Warren Malambo, Eric Mintz, Jennifer Murphy, Rupa Narra, Gouthami G Rao, Margaret A Riggs, Nicole Weber, Ellen Yard, Khozya D Zyambo, Nathan Bakyaita, Namani Monze, Kennedy Malama, Jabbin Mulwanda, Victor M Mukonka
On October 6, 2017, an outbreak of cholera was declared in Zambia after laboratory confirmation of Vibrio cholerae O1, biotype El Tor, serotype Ogawa, from stool specimens from two patients with acute watery diarrhea. The two patients had gone to a clinic in Lusaka, the capital city, on October 4. Cholera cases increased rapidly, from several hundred cases in early December 2017 to approximately 2,000 by early January 2018 (Figure). In collaboration with partners, the Zambia Ministry of Health (MoH) launched a multifaceted public health response that included increased chlorination of the Lusaka municipal water supply, provision of emergency water supplies, water quality monitoring and testing, enhanced surveillance, epidemiologic investigations, a cholera vaccination campaign, aggressive case management and health care worker training, and laboratory testing of clinical samples...
May 18, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771609/achilles-tendon-structure-differs-between-competitive-distance-runners-and-non-runners-despite-no-clinical-signs-or-symptoms-of-mid-substance-tendinopathy
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Todd J Hullfish, Kenton L Hagan, Ellen Casey, Josh R Baxter
Achilles tendinopathy affects many running athletes and often leads to chronic pain and functional deficits. While changes in tendon structure have been linked with tendinopathy, the effects of distance running on tendon structure is not well understood. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to characterize structural differences in the Achilles tendons in healthy young adults and competitive distance runners using quantitative ultrasound analyses. We hypothesized that competitive distance runners with no clinical signs or symptoms of tendinopathy would have quantitative signs of tendon damage, characterized by decreased collagen alignment and echogenicity, in addition to previous reports of thicker tendons...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771462/different-neural-activities-support-auditory-working-memory-in-musicians-and-bilinguals
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Claude Alain, Yasha Khatamian, Yu He, Yunjo Lee, Sylvain Moreno, Ada W S Leung, Ellen Bialystok
Musical training and bilingualism benefit executive functioning and working memory (WM)-however, the brain networks supporting this advantage are not well specified. Here, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging and the n-back task to assess WM for spatial (sound location) and nonspatial (sound category) auditory information in musician monolingual (musicians), nonmusician bilinguals (bilinguals), and nonmusician monolinguals (controls). Musicians outperformed bilinguals and controls on the nonspatial WM task...
May 17, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771189/-i-m-just-trying-to-cope-for-both-of-us-challenges-and-supports-of-family-caregivers-in-participant-directed-programs
#14
Aimee Milliken, Ellen K Mahoney, Kevin J Mahoney, Kate Mignosa, Isabella Rodriguez, Catherine Cuchetti, Megumi Inoue
Recently, national attention has focused on the needs of family caregivers providing complex chronic care, noting the necessity to better understand the scope of challenges they encounter. Although a robust body of literature exists about the scope of family caregiving, little is known specifically about the experiences and perspectives of family caregivers who support participant directed (PD) participants, particularly across the caregiving trajectory. Therefore, the aim of this qualitative descriptive study was to describe what family caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, aging, or chronic health conditions identify as the challenges they experience as complex, and their perceptions of the effectiveness and gaps in family support resources in PD...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771161/casting-protocols-following-bont-a-injections-to-treat-spastic-hypertonia-of-the-triceps-surae-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-and-equinus-gait-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Barbara Kelly, Marilyn MacKay-Lyons, Susan Berryman, Joe Hyndman, Ellen Wood
AIM: To study the effects of single versus serial casting post-Botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) injections on hypoextensibility of triceps surae in children, 2-7 years old, with cerebral palsy and equinus gait. METHODS: A randomized, stratified, parallel, two-group trial was conducted at a pediatric health center with assessments at baseline, precast, postcast and, 1-, 2-, and 6-month follow-ups. One week following BoNT-A injections into triceps surae muscle, a single below-knee cast (n = 10) or 3 serial casts (n = 10) were applied for 3 weeks...
May 17, 2018: Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770910/creation-and-implementation-of-an-environmental-scan-to-assess-cancer-genetics-services-at-three-oncology-care-settings
#16
Erica M Bednar, Michael T Walsh, Ellen Baker, Kimberly I Muse, Holly D Oakley, Rebekah C Krukenberg, Cara S Dresbold, Sandra B Jenkinson, Amanda L Eppolito, Kelly B Teed, Molly H Klein, Nichole A Morman, Elizabeth C Bowdish, Pauline Russ, Emaline E Wise, Julia N Cooper, Michael W Method, John W Henson, Andrew V Grainger, Banu K Arun, Karen H Lu
An environmental scan (ES) is an efficient mixed-methods approach to collect and interpret relevant data for strategic planning and project design. To date, the ES has not been used nor evaluated in the clinical cancer genetics setting. We created and implemented an ES to inform the design of a quality improvement (QI) project to increase the rates of adherence to national guidelines for cancer genetic counseling and genetic testing at three unique oncology care settings (OCS). The ES collected qualitative and quantitative data from reviews of internal processes, past QI efforts, the literature, and each OCS...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770613/in-situ-chemically-specific-mapping-of-agrochemical-seed-coatings-using-stimulated-raman-scattering-microscopy
#17
Chun-Chin Wang, Siân Moorhouse, Chris Stain, Mark Seymour, Ellen Green, Steven Penfield, Julian Moger
Providing sufficient, healthy food for the increasing global population is putting a great deal of pressure on the agrochemical industry to maximise crop yields without sustaining environmental damage. The growth and yield of every plant with sexual reproduction, depends on germination and emergence of sown seeds, which is affected greatly by seed disease. This can be most effectively controlled by treating seeds with pesticides before they are sown. An effective seed coating treatment requires a high surface coverage and adhesion of active ingredients onto the seed surface and the addition of adhesive agents in coating formulations plays a key role in achieving this...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769543/the-cytokine-secretion-profile-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-is-determined-by-surface-structure-of-the-microenvironment
#18
Daniëlle G Leuning, Nick R M Beijer, Nadia A du Fossé, Steven Vermeulen, Ellen Lievers, Cees van Kooten, Ton J Rabelink, Jan de Boer
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) secrete factors that contribute to organ homeostasis and repair in a tissue specific manner. For instance, kidney perivascular mesenchymal stromal cells (kPSCs) can facilitate renal epithelial repair through secretion of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) while the secretome of bone marrow MSCs gives rise to immunosuppression. Stromal cells function in a complex 3-dimensional (3D) connective tissue architecture that induces conformational adaptation. Here we tested the hypothesis that surface topography and associated cell adaptations dictate stromal cell function through tuning of the cytokines released...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768314/medication-administration-delays-in-non-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-analysis-of-1002-patients-admitted-to-an-academic-medical-center
#19
LeAnn N Denlinger, Ellen C Keeley
Our goal was to assess adherence to American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guideline-based medical therapy in patients admitted with type I non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and to determine factors associated with medication administration delay. We performed a retrospective analysis using data from the Acute Coronary Treatment and Intervention Outcomes Network (ACTION) Registry. Baseline patient demographics, 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) findings, laboratory values, medications administered and the time they were administered, and in-hospital clinical outcomes were collected...
June 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767841/lignin-composition-is-related-to-xylem-embolism-resistance-and-leaf-life-span-in-trees-in-a-tropical-semiarid-climate
#20
Taysla R A Lima, Ellen C D Carvalho, Fernando R Martins, Rafael S Oliveira, Rafael S Miranda, Caroline S Müller, Luciano Pereira, Paulo R L Bittencourt, Jullyana C M S M Sobczak, Enéas Gomes-Filho, Rafael C Costa, Francisca S Araújo
Wood properties influence the leaf life span (LL) of tree crowns. As lignin is an important component of wood and the water transport system, we investigated its relationship with embolism resistance and the LL of several tree species in a seasonally dry tropical ecosystem. We determined total lignin and the monomer contents of guaiacyl (G) and syringyl (S) and related them to wood traits and xylem vulnerability to embolism (Ψ50 ) for the most common species of the Brazilian semiarid, locally known as Caatinga...
May 16, 2018: New Phytologist
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