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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926868/cmyc-regulates-the-size-of-the-premigratory-neural-crest-stem-cell-pool
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Laura Kerosuo, Marianne E Bronner
The neural crest is a transient embryonic population that originates within the central nervous system (CNS) and then migrates into the periphery and differentiates into multiple cell types. The mechanisms that govern neural crest stem-like characteristics and self-renewal ability are poorly understood. Here, we show that the proto-oncogene cMyc is a critical factor in the chick dorsal neural tube, where it regulates the size of the premigratory neural crest stem cell pool. Loss of cMyc dramatically decreases the number of emigrating neural crest cells due to reduced self-renewal capacity, increased cell death, and shorter duration of the emigration process...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926777/a-prospective-multicenter-cohort-study-to-validate-a-simple-performance-status-based-survival-prediction-system-for-oncologists
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Takeshi Yamada, Tatsuya Morita, Isseki Maeda, Satoshi Inoue, Masayuki Ikenaga, Yoshihisa Matsumoto, Mika Baba, Ryuichi Sekine, Takashi Yamaguchi, Takeshi Hirohashi, Tsukasa Tajima, Ryohei Tatara, Hiroaki Watanabe, Hiroyuki Otani, Chizuko Takigawa, Yoshinobu Matsuda, Shigeki Ono, Taketoshi Ozawa, Ryo Yamamoto, Hideki Shishido, Naoki Yamamoto
BACKGROUND: Survival prediction systems such as the Palliative Prognostic Index (PPI), which includes the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS), are used to estimate survival for terminally ill patients. Oncologists are, however, less familiar with the PPS in comparison with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS). This study was designed to validate a simple survival prediction system for oncologists, the Performance Status-Based Palliative Prognostic Index (PS-PPI), which is a modified form of the PPI based on the ECOG PS...
December 7, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926758/association-between-surgeon-scorecard-use-and-operating-room-costs
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Corinna C Zygourakis, Victoria Valencia, Christopher Moriates, Christy K Boscardin, Sereina Catschegn, Alvin Rajkomar, Kevin J Bozic, Kent Soo Hoo, Andrew N Goldberg, Lawrence Pitts, Michael T Lawton, R Adams Dudley, Ralph Gonzales
Importance: Despite the significant contribution of surgical spending to health care costs, most surgeons are unaware of their operating room costs. Objective: To examine the association between providing surgeons with individualized cost feedback and surgical supply costs in the operating room. Design, Setting, and Participants: The OR Surgical Cost Reduction (OR SCORE) project was a single-health system, multihospital, multidepartmental prospective controlled study in an urban academic setting...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926632/a-pooled-analysis-of-robotic-versus-laparoscopic-surgery-for-colon-cancer
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Bo-Shi Duan, Guo-Hua Zhao, Helen Yang, Yue Wang
OBJECTIVE: An increasing number of studies have been reported since the "Da Vinci" Robotic System was used in gastrointestinal disease. Thus, we conducted this meta-analysis to evaluate the safety and efficacy of robotic colectomy (RC) compared with laparoscopic colectomy (LC) in the treatment of colon cancer. METHOD: A systematic search of Medline, Embase databases, and the Cochrane Library was performed to identify studies that compared RC and LC and were published up to February 2015...
December 2016: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926626/frailty-assessed-by-the-forecast-is-a-valid-tool-to-predict-short-term-outcome-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Adrian R Kobe, Alexander Meyer, Hassan Elmubarak, Jörg Kempfert, Jovana Pavicevic, Francesco Maisano, Thomas Walther, Volkmar Falk, Simon H Sündermann
OBJECTIVE: The term frailty is frequently used during decision-making in transcatheter heart valve procedures. Nevertheless, frailty is still measured by eyeballing rather than by using standardized frailty assessments. In a previous study, we developed a frailty score in a cardiac surgical patient population including patients, who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Here, we present the results from the subsequent validation study focusing on the TAVR cohort. METHODS: One hundred thirty patients underwent TAVR...
December 6, 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926537/lactate-arterial-and-venous-agreement-in-sepsis-a-prospective-observational-study
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Deepankar Datta, Julia Grahamslaw, Alasdair J Gray, Catriona Graham, Craig A Walker
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is a common condition in the emergency department (ED). Lactate measurement is an important part of management: arterial lactate (A-LACT) measurement is the gold standard. There is increasing use of peripheral venous lactate (PV-LACT); however, there is little research supporting the interchangeability of the two measures.If PV-LACT has good agreement with A-LACT, it would significantly reduce patient discomfort and the risks of arterial sampling for a large group of acutely unwell patients, while allowing faster and wider screening, with potential reduced costs to the healthcare system...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926430/insights-in-waste-management-bioprocesses-using-genomic-tools
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H J Purohit, A Kapley, A Khardenavis, A Qureshi, N A Dafale
Microbial capacities drive waste stabilization and resource recovery in environmental friendly processes. Depending on the composition of waste, a stress-mediated selection process ensures a scenario that generates a specific enrichment of microbial community. These communities dynamically change over a period of time while keeping the performance through the required utilization capacities. Depending on the environmental conditions, these communities select the appropriate partners so as to maintain the desired functional capacities...
2016: Advances in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925837/a-comprehensive-multimorbidity-index-for-predicting-mortality-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
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Hua Min, Sanja Avramovic, Janusz Wojtusiak, Rahul Khosla, Ross D Fletcher, Farrokh Alemi, Raya Elfadel Kheirbek
BACKGROUND: Accurate prediction of mortality for patients admitted to the intensive care units (ICUs) is an important component of medical care. However, little is known about the role of multimorbidity in predicting end of life for high-risk and vulnerable patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to derive and validate a multimorbidity risk model in an attempt to predict all-cause mortality at 6 and 12 months posthospital discharge. METHODS: This is a retrospective, observational, clinical cohort study...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925721/schur-complement-inequalities-for-covariance-matrices-and-monogamy-of-quantum-correlations
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Ludovico Lami, Christoph Hirche, Gerardo Adesso, Andreas Winter
We derive fundamental constraints for the Schur complement of positive matrices, which provide an operator strengthening to recently established information inequalities for quantum covariance matrices, including strong subadditivity. This allows us to prove general results on the monogamy of entanglement and steering quantifiers in continuous variable systems with an arbitrary number of modes per party. A powerful hierarchical relation for correlation measures based on the log-determinant of covariance matrices is further established for all Gaussian states, which has no counterpart among quantities based on the conventional von Neumann entropy...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925602/bayesian-intent-prediction-in-object-tracking-using-bridging-distributions
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Bashar I Ahmad, James K Murphy, Patrick M Langdon, Simon J Godsill
In several application areas, such as human computer interaction, surveillance and defence, determining the intent of a tracked object enables systems to aid the user/operator and facilitate effective, possibly automated, decision making. In this paper, we propose a probabilistic inference approach that permits the prediction, well in advance, of the intended destination of a tracked object and its future trajectory. Within the framework introduced here, the observed partial track of the object is modeled as being part of a Markov bridge terminating at its destination, since the target path, albeit random, must end at the intended endpoint...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925586/a-bayesian-additive-model-for-understanding-public-transport-usage-in-special-events
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Filipe Rodrigues, Stanislav Borysov, Bernardete Ribeiro, Francisco Pereira
Public special events, like sports games, concerts and festivals are well known to create disruptions in transportation systems, often catching the operators by surprise. Although these are usually planned well in advance, their impact is difficult to predict, even when organisers and transportation operators coordinate. The problem highly increases when several events happen concurrently. To solve these problems, costly processes, heavily reliant on manual search and personal experience, are usual practice in large cities like Singapore, London or Tokyo...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925576/comparison-of-oxygen-transfer-parameters-and-oxygen-demands-in-bioreactors-operated-at-low-and-high-dissolved-oxygen-levels
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Richard O Mines, Matthew C Callier, Benjamin J Drabek, André J Butler
The proper design of aeration systems for bioreactors is critical since it can represent up to 50% of the operational and capital cost at water reclamation facilities. Transferring the actual amount of oxygen needed to meet the oxygen demand of the wastewater requires α- and β-factors, which are used for calculating the actual oxygen transfer rate (AOTR) under process conditions based on the standard oxygen transfer rate (SOTR). The SOTR is measured in tap water at 20°C, 1 atmospheric pressure, and 0 mg L(-1) of dissolved oxygen (DO)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925432/ceos-theory-a-comprehensive-approach-to-understanding-hard-to-maintain-behaviour-change
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Ron Borland
This paper provides a brief introduction to CEOS theory, a comprehensive theory for understanding hard to maintain behaviour change. The name CEOS is an acronym for Context, Executive, and Operational Systems theory. Behaviour is theorised to be the result of the moment by moment interaction between internal needs (operational processes) in relation to environmental conditions, and for humans this is augmented by goal-directed, executive action which can transcend immediate contingencies. All behaviour is generated by operational processes...
December 7, 2016: Applied Psychology. Health and Well-being
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925235/quantification-of-operational-learning-in-minimal-invasive-extracorporeal-circulation
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Kyriakos Anastasiadis, Polychronis Antonitsis, Christos Asteriou, Helena Argiriadou, Apostolos Deliopoulos, Dimitrios Konstantinou, Vassilios Grosomanidis, Paschalis Tossios
Minimal invasive extracorporeal circulation (MiECC) has initiated important new efforts within science and technology towards a more physiologic perfusion. In this study, we aim to investigate the learning curve of our center regarding MiECC. We studied a series of 150 consecutive patients who underwent elective coronary artery bypass grafting by the same surgical team during the initial phase of MiECC application. Patients were randomly assigned into two groups. Group A (n = 75) included patients operated on MiECC, while group B (n = 75) included patients operated with conventional cardiopulmonary bypass (cCPB)...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925225/preclinical-study-of-anticoagulation-regimens-in-sheep-after-implantation-of-ch-vad-blood-pump
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Chuangye Xu, Guanghui Wu, Xiujian Liu, Yuna He, Xiaotong Hou, Haiyang Li, Chen Chen, Peng Yang, Changyan Lin
Effective anticoagulation regimens are needed to reduce risks of thrombosis and bleeding in animal models of ventricular assist device to verify its hemocompatibility, biologic safety and reliability. This study is to develop a validated anticoagulation procedure for a sheep model to test the newly developed CH-VAD. CH-VAD models were established in six healthy sheep by constructing blood bypass of left ventricle → ventricular assist device → descending aorta. Heparin infusion was used during operation and in the prior 4 days to maintain activated clotting time 1...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925047/a-pioneering-healthcare-model-applying-large-scale-production-concepts-principles-and-performance-after-more-than-11-000-transplants-at-hospital-do-rim
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José Medina Pestana
The kidney transplant program at Hospital do Rim (hrim) is a unique healthcare model that applies the same principles of repetition of processes used in industrial production. This model, devised by Frederick Taylor, is founded on principles of scientific management that involve planning, rational execution of work, and distribution of responsibilities. The expected result is increased efficiency, improvement of results and optimization of resources. This model, almost completely subsidized by the Unified Health System (SUS, in the Portuguese acronym), has been used at the hrim in more than 11,000 transplants over the last 18 years...
October 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924999/the-potato-cryobank-at-the-international-potato-center-cip-a-model-for-long-term-conservation-of-clonal-plant-genetic-resources-collections-of-the-future
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R Vollmer, R Villagaray, V Egusquiza, J Espirilla, M García, A Torres, E Rojas, A Panta, N A Barkley, D Ellis
BACKGROUND: Cryobanks are a secure, efficient and low cost method for the long-term conservation of plant genetic resources for theoretically centuries or millennia with minimal maintenance. OBJECTIVE: The present manuscript describes CIP's modified protocol for potato cryopreservation, its large-scale application, and the establishment of quality and operational standards, which included a viability reassessment of material entering the cryobank. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 2013, CIP established stricter quality and operational standards under which 1,028 potato accessions were cryopreserved with an improved PVS2-droplet protocol...
September 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924920/online-flow-cytometry-reveals-microbial-dynamics-influenced-by-concurrent-natural-and-operational-events-in-groundwater-used-for-drinking-water-treatment
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Michael D Besmer, Jannis Epting, Rebecca M Page, Jürg A Sigrist, Peter Huggenberger, Frederik Hammes
Detailed measurements of physical, chemical and biological dynamics in groundwater are key to understanding the important processes in place and their influence on water quality - particularly when used for drinking water. Measuring temporal bacterial dynamics at high frequency is challenging due to the limitations in automation of sampling and detection of the conventional, cultivation-based microbial methods. In this study, fully automated online flow cytometry was applied in a groundwater system for the first time in order to monitor microbial dynamics in a groundwater extraction well...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924593/analysis-of-16s-rrna-gene-amplicon-sequences-using-the-qiime-software-package
#19
Blair Lawley, Gerald W Tannock
The study of microbial ecology has undergone a paradigm shift in recent years, with rapid advances in molecular and bioinformatic tools allowing researchers with wide-ranging interests and backgrounds access to community profiling methods. While these advances have undoubtedly led to exciting new understanding of many systems, the array of protocols available and the idiosyncrasies of particular approaches can lead to confusion or, at worst, erroneous interpretation of results. Here, we describe a workflow from raw 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequence data, generated on an Illumina MiSeq instrument, to microbial community taxonomy profiles and basic diversity measures...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924588/antioxidant-micronutrients-and-oxidative-stress-biomarkers
#20
Iain L C Chapple, Helen R Griffiths, Mike R Milward, Martin R Ling, Melissa M Grant
Chronic inflammatory diseases are the major causes of mortality in humans and recent research has improved our understanding of the major impact of life-style factors upon inflammatory diseases and conditions. One of the most influential of these is nutrition, which may drive both pro-inflammatory as well as anti-inflammatory cascades at molecular and cellular levels. There are a variety of model systems that may be employed to investigate the impact of micronutrients and macronutrients upon inflammatory pathways, many of which operate through oxidative stress, either at the level of controlling the redox state of the cell and downstream redox-regulated gene transcription factors, and other acting as free radical generating or scavenging agents...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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