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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343369/heavier-birth-weight-associated-with-taller-height-but-not-age-at-menarche-in-us-women-born-1991-1998
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Megan Workman, Karina Kelly
OBJECTIVES: Heavier birth weight predicts taller adult height, but it remains unknown the extent to which this additional height increment results from a faster average growth rate versus an extension of the growth period. Aiming to distinguish these effects, this study examined associations between birth weight (BW), age at menarche (an established proxy for growth duration), and near-adult height in a cohort of US young women born in the 1990s. METHODS: Multiple regression evaluated age-adjusted height as an outcome of BW, age at menarche, indicators of family socioeconomic status, and other potential confounders in a sample of US teens who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2007 and 2012 (N = 342)...
March 26, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343179/nulliparous-teenagers-and-preterm-birth-in-california
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Jonathan A Mayo, Bat Zion Shachar, David K Stevenson, Gary M Shaw
BACKGROUND: Young maternal age is one of the numerous risk factors for delivery before 37 weeks of gestation, yet the mechanisms are unclear. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the association between teenagers and the risk of preterm birth (PTB) in a large and recent cohort study. METHODS: We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study using 2007-2011 California birth certificate records linked with hospital discharge indices and United States census data for nulliparous 13-20 year olds who gave birth to singletons...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343026/comparison-of-unilateral-versus-bilateral-pedicle-screw-fixation-at-the-level-of-fracture-using-posterior-short-segment-pedicle-instrumentation-in-the-treatment-of-severe-thoracolumbar-burst-fractures
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Chao Sun, Xinhui Liu, Jiwei Tian, Guoping Guan, Hailong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Thoracolumbar burst fractures (TBFs) are often followed by bilateral pedicle screw fixation(BPSF) at the level of fracture using posterior short-segment pedicle instrumentation (SSPI). There has been increasing support for unilateral pedicle screw fixation (UPSF) in an attempt to reduce complications and costs. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical and radiologic results of UPSF versus BPSF at the level of fracture using SSPI in the treatment of severe TBFs. METHODS: The records of 42 consecutive patients with severe TBFs who underwent SSPI were divided into 2 groups according to the number of screws in the fracture level, including 20 patients (five screws) in UPSF group and 22 patients(six screws) in BPSF...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342610/intentionally-induced-intestinal-barrier-dysfunction-causes-inflammation-affects-metabolism-and-reduces-productivity-in-lactating-holstein-cows
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S K Kvidera, M J Dickson, M Abuajamieh, D B Snider, M V Sanz Fernandez, J S Johnson, A F Keating, P J Gorden, H B Green, K M Schoenberg, L H Baumgard
Study objectives were to evaluate the effects of intentionally reduced intestinal barrier function on productivity, metabolism, and inflammatory indices in otherwise healthy dairy cows. Fourteen lactating Holstein cows (parity 2.6 ± 0.3; 117 ± 18 d in milk) were enrolled in 2 experimental periods. Period 1 (5 d) served as the baseline for period 2 (7 d), during which cows received 1 of 2 i.v. treatments twice per day: sterile saline or a gamma-secretase inhibitor (GSI; 1.5 mg/kg of body weight). Gamma-secretase inhibitors reduce intestinal barrier function by inhibiting crypt cell differentiation into absorptive enterocytes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342508/gender-smoking-body-size-and-aneurysm-geometry-influence-the-biomechanical-rupture-risk-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-as-estimated-by-finite-element-analysis
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Moritz Lindquist Liljeqvist, Rebecka Hultgren, Antti Siika, T Christian Gasser, Joy Roy
OBJECTIVE: Finite element analysis (FEA) has been suggested to be superior to maximal diameter measurements in predicting rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). Our objective was to investigate to what extent previously described rupture risk factors were associated with FEA-estimated rupture risk. METHODS: One hundred forty-six patients with an asymptomatic AAA of a 40- to 60-mm diameter were retrospectively identified and consecutively included. The patients' computed tomography angiograms were analyzed by FEA without (neutral) and with (specific) input of patient-specific mean arterial pressure (MAP), gender, family history, and age...
April 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340391/optimization-of-the-marinelli-beaker-dimensions-using-genetic-algorithm
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Seyed Mehrdad Zamzamian, Seyed Abolfazl Hosseini, Mohammad Samadfam
A computational code, based on the genetic algorithm and MCNPX version 2.6 code was developed and used to investigate the effects of some important parameters of HPGe detector (such as Al cap thickness, dead-layer thickness and Ge hole size) on optimum dimensions of marinelli beaker. In addition, the effects of detector material on optimal beaker dimensions were also investigated. Finally, the optimized beaker dimensions at various beaker volumes (300, 500, 700, 1000 and 1500 cm(3)) were determined for some conventional Ge detectors with different crystal sizes (16 sizes)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340276/multivariate-diallel-analysis-allows-multiple-gains-in-segregating-populations-for-agronomic-traits-in-jatropha
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P E Teodoro, E V Rodrigues, L A Peixoto, L A Silva, B G Laviola, L L Bhering
Jatropha is research target worldwide aimed at large-scale oil production for biodiesel and bio-kerosene. Its production potential is among 1200 and 1500 kg/ha of oil after the 4th year. This study aimed to estimate combining ability of Jatropha genotypes by multivariate diallel analysis to select parents and crosses that allow gains in important agronomic traits. We performed crosses in diallel complete genetic design (3 x 3) arranged in blocks with five replications and three plants per plot. The following traits were evaluated: plant height, stem diameter, canopy projection between rows, canopy projection on the line, number of branches, mass of hundred grains, and grain yield...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339520/efficacy-of-bacillus-subtilis-and-bacitracin-methylene-disalicylate-on-growth-performance-digestibility-blood-metabolites-immunity-and-intestinal-microbiota-after-intramuscular-inoculation-with-escherichia-coli-in-broilers
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M Manafi, S Khalaji, M Hedayati, N Pirany
This experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of Bacillus subtilis (BS) on broiler performance and health after intramuscular inoculation with E. coli and compare its effect with a growth promoter antibiotic. In a completely randomized design manner, 360 male Ross 308 chicks were divided into 6 treatments and 5 replicates of 12 chicks in each replicate. Experimental treatments included control diet, control + E. coli (0.5 mL of culture containing 108 CFU of E. coli/ml), control + 0.1% BS, control + 0...
October 6, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339131/tissue-deformation-index-as-a-reliable-measure-of-lateral-abdominal-muscle-activation-on-m-mode-sonography
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Maciej Biały, Wacław Adamczyk, Rafael Gnat, Tomasz Stranc
The aim of this article is to present a novel method of evaluating the activity of lateral abdominal muscles using M-mode sonography. The method leads to calculation of the tissue deformation index, representing the percent change in lateral abdominal muscle thickness over time. The objectives of this study were as follows: (1) to establish the mean tissue deformation index values for individual lateral abdominal muscles; and (2) to establish the reliability of the tissue deformation index. In a group of 34 healthy young volunteers (mean age, 24...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338915/ungulate-herbivory-alters-leaf-functional-traits-and-recruitment-of-regenerating-aspen
#10
Aaron C Rhodes, Val Anderson, Samuel B St Clair
Herbivory by ungulates can affect forest regeneration success, but its long-term impacts on tree function and recruitment are less studied. We evaluated strategies of resistance, tolerance and vertical escape against ungulate herbivory by evaluating leaf traits (photosynthesis, morphology and chemistry) and growth rates of aspen in the presence and absence of ungulate herbivores 1, 2, 3 and 26 years after fires initiated aspen suckering. Over the initial 3-year period, ~60% of aspen stems in unfenced plots showed evidence of being browsed by ungulates...
March 3, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338906/vertical-leaf-mass-per-area-gradient-of-mature-sugar-maple-reflects-both-height-driven-increases-in-vascular-tissue-and-light-driven-increases-in-palisade-layer-thickness
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Adam P Coble, Molly A Cavaleri
A key trait used in canopy and ecosystem function modeling, leaf mass per area (LMA), is influenced by changes in both leaf thickness and leaf density (LMA = Thickness × Density). In tall trees, LMA is understood to increase with height through two primary mechanisms: (i) increasing palisade layer thickness (and thus leaf thickness) in response to light and/or (ii) reduced cell expansion and intercellular air space in response to hydrostatic constraints, leading to increased leaf density. Our objective was to investigate within-canopy gradients in leaf anatomical traits in order to understand environmental factors that influence leaf morphology in a sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marshall) forest canopy...
March 3, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338874/does-fetal-growth-restriction-cause-later-obesity-pitfalls-in-analyzing-causal-mediators-as-confounders
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Michael S Kramer, Xun Zhang, Mourad Dahhou, Seungmi Yang, Richard M Martin, Emily Oken, Robert W Platt
Recent studies finding that small-for-gestational-age (SGA) birth is associated with increased adiposity in childhood and adulthood have been based on analyses "adjusting" for height, weight, or body mass index (BMI; weight (kg)/height (m)2) measured concurrently with the adiposity measurement. To assess the potential for bias due to overadjustment for a causal mediator, we compared 2 approaches to analyzing the association between SGA birth and adiposity outcomes (skinfold thicknesses and bioelectrical impedance measurement of body fat) at age 11...
March 3, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338667/primary-photodynamic-therapy-with-verteporfin-for-small-pigmented-posterior-pole-choroidal-melanoma
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I D Fabian, A W Stacey, V Papastefanou, L Al Harby, A K Arora, M S Sagoo, V M L Cohen
PurposeThe purpose of the study was to investigate the outcomes of primary photodynamic therapy (PDT) for small pigmented posterior pole choroidal melanoma.Patients and methodsProspective interventional consecutive case series of 15 patients with small pigmented posterior pole choroidal melanoma, who were treated with three sessions of PDT and followed-up thereafter. Risk factors for failure were assessed and outcome measures at presentation were compared to those at last follow-up visit.ResultsTumor control was achieved in 12 (80%) patients in a median follow-up time of 15 months (mean 14, range 8-18)...
March 24, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338405/physiological-responses-to-treadmill-running-with-body-weight-support-in-hypoxia-compared-to-normoxia
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Ben J Lee, Charles Douglas Thake
CONTEXT: Anecdotal reports suggest elite sports clubs combine lower body positive pressure (LBPP) rehabilitation with a hypoxic stimulus in order to maintain or increase physiological and metabolic strain, which are reduced during LBPP. However the effects of hypoxia on cardiovascular and metabolic response during LBPP rehabilitation is unknown. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the use of normobaric hypoxia as a means to increase physiological strain during body weight supported (BWS) running...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338382/does-foot-anthropometry-predict-metabolic-cost-during-running
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Herman van Werkhoven, Stephen J Piazza
Several recent investigations have linked running economy to heel length, with shorter heels being associated with less metabolic energy consumption. It has been hypothesized that shorter heels require larger plantarflexor muscle forces, thus increasing tendon energy storage and reducing metabolic cost. The goal of this study was to investigate this possible mechanism for metabolic cost reduction. Fifteen male subjects ran at 16 km·h(-1) on a treadmill and subsequently on a force-plate instrumented runway...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337991/contrasting-influences-of-aerosols-on-cloud-properties-during-deficient-and-abundant-monsoon-years
#16
Nitin Patil, Prashant Dave, Chandra Venkataraman
Direct aerosol radiative forcing facilitates the onset of Indian monsoon rainfall, based on synoptic scale fast responses acting over timescales of days to a month. Here, we examine relationships between aerosols and coincident clouds over the Indian subcontinent, using observational data from 2000 to 2009, from the core monsoon region. Season mean and daily timescales were considered. The correlation analyses of cloud properties with aerosol optical depth revealed that deficient monsoon years were characterized by more frequent and larger decreases in cloud drop size and ice water path, but increases in cloud top pressure, with increases in aerosol abundance...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337706/clinical-and-radiological-outcomes-of-two-level-endoscopic-posterior-cervical-foraminotomy
#17
Myung Soo Youn, Myeong Hwan Shon, Yoon Jae Seong, Jong Ki Shin, Tae Sik Goh, Jung Sub Lee
PURPOSE: The efficacy and safety of endoscopic posterior cervical foraminotomy (EPCF) have been demonstrated for single-level cervical radiculopathy, but no report in the medical literature has described the clinical results of two-level EPCF. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical and radiological outcomes of two-level EPCF performed in patients with cervical radiculopathy. METHODS: Twenty-two consecutive patients (9 females and 13 males) that underwent two-level EPCF with cervical radiculopathy from January 2012 to January 2014 were included in this study...
March 23, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337590/acl-reconstructed-and-acl-deficient-individuals-show-differentiated-trunk-hip-and-knee-kinematics-during-vertical-hops-more-than-20%C3%A2-years-post-injury
#18
Jonas L Markström, Eva Tengman, Charlotte K Häger
PURPOSE: Little is known regarding movement strategies in the long term following injury of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and even less about comparisons of reconstructed and deficient knees in relation to healthy controls. The present purpose was to compare trunk, hip, and knee kinematics during a one-leg vertical hop (VH) ~20 years post-ACL injury between persons treated with surgery and physiotherapy (ACLR), solely physiotherapy (ACLPT), and controls (CTRL). Between-leg kinematic differences within groups were also investigated...
March 23, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337025/prevalence-of-obesity-and-comorbid-eating-disorder-behaviors-in-south-australia-from-1995-to-2015
#19
F Q da Luz, A Sainsbury, H Mannan, S Touyz, D Mitchison, P Hay
BACKGROUND: Obesity and eating disorders are often studied and treated separately. Whilst the increases in obesity prevalence are well known, examination of its co-occurrence with eating disorders, a problem also of public health concern, is important because eating disorder behaviors are known to contribute to obesity onset and maintenance, and vice-versa. METHODS: Data from large cross-sectional representative statewide community samples of people in the years of 1995 (n=3001), 2005 (n=3047) and 2015 (n=3005) were analyzed...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335970/quinine-bonded-to-superficially-porous-particles-for-high-efficiency-and-ultrafast-liquid-and-supercritical-fluid-chromatography
#20
Darshan C Patel, Zachary S Breitbach, JeongJae Yu, Kate A Nguyen, Daniel W Armstrong
Two new anion-exchange columns were prepared by bonding tert-butyl carbamoylated quinine to 2.7 μm superficially porous particle (SPP) silica to create chiral stationary phases for high-efficiency and ultrafast chromatography. Performance and retention parameters of these new columns are compared with an analogous 5 μm fully porous particle (FPP) based Chiralpak QNAX column and a 3-4 fold increase in efficiency was observed. Ultrafast separations ranging from 12 s down to sub-second are shown using 2.7 μm SPPs bonded via hydrosilation to the selector...
April 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
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