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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732337/critical-review-of-soil-contamination-by-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-pbdes-and-novel-brominated-flame-retardants-nbfrs-concentrations-sources-and-congener-profiles
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REVIEW
Thomas J McGrath, Andrew S Ball, Bradley O Clarke
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have been used in a broad array of polymeric materials such as plastics, foams, resins and adhesives to inhibit the spread of fires since the 1970s. The widespread environmental contamination and well documented toxic effects of PBDEs have led to bans and voluntary withdrawals in many jurisdictions. Replacement novel brominated flame retardants (NBFRs) have, however, exhibited many of the same toxic characteristics as PBDEs and appear to share similar environmental fate...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732316/a-user-friendly-technical-set-up-for-infrared-photography-of-forensic-findings
#2
Thomas Rost, Nicole Kalberer, Eva Scheurer
Infrared photography is interesting for a use in forensic science and forensic medicine since it reveals findings that normally are almost invisible to the human eye. Originally, infrared photography has been made possible by the placement of an infrared light transmission filter screwed in front of the camera objective lens. However, this set-up is associated with many drawbacks such as the loss of the autofocus function, the need of an external infrared source, and long exposure times which make the use of a tripod necessary...
July 10, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732049/testing-the-optimal-defense-hypothesis-in-nature-variation-for-glucosinolate-profiles-within-plants
#3
Rose A Keith, Thomas Mitchell-Olds
Plants employ highly variable chemical defenses against a broad community of herbivores, which vary in their susceptibilities to specific compounds. Variation in chemical defenses within the plant has been found in many species; the ecological and evolutionary influences on this variation, however, are less well-understood. One central theory describing the allocation of defenses in the plant is the Optimal Defense Hypothesis (ODH), which predicts that defenses will be concentrated in tissues that are of high fitness value to the plant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731468/a-role-for-the-cell-wall-protein-silacidin-in-cell-size-of-the-diatom-thalassiosira-pseudonana
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Amy R Kirkham, Patrick Richthammer, Katrin Schmidt, Martin Wustmann, Yoshiaki Maeda, René Hedrich, Eike Brunner, Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Karl-Heinz van Pée, Angela Falciatore, Thomas Mock
Diatoms contribute 20% of global primary production and form the basis of many marine food webs. Although their species diversity correlates with broad diversity in cell size, there is also an intraspecific cell-size plasticity owing to sexual reproduction and varying environmental conditions. However, despite the ecological significance of the diatom cell size for food-web structure and global biogeochemical cycles, our knowledge about genes underpinning the size of diatom cells remains elusive. Here, a combination of reverse genetics, experimental evolution and comparative RNA-sequencing analyses enabled us to identify a previously unknown genetic control of cell size in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730089/an-international-survey-of-classification-and-treatment-choices-for-group-d-retinoblastoma
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Christina Scelfo, Jasmine H Francis, Vikas Khetan, Thomas Jenkins, Brian Marr, David H Abramson, Carol L Shields, Jacob Pe'er, Francis Munier, Jesse Berry, J William Harbour, Andrey Yarovoy, Evandro Lucena, Timothy G Murray, Pooja Bhagia, Evelyn Paysse, Samuray Tuncer, Guillermo L Chantada, Annette C Moll, Tatiana Ushakova, David A Plager, Islamov Ziyovuddin, Carlos A Leal, Miguel A Materin, Xun-Da Ji, Jose W Cursino, Rodrigo Polania, Hayyam Kiratli, Charlotta All-Ericsson, Rejin Kebudi, Santosh G Honavar, Vicktoria Vishnevskia-Dai, Sidnel Epelman, Anthony B Daniels, Jeanie D Ling, Fousseyni Traore, Marco A Ramirez-Ortiz
AIM: To determine which IIRC scheme was used by retinoblastoma centers worldwide and the percentage of D eyes treated primarily with enucleation versus globe salvaging therapies as well as to correlate trends in treatment choice to IIRC version used and geographic region. METHODS: An anonymized electronic survey was offered to 115 physicians at 39 retinoblastoma centers worldwide asking about IIRC classification schemes and treatment patterns used between 2008 and 2012...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729315/sequence-analysis-to-assess-labour-market-participation-following-vocational-rehabilitation-an-observational-study-among-patients-sick-listed-with-low-back-pain-from-a-randomised-clinical-trial-in-denmark
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Louise Lindholdt, Merete Labriola, Claus Vinther Nielsen, Trine Allerslev Horsbøl, Thomas Lund
INTRODUCTION: The return-to-work (RTW) process after long-term sickness absence is often complex and long and implies multiple shifts between different labour market states for the absentee. Standard methods for examining RTW research typically rely on the analysis of one outcome measure at a time, which will not capture the many possible states and transitions the absentee can go through. The purpose of this study was to explore the potential added value of sequence analysis in supplement to standard regression analysis of a multidisciplinary RTW intervention among patients with low back pain (LBP)...
July 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728714/the-impact-of-minimally-invasive-esophageal-surgery
#7
REVIEW
Thomas Fabian, John A Federico
Many esophageal patients with cancer were undertreated for their malignancy, which played a role in the poor long-term survival rate. Surgeons have been eager to see real change in short-term and long-term outcomes. Dramatic and profound advances continue toward improving surgical outcomes, techniques, and expanding the reach of esophagectomy, especially the use of minimally invasive techniques. This article discusses the surgical innovations that have occurred in the last decade and their impact on patients with esophageal cancer...
August 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728110/development-of-a-bioanalytical-test-battery-for-water-quality-monitoring-fingerprinting-identified-micropollutants-and-their-contribution-to-effects-in-surface-water
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Peta A Neale, Rolf Altenburger, Selim Aït-Aïssa, François Brion, Wibke Busch, Gisela de Aragão Umbuzeiro, Michael S Denison, David Du Pasquier, Klára Hilscherová, Henner Hollert, Daniel A Morales, Jiří Novák, Rita Schlichting, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Helene Serra, Ying Shao, Andrew J Tindall, Knut Erik Tollefsen, Timothy D Williams, Beate I Escher
Surface waters can contain a diverse range of organic pollutants, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals and industrial compounds. While bioassays have been used for water quality monitoring, there is limited knowledge regarding the effects of individual micropollutants and their relationship to the overall mixture effect in water samples. In this study, a battery of in vitro bioassays based on human and fish cell lines and whole organism assays using bacteria, algae, daphnids and fish embryos was assembled for use in water quality monitoring...
July 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726312/spinal-cord-stimulator-related-infections-findings-from-a-multicenter-retrospective-analysis-of-2737-implants
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Markus A Bendel, Travis O'Brien, Bryan C Hoelzer, Timothy R Deer, Thomas P Pittelkow, Shrif Costandi, David R Walega, Gerges Azer, Salim M Hayek, Zhen Wang, Jason S Eldrige, Wenchun Qu, Joshua M Rosenow, Steven M Falowski, Stephanie A Neuman, Susan M Moeschler, Catherine Wassef, Christopher Kim, Tariq Niazi, Taher Saifullah, Brian Yee, Chong Kim, Christine L Oryhan, Daniel T Warren, Imanuel Lerman, Ruben Mora, Michael Hanes, Thomas Simopoulos, Sanjiv Sharma, Chris Gilligan, Warren Grace, Timothy Ade, Nagy A Mekhail, John P Hunter, Daniel Choi, Deborah Y Choi
INTRODUCTION: Surgical site infection is a potential complication of spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implantation. Current understanding of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of these infections is based largely on small clinical studies, many of which are outdated. Evidence-based guidelines for management of SCS-related infections thus rely instead on expert opinion, case reports, and case series. In this study, we aim to provide a large scale retrospective study of infection management techniques specifically for SCS implantation...
July 20, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725452/mapmysmoke-feasibility-of-a-new-quit-cigarette-smoking-mobile-phone-application-using-integrated-geo-positioning-technology-and-motivational-messaging-within-a-primary-care-setting
#10
Robert S Schick, Thomas W Kelsey, John Marston, Kay Samson, Gerald W Humphris
BACKGROUND: Approximately 11,000 people die in Scotland each year as a result of smoking-related causes. Quitting smoking is relatively easy; maintaining a quit attempt is a very difficult task with success rates for unaided quit attempts stubbornly remaining in the single digits. Pharmaceutical treatment can improve these rates by lowering the overall reward factor of nicotine. However, these and related nicotine replacement therapies do not operate on, or address, the spatial and contextual aspects of smoking behaviour...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725430/acute-interstitial-nephritis-after-sequential-ipilumumab-nivolumab-therapy-of-metastatic-melanoma
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Lea Bottlaender, Anne-Laure Breton, Louis de Laforcade, Frederique Dijoud, Luc Thomas, Stephane Dalle
BACKGROUND: The anti-Programmed Death receptor 1 (anti-PD-1) antibodies nivolumab and pembrolizumab are new treatments in metastatic melanoma. Immunotherapies are best known to be responsible for thrombotic microangiopathy. However, immune interstitial nephritis has been described in a patient treated by nivolumab and ipilimumab concomitantly, and three cases of granulomatous interstitial nephritis have been reported with ipilimumab monotherapy. We report herein a case of acute interstitial immune nephritis in a patient treated with nivolumab after ipilimumab for pulmonary metastatic melanoma...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725365/the-clonal-root-system-of-balsam-poplar-in-upland-sites-of-quebec-and-alberta
#12
Kokouvi E Adonsou, Annie DesRochers, Francine Tremblay, Barb R Thomas, Nathalie Isabel
Balsam poplar seeds are short-lived and require moist seedbeds soon after they are released to germinate. In addition to sexual reproduction, balsam poplar stands can regenerate clonally by root suckering. The origin of stands will in turn affect their genetic structure and root system architecture, which are poorly understood for upland forest stands. Three stands were hydraulically excavated in Quebec (moist) and Alberta (dry) to determine the origin of trees and to characterize root systems with respect to presence of parental roots and root grafts connections...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724762/stability-of-cucumber-necrosis-virus-at-the-quasi-six-fold-axis-affects-zoospore-transmission
#13
Michael B Sherman, Kishore Kakani, D'Ann Rochon, Wen Jiang, Neil R Voss, Thomas J Smith
Cucumber necrosis virus (CNV) is a member of the genus Tombusvirus and has a monopartite positive-sense RNA genome. CNV is transmitted in nature via zoospores of the fungus, Olpidium bornovanus As with other members of the Tombusvirus genus, the CNV capsid swells when exposed to alkaline pH and EDTA. We previously demonstrated that a P73G mutation blocks the virus from zoospore transmission while not significantly affecting replication in plants (1). P73 lies immediately adjacent to a putative zinc binding site (2) that is formed by three icosahedrally related His residues in the N-termini of the C subunit at the quasi 6-fold axes...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724423/effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-telephone-based-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-in-primary-care-study-protocol-of-tide-telephone-intervention-for-depression
#14
Birgit Watzke, Elisa Haller, Maya Steinmann, Daniela Heddaeus, Martin Härter, Hans-Helmut König, Karl Wegscheider, Thomas Rosemann
BACKGROUND: Despite the availability of evidence-based treatments for depression, a large proportion of patients remains untreated or adequate treatment is initiated with delay. This situation is particularly critical in primary care, where not only most individuals first seek help for their mental health problems, but also depressive disorders - particularly mild to moderate levels of severity - are highly prevalent given the high comorbidity of chronic somatic conditions and depression...
July 19, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724142/the-aging-physician-and-the-medical-profession-a-review
#15
E Patchen Dellinger, Carlos A Pellegrini, Thomas H Gallagher
Importance: The issue of the aging physician and when to cease practice has been controversial for many years. There are reports of prominent physicians who practiced after becoming dangerous in old age, but the profession has not demonstrated the ability to prevent this. A mandatory retirement age could be discriminatory and take many competent physicians out of practice and risk a physician shortage. An increasing body of evidence regarding the relationship between physicians' age and performance has led organizations, such as the American College of Surgeons, to revisit this challenge...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724134/association-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-with-survival-in-patients-with-and-without-improved-ejection-fraction-secondary-analysis-of-the-sudden-cardiac-death-in-heart-failure-trial
#16
Selcuk Adabag, Kristen K Patton, Alfred E Buxton, Thomas S Rector, Kristine E Ensrud, Kairav Vakil, Wayne C Levy, Jeanne E Poole
Importance: Improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) to >35% occurs in many patients with reduced EF at baseline. To our knowledge, whether implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy improves survival for these patients is unknown. Objective: To examine the efficacy of ICD therapy in reducing risk of all-cause mortality and sudden cardiac death among patients with an EF ≤35% at baseline, with or without an improvement in EF to >35% during follow-up...
July 1, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723812/effects-of-12-weeks-resistance-training-on-sprint-and-jump-performance-in-competitive-adolescent-rugby-union-players
#17
Simon K Harries, David R Lubans, Anthony Buxton, Thomas H J MacDougall, Robin Callister
Sprint performance is an important characteristic for success in many sports, including rugby union. Resistance training is used to increase muscular fitness (i.e. strength, endurance and power) and may also be effective for improving sprint and jump performances. The aims of this study were to examine the effects of resistance training using two different periodized programs (linear and daily undulating) on sprint and jump performance and explore relationships between performance measures. Sixteen male (16...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723666/increased-cflip-expression-in-thymic-epithelial-tumors-blocks-autophagy-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signalling
#18
Djeda Belharazem, Albert Grass, Cornelia Paul, Mario Vitacolonna, Berthold Schalke, Ralf J Rieker, Daniel Körner, Philipp Jungebluth, Katja Simon-Keller, Peter Hohenberger, Eric M Roessner, Karsten Wiebe, Thomas Gräter, Thomas Kyriss, German Ott, Peter Geserick, Martin Leverkus, Philipp Ströbel, Alexander Marx
The anti-apoptotic cellular FLICE-like inhibitory protein cFLIP plays a pivotal role in normal tissues homoeostasis and the development of many tumors, but its role in normal thymus (NT), thymomas and thymic carcinomas (TC) is largely unknown.Expression, regulation and function of cFLIP were analyzed in biopsies of NT, thymomas, thymic squamous cell carcinomas (TSCC), thymic epithelial cells (TECs) derived thereof and in the TC line 1889c by qRT-PCR, western blot, shRNA techniques, and functional assays addressing survival, senescence and autophagy...
February 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723560/crkl-mediates-p110%C3%AE-dependent-pi3k-signaling-in-pten-deficient-cancer-cells
#19
Jing Zhang, Xueliang Gao, Fabienne Schmit, Guillaume Adelmant, Michael J Eck, Jarrod A Marto, Jean J Zhao, Thomas M Roberts
The p110β isoform of PI3K is preferentially activated in many tumors deficient in the phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN). However, the mechanism(s) linking PTEN loss to p110β activation remain(s) mysterious. Here, we identify CRKL as a member of the class of PI3Kβ-interacting proteins. Silencing CRKL expression in PTEN-null human cancer cells leads to a decrease in p110β-dependent PI3K signaling and cell proliferation. In contrast, CRKL depletion does not impair p110α-mediated signaling. Further study showed that CRKL binds to tyrosine-phosphorylated p130Cas in PTEN-null cancer cells...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723189/ionophore-based-titrimetric-detection-of-alkali-metal-ions-in-serum
#20
Jingying Zhai, Xiaojiang Xie, Thomas Cherubini, Eric Bakker
While the titrimetric assay is one of the most precise analytical techniques available, only a limited list of complexometric chelators is available, as many otherwise promising reagents are not water-soluble. Recent work demonstrated successful titrimetry with ion-exchanging polymeric nanospheres containing hydrophobic complexing agents, so-called ionophores, opening an exciting avenue in this field. However, this method was limited to ionophores of very high affinity to the analyte and exhibited a relatively limited titration capacity...
April 28, 2017: ACS Sensors
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