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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318787/municipal-wastewater-treatment-plant-effluent-induced-effects-on-freshwater-mussel-populations-and-the-role-of-mussel-refugia-in-recolonizing-an-extirpated-reach
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Patricia L Gillis, Rodney McInnis, Joseph Salerno, Shane R de Solla, Mark R Servos, Erin M Leonard
Global human population and urbanization continually increase the volume of wastewater entering aquatic environments. Despite efforts to treat these effluents, they contribute a diverse suite of substances that enter watersheds at concentrations that have the potential to elicit adverse effects on aquatic organisms. The relationship between wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent exposure and biological responses within aquatic ecosystems remains poorly understood, especially at the population level. To examine the effect of WWTP effluents on sentinel invertebrates, freshwater mussels were assessed in the Grand River, Ontario, in populations associated with the outfall of a major WWTP...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317617/companion-animal-owner-perceptions-knowledge-and-beliefs-regarding-pain-management-in-end-of-life-care
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Roschelle Heuberger, Michael Petty, Janice Huntingford
The senior companion animal is the fastest growing segment of the pet population. End-of-life care, quality of life, and pain management (PM) are extremely important to pet owners. Research into PM and end-of-life care is essential due to lack of information on owner knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. A survey was developed to gather information from owners. Surveys were developed using expert focus groups, and participants were recruited through social media. Survey validation employed emergent themes and grounded theory...
December 2016: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317160/contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-vs-b-mode-ultrasound-for-visualization-of-intima-media-thickness-and-detection-of-plaques-in-human-carotid-arteries
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Benoy N Shah, Navtej S Chahal, Jaspal S Kooner, Roxy Senior
BACKGROUND: Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque are recognized markers of increased risk for cerebrovascular events. Accurate visualization of the IMT and plaques is dependent upon image quality. Ultrasound contrast agents improve image quality during echocardiography-this study assessed whether contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) improves carotid IMT visualization and plaque detection in an asymptomatic population. METHODS & RESULTS: Individuals free from known cardiovascular disease, enrolled in a community study, underwent B-mode and CEUS carotid imaging...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317155/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-dipping-pattern-in-hypertensive-patients-on-the-left-ventricular-systolic-functions-by-two-dimensional-strain-analysis
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Hüseyin Göksülük, Ulvin Habibova, Aydan Ongun, Müge Akbulut, Nil Özyüncü, Türkan Seda Tan Kürklü, Cetin Erol
BACKGROUND: Nondipping blood pressure pattern carry a high risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications due to a higher cumulative pressure overload. We aimed to define the role of strain analysis for detecting subclinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction in recently diagnosed nondipper and dipper hypertensive patients with normal left ventricular systolic function. METHODS: Study population consisted of two groups of patients, Group 1: 45 dipper patients and Group 2: 43 nondipper patients...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316909/utilization-of-social-media-and-web-forums-by-hiv-patients-a-cross-sectional-study-on-adherence-and-reported-anxiety-level
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Elisa Longinetti, Vinoth Manoharan, Hala Ayoub, Pamela J Surkan, Ziad El-Khatib
Due to the high stigma surrounding the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), people living with HIV (PLWH) often reach out peers over the Internet for emotional and social support. The purpose of this study was to assess the characteristics of PLWH who use HIV internet forums. A cross-sectional study was conducted using an online survey investigating demographic characteristics of PLWH, level of satisfaction of the HIV Internet forums, time living with HIV, forum users' anxiety levels, self-reported adherence to antiretroviral treatment (ART), and reasons for missing pills (n = 222)...
June 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315925/fine-mapping-of-the-restorer-gene-rfp3-from-an-iranian-primitive-rye-secale-cereale-l
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Bernd Hackauf, Eva Bauer, Viktor Korzun, Thomas Miedaner
A comparative genetics approach allowed to precisely determine the map position of the restorer gene Rfp3 in rye and revealed that Rfp3 and the restorer gene Rfm1 in barley reside at different positions in a syntenic 4RL/6HS segment. Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) is a reliable and striking genetic mechanism for hybrid seed production. Breeding of CMS-based hybrids in cereals requires the use of effective restorer genes as an indispensable pre-requisite. We report on the fine mapping of a restorer gene for the Pampa cytoplasm in winter rye that has been tapped from the Iranian primitive rye population Altevogt 14160...
March 18, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315740/population-based-mri-and-dti-templates-of-the-adult-ferret-brain-and-tools-for-voxelwise-analysis
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E B Hutchinson, S C Schwerin, K L Radomski, N Sadeghi, J Jenkins, M E Komlosh, M O Irfanoglu, S L Juliano, C Pierpaoli
Non-invasive imaging has the potential to play a crucial role in the characterization and translation of experimental animal models to investigate human brain development and disorders, especially when employed to study animal models that more accurately represent features of human neuroanatomy. The purpose of this study was to build and make available MRI and DTI templates and analysis tools for the ferret brain as the ferret is a well-suited species for pre-clinical MRI studies with folded cortical surface, relatively high white matter volume and body dimensions that allow imaging with pre-clinical MRI scanners...
March 15, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314086/risk-perception-and-disaster-preparedness-in-immigrants-and-canadian-born-adults-analysis-of-a-national-survey-on-similarities-and-differences
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An Gie Yong, Louise Lemyre, Celine Pinsent, Daniel Krewski
Research has documented that immigrants tend to experience more negative consequences from natural disasters compared to native-born individuals, although research on how immigrants perceive and respond to natural disaster risks is sparse. We investigated how risk perception and disaster preparedness for natural disasters in immigrants compared to Canadian-born individuals as justifications for culturally-adapted risk communication and management. To this end, we analyzed the ratings on natural disaster risk perception beliefs and preparedness behaviors from a nationally representative survey (N = 1,089)...
March 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303942/signature-of-an-aggregation-prone-conformation-of-tau
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Neil A Eschmann, Elka R Georgieva, Pritam Ganguly, Peter P Borbat, Maxime D Rappaport, Yasar Akdogan, Jack H Freed, Joan-Emma Shea, Songi Han
The self-assembly of the microtubule associated tau protein into fibrillar cell inclusions is linked to a number of devastating neurodegenerative disorders collectively known as tauopathies. The mechanism by which tau self-assembles into pathological entities is a matter of much debate, largely due to the lack of direct experimental insights into the earliest stages of aggregation. We present pulsed double electron-electron resonance measurements of two key fibril-forming regions of tau, PHF6 and PHF6*, in transient as aggregation happens...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303613/feasibility-of-liquid-nitrogen-cryotherapy-after-failed-radiofrequency-ablation-for-barrett-s-esophagus
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Arvind J Trindade, Sumant Inamdar, Shivangi Kothari, Joshua Berkowitz, Matthew McKinley, Vivek Kaul
OBJECTIVES: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for dysplastic Barrett's esophagus (BE) is highly effective. RFA failures are infrequent but can be a challenging cohort to manage. There is limited data on the feasibility of liquid nitrogen cryospray ablation for the complete eradication of dysplasia (CE-D) and/or intestinal metaplasia (CE-IM) after RFA has failed to achieve CE-IM in patients with dysplastic BE. METHODS: This is a retrospective review from two medical centers of prospectively maintained databases looking at patients that underwent liquid nitrogen cryospray ablation for refractory intestinal metaplasia post failed RFA...
March 16, 2017: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303181/seasonal-home-range-dynamics-and-sex-differences-in-habitat-use-in-a-threatened-coastal-marsh-bird
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Jaan R Kolts, Susan B McRae
A comprehensive understanding of spatiotemporal ecology is needed to develop conservation strategies for declining species. The king rail (Rallus elegans) is a secretive marsh bird whose range historically extended across the eastern United States. Inland migratory populations have been greatly reduced with most remaining populations inhabiting the coastal margins. Our objectives were to determine the migratory status of breeding king rails on the mid-Atlantic coast and to characterize home range size, seasonal patterns of movement, and habitat use...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302611/site-and-rate-of-occlusive-disease-in-cervicocerebral-arteries-a-ct-angiography-study-of-2209-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke
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D C Rotzinger, P J Mosimann, R A Meuli, P Maeder, P Michel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: CTA can rapidly and accurately detect and localize occlusive disease in patients with ischemic stroke. We have used CTA to assess arterial stenosis and occlusion in an ischemic stroke population arriving at a tertiary stroke center within 24 hours of symptom onset in order to obtain a comprehensive picture of occlusive disease pattern, and to determine the proportion of eligible candidates for endovascular treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke admitted to a single center between 2003 and 2012, collected in the Acute Stroke Registry and Analysis of Lausanne data base, were retrospectively analyzed...
March 16, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301553/multiplex-pcr-as-a-tool-for-the-diagnosis-of-leishmania-spp-kdna-and-the-gapdh-housekeeping-gene-of-mammal-hosts
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Renata de Cássia-Pires, Myllena de Fátima Alheiros Dias de Melo, Raquel da Hora Barbosa, André Luiz Rodrigues Roque
BACKGROUND: The PCR assays usually employed for Leishmania diagnosis does not simultaneously detect a constitutive gene that would certify the viability of the DNA sample. We present a multiplex PCR approach for the simultaneous diagnosis of the Leishmania sp. kDNA fragment and a catalytic domain segment of a conserved region of the mammalian gapdh gene. METHODOLOGY: The proposed multiplex protocol was designed through in silico PCR. The annealing temperature, concentration of primer pairs, number of cycles, distinct polymerase enzymes and premix kit were defined to achieve an optimal reaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299892/the-relationship-between-j-waves-and-contact-of-lung-cancer-with-the-heart
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Hideki Hayashi, Qi Wu, Minoru Horie
BACKGROUND: J waves result mainly from an increased density of transient outward current (Ito ). Mechanical stretch to the heart activates multiple signal transduction pathways, in which Ito may be involved. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that mechanical contact of lung cancer with the heart may manifest J waves. METHODS: We reviewed 12-lead electrocardiograms to examine whether J waves were associated with contact of lung cancer with the heart...
March 16, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299225/thrombosis-of-the-azygos-anterior-cerebral-artery
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Camila Soares Moreira de Sousa, Carla Lorena Vasques Mendes de Miranda, Marcelo Coelho Avelino, Breno Braga Bastos, Rafael Soares Moreira de Sousa, Carla Valéria Vasques Mendes de Miranda
The azygos anterior cerebral artery is a rare variant, characterized by the absence of the anterior communicating artery and the union of two proximal segments of the anterior cerebral artery, forming a single trunk and ascending through the interhemispheric fissure. The incidence in the population varies from 0.3 to 2%. The presence of occlusion for this vessel causes bifrontal infarcts, with potentially devastating functional consequences, hence the importance of recognizing this anatomical variation in imaging exams...
2017: Case Reports in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298214/climat-het-detecting-subclonal-copy-number-alterations-and-loss-of-heterozygosity-in-heterogeneous-tumor-samples-from-whole-genome-sequencing-data
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Zhenhua Yu, Ao Li, Minghui Wang
BACKGROUND: Copy number alterations (CNA) and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) represent a large proportion of genetic structural variations of cancer genomes. These aberrations are continuously accumulated during the procedure of clonal evolution and patterned by phylogenetic branching. This invariably results in the emergence of multiple cell populations with distinct complement of mutational landscapes in tumor sample. With the advent of next-generation sequencing technology, inference of subclonal populations has become one of the focused interests in cancer-associated studies, and is usually based on the assessment of combinations of somatic single-nucleotide variations (SNV), CNA and LOH...
March 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297177/kinematics-of-the-pelvis-torso-and-lower-limb-during-obstacle-negotiation-while-under-temporal-constraints
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Jesse C Christensen, Christopher R Wilson, Andrew S Merryweather, K Bo Foreman
Biomechanics of unobstructed locomotion consists of synchronized complex movements of the pelvis, torso, and lower limbs. These movement patterns become more complex as individuals encounter obstacles or negotiate uneven terrain. To date, limited research has explored how specifically the pelvis, torso, and lower limb segments relate to obstacle negotiation of varying sized objects combined with temporal constraints to perform the task. Understanding pelvis and adjoining segment movements during object negotiation will provide necessary information in identifying abnormal mechanics and potential fall risk characteristics in balance compromised patient populations...
April 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295820/comparison-of-readout-segmented-and-conventional-single-shot-for-echo-planar-diffusion-weighted-imaging-in-the-assessment-of-kidney-interstitial-fibrosis
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Iris Friedli, Lindsey Alexandra Crowe, Thomas de Perrot, Lena Berchtold, Pierre-Yves Martin, Sophie de Seigneux, Jean-Paul Vallée
PURPOSE: To compare readout-segmented echo-planar imaging (EPI) (RESOLVE) to single-shot EPI (ss-EPI) diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for the assessment of renal interstitial fibrosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A phantom, eight healthy volunteers (under 30 years to avoid age-fibrosis related) and 27 chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients (scheduled for kidney biopsy) were scanned (at 3T) with ss-EPI and 5-shot RESOLVE DWI (resolution: 2 × 2 × 5 mm(3) , 10 b-values)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295375/x-ray-scatter-correction-for-dedicated-cone-beam-breast-ct-using-a-forward-projection-model
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Linxi Shi, Srinivasan Vedantham, Andrew Karellas, Lei Zhu
PURPOSE: The quality of dedicated cone-beam breast CT (CBBCT) imaging is fundamentally limited by x-ray scatter contamination due to the large irradiation volume. In this paper, we propose a scatter correction method for CBBCT using a novel forward projection model with high correction efficacy and reliability. METHOD: We first coarsely segment the uncorrected, first-pass, reconstructed CBBCT images into binary-object maps and assign the segmented fibroglandular and adipose tissue with the correct attenuation coefficients based on the mean x-ray energy...
March 15, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292256/a-novel-measure-and-significance-testing-in-data-analysis-of-cell-image-segmentation
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Jin Chu Wu, Michael Halter, Raghu N Kacker, John T Elliott, Anne L Plant
BACKGROUND: Cell image segmentation (CIS) is an essential part of quantitative imaging of biological cells. Designing a performance measure and conducting significance testing are critical for evaluating and comparing the CIS algorithms for image-based cell assays in cytometry. Many measures and methods have been proposed and implemented to evaluate segmentation methods. However, computing the standard errors (SE) of the measures and their correlation coefficient is not described, and thus the statistical significance of performance differences between CIS algorithms cannot be assessed...
March 14, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
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