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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535743/acceptability-of-complementary-foods-that-incorporate-moringa-oleifera-leaf-powder-among-infants-and-their-caregivers
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Laurene Boateng, Ruth Nyarko, Matilda Asante, Matilda Steiner-Asiedu
BACKGROUND: Moringa Oleifera leaf powder (MLP) is a nutrient-rich and readily available food resource that has the potential to improve the micronutrient quality of complementary foods in developing countries. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the acceptability of complementary foods fortified with MLP. METHODS: Moringa Oleifera leaf powder was fed to infants either as part of a cereal-legume complementary food blend (MCL-35 g) or by sprinkling as a food supplement (MS-5 g) on infant's usual foods...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499398/biomechanical-evaluation-of-a-novel-dualplate-fixation-method-for-proximal-humeral-fractures-without-medial-support
#2
Yu He, Yaoshen Zhang, Yan Wang, Dongsheng Zhou, Fu Wang
BACKGROUND: Comminuted fractures of the proximal humerus are generally treated with the locking plate system, and clinical results are satisfactory. However, unstable support of the medial column results in varus malunion and screw perforation. We designed a novel medial anatomical locking plate (MLP) to directly support the medial column. Theoretically, the combined application of locking plate and MLP (LPMP) would directly provide strong dual-column stability. We hypothesized that the LPMP could provide greater construct stability than the locking plate alone (LP), locking plate combined with a fibular graft (LPSG), and locking plate combined with a distal radius plate (LPDP)...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490578/investigating-clinical-issues-by-genotyping-of-medically-important-fungi-why-and-how
#3
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Alexandre Alanio, Marie Desnos-Ollivier, Dea Garcia-Hermoso, Stéphane Bretagne
Genotyping studies of medically important fungi have addressed elucidation of outbreaks, nosocomial transmissions, infection routes, and genotype-phenotype correlations, of which secondary resistance has been most intensively investigated. Two methods have emerged because of their high discriminatory power and reproducibility: multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and microsatellite length polymorphism (MLP) using short tandem repeat (STR) markers. MLST relies on single-nucleotide polymorphisms within the coding regions of housekeeping genes...
July 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484935/computational-models-for-the-classification-of-mpges-1-inhibitors-with-fingerprint-descriptors
#4
Zhonghua Xia, Aixia Yan
Human microsomal prostaglandin [Formula: see text] synthase (mPGES)-1 is a promising drug target for inflammation and other diseases with inflammatory symptoms. In this work, we built classification models which were able to classify mPGES-1 inhibitors into two groups: highly active inhibitors and weakly active inhibitors. A dataset of 1910 mPGES-1 inhibitors was separated into a training set and a test set by two methods, by a Kohonen's self-organizing map or by random selection. The molecules were represented by different types of fingerprint descriptors including MACCS keys (MACCS), CDK fingerprints, Estate fingerprints, PubChem fingerprints, substructure fingerprints and 2D atom pairs fingerprint...
May 8, 2017: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476191/analysis-of-normal-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cell-contents-in-childhood-acute-leukemia-bone-marrow
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Juan Carlos Balandrán, Eduardo Vadillo, David Dozal, Alfonso Reyes-López, Antonio Sandoval-Cabrera, Merle Denisse Laffont-Ortiz, Jessica L Prieto-Chávez, Armando Vilchis-Ordoñez, Henry Quintela-Nuñez Del Prado, Héctor Mayani, Juan Carlos Núñez-Enríquez, Juan Manuel Mejía-Aranguré, Briceida López-Martínez, Elva Jiménez-Hernández, Rosana Pelayo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Childhood acute leukemias (AL) are characterized by the excessive production of malignant precursor cells at the expense of effective blood cell development. The dominance of leukemic cells over normal progenitors may result in either direct suppression of functional hematopoiesis or remodeling of microenvironmental niches, contributing to BM failure and AL-associated mortality. We undertook this study to investigate the contents and functional activity of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPC) and their relationship to immune cell production and risk status in AL pediatric patients...
November 2016: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462208/diagnosis-of-the-ocd-patients-using-drawing-features-of-the-bender-gestalt-shapes
#6
R Boostani, F Asadi, N Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: Since psychological tests such as questionnaire or drawing tests are almost qualitative, their results carry a degree of uncertainty and sometimes subjectivity. The deficiency of all drawing tests is that the assessment is carried out after drawing the objects and lots of information such as pen angle, speed, curvature and pressure are missed through the test. In other words, the psychologists cannot assess their patients while running the tests. One of the famous drawing tests to measure the degree of Obsession Compulsion Disorder (OCD) is the Bender Gestalt, though its reliability is not promising...
March 2017: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459832/a-shallow-convolutional-neural-network-for-blind-image-sharpness-assessment
#7
Shaode Yu, Shibin Wu, Lei Wang, Fan Jiang, Yaoqin Xie, Leida Li
Blind image quality assessment can be modeled as feature extraction followed by score prediction. It necessitates considerable expertise and efforts to handcraft features for optimal representation of perceptual image quality. This paper addresses blind image sharpness assessment by using a shallow convolutional neural network (CNN). The network takes single feature layer to unearth intrinsic features for image sharpness representation and utilizes multilayer perceptron (MLP) to rate image quality. Different from traditional methods, CNN integrates feature extraction and score prediction into an optimization procedure and retrieves features automatically from raw images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459697/early-detection-of-peak-demand-days-of-chronic-respiratory-diseases-emergency-department-visits-using-artificial-neural-networks
#8
Krishan Lal Khatri, Lakshman Tamil
Chronic Respiratory diseases, mainly asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), affect the lives of people by limiting their activities in various aspects. Overcrowding of hospital emergency departments (EDs) due to respiratory diseases in certain weather and environmental pollution conditions results in the degradation of quality of medical care, and even limits its availability. A useful tool for ED managers would be to forecast peak demand days so that they can take steps to improve the availability of medical care...
April 26, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451951/gastrointestinal-mantle-cell-lymphoma-with-isolated-mass-and-multiple-lymphomatous-polyposis-report-of-two-cases
#9
Shunichi Yanai, Shotaro Nakamura, Satoko Yamaguchi, Keisuke Kawasaki, Kazuyuki Ishida, Tamotsu Sugai, Junji Umeno, Motohiro Esaki, Takayuki Matsumoto
We herein report two patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), who had isolated mass and multiple lymphomatous polyposis (MLP) in the gastrointestinal tract. In case 1, esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed a protruding mass in the duodenum and double-balloon endoscopy disclosed numerous polypoid lesions in the ileum. Case 2 had polyposis in the duodenum and a large mass-forming lesion in the ascending colon. Based on the histologic and immunohistochemical findings of the biopsy specimens, the diagnosis of MCL was made in both patients...
April 27, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436410/a-new-approach-to-develop-computer-aided-diagnosis-scheme-of-breast-mass-classification-using-deep-learning-technology
#10
Yuchen Qiu, Shiju Yan, Rohith Reddy Gundreddy, Yunzhi Wang, Samuel Cheng, Hong Liu, Bin Zheng
PURPOSE: To develop and test a deep learning based computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) scheme of mammograms for classifying between malignant and benign masses. METHODS: An image dataset involving 560 regions of interest (ROIs) extracted from digital mammograms was used. After down-sampling each ROI from 512×512 to 64×64 pixel size, we applied an 8 layer deep learning network that involves 3 pairs of convolution-max-pooling layers for automatic feature extraction and a multiple layer perceptron (MLP) classifier for feature categorization to process ROIs...
April 18, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434915/x-ray-crystallography-and-electron-microscopy-of-cross-and-multi-module-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-proteins-reveal-a-flexible-architecture
#11
Michael J Tarry, Asfarul S Haque, Khanh Huy Bui, T Martin Schmeing
Nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS) are macromolecular machines that produce peptides with diverse activities. Structural information exists for domains, didomains, and even modules, but little is known about higher-order organization. We performed a multi-technique study on constructs from the dimodular NRPS DhbF. We determined a crystal structure of a cross-module construct including the adenylation (A) and peptidyl carrier protein (PCP) domains from module 1 and the condensation domain from module 2, complexed with an adenosine-vinylsulfonamide inhibitor and an MbtH-like protein (MLP)...
May 2, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429925/robot-assisted-laparoendoscopic-single-site-versus-mini-laparoscopic-pyeloplasty-a-comparison-of-perioperative-functional-and-cosmetic-results
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Cristian Fiori, Riccardo Bertolo, Matteo Manfredi, Fabrizio Mele, Daniele Amparore, Giovanni Cattaneo, Ivano Morra, Roberto M Scarpa, Francesco Porpiglia
BACKGROUND: New approaches have been developed to further reduce the invasiveness of laparoscopic pyeloplasty (P) as treatment for uretero-pelvic junction obstruction (UPJO). Aim of the study was to compare perioperative, functional and cosmetic results of mini-laparoscopic (mL-P) versus robot-assisted laparoendoscopic single-site P (rLESS-P). METHODS: Since April 2009 to June 2010, 12 adult patients with primary UPJO, BMI<25 and no previous abdominal surgeries were enrolled undergoing mLP (3-mm instruments only)...
April 20, 2017: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408281/comparison-of-ann-mlp-anfis-svm-and-rf-models-for-the-online-classification-of-heating-value-of-burning-municipal-solid-waste-in-circulating-fluidized-bed-incinerators
#13
Haihui You, Zengyi Ma, Yijun Tang, Yuelan Wang, Jianhua Yan, Mingjiang Ni, Kefa Cen, Qunxing Huang
The heating values, particularly lower heating values of burning municipal solid waste are critically important parameters in operating circulating fluidized bed incineration systems. However, the heating values change widely and frequently, while there is no reliable real-time instrument to measure heating values in the process of incinerating municipal solid waste. A rapid, cost-effective, and comparative methodology was proposed to evaluate the heating values of burning MSW online based on prior knowledge, expert experience, and data-mining techniques...
April 10, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406806/improved-hiv-and-tb-knowledge-and-competence-among-mid-level-providers-in-a-cluster-randomized-trial-of-one-on-one-mentorship-for-task-shifting
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Sarah Naikoba, Kaggwa Dan Senjovu, Pallen Mugabe, Carey McCarthy, Patricia L Riley, Damazo Trevor Kadengye, Shona Dalal
INTRODUCTION: Health worker shortages pose a challenge to the scale-up of HIV care and treatment in Uganda. Training mid-level providers (MLP) in the provision of HIV and TB treatment can expand existing health workforce capacity and access to HIV services. METHODS: We conducted a cluster-randomized trial of, on-site clinical mentorship for HIV and TB care at 10 health facilities in rural Uganda. Twenty MLP and were randomly assigned to an intervention of eight hours a week of one on one mentorship, every six weeks over a nine month period; and another twenty to the control of no clinical mentorship...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377757/mycobacterial-cultures-contain-cell-size-and-density-specific-sub-populations-of-cells-with-significant-differential-susceptibility-to-antibiotics-oxidative-and-nitrite-stress
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Srinivasan Vijay, Rashmi Ravindran Nair, Deepti Sharan, Kishor Jakkala, Nagaraja Mukkayyan, Sharmada Swaminath, Atul Pradhan, Niranjan V Joshi, Parthasarathi Ajitkumar
The present study shows the existence of two specific sub-populations of Mycobacterium smegmatis and Mycobacterium tuberculosis cells differing in size and density, in the mid-log phase (MLP) cultures, with significant differential susceptibility to antibiotic, oxidative, and nitrite stress. One of these sub-populations (~10% of the total population), contained short-sized cells (SCs) generated through highly-deviated asymmetric cell division (ACD) of normal/long-sized mother cells and symmetric cell divisions (SCD) of short-sized mother cells...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377582/nociceptive-drg-neurons-express-muscle-lim-protein-upon-axonal-injury
#16
Evgeny Levin, Anastasia Andreadaki, Philipp Gobrecht, Frank Bosse, Dietmar Fischer
Muscle lim protein (MLP) has long been regarded as a cytosolic and nuclear muscular protein. Here, we show that MLP is also expressed in a subpopulation of adult rat dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons in response to axonal injury, while the protein was not detectable in naïve cells. Detailed immunohistochemical analysis of L4/L5 DRG revealed ~3% of MLP-positive neurons 2 days after complete sciatic nerve crush and maximum ~10% after 4-14 days. Similarly, in mixed cultures from cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral DRG ~6% of neurons were MLP-positive after 2 days and maximal 17% after 3 days...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371526/development-of-a-hypoxic-radiosensitizer-prodrug-liposome-delivery-dna-repair-inhibitor-dbait-combination-with-radiotherapy-for-glioma-therapy
#17
Hongmei Liu, Yifan Cai, Yafei Zhang, Yandong Xie, Hui Qiu, Lei Hua, Xuejiao Liu, Yuling Li, Jun Lu, Longzhen Zhang, Rutong Yu
Gliomas are highly radioresistant tumors, mainly due to hypoxia in the core region of the gliomas and efficient DNA double-strand break repair. However, the design of a radiosensitizer incorporating the two above mechanisms is difficult and has rarely been reported. Thus, this study develops a hypoxic radiosensitizer-prodrug liposome (MLP) to deliver the DNA repair inhibitor Dbait (MLP/Dbait) to achieve the simultaneous entry of radiosensitizers with two different mechanisms into the glioma. MLP/Dbait effectively sensitizes glioma cells to X-ray radiotherapy (RT)...
March 30, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369518/misregulation-of-calcium-handling-proteins-promotes-hyperactivation-of-calcineurin-nfat-signaling-in-skeletal-muscle-of-dm1-mice
#18
Aymeric Ravel-Chapuis, Guy Bélanger, Jocelyn Côté, Robin N Michel, Bernard J Jasmin
Myotonic Dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is caused by an expansion of CUG repeats in DMPK mRNAs. This mutation affects alternative splicing through misregulation of RNA-binding proteins. Amongst pre-mRNAs that are misspliced, several code for proteins involved in calcium homeostasis suggesting that calcium-handling and signaling are perturbed in DM1. Here, we analyzed expression of such proteins in DM1 mouse muscle. We found that the levels of several sarcoplasmic reticulum proteins (SERCA1, sarcolipin and calsequestrin) are altered, likely contributing to an imbalance in calcium homeostasis...
March 27, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353684/posture-detection-based-on-smart-cushion-for-wheelchair-users
#19
Congcong Ma, Wenfeng Li, Raffaele Gravina, Giancarlo Fortino
The postures of wheelchair users can reveal their sitting habit, mood, and even predict health risks such as pressure ulcers or lower back pain. Mining the hidden information of the postures can reveal their wellness and general health conditions. In this paper, a cushion-based posture recognition system is used to process pressure sensor signals for the detection of user's posture in the wheelchair. The proposed posture detection method is composed of three main steps: data level classification for posture detection, backward selection of sensor configuration, and recognition results compared with previous literature...
March 29, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344192/effect-of-investigational-kisspeptin-metastin-analog-tak-683-on-luteinizing-hormone-secretion-at-different-stages-of-the-luteal-phase-in-goats
#20
Larasati Puji Rahayu, Mohammed El Behiry, Natsumi Endo, Tomomi Tanaka
This study aimed to examine the response of luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion and ovarian steroid profile to TAK-683, an investigational metastin/kisspeptin analog, through treatment during different stages of the luteal phase in goats. Nine cycling Shiba goats (4.4 ± 2.3 years old) were assigned to early luteal phase (ELP, n = 4), mid-luteal phase (MLP, n = 4), and control (n = 5) groups. The ELP and MLP groups were administered 50 µg of TAK-683 intravenously on either day 5 or between days 7-14 after ovulation, respectively...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
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