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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334287/climate-trends-in-the-wood-anatomy-of-acacia-sensu-stricto-leguminosae-mimosoideae
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Nigel W M Warwick, Luke Hailey, Kerri L Clarke, Peter E Gasson
Background and Aims: This study investigates the structural diversity of the secondary xylem of 54 species of Acacia from four taxonomic sections collected across five climate regions along a 1200 km E-W transect from sub-tropical [approx. 1400 mm mean annual precipitation (MAP)] to arid (approx. 240 mm MAP) in New South Wales, Australia. Acacia sensu stricto ( s.s. ) is a critical group for understanding the effect of climate and phylogeny on the functional anatomy of wood. Methods: Wood samples were sectioned in transverse, tangential and radial planes for light microscopy and analysis...
March 9, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334025/hla-expression-and-hla-type-associations-in-relation-to-ebv-status-in-hispanic-hodgkin-lymphoma-patients
#2
Luke B Fletcher, Rianne N Veenstra, Eric Y Loo, Amie E Hwang, Imran N Siddiqi, Lydia Visser, Bouke G Hepkema, Ilja M Nolte, Anke van den Berg, Wendy Cozen, Arjan Diepstra
A proportion of classical Hodgkin lymphomas harbor the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). We previously demonstrated that associations between Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) alleles and susceptibility to EBV+ classical Hodgkin lymphoma differ between European and Chinese populations. Data on Hispanic populations is missing. Here we examined the association between HLA type, tumor cell HLA expression and other characteristics in Hispanic Hodgkin lymphoma patients. Hispanic Hodgkin lymphoma patients diagnosed at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center from 2000-2012 were included (n = 65)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333179/obtaining-antibiotics-online-from-within-the-uk-a-cross-sectional-study
#3
Sara Elizabeth Boyd, Luke Stephen Prockter Moore, Mark Gilchrist, Ceire Costelloe, Enrique Castro-Sánchez, Bryony Dean Franklin, Alison Helen Holmes
Background: Improved antibiotic stewardship (AS) and reduced prescribing in primary care, with a parallel increase in personal internet use, could lead citizens to obtain antibiotics from alternative sources online. Objectives: A cross-sectional analysis was performed to: (i) determine the quality and legality of online pharmacies selling antibiotics to the UK public; (ii) describe processes for obtaining antibiotics online from within the UK; and (iii) identify resulting AS and patient safety issues...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331858/zika-virus-an-emerging-epidemic
#4
EDITORIAL
Anna Ratanacharoensiri, Luke Huggins, Mark Johnson, Isha Patel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329277/resting-right-ventricular-function-is-associated-with-exercise-performance-in-pah-but-not-in-cteph
#5
Michaela Beatrice Rehman, Luke S Howard, Luc P Christiaens, Dipender Gill, J Simon R Gibbs, Petros Nihoyannopoulos
Aims: To assess whether resting right ventricular (RV) function assessed by Global RV longitudinal strain (RVLS) and RV fractional area change (FAC) is associated with exercise performance in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Methods and results: We prospectively recruited 46 consecutive patients with PAH and 42 patients with CTEPH who were referred for cardio-pulmonary exercise testing (CPET) and transthoracic echocardiography...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329121/very-low-calorie-diets-for-weight-loss-in-obese-older-adults-a-randomized-trial
#6
Cilla J Haywood, Luke A Prendergast, Katrina Purcell, Lauren Le Fevre, Wen Kwang Lim, Mary Galea, Joseph Proietto
Background: Obesity contributes to disability in older adults, and this is offset by weight loss and exercise. Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) achieve rapid weight loss; however, these have not been rigorously evaluated in older people. Methods: A randomized trial was conducted from August 2012 through December 2015. The intervention was 12 weeks of thrice weekly exercise combined with either healthy eating advice (Ex/HE), hypocaloric diet (Ex/Diet), or VLCD (Ex/VLCD)...
February 20, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328988/molecular-mechanisms-of-thermal-resistance-of-the-insect-trypanosomatid-crithidia-thermophila
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Aygul Ishemgulova, Anzhelika Butenko, Lucie Kortišová, Carolina Boucinha, Anastasiia Grybchuk-Ieremenko, Karina A Morelli, Martina Tesařová, Natalya Kraeva, Danyil Grybchuk, Tomáš Pánek, Pavel Flegontov, Julius Lukeš, Jan Votýpka, Márcio Galvão Pavan, Fred R Opperdoes, Viktoria Spodareva, Claudia M d'Avila-Levy, Alexei Yu Kostygov, Vyacheslav Yurchenko
In the present work, we investigated molecular mechanisms governing thermal resistance of a monoxenous trypanosomatid Crithidia luciliae thermophila, which we reclassified as a separate species C. thermophila. We analyzed morphology, growth kinetics, and transcriptomic profiles of flagellates cultivated at low (23°C) and elevated (34°C) temperature. When maintained at high temperature, they grew significantly faster, became shorter, with genes involved in sugar metabolism and mitochondrial stress protection significantly upregulated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328934/proviruses-with-identical-sequences-comprise-a-large-fraction-of-the-replication-competent-hiv-reservoir
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John K Bui, Michele D Sobolewski, Brandon F Keele, Jonathan Spindler, Andrew Musick, Ann Wiegand, Brian T Luke, Wei Shao, Stephen H Hughes, John M Coffin, Mary F Kearney, John W Mellors
The major obstacle to curing HIV infection is the persistence of cells with intact proviruses that can produce replication-competent virus. This HIV reservoir is believed to exist primarily in CD4+ T-cells and is stable despite years of suppressive antiretroviral therapy. A potential mechanism for HIV persistence is clonal expansion of infected cells, but how often such clones carry replication-competent proviruses has been controversial. Here, we used single-genome sequencing to probe for identical HIV sequence matches among viruses recovered in different viral outgrowth cultures and between the sequences of outgrowth viruses and proviral or intracellular HIV RNA sequences in uncultured blood mononuclear cells from eight donors on suppressive ART with diverse proviral populations...
March 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328678/analysis-of-aeromedical-retrieval-coverage-using-elliptical-isochrones
#9
Luke Regan, Charles Lee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328531/provider-variability-in-the-initial-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-congenital-hypothyroidism
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Luke Cielonko, Tyler Hamby, John S Dallas, Luke Hamilton, Don P Wilson
BACKGROUND: Early diagnosis and expeditious treatment of newborns with congenital hypothyroidism (CH) is necessary to avoid mental retardation. METHODS: A survey of 44 practitioners in the southern US was conducted to better understand common practices regarding neonatal CH and the findings were compared with current guidelines in the US and Europe. RESULTS: Responses indicated some consensus that 10-15 μg of thyroid hormone/kg/day was the appropriate dosage...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326923/shared-worlds-multi-sited-ethnography-and-nursing-research
#11
Luke Molloy, Kim Walker, Richard Lakeman
Background Ethnography, originally developed for the study of supposedly small-scale societies, is now faced with an increasingly mobile, changing and globalised world. Cultural identities can exist without reference to a specific location and extend beyond regional and national boundaries. It is therefore no longer imperative that the sole object of the ethnographer's practice should be a geographically bounded site. Aim To present a critical methodological review of multi-sited ethnography. Discussion Understanding that it can no longer be taken with any certainty that location alone determines culture, multi-sited ethnography provides a method of contextualising multi-sited social phenomena...
March 22, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325032/limb-position-robust-classification-of-myoelectric-signals-for-prosthesis-control-using-sparse-representations
#12
Joseph L Betthauser, Christopher L Hunt, Luke E Osborn, Rahul R Kaliki, Nitish V Thakor
The fundamental objective in non-invasive myoelectric prosthesis control is to determine the user's intended movements from corresponding skin-surface recorded electromyographic (sEMG) activation signals as quickly and accurately as possible. Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) has emerged as the de facto standard for real-time movement classification due to its ease of use, calculation speed, and remarkable classification accuracy under controlled training conditions. However, performance of cluster-based methods like LDA for sEMG pattern recognition degrades significantly when real-world testing conditions do not resemble the trained conditions, limiting the utility of myoelectrically controlled prosthesis devices...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323831/genetic-assessment-of-age-associated-alzheimer-disease-risk-development-and-validation-of-a-polygenic-hazard-score
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Rahul S Desikan, Chun Chieh Fan, Yunpeng Wang, Andrew J Schork, Howard J Cabral, L Adrienne Cupples, Wesley K Thompson, Lilah Besser, Walter A Kukull, Dominic Holland, Chi-Hua Chen, James B Brewer, David S Karow, Karolina Kauppi, Aree Witoelar, Celeste M Karch, Luke W Bonham, Jennifer S Yokoyama, Howard J Rosen, Bruce L Miller, William P Dillon, David M Wilson, Christopher P Hess, Margaret Pericak-Vance, Jonathan L Haines, Lindsay A Farrer, Richard Mayeux, John Hardy, Alison M Goate, Bradley T Hyman, Gerard D Schellenberg, Linda K McEvoy, Ole A Andreassen, Anders M Dale
BACKGROUND: Identifying individuals at risk for developing Alzheimer disease (AD) is of utmost importance. Although genetic studies have identified AD-associated SNPs in APOE and other genes, genetic information has not been integrated into an epidemiological framework for risk prediction. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Using genotype data from 17,008 AD cases and 37,154 controls from the International Genomics of Alzheimer's Project (IGAP Stage 1), we identified AD-associated SNPs (at p < 10-5)...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323828/liquid-handling-lego-robots-and-experiments-for-stem-education-and-research
#14
Lukas C Gerber, Agnes Calasanz-Kaiser, Luke Hyman, Kateryna Voitiuk, Uday Patil, Ingmar H Riedel-Kruse
Liquid-handling robots have many applications for biotechnology and the life sciences, with increasing impact on everyday life. While playful robotics such as Lego Mindstorms significantly support education initiatives in mechatronics and programming, equivalent connections to the life sciences do not currently exist. To close this gap, we developed Lego-based pipetting robots that reliably handle liquid volumes from 1 ml down to the sub-μl range and that operate on standard laboratory plasticware, such as cuvettes and multiwell plates...
March 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323304/characterization-of-wavefront-errors-in-mouse-cranial-bone-using-second-harmonic-generation
#15
Kayvan Forouhesh Tehrani, Peter Kner, Luke J Mortensen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323141/mechanistic-and-pharmacologic-insights-on-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#16
REVIEW
Randy F Sweis, Jason J Luke
The concept of augmenting the immune system to eradicate cancer dates back at least a century. A major resurgence in cancer immunotherapy has occurred over the past decade since the identification and targeting of negative regulators with antibody therapies to augment the anti-tumor immune response. Unprecedented responses across a broad array of cancer types elevated this class of therapies to the forefront of cancer treatment. The most successful drugs to date target the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) pathways...
March 18, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322775/pregnancy-and-birth-outcomes-in-couples-with-infertility-with-and-without-assisted-reproductive-technology-with-an-emphasis-on-us-population-based-studies
#17
REVIEW
Barbara Luke
Infertility, defined as the inability to conceive within one year of unprotected intercourse, affects an estimated 80 million individuals worldwide, or 10-15 percent of couples of reproductive age. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) includes all infertility treatments to achieve conception; in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process by which an oocyte is fertilized by semen outside the body; non-IVF ART treatments include ovulation induction, artificial insemination, and intrauterine insemination. Use of ART has risen steadily in the United States during the past two decades due to several reasons, including childbearing at older maternal ages and increasing insurance coverage...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321940/anatomy-of-psoas-muscle-innervation-cadaveric-study
#18
Mark A Mahan, Luke E Sanders, Jian Guan, Andrew T Dailey, William Taylor, David A Morton
INTRODUCTION: Hip flexion weakness is relatively common after lateral transpsoas surgery. Persistent weakness may result from injury to the innervation of the psoas major muscles (PMMs); however, anatomical texts have conflicting descriptions of this innervation, and the branching pattern of the nerves within the psoas major, particularly relative to vertebral anatomy, has not been described. The authors dissected human cadavers to describe the branching pattern of nerves supplying the PMMs...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321381/skull-base-invasion-patterns-and-survival-outcomes-of-nonmelanoma-skin-cancers
#19
Yusuf Dundar, Richard B Cannon, Marcus M Monroe, Luke Oliver Buchmann, Jason Patrick Hunt
Objective Report routes of skull base invasion for head and neck nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) and their survival outcomes. Design Retrospective. Participants Ninety patients with NMSC with skull base invasion between 2004 and 2014. Major Outcome Measures Demographic, tumor characteristics, and treatments associated with different types of skull base invasion and disease-specific survival (DSS) and overall survival (OS). Results Perineural invasion (PNI) to the skull base occurred in 69% of patients, whereas 38% had direct skull base invasion...
April 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320601/coronary-atherosclerosis-in-indigenous-south-american-tsimane-a-cross-sectional-cohort-study
#20
Hillard Kaplan, Randall C Thompson, Benjamin C Trumble, L Samuel Wann, Adel H Allam, Bret Beheim, Bruno Frohlich, M Linda Sutherland, James D Sutherland, Jonathan Stieglitz, Daniel Eid Rodriguez, David E Michalik, Chris J Rowan, Guido P Lombardi, Ram Bedi, Angela R Garcia, James K Min, Jagat Narula, Caleb E Finch, Michael Gurven, Gregory S Thomas
BACKGROUND: Conventional coronary artery disease risk factors might potentially explain at least 90% of the attributable risk of coronary artery disease. To better understand the association between the pre-industrial lifestyle and low prevalence of coronary artery disease risk factors, we examined the Tsimane, a Bolivian population living a subsistence lifestyle of hunting, gathering, fishing, and farming with few cardiovascular risk factors, but high infectious inflammatory burden. METHODS: We did a cross-sectional cohort study including all individuals who self-identified as Tsimane and who were aged 40 years or older...
March 16, 2017: Lancet
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