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Stijn Baert, Simon Amez
We test the soccer myth suggesting that a particularly good moment to score a goal is just before half time. To this end, rich data on 1,179 games played in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League are analysed. In contrast to the myth, we find that, conditional on the goal difference and other game characteristics at half time, the final goal difference at the advantage of the home team is 0.520 goals lower in case of a goal just before half time by this team. We show that this finding relates to this team's lower probability of scoring a goal during the second half...
2018: PloS One
Y Xu, G Randers-Pehrson, S A Marino, G Garty, A Harken, D J Brenner
A horizontal multi-purpose microbeam system with a single electrostatic quadruplet focusing lens has been developed at the Columbia University Radiological Research Accelerator Facility (RARAF). It is coupled with the RARAF 5.5 MV Singleton accelerator (High Voltage Engineering Europa, the Netherlands) and provides micrometer-size beam for single cell irradiation experiments. It is also used as the primary beam for a neutron microbeam and microPIXE (particle induced x-ray emission) experiment because of its high particle fluence...
April 21, 2018: Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Stefan Meyer, Marek Tulej, Peter Wurz
The exploration of habitable environments around the gas giants in the Solar System is of major interest in upcoming planetary missions. Exactly this theme is addressed by the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission of the European Space Agency (ESA), which will characterise Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto as planetary objects and potential habitats. The NIM, Neutral gas and Ion Mass spectrometer, is part of the PEP experiment and will be used to measure the chemical composition of the exospheres of the icy Jovian moons...
January 2018: Review of Scientific Instruments
Kyriaki Tzogani, Elisabeth Penninga, Marie Louise Schougaard Christiansen, Doris Hovgaard, Sinan B Sarac, Jorge Camarero Jimenez, Isabel Garcia, Marta Lafuente, Arantxa Sancho-López, Tomas Salmonson, Christian Gisselbrecht, Francesco Pignatti
On May 20, 2016, a conditional marketing authorization valid through the European Union (EU) was issued for daratumumab as monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma, whose prior therapy included a proteasome inhibitor (PI) and an immunomodulatory drug (IMiD) and who had demonstrated disease progression on the last therapy. The review of daratumumab was conducted under the EMA's accelerated assessment program for drugs that are of major interest for public health, especially from the point of view of therapeutic innovation...
January 25, 2018: Oncologist
Steven D Vance, Sharon Kedar, Mark P Panning, Simon C Stähler, Bruce G Bills, Ralph D Lorenz, Hsin-Hua Huang, W T Pike, Julie C Castillo, Philippe Lognonné, Victor C Tsai, Alyssa R Rhoden
Ice-covered ocean worlds possess diverse energy sources and associated mechanisms that are capable of driving significant seismic activity, but to date no measurements of their seismic activity have been obtained. Such investigations could reveal the transport properties and radial structures, with possibilities for locating and characterizing trapped liquids that may host life and yielding critical constraints on redox fluxes and thus on habitability. Modeling efforts have examined seismic sources from tectonic fracturing and impacts...
January 2018: Astrobiology
Thiago Altair, Marcio G B de Avellar, Fabio Rodrigues, Douglas Galante
There is an increasing interest in the icy moons of the Solar System due to their potential habitability and as targets for future exploratory missions, which include astrobiological goals. Several studies have reported new results describing the details of these moons' geological settings; however, there is still a lack of information regarding the deep subsurface environment of the moons. The purpose of this article is to evaluate the microbial habitability of Europa constrained by terrestrial analogue environments and sustained by radioactive energy provided by natural unstable isotopes...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
Antonella Zanzi, Jann Th Martinsohn
January 1, 2017: Database: the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation
Domenica Taruscio, Giovanna Floridia, Marco Salvatore, Stephen C Groft, William A Gahl
Rare diseases (RD), according to European Union criteria, affect 5 per 10,000 persons, or 30 million people, in the EU; in the USA, RD are defined as conditions that affect fewer than 200,000 individuals in the population (320 million). Most known rare disorders are severe and chronic, with many being degenerative and life threatening. There are roughly 5000-8000 rare diseases (European Commission, DG Health and Food Safety, Public Health, Rare Diseases, Policy.
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Kyriaki Tzogani, Paula van Hennik, Ita Walsh, Pieter De Graeff, Annika Folin, Jan Sjöberg, Tomas Salmonson, Jonas Bergh, Edward Laane, Heinz Ludwig, Christian Gisselbrecht, Francesco Pignatti
On August 28, 2015, a marketing authorization valid through the European Union was issued for panobinostat, in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone, for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least two prior regimens including bortezomib and an immunomodulatory agent (IMiD).Panobinostat is an orally available histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor that inhibits the enzymatic activity of HDAC proteins at nanomolar concentrations. HDAC proteins catalyze the removal of acetyl groups from the lysine residues of histones and some nonhistone proteins...
November 30, 2017: Oncologist
Frederic Roca, Michele Iacob, Isabelle Remy-Jouet, Jeremy Bellien, Robinson Joannides
Arterial wall viscosity (AWV) is a major cause of energy dissipation along the arterial tree. Its determinants remain controversial but an active endothelial regulation has been suggested. Our objective was to assess in humans the physiological role of endothelium-derived nitric oxide (NO), epoxyeicosatrienoic acids and the effect of modulating smooth muscle tone in the regulation of AWV. We simultaneously measured radial artery diameter, wall thickness, and arterial pressure in healthy volunteers during the local infusion of inhibitors of NO-synthase (N(G)-monomethyl-l-arginine), epoxyeicosatrienoic acids synthesis by cytochrome P450 (fluconazole), the epoxyeicosatrienoic acids cellular targets calcium-activated potassium channels (tetraethylammonium), alone and in combination...
November 20, 2017: Hypertension
Toshiro Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kurazumi, Masafumi Sato, Hidenori Gohra
A 45-year-old man with acute Type A aortic dissection underwent the ascending aorta replacement with BioGlue (CryoLife Europa, Guildford, Surrey, UK) for anastomotic reinforcement. Postoperatively, he developed descending aortic dilation, a giant mediastinal cyst, Henoch-Schonlein purpura and an anastomotic-site pseudoaneurysm rupture. A BioGlue-induced inflammatory reaction was likely, according to a positive patch test (delayed allergic reaction).
October 9, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Maria F Mora, Steve M Jones, Jessica Creamer, Peter A Willis
Ocean worlds like Europa and Enceladus in the outer solar system are prime targets in the search for life beyond Earth. Enceladus is particularly interesting due to the presence of a water plume ejecting from the south polar region. The recent discovery of H2 in the plume, in addition to the presence of previously observed organic compounds, highlights the possibility of life in this moon. The plume provides materials from the underlying ocean that could be collected simply by flying through it. The presence of the plume means that material from the ocean is available for collection during a flyby, without the need for landing or complex sample handling operations such as scooping or drilling...
February 2018: Electrophoresis
Francisco Perfectti, José M Gómez, Adela González-Megías, Mohamed Abdelaziz, Juan Lorite
Background: The phylogeny of tribe Brassiceae (Brassicaceae) has not yet been resolved because of its complex evolutionary history. This tribe comprises economically relevant species, including the genus Moricandia DC. This genus is currently distributed in North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and Southern Europe, where it is associated with arid and semi-arid environments. Although some species of Moricandia have been used in several phylogenetic studies, the phylogeny of this genus is not well established...
2017: PeerJ
Céline Pulcini
Antibiotic stewardship programmes, which are a set of interventions aiming at prescribing antibiotics appropriately and responsibly, are one of the key strategies to tackle the current worldwide bacterial resistance crisis. We will present here some examples of international and national initiatives, with a focus on Europe, discuss the role of clinical microbiologists, and present some perspectives and future developments.
December 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Manisha Maganji, Mark P Connolly, Aomesh Bhatt
OBJECTIVE: Ibuprofen is a commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug administered to treat injuries, joint pain, and recurrent muscular skeletal pain. The aim of this study was to determine the cutaneous irritancy of a medicated ibuprofen plaster compared with a placebo plaster in healthy volunteers. METHODS: Healthy volunteers (N=31) were treated at the same time with one ibuprofen and one placebo plaster. The ibuprofen and placebo plaster were applied in a randomized fashion to sites on the left or right side of subjects' lower backs...
October 28, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
P Turchetti, A Librando, F Angelucci, S C Carlesimo, R Migliorini
Si prevede che la malattia diabetica con tutte le sue complicanze avrà un forte aumento di incidenza con un grosso impatto socioeconomico nei prossimi decenni in tutto il mondo. Pertanto ben si comprende l'importanza di individuare attraverso una fine diagnostica quanto più precocemente la comparsa dei sintomi diabetici, migliorare lo stile di vita ed impostare cure efficienti. Riportiamo la serie di raccomandazioni EURETINA 2017, dei maggiori esperti in Europa per la gestione della malattia diabetica e delle complicanze della retina...
September 2017: La Clinica Terapeutica
Julian Chela-Flores
Evidence of life beyond Earth may be closer than we think, given that the forthcoming missions to the jovian system will be equipped with instruments capable of probing Europa's icy surface for possible biosignatures, including chemical biomarkers, despite the strong radiation environment. Geochemical biomarkers may also exist beyond Europa on icy moons of the gas giants. Sulfur is proposed as a reliable geochemical biomarker for approved and forthcoming missions to the outer solar system. Key Words: JUICE mission-Clipper mission-Geochemical biomarkers-Europa-Moons of the ice giants-Geochemistry-Mass spectrometry...
October 2017: Astrobiology
Michael J Russell, Alison E Murray, Kevin P Hand
Irradiated ice-covered ocean worlds with rocky mafic mantles may provide the conditions needed to drive the emergence and maintenance of life. Alkaline hydrothermal springs-relieving the geophysical, thermal, and chemical disequilibria between oceans and tidally stressed crusts-could generate inorganic barriers to the otherwise uncontrolled and kinetically disfavored oxidation of hydrothermal hydrogen and methane. Ionic gradients imposed across these inorganic barriers, comprising iron oxyhydroxides and sulfides, could drive the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide and the oxidation of methane through thermodynamically favorable metabolic pathways leading to early life-forms...
December 2017: Astrobiology
S Nordmann, A Vilotitch, P Roux, L Esterle, B Spire, F Marcellin, D Salmon-Ceron, F Dabis, J Chas, D Rey, L Wittkop, P Sogni, P Carrieri
Liver steatosis is common in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-hepatitis C virus (HCV)-co-infected patients. Some recent studies have found that cannabis use is negatively associated with insulin resistance in the general population and in HIV-HCV-co-infected patients. Given the causal link between insulin resistance and steatosis, we hypothesized that cannabis use has a positive impact on steatosis. Therefore, we aimed to study whether cannabis use in this population was associated with a reduced risk of steatosis, measured by ultrasound examination...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Ana Esteve-Solé, Àngela Deyà-Martínez, Irene Teixidó, Elena Ricart, Macarena Gompertz, Maria Torradeflot, Noemí de Moner, Europa Azucena Gonzalez, Ana Maria Plaza-Martin, Jordi Yagüe, Manel Juan, Laia Alsina
BACKGROUND: Although anti-TNF-α monoclonal antibodies are considered safe during pregnancy, there are no studies on the development of the exposed-infant immune system. The objective was to study for the first time the impact of throughout pregnancy exposure to anti-TNF-α has an impact in the development of the infant's immune system, especially B cells and the IL-12/IFN-γ pathway. METHODS: Prospective study of infants born to mothers with inflammatory bowel disease treated throughout pregnancy with anti-TNF-α (adalimumab/infliximab)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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