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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822342/responses-of-trophic-structure-and-zooplankton-community-to-salinity-and-temperature-in-tibetan-lakes-implication-for-the-effect-of-climate-warming
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Qiuqi Lin, Lei Xu, Juzhi Hou, Zhengwen Liu, Erik Jeppesen, Bo-Ping Han
Warming has pronounced effects on lake ecosystems, either directly by increased temperatures or indirectly by a change in salinity. We investigated the current status of zooplankton communities and trophic structure in 45 Tibetan lakes along a 2300 m altitude and a 76 g/l salinity gradient. Freshwater to hyposaline lakes mainly had three trophic levels: phytoplankton, small zooplankton and fish/Gammarus, while mesosaline to hypersaline lakes only had two: phytoplankton and large zooplankton. Zooplankton species richness declined significantly with salinity, but did not relate with temperature...
August 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821651/role-of-somatostatin-positive-cortical-interneurons-in-the-generation-of-sleep-slow-waves
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Chadd M Funk, Kayla Peelman, Michele Bellesi, William Marshall, Chiara Cirelli, Giulio Tononi
During non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep cortical and thalamic neurons oscillate every second or so between ON periods characterized by membrane depolarization and wake-like tonic firing, and OFF periods characterized by membrane hyperpolarization and neuronal silence. Cortical slow waves - the hallmark of NREM sleep - reflect near-synchronous OFF periods in cortical neurons. However, the mechanisms triggering such OFF periods are unclear, as there is little evidence for somatic inhibition. We studied cortical inhibitory interneurons that express somatostatin (SOM), because ∼70% of them are Martinotti cells that target diffusely layer I and can block excitatory transmission presynaptically, at glutamatergic terminals, and postsynaptically, at apical dendrites, without inhibiting the soma...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820217/hysteretic-spin-crossover-driven-by-anion-conformational-change
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Natnaree Phukkaphan, Dyanne L Cruickshank, Keith S Murray, Wasinee Phonsri, Phimphaka Harding, David J Harding
A new air stable Fe(III) spin crossover (SCO) complex has been synthesized. The compound undergoes abrupt SCO near room temperature with T1/2 (↓) = 244 K and T1/2 (↑) = 278 K. Structural studies of the complex in the high spin and low spin state show that the strong cooperativity and thus the wide hysteresis is driven by an unprecedented anionic conformational change.
August 18, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819491/-psychiatric-and-psychological-evaluation-of-tako-tsubo-syndrome-about-a-case
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Ghizlane Slimani, Hicham Lakbiri, Fatima Zahra Sekkat
Stress cardiomyopathy or Tako Tsubo cardiomyopathy is a cardiac pathology evoking acute coronary syndrome characterized by electrocardiographic signs, cardiac enzyme elevation and no obstructive coronary lesions. It generally affects postmenopausal women and it usually occurs after periods of intense stress. Disease onset is widely variable, ranging from anginal pain (most common) to cardiogenic shock. Exact pathophysiological mechanism continues to be debated. Various hypotheses have been posited. Abrupt elevation of adrenaline levels appears to be the most credible...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819484/-spontaneous-splenic-rupture-about-a-case-and-review-of-the-literature
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Safae El Abbadi, Fatima Zahra Rhouni, Laila Jroundi
This study reports a case of spontaneous subcapsular splenic ruptured hematoma (with hemoperitoneum) and provides update on this rare disease. Non-traumatic ruptures can be fatal. Diagnosis is sometimes difficult. They often reveal an underlying pathology including infections, tumors or hematologic disorders. Symptomatology commonly has an abrupt onset but progressive forms are also possible. The majority of patients undergo splenectomy.
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819244/light-scattering-by-optically-trapped-vesicles-affords-unprecedented-temporal-resolution-of-lipid-raft-dynamics
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Liam Collard, David Perez-Guaita, Bayan H A Faraj, Bayden R Wood, Russell Wallis, Peter W Andrew, Andrew J Hudson
A spectroscopic technique is presented that is able to identify rapid changes in the bending modulus and fluidity of vesicle lipid bilayers on the micrometer scale, and distinguish between the presence and absence of heterogeneities in lipid-packing order. Individual unilamellar vesicles have been isolated using laser tweezers and, by measuring the intensity modulation of elastic back-scattered light, changes in the biophysical properties of lipid bilayers were revealed. Our approach offers unprecedented temporal resolution and, uniquely, physical transformations of lipid bilayers can be monitored on a length scale of micrometers...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818453/two-locus-clines-on-the-real-line-with-a-step-environment
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Reinhard Bürger
The shape of allele-frequency clines maintained by migration-selection balance depends not only on the properties of migration and selection, but also on the dominance relations among alleles and on linkage to other loci under selection. We investigate a two-locus model in which two diallelic, recombining loci are subject to selection caused by an abrupt environmental change. The habitat is one-dimensional and unbounded, selection at each locus is modeled by step functions such that in one region one allele at each locus is advantageous and in the other deleterious...
August 14, 2017: Theoretical Population Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817499/nurse-practitioner-lead-pediatric-baclofen-pump-program-impact-on-safety-and-quality-of-care
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Kristin Buxton, Ann Morgan, Jayne Rogers
Children with cerebral palsy experience spasticity that can be debilitating and cause significant pain and contractures. Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy can help relieve this spasticity and improve the quality of life for these patients, but it comes with risk. Withdrawal from the medication in case of abrupt discontinuation of delivery can be life-threatening. Regular maintenance of the system is mandatory. Having a program in place to manage the device and support patients helps to ensure their safety...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815922/the-pregnancy-in-neurofibromatosis-1-a-retrospective-register-based-total-population-study
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Jussi Leppävirta, Roope A Kallionpää, Elina Uusitalo, Tero Vahlberg, Minna Pöyhönen, Susanna Timonen, Juha Peltonen, Sirkku Peltonen
The objective of this retrospective total population study was to form a view of the pregnancies of the patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). A cohort of 1,410 Finnish patients with NF1 was acquired by searching NF1-related inpatient and outpatient hospital visits and confirming the diagnoses by reviewing the medical records. Ten matched control persons per patient with NF1 were collected from Population Register Centre. Study persons were linked to data from Medical Birth Register and Care Register for Health Care through the personal identity code...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814764/percolation-phase-transition-of-surface-air-temperature-networks-a-new-test-bed-for-el-ni%C3%A3-o-la-ni%C3%A3-a-simulations
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Lijuan Hua, Zhenghui Lu, Naiming Yuan, Lin Chen, Yongqiang Yu, Lu Wang
In this work, we studied the air-sea interaction over the tropical central eastern Pacific from a new perspective, climate network. The surface air temperatures over the tropical Pacific were constructed as a network, and the nodes within this network were linked if they have a similar temporal varying pattern. Using three different reanalysis datasets, we verified the percolation phase transition. That is, when the influences of El Niño/La Niña are strong enough to isolate more than 48% of the nodes, the network may abruptly be divided into many small pieces, indicating a change of the network state...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813702/tocolysis-for-in-utero-surgery-atosiban-performs-distinctly-better-than-magnesium-sulfate
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Nicole Ochsenbein-Kölble, Franziska Krähenmann, Margret Hüsler, Martin Meuli, Ueli Moehrlen, Lucca Mazzone, Peter Biro, Roland Zimmermann
INTRODUCTION: To compare tocolysis with magnesium sulfate versus atosiban regarding the occurrence of short-term preterm labor and maternal side effects during and after open fetal myelomeningocele (MMC) repair. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective nonrandomized cohort study was performed including 30 fetal MMC cases. The first 15 cases (group 1) received magnesium sulfate according to the MOMS protocol. In the following 15 cases (group 2), magnesium sulfate was substituted by atosiban...
August 17, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813566/a-nonlinear-generalization-of-the-savitzky-golay-filter-and-the-quantitative-analysis-of-saccades
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Weiwei Dai, Ivan Selesnick, John-Ross Rizzo, Janet Rucker, Todd Hudson
The Savitzky-Golay (SG) filter is widely used to smooth and differentiate time series, especially biomedical data. However, time series that exhibit abrupt departures from their typical trends, such as sharp waves or steps, which are of physiological interest, tend to be oversmoothed by the SG filter. Hence, the SG filter tends to systematically underestimate physiological parameters in certain situations. This article proposes a generalization of the SG filter to more accurately track abrupt deviations in time series, leading to more accurate parameter estimates (e...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813528/maternal-and-fetal-risk-factors-for-stillbirth-in-northern-tanzania-a-registry-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Francisca S Chuwa, Amasha H Mwanamsangu, Benjamin G Brown, Sia E Msuya, Elizabeth E Senkoro, Oresta P Mnali, Festo Mazuguni, Michael J Mahande
BACKGROUND: Stillbirth is a major cause of perinatal mortality and occurs disproportionately in developing countries including Tanzania. However, there is scant information regarding the predictors of this condition in Tanzania. This study aimed to determine maternal and fetal risk factors for stilbirth in northen Tanzania. METHODOLOGY: A retrospective cohort study was performed using maternally-linked data from the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre birth registry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812660/global-determinants-of-zoogeographical-boundaries
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Gentile Francesco Ficetola, Florent Mazel, Wilfried Thuiller
The distribution of living organisms on Earth is spatially structured. Early biogeographers identified the existence of multiple zoogeographical regions, characterized by faunas with homogeneous composition that are separated by biogeographical boundaries. Yet, no study has deciphered the factors shaping the distributions of terrestrial biogeographical boundaries at the global scale. Here, using spatial regression analyses, we show that tectonic movements, sharp changes in climatic conditions and orographic barriers determine extant biogeographical boundaries...
March 6, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812618/plant-spatial-patterns-identify-alternative-ecosystem-multifunctionality-states-in-global-drylands
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Miguel Berdugo, Sonia Kéfi, Santiago Soliveres, Fernando T Maestre
The response of drylands to environmental gradients can be abrupt rather than gradual. These shifts largely occur unannounced and are difficult to reverse once they happen; their prompt detection is of crucial importance. The distribution of vegetation patch sizes may indicate the proximity to these shifts, but the use of this metric is hampered by a lack of large-scale studies relating these distributions to the provision of multiple ecosystem functions (multifunctionality) and comparing them to other ecosystem attributes, such as total plant cover...
January 9, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812359/continuous-flow-electrophoresis-of-dna-and-proteins-in-a-two-dimensional-capillary-well-sieve
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Lian Duan, Zhen Cao, Levent Yobas
Continuous-flow electrophoresis of macromolecules is demonstrated using an integrated capillary-well sieve arranged into a two-dimensional anisotropic array on silicon. The periodic array features thousands of entropic barriers, each resulting from an abrupt interface between a 2-μm-deep well (channel) and a 70-nm capillary. These entropic barriers owing to two-dimensional confinement within the capillaries are vastly steep in relation to those arising from slits featuring one-dimensional confinement. Thus, the sieving mechanisms can sustain relatively large electric field strengths over a relatively small array area...
August 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811138/intermittent-hypoxia-training-powerful-non-invasive-cerebroprotection-against-ethanol-withdrawal-excitotoxicity
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Marianna E Jung, Robert T Mallet
Ethanol intoxication and withdrawal exact a devastating toll on the central nervous system. Abrupt ethanol withdrawal provokes massive release of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, which over-activates its postsynaptic receptors, causing intense Ca(2+) loading, p38 mitogen activated protein kinase activation and oxidative stress, culminating in ATP depletion, mitochondrial injury, amyloid β deposition and neuronal death. Collectively, these mechanisms produce neurocognitive and sensorimotor dysfunction that discourages continued abstinence...
August 12, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810118/capacitive-detection-of-low-enthalpy-higher-order-phase-transitions-in-synthetic-and-natural-composition-lipid-membranes
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Graham Jeffrey Taylor, Frederick A Heberle, Jason Sharp Seinfeld, John Katsaras, C Patrick Collier, Stephen Andrew Sarles
In-plane lipid organization and phase separation in natural membranes plays a key role in regulating many cellular processes. Highly cooperative, first-order phase transitions in model membranes consisting of few lipid components are well understood and readily detectable via calorimetry, densitometry, and fluorescence. However, far less is known about natural membranes containing numerous lipid species and high concentrations of cholesterol, for which thermotropic transitions are undetectable by the above-mentioned techniques...
August 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808585/spinal-cord-injury-during-the-second-trimester-of-pregnancy
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Ahmad Zaheer Qureshi, Sami Ullah, Anas Jehad AlSaleh, Rubina' Ullah
INTRODUCTION: Pregnancies in women with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at greater risk of morbidity and mortality. Although pregnancy after SCI is well elaborated in the literature, SCI occurring during pregnancy is rarely reported. Abrupt changes in the body physiology because of SCI and the resulting disability add a risk to maternal and fetal well-being. Not only is the burden of care increased but there is also a higher risk of developing pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, autonomic instability, intrauterine growth retardation and venous thromboembolism...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808268/change-of-precipitation-characteristics-in-the-water-wind-erosion-crisscross-region-on-the-loess-plateau-china-from-1958-to-2015
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Xingkai Zhao, Zengyao Li, Qingke Zhu
Precipitation plays an important and crucial role in processes in the water-wind erosion crisscross region of the Loess Plateau than in other parts of the region. We analyzed precipitation data and standardized precipitation index (SPI) at 14 representative synoptic stations from 1958 to 2015 used trend-free prewhitening, linear trend estimation, Spearman's rho test, the Mann-Kendall trend test, the Mann-Kendall abrupt change test and rescaled range analysis. The following conclusions were drawn. First, the analysis of monthly precipitation at all stations suggested that precipitation during the rainy season (July, August, September), especially rain in July and August, exhibited a general decreasing trend, while both increasing and decreasing trends were observed in other months...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
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