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Beatriz Galatas, Helena Martí-Soler, Lidia Nhamussua, Pau Cisteró, Pedro Aide, Francisco Saute, Clara Menéndez, N Regina Rabinovich, Pedro L Alonso, Quique Bassat, Alfredo Mayor
Background: Afebrile Plasmodium falciparum infections usually remain undetected and untreated in the community and could potentially contribute to sustaining local malaria transmission in areas aiming for malaria elimination. Methods: Thirty-two men with afebrile P. falciparum infections detected with rapid diagnostic test (RDTs) were followed for 28 days. Kaplan-Meier estimates were computed to estimate probability of parasite positivity and of reducing parasitaemia by half of its initial level by day 28...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Thomas D Whitney, Michael I Sitvarin, Edward A Roualdes, Simon J Bonner, James D Harwood
Generalist predators are capable of selective foraging, but are predicted to feed in close proportion to prey availability to maximize energetic intake especially when overall prey availability is low. By extension, they are also expected to feed in a more frequency-dependent manner during winter compared to the more favorable foraging conditions during spring, summer and fall seasons. For 18 months, we observed the foraging patterns of forest-dwelling wolf spiders from the genus Schizocosa (Araneae: Lycosidae) using PCR-based gut-content analysis and simultaneously monitored the activity-densities of two common prey: springtails (Collembola) and flies (Diptera)...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Ecology
Steven Morrison, Karl M Newell
This study was designed to examine the effect of increasing age and type 2 diabetes on the average responses and inter- and intraindividual variability of falls risk, reaction time, strength, and walking speed for healthy older adults and older persons with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Seventy-five older individuals (controls) and 75 persons with T2DM aged between 50 and 79 years participated in the study. Assessments of falls risk, reaction time (RT), knee extension strength, and walking speed were conducted. The results revealed that advancing age for both control and T2DM groups was reflected by a progressive increase in falls risk, decreased leg strength and a decline (i...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Motor Behavior
Ai Peng Tan
OBJECTIVE: Majority of multi-suture craniosynostosis are related to single-gene disorders or chromosomal abnormalities. Children with craniosynostosis usually present at an early age due to the presence of an abnormal head shape, with the exception of a unique entity termed primary normocephalic pancraniosynostosis. The objective of this article is to describe an unusual case of primary normocephalic pancraniosynostosis, detected incidentally following an accidental head injury. A comprehensive review of the literature will also be included...
March 13, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
J R Bowers, K L Parise, E J Kelley, D Lemmer, J M Schupp, E M Driebe, D M Engelthaler, P Keim, B M Barker
Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii are soil fungi endemic to desert regions of the southwestern United States, and the causative agents of valley fever, or coccidioidomycosis. Studies have shown that the distribution of Coccidioides in soils is sporadic and cannot be explained by soil characteristics alone, suggesting that biotic and other abiotic factors should be examined. However, tools to reliably and robustly screen the large number of soils needed to investigate these potential associations have not been available...
March 8, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Thomas Rossor, Ingran Lingam, Abdel Douiri, Ravindra Bhat, Anne Greenough
AIM: To determine whether a pH probe or multichannel intraluminal impedance (MII) more frequently detected gastro-oesophageal reflux and test the hypothesis that acid reflux was associated with lower baseline impedance. METHODS: A prospective study of infants in whom reflux was suspected and evaluated using combined pH and multichannel impedance. Studies were considered abnormal if the acid index was >10% or there were > 79MII reflux events in 24 hours. The acid index was the percentage of total study time with a pH<four and the acid clearance time (ACT) the time from the pH falling below four to rising above four...
March 13, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
Kiley L Armstrong, Lisa M Lombardo, Kevin M Foglyano, Musa L Audu, Ronald J Triolo
BACKGROUND: The leading cause of injury for manual wheelchair users are tips and falls caused by unexpected destabilizing events encountered during everyday activities. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of automatically restoring seated stability to manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury (SCI) via a threshold-based system to activate the hip and trunk muscles with electrical stimulation during potentially destabilizing events. METHODS: We detected and classified potentially destabilizing sudden stops and turns with a wheelchair-mounted wireless inertial measurement unit (IMU), and then applied neural stimulation to activate the appropriate muscles to resist trunk movement and restore seated stability...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Ruijun He, Min Cui, Hui Lin, Lei Zhao, Jiayu Wang, Songfeng Chen, Zengwu Shao
AIMS: Intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD) is thought to be the major cause of low back pain (LBP), which is still in lack of effective etiological treatment. Oxidative stress has been demonstrated to participate in the impairment of nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs). As the most important neuroendocrine hormone in biological clock regulation, melatonin (MLT) is also featured by good antioxidant effect. In this study, we investigated the effect and mechanisms of melatonin on oxidative stress-induced damage in rat NPCs...
March 8, 2018: Life Sciences
Omar Hamarsheh, Mehmet Karakuş, Kifaya Azmi, Kaouther Jaouadi, Mohammad Reza Yaghoobi-Ershadi, Andreas Krüger, Ahmad Amro, Mohamed Amin Kenawy, Mostafa Ramadhan Dokhan, Ziad Abdeen, Mary Ann McDowell
BACKGROUND: Phlebotomus papatasi is a widely distributed sand fly species in different tropical and sub-tropical regions including the Middle East and North Africa. It is considered an important vector that transmits Leishmania major parasites, the causative agents of cutaneous leishmaniasis. The development of microsatellite markers for this sand fly vector is of high interest to understand its population structure and to monitor its geographic dispersal. RESULTS: Fourteen polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed with simple di-, tri- and tetra-nucleotide repeats...
March 9, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
Thaís Maylin Sobjak, Silvia Romão, Luisa Helena Cazarolli, Silvio César Sampaio, Marcelo Bevilacqua Remor, Ana Tereza Bittencourt Guimarães
The use of multiple biomarkers has been shown to be an efficient method for evaluating environmental contamination. In this work, we evaluate neurotoxic effects and the antioxidant system responses of the R. branneri collected in two streams of lower Iguazu River basin, relating them with different percentage of vegetation coverture, presence of pesticides and fall and winter seasons. The biological samples were collected in March and August of 2015, from two streams that belong to the lower Iguazu River basin (Brazil): the Manoel Gomes River and the Arquimedes Stream...
March 6, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Natalia Fantacone, Edgardo Carísimo, Pablo Landi, Eden Del Mar Walsöe, Daniel Fadel
The purpose of this report is to emphasize the necessity to periodically explore internal environment variables, as certain metabolic alterations often go unnoticed during antipsychotic treatment. Early detection of such alterations may prevent catastrophic syndromes. We will also stress the clinical relevance of cognitive perseverations in schizophrenic patients, as these often condition habits of consumption which can alter the internal environment. In this clinical case of a schizophrenic patient, a chain of events led to a catastrophic syndrome: a trivial home accident (fall from own height) developed into a condition characterized by oligoanuria, hypokalemia, creatine phosphokinase (CPK) elevation (125,000 IU / L) and acute renal failure with dialysis requirement...
July 2017: Vertex: Revista Argentina de Psiquiatriá
Claire Ferguson, Tiffany Sutherland
The difficulty in classifying manner of death in falls from a height provides offenders an opportunity to avoid detection by having a homicide appear otherwise. Twelve fall homicides were qualitatively examined. Results showed that most homicidal falls occurred at remote outdoor locations, were planned by offenders who were in controlling intimate relationships with the victim, and were motivated by gain. Homicide was established using inconsistencies in offender's statements and the physical evidence, inappropriate postoffense behavior, evidence of planning, and improbable alleged victim behavior...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Aitana Tamayo, Rosa de la Torre, Oscar Ruiz, Pablo Lozano, Maria Alejandra Mazo, Juan Rubio
BACKGROUND: Glass frits with a P2 O5 /K2 O ratio equal to 0.65 and different concentrations of SiO2 (6.5 - 56.0 wt%), CaO (0 - 5.1 wt%) and Al2 O3 (0 - 14.6 wt%) have been prepared and analyzed as potential glass fertilizers (GF). RESULTS: P2 O5 and K2 O were leached primarily within the first 5 days but the total amount is be controlled by the SiO2 /Al2 O3 ratio of the glass frit. Sustained P2 O5 and K2 O leaching for more than 40 days can be obtained if the glass frit containsmore than 7% of Al2 O3 ...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Peijuan Zhu, Sherwin K B Sy, Andrej Skerjanec
This article provides an overview of four case studies to demonstrate the utility of pharmacometric analysis in biosimilar development to help design sensitive clinical pharmacology studies for the demonstration of biosimilarity. The two major factors that determine the sensitivity of a clinical pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) study to demonstrate biosimilarity are the size of the potential difference to be detected (signal) and the inter-subject variability (noise), both of which can be characterized and predicted using pharmacometric approaches...
March 7, 2018: AAPS Journal
Markos Negash, Afework Kassu, Bemnet Amare, Gizachew Yismaw, Beyene Moges
Background: Helicobacter pylori antibody titters fall very slowly even after successful treatment. Therefore, tests detecting H. pylori antibody lack specificity and sensitivity. On the other hand, H. pylori stool antigen tests are reported as an alternative assay because of their reliability and simplicity. However, the comparative performance of H. pylori stool antigen tests for detecting the presence of the bacterium in clinical specimens in the study area is not assessed. Therefore, in this study we evaluated the performance of SD BIOLINE H...
2018: BMC Clinical Pathology
Katherine L Brown, Deborah A Ridout, Christina Pagel, Monica Lakhanpaul, Suzan Kakat, Victoria Banks, Rodney Franklin, Thomas Witter, Rhian Lakhani, Shane Tibby, David Anderson, Victor Tsang, Aparna U Hoskote, Jo Wray
Introduction The objective of this study was to prospectively validate the "Brief Developmental Assessment", which is a new early recognition tool for neurodevelopmental abnormalities in children with heart disease that was developed for use by cardiac teams. METHODS: This was a prospective validation study among a representative sample of 960 pre-school children with heart disease from three United Kingdom tertiary cardiac centres who were analysed grouped into five separate age bands...
April 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Francis A Drummond, Elissa S Ballman, Brian D Eitzer, Brianne Du Clos, James Dill
In 2015, we conducted a statewide assessment of honey bee exposure to pesticides with assistance of volunteer beekeepers. Pollen trapping was conducted at 32 sites in the spring, summer, and early fall. Apiary locations ranged from unmanaged natural landscapes to managed agricultural or urban landscapes. Pollen samples at each site were aggregated over the collection dates and chemical residue analysis was conducted on each pollen sample for 190 pesticides and metabolites using HPLC/MS. Twenty-five different residues were detected for an average of 2...
March 2, 2018: Environmental Entomology
Lorenzo Ridola, Vincenzo Cardinale, Oliviero Riggio
Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is the mildest form of hepatic encephalopathy (HE). It affects the performance of psychometric tests focused on attention, working memory, psychomotor speed, and visuospatial ability, as well as electrophysiological and other functional brain measures. MHE is a frequent complication of liver disease, affecting up to 80% of tested patients. By being related to falls, an impairment in fitness to drive and the development of overt HE, MHE severely affects the lives of patients and caregivers by altering their quality of life and their socioeconomic status...
March 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
Trevor Kindle, Tanner Ferguson, Mitch Ibach, Michael Greenwood, Justin Schweitzer, Russell Swan, Ramu G Sudhagoni, John P Berdahl
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of intravitreal administration of a steroid and antibiotics during cataract surgery compared with the typical postoperative topical regimen in preventing postoperative inflammation, pain, cystoid macular edema (CME), and endophthalmitis. SETTING: Private practice, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: The study group included eyes that had an intravitreal injection of triamcinolone-moxifloxacin-vancomycin at the time of cataract surgery with concomitant trabecular microbypass stent insertion...
January 2018: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Salama A Mostafa, Aida Mustapha, Mazin Abed Mohammed, Mohd Sharifuddin Ahmad, Moamin A Mahmoud
Autonomous agents are being widely used in many systems, such as ambient assisted-living systems, to perform tasks on behalf of humans. However, these systems usually operate in complex environments that entail uncertain, highly dynamic, or irregular workload. In such environments, autonomous agents tend to make decisions that lead to undesirable outcomes. In this paper, we propose a fuzzy-logic-based adjustable autonomy (FLAA) model to manage the autonomy of multi-agent systems that are operating in complex environments...
April 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
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