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Joseph R Fauver, James Weger-Lucarelli, Lawrence S Fakoli, Kpehe Bolay, Fatorma K Bolay, Joseph W Diclaro, Doug E Brackney, Brian D Foy, Mark D Stenglein, Gregory D Ebel
BACKGROUND: Novel surveillance strategies are needed to detect the rapid and continuous emergence of infectious disease agents. Ideally, new sampling strategies should be simple to implement, technologically uncomplicated, and applicable to areas where emergence events are known to occur. To this end, xenosurveillance is a technique that makes use of blood collected by hematophagous arthropods to monitor and identify vertebrate pathogens. Mosquitoes are largely ubiquitous animals that often exist in sizable populations...
March 21, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Emma Weiss, Cristina Japie, Ana Maria Balahura, Daniela Bartos, Elisabeta Badila
BACKGROUND: The Roma population has a high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, higher mortality, and shorter life expectancy. It is found in largest numbers in Romania, but published data are still scarce here. We studied cardiovascular risk factors and disease along with target organ damage on a population of Roma inhabitants from Bucharest, Romania. METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled, in a community-based participatory research manner, 806 Roma subjects (18-83 years)...
March 19, 2018: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
Dorota Węgłowska, Paweł Perkowski, Maciej Chrunik, Michał Czerwiński
A series of achiral hockey stick-shaped molecules forming a tilted smectic I liquid crystal phase as well as one non-mesogenic chiral bistereogenic analogue were synthesized and characterized. Herein, we report an example of an achiral hockey stick-shaped compound exhibiting a smectic I phase with a direct transition to the isotropic phase for the first time. This occurrence was confirmed via polarized light microscopy, dielectric spectroscopy, and XRD studies. Homologues with an odd number of carbon atoms in the oligomethylene spacer chain exhibit a lower clearing point than members posessing an even number of carbon atoms in this chain; thus, a characteristic odd-even effect has been observed...
March 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Jiehua Zhou, Daniel Lazar, Haitang Li, Xin Xia, Sangeetha Satheesan, Paige Charlins, Denis O'Mealy, Ramesh Akkina, Sheena Saayman, Marc S Weinberg, John J Rossi, Kevin V Morris
Gene-based therapies represent a promising therapeutic paradigm for the treatment of HIV-1, as they have the potential to maintain sustained viral inhibition with reduced treatment interventions. Such an option may represent a long-term treatment alternative to highly active antiretroviral therapy. Methods: We previously described a therapeutic approach, referred to as transcriptional gene silencing (TGS), whereby small noncoding RNAs directly inhibit the transcriptional activity of HIV-1 by targeting sites within the viral promoter, specifically the 5' long terminal repeat (LTR)...
2018: Theranostics
Tommaso Zanca, Franco Pellegrini, Giuseppe E Santoro, Erio Tosatti
The quantum motion of nuclei, generally ignored in the physics of sliding friction, can affect in an important manner the frictional dissipation of a light particle forced to slide in an optical lattice. The density matrix-calculated evolution of the quantum version of the basic Prandtl-Tomlinson model, describing the dragging by an external force of a point particle in a periodic potential, shows that purely classical friction predictions can be very wrong. The strongest quantum effect occurs not for weak but for strong periodic potentials, where barriers are high but energy levels in each well are discrete, and resonant Rabi or Landau-Zener tunneling to states in the nearest well can preempt classical stick-slip with nonnegligible efficiency, depending on the forcing speed...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Harmen B Gudde, Debra Griffiths, Kenny R Coventry
The memory game paradigm is a behavioral procedure to explore the relationship between language, spatial memory, and object knowledge. Using two different versions of the paradigm, spatial language use and memory for object location are tested under different, experimentally manipulated conditions. This allows us to tease apart proposed models explaining the influence of object knowledge on spatial language (e.g., spatial demonstratives), and spatial memory, as well as understanding the parameters that affect demonstrative choice and spatial memory more broadly...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Liron Agmon, Itai Shahar, Danny Yosufov, Carlos Pimentel, Carlos M Pina, Enrico Gnecco, Ronen Berkovich
Friction force microscopy (FFM) in aqueous environments has recently proven to be a very effective method for lattice-resolution imaging of crystal surfaces. Here we demonstrate the use of ethanol for similar measurements on water-soluble materials. Lattice resolved frictional stick-slip traces of a cleaved NaCl(100) surface submerged in ethanol are compared with previous obtained FFM results in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV). We use the Prandtl-Tomlinson framework to estimate the amplitude of the corrugation potential and the contact stiffness...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rubens Gisbert Cury, Margarete de Jesus Carvalho, Fernando Jeyson Lopez Lasteros, Alice Estevo Dias, Maria Gabriela Dos Santos Ghilardi, Anderson Rodrigues Brandão Paiva, Artur Martins Coutinho, Carlos Alberto Buchpiguel, Manoel J Teixeira, Egberto Reis Barbosa, Erich Talamoni Fonoff
BACKGROUND: Olfactory dysfunction is a non-motor symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD) associated with reduction in quality of life. There is no evidence on whether improvements in olfaction after subthalamic deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) may be directly attributable to motor improvement or whether this reflect a direct effect of DBS on olfactory brain areas. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of DBS on olfactory function (OF) in PD as well as to explore the correlation between these changes and changes in motor symptoms and brain metabolism...
March 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Nikolai I Lebovka, Yuri Yu Tarasevich, Nikolai V Vygornitskii
The vertical drying of a two-dimensional colloidal film containing zero-thickness sticks (lines) was studied by means of kinetic Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. The continuous two-dimensional problem for both the positions and orientations was considered. The initial state before drying was produced using a model of random sequential adsorption with isotropic orientations of the sticks. During the evaporation, an upper interface falls with a linear velocity in the vertical direction, and the sticks undergo translational and rotational Brownian motions...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Caroline Charette, Krista L Best, Emma M Smith, William C Miller, François Routhier
Background: Mobility limitations represent the third most prevalent cause of disability, affecting more than 1.9 million community-dwelling Canadians. Walking aids are often prescribed to reduce the impacts of mobility impairments. There are limited data on walking aids since 2004. Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of walking aid use in Canada and to explore demographic characteristics among users of walking aids. Design: The design used was a secondary analysis of a cross-sectional national survey...
March 14, 2018: Physical Therapy
Sylvain Bart, Sacha Roudine, Joël Amossé, Christian Mougin, Alexandre R R Péry, Céline Pelosi
The risk assessment of pesticides on soil fauna is an issue to protect agroecosystem sustainability. Enchytraeids are recognized as relevant soil bioindicators of chemical stress in agroecosystems. In laboratory, the reproduction test was found to be sensitive to reveal chemical impacts on enchytraeids. However, it does not allow to assess the impacts on ecological functions in which enchytraeids are involved. The objectives of this study were (i) to explore the feasibility of the bait-lamina test with enchytraeids under laboratory conditions and (ii) to compare its sensitivity with the Enchytraeid Reproduction Test...
March 15, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Antoni Dalmau, Bruno Areal, Silvana Machado, Joaquim Pallisera, Antonio Velarde
The objective of this study was to investigate if female growing pigs spend similar amounts of time exploring a wooden stick as they do exploring enrichment material regardless of its proximity to the feeder. Forty-eight pigs aged 18 to 26 weeks allocated to 16 pens with three pigs per pen were studied. Fifty percent of the pens had a wooden stick beside the feeder, and the rest had a similar stick opposite to the feeder. Two observers assessed the pigs by means of scan and focal sampling. The pigs spent more time (p < ...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science: JAAWS
René Günther, Wiebke Schrempf, Antje Hähner, Thomas Hummel, Martin Wolz, Alexander Storch, Andreas Hermann
Background: Nonmotor symptoms are very common in neurodegenerative diseases. In patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), olfactory dysfunction was first reported more than 20 years ago; however, its pathophysiological correlates and further implications remain elusive. Methods: In this so far largest case-control study, we analyzed olfactory performance with the "Sniffin' Sticks," a validated olfactory testing kit used in clinical routine...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Tomas Carlsson, Jenny Isberg, Johnny Nilsson, Magnus Carlsson
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of the task conditions on 20-m side foot-kick accuracy among Swedish first league women's soccer players. Twenty-three players performed three side foot-kick tests under different task conditions: stationary ball using match-relevant ball speed (SBRS) and maximal ball speed (SBMS) and a 5-m run with the ball from different approach angles (0°, 30°, and 60°) to a predetermined position, where passing of the ball on the move was executed using match-relevant ball speed (RBRS)...
March 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
Francois M J Lamoury, Sahar Bajis, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Alison D Marshall, Marianne Martinello, Elena Ivanova, Beth Catlett, Yasmin Mowat, Philippa Marks, Janaki Amin, Julie Smith, Nadine Ezard, Victoria Cock, Jeremy Hayllar, David Persing, Marika Kleman, Philip Cunningham, Gregory J Dore, Tanya L Applegate, Jason Grebely
Point-of-care hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA testing is advantageous enabling diagnosis of active infection in a single visit. This study evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of the Xpert® HCV Viral Load Fingerstick assay (Xpert HCV VL FS) for HCV RNA detection (finger-stick) and the Xpert® HCV Viral Load assay (plasma) compared with the Abbott RealTime HCV Viral Load assay by venepuncture. Plasma and finger-stick capillary whole-blood samples were collected from participants in an observational cohort in Australia...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Nathan W Burke, Russell Bonduriansky
Facultative reproductive strategies that incorporate both sexual and parthenogenetic reproduction should be optimal, yet are rarely observed in animals. Resolving this paradox requires an understanding of the economics of facultative asexuality. Recent work suggests that switching from parthenogenesis to sex can be costly and that females can resist mating to avoid switching. However, it remains unclear whether these costs and resistance behaviors are dependent on female age. We addressed these questions in the Cyclone Larry stick insect, Sipyloidea larryi , by pairing females with males (or with females as a control) in early life prior to the start of parthenogenetic reproduction, or in mid- or late life after a period of parthenogenetic oviposition...
March 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Shyam Kumar, Ulhas Sonar, Iqbal Singh
The incidence of fragility fractures of the humerus is increasing worldwide. Although clinicians are aware of fractures of hips and wrists, fractures of the shoulder and elbow do not receive much attention. A considerable proportion of the elderly population (estimated at 10-24%) is dependent on walking aids. A well-functioning and pain-free shoulder and elbow is essential for use of these aids. The impact of loss of mobility in the elderly is well known, hence the overall impact of these fractures on the individual can be considerable...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Sebastian B Mueller, Ulrich Kueppers, Matthew S Huber, Kai-Uwe Hess, Gisela Poesges, Bernhard Ruthensteiner, Donald B Dingwell
Aggregation is a common process occurring in many diverse particulate gas mixtures (e.g. those derived from explosive volcanic eruptions, meteorite impact events, and fluid bed processing). It results from the collision and sticking of particles suspended in turbulent gas/air. To date, there is no generalized model of the underlying physical processes. Here, we investigate aggregates from 18 natural deposits (16 volcanic deposits and two meteorite impact deposits) as well as aggregates produced experimentally via fluidized bed techniques...
2018: Bulletin of Volcanology
Rosemary G Gillespie, Suresh P Benjamin, Michael S Brewer, Malia Ana J Rivera, George K Roderick
Insular adaptive radiations in which repeated bouts of diversification lead to phenotypically similar sets of taxa serve to highlight predictability in the evolutionary process [1]. However, examples of such replicated events are rare. Cross-clade comparisons of adaptive radiations are much needed to determine whether similar ecological opportunities can lead to the same outcomes. Here, we report a heretofore uncovered adaptive radiation of Hawaiian stick spiders (Theridiidae, Ariamnes) in which different species exhibit a set of discrete ecomorphs associated with different microhabitats...
February 27, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Abebe Basazn Mekuria, Sewunet Admasu Belachew, Henok Getachew Tegegn, Dawit Simegnew Ali, Adeladlew Kassie Netere, Eskedar Lemlemu, Daniel Asfaw Erku
BACKGROUND: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) patients are increasingly using herbal remedies due to the fact that sticking to the therapeutic regimens is becoming awkward. However, studies towards herbal medicine use by diabetic patients is scarce in Ethiopia. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to explore the prevalence and correlates of herbal medicine use with different sociodemographic variables among type 2 diabetes patients visiting the diabetic follow-up clinic of University of Gondar comprehensive specialized hospital (UOGCSH), Ethiopia...
March 9, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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