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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933546/using-systems-genetics-to-understanding-the-etiology-of-complex-disease
#1
Ramesh Ram, Grant Morahan
Here, we discuss Systems Genetics applications for systematic evaluation of candidate causal genes together with follow-up bioinformatics pathway analysis. The aim of this chapter is to illustrate analytic procedures and we provide examples in the context of Type 1 diabetes (T1day), the risk of which is conferred by over 60 loci. We also describe the Type 1 Diabetes Systems Genetics website and provide a guide for its use and application to other diseases.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933531/using-baseline-transcriptional-connectomes-in-rat-to-identify-genetic-pathways-associated-with-predisposition-to-complex-traits
#2
Laura Saba, Paula Hoffman, Boris Tabakoff
Although rat is a critical model organism in preclinical medications development, its use in systems genetics studies remains sparse. The PhenoGen database and website contain detailed information on the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the rat brain, liver, heart, and brown adipose transcriptome. This database has been generated using the HXB/BXH recombinant inbred panel and is being expanded to a hybrid rat diversity panel that includes many common inbred strains as well. By using such a panel, the PhenoGen project has created a renewable and cumulative resource for the rat genomics community...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933103/programmatic-conversion-of-crystal-structures-into-3d-printable-files-using-jmol
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Vincent F Scalfani, Antony J Williams, Valery Tkachenko, Karen Karapetyan, Alexey Pshenichnov, Robert M Hanson, Jahred M Liddie, Jason E Bara
BACKGROUND: Three-dimensional (3D) printed crystal structures are useful for chemistry teaching and research. Current manual methods of converting crystal structures into 3D printable files are time-consuming and tedious. To overcome this limitation, we developed a programmatic method that allows for facile conversion of thousands of crystal structures directly into 3D printable files. RESULTS: A collection of over 30,000 crystal structures in crystallographic information file (CIF) format from the Crystallography Open Database (COD) were programmatically converted into 3D printable files (VRML format) using Jmol scripting...
2016: Journal of Cheminformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932909/cigesmed-for-divers-establishing-a-citizen-science-initiative-for-the-mapping-and-monitoring-of-coralligenous-assemblages-in-the-mediterranean-sea
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Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Thanos Dailianis, Emmanouela Panteri, Nikitas Michalakis, Giulia Gatti, Maria Sini, Charalampos Dimitriadis, Yiannis Issaris, Maria Salomidi, Irene Filiopoulou, Alper Doğan, Laure Thierry de Ville d'Avray, Romain David, Melih Ertan Ҫinar, Drosos Koutsoubas, Jean-Pierre Féral, Christos Arvanitidis
BACKGROUND: Over the last decade, inventorying and monitoring of marine biodiversity has significantly benefited from the active engagement of volunteers. Although several Citizen Science projects concern tropical reef ecosystems worldwide, none of the existing initiatives has yet specifically focused on their Mediterranean equivalents. Mediterranean coralline reefs, known as "coralligenous", are bioherms primarily built by calcifying rhodophytes on hard substrates under dim-light conditions; they are considered hotspots of biodiversity and are extremely popular among divers due to their complex structure, conspicuous biological wealth and high aesthetic value...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932876/effectiveness-of-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-for-the-rehabilitation-of-moderate-to-severe-copd-a-meta-analysis
#5
Rong-Chang Chen, Xiao-Ying Li, Li-Li Guan, Bing-Peng Guo, Wei-Liang Wu, Zi-Qing Zhou, Ya-Ting Huo, Xin Chen, Lu-Qian Zhou
PURPOSE: Patients with COPD often experience skeletal muscle dysfunction. For those who are unable or unwilling to undertake physical training, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) may provide an alternative method of rehabilitation. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to investigate the controversial topic of whether this therapy is effective in patients with moderate-to-severe COPD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We pooled data from nine trials published between January 9, 2002 and January 4, 2016 across PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Google Scholar, and relevant websites for randomized controlled trials...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932524/partial-tonsillectomy-content-and-readability-of-online-health-information
#6
Kevin Wong, Jessica R Levi
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the content and readability of health information regarding partial tonsillectomy. METHODS: A web search was performed using the term partial tonsillectomy in Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. The first 50 websites from each search were evaluated using HONcode standards for quality and content. Readability was assessed using the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level (FKGL), Flesch Reading Ease, Gunning-Fog Index, Coleman-Liau Index, Automated Readability Index, and SMOG score...
December 7, 2016: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931254/feasibility-of-an-online-intervention-stak-d-to-promote-physical-activity-in-children-with-type-1-diabetes-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Holly Blake, Helen Quirk, Paul Leighton, Tabitha Randell, James Greening, Boliang Guo, Cris Glazebrook
BACKGROUND: Regular physical activity has important health benefits for children with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), yet children and their parents face barriers to participation such as lack of self-efficacy or concerns around hypoglycaemia. Multimedia interventions are useful for educating children about their health and demonstrate potential to improve children's health-related self-efficacy, but few paediatric clinics offer web-based resources as part of routine care. The Steps to Active Kids with Diabetes (STAK-D) programme is an online intervention grounded in psychological theory (social cognitive theory) and informed by extensive preliminary research...
December 8, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931249/tailored-approach-to-sleep-health-education-tashe-study-protocol-for-a-web-based-randomized-controlled-trial
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Natasha J Williams, Rebecca Robbins, David Rapoport, John P Allegrante, Alwyn Cohall, Gbenga Ogedgebe, Girardin Jean-Louis
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that disproportionately affects African Americans (hereafter referred to as blacks). Moreover, blacks may underutilize sleep services including overnight polysomnography. Thus, OSA among blacks may go undiagnosed and untreated, which has significant health consequences, including hypertension, diabetes, cognitive impairment, and daytime sleepiness. DESIGN AND METHODS: This two-arm randomized controlled trial will assign 200 participants to a culturally and linguistically tailored web-based sleep educational platform...
December 8, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930682/ecoalim-a-dataset-of-environmental-impacts-of-feed-ingredients-used-in-french-animal-production
#9
Aurélie Wilfart, Sandrine Espagnol, Sylvie Dauguet, Aurélie Tailleur, Armelle Gac, Florence Garcia-Launay
Feeds contribute highly to environmental impacts of livestock products. Therefore, formulating low-impact feeds requires data on environmental impacts of feed ingredients with consistent perimeters and methodology for life cycle assessment (LCA). We created the ECOALIM dataset of life cycle inventories (LCIs) and associated impacts of feed ingredients used in animal production in France. It provides several perimeters for LCIs (field gate, storage agency gate, plant gate and harbour gate) with homogeneously collected data from French R&D institutes covering the 2005-2012 period...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930668/oral-cholera-vaccination-delivery-cost-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-an-analysis-based-on-systematic-review
#10
Vittal Mogasale, Enusa Ramani, Hyeseung Wee, Jerome H Kim
BACKGROUND: Use of the oral cholera vaccine (OCV) is a vital short-term strategy to control cholera in endemic areas with poor water and sanitation infrastructure. Identifying, estimating, and categorizing the delivery costs of OCV campaigns are useful in analyzing cost-effectiveness, understanding vaccine affordability, and in planning and decision making by program managers and policy makers. OBJECTIVES: To review and re-estimate oral cholera vaccination program costs and propose a new standardized categorization that can help in collation, analysis, and comparison of delivery costs across countries...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925865/public-health-messages-about-perinatal-marijuana-use-in-an-evolving-policy-context
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Marian Jarlenski, Jennifer Zank, Jill Tarr, Judy C Chang
BACKGROUND: Marijuana is a commonly used substance in pregnancy in the U.S. It is unknown what public health messages about perinatal marijuana use are being disseminated in the changing policy landscape. METHODS: We systematically searched 51 state and 5 federal public health agencies' websites in February 2016 for information about perinatal marijuana use. Of these, one federal agency and 10 state agencies had published information about perinatal marijuana use...
December 7, 2016: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924472/functional-analysis-of-mirnas-using-the-diana-tools-online-suite
#12
Ioannis S Vlachos, Artemis G Hatzigeorgiou
microRNAs (miRNAs) are central regulators of gene expression. They are actively studied for their involvement in numerous physiological and pathological conditions but also as diagnostic biomarkers or promising therapeutic targets. The increased complexity of the miRNA interactomes hinders straightforward interpretation of miRNA expression differences between states and conditions. To this end, functional analysis web servers process and combine experimental and in silico data, enabling researchers to uncover targeted pathways and transcriptional mechanisms that are hidden within numerous interactions and vast expression datasets...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924368/a-quantitative-readability-analysis-of-patient-education-resources-from-gastroenterology-society-websites
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David R Hansberry, Sahil R Patel, Prateek Agarwal, Nitin Agarwal, Elizabeth S John, Ann M John, James C Reynolds
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The lay public frequently access and rely on online information as a source of their medical knowledge. Many medical societies are unaware of national patient education material guidelines and subsequently fail to meet them. The goal of the present study was to evaluate the readability of patient education materials within the medical field of gastroenterology. METHODS: Two hundred fourteen articles pertaining to patient education materials were evaluated with ten well-established readability scales...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924217/dyspraxia-and-autistic-traits-in-adults-with-and-without-autism-spectrum-conditions
#14
Sarah Cassidy, Penelope Hannant, Teresa Tavassoli, Carrie Allison, Paula Smith, Simon Baron-Cohen
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum conditions (ASC) are frequently associated with motor coordination difficulties. However, no studies have explored the prevalence of dyspraxia in a large sample of individuals with and without ASC or associations between dyspraxia and autistic traits in these individuals. METHODS: Two thousand eight hundred seventy-one adults (with ASC) and 10,706 controls (without ASC) self-reported whether they have been diagnosed with dyspraxia. A subsample of participants then completed the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ; 1237 ASC and 6765 controls) and the Empathy Quotient (EQ; 1147 ASC and 6129 controls) online through the Autism Research Centre website...
2016: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924039/flyrnai-org-the-database-of-the-drosophila-rnai-screening-center-and-transgenic-rnai-project-2017-update
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Yanhui Hu, Aram Comjean, Charles Roesel, Arunachalam Vinayagam, Ian Flockhart, Jonathan Zirin, Lizabeth Perkins, Norbert Perrimon, Stephanie E Mohr
The FlyRNAi database of the Drosophila RNAi Screening Center (DRSC) and Transgenic RNAi Project (TRiP) at Harvard Medical School and associated DRSC/TRiP Functional Genomics Resources website (http://fgr.hms.harvard.edu) serve as a reagent production tracking system, screen data repository, and portal to the community. Through this portal, we make available protocols, online tools, and other resources useful to researchers at all stages of high-throughput functional genomics screening, from assay design and reagent identification to data analysis and interpretation...
October 23, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924012/l1base-2-more-retrotransposition-active-line-1s-more-mammalian-genomes
#16
Tobias Penzkofer, Marten Jäger, Marek Figlerowicz, Richard Badge, Stefan Mundlos, Peter N Robinson, Tomasz Zemojtel
LINE-1 (L1) insertions comprise as much as 17% of the human genome sequence, and similar proportions have been recorded for other mammalian species. Given the established role of L1 retrotransposons in shaping mammalian genomes, it becomes an important task to track and annotate the sources of this activity: full length elements, able to encode the cis and trans acting components of the retrotransposition machinery. The L1Base database (http://l1base.charite.de) contains annotated full-length sequences of LINE-1 transposons including putatively active L1s...
October 18, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923875/accounting-for-protein-subcellular-localization-a-compartmental-map-of-the-rat-liver-proteome
#17
Michel Jadot, Marielle Boonen, Jacqueline Thirion, Nan Wang, Jinchuan Xing, Caifeng Zhao, Abla Tannous, Meiqian Qian, Haiyan Zheng, John K Everett, Dirk F Moore, David E Sleat, Peter Lobel
Accurate knowledge of the intracellular location of proteins is important for numerous areas of biomedical research including assessing fidelity of putative protein-protein interactions, modeling cellular processes at a system-wide level and investigating metabolic and disease pathways. Many proteins have not been localized, or have been incompletely localized, partly because most studies do not account for entire subcellular distribution. Thus, proteins are frequently assigned to one organelle while a significant fraction may reside elsewhere...
December 6, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922894/antimicrobial-prophylaxis-practice-patterns-in-breast-augmentation-a-national-survey-of-current-practice
#18
Karan Chopra, Arvind U Gowda, Colton H L McNichols, Emile N Brown, Sheri Slezak, Yvonne Rasko
BACKGROUND: Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic surgery procedures worldwide. Bacterial contamination is of paramount concern due to its role in biofilm formation and capsular contracture. Plastic surgeons have adopted a variety of perioperative interventions in efforts to reduce implant contamination, however definitive evidence supporting these practices is lacking. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to assess current practice patterns aimed at reducing implant-related infections in breast augmentation and comparing them to current evidence-based medicine recommendations...
December 5, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922751/new-therapies-for-asthma-and-copd
#19
Nicholas J Gross, Peter J Barnes
Asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are two common diseases for which current treatments are less than optimal and for which new drugs are greatly needed. Better understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of these diseases has identified new targets for therapy and several new drugs are in development. Although most new treatments on the market are improvements in existing classes of drug or new combination of treatments, the clinicaltrials.gov website indicates 50 and 100 new medications for both asthma and COPD and many of these are entirely new...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922448/the-second-randomised-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-cost-effectiveness-and-acceptability-of-computerised-therapy-reeact-2-trial-does-the-provision-of-telephone-support-enhance-the-effectiveness-of-computer-delivered-cognitive-behaviour-therapy-a-randomised
#20
Sally Brabyn, Ricardo Araya, Michael Barkham, Peter Bower, Cindy Cooper, Ana Duarte, David Kessler, Sarah Knowles, Karina Lovell, Elizabeth Littlewood, Richard Mattock, Stephen Palmer, Jodi Pervin, David Richards, Debbie Tallon, David White, Simon Walker, Gillian Worthy, Simon Gilbody
BACKGROUND: Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) is an efficient form of therapy potentially improving access to psychological care. Indirect evidence suggests that the uptake and effectiveness of cCBT can be increased if facilitated by telephone, but this is not routinely offered in the NHS. OBJECTIVES: To compare the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telephone-facilitated free-to-use cCBT [e.g. MoodGYM (National Institute for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia)] with minimally supported cCBT...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
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