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Relationship between endotoxin core, staphylococcal and varicella antibody levels and outcome following aortic valve replacement surgery: a prospective observational study

BackgroundMorbidity and mortality following cardiac valve surgery is high. Immunity is an important contributor to outcome. This study examines the relationship of staphylococcal and endotoxin antibody levels to outcome following cardiac surgery.MethodsUsing enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), we measured pre-operative levels of antibodies to endotoxin core (EndoCAb); 3...

The challenge of using date branch waste as a peat substitute in container nursery production of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.)

PurposePeat-based substrates constitute the preferred media in conventional and organic nursery production. Nevertheless, in recent years, there has been a growing interest in environmental impacts associated with peat extraction that has increased with the demand of these non-renewable substrates. The re-use of organic wastes as substrate seems to be good solution to substitute...

Phryna hamzaoglui Koç & Budak (Caryophyllaceae), a new species from Central Anatolia, Turkey

A new species Phryna hamzaoglui was discovered in Hekimhan (Turkey, Malatya province) where it grows on hillsides. The P. hamzaoglui and P. ortegioides were compared with each other in terms of their general morphology and seed micromorphology. Description, distribution, illustration and conservation status of the new species are given. Seed lateral and surface, cells, anticlinal...

Shared nucleotide flanks confer transcriptional competency to bZip core motifs

Sequence-specific DNA binding recruits transcription factors (TFs) to the genome to regulate gene expression. Here, we perform high resolution mapping of CEBP proteins to determine how sequence dictates genomic occupancy. We demonstrate a fundamental difference between the sequence repertoire utilized by CEBPs in vivo versus the palindromic sequence preference reported by...

Substrates specificity of tannase from Streptomyces sviceus and Lactobacillus plantarum

Tannases can catalyze the hydrolysis of galloyl ester and depside bonds of hydrolysable tannins to release gallic acid and glucose, but tannases from different species have different substrate specificities. Our prior studies found that tannase from Lactobacillus plantarum (LP-tan) performed a higher esterase activity, while the tannase from Streptomyces sviceus (SS-tan...

Home-based transcranial direct current stimulation plus tracking training therapy in people with stroke: an open-label feasibility study

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is an effective neuromodulation adjunct to repetitive motor training in promoting motor recovery post-stroke. Finger tracking training is motor training whereby people with stroke use the impaired index finger to trace waveform-shaped lines on a monitor. Our aims were to assess the feasibility and safety of a telerehabilitation...

The Coffee Construct

By Aspen Jaxon, Published on 01/01/18

Research on 3D measurement model by line structure light vision

For serious radial distortion and high precision measurement, 3D measurement model is studied in the paper. Based on the two-step calibration algorithm, a round initialization window is proposed to calculate the initial value of the camera parameters for nonlinear optimization. In order to solve the problem that the Supersonic Transport Evaluation Group algorithm of light stripe...

Novel Concepts in Psoriatic Arthritis Management: Can We Treat to Target?

Purpose of reviewPsoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory spondyloarthritis that can cause progressive joint damage and irreversible disability. Advances in modern therapies, now mean a target of remission is an achievable goal in PsA. There is strong and consistent evidence that a treat-to-target (T2T) approach to PsA management results in better patient outcomes...

A morphometric model for determining the effect of commercial queen bee usage on the native honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) population in a Turkish province

The objectives of this study were to (1) determine the effects of imported commercial queen bees from different geographical origin subspecies on the morphological variation of native honeybee population of the Turkeli area; and (2) apply a model to identify and predict the use of commercial queens subspecies. Standard classification function, discriminant function, and constant...

Association between age at onset of independent walking and objectively measured sedentary behavior is mediated by moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in primary school children

Objective Age at onset of walking has been shown as an early predictor of physical activity in infants and children. However, little is known about whether age at onset of walking may predict sedentary behavior (SB). The aim of the present study was to examine the association between the timing of onset of walking and objectively measured SB, and whether this association is...

Which processes are behind the relationship between species abundance and environmental suitability? Monte Albo cave salamander as model species

Species can show a strong variation of local abundance across their ranges. Recent analyses suggested that variation in abundance can be related to environmental suitability, as the highest abundances are often observed in populations living in the most suitable areas. However, there is limited information on the mechanisms through which variation in environmental suitability...

Mind-Reading or Misleading? Assessing Direct-to-Consumer Electroencephalography (EEG) Devices Marketed for Wellness and Their Ethical and Regulatory Implications

The market for direct-to-consumer brain health products—including brain-training games, neurostimulation devices, and consumer electroencephalography (EEG) devices—is expected to top $3 billion by 2020. While many direct-to-consumer neurotechnology products have come under scrutiny from scientists and regulators, one set of products—consumer EEG devices—have largely escaped...