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Concept: According to Jim

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Studies on bimatoprost were performed with two objectives: (i) to determine whether bimatoprost possesses hair growth-stimulating properties beyond eyelash hypertrichosis and (ii) to investigate the biodisposition of bimatoprost in skin for the first time. Bimatoprost, at the dose used clinically for eyelash growth (0.03%) and given once daily for 14 days, increased pelage hair growth in C57/black 6 mice. This occurred as a much earlier onset of new hair growth in shaved mice and the time taken to achieve complete hair regrowth, according to photographic documentation and visual assessment. Bimatoprost biodisposition in the skin was determined at three concentrations: 0.01%, 0.03% and 0.06%. Dose-dependent C(max) values were obtained (3.41, 6.74, 12.3 μg/g tissue), and cutaneous bimatoprost was well maintained for 24 h following a single dose. Bimatoprost was recovered from the skin only as the intact molecule, with no detectable levels of metabolites. Thus, bimatoprost produces hypertrichosis as the intact molecule.

Concepts: Skin, Tissue, According to Jim, Mouse, Hair follicle, Keratin, Facial hair, Hair removal

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The clinical features of various facial deformities in Korean leprosy patients were evaluated according to the type of leprosy.

Concepts: According to Jim, Leprosy

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Humans often evaluate sensory signals according to their reliability for optimal decision-making. However, how do we evaluate percepts generated in the absence of direct input that are, therefore, completely unreliable? Here, we utilize the phenomenon of filling-in occurring at the physiological blind-spots to compare partially inferred and veridical percepts. Subjects chose between stimuli that elicit filling-in, and perceptually equivalent ones presented outside the blind-spots, looking for a Gabor stimulus without a small orthogonal inset. In ambiguous conditions, when the stimuli were physically identical and the inset was absent in both, subjects behaved opposite to optimal, preferring the blind-spot stimulus as the better example of a collinear stimulus, even though no relevant veridical information was available. Thus, a percept that is partially inferred is paradoxically considered more reliable than a percept based on external input. In other words: Humans treat filled-in inferred percepts as more real than veridical ones.

Concepts: 2002 albums, Perception, Reliability, According to Jim, In the Absence of Truth, Absenteeism

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To study how reproductive risks and perinatal outcomes are associated with postpartum depression treated in specialised healthcare defined according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 codes, separately among women with and without a history of depression.

Concepts: Pregnancy, Childbirth, Obstetrics, According to Jim, Postpartum depression

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The rate of contralateral prophylactic mastectomies (CPMs) continues to rise, although there is little evidence to support improvement in quality of life (QOL) with CPM. We sought to ascertain whether patient-reported outcomes and, more specifically, QOL differed according to receipt of CPM.

Concepts: Life, Quality, Quality of life, According to Jim, Quality-of-life index, Mastectomy, CPM

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Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is associated with natalizumab treatment. We quantified the risk of PML in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to the presence or absence of three risk factors: positive status with respect to anti-JC virus antibodies, prior use of immunosuppressants, and increasing duration of natalizumab treatment.

Concepts: Multiple sclerosis, According to Jim, Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, Progressive lens, Natalizumab, Treatment of multiple sclerosis

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Autologous bone marrow stem cell therapy is the greatest advance in the treatment of heart disease for a generation according to pioneering reports. In response to an unanswered letter regarding one of the largest and most promising trials, we attempted to summarise the findings from the most innovative and prolific laboratory.

Concepts: Bone, Stem cell, Bone marrow, Heart, Heart disease, Organ, According to Jim

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Urban endocrine ecology aims to understand how organisms cope with new sources of stress and maintain allostatic load to thrive in an increasingly urbanized world. Recent research efforts have yielded controversial results based on short-term measures of stress, without exploring its fitness effects. We measured feather corticosterone (CORTf, reflecting the duration and amplitude of glucocorticoid secretion over several weeks) and subsequent annual survival in urban and rural burrowing owls. This species shows high individual consistency in fear of humans (i.e., flight initiation distance, FID), allowing us to hypothesize that individuals distribute among habitats according to their tolerance to human disturbance. FIDs were shorter in urban than in rural birds, but CORTf levels did not differ, nor were correlated to FIDs. Survival was twice as high in urban as in rural birds and links with CORTf varied between habitats: while a quadratic relationship supports stabilizing selection in urban birds, high predation rates may have masked CORTf-survival relationship in rural ones. These results evidence that urban life does not constitute an additional source of stress for urban individuals, as shown by their near identical CORTf values compared with rural conspecifics supporting the non-random distribution of individuals among habitats according to their behavioural phenotypes.

Concepts: Anxiety, Cell, Natural selection, Evolution, Ecology, Distribution, According to Jim, Urban culture

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The purpose of this study is to review our operative experience of congenital kyphosis or kyphoscoliosis undergoing either pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO) or posterior vertebral column resection (pVCR) according to certain criteria we have established.

Concepts: Vertebral column, Scoliosis, According to Jim, Vertebra, Skeletal disorders, Lordosis, Kyphosis, Kyphoscoliosis

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: To compare preference judgments for sounds processed via a simulated five-channel compression hearing aid with gains and compression ratios selected according to two recently introduced fitting methods, CAMEQ2-HF (hereafter named CAM2) and NAL-NL2.

Concepts: Comparison, According to Jim, Comparisons, Choice, Decibel, Compression ratio