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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329741/drugs-violence-and-trauma-in-m%C3%A3-xico-and-united-states
#1
Juan Carlos Puyana, Juan Carlos Jacob Puyana, Andres Mariano Rubiano, Jorge Hernan Montenegro, Glyn O Estebanez, Alvaro Ignacio Sanchez, Felipe Vega-Rivera
The impact of illicit drug markets on the occurrence of violence varies tremendously depending on many factors. Over the last years, Mexico and United States (US) has increased security border issues that included many aspects of drug-related trade and criminal activities. Mexico experienced only a small reduction of trauma deaths after severe crime reinforcement policies. This strategy in the war on drugs is shifting the drug market to other Central American countries. This phenomenon is called the ballooning effect where by pressure to control illicit drug related activities in one particular area forces a shift to other more vulnerable areas that lead to increase crime and violence...
March 21, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329705/sensing-of-bacterial-cyclic-dinucleotides-by-the-oxidoreductase-recon-promotes-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-and-shapes-a-proinflammatory-antibacterial-state
#2
Adelle P McFarland, Shukun Luo, Fariha Ahmed-Qadri, Meghan Zuck, Elizabeth F Thayer, Young Ah Goo, Kevin Hybiske, Liang Tong, Joshua J Woodward
Bacterial and host cyclic dinucleotides (cdNs) mediate cytosolic immune responses through the STING signaling pathway, although evidence suggests that alternative pathways exist. We used cdN-conjugated beads to biochemically isolate host receptors for bacterial cdNs, and we identified the oxidoreductase RECON. High-affinity cdN binding inhibited RECON enzyme activity by simultaneously blocking the substrate and cosubstrate sites, as revealed by structural analyses. During bacterial infection of macrophages, RECON antagonized STING activation by acting as a molecular sink for cdNs...
March 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329200/clinical-trends-in-surgical-minimally-invasive-and-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement%C3%A2
#3
Tom C Nguyen, Matthew D Terwelp, Vinod H Thourani, Yelin Zhao, Nidal Ganim, Carson Hoffmann, Monica Justo, Anthony L Estrera, Richard W Smalling, Prakash Balan, Joseph Lamelas
OBJECTIVES: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) have emerged as alternatives to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) via traditional sternotomy. However, their effect on clinical practice remains unclear. The study's objective is to describe clinical trends between TAVR, MIAVR and SAVR in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS). METHODS: This retrospective observational study analyzed trends in isolated severe aortic valve replacement (AVR) among three high volume TAVR, MIAVR and SAVR centres in the United States...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328512/multitarget-sparse-latent-regression
#4
Xiantong Zhen, Mengyang Yu, Feng Zheng, Ilanit Ben Nachum, Mousumi Bhaduri, David Laidley, Shuo Li
Multitarget regression has recently generated intensive popularity due to its ability to simultaneously solve multiple regression tasks with improved performance, while great challenges stem from jointly exploring inter-target correlations and input-output relationships. In this paper, we propose multitarget sparse latent regression (MSLR) to simultaneously model intrinsic intertarget correlations and complex nonlinear input-output relationships in one single framework. By deploying a structure matrix, the MSLR accomplishes a latent variable model which is able to explicitly encode intertarget correlations via ℓ2,1-norm-based sparse learning; the MSLR naturally admits a representer theorem for kernel extension, which enables it to flexibly handle highly complex nonlinear input-output relationships; the MSLR can be solved efficiently by an alternating optimization algorithm with guaranteed convergence, which ensures efficient multitarget regression...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328227/ultrafast-relaxation-dynamics-of-photoexcited-heme-model-compounds-observation-of-multiple-electronic-spin-states-and-vibrational-cooling
#5
Chinju Govind, Venugopal Karunakaran
Hemin is a unique model compound of heme proteins carrying out variable biological functions. Here the excited state relaxation dynamics of heme model compounds in the ferric form are systematically investigated by changing the axial ligand (Cl/Br), the peripheral substituent (Vinyl/Ethylmeso) and the solvent (Methanol/DMSO) using femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy upon excitation at 380 nm. The relaxation time constants of these model compounds are obtained by global analysis. Excited state deactivation pathway of the model compounds comprising the decay of the porphyrin excited state (S*) to Ligand to Metal Charge Transfer state (LMCT, t1), back electron transfer from Metal to Ligand (MLCT, t2) and relaxation to the ground state through different electronic spin states of iron (t3 and t4), is proposed along with the vibrational cooling processes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327718/can-charged-colloidal-particles-increase-the-thermoelectric-energy-conversion-efficiency
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Thomas J Salez, Bo Tao Huang, Maud Rietjens, Marco Bonetti, Cécile Wiertel-Gasquet, Michel Roger, Cleber Lopes Filomeno, Emmanuelle Dubois, Régine Perzynski, Sawako Nakamae
Currently, liquid thermocells are receiving increasing attention as an inexpensive alternative to conventional solid-state thermoelectrics for low-grade waste heat recovery applications. Here we present a novel path to increase the Seebeck coefficient of liquid thermoelectric materials using charged colloidal suspensions; namely, ionically stabilized magnetic nanoparticles (ferrofluids) dispersed in aqueous potassium ferro-/ferri-cyanide electrolytes. The dependency of thermoelectric potential on experimental parameters such as nanoparticle concentration and types of solute ions (lithium citrate and tetrabutylammonium citrate) is examined to reveal the relative contributions from the thermogalvanic potential of redox couples and the entropy of transfer of nanoparticles and ions...
March 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327199/measuring-research-impact-in-australia-s-medical-research-institutes-a-scoping-literature-review-of-the-objectives-for-and-an-assessment-of-the-capabilities-of-research-impact-assessment-frameworks
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Simon Deeming, Andrew Searles, Penny Reeves, Michael Nilsson
BACKGROUND: Realising the economic potential of research institutions, including medical research institutes, represents a policy imperative for many Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nations. The assessment of research impact has consequently drawn increasing attention. Research impact assessment frameworks (RIAFs) provide a structure to assess research translation, but minimal research has examined whether alternative RIAFs realise the intended policy outcomes. This paper examines the objectives presented for RIAFs in light of economic imperatives to justify ongoing support for health and medical research investment, leverage productivity via commercialisation and outcome-efficiency gains in health systems, and ensure that translation and impact considerations are embedded into the research process...
March 21, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326859/performance-evaluation-of-3d-vision-based-semi-autonomous-control-method-for-assistive-robotic-manipulator
#8
Hyun W Ka, Cheng-Shiu Chung, Dan Ding, Khara James, Rory Cooper
We developed a 3D vision-based semi-autonomous control interface for assistive robotic manipulators. It was implemented based on one of the most popular commercially available assistive robotic manipulator combined with a low-cost depth-sensing camera mounted on the robot base. To perform a manipulation task with the 3D vision-based semi-autonomous control interface, a user starts operating with a manual control method available to him/her. When detecting objects within a set range, the control interface automatically stops the robot, and provides the user with possible manipulation options through audible text output, based on the detected object characteristics...
March 22, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326230/methods-for-preparing-polymer-decorated-single-exchange-biased-magnetic-nanoparticles-for-application-in-flexible-polymer-based-films
#9
Laurence Ourry, Delphine Toulemon, Souad Ammar, Fayna Mammeri
Background: Magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) must not only be well-defined in composition, shape and size to exhibit the desired properties (e.g., exchange-bias for thermal stability of the magnetization) but also judiciously functionalized to ensure their stability in air and their compatibility with a polymer matrix, in order to avoid aggregation which may seriously affect their physical properties. Dipolar interactions between NPs too close to each other favour a collective magnetic glass state with lower magnetization and coercivity because of inhomogeneous and frustrated macrospin cluster freezing...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325527/collaborative-pharmacist-prescribing-within-the-opioid-substitution-treatment-program-in-south-australia-patient-and-pharmacist-views
#10
Phuong-Phi Le, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Caroline Laurence
There is a shortage of medical practitioners able and/or willing to prescribe OST. This qualitative study investigated an alternative model of care where by pharmacists co-prescribed with an accredited doctor for OST patients. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews with 14 OST patients were conducted at a state government drug and alcohol clinic about their views on pharmacist prescribing OST for them. In the second phase of the study, three focus group interviews with 18 pharmacists were conducted to explore their views on a policy proposal which would allow them to co-prescribe for OST patients...
February 27, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325339/toward-novel-antiparasitic-formulations-complexes-of-albendazole-desmotropes-and-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin
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Ana K Chattah, Laura Y Pfund, Ariana Zoppi, Marcela R Longhi, Claudia Garnero
Novel complexes of two different solid forms of Albendazol and β-cyclodextrin were investigated in an attempt to obtain promising candidates for the preparation of alternative matrices used in pharmaceutical oral formulations. The interaction between each form of Albendazol and β-cyclodextrin was studied in solution and solid state, in order to investigate their effect on the solubility and dissolution rate of Albendazol solid forms. The solid supramolecular systems were characterized using a variety of techniques including natural-abundance (13)C cross-polarization magic-angle-spinning nuclear magnetic resonance, powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy...
May 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324971/a-small-portable-battery-powered-brain-computer-interface-system-for-motor-rehabilitation
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Colin M McCrimmon, Ming Wang, Lucas Silva Lopes, Po T Wang, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
Motor rehabilitation using brain-computer interface (BCI) systems may facilitate functional recovery in individuals after stroke or spinal cord injury. Nevertheless, these systems are typically ill-suited for widespread adoption due to their size, cost, and complexity. In this paper, a small, portable, and extremely cost-efficient (<;$200) BCI system has been developed using a custom electroencephalographic (EEG) amplifier array, and a commercial microcontroller and touchscreen. The system's performance was tested using a movement-related BCI task in 3 able-bodied subjects with minimal previous BCI experience...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323421/assessment-of-the-secondary-copper-reserves-of-nations
#13
Kyaw Nyunt Maung, Seiji Hashimoto, Mizuki Mizukami, Masataka Morozumi, Cherry Myo Lwin
The sustainable use of metals demands consideration not only of primary metals in the natural environment but also of secondary metals in society as alternative resources. This study applied our proposed classification framework of secondary resources to copper (1) to investigate the applicability of the framework and (2) to assess the secondary copper reserves and resources of selected countries. To estimate secondary copper reserves, we introduced the variable "secondary reserve ratio": the fraction of in-use copper stocks that is technically and economically recoverable...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323374/characteristics-of-short-stay-critical-care-admissions-from-emergency-departments-in-maryland
#14
Obiora O Chidi, Sarah M Perman, Adit A Ginde
OBJECTIVES: Critical care is an expensive and limited resource, and short stay critical care admissions may be treated in alternate, less costly settings. This study objective was to determine the proportion of critical care admissions with a short critical care length of stay and identify the clinical characteristics and diagnoses associated with high and low rates of short stay critical care admissions. METHODS: Secondary analysis of the 2011 Maryland State Inpatient Database...
March 21, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322415/association-between-us-norepinephrine-shortage-and-mortality-among-patients-with-septic-shock
#15
Emily Vail, Hayley B Gershengorn, May Hua, Allan J Walkey, Gordon Rubenfeld, Hannah Wunsch
Importance: Drug shortages in the United States are common, but their effect on patient care and outcomes has rarely been reported. Objective: To assess changes to patient care and outcomes associated with a 2011 national shortage of norepinephrine, the first-line vasopressor for septic shock. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study of 26 US hospitals in the Premier Healthcare Database with a baseline rate of norepinephrine use of at least 60% for patients with septic shock...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321648/a-comparison-of-alternative-tobacco-product-usage-knowledge-and-beliefs-between-the-new-york-city-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgendered-community-and-heterosexuals
#16
Deanna P Jannat-Khah, Simone A Reynolds, LeConté J Dill, Michael A Joseph
Within the United States, alternative tobacco product (ATP) and varies by geographic region, gender and age. Few articles have been published on the usage of these products among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) population. A web-based anonymous survey administered through Google Forms, was used to collect data on current tobacco usage, knowledge and beliefs from adult heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgendered persons residing in New York City from May 2014 to July 2014...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320284/apoptotic-endonuclease-endog-inhibits-telomerase-activity-and-induces-malignant-transformation-of-human-cd4-t-cells
#17
D A Vasina, D D Zhdanov, E V Orlova, V S Orlova, M V Pokrovskaya, S S Aleksandrova, N N Sokolov
Telomerase activity is regulated by an alternative splicing of mRNA of the telomerase catalytic subunit hTERT (human telomerase reverse transcriptase). Increased expression of the inactive spliced hTERT results in inhibition of telomerase activity. Little is known about the mechanism of hTERT mRNA alternative splicing. This study was aimed at determining the effect of an apoptotic endonuclease G (EndoG) on alternative splicing of hTERT and telomerase activity in CD4+ human T lymphocytes. Overexpression of EndoG in CD4+ T cells downregulated the expression of the active full-length hTERT variant and upregulated the inactive alternatively spliced variant...
January 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320231/maternal-healthy-lifestyle-during-early-pregnancy-and-offspring-birthweight-differences-by-offspring-sex
#18
Sylvia E Badon, Raymond S Miller, Chunfang Qiu, Tanya K Sorensen, Michelle A Williams, Daniel A Enquobahrie
PURPOSE: Individual maternal lifestyle factors during pregnancy have been associated with offspring birthweight; however, associations of combined lifestyle factors with birthweight and potential differences by offspring sex have not been examined. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Participants (N = 2,924) were identified from a pregnancy cohort in Washington State. Lifestyle factors during early pregnancy were dichotomized based on Alternate Healthy Eating Index score ≥62, leisure time physical activity (LTPA) ≥150 minutes/week, not smoking during pregnancy, and Perceived Stress Scale score ≤3, then combined into a lifestyle score (0-4)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318585/lactoferrin-reduces-mortality-in-preweaned-calves-with-diarrhea
#19
G Habing, K Harris, G M Schuenemann, J M Piñeiro, J Lakritz, X Alcaraz Clavijo
Calf diarrhea is the most common reason for mortality and antimicrobial therapy in preweaned calves on dairy farms in the United States. Conventional and organic livestock producers require alternative therapies for calf diarrhea to reduce the necessity of conventional antimicrobials. Alternatives administered for mild cases or early in the disease course may be useful to mitigate disease progression and reduce the likelihood of septicemia and negative sequelae. Lactoferrin is a bioactive protein naturally found in colostrum that has been shown to prevent septicemia in high-risk infants...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317963/comparison-of-fast-electron-transfer-kinetics-at-platinum-gold-glassy-carbon-and-diamond-electrodes-using-fourier-transformed-ac-voltammetry-and-scanning-electrochemical-microscopy
#20
Sze-Yin Tan, Robert A Lazenby, Kiran Bano, Jie Zhang, Alan M Bond, Julie V Macpherson, Patrick R Unwin
Heterogeneous electron transfer (ET) processes at electrode/electrolyte interfaces are of fundamental and applied importance and are extensively studied by a range of electrochemical techniques, all of which have various attributes but also limitations. The present study focuses on the one-electron oxidation of tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) and reduction of tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) in acetonitrile solution by two powerful electrochemical techniques: Fourier-transformed large amplitude alternating current voltammetry (FTACV); and scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), both of which are supported by detailed theoretical models...
March 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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