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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102948/use-of-parallel-plate-ionization-chambers-in-reference-dosimetry-of-novac-and-liac-%C3%A2-mobile-electron-linear-accelerators-for-intraoperative-radiotherapy-a-multi-center-survey
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Paolo Scalchi, Alessia Ciccotelli, Giuseppe Felici, Assunta Petrucci, Raffaella Massafra, Valeria Piazzi, Paola D'Avenia, Francesca Cavagnetto, Federica Cattani, Raffaella Romagnoli, Antonella Soriani
PURPOSE: LIAC(®) and NOVAC are two mobile linear accelerators dedicated to intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), generating electron beams in the energy range of 3-12 MeV. Due to high dose-per-pulse (up to 70 mGy per pulse), in 2003 the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) stated that "for the measure of dose to water in reference conditions, ionization chambers cannot be employed and no published dosimetry protocol can be used". As a consequence, ferrous sulphate (or, alternatively alanine) dosimetry was recommended...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102879/the-conservative-and-pharmacological-management-of-chronic-subdural-haematoma
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Jehuda Soleman, Fabio Noccera, Luigi Mariani
Chronic subdural haematoma (cSDH), one of the most common neurosurgical entities, occurs typically in elderly patients. The incidence is expected to double by the year 2030, owing to the continuous aging of the population. Surgery is usually the treatment of choice, but conservative treatment may be a good alternative in some situations. We provide a systematic review of studies analysing the conservative treatment options and the natural history of cSDH. Of 231 articles screened, 35 were included in this systematic review...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102712/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-and-7-mediate-the-anabolic-function-of-nucleus-pulposus-cells-with-discrete-mechanisms
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Victor Yl Leung, Lixiong Zhou, Wai-Kit Tam, Yi Sun, Fengjuan Lv, Guangqian Zhou, Kenneth Mc Cheung
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) play roles in promoting cell anabolism, especially extracellular matrix production. The difference between BMP members in their capacity to modulate intervertebral disc cell activity is yet to be defined. BMP-7/OP-1 has been shown to retard disc degeneration. We compared the activity of BMP-7 with BMP-2 on nucleus pulposus (NP) cell phenotype and function, and investigated how they differentially affect the gene expression profiles of signaling cascade components in human NP cells under degenerative states...
January 19, 2017: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102374/ethane-c-h-bond-activation-on-the-fe-iv-oxo-species-in-a-zn-based-cluster-of-metal-organic-frameworks-a-density-functional-theory-study
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Sarawoot Impeng, Siwarut Siwaipram, Sareeya Bureekaew, Michael Probst
We first investigate the feasibility of designing a Fe-oxo complex for the activation of alkane C-H bonds by (a) incorporating an Fe ion into a Zn-based cluster derived from a metal-organic framework (MOF) and (b) creating the Fe-oxo complex via decomposition of N2O over a Fe(2+)-substituted Zn-based cluster (Fe-Zn3O(pyrazole)6). From the energy profile, it turns out that both steps should be feasible and that the resulting Fe-oxo complex is stable. In the main step, we then investigate the reactivity of this Fe-oxo cluster for the C-H bond cleavage of ethane by calculating the reaction energy profile and analyzing the electronic structure along the relevant steps...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102347/low-level-predation-by-lytic-phage-phiipla-rodi-promotes-biofilm-formation-and-triggers-the-stringent-response-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Lucía Fernández, Silvia González, Ana Belén Campelo, Beatriz Martínez, Ana Rodríguez, Pilar García
An important lesson from the war on pathogenic bacteria has been the need to understand the physiological responses and evolution of natural microbial communities. Bacterial populations in the environment are generally forming biofilms subject to some level of phage predation. These multicellular communities are notoriously resistant to antimicrobials and, consequently, very difficult to eradicate. This has sparked the search for new therapeutic alternatives, including phage therapy. This study demonstrates that S...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101422/low-cost-hand-held-probe-for-depth-resolved-low-coherence-interferometry
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Paritosh Pande, Ryan L Shelton, Guillermo L Monroy, Ryan M Nolan, Stephen A Boppart
We report on the development of a low-cost hand-held low-coherence interferometric imaging system based on the principle of linear optical coherence tomography (Linear OCT), a technique which was first proposed in the early 2000s as a simpler alternative to the conventional time-domain and Fourier-domain OCT. A bench-top implementation of the proposed technique is first presented and validated. The axial resolution, SNR, and sensitivity roll-of of the system was estimated to be 5.2 μm and 80 dB, and 3.7 dB over a depth of 0...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100686/noncanonical-function-of-dgcr8-controls-mesc-exit-from-pluripotency
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Daniel Cirera-Salinas, Jian Yu, Maxime Bodak, Richard P Ngondo, Kristina M Herbert, Constance Ciaudo
Mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) deficient for DGCR8, a key component of the microprocessor complex, present strong differentiation defects. However, the exact reasons impairing their commitment remain elusive. The analysis of newly generated mutant mESCs revealed that DGCR8 is essential for the exit from the pluripotency state. To dissociate canonical versus noncanonical functions of DGCR8, we complemented the mutant mESCs with a phosphomutant DGCR8, which restored microRNA levels but did not rescue the exit from pluripotency defect...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100267/a-bibliometric-analysis-of-two-decades-of-aromatherapy-research
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Malcolm Koo
BACKGROUND: Quantitative data are lacking on the profile of published research in aromatherapy. The objective of the study was to investigate the profile of original and review articles under the topic aromatherapy using bibliometric analysis. METHODS: Articles on aromatherapy, published between 1995 and 2014, were retrieved from the Science Citation Index-Expanded database from the Web of Science. The records extracted were analyzed for citation characteristics, including the distribution of publication years, languages, countries or regions, journals, articles, and authors using HistCite 12...
January 18, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100020/independent-evolution-of-sexual-dimorphism-and-female-limited-mimicry-in-swallowtail-butterflies-papilio-dardanus-and-p-phorcas
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M J T N Timmermans, M J Thompson, S Collins, A P Vogler
Several species of Swallowtail butterflies (genus Papilio) are Batesian mimics that express multiple mimetic female forms, while the males are monomorphic and non-mimetic. The evolution of such sex-limited mimicry may involve sexual dimorphism arising first and mimicry subsequently. Such a stepwise scenario through a non-mimetic, sexually dimorphic stage has been proposed for two closely related sexually dimorphic species; P. phorcas, a non-mimetic species with two female forms, and P. dardanus, a female-limited polymorphic mimetic species...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099991/bayescat-bayesian-co-estimation-of-alignment-and-tree
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Heejung Shim, Bret Larget
Traditionally, phylogeny and sequence alignment are estimated separately: first estimate a multiple sequence alignment and then infer a phylogeny based on the sequence alignment estimated in the previous step. However, uncertainty in the alignment is ignored, resulting, possibly, in overstated certainty in phylogeny estimates. We develop a joint model for co-estimating phylogeny and sequence alignment which improves estimates from the traditional approach by accounting for uncertainty in the alignment in phylogenetic inferences...
January 18, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099412/ultrafast-nonthermal-photo-magnetic-recording-in-a-transparent-medium
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A Stupakiewicz, K Szerenos, D Afanasiev, A Kirilyuk, A V Kimel
Discovering ways to control the magnetic state of media with the lowest possible production of heat and at the fastest possible speeds is important in the study of fundamental magnetism, with clear practical potential. In metals, it is possible to switch the magnetization between two stable states (and thus to record magnetic bits) using femtosecond circularly polarized laser pulses. However, the switching mechanisms in these materials are directly related to laser-induced heating close to the Curie temperature...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099034/re-evidence-that-dry-needling-is-the-intent-to-bypass-regulation-to-practice-acupuncture-in-the-united-states-by-fan-et-al-j-altern-complement-med-2016-22-591-593
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Jan Dommerholt, Robert Stanborough
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098977/lamellar-metal-organic-framework-derived-fe-n-c-non-noble-electrocatalysts-with-bimodal-porosity-for-efficient-oxygen-reduction
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Zhongtao Li, Hongdi Sun, Liangqin Wei, Wen-Jie Jiang, Mingbo Wu, Jin-Song Hu
Developing highly efficient and stable non-Pt electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) to replace the state-of-the-art noble metal is essential for the commercialization of fuel cells. Fe-N-C based electrocatalysts are considered as one of promising alternatives to commercial Pt/C. An efficient electrocatalyst commonly requires large density of active site, high surface area, and desirable porosity, especially multi-modal porosity with both large pores for efficient mass transfer and small pores for exposing as much active sites as possible...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098290/in-situ-ligand-exchange-mediated-0d-1d-transformation-of-a-polyoxovanadate
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M Wendt, P Polzin, J van Leusen, C Näther, P Kögerler, W Bensch
The antimonato-polyoxovanadate {Ni(II)(en)3}3[VSbO42(H2O)]·ca.15H2O was utilized as a synthon for the solvothermal in situ generation of the new compound {Ni(II)(phen)3}2[{Ni(II)(en)2}VSbO42(H2O)]·19H2O, a rearrangement induced by ligand metathesis. While in the precursor structure cations and anions are isolated, the solid-state structure of the product is characterized by 1D chains consisting of alternating [V15Sb6O42(H2O)](6-) cluster shells and [Ni(en)2](2+) units covalently linked to neighboring clusters via terminal oxygen atoms...
January 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097663/the-evolution-of-male-nuptial-colour-in-a-sexually-dimorphic-group-of-fishes-percidae-etheostomatinae
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P J Ciccotto, T C Mendelson
To test hypotheses explaining variation in elaborate male colouration across closely related species groups, ancestral-state reconstructions and tests of phylogenetic signal and correlated evolution were used to examine the evolution of male body and fin colouration in a group of sexually dichromatic stream fishes known as darters (Percidae: Etheostomatinae). The presence or absence of red-orange and blue-green male colour traits were scored across six body regions in 99 darter species using a recently estimated amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) phylogeny for comparative analyses...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097532/medication-overuse-in-chronic-pain
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REVIEW
Eric S Hsu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic pain is usually managed by various pharmacotherapies after exhausting the conservative modalities such as over-the-counter choices. The goal of this review is to investigate current state of opioids and non-opioid medication overuse that includes NSAIDs, skeletal muscle relaxants, antidepressants, membrane stabilization agents, and benzodiazepine. How to minimize medication overuse and achieve better outcome in chronic pain management? RECENT FINDINGS: Although antidepressants and membrane stabilization agents contribute to the crucial components for neuromodulation, opioids were frequently designated as a rescue remedy in chronic pain since adjunct analgesics usually do not provide instantaneous relief...
January 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097215/an-ambiguity-principle-for-assigning-protein-structural-domains
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Guillaume Postic, Yassine Ghouzam, Romain Chebrek, Jean-Christophe Gelly
Ambiguity is the quality of being open to several interpretations. For an image, it arises when the contained elements can be delimited in two or more distinct ways, which may cause confusion. We postulate that it also applies to the analysis of protein three-dimensional structure, which consists in dividing the molecule into subunits called domains. Because different definitions of what constitutes a domain can be used to partition a given structure, the same protein may have different but equally valid domain annotations...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096066/-happiness-inventors-informing-positive-computing-technologies-through-participatory-design-with-children
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Svetlana Yarosh, Stephen Matthew Schueller
BACKGROUND: Positive psychological interventions for children have typically focused on direct adaptations of interventions developed for adults. As the community moves toward designing positive computing technologies to support child well-being, it is important to use a more participatory process that directly engages children's voices. OBJECTIVE: Our objectives were, through a participatory design study, to understand children's interpretations of positive psychology concepts, as well as their perspectives on technologies that are best suited to enhance their engagement with practice of well-being skills...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095880/high-throughput-expression-of-animal-venom-toxins-in-escherichia-coli-to-generate-a-large-library-of-oxidized-disulphide-reticulated-peptides-for-drug-discovery
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Jeremy Turchetto, Ana Filipa Sequeira, Laurie Ramond, Fanny Peysson, Joana L A Brás, Natalie J Saez, Yoan Duhoo, Marilyne Blémont, Catarina I P D Guerreiro, Loic Quinton, Edwin De Pauw, Nicolas Gilles, Hervé Darbon, Carlos M G A Fontes, Renaud Vincentelli
BACKGROUND: Animal venoms are complex molecular cocktails containing a wide range of biologically active disulphide-reticulated peptides that target, with high selectivity and efficacy, a variety of membrane receptors. Disulphide-reticulated peptides have evolved to display improved specificity, low immunogenicity and to show much higher resistance to degradation than linear peptides. These properties make venom peptides attractive candidates for drug development. However, recombinant expression of reticulated peptides containing disulphide bonds is challenging, especially when associated with the production of large libraries of bioactive molecules for drug screening...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095598/evaluating-the-cost-safety-and-proliferation-risks-of-small-floating-nuclear-reactors
#20
Michael J Ford, Ahmed Abdulla, M Granger Morgan
It is hard to see how our energy system can be decarbonized if the world abandons nuclear power, but equally hard to introduce the technology in nonnuclear energy states. This is especially true in countries with limited technical, institutional, and regulatory capabilities, where safety and proliferation concerns are acute. Given the need to achieve serious emissions mitigation by mid-century, and the multidecadal effort required to develop robust nuclear governance institutions, we must look to other models that might facilitate nuclear plant deployment while mitigating the technology's risks...
January 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
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