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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150933/design-of-a-novel-continuous-flow-reactor-for-low-ph-viral-inactivation
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Stephanie A Parker, Linus Amarikwa, Kevin Vehar, Raquel Orozco, Scott Godfrey, Jon Coffman, Parviz Shamlou, Cameron L Bardliving
Insufficient mixing in laminar flow reactors due to diffusion-dominated flow limits their use in applications where narrow residence time distribution (RTD) is required. The aim of this study was to design and characterize a laminar flow (Re 187.7-375.5) tubular reactor for low pH viral inactivation with enhanced radial mixing via the incorporation of curvature and flow inversions. Towards this aim, the reactor described here, Jig in a Box (JIB), was designed with a flow path consisting of alternating 270° degree turns...
November 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150722/cross-lagged-analysis-of-interplay-between-differential-traits-in-sibling-pairs-validation-and-application-to-parenting-behavior-and-adhd-symptomatology
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Arden Moscati, Brad Verhulst, Kevin McKee, Judy Silberg, Lindon Eaves
Understanding the factors that contribute to behavioral traits is a complex task, and partitioning variance into latent genetic and environmental components is a useful beginning, but it should not also be the end. Many constructs are influenced by their contextual milieu, and accounting for background effects (such as gene-environment correlation) is necessary to avoid bias. This study introduces a method for examining the interplay between traits, in a longitudinal design using differential items in sibling pairs...
November 17, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150522/addressing-decisional-conflict-about-fertility-preservation-helping-young-female-cancer-survivors-family-planning-decisions
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Madleina Müller, Corinne Urech, Jacky Boivin, Verena Ehrbar, Rebecca Moffat, Rosanna Zanetti Daellenbach, Christoph Rochlitz, Sibil Tschudin
BACKGROUND: Health professionals are challenged by a growing number of young long-term cancer survivors with their specific needs with regard to family planning. This study aimed at assessing decisional conflict (DC) in young female cancer patients regarding fertility preservation, identifying demographic, fertility and fertility preservation related factors, which may affect DC, and assessing the helpfulness of various decision-supports. METHODS: A retrospective, cross-sectional, web-based survey via an online questionnaire available in three languages with specific items concerning cancer, fertility, fertility preservation and the validated Decisional Conflict Scale targeted at current or former female cancer patients aged 18-45 years, with cancer types or treatment potentially affecting reproductive function...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150357/caregiver-burden-of-parents-of-young-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
#4
C Fitzgerald, S George, R Somerville, B Linnane, P Fitzpatrick
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of research examining the impact of informal caregiving on parents of young children with cystic fibrosis (CF). The aim of this study was to examine caregiver burden and identify risk factors associated with high caregiver burden in mothers and fathers of young children with CF. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of parents of young children with CF. A total of 213 families were invited to complete the CarerQoL questionnaire, a validated tool composed of two parts: (i) the CarerQol-7D which describes the care situation in terms of the negative and positive effects of caregiving and (ii) the visual analogue scale (VAS) which measures happiness on a scale from 0 to 10 (0=completely unhappy and 10=completely happy)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150091/prediction-of-menarcheal-status-of-girls-using-voice-features
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Marcin D Bugdol, Monika N Bugdol, Anna M Lipowicz, Andrzej W Mitas, Maria J Bienkowska, Agata M Wijata
A method for evaluating the menarcheal status of girls on the basis of their voice features is presented in the paper. The registration procedure consists of voice recording and measuring 20 anthropological features. The input feature vector is a combination of voice and anthropometric parameters, counting 220 features. The optimal set of parameters was selected using five different methods: Method A - stepwise regression (first forward, then backward regression) performed on features with statistically different means/medians; Method B - stepwise regression (forward and backward) on all features, with age; Method C - stepwise regression as in B; including age, Method D - all features with statistically different means/medians, Method E - all features excluding age...
November 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149757/comparing-the-screening-property-of-the-shortened-versions-of-the-hypomania-checklist-32-hcl-32-cross-validation-in-korean-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-and-major-depressive-disorder
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Bin-Na Kim, Eun-Ho Lee, Hye-Jin Kim, Ji-Hae Kim
BACKGROUND: To date, shortened versions of the Hypomania Checklist-32 (HCL-32) were proposed to overcome the limitation of a lengthy format; however, a cross-validation study is currently needed to identify which shorter version may function optimally in a clinical sample. METHODS: In a Korean patient sample with bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) (BD-I n = 84, BD = II n = 145, MDD n = 285), we examined the reliability and screening property of three shorter versions of the HCL (HCL-20, -16, -8) in comparison with the full HCL-32...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149659/validation-of-differential-cross-sections-by-means-of-252-cf-spectral-averaged-cross-sections
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Martin Schulc, Michal Košťál, Stanislav Simakov, Vojtěch Rypar, Davit Harutyunyan, Jan Šimon, Nicola Burianová, Evžen Novák, Bohumil Jánský, Martin Mareček, Jan Uhlíř
The results of systematic evaluations of the spectrum-averaged cross section measurements performed in the spontaneous fission (252)Cf neutron field are presented. The Following threshold reactions were investigated: (23)Na(n,2n)(22)Na, (54)Fe(n,p)(54)Mn, (54)Fe(n,α) (51)Cr, (27)Al(n,p)(27)Mg, (27)Al(n,α)(24)Na, (19)F(n,2n)(18)F, (90)Zr(n,2n)(89)Zr and (89)Y(n,2n)(88)Y. The spectrum-averaged cross sections for (23)Na(n,2n)(22)Na, (54)Fe(n,α)(51)Cr and (89)Y(n,2n)(88)Y reactions were measured for the first time...
November 8, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149639/translation-cross-cultural-adaptation-and-measurement-properties-of-the-brazilian-version-of-the-identification-of-functional-ankle-instability-idfai-questionnaire
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Bruna Reclusa Martinez, Andrea D Lopes Sauers, Cintia Lopes Ferreira, Luciana de Castro Lugli, Paola Christina Gama Turchetto, Carrie L Docherty, Liu Chiao Yi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this research was to describe the translation and cultural adaptation, and to test the validity and reliability of the Brazilian version of the Identification of Functional Ankle Instability (IdFAI) questionnaire. DESIGN: This was a clinical measurement. SETTING: This research took place at the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty college students participated in the translation and cultural adaptation, while another 50 students participated in the measurements (validity and reliability)...
October 7, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149315/a-cross-sectional-study-of-malaria-endemicity-and-health-system-readiness-to-deliver-services-in-kenya-namibia-and-senegal
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Elizabeth H Lee, Cara H Olsen, Tracey Koehlmoos, Penny Masuoka, Ann Stewart, Jason W Bennett, James Mancuso
Despite good progress towards elimination, malaria continues to contribute substantially to the sub-Saharan African disease burden. Sustaining previous gains requires continued readiness to deliver malaria services in response to actual disease burden, which in turn contributes to health systems strengthening. This study investigates a health system innovation. We examined whether malaria prevalence, or endemicity, is a driver of health facility readiness to deliver malaria services. To estimate this association, we geo-linked cross-sectional facility survey data to endemicity data for Kenya, Namibia and Senegal...
November 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149239/label-free-in-vivo-imaging-of-corneal-lymphatic-vessels-using-microscopic-optical-coherence-tomography
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Jens Horstmann, Hinnerk Schulz-Hildebrandt, Felix Bock, Sebastian Siebelmann, Eva Lankenau, Gereon Hüttmann, Philipp Steven, Claus Cursiefen
Purpose: Corneal neovascularization, in particular lymphangiogenesis, is a limiting factor in corneal transplant survival. Novel treatment approaches focus on (selective) inhibition and regression of lymphatic vessels. Imaging clinically invisible corneal lymphatic vessels is a prerequisite for these strategies. Using a murine model, this study investigates whether corneal lymphatic vessels can be imaged using microscopic optical coherence tomography (mOCT). Methods: Corneal neovascularization was induced by intrastromal placement of 11...
November 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148598/job-strain-in-nursing-homes-exploring-the-impact-of-leadership
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Annica Backman, Karin Sjögren, Hugo Lövheim, David Edvardsson
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to explore the association between leadership behaviours, job strain and social support as perceived by direct care staff in nursing homes. BACKGROUND: It is well known that aged care staff experience high levels of job strain, and that aged care staff experiencing job strain are exposed to increased risk for adverse health effects. Managerial leadership styles have been associated to job strain in the literature, however, the impact of perceived leadership behaviors' on staff job strain and social support has not been clarified within this context...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148146/factors-influencing-nurse-assessed-quality-nursing-care-a-cross-sectional-study-in-hospitals
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Ying Liu, Yupin Aungsuroch
AIM: To propose a hypothesized theoretical model and apply it to examine the structural relationships among work environment, patient-to-nurse ratio, job satisfaction, burnout, intention to leave and quality nursing care. BACKGROUND: Improving quality nursing care is a first consideration in nursing management globally. A better understanding of factors influencing quality nursing care can help hospital administrators implement effective programs to improve quality of services...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148073/adaptation-and-validation-of-the-voices-sf-questionnaire-for-evaluation-of-end-of-life-care-in-sweden
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Anna O'Sullivan, Joakim Öhlen, Anette Alvariza, Cecilia Håkanson
OBJECTIVES: Instruments for evaluating end-of-life care by voicing experiences of family members have previously been lacking in Sweden. The objective of this study was therefore to adapt and validate the VOICES (SF) questionnaire to evaluate quality of end-of-life care in Sweden. The VOICES (SF) [Views of Informal Carers - Evaluation of Services (Short form)] is a questionnaire about bereaved relatives' experiences of care in the last three months of life of a deceased family member...
November 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147930/snp-association-study-in-pms2-associated-lynch-syndrome
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Sanne W Ten Broeke, Fadwa A Elsayed, Lisa Pagan, Maran J W Olderode-Berends, Encarna Gomez Garcia, Hans J P Gille, Liselot P van Hest, Tom G W Letteboer, Lizet E van der Kolk, Arjen R Mensenkamp, Theo A van Os, Liesbeth Spruijt, Bert J W Redeker, Manon Suerink, Yvonne J Vos, Anja Wagner, Juul T Wijnen, E W Steyerberg, Carli M J Tops, Tom van Wezel, Maartje Nielsen
Lynch syndrome (LS) patients are at high risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC). Phenotypic variability might in part be explained by common susceptibility loci identified in Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS). Previous studies focused mostly on MLH1, MSH2 and MSH6 carriers, with conflicting results. We aimed to determine the role of GWAS SNPs in PMS2 mutation carriers. A cohort study was performed in 507 PMS2 carriers (124 CRC cases), genotyped for 24 GWAS SNPs, including SNPs at 11q23.1 and 8q23.3...
November 17, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147838/the-reactive-proactive-aggression-questionnaire-measurement-invariance-and-reliability-among-a-school-sample-of-portuguese-youths
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Pedro Pechorro, Lara Ayala-Nunes, Rachel Kahn, Cristina Nunes
Aggression is an important risk factor for various forms of problem behaviors in adolescence, and research has often distinguished between reactive and proactive forms of aggression. The aim of the present study was to compare the psychometric properties (i.e., structural invariance, internal consistency, and criterion validity) of the Reactive-Proactive Aggression Questionnaire (RPQ) between males and females among a mixed-gender school sample of 782 Portuguese youth (M = 15.87 years, SD = 1.72). Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that a two-factor first-order structure obtained the best fit and cross-gender measurement invariance was demonstrated after excluding item 21...
November 17, 2017: Child Psychiatry and Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147523/a-unified-view-to-br%C3%A3-nsted-acidity-scales-do-we-need-solvated-protons
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Eno Paenurk, Karl Kaupmees, Daniel Himmel, Agnes Kütt, Ivari Kaljurand, Ilmar A Koppel, Ingo Krossing, Ivo Leito
The most comprehensive solvent acidity scale spanning 28 orders of magnitude of acidity was measured in the low-polarity solvent 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE). Its experimental core is linked to the unified acidity scale (pHabs) in an unprecedented and generalized approach only based on experimental values. This enables future measurements of acid strengths and acidity adjustments in low polarity solvents. The scale was cross-validated computationally. The purely experimental and computational data agree very well...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146996/the-role-of-cxcr3-lrp1-cross-talk-in-the-invasion-of-primary-brain-tumors
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Kevin Boyé, Nadège Pujol, Isabel D Alves, Ya-Ping Chen, Thomas Daubon, Yi-Zong Lee, Stephane Dedieu, Marion Constantin, Lorenzo Bello, Marco Rossi, Rolf Bjerkvig, Shih-Che Sue, Andreas Bikfalvi, Clotilde Billottet
CXCR3 plays important roles in angiogenesis, inflammation, and cancer. However, the precise mechanism of regulation and activity in tumors is not well known. We focused on CXCR3-A conformation and on the mechanisms controlling its activity and trafficking and investigated the role of CXCR3/LRP1 cross talk in tumor cell invasion. Here we report that agonist stimulation induces an anisotropic response with conformational changes of CXCR3-A along its longitudinal axis. CXCR3-A is internalized via clathrin-coated vesicles and recycled by retrograde trafficking...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146901/genome-driven-evolutionary-game-theory-helps-understand-the-rise-of-metabolic-interdependencies-in-microbial-communities
#18
Ali R Zomorrodi, Daniel Segrè
Metabolite exchanges in microbial communities give rise to ecological interactions that govern ecosystem diversity and stability. It is unclear, however, how the rise of these interactions varies across metabolites and organisms. Here we address this question by integrating genome-scale models of metabolism with evolutionary game theory. Specifically, we use microbial fitness values estimated by metabolic models to infer evolutionarily stable interactions in multi-species microbial "games". We first validate our approach using a well-characterized yeast cheater-cooperator system...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146773/glyoxal-as-an-alternative-fixative-to-formaldehyde-in-immunostaining-and-super-resolution-microscopy
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Katharina N Richter, Natalia H Revelo, Katharina J Seitz, Martin S Helm, Deblina Sarkar, Rebecca S Saleeb, Elisa D'Este, Jessica Eberle, Eva Wagner, Christian Vogl, Diana F Lazaro, Frank Richter, Javier Coy-Vergara, Giovanna Coceano, Edward S Boyden, Rory R Duncan, Stefan W Hell, Marcel A Lauterbach, Stephan E Lehnart, Tobias Moser, Tiago Outeiro, Peter Rehling, Blanche Schwappach, Ilaria Testa, Bolek Zapiec, Silvio O Rizzoli
Paraformaldehyde (PFA) is the most commonly used fixative for immunostaining of cells, but has been associated with various problems, ranging from loss of antigenicity to changes in morphology during fixation. We show here that the small dialdehyde glyoxal can successfully replace PFA Despite being less toxic than PFA, and, as most aldehydes, likely usable as a fixative, glyoxal has not yet been systematically tried in modern fluorescence microscopy. Here, we tested and optimized glyoxal fixation and surprisingly found it to be more efficient than PFA-based protocols...
November 16, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146399/label-free-discrimination-analysis-of-de-differentiated-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-their-vascular-and-osteogenic-progeny-using-vibrational-spectroscopy
#20
Claire Molony, Jennifer McIntyre, Adrian Maguire, Roya Hakimjavadi, Denise Burtenshaw, Gillian Casey, Mariana Di Luca, Bryan Hennelly, Hugh J Byrne, Paul A Cahill
The accumulation of vascular smooth muscle (SMC)-like cells and stem cell-derived myogenic and osteogenic progeny contributes significantly to arteriosclerotic disease. This study established whether label-free vibrational spectroscopy can discriminate de-differentiated 'synthetic' SMCs from undifferentiated stem cells and their myogenic and osteogenic progeny in vitro, compared with conventional immunocytochemical and genetic analyses. TGF-β1- and Jagged1-induced myogenic differentiation of CD44(+)mesenchymal stem cells was confirmed in vitro by immunocytochemical analysis of specific SMC differentiation marker expression (α-actin, calponin and myosin heavy chain 11), an epigenetic histone mark (H3K4me2) at the myosin heavy chain 11 locus, promoter transactivation and mRNA transcript levels...
November 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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