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Yan Li, Mourad Harir, Marianna Lucio, Michael Gonsior, Boris P Koch, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Norbert Hertkorn
Deciphering the molecular codes of dissolved organic matter (DOM) improves our understanding of its role in the global element cycles and its active involvement in ecosystem services. This study demonstrates comprehensive characterization of DOM by an initial polarity-based stepwise solid phase extraction (SPE) with single methanol elution of the cartridges, but separate collection of equal aliquots of eluate. The reduction of molecular complexity in the individual DOM fractions attenuates intermolecular interactions and substantially increases the disposable resolution of any structure selective characterization...
October 14, 2016: Water Research
Noemí León-Roque, Mohamed Abderrahim, Luis Nuñez-Alejos, Silvia M Arribas, Luis Condezo-Hoyos
Several procedures are currently used to assess fermentation index (FI) of cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao L.) for quality control. However, all of them present several drawbacks. The aim of the present work was to develop and validate a simple image based quantitative procedure, using color measurement and artificial neural network (ANNs). ANN models based on color measurements were tested to predict fermentation index (FI) of fermented cocoa beans. The RGB values were measured from surface and center region of fermented beans in images obtained by camera and desktop scanner...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Esteban Alejandro Lopez, Orozimbo Alves Costa, Deborah Viviane Ferrari
Purpose: The purpose of this research note is to describe the development and technical validation of the Mobile Based Assistive Listening System (MoBALS), a free-of-charge smartphone-based remote microphone application. Method: MoBALS Version 1.0 was developed for Android (Version 2.1 or higher) and was coded with Java using Eclipse Indigo with the Android Software Development Kit. A Wi-Fi router with background traffic and 2 affordable smartphones were used for debugging and technical validation comprising, among other things, multicasting capability, data packet loss, and battery consumption...
October 1, 2016: American Journal of Audiology
Clare F Heisey, J Derek Kingsley
Static stretching was once recognized as a method of preparation for physical activity that would inhibit performance and increase risk of injury. However, a growing body of research suggests that static stretching may not have an inhibitory effect. Regardless, the data have not examined gender differences or the fatigue index (FI) and flexibility effects of static stretching on the back squat over multiple sets. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between a static-stretch condition (SC) and control condition (CC) on flexibility and the FI of Division I female athletes during 4 sets of the back squat...
2016: International Journal of Exercise Science
R M Islam, R J Bell, B Billah, M B Hossain, S R Davis
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence of, and risk factors for, pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) in women in Bangladesh. METHODS: A nationally representative sample of 1590 Bangladeshi women, aged 30-59 years, was recruited using a multistage cluster sampling technique, between September 2013 and March 2014. Urinary incontinence (UI), fecal incontinence (FI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) were assessed using validated questionnaires. The weighted prevalence and the factors associated with each PFD were investigated using multivariable weighted logistic regression...
October 20, 2016: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
O Karam, F Gebistorf, J Wetterslev, A Afshari
Acute respiratory distress syndrome is associated with high mortality and morbidity. Inhaled nitric oxide has been used to improve oxygenation but its role remains controversial. Our primary objective in this systematic review was to examine the effects of inhaled nitric oxide administration on mortality in adults and children with acute respiratory distress syndrome. We included all randomised, controlled trials, irrespective of date of publication, blinding status, outcomes reported or language. Our primary outcome measure was all-cause mortality...
October 20, 2016: Anaesthesia
Markus Bastir, Daniel García-Martínez, Nicole Torres-Tamayo, Juan Alberto Sanchis-Gimeno, Paul O'Higgins, Cristina Utrilla, Isabel Torres Sánchez, Francisco García Río
The human ribcage expands and contracts during respiration as a result of the interaction between the morphology of the ribs, the costo-vertebral articulations and respiratory muscles. Variations in these factors are said to produce differences in the kinematics of the upper thorax and the lower thorax, but the extent and nature of any such differences and their functional implications have not yet been quantified. Applying geometric morphometrics we measured 402 three-dimensional (3D) landmarks and semilandmarks of 3D models built from computed tomographic scans of thoraces of 20 healthy adult subjects in maximal forced inspiration (FI) and expiration (FE)...
October 19, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Samuel A Neymotin, Benjamin A Suter, Salvador Dura-Bernal, Gordon M G Shepherd, Michele Migliore, William W Lytton
Corticospinal neurons (SPI), thick-tufted pyramidal neurons in motor cortex layer 5B that project caudally via the medullary pyramids, display distinct class-specific electrophysiological properties in vitro: strong sag with hyperpolarization, lack of adaptation, and a nearly linear frequency-current (FI) relationship. We used our electrophysiological data to produce a pair of large archives of SPI neuron computer models in two model classes: 1. Detailed models with full reconstruction; 2. Simplified models with 6 compartments...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
Chhavi Raj Bhatt, Mary Redmayne, Baki Billah, Michael J Abramson, Geza Benke
The aim of this study was to assess environmental and personal radiofrequency-electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) exposures in kindergarten children. Ten children and 20 kindergartens in Melbourne, Australia participated in personal and environmental exposure measurements, respectively. Order statistics of RF-EMF exposures were computed for 16 frequency bands between 88 MHz and 5.8 GHz. Of the 16 bands, the three highest sources of environmental RF-EMF exposures were: Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) 900 MHz downlink (82 mV/m); Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) 2100MHz downlink (51 mV/m); and GSM 900 MHz uplink (45 mV/m)...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
Rafael Pérez-Torres, César Torres-Huitzil, Hiram Galeana-Zapién
The tracking of frequently visited places, also known as stay points, is a critical feature in location-aware mobile applications as a way to adapt the information and services provided to smartphones users according to their moving patterns. Location based applications usually employ the GPS receiver along with Wi-Fi hot-spots and cellular cell tower mechanisms for estimating user location. Typically, fine-grained GPS location data are collected by the smartphone and transferred to dedicated servers for trajectory analysis and stay points detection...
October 13, 2016: Sensors
Meihua Jin, Ji-Young Jung, Jung-Ryun Lee
With the arrival of the era of Internet of Things (IoT), Wi-Fi Direct is becoming an emerging wireless technology that allows one to communicate through a direct connection between the mobile devices anytime, anywhere. In Wi-Fi Direct-based IoT networks, all devices are categorized by group of owner (GO) and client. Since portability is emphasized in Wi-Fi Direct devices, it is essential to control the energy consumption of a device very efficiently. In order to avoid unnecessary power consumed by GO, Wi-Fi Direct standard defines two power-saving methods: Opportunistic and Notice of Absence (NoA) power-saving methods...
October 12, 2016: Sensors
Michel E Safar
Mid-life elevated BP is classically associated with a raised systemic vascular resistance. A classical interpretation of the association between aortic stiffness and blood pressure (BP) invokes hypertension as a simple form of premature aging that increases stress on the arterial wall and accelerates age-related stiffening of the aorta. Recent clinical and experimental data have called into question the directionality of this sequence of events associating stiffness and hypertension.Therefore an initial abnormality in stiffness may antedate and contribute initially to the pathogenesis of hypertension, namely isolated systolic hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kieran F Docherty, Ross T Campbell, Pardeep S Jhund, Mark C Petrie, John J V McMurray
AIMS: Guidelines for the management of chronic heart failure (CHF) cite the results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to support treatment recommendations. The significance of an observed treatment-effect relies on the use of a boundary P-value, most commonly P < 0.05. There is concern about relying on arbitrary threshold P-values to report results as 'statistically significant'. The 'fragility index' (FI) has been proposed as an additional measure of the robustness of trial findings...
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal
Zengshan Tian, Ze Li, Mu Zhou, Yue Jin, Zipeng Wu
The aim of this paper is to present a new indoor localization approach by employing the Angle-of-arrival (AOA) and Received Signal Strength (RSS) measurements in Wi-Fi network. To achieve this goal, we first collect the Channel State Information (CSI) by using the commodity Wi-Fi devices with our designed three antennas to estimate the AOA of Wi-Fi signal. Second, we propose a direct path identification algorithm to obtain the direct signal path for the sake of reducing the interference of multipath effect on the AOA estimation...
October 10, 2016: Sensors
Pouriska B Kivanany, Kyle C Grose, W Matthew Petroll
Extracellular matrix (ECM) supplies both physical and chemical signals to keratocytes which can impact their differentiation to fibroblasts and/or myofibroblasts. It also provides a substrate through which they migrate during wound repair. We have previously shown that following transcorneal freeze injury (FI), migrating corneal fibroblasts align parallel to the stromal lamellae during wound repopulation. In this study, we compare cell and ECM patterning both within and on top of the stroma at different time points following lamellar keratectomy (LK) in the rabbit...
October 9, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Henrik Eriksson, Martin Salzmann-Erikson
The aim of this study was to present the functionality and design of nursing care robots as depicted in pictures posted on social media. A netnographic study was conducted using social media postings over a period of 3 years. One hundred and Seventy-two images were analyzed using netnographic methodology. The findings show that nursing care robots exist in various designs and functionalities, all with a common denominator of supporting the care of one's own and others' health and/or well-being as a main function...
October 11, 2016: Nursing Inquiry
YanQiu Liu, YiMin Ren, Hong Gao, Li Zeng, ShaoFeng Lin, KaiQiang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This research studied the influence of different blood lipid components on the rate of alveolar-capillary uptake of sevoflurane. METHOD: 104 patients aged 20 - 50 years undergoing elective operations under general anesthesia were mechanically ventilated through endotracheal intubation after intravenous injections of midazolam, vecuronium, fentanyl, and etomidate. They inhaled 2% sevoflurane at an oxygen flow of 2 L/min, then the inspired concentrations (FI) and expired concentrations (FA of sevoflurane were recorded at 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, and 30 minutes...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Aideen C M Young, Karen Glaser, Timothy D Spector, Claire J Steves
Our study examines the contribution of genetic and environmental factors (both shared and unique) to frailty, measured using the Rockwood Frailty Index (FI) in a sample of twins from the St Thomas' UK Adult Twin Registry. The FI was based on 39 items of potential health deficit. Study participants were 3,375 volunteer adult twins (840 monozygotic and 802 dizygotic twin-pairs) 40.0-84.5 years old. First, we used structural equation modeling to estimate the relative contribution of genetics and of the shared and unique environment to variance in FI adjusted for age...
October 10, 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
Dineke Westra, Elena B Volokhina, Renate G van der Molen, Thea J A M van der Velden, Annelies Jeronimus-Klaasen, Joop Goertz, Valentina Gracchi, Eiske M Dorresteijn, Antonia H M Bouts, Mandy G Keijzer-Veen, Joanna A E van Wijk, Jaap A Bakker, Anja Roos, Lambert P van den Heuvel, Nicole C A J van de Kar
BACKGROUND: The role of complement in the atypical form of hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) has been investigated extensively in recent years. As the HUS-associated bacteria Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) can evade the complement system, we hypothesized that complement dysregulation is also important in infection-induced HUS. METHODS: Serological profiles (C3, FH, FI, AP activity, C3d, C3bBbP, C3b/c, TCC, αFH) and genetic profiles (CFH, CFI, CD46, CFB, C3) of the alternative complement pathway were prospectively determined in the acute and convalescent phase of disease in children newly diagnosed with STEC-HUS or aHUS...
October 7, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
S Chode, T K Malmstrom, D K Miller, J E Morley
BACKGROUND: Older adult frail diabetics have high mortality risk, but data are limited regarding frail late middle-aged diabetics, especially for African-Americans. The aim of this study is to examine the association of diabetes with health outcomes and frailty in the African American Health (AAH) study. METHODS: AAH is a population-based longitudinal cohort study. Participants were African Americans (N=998) ages 49 to 65 years at baseline. Cross-sectional comparisons for diabetes included disability, function, physical performance, cytokines, and frailty...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
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