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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651084/treatment-of-food-waste-recycling-wastewater-using-anaerobic-ceramic-membrane-bioreactor-for-biogas-production-in-mainstream-treatment-process-of-domestic-wastewater
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Yeongmi Jeong, Slawomir W Hermanowicz, Chanhyuk Park
A bench-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) equipped with submerged flat-sheet ceramic membranes was operated at mesophilic conditions (30-35 °C) treating domestic wastewater (DWW) supplemented with food wasterecycling wastewater (FRW) to increase the organic loading rate (OLR) for better biogas production. Coupling ceramic membrane filtration with AnMBR treatment provides an alternative strategy for high organic wastewater treatment at short hydraulic retention times (HRTs) with the potential benefits of membrane fouling because they have a high hydrophilicity and more robust at extreme conditions...
June 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650722/optimized-dna-vaccine-enhanced-by-adjuvant-il28b-induces-protective-immune-responses-against-herpes-simplex-virus-type-2-in-mice
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Yan Zhou, Ziyan Wang, Yongqing Xu, Zeqiang Zhang, Rui Hua, Wei Liu, Chunlai Jiang, Yan Chen, Wenying Yang, Wei Kong
Antigen-specific immune responses determine the efficacy of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) vaccines. To optimize the immunogenicity of the antigen gD2, we developed the gD2ΔUL25 DNA vaccine encoding HSV-2 glycoprotein D and UL25 gene encoding viral capsid vertex proteins in this study. The gD2 and gD2ΔUL25 DNA vaccines were compared with formalin-inactivated HSV-2 (FI-HSV-2), and results showed a greater protective immune response induced by gD2ΔUL25 than by gD2. Therefore, gD2ΔUL25 was chosen to evaluate further using the IL28B adjuvant...
June 26, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647458/predictors-of-efficacy-of-percutaneous-tibial-nerve-stimulation-for-fecal-incontinence-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-a-randomized-trial
#3
Emma J Horrocks, Sami A Chadi, Natasha J Stevens, Steven D Wexner, Charles H Knowles
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A recent UK multicentre, phase III trial [The CONFIDeNT Trial: Lancet 2015; 386: 1640-48], demonstrated no significant clinical benefit of percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) over sham stimulation; however this study did not analyse predictors of response. This study aimed to determine predictors of PTNS efficacy in adults with fecal incontinence (FI) using data from this randomized controlled trial. METHODS: The study population comprised 205 patients from the CONFIDeNT Trial, with original primary outcome (≥ 50% reduction in weekly FI episodes after 12 weeks of treatment) remaining the binary denominator of success or failure...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641186/composition-of-dissolved-organic-matter-dom-from-periodically-submerged-soils-in-the-three-gorges-reservoir-areas-as-determined-by-elemental-and-optical-analysis-infrared-spectroscopy-pyrolysis-gc-ms-and-thermally-assisted-hydrolysis-and-methylation
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Tao Jiang, Joeri Kaal, Jian Liang, Yaoling Zhang, Shiqiang Wei, Dingyong Wang, Nelson W Green
Soil-derived dissolved organic matter (DOM) has a major influence in biogeochemical processes related to contaminant dynamics and greenhouse gas emissions, due to its reactivity and its bridging role between the soil and aquatic systems. Within the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR, China) area, an extensive water-fluctuation zone periodically submerges the surrounding soils. Here we report a characterization study of soil-derived DOM across the TGR areas, using elemental and optical analysis, infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), pyrolysis-GC-MS (Py-GC-MS) and thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation (THM-GC-MS)...
June 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638087/mesoscopic-multimodal-imaging-provides-new-insight-to-tumor-tissue-evaluation-an-example-of-macrophage-imaging-of-hepatic-tumor-using-organosilica-nanoparticles
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Michihiro Nakamura, Koichiro Hayashi, Hitoshi Kubo, Masafumi Harada, Keisuke Izumi, Yoshihiro Tsuruo, Toshinobu Yogo
Multimodal imaging using novel multifunctional nanoparticles provides new approach to biomedical field. Thiol-organosilica nanoparticles containing iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) and rhodamine B (thiol OS-MNP/Rho) were applied to multimodal imaging of hepatic tumor of Long-Evans Cinnamon (LEC) rat. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of LEC rats revealed tumors in the liver clearly and semi-quantitatively due to a labeling of macrophages in liver. The fluorescent imaging (FI) showed abnormal fluorescent patterns of the liver at the mesoscopic level that was between macroscopic and microscopic level...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637876/monocyte-derived-dendritic-cells-with-silenced-pd-1-ligands-and-transpresenting-interleukin-15-stimulate-strong-tumor-reactive-t-cell-expansion
#6
Johan Mj Van den Bergh, Evelien Ljm Smits, Zwi N Berneman, Tim Ja Hutten, Hans De Reu, Viggo Fi Van Tendeloo, Harry Dolstra, Eva Lion, Willemijn Hobo
Although allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) can elicit graft-versus-tumor (GVT) immunity, patients often relapse due to residual tumor cells. As essential orchestrators of the immune system, vaccination with dendritic cells (DCs) is an appealing strategy to boost the GVT-response. Nevertheless, durable clinical responses after DC vaccination are still limited, stressing the need to improve current DC vaccines. Aiming to empower DC potency, we engineered monocyte-derived DCs to deprive them of ligands for the immune checkpoint regulated by programmed death 1 (PD-1)...
June 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635180/renal-vascularization-indexes-and-fetal-hemodynamics-in-fetuses-with-growth-restriction
#7
Giovana Farina Doro, Janaína Campos Senra, Agatha Sacramento Rodrigues, Seizo Miyadahira, Renata Lopes Ribeiro, Rossana Pulcinelli Vieira, Lisandra Stein Bernardes
OBJECTIVE: To identify the correlation between the renal vascularization index (VI), the flow index (FI) and the vascularization and flow index (VFI) and placental and fetal hemodynamics in fetuses with growth restriction. METHOD: Bidimensional ultrasound and three-dimensional power Doppler with the VOCAL technique were used to determine the renal vascular indexes and fetal and placental hemodynamics in fetuses below the 10(th) percentile for fetal weight. Partial correlation analysis (controlled for renal depth and gestational age) was performed...
June 20, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634832/the-fragility-of-randomized-controlled-trials-in-intracranial-hemorrhage
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Yanfei Shen, Xuping Cheng, Weimin Zhang
Fragility of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) has been evaluated using a novel metric called fragility index (FI), which measures how many events the statistical significance of a dichotomous outcome depends on. This study aimed to evaluate the fragility of RCTs in intracranial hemorrhage. Literature search (PubMed/Embase) identified all RCTs of intracranial hemorrhage since 2006. The overall distribution of FI was evaluated. Subgroup and spearman correlation analyses were made to explore potential factors that may affect FI value...
June 20, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634248/suburban-families-experience-with-food-insecurity-screening-in-primary-care-practices
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Deepak Palakshappa, Stephanie Doupnik, Aditi Vasan, Saba Khan, Leah Seifu, Chris Feudtner, Alexander G Fiks
BACKGROUND: Food insecurity (FI) remains a major public health problem. With the rise in suburban poverty, a greater understanding of parents' experiences of FI in suburban settings is needed to effectively screen and address FI in suburban practices. METHODS: We conducted 23 semistructured interviews with parents of children <4 years of age who presented for well-child care in 6 suburban pediatric practices and screened positive for FI. In the interviews, we elicited parents' perceptions of screening for FI, how FI impacted the family, and recommendations for how practices could more effectively address FI...
June 20, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634247/clinicians-perceptions-of-screening-for-food-insecurity-in-suburban-pediatric-practice
#10
Deepak Palakshappa, Aditi Vasan, Saba Khan, Leah Seifu, Chris Feudtner, Alexander G Fiks
BACKGROUND: National organizations recommend pediatricians screen for food insecurity (FI). Although there has been growing research in urban practices, little research has addressed FI screening in suburban practices. We evaluated the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of screening in suburban practices. METHODS: We conducted a mixed methods study that implemented FI screening in 6 suburban pediatric primary care practices. We included all children presenting for either a 2-, 15-, or 36-month well-child visit (N = 5645)...
June 20, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632340/prescribing-in-the-oldest-old-inpatients-a-retrospective-analysis-of-patients-referred-for-specialist-geriatric-consultation
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Sivarajah Ilango, Peter Pillans, Nancye M Peel, Ian Scott, Leonard C Gray, Ruth E Hubbard
INTRODUCTION: While medications may prolong life and prevent morbidity in older people, adverse effects of polypharmacy are increasingly recognised. As patients age and become frail, prescribing may be expected to focus more on symptom control and minimise potentially harmful preventive medication use that confer little benefit within a short lifespan. Whether prescribing practice shifts to one of symptom control among the oldest old admitted to hospital remains unclear. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of all patients aged ≥85 years referred for comprehensive geriatric assessment at a tertiary care hospital between May 2006 and December 2014 for whom all prescribed medications were documented...
June 20, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629565/a-tri-exponential-model-for-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-analysis-of-the-human-kidney-in-silico-and-during-pharmacological-renal-perfusion-modulation
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René van der Bel, Oliver J Gurney-Champion, Martijn Froeling, Erik S G Stroes, Aart J Nederveen, C T Paul Krediet
In the kidneys, there is both blood flow through the capillaries and flow of pre-urine through the tubuli and collecting ducts. We hypothesized that diffusion-weighted (DW) MRI measures both blood and pre-urine flow when using a tri-exponential intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) model. Our aim was to systematically investigate and optimize tri-exponential IVIM-analysis for the kidney and test its sensitivity to renal perfusion changes in humans. The tri-exponential fit probes the diffusion coefficient (D), the intermediate (D*i) and fast (D*f) pseudo-diffusion coefficients, and their signal fractions, fD, fi and ff...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627916/individual-differences-in-reliance-on-intuition-predict-harsher-moral-judgments
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Sarah J Ward, Laura A King
The notion that intuition guides moral judgment is widely accepted. Yet, there is a dearth of research examining whether individual differences in reliance on intuition influence moral judgment. Five studies provided evidence that faith in intuition (FI) predicts higher condemnation of moral transgressions. Studies 1 and 2 (combined N = 543) demonstrated that FI predicted higher moral condemnation of strange actions characterized by ambiguous harm. This association maintained controlling for a host of relevant ideological and emotional "third" variables...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624825/intraoperative-real-time-assessment-of-liver-function-with-near-infrared-fluorescence-imaging
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Hajime Narasaki, Takehiro Noji, Hideyuki Wada, Yuma Ebihara, Takahiro Tsuchikawa, Keisuke Okamura, Eiichi Tanaka, Toshiaki Shichinohe, Satoshi Hirano
BACKGROUND: Postoperative liver failure is a serious complication after major hepatectomy, and perioperative prediction of its incidence using current technology is still very difficult. Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging allows quantitative assessment of the fluorescent signal from indocyanine green (ICG) in regions of interest on the liver surface. This method might offer a new promising modality for evaluating regional liver reserve. However, data are lacking regarding the relationship between liver function and fluorescent signals on the liver surface after intravenous ICG injection...
June 17, 2017: European Surgical Research. Europäische Chirurgische Forschung. Recherches Chirurgicales Européennes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624306/preclinical-assessment-of-safety-of-maternal-vaccination-against-respiratory-syncytial-virus-rsv-in-cotton-rats
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Jorge C G Blanco, Lioubov M Pletneva, Raymonde O Otoa, Mira C Patel, Stefanie N Vogel, Marina S Boukhvalova
Maternal immunization directed to control RSV infection in newborns and infants is an appealing vaccination strategy currently under development. In this work we have modeled maternal vaccination against RSV in cotton rats (CR) to answer two fundamental questions on maternal vaccine safety. We tested (i), whether a known, unsafe RSV vaccine (i.e., FI-RSV Lot 100 vaccine) induces vaccine enhanced disease in the presence of passively transferred, RSV maternal immunity, and (ii) whether the same FI-RSV vaccine could induce vaccine enhanced disease in CR litters when used to immunize their RSV-primed mothers...
June 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623151/cognitive-performance-across-3-frailty-phenotypes-toledo-study-for-healthy-aging
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Cristina Rosado-Artalejo, Jose Antonio Carnicero, Jose Losa-Reyna, Amelia Guadalupe-Grau, Carmen Castillo-Gallego, Gonzalo Gutierrez-Avila, Ana Alfaro-Acha, Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo, Leocadio Rodríguez-Mañas, Francisco José García-García
INTRODUCTION: Frailty is a strong predictor of adverse health events, but its impact on cognitive function is poorly understood. AIM: To assess cognitive performance in frailty and to identify the frailty stage where cognitive impairment begins. METHODS: Data were taken from 2044 people aged ≥65 years without cognitive impairment selected from the Toledo Study for Healthy Aging, a population-based cohort of older adults. Frailty status was assessed by 3 different scales: Frailty Phenotype (FP), Frailty Trait Scale (FTS), and Frailty Index (FI)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620799/changes-of-fatty-infiltration-according-to-the-immediate-postoperative-time-point-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging-after-arthroscopic-rotator-cuff-repair
#17
Ji Wan Park, Chris Hyunchul Jo, Ji Sun Shin
PURPOSE: Fatty infiltration (FI) is known to be an irreversible change which continues degeneration after rotator cuff repair. Previous studies evaluated postoperative changes in FI using a preoperative baseline. This study aimed to investigate the changes in FI using an immediate postoperative baseline. We hypothesized that FI was progressed more when measured relative to an immediate postoperative baseline than to a preoperative baseline. METHODS: From 2008 to 2010, 77 patients who met the following criteria were included in this study: arthroscopic rotator cuff repair of a full-thickness rotator cuff tear and presence of preoperative (approximately 1 month before surgery), immediate postoperative (approximately 3 days after surgery), and 1-year postoperative (at least 9 months to 1 year after surgery) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) undertaken...
June 15, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620054/an-assessment-of-the-autonomic-nervous-system-in-the-electrohypersensitive-population-a-heart-rate-variability-and-skin-conductance-study
#18
Soafara Andrianome, Jonathan Gobert, Laurent Hugueville, Erwan Stéphan-Blanchard, Frederic Telliez, Brahim Selmaoui
The aim of the study was twofold: first, to compare the activity of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) between the population self-declared as electrohypersensitive (EHS) and their matched control individuals without intended exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF). The second objective was to determine whether acute exposure to different radiofrequency signals modifies ANS activity in EHS. For that purpose, two different experiments were undertaken, in which ANS activity was assessed through heart rate variability (HRV) and skin conductance (SC)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615425/epilepsy-associated-long-term-mortality-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#19
Jukka Huttunen, Antti Lindgren, Mitja I Kurki, Terhi Huttunen, Juhana Frösen, Timo Koivisto, Mikael von Und Zu Fraunberg, Arto Immonen, Juha E Jääskeläinen, Reetta Kälviäinen
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the epilepsy-associated causes of death and subsequent excess long-term mortality among 12-month survivors of subarachnoid hemorrhage from saccular intracranial aneurysm (SIA-SAH). METHODS: The Kuopio SIA Database (kuopioneurosurgery.fi) includes all SIA-SAH patients admitted to the Kuopio University Hospital from its defined catchment population in Eastern Finland. The study cohort consists of 779 patients, admitted from 1995 to 2007, who were alive at 12 months after SIA-SAH...
June 14, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613118/initial-experience-with-a-new-quantitative-assessment-tool-for-fluorescent-imaging-in-peripheral-artery-disease
#20
Henrik Christian Rieß, Anna Duprée, Christian-Alexander Behrendt, Tilo Kölbel, Eike Sebastian Debus, Axel Larena-Avellaneda, Detlef Russ, Sabine Wipper
BACKGROUND: Perioperative evaluation in peripheral artery disease (PAD) by common vascular diagnostic tools is limited by open wounds, medial calcinosis or an altered collateral supply of the foot. Indocyanine green fluorescent imaging (ICG-FI) has recently been introduced as an alternative tool, but so far a standardized quantitative assessment of tissue perfusion in vascular surgery has not been performed for this purpose. The aim of this feasibility study was to investigate a new software for quantitative assessment of tissue perfusion in patients with PAD using indocyanine green fluorescent imaging (ICG-FI) before and after peripheral bypass grafting...
June 14, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
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