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Søren Ulstrup, Jyoti Katoch, Roland J Koch, Daniel Schwarz, Simranjeet Singh, Kathleen M McCreary, Hyang Keun Yoo, Jinsong Xu, Berend T Jonker, Roland K Kawakami, Aaron Bostwick, Eli Rotenberg, Chris Jozwiak
There is a substantial interest in the heterostructures of semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) amongst each other or with arbitrary materials, through which the control of the chemical, structural, electronic, spintronic, and optical properties can lead to a change in device paradigms. A critical need is to understand the interface between TMDCs and insulating substrates, for example high-κ dielectrics, which can strongly impact the electronic properties such as the optical gap. Here we show that the chemical and electronic properties of the single-layer (SL) TMDC, WS2, can be transferred onto high-κ transition metal oxide substrates TiO2 and SrTiO3...
October 21, 2016: ACS Nano
Yang Jie, Huarui Zhu, Xia Cao, Yue Zhang, Ning Wang, Liqun Zhang, Zhong Lin Wang
Tactile sensing is of great importance in developing human-machine interface, remote control and security systems. Here, a self-triggered alarm system based on the one-piece triboelectric nanosensor (TENS) is reported. By using nitrocellulose (NC) membrane as the triboelectric material, the as-designed TENS can not only sensitively respond to physical contacts in a self-triggered mode, but also securely detect the third-level details of latent fingerprint. The self-triggered idea based on the triboelectric nanogenerator is compatible with intelligent interactive interface...
October 21, 2016: ACS Nano
Jennifer A Minneman, James L Grijalva, Michael J LaQuaglia, Heung Bae Kim, Shawn J Rangel, Khashayar Vakili
We sought to examine the relationship between liver transplant-related total cost, patient outcome, and hospital resource utilization at freestanding children's hospitals. Using the PHIS database, a retrospective study of 374 patients that underwent liver transplantation at 15 freestanding children's hospitals from July 2010 to December 2012 was performed. One-year graft failure and patient mortality rates from July 2010 to December 2012 for each center were also obtained from the SRTR. There was a 5.1-fold difference in median cost (median $146 444, range $59 487-302 058, P<...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Umakant M Patil, Ravindra V Ghorpade, Min Sik Nam, Archana C Nalawade, Sangrae Lee, Haksoo Han, Seong Chan Jun
The current paper describes enhanced electrochemical capacitive performance of chemically grown Cobalt hydroxide (Co(OH)2) nanorods (NRs) decorated porous three dimensional graphitic carbon foam (Co(OH)2/3D GCF) as a supercapacitor electrode. Freestanding 3D porous GCF is prepared by carbonizing, high internal phase emulsion (HIPE) polymerized styrene and divinylbenzene. The PolyHIPE was sulfonated and carbonized at temperature up to 850 °C to obtain graphitic 3D carbon foam with high surface area (389 m(2) g(-1)) having open voids (14 μm) interconnected by windows (4 μm) in monolithic form...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tuo Ji, Long Chen, Liwen Mu, Jiahua Zhu
Converting nitrobenzene to freestanding polyaniline tube arrays has been successfully carried out in a "Water-oil-water" triphasic reaction system, where catalytic reduction of nitrobenzene to aniline and aniline polymerization reactions were synergistically integrated. With optimized control over molecular diffusion and reaction at separate solid/liquid and liquid/liquid interfaces, polyaniline nanostructures could be synthesized with different morphologies. Paired molecular diffusion and reaction rate is revealed as the dominating factor that determines the feasibility of reaction system to produce patterned array structure...
October 17, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
John G Cagle, Philip Osteen, Paul Sacco, Jodi Jacobson Frey
CONTEXT: Hospice social workers are charged with completing a psychosocial assessment for every new enrollee. This assessment is part of the patient's comprehensive assessment and serves to inform the plan of care and key quality indicators. OBJECTIVES: To review the content of hospice social work assessments because little is known about what assessment topics are included or overlooked. METHODS: Using a clustered random sample from all 50 states, we contacted hospice agencies and requested a blank copy of the social work assessment completed at intake...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Rodney A Gabriel, Anair Beverly, Richard P Dutton, Richard D Urman
Total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) is typically performed in the beach-chair position. Maintenance of adequate mean arterial pressure is required to provide appropriate cerebral perfusion pressure and prevent cerebral ischemia. Placement of an arterial line to facilitate invasive monitoring is discretionary, based on clinical judgment. We aimed to describe patient, surgical and institutional factors associated with the current use of blood pressure monitoring via an arterial line for TSA. We used de-identified patient data from the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry between 2010 and 2015 to identify patients undergoing TSA under general anesthesia...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
M Gauvin, T Alnasser, E Terver, I Abid, A Mlayah, S Xie, J Brugger, B Viallet, L Ressier, J Grisolia
We report on photo-current generation in freestanding monolayered gold nanoparticle membranes excited by using a focused laser beam. The absence of a substrate leads to a 50% increase of the photo-current at the surface plasmon resonance. This current is attributed to a combination of trap state dynamics and bolometric effects in a nanocomposite medium yielding a temperature rise of 40 K.
September 15, 2016: Nanoscale
Tiantian Yu, Bo Lin, Qiufeng Li, Xiaoguang Wang, Weili Qu, Sen Zhang, Chao Deng
The design of a freestanding electrode is the key to the development of energy storage devices with superior electrochemical performance and mechanical durability. Herein, we propose a highly-scalable strategy for the facile synthesis of a freestanding alluaudite Na2+2xFe2-x(SO4)3@porous carbon-nanofiber hybrid film, which is used as a self-supported and flexible electrode for sodium ion batteries. By the combined use of electrospinning and electrospraying, the freestanding hybrid film is constructed in the form of sulfate nanoparticles enwrapped in highly porous graphitic-like carbon-nanofibers...
September 29, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Armando Barrientos
What are the main objectives of social protection institutions in developing countries? What should be their scope and reach? What is the source of their legitimacy? Finding appropriate answers to these questions is essential to understanding, and shaping, the emergence of welfare institutions in low- and middle-income countries. Most available answers rely on instrumental arguments. Few make reference to normative principles. This article draws on three concepts from Rawls - social justice as regulating cooperation, the social minimum, and the need for a freestanding political notion of social justice - to develop a coherent argument for grounding social assistance on social justice...
August 2016: Global Social Policy
Mridula Dwivedi, Roland Winter
Phosphoinositols are an important class of phospholipids that are involved in a myriad of cellular processes, from cell signaling to motility and adhesion. Vinculin (Vn) is a major adaptor protein that regulates focal adhesions in conjunction with PIP2 in lipid membranes and other cytoskeletal components. The binding and unbinding transitions of Vn at the membrane interface are an important link to understanding the coordination of cell signaling and motility. Using different biophysical tools, including atomic force microscopy combined with confocal fluorescence microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, we studied the nanoscopic interactions of activated and autoinhibited states of Vn with lipid membranes...
October 4, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Catherine Gutierrez, Rachel A Lindor, Olesya Baker, David Cutler, Jeremiah D Schuur
Freestanding emergency departments (EDs), which offer emergency medical care at sites separate from hospitals, are a rapidly growing alternative to traditional hospital-based EDs. We evaluated state regulations of freestanding EDs and describe their effect on the EDs' location, staffing, and services. As of December 2015, thirty-two states collectively had 400 freestanding EDs. Twenty-one states had regulations that allowed freestanding EDs, and twenty-nine states did not have regulations that applied specifically to such EDs (one state had hospital regulations that precluded them)...
October 1, 2016: Health Affairs
Yunsong Wang, Zhimin Ma, Yijun Chen, Mingchu Zou, Muhammad Yousaf, Yanbing Yang, Liusi Yang, Anyuan Cao, Ray P S Han
Heterogeneous inorganic nanotube structures consisting of multiwalled carbon nanotubes coated by long, continuous MoS2 sheets with tunable sheet number are synthesized using a carbon-nanotube sponge as a template. The resulting 3D porous hybrid sponges have potential applications as high-performance freestanding anodes for Li-ion batteries with excellent specific capacity and cycling stability.
September 30, 2016: Advanced Materials
M L Ackerman, P Kumar, M Neek-Amal, P M Thibado, F M Peeters, Surendra Singh
We report subnanometer, high-bandwidth measurements of the out-of-plane (vertical) motion of atoms in freestanding graphene using scanning tunneling microscopy. By tracking the vertical position over a long time period, a 1000-fold increase in the ability to measure space-time dynamics of atomically thin membranes is achieved over the current state-of-the-art imaging technologies. We observe that the vertical motion of a graphene membrane exhibits rare long-scale excursions characterized by both anomalous mean-squared displacements and Cauchy-Lorentz power law jump distributions...
September 16, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Thomas Czypionka, Gerald Röhrling, Susanne Mayer
BACKGROUND: Coordinated health service utilisation in the ambulatory care sector is of major interest from a health policy perspective. This ecological study investigates the interplay between medical care utilisation in hospital outpatient departments and in freestanding physician practices by drawing on the example of the Austrian healthcare system, which is standing out due to three features: ambulatory care is provided by both free-standing public (contract) and private (non-contract) practitioners; medical specialists operate in free-standing physician practices and in hospital outpatient departments; essentially, no gatekeeping is in place...
September 27, 2016: European Journal of Public Health
Chong Hu, Han Sun, Zhengzhi Liu, Yin Chen, Yangfan Chen, Hongkai Wu, Kangning Ren
The diffusion of molecules such as nutrients and oxygen through densely packed cells is impeded by blockage and consumption by cells, resulting in a limited depth of penetration. This has been a major hurdle to a bulk (3-D) culture. Great efforts have been made to develop methods for generating branched microchannels inside hydrogels to support mass exchange inside a bulk culture. These previous attempts faced a common obstacle: researchers tried to fabricate microchannels with gels already loaded with cells, but the fabrication procedures are often harmful to the embedded cells...
July 2016: Biomicrofluidics
Sandi K Lam, Rory R Mayer, Thomas G Luerssen, I Wen Pan
OBJECTIVES: To develop a cost model for hospitalization costs of surgery among children with Chiari malformation type 1 (CM-1) and to examine risk factors for increased costs. STUDY DESIGN: Data were extracted from the US National Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project 2009 Kids' Inpatient Database. The study cohort was comprised of patients aged 0-20 years who underwent CM-1 surgery. Patient charges were converted to costs by cost-to-charge ratios. Simple and multivariable generalized linear models were used to construct cost models and to determine factors associated with increased hospital costs of CM-1 surgery...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
George Molina, Bridget A Neville, Stuart R Lipsitz, Lorri Gibbons, Ashley Kay Childers, Atul A Gawande, William R Berry, Alex B Haynes
BACKGROUND: Surgical procedures in the United States are increasingly performed in the ambulatory setting, including freestanding ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). However, there is a lack of research and tracking of surgical outcomes in this setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed data from a state all-payer claims database to produce a retrospective cohort study on the rate of acute care use (emergency department [ED] visits and inpatient admissions) within 7 d after operations performed in freestanding ASCs in South Carolina...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Felix Grewe, Andan Zhu, Jeffrey P Mower
The mitochondrial nad1 gene of seed plants has a complex structure, including four introns in cis or trans configurations and a maturase gene (matR) hosted within the final intron. In the geranium family (Geraniaceae), however, sequencing of representative species revealed that three of the four introns, including one in a trans configuration and another that hosts matR, were lost from the nad1 gene in their common ancestor. Despite the loss of the host intron, matR has been retained as a freestanding gene in most genera of the family, indicating that this maturase has additional functions beyond the splicing of its host intron...
September 23, 2016: Genome Biology and Evolution
Momotazur Rahman, Edward C Norton, David C Grabowski
As hospitals are increasingly held accountable for patients' post-discharge outcomes under new payment models, hospitals may choose to acquire skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to better manage these outcomes. This raises the question of whether patients discharged to hospital-based SNFs have better outcomes. In unadjusted comparisons, hospital-based SNF patients have much lower Medicare utilization in the 180 days following discharge relative to freestanding SNF patients. We solved the problem of differential selection into hospital-based and freestanding SNFs by using differential distance from home to the nearest hospital with a SNF relative to the distance from home to the nearest hospital without a SNF as an instrument...
September 3, 2016: Journal of Health Economics
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