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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431436/enhanced-tearing-by-electrical-stimulation-of-the-anterior-ethmoid-nerve
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Mark Brinton, Andrea L Kossler, Zara M Patel, James Loudin, Manfred Franke, Christopher N Ta, Daniel Palanker
Purpose: Electrical neurostimulation enhances tear secretion, and can be applied to treatment of dry eye disease. Using a chronic implant, we evaluate the effects of stimulating the anterior ethmoid nerve on the aqueous, lipid, and protein content of secreted tears. Methods: Neurostimulators were implanted beneath the nasal mucosa in 13 New Zealand white rabbits. Stimulations (2.3-2.8 mA pulses of 75-875 μs in duration repeated at 30-100 Hz for 3 minutes) were performed daily, for 3 weeks to measure changes in tear volume (Schirmer test), osmolarity (TearLab osmometer), lipid (Oil-Red-O staining), and protein (BCA assay, mass spectrometry)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431432/contrast-sensitivity-and-lateral-inhibition-are-enhanced-with-macular-carotenoid-supplementation
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James M Stringham, Kevin J O'Brien, Nicole T Stringham
Purpose: Once deposited in the retina, the so-called macular carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and mesozeaxanthin (MZ) have been shown to enhance visual performance. The purpose of our study was to investigate whether increasing macular pigment optical density (MPOD) could enhance lateral inhibitory processes, and thereby improve contrast sensitivity (CS). Methods: A total of 59 young (18-25 years), healthy individuals participated in this 1-year, double-masked, placebo-controlled study...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431408/the-effects-of-exercise-modality-during-additional-high-intensity-interval-training-upon-aerobic-fitness-and-strength-in-powerlifting-and-strongman-athletes
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Patroklos Androulakis-Korakakis, Louis Langdown, Adam Lewis, James Fisher, Paulo Gentil, Antonio Paoli, James Steele
Powerlifters and strongman athletes have a necessity for optimal levels of muscular strength whilst maintaining sufficient aerobic capacity to perform and recover between events. HIIT has been popularized for its efficacy in improving both aerobic fitness and strength but never assessed within the aforementioned population group. The present study looked to compare the effect of exercise modality, e.g. a traditional aerobic mode (AM), and strength mode, (SM), during HIIT upon aerobic fitness and strength. Sixteen well resistance trained male participants, currently competing in powerlifting and strongman events, completed 8 weeks of approximately effort- and volume-matched HIIT in 2 groups: AM (cycling, n=8) and SM (resistance training, n=8)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431197/serum-c-reactive-protein-procalcitonin-and-lactate-dehydrogenase-for-the-diagnosis-of-pancreatic-necrosis
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Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with pancreatic necrosis differs from that of people with oedematous pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum C-reactive protein (CRP), serum procalcitonin, and serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as a triage test for the detection of pancreatic necrosis in people with acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with pancreatic necrosis needs further investigations such as computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and treatment for pancreatic necrosis started...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431151/dietary-choline-and-phospholipid-supplementation-enhanced-docosahexaenoic-acid-enrichment-in-egg-yolk-of-laying-hens-fed-a-2-schizochytrium-powder-added-diet
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H Wang, H J Zhang, X C Wang, S G Wu, J Wang, L Xu, G H Qi
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dietary phospholipid supplementation on laying hen performance, egg quality, and the fatty acid profile of egg yolks from hens fed a 2% Schizochytrium powder diet. Three-hundred-sixty 28-wk-old Hy-line W-36 laying hens were randomly allocated to one of the 5 dietary treatments, each treatment with 6 replicates of 12 birds each. All diets included 2% Schizochytrium powder (docosahexaenoic acid [DHA], 137.09 mg/g). The control group was not supplemented with any additional phospholipids, whereas the other 4 experimental diets were supplemented with 1,000 mg/kg choline (CHO), 1,000 mg/kg monoethanolamine (MEA), 1,000 mg/kg lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC), or 500 mg/kg LPC + 500 mg/kg MEA (LPC + MEA)...
April 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431009/artefact-free-late-gadolinium-enhancement-imaging-in-patients-with-implanted-cardiac-devices-using-a-modified-broadband-sequence-current-strategies-and-results-from-a-real-world-patient-cohort
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Sebastian Hilbert, Alexander Weber, Kay Nehrke, Peter Börnert, Bernhard Schnackenburg, Sabrina Oebel, Ricardo Spampinato, Cathleen Rogge, Sergio Richter, Gerhard Hindricks, Ingo Paetsch, Cosima Jahnke
Aims: Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in patients with implanted cardiac devices is often limited by device-related imaging artefacts. Limitations can potentially be overcome by employing a broadband late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-CMR imaging technique. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between implanted cardiac devices and the optimal frequency offset on broadband LGE-CMR imaging to increase the artefact-free visibility of myocardial segments. Methods and results: A phantom study was performed to characterize magnetic field disturbances related to 15 different cardiac devices...
April 18, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430977/deep-mining-heterogeneous-networks-of-biomedical-linked-data-to-predict-novel-drug-target-associations
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Nansu Zong, Hyeoneui Kim, Victoria Ngo, Olivier Harismendy
Motivation: A heterogeneous network topology possessing abundant interactions between biomedical entities has yet to be utilized in similarity-based methods for predicting drug-target associations based on the array of varying features of drugs and their targets. Deep learning reveals features of vertices of a large network that can be adapted in accommodating the similarity-based solutions to provide a flexible method of drug-target prediction. Results: We propose a similarity-based drug-target prediction method that enhances existing association discovery methods by using a topology-based similarity measure...
April 18, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430778/a-no-film-slot-blot-for-the-detection-of-developing-p-falciparum-oocysts-in-mosquitoes
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Bryan Grabias, Nitin Verma, Hong Zheng, Abhai K Tripathi, Godfree Mlambo, Merribeth J Morin, Emily Locke, Sanjai Kumar
Non-microscopy-based assays for sensitive and rapid detection of Plasmodium infection in mosquitoes are needed to allow rapid and high throughput measurement of transmission intensity and malaria control program effectiveness. Here, we report on a modified enhanced chemiluminescence-based slot blot assay for detection of Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) circumsporozite protein (PfCSP) expressed on parasite oocysts developing inside the mosquito midgut. This modified assay has several novel features that include eliminating the need for exposure to autoradiography (AR) film, as well as utilizing a novel high affinity anti-CSP antibody, and optimizing assay procedures resulting in significant reduction in the time required to perform the assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430645/midkine-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-metastasis-by-elevating-anoikis-resistance-of-circulating-tumor-cells
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Bin Sun, Congli Hu, Zhibin Yang, Xiaofeng Zhang, Linlin Zhao, Junye Xiong, Junyong Ma, Lei Chen, Haihua Qian, Xiangji Luo, Lehua Shi, Jun Li, Xianshuo Cheng, Zhengfeng Yin
Midkine is overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and plays a role in tumor progression, but less is known about its role in resistance of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) to anoikis which leading to recurrence and metastasis. The aim of the present study was to analyze whether midkine was associated with HCC progression with anoikis resistance. We found that cultured HCC cells were more resistant to anoikis, which paralleled midkine expression, and midkine treatment significantly inhibited anoikis in a dose-dependent manner...
March 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430603/tumor-heterogeneity-assessed-by-texture-analysis-on-contrast-enhanced-ct-in-lung-adenocarcinoma-association-with-pathologic-grade
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Ying Liu, Shichang Liu, Fangyuan Qu, Qian Li, Runfen Cheng, Zhaoxiang Ye
Objectives To investigate whether texture features on contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) images of lung adenocarcinoma have association with pathologic grade.Methods A cohort of 148 patients with surgically operated adenocarcinoma was retrospectively reviewed. Fifty-four CT features of the primary lung tumor were extracted from CECT images using open-source 3D Slicer software; meanwhile, enhancement homogeneity was evaluated by two radiologists using visual assessment. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to determine significant image indicator of pathologic grade...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430602/fluoxetine-attenuates-the-impairment-of-spatial-learning-ability-and-prevents-neuron-loss-in-middle-aged-appswe-psen1de9-double-transgenic-alzheimer-s-disease-mice
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Jing Ma, Yuan Gao, Lin Jiang, Feng-Lei Chao, Wei Huang, Chun-Ni Zhou, Wei Tang, Lei Zhang, Chun-Xia Huang, Yi Zhang, Yan-Min Luo, Qian Xiao, Hua-Rong Yu, Rong Jiang, Yong Tang
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been reported to increase cognitive performance in some clinical studies of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, there is a lack of evidence supporting the efficacy of SSRIs as cognition enhancers in AD, and the role of SSRIs as a treatment for AD remains largely unclear. Here, we characterized the impact of fluoxetine (FLX), a well-known SSRI, on neurons in the dentate gyrus (DG) and in CA1 and CA3 of the hippocampus of middle-aged (16 to 17 months old) APPswe/PSEN1dE9 (APP/PS1) transgenic AD model mice...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430559/heart-on-a-chip-an-investigation-of-the-influence-of-static-and-perfusion-conditions-on-cardiac-h9c2-cell-proliferation-morphology-and-alignment
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Anna Kobuszewska, Ewelina Tomecka, Kamil Zukowski, Elzbieta Jastrzebska, Michal Chudy, Artur Dybko, Philippe Renaud, Zbigniew Brzozka
Lab-on-a-chip systems are increasingly used as tools for cultures and investigation of cardiac cells. In this article, we present how the geometry of microsystems and microenvironmental conditions (static and perfusion) influence the proliferation, morphology, and alignment of cardiac cells (rat cardiomyoblasts-H9C2). Additionally, studies of cell growth after incubation with verapamil hydrochloride were performed. For this purpose, poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)/glass microfluidic systems with three different geometries of microchambers (a circular chamber, a longitudinal channel, and three parallel microchannels separated by two rows of micropillars) were prepared...
April 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430276/understanding-gas-adsorption-in-mof-5-graphene-oxide-composite-materials
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Li-Chiang Lin, Dooam Paik, Jihan Kim
Metal-organic framework (MOF) and graphene oxide (GO) composite materials (MOF/GO) have been regarded as promising for separation applications due to their synergistically enhanced adsorption properties. Molecular-level understandings of these materials, however, remain unknown to date. In this study, molecular simulations were used, for the first time, to model these composite materials. Specifically, the composite MOF-5/GO material was modeled as stacks of sandwich-like layers on top of one another, consistent with experimental observations inferred from XRD and the SEM images...
April 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430275/concave-gold-bipyramids-bound-with-multiple-high-index-facets-improved-raman-and-catalytic-activities
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Xiaolin Kang, Qifeng Ruan, Han Zhang, Feng Bao, Jun Guo, Minghua Tang, Si Cheng, Jianfang Wang
Concave nanocrystals usually exhibit a large electromagnetic-field enhancement and superior catalytic performance due to their sharp corners, negative curvature and high-index facets. Conventional gold bipyramids (AuBPs) possess intriguing plasmonic properties which are attractive for various applications while the surface curvature of the reported bipyramids has not been fine-tuned to concave or convex structures to date. Additionally, the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelengths of conventional AuBPs are mostly located in the range of 650-1350 nm and the sizes of these nanoparticles are usually not beyond 350 nm, which are not facilitated to some nano-focusing and nanophotonic applications...
April 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430260/optical-performance-enhancement-of-chip-on-board-light-emitting-diodes-through-ionic-wind-patterning
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Jiading Wu, Jingcao Chu, Zefeng Zhang, Jiahui Huang, Huai Zheng, Sheng Liu
Due to the total internal reflection at the upper interface of the encapsulation layer, the light extraction efficiency (LEE) of chip-on-board packaging light-emitting diodes is attenuated significantly. It is well known that the LEE can be enhanced by patterning the encapsulation layer. In this study, a novel method of patterning the encapsulation layer, which is based on the interaction between the ionic wind and liquid encapsulation, is proposed and demonstrated. Two kinds of encapsulation patterns, namely dual stripe and meniscus, were fabricated successfully...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430259/impact-of-assisting-atmospheric-pressure-plasma-on-the-formation-of-micro-and-nanoparticles-during-picosecond-laser-ablation-of-titanium
#16
Stefan Grottker, Wolfgang Viöl, Christoph Gerhard
In this work, we investigated the generation of particles during pure laser and plasma-assisted laser ablation of titanium. Experiments were performed using a NIR picosecond laser at a wavelength of 1030 nm and a pulse duration of 8 ps. For plasma-assisted ablation, an atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge plasma was applied where the process gas was argon. Quantitative particle distributions at sizes from 10 nm to 10 μm were determined. In addition, we evaluated the amount of ablated material via laser scanning microscopy...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430121/synthesis-characterization-and-enhanced-sensing-properties-of-a-nio-zno-p-n-junctions-sensor-for-the-sf%C3%A2-decomposition-byproducts-so%C3%A2-so%C3%A2-f%C3%A2-and-sof%C3%A2
#17
Hongcheng Liu, Qu Zhou, Qingyan Zhang, Changxiang Hong, Lingna Xu, Lingfeng Jin, Weigen Chen
The detection of partial discharge and analysis of the composition and content of sulfur hexafluoride SF₆ gas components are important to evaluate the operating state and insulation level of gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) equipment. This paper reported a novel sensing material made of pure ZnO and NiO-decorated ZnO nanoflowers which were synthesized by a facile and environment friendly hydrothermal process for the detection of SF₆ decomposition byproducts. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the structural and morphological properties of the prepared gas-sensitive materials...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430027/a-comparison-of-the-performance-of-2-5-to-3-5-year-old-children-without-disabilities-using-animated-and-cursor-based-scanning-in-a-contextual-scene
#18
John W McCarthy, Jamie B Boster
Although recent evidence suggests learning demands for children can be reduced by organizing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) displays in contextual scenes, there is little evidence on how such scenes could be made accessible for children who cannot use direct selection. Using a line drawn scene of a living room, a traditional traveling cursor (a green outline of objects within the scene) was compared with sequential animation-logically matching the function of items in the scene (e.g., hands of a clock moving, a lamp turning on and off, etc...
April 21, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429996/are-athletes-doping-related-attitudes-predicted-by-their-perceptions-of-coaches-confrontation-efficacy
#19
Philip Sullivan, Parmida Razavi
BACKGROUND: The coaching process is complex and dynamic. Coaches are known to affect athlete attitudes indirectly, through athletes' perceptions and interpretations. This process has been verified with a variety of ethical behaviors. OBJECTIVES: The current study investigated the relationships between athletes' perceived doping confrontation efficacy of their coaches and athlete's anti-doping attitudes. METHODS: A sample of athletes (N = 96) completed a version of the Doping Confrontation Efficacy Scale that was modified to assess their perception of their coaches' anti-doping confrontation efficacy, and the PEAS (Performance Enhancing Attitude Scale), which assessed their performance-enhancing attitudes...
April 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429936/electron-decoupling-with-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-in-rotating-solids
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Edward P Saliba, Erika L Sesti, Faith J Scott, Brice J Albert, Eric J Choi, Nicholas Alaniva, Chukun Gao, Alexander B Barnes
Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) can enhance NMR sensitivity by orders of magnitude by transferring spin polarization from electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to NMR. However, paramagnetic DNP polarizing agents can have deleterious effects on NMR signals. Electron spin decoupling can mitigate these paramagnetic relaxation effects. We demonstrate electron decoupling experiments in conjunction with DNP and magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy. Following a DNP and spin diffusion period, the microwave irradiation frequency is quickly tuned on-resonance with electrons on the DNP polarizing agent...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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