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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088122/a-comparative-study-on-the-effects-of-ultrathin-luminescent-graphene-oxide-quantum-dot-goqd-and-graphene-oxide-go-nanosheets-on-the-interfacial-interactions-and-mechanical-properties-of-an-epoxy-composite
#1
B Karimi, B Ramezanzadeh
The reinforcement effect of graphene oxide nanosheets on the mechanical properties of an epoxy coating has been extensively studied. However, the effect of graphene oxide quantum dot (GOQD) as a new unique carbon based nanomaterial (with lateral dimension of 5-6nm and thickness of one carbon atom) on the mechanical properties of epoxy coating has not been reported and compared with GO yet. So this study aims at fabrication of a high-performance polymer composite with unique mechanical properties using GOQD nanosheets...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088119/composite-films-of-metal-doped-cos-carbon-allotropes-efficient-electrocatalyst-counter-electrodes-for-high-performance-quantum-dot-sensitized-solar-cells
#2
Seyede Sara Khalili, Hossein Dehghani, Malihe Afrooz
This study reports the enhanced catalytic ability of metal ions-doped CoS and CoS/carbon allotrope counter electrodes (CEs) (synthesized using a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method) to improve the power conversion efficiency (η) in quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). Firstly, doping effects of different metal ions (Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+)) in the CoS CE on the QDSSCs performance have been investigated. Overall, among the different metal doped CoS CEs, the best energy conversion efficiency of 2...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088072/microstructural-mechanical-and-corrosion-characteristics-of-heat-treated-mg-1-2zn-0-5ca-wt-alloy-for-use-as-resorbable-bone-fixation-material
#3
Hamdy Ibrahim, Andrew D Klarner, Behrang Poorganji, David Dean, Alan A Luo, Mohammad Elahinia
Mg-Zn-Ca alloys have grabbed most of the recent attention in research attempting to develop an Mg alloy for bone fixation devices due to their superior biocompatibility. However, early resorption and insufficient strength remain the main problems that hinder their use. Heat treatment has previously been thoroughly studied as a post-shaping process, especially after the fabrication of complex parts (e.g. porous structures) by 3D-printing or powder metallurgy. In this work, the effect of heat treatment on Mg-1...
January 5, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088045/uhplc-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantitation-of-penicillin-g-and-metabolites-in-citrus-fruit-using-internal-standards
#4
Daniele Canzani, Kevin Hsieh, Matthew Standland, Walter Hammack, Fadi Aldeek
Penicillin G has been applied to citrus trees as a potential treatment in the fight against Huanglongbing (HLB). Here, we have developed and validated a method to identify and quantitate penicillin G and two of its metabolites, penillic acid and penilloic acid, in citrus fruit using ultra high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS). This method improves upon a previous method by incorporating isotopically labeled internal standards, namely, penillic acid-D5, and penilloic acid-D5...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087998/performance-evaluation-of-pride-unda-system-with-pyroprocessing-feed-material
#5
Su Jung An, Hee Seo, Chaehun Lee, Seong-Kyu Ahn, Se-Hwan Park, Jeong-Hoe Ku
The PRIDE (PyRoprocessing Integrated inactive DEmonstration) is an engineering-scale pyroprocessing test-bed facility that utilizes depleted uranium (DU) instead of spent fuel as a process material. As part of the ongoing effort to enhance pyroprocessing safeguardability, UNDA (Unified Non-Destructive Assay), a system integrating three different non-destructive assay techniques, namely, neutron, gamma-ray, and mass measurement, for nuclear material accountancy (NMA) was developed. In the present study, UNDA's NMA capability was evaluated by measurement of the weight, (238)U mass, and U enrichment of oxide-reduction-process feed material (i...
December 30, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087978/identification-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-metabolites-in-greyhound-urine
#6
David Palmer, Katie Rademaker, Ingrid Martin, Joan Hessell, Rob Howitt
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is a 10-residue peptide hormone that induces secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone into the blood from the pituitary gland. In males, LH acts on the testes to produce testosterone. The performance enhancing potential of testosterone makes administration of exogenous GnRH a concern in sports doping control. Detection of GnRH abuse is challenging owing to its rapid clearance from the body and degradation in urine. Following recent investigations of GnRH abuse in racing greyhounds in New Zealand, we carried out a GnRH administration study in greyhounds in an attempt to identify GnRH metabolites that might provide more facile detection of GnRH abuse; little information is available on in vivo metabolites of exogenous GnRH in any species and none in dogs...
January 14, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087916/-a-case-of-idiopathic-hypertrophic-cranial-pachymeningitis-presenting-as-chronic-subdural-hematoma
#7
Zhan He, Fang Ding, Jiandong Rong, Yongli Gan
A 26-year-old male presented with a 6-day history of paroxysmal headache which was worsen with nausea and vomiting for 1 day. Head CT on admission revealed left chronic subdural hematoma with midline shift. An emergency Burr hole drainage for hematoma was performed. Headache recurred 6 days later. MRI of the brain revealed a diffuse thickening and a gadolinium-enhancement of the falx, cranial dura mater and tentorium cerebelli on the left side with pia mater involved. Lumber puncture showed increased intracranial pressure and elevated IgG level in cerebrospinal fluid...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087832/comparison-of-cardiovascular-risk-algorithms-in-patients-with-vs-without-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-the-role-of-c-reactive-protein-in-predicting-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Evo Alemao, Hélène Cawston, François Bourhis, Maiwenn Al, Maureen Rutten-van Molken, Katherine P Liao, Daniel H Solomon
OBJECTIVES: The aims were to compare the performance of cardiovascular risk calculators, Framingham Risk Score (FRS) and QRISK2, in RA and matched non-RA patients and to evaluate whether their performance could be enhanced by the addition of CRP. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis, using a clinical practice data set linked to Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data from the UK. Patients presenting with at least one RA diagnosis code and no prior cardiovascular events were matched to non-RA patients using disease risk scores...
January 12, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087766/control-of-amygdala-circuits-by-5-ht-neurons-via-5-ht-and-glutamate-co-transmission
#9
Ayesha Sengupta, Marco Bocchio, David M Bannerman, Trevor Sharp, Marco Capogna
: The serotonin (5-HT) system and the amygdala are key regulators of emotional behavior. Several lines of evidence suggest that 5-HT transmission in the amygdala is implicated in the susceptibility and drug treatment of mood disorders. Thus, elucidating the physiological mechanisms through which midbrain 5-HT neurons modulate amygdala circuits could be pivotal in understanding emotional regulation in health and disease. To shed light on these mechanisms, we performed patch-clamp recordings from basal amygdala (BA) neurons in brain slices from mice with channelrhodopsin (ChR2) genetically targeted to 5-HT neurons...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087564/right-ventricular-ejection-fraction-is-incremental-to-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-for-the-prediction-of-future-arrhythmic-events-in-patients-with-systolic-dysfunction
#10
Yoko Mikami, Umjeet Jolly, Bobak Heydari, Mingkai Peng, Fahad Almehmadi, Mohammed Zahrani, Mahmoud Bokhari, John Stirrat, Carmen P Lydell, Andrew G Howarth, Raymond Yee, James A White
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular ejection fraction remains the primary risk stratification tool used in the selection of patients for implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy. However, this solitary marker fails to identify a substantial portion of patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. In this study, we examined the incremental value of considering right ventricular ejection fraction for the prediction of future arrhythmic events in patients with systolic dysfunction using the gold standard of cardiovascular magnetic resonance...
January 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087407/polymeric-micelles-for-ocular-drug-delivery-from-structural-frameworks-to-recent-preclinical-studies
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Abhirup Mandal, Rohit Bisht, Ilva D Rupenthal, Ashim K Mitra
Effective intraocular drug delivery poses a major challenge due to the presence of various elimination mechanisms and physiological barriers that result in low ocular bioavailability after topical application. Over the past decades, polymeric micelles have emerged as one of the most promising drug delivery platforms for the management of ocular diseases affecting the anterior (dry eye syndrome) and posterior (age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma) segments of the eye. Promising preclinical efficacy results from both in-vitro and in-vivo animal studies have led to their steady progression through clinical trials...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087379/pegylated-liposomes-for-topical-vaginal-therapy-improve-delivery-of-interferon-alpha
#12
May Wenche Jøraholmen, Purusotam Basnet, Ganesh Acharya, Nataša Škalko-Basnet
Recent studies regarding mucosal drug delivery indicate that nanosystems with surface-available polyethylene glycol (PEG) are able to penetrate mucus barrier, assure closer contact with the epithelium, and improve drug delivery to vagina. In the present work, we developed the mucus-penetrating PEGylated liposomes containing interferon alpha-2b (IFN α-2b), destined to provide localized therapy for human papilloma virus (HPV) vaginal infections. The PEGylated liposomes were of a mean size of 181 ± 8 nm, bearing a negative zeta potential of - 13 mV and an entrapment efficiency of 81 ± 10 %...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086967/translation-cross-cultural-adaption-and-measurement-properties-of-the-evidence-based-practice-profile
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Kristine Berg Titlestad, Anne Kristin Snibsoer, Hilde Stromme, Monica Wammen Nortvedt, Birgitte Graverholt, Birgitte Espehaug
BACKGROUND: The evidence-based practice profile (EBP(2)) questionnaire assesses students' self-reported knowledge, behaviour and attitudes related to evidence-based practice. The aim of this study was to translate and cross-culturally adapt EBP(2) into Norwegian and to evaluate the reliability, validity and responsiveness of the Norwegian version. METHODS: EBP(2) was translated and cross-culturally adapted using recommended methodology. Face validity and feasibility were evaluated in a pilot on bachelor students and health and social workers (n = 18)...
January 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086818/narrow-band-imaging-versus-lugol-chromoendoscopy-to-diagnose-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-esophagus-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Flavio Hiroshi Ananias Morita, Wanderley Marques Bernardo, Edson Ide, Rodrigo Silva Paula Rocha, Julio Cesar Martins Aquino, Mauricio Kazuyoshi Minata, Kendi Yamazaki, Sergio Barbosa Marques, Paulo Sakai, Eduardo Guimarães Hourneaux de Moura
BACKGROUND: In the early stage esophageal cancer, changes in the mucosa are subtle and pass unnoticed in endoscopic examinations using white light. To increase sensitivity, chromoscopy with Lugol's solution has been used. Technological advancements have led to the emergence of virtual methods of endoscopic chromoscopy, including narrow band imaging (NBI). NBI enhances the relief of the mucosa and the underlying vascular pattern, providing greater convenience without the risks inherent to the use of vital dye...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086813/information-exchange-networks-of-health-care-providers-and-evidence-based-cardiovascular-risk-management-an-observational-study
#15
Naomi Heijmans, Jan van Lieshout, Michel Wensing
BACKGROUND: Although a wide range of preventive and clinical interventions has targeted cardiovascular risk management (CVRM), outcomes remain suboptimal. Therefore, the question is what additional determinants of CVRM and outcomes can be identified and addressed to optimize CVRM. In this study, we aimed to identify new perspectives for improving healthcare delivery and explored associations between information exchange networks of health care providers and evidence-based CVRM. METHODS: This observational study was performed parallel to a randomized clinical trial which aimed to improve professional performance of practice nurses in the Netherlands...
January 13, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086779/the-effect-of-electrical-conductivity-of-myocardium-on-cardiac-pumping-efficacy-a-computational-study
#16
Ana Rahma Yuniarti, Ki Moo Lim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The existence of non-excitable cells in the myocardium leads to the increasing conduction non-uniformity and decreasing myocardial electrical conductivity. Slowed myocardial conduction velocity (MCV) believed to enhance the probability of cardiac arryhthmia and alter the cardiac mechanical pumping efficacy, even in sinus rhythm. Though several studies on the correlation between MCV and cardiac electrical instabilities exist, there has been no study concerning correlation or causality between MCV and cardiac mechanical pumping efficacy, due to the limitation in clinical methods to document and evaluate cardiac mechanical responses directly...
January 10, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086751/quantifying-predictors-for-the-spatial-diffusion-of-avian-influenza-virus-in-china
#17
Lu Lu, Andrew J Leigh Brown, Samantha J Lycett
BACKGROUND: Avian influenza virus (AIV) causes both severe outbreaks and endemic disease among poultry and has caused sporadic human infections in Asia, furthermore the routes of transmission in avian species between geographic regions can be numerous and complex. Using nucleotide sequences from the internal protein coding segments of AIV, we performed a Bayesian phylogeographic study to uncover regional routes of transmission and factors predictive of the rate of viral diffusion within China...
January 13, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081527/enhanced-microalgal-biomass-and-lipid-production-from-a-consortium-of-indigenous-microalgae-and-bacteria-present-in-municipal-wastewater-under-gradually-mixotrophic-culture-conditions
#18
Hyun Uk Cho, Young Mo Kim, Jong Moon Park
The goal of this study was to investigate the influences of gradually mixotrophic culture conditions on microalgal biomass and lipid production by a consortium of indigenous microalgae and bacteria present in raw municipal wastewater. Lab-scale photobioreactors containing the consortium were operated in repeated batch mode. Initial cultivation (phase I) was performed using only the municipal wastewater, then 10% and 25% of the reactor volumes were replaced with the effluent from a sewage sludge fermentation system producing volatile fatty acids (SSFV) at the beginnings of phase II and phase III, respectively...
December 25, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081523/enhanced-enzymatic-hydrolysis-and-acetone-butanol-ethanol-fermentation-of-sugarcane-bagasse-by-combined-diluted-acid-with-oxidate-ammonolysis-pretreatment
#19
Hailong Li, Lian Xiong, Xuefang Chen, Can Wang, Gaoxiang Qi, Chao Huang, Mutan Luo, Xinde Chen
This study aims to propose a biorefinery pretreatment technology for the bioconversion of sugarcane bagasse (SB) into biofuels and N-fertilizers. Performance of diluted acid (DA), aqueous ammonia (AA), oxidate ammonolysis (OA) and the combined DA with AA or OA were compared in SB pretreatment by enzymatic hydrolysis, structural characterization and acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation. Results indicated that DA-OA pretreatment improves the digestibility of SB by sufficiently hydrolyzing hemicellulose into fermentable monosaccharides and oxidating lignin into soluble N-fertilizer with high nitrogen content (11...
January 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081498/enhancing-analysis-throughput-sensitivity-and-specificity-in-lc-esi-ms-ms-assay-of-plasma-25-hydroxyvitamin-d3-by-derivatization-with-triplex-4-4-dimethylaminophenyl-1-2-4-triazoline-3-5-dione-daptad-isotopologues
#20
Shoujiro Ogawa, Hiroki Kittaka, Akiho Nakata, Kenji Komatsu, Takahiro Sugiura, Mamoru Satoh, Fumio Nomura, Tatsuya Higashi
The plasma/serum concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 [25(OH)D3] is a diagnostic index for vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency, which is associated with a wide range of diseases, such as rickets, cancer and diabetes. We have reported that the derivatization with 4-(4-dimethylaminophenyl)-1,2,4-triazoline-3,5-dione (DAPTAD) works well in the liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/ESI-MS/MS) assay of the serum/plasma 25(OH)D3 for enhancing the sensitivity and the separation from a potent interfering metabolite, 3-epi-25-hydroxyvitamin D3 [3-epi-25(OH)D3]...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
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