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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231632/reliability-and-validity-of-the-chinese-version-of-the-self-care-ability-scale-for-the-elderly
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Han Gao, Ulrika Söderhamn, Christina Cliffordson, Lina Guo, Qiyun Guo, Kun Liu
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To translate the Self-care Ability Scale for the Elderly into Simplified Chinese, and to test the Chinese version of the scale regarding its reliability and validity among older people. BACKGROUND: Self-care is an important topic in nursing. When assessing older people's self-care ability, it is essential that a reliable and valid instrument is used. DESIGN: This study employed across-sectional design. METHODS: We translated the English version of the Self-care Ability Scale for the Elderly into Simplified Chinese according to Brislin's translation guidelines, and carried out a questionnaire survey among 610 older people, including both community-dwelling people and hospital patients, in Jinzhou City, People's Republic of China...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230162/n-acetylated-proline-glycine-proline-accelerates-cutaneous-wound-healing-and-neovascularization-by-human-endothelial-progenitor-cells
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Yang Woo Kwon, Soon Chul Heo, Tae Wook Lee, Gyu Tae Park, Jung Won Yoon, Il Ho Jang, Seung-Chul Kim, Hyun-Chang Ko, Youngjae Ryu, Hyeona Kang, Chang Man Ha, Sang Chul Lee, Jae Ho Kim
Human endothelial progenitor cells (hEPCs) are promising therapeutic resources for wound repair through stimulating neovascularization. However, the hEPCs-based cell therapy has been hampered by poor engraftment of transplanted cells. In this study, we explored the effects of N-acetylated Proline-Glycine-Proline (Ac-PGP), a degradation product of collagen, on hEPC-mediated cutaneous wound healing and neovascularization. Treatment of hEPCs with Ac-PGP increased migration, proliferation, and tube-forming activity of hEPCs in vitro...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229132/representing-documents-via-latent-keyphrase-inference
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Jialu Liu, Xiang Ren, Jingbo Shang, Taylor Cassidy, Clare R Voss, Jiawei Han
Many text mining approaches adopt bag-of-words or n-grams models to represent documents. Looking beyond just the words, i.e., the explicit surface forms, in a document can improve a computer's understanding of text. Being aware of this, researchers have proposed concept-based models that rely on a human-curated knowledge base to incorporate other related concepts in the document representation. But these methods are not desirable when applied to vertical domains (e.g., literature, enterprise, etc.) due to low coverage of in-domain concepts in the general knowledge base and interference from out-of-domain concepts...
April 2016: Proceedings of the International World-Wide Web Conference
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228078/nanocarriers-mediated-topical-drug-delivery-for-psoriasis-treatment
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Sevgi Güngör, Meriem Rezigue
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory skin disease affecting 2 to 3% of people worldwide. Topical therapy as first option in the management of psoriasis is an attractive strategy by delivering drugs efficiently into target sites of disease, minimizing systemic side effects of drugs and ensuring high patient compliance. However, the delivery of antipsoriatic agents via conventional topical formulations is limited due to their poor percutaneous penetration and targeting into deeper layers of the skin...
February 22, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227751/a-time-domain-frequency-selective-multivariate-granger-causality-approach
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Lutz Leistritz, Herbert Witte, Lutz Leistritz, Herbert Witte, Lutz Leistritz, Herbert Witte
The investigation of effective connectivity is one of the major topics in computational neuroscience to understand the interaction between spatially distributed neuronal units of the brain. Thus, a wide variety of methods has been developed during the last decades to investigate functional and effective connectivity in multivariate systems. Their spectrum ranges from model-based to model-free approaches with a clear separation into time and frequency range methods. We present in this simulation study a novel time domain approach based on Granger's principle of predictability, which allows frequency-selective considerations of directed interactions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227411/source-imaging-of-simple-finger-movements-captured-during-auditory-response-tasks-using-space-time-frequency-based-sparsity-constraints
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Aritra Chaudhuri, Aurobinda Routray, Aritra Chaudhuri, Aurobinda Routray, Aurobinda Routray, Aritra Chaudhuri
Neural Information Flow during simple cognitive or motor actions is a significant research topic; one of which is a simple finger movement. In this paper, Electro-encephalograph (EEG) Source Imaging has been used to model the Neural Information flow, during performance of a simple Auditory Response Task (ART), specifically by employment of a space-time-frequency sparsity constrained based algorithm, namely, Spatio-temporal Unifying Tomography (STOUT). The estimated sources are then studied according to location defined based on Destrieux atlas...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227053/the-effects-of-deep-network-topology-on-mortality-prediction
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Hao Du, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Mengling Feng, Hao Du, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Mengling Feng, Mengling Feng, Hao Du, Mohammad M Ghassemi
Deep learning has achieved remarkable results in the areas of computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing and most recently, even playing Go. The application of deep-learning to problems in healthcare, however, has gained attention only in recent years, and it's ultimate place at the bedside remains a topic of skeptical discussion. While there is a growing academic interest in the application of Machine Learning (ML) techniques to clinical problems, many in the clinical community see little incentive to upgrade from simpler methods, such as logistic regression, to deep learning...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226494/upper-extremity-prosthesis-user-perspectives-on-unmet-needs-and-innovative-technology
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Heather L Benz, Jia Yao, Laura Rose, Okan Olgac, Karen Kreutz, Anindita Saha, Eugene F Civillico, Heather L Benz, Jia Yao, Laura Rose, Okan Olgac, Karen Kreutz, Anindita Saha, Eugene F Civillico, Laura Rose, Heather L Benz, Anindita Saha, Okan Olgac, Eugene F Civillico, Karen Kreutz, Jia Yao
The needs of individuals with upper limb amputation and congenital limb difference are not being fully met by current prostheses, as evidenced by prosthesis rejection, non-wear, and user reports of pain and challenging activities. Emerging technologies such as dexterous sensorized robotic limbs, osseointegrated prostheses, implantable EMG electrodes, and electrical stimulation for sensory feedback have the potential to address unmet needs, but pose additional risks. We plan to assess upper limb prosthesis user needs and perspectives on these new benefits and risks using an extensive quantitative survey...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226245/subconjunctival-injectable-dendrimer-dexamethasone-gel-for-the-treatment-of-corneal-inflammation
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Uri Soiberman, Siva P Kambhampati, Tony Wu, Manoj K Mishra, Yumin Oh, Rishi Sharma, Jiangxia Wang, Abdul Elah Al Towerki, Samuel Yiu, Walter J Stark, Rangaramanujam M Kannan
Corneal inflammation is often encountered as a key pathological event in many corneal diseases. Current treatments involve topical corticosteroids which require frequent instillations due to rapid tear turnover, causing side-effects such as corneal toxicity and elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Hence, new interventions that can reduce side effects, dosing frequency, and increase patient compliance can be highly beneficial. In this study, we explore a subconjunctival injectable gel based on G4-PAMAM dendrimer and hyaluronic acid, cross-linked using thiol-ene click chemistry, incorporated with dendrimer dexamethasone (D-Dex) conjugates as a potential strategy for sustained delivery and enhanced bioavailability of corticosteroids...
February 16, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225431/menopause-and-big-data-word-adjacency-graph-modeling-of-menopause-related-chacha-data
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Janet S Carpenter, Doyle Groves, Chen X Chen, Julie L Otte, Wendy R Miller
OBJECTIVE: To detect and visualize salient queries about menopause using Big Data from ChaCha. METHODS: We used Word Adjacency Graph (WAG) modeling to detect clusters and visualize the range of menopause-related topics and their mutual proximity. The subset of relevant queries was fully modeled. We split each query into token words (ie, meaningful words and phrases) and removed stopwords (ie, not meaningful functional words). The remaining words were considered in sequence to build summary tables of words and two and three-word phrases...
February 20, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225264/fatty-acid-comprising-lysine-conjugates-anti-mrsa-agents-that-display-in-vivo-efficacy-by-disrupting-biofilms-with-no-resistance-development
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Mohini Mohan Konai, Jayanta Haldar
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have developed resistance to antibiotics of last resort such as vancomycin, linezolid and daptomycin. Additionally, their biofilm forming capability has set an alarming situation in the treatment of bacterial infections. Herein we report the potency of fatty acid comprising lysine conjugates as novel anti-MRSA agents, which were not only capable of killing growing planktonic MRSA at low concentration (MIC = 3.1-6.3 µg/mL), but also displayed potent activity against non-dividing stationary phase cells...
February 22, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224375/lanolin-based-organogel-of-salicylic-acid-evidences-of-better-dermatokinetic-profile-in-imiquimod-induced-keratolytic-therapy-in-balb-c-mice-model
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Gajanand Sharma, Neelam Devi, Kanika Thakur, Ashay Jain, O P Katare
The primary aim of the present study was to develop lanolin-based organogel with enhanced delivery potential and reduced skin irritation for the treatment of hyperkeratotic lesions and scaling. The drug was encapsulated in the lipidic bilayers of organogel. The values of particle size, polydispersity index (PDI), and zeta potential of the developed carrier system was found to be 257.5 nm, 0.272, and -24.9 mV, respectively. The system was pseudoplastic in nature with the yield value of 2.3078 Pa. The skin permeation studies exhibited superiority of the prepared lanolin-based organogel formulation over the conventional gel formulation (CGF)...
February 21, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223254/issues-with-rna-seq-analysis-in-non-model-organisms-a-salmonid-example
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Arvind Sundaram, Torstein Tengs, Unni Grimholt
High throughput sequencing (HTS) is useful for many purposes as exemplified by the other topics included in this special issue. The purpose of this paper is to look into the unique challenges of using this technology in non-model organisms where resources such as genomes, functional genome annotations or genome complexity provide obstacles not met in model organisms. To describe these challenges, we narrow our scope to RNA sequencing used to study differential gene expression in response to pathogen challenge...
February 18, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223123/proarrhythmia-liability-assessment-and-the-comprehensive-in-vitro-proarrhythmia-assay-cipa-an-industry-survey-on-current-practice
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Simon Authier, Michael K Pugsley, John E Koerner, Bernard Fermini, William S Redfern, Jean-Pierre Valentin, Hugo M Vargas, Derek J Leishman, Krystle Correll, Michael J Curtis
INTRODUCTION: The Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS) has conducted a survey of its membership to identify industry practices related to testing considered in the Comprehensive In vitro Proarrhythmia Assay (CiPA). METHODS: Survey topics included nonclinical approaches to address proarrhythmia issues, conduct of in silico studies, in vitro ion channel testing methods used, drugs used as positive controls during the conduct of cardiac ion channel studies, types of arrhythmias observed in non-clinical studies and use of the anticipated CiPA ion channel assay...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222972/the-neurologic-control-of-arousal-and-orgasm-with-specific-attention-to-spinal-cord-lesions-integrating-preclinical-and-clinical-sciences
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Marcalee Sipski Alexander, Lesley Marson
Preclinical research in animal models is important for understanding the neural pathways and pathophysiology underlying changes in sexual function after SCI. In vivo animal models, primarily rodents, have provided valuable information on the central pathways regulating sexual arousal and orgasm; however, further research is required in females and preclinical modeling of SCI that can be better translated to men and women. Translation of the autonomic and somatic regulation of sexual responses from preclinical models through clinical research correlates well with respect to the peripheral-spinal systems involved...
January 25, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222612/in-vitro-ex-vivo-correlations-between-a-cell-laden-hydrogel-and-mucosal-tissue-for-screening-composite-delivery-systems
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Anna K Blakney, Adam B Little, Yonghou Jiang, Kim A Woodrow
Composite delivery systems where drugs are electrospun in different layers and vary the drug stacking-order are posited to affect bioavailability. We evaluated how the formulation characteristics of both burst- and sustained-release electrospun fibers containing three physicochemically diverse drugs: dapivirine (DPV), maraviroc (MVC) and tenofovir (TFV) affect in vitro and ex vivo release. We developed a poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (pHEMA) hydrogel release platform for the rapid, inexpensive in vitro evaluation of burst- and sustained-release topical or dermal drug delivery systems with varying microarchitecture...
November 2016: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222100/development-of-topical-ophthalmic-in-situ-gel-forming-estradiol-delivery-system-intended-for-the-prevention-of-age-related-cataracts
#17
Udaya K Kotreka, Vicki L Davis, Moji C Adeyeye
The goal of this study was to develop and characterize an ion-activated in situ gel-forming estradiol (E2) solution eye drops intended for the prevention of age-related cataracts. Accordingly, in situ gelling eye drops were made using gellan gum as an ion-activated gel-forming polymer, polysorbate-80 as drug solubilizing agent, mannitol as tonicity agent, and combination of potassium sorbate and edetate disodium dihydrate (EDTA) as preservatives. The formulations were tested for the following characteristics: pH, clarity, osmolality, antimicrobial efficacy, rheological behavior, and in vitro drug release...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221668/effect-of-physical-activity-versus-health-education-on-physical-function-grip-strength-and-mobility
#18
Adam J Santanasto, Nancy W Glynn, Laura C Lovato, Steven N Blair, Roger A Fielding, Thomas M Gill, Jack M Guralnik, Fang-Chi Hsu, Abby C King, Elsa S Strotmeyer, Todd M Manini, Anthony P Marsh, Mary M McDermott, Bret H Goodpaster, Marco Pahor, Anne B Newman
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) reduces the rate of mobility disability, compared with health education (HE), in at risk older adults. It is important to understand aspects of performance contributing to this benefit. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate intervention effects on tertiary physical performance outcomes. DESIGN: The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) was a multi-centered, single-blind randomized trial of older adults...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220927/evaluation-results-of-an-ontology-based-design-model-of-virtual-environments-for-upper-limb-motor-rehabilitation-of-stroke-patients
#19
Cristina Ramírez-Fernández, Alberto L Morán, Eloísa García-Canseco, Jorge R Gómez-Montalvo
OBJECTIVES: 1) To enhance the content of an ontology for designing virtual environments (VEs) for upper limb motor rehabilitation of stroke patients according to the suggestions and comments of rehabilitation specialists and software developers, 2) to characterize the perceived importance level of the ontology, 3) to determine the perceived usefulness of the ontology, and 4) to identify the safety characteristics of the ontology for VEs design according to the rehabilitation specialists...
February 21, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220606/lamarck-rises-from-his-grave-parental-environment-induced-epigenetic-inheritance-in-model-organisms-and-humans
#20
Yan Wang, Huijie Liu, Zhongsheng Sun
Organisms can change their physiological/behavioural traits to adapt and survive in changed environments. However, whether these acquired traits can be inherited across generations through non-genetic alterations has been a topic of debate for over a century. Emerging evidence indicates that both ancestral and parental experiences, including nutrition, environmental toxins, nurturing behaviour, and social stress, can have powerful effects on the physiological, metabolic and cellular functions in an organism...
February 20, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
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