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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906530/medicare-program-hospital-outpatient-prospective-payment-and-ambulatory-surgical-center-payment-systems-and-quality-reporting-programs-organ-procurement-organization-reporting-and-communication-transplant-outcome-measures-and-documentation-requirements-electronic
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This final rule with comment period revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for CY 2017 to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems. In this final rule with comment period, we describe the changes to the amounts and factors used to determine the payment rates for Medicare services paid under the OPPS and those paid under the ASC payment system...
November 14, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906402/one-step-synthesis-of-ultrathin-ptxpb-nerve-like-nanowires-as-robust-catalysts-for-enhanced-methanol-electrooxidation
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Liang Huang, Yujie Han, Xueping Zhang, Youxing Fang, Shaojun Dong
Ultrathin PtxPb nerve-like nanowires (NNWs) with a diameter of only around 3.6 nm were synthesized by a one-step wet-chemical strategy, and they served as robust catalysts for greatly enhancing methanol electrooxidation both under acidic and alkaline conditions. Due to the high CO-poisoning tolerance, superior electrocatalytic activity and stability endowed by the Pt-Pb alloyed composition and the unique structure, the Pt3.5Pb NNWs showed the highest specific activity of 2.78 mA cm(-2) in acidic media and 6...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906376/spin-hall-effect-of-transmitted-light-in-a-three-layer-waveguide-with-lossy-epsilon-near-zero-metamaterial
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Tingting Tang, Jie Li, Yanfen Zhang, Chaoyang Li, Li Luo
We study spin Hall effect (SHE) of transmitted light in a three-layer waveguide with epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterial. As the increased loss of anisotropic ENZ metamaterial brings decreased propagation loss for oblique incidence, the transmission of incident light is enhanced which induces a different distribution of transverse shift peaks. Based on simulation results, the influences of ENZ permittivity components and thickness as well as gold layer thickness on transverse shift of left-circularly polarized light in ENZ/Au/ENZ waveguide are analyzed...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906285/highly-alignment-tolerant-and-high-sensitivity-100gb-s-4-%C3%A3-25gb-s-apd-rosa-with-a-thin-film-filter-based-de-multiplexer
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Joon Young Huh, Sae-Kyoung Kang, Jie Hyun Lee, Joon Ki Lee, SunMe Kim
We investigate and demonstrate a 100-Gb/s (4x25-Gb/s) receiver optical sub-assembly (ROSA) based on avalanche photodiodes and a thin-film filter-based de-multiplexer. The overall alignment tolerances of the ROSA are relaxed to have larger than ± 25 μm by improving optical coupling structure. The receiver sensitivity of each lane is also measured to be less than -22.2 dBm, a record minimum to our knowledge, at the bit error ratio of 10<sup>-12</sup> for 25.78-Gb/s NRZ signal.
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906251/electrically-pumped-ultraviolet-lasing-in-polygonal-hollow-microresonators-investigation-on-optical-cavity-effect
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Zhifeng Shi, Ying Li, Yuantao Zhang, Di Wu, Tingting Xu, Baolin Zhang, Lei Liang, Xinjian Li, Guotong Du
Electrically driven ultraviolet lasing was realized in two-dimensional ZnO nanowall networks from Au/MgO/n-ZnO/n-GaN/In structure, and whispering gallery type resonant modes are responsible for the lasing action. We present a comparative study on lasing action based on nanowall networks with different micro-hole sizes. The representative diode (Device II) with a moderate micro-hole size exhibits an ultralow threshold current density of 1.01  A/cm<sup>2</sup>, and the lasing action can be sustained at a temperature up to ∼413  K, showing a good temperature tolerance...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906217/nonlinearity-of-a-double-path-interferometer-qualified-with-a-non-constant-moving-speed
#6
Hongxing Yang, Christoph Weichert, Paul Köchert, Jens Flügge
A new double-path heterodyne interferometer with spatially separated input beams was developed to minimize the influence of periodic errors. The fully fiber-coupled optics exhibit balanced beam paths which reduce the influence of variations of the ambient conditions. The use of corner cube reflectors enables the interferometer to tolerate larger angular motions of the measuring mirror, compared with common plane mirror interferometers. The nonlinearities were characterized in a measurement with a non-constant moving speed by means of amplitude spectra for spline-interpolated data...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906186/preimplantation-factor-is-an-anti-apoptotic-effector-in-human-trophoblasts-involving-p53-signaling-pathway
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Hadia Moindjie, Esther Dos Santos, Rita-Josiane Gouesse, Nelly Swierkowski-Blanchard, Valérie Serazin, Eytan R Barnea, François Vialard, Marie-Noëlle Dieudonné
From the earliest stages of gestation, embryonic-maternal interaction has a key role in a successful pregnancy. Various factors present during gestation may significantly influence this type of juxta/paracrine interaction. PreImplantation Factor (PIF) is a recently identified factor with activity at the fetomaternal interface. PIF is secreted by viable embryos and directly controls placental development by increasing the invasive capacity of human extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs). To further specify PIF's role in the human placenta, we analyzed the genome-wide expression profile of the EVT in the presence of a synthetic PIF analog (sPIF)...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906079/muscle-specific-loss-of-bmal1-leads-to-disrupted-tissue-glucose-metabolism-and-systemic-glucose-homeostasis
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Brianna D Harfmann, Elizabeth A Schroder, Maureen T Kachman, Brian A Hodge, Xiping Zhang, Karyn A Esser
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the USA, and disruption of circadian rhythms is gaining recognition as a contributing factor to disease prevalence. This disease is characterized by hyperglycemia and glucose intolerance and symptoms caused by failure to produce and/or respond to insulin. The skeletal muscle is a key insulin-sensitive metabolic tissue, taking up ~80 % of postprandial glucose. To address the role of the skeletal muscle molecular clock to insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, we generated an inducible skeletal muscle-specific Bmal1 (-/-) mouse (iMSBmal1 (-/-))...
March 30, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906072/actrii-blockade-protects-mice-from-cancer-cachexia-and-prolongs-survival-in-the-presence-of-anti-cancer-treatments
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Shinji Hatakeyama, Serge Summermatter, Marie Jourdain, Stefan Melly, Giulia C Minetti, Estelle Lach-Trifilieff
BACKGROUND: Cachexia affects the majority of patients with advanced cancer and is associated with reduced treatment tolerance, response to therapy, quality of life, and life expectancy. Cachectic patients with advanced cancer often receive anti-cancer therapies against their specific cancer type as a standard of care, and whether specific ActRII inhibition is efficacious when combined with anti-cancer agents has not been elucidated yet. METHODS: In this study, we evaluated interactions between ActRII blockade and anti-cancer agents in CT-26 mouse colon cancer-induced cachexia model...
July 26, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906059/a-mitochondrial-hsp70-hspa9b-is-linked-to-miltefosine-resistance-and-stress-response-in-leishmania-donovani
#10
P Vacchina, B Norris-Mullins, E S Carlson, M A Morales
BACKGROUND: Protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania are responsible for leishmaniasis, a neglected tropical disease affecting millions worldwide. Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), caused by Leishmania donovani, is the most severe form of leishmaniasis with high rates of mortality if left untreated. Current treatments include pentavalent antimonials and amphotericin B. However, high toxicity and emergence of resistance hinder the success of these options. Miltefosine (HePC) is the first oral treatment available for leishmaniasis...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906052/antibody-responses-to-de-novo-identified-citrullinated-fibrinogen-peptides-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-visualization-of-the-corresponding-b-cells
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Vijay Joshua, Loes Schobers, Philip J Titcombe, Lena Israelsson, Johan Rönnelid, Monika Hansson, Anca I Catrina, Ger J M Pruijn, Vivianne Malmström
BACKGROUND: Antibodies against citrullinated proteins (ACPA) are common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). ACPA can appear before disease onset and target many self-antigens. Citrullinated fibrin/fibrinogen represents a classical ACPA target antigen, and mass spectrometry of RA synovial fluid reveals elevated citrullinated (cit) fibrinogen (Fib) peptides compared to non-RA controls. We investigated the extent to which these less-studied peptides represent autoantibody targets and sought to visualize the corresponding cit-Fib-reactive B cells in RA patients...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906045/smoking-is-associated-with-the-concurrent-presence-of-multiple-autoantibodies-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-rather-than-with-anti-citrullinated-protein-antibodies-per-se-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Tineke J van Wesemael, Sofia Ajeganova, Jennifer Humphreys, Chikashi Terao, Ammar Muhammad, Deborah P M Symmons, Alex J MacGregor, Ingiäld Hafström, Leendert A Trouw, Annette H M van der Helm-van Mil, Tom W J Huizinga, Tsuneyo Mimori, René E M Toes, Fumihiko Matsuda, Björn Svensson, Suzanne M M Verstappen, Diane van der Woude
BACKGROUND: The contribution of smoking to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is hypothesized to be mediated through formation of anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA). In RA, however, autoantibodies such as ACPA, rheumatoid factor (RF), and anti-carbamylated protein antibodies (anti-CarP) often occur together, and it is thus unclear whether smoking is specifically associated with some autoantibodies rather than others. We therefore investigated whether smoking is only associated with ACPA or with the presence of multiple RA-related autoantibodies...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905916/study-protocol-a-dose-escalating-phase-2-study-of-oral-lisdexamfetamine-in-adults-with-methamphetamine-dependence
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Nadine Ezard, Adrian Dunlop, Brendan Clifford, Raimondo Bruno, Andrew Carr, Alexandra Bissaker, Nicholas Lintzeris
BACKGROUND: The treatment of methamphetamine dependence is a continuing global health problem. Agonist type pharmacotherapies have been used successfully to treat opioid and nicotine dependence and are being studied for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence. One potential candidate is lisdexamfetamine, a pro-drug for dexamphetamine, which has a longer lasting therapeutic action with a lowered abuse potential. The purpose of this study is to determine the safety of lisdexamfetamine in this population at doses higher than those currently approved for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or binge eating disorder...
December 1, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905688/liposomal-doxorubicin-effective-treatment-for-pediatric-desmoid-fibromatosis
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Prasanna Ananth, Annette Werger, Stephan Voss, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Katherine A Janeway
Efficacy of liposomal doxorubicin (LD) in treating desmoid fibromatosis (DF) in children has not been well evaluated. This retrospective case series examines five children with progressive DF, treated with LD. We report progression-free intervals (PFIs) and radiographic as well as clinical responses for each medication received. LD was well tolerated, with an average 4.5% reduction in tumor size and median PFI of 29 months. Treatment with LD conferred the longest PFI of all medical therapies pursued. Thus, LD is an important treatment option for DF in pediatrics...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905678/a-phase-i-ii-trial-of-at9283-a-selective-inhibitor-of-aurora-kinase-in-children-with-relapsed-or-refractory-acute-leukemia-challenges-to-run-early-phase-clinical-trials-for-children-with-leukemia
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B Vormoor, G J Veal, M J Griffin, A V Boddy, J Irving, L Minto, M Case, U Banerji, K E Swales, J R Tall, A S Moore, M Toguchi, G Acton, K Dyer, C Schwab, C J Harrison, J D Grainger, D Lancaster, P Kearns, D Hargrave, J Vormoor
Aurora kinases regulate mitosis and are commonly overexpressed in leukemia. This phase I/IIa study of AT9283, a multikinase inhibitor, was designed to identify maximal tolerated doses, safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamic activity in children with relapsed/refractory acute leukemia. The trial suffered from poor recruitment and terminated early, therefore failing to identify its primary endpoints. AT9283 caused tolerable toxicity, but failed to show clinical responses. Future trials should be based on robust preclinical data that provide an indication of which patients may benefit from the experimental agent, and recruitment should be improved through international collaborations and early combination with established treatment strategies...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905633/-failure-to-radical-cure-in-plasmodium-vivax-malaria
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Julián García, Agustín Seijo, Andrés Benchetrit, Esteban Couto, Sofía Echazarreta, Susana Lloveras, Tomás Orduna
Relapsing Plasmodium vivax malaria is due to activation of dormant intrahepatic parasitic forms known as hypnozoits. Primaquine is the only available drug effective against hypnozoits and, alongside a schizonticidal drug, constitutes the radical treatment of malaria. Failure of radical treatment is frequently attributed to inadequate dosing, poor adherence, or reinfection. However, several cases of radical treatment failure without these factors have been reported, inferring that metabolic properties of the host or tolerance mechanisms of the parasite may be implied...
August 2016: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905591/ceo2-modified-%C3%AE-moo3-nanorods-as-a-synergistic-support-for-pt-nanoparticles-with-enhanced-coads-tolerance-during-methanol-oxidation
#17
Yanying Liu, Chuntao Liu, Xuefeng Yu, Hannah Osgood, Gang Wu
A new type of Ce-doped α-MoO3 (Ce0.2Mo0.8O3-δ) nanorod support was synthesized using a two-step hydrothermal method. The mixed oxide solid solution was employed as a novel non-carbon support for Pt catalysts used for the methanol electrooxidation in acidic media. The ratio of Ce to Mo in the solid-solution was systematically optimized in terms of the performance as a support for methanol oxidation. Pt nanoparticles with an average diameter of 2 nm were evenly deposited on Ce0.2Mo0.8O3-δ nanorods. Compared to the Pt/MoO3 and commercial Pt/C catalysts, the optimal Pt/Ce0...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905514/seagrass-posidonia-oceanica-seedlings-in-a-high-co2-world-from-physiology-to-herbivory
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Gema Hernán, Laura Ramajo, Lorena Basso, Antonio Delgado, Jorge Terrados, Carlos M Duarte, Fiona Tomas
Under future increased CO2 concentrations, seagrasses are predicted to perform better as a result of increased photosynthesis, but the effects in carbon balance and growth are unclear and remain unexplored for early life stages such as seedlings, which allow plant dispersal and provide the potential for adaptation under changing environmental conditions. Furthermore, the outcome of the concomitant biochemical changes in plant-herbivore interactions has been poorly studied, yet may have important implications in plant communities...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905367/-celiac-trunk-resection-in-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer-and-severe-pain-syndrome
#19
Yu I Patyutko, M G Abgaryan, N E Kudashkin, A G Kotel'nikov
AIM: To show the advisability, satisfactory tolerance and good analgesic effect of surgery for pancreatic ductal carcinoma with celiac trunk invasion. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Distal subtotal pancreatectomy with resection of celiac trunk and common hepatic artery was made in 21 patients. RESULTS: Early postoperative complications after distal subtotal pancreatectomy with celiac trunk resection occurred in 10 (47.6%) patients. There was no postoperative mortality...
2016: Khirurgiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905203/efficacy-and-toxicity-of-the-combination-chemotherapy-of-thalidomide-alkylating-agent-and-steroid-for-relapsed-refractory-myeloma-patients-a-report-from-the-korean-multiple-myeloma-working-party-kmmwp-retrospective-study
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Jihyun Kwon, Chang-Ki Min, Kihyun Kim, Jae-Joon Han, Joon Ho Moon, Hye Jin Kang, Hyeon-Seok Eom, Min Kyoung Kim, Hyo Jung Kim, Dok Hyun Yoon, Jeong-Ok Lee, Won Sik Lee, Jae Hoon Lee, Je-Jung Lee, Yoon-Seok Choi, Sung Hyun Kim, Sung-Soo Yoon
We analyzed the treatment responses, toxicities, and survival outcomes of patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who received daily thalidomide, cyclophosphamide, and dexamethasone (CTD) or daily thalidomide, melphalan, and prednisolone (MTP) at 17 medical centers in Korea. Three-hundred and seventy-six patients were enrolled. The combined chemotherapy of thalidomide, corticosteroid, and an alkylating agent (TAS) was second-line chemotherapy in 142 (37.8%) patients, and third-line chemotherapy in 135 (35...
December 1, 2016: Cancer Medicine
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