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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095873/physical-integrity-and-residual-bio-efficacy-of-used-llins-in-three-cities-of-the-south-west-region-of-cameroon-4%C3%A2-years-after-the-first-national-mass-distribution-campaign
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Stravensky T Boussougou-Sambe, Parfait Awono-Ambene, Geraud C T Tasse, Josiane Etang, Jerome A Binyang, Lynda D Nouage, Gaston Wamba, Peter Enyong, Eric B Fokam
BACKGROUND: Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) are effective tools at reducing malaria transmission. In Cameroon, following the first national mass distribution campaign in 2011, there has been no follow up on the efficacy of LLINs distributed. The aim of this report is to assess the physical integrity and insecticidal potency of LLINs distributed in three cities with contrasting socio economic status (SES) and to evaluate the use and care for bed nets owned by individuals. METHODS: The study was conducted in Limbe, Tiko and Buea three localities in the Fako division of the South West Region of Cameroon...
January 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091562/unravelling-a-simple-method-for-the-low-temperature-synthesis-of-silicon-nanocrystals-and-monolithic-nanocrystalline-thin-films
#2
Ka-Hyun Kim, Erik V Johnson, Andrey G Kazanskii, Mark V Khenkin, Pere Roca I Cabarrocas
In this work, we present new results on the plasma processing and structure of hydrogenated polymorphous silicon (pm-Si:H) thin films. pm-Si:H thin films consist of a low volume fraction of silicon nanocrystals embedded in a silicon matrix with medium range order, and they possess this morphology as a significant contribution to their growth comes from the impact on the substrate of silicon clusters and nanocrystals synthesized in the plasma. Quadrupole mass spectrometry, ion flux measurements, and material characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy all provide insight on the contribution to the growth by silicon nanocrystals during PECVD deposition...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072757/organ-procurement-organization-survey-of-practices-and-beliefs-regarding-prerecovery-percutaneous-liver-biopsy-in-donation-after-neurologic-determination-of-death
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Joseph Benton Oliver, Andrea Fleisch Marcus, Mark Paster, Joseph Nespral, Advaith Bongu, George Dikdan, Lloyd Brown, Nikole Neidlinger, Baburao Koneru
BACKGROUND: Prerecovery liver biopsy (PLB) allows histological evaluation of the organ prior to procurement. The opinions and what factors might influence PLB use within Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) are unknown. METHODS: A survey instrument was distributed by the Association of OPOs to the clinical directors of all 58 OPOs. Descriptive statistics were calculated. Results were also stratified based on OPO characteristics. RESULTS: 84...
January 9, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062546/the-clinical-importance-of-quantifying-fat-distribution-during-androgen-deprivation
#4
Stephen John Foulkes, Robin M Daly, Steve Fraser
Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is now considered a mainstay in the treatment of metastatic and locally advanced prostate cancer (PCa). Despite well-established benefits of ADT in relation to overall survival, this treatment has been associated with a number of adverse effects, particularly with regard to key cardiometabolic risk factors including the development of insulin resistance, dyslipidaemia and increases in total and regional fat mass. In non-ADT populations, increased levels of visceral adipose tissue (VAT) are thought to be a key mediator of the increased cardiometabolic risk associated with weight gain, but this has received limited attention in men treated with ADT...
January 6, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050871/five-micron-high-resolution-maldi-mass-spectrometry-imaging-with-simple-interchangeable-multi-resolution-optical-system
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Adam D Feenstra, Maria Emilia Dueñas, Young Jin Lee
High-spatial resolution mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is crucial for the mapping of chemical distributions at the cellular and subcellular level. In this work, we improved our previous laser optical system for matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI)-MSI, from ~9 μm practical laser spot size to a practical laser spot size of ~4 μm, thereby allowing for 5 μm resolution imaging without oversampling. This is accomplished through a combination of spatial filtering, beam expansion, and reduction of the final focal length...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048257/th-c-brb-01-open-source-hardware-general-overview
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F Therriault-Proulx
: By definition, Open Source Hardware (OSH) is "hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design". The advantages of OSH are multiple and the movement has been growing exponentially over the last couple years, leading to the spread and evolution of 3D printing technologies, the creation of affordable and easy to use micro-controller boards (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.), as well as a plurality of other "hands-on"/DIY projects...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047610/th-c-brb-02-open-source-medical-devices-lessons-learned-from-a-complex-collaborative-research-project
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S Prajapati
: By definition, Open Source Hardware (OSH) is "hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design". The advantages of OSH are multiple and the movement has been growing exponentially over the last couple years, leading to the spread and evolution of 3D printing technologies, the creation of affordable and easy to use micro-controller boards (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.), as well as a plurality of other "hands-on"/DIY projects...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047153/th-c-brb-00-open-source-hardware-in-medical-physics-and-its-potential-to-accelerate-innovation
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Francois Therriault-Proulx
: By definition, Open Source Hardware (OSH) is "hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design". The advantages of OSH are multiple and the movement has been growing exponentially over the last couple years, leading to the spread and evolution of 3D printing technologies, the creation of affordable and easy to use micro-controller boards (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.), as well as a plurality of other "hands-on"/DIY projects...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046962/th-c-brb-03-open-source-hardware-in-the-context-of-simple-and-widely-shared-clinical-applications
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J Cunha
: By definition, Open Source Hardware (OSH) is "hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design". The advantages of OSH are multiple and the movement has been growing exponentially over the last couple years, leading to the spread and evolution of 3D printing technologies, the creation of affordable and easy to use micro-controller boards (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.), as well as a plurality of other "hands-on"/DIY projects...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046695/mo-de-bra-03-the-ottawa-medical-physics-institute-ompi-a-practical-model-for-academic-program-collaboration-in-a-multi-centre-city
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M McEwen, D Rogers, P Johns/Sup
PURPOSE: To build a world-class medical physics educational program that capitalizes on expertise distributed over several clinical, government, and academic centres. Few if any of these centres would have the critical mass to solely resource a program. METHODS: In order to enable an academic program, stakeholders from five institutions made a proposal to Carleton University for a) a research network with defined membership requirements and a process for accepting new members, and b) a graduate specialization (MSc and PhD) in medical physics...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036305/role-of-the-density-density-effect-and-mean-excitation-energy-in-solid-state-detectors-for-small-photon-fields
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Pedro Andreo, Hamza Benmakhlouf
A number of recent publications on small photon beam dosimetry aim at contributing to the understanding of the response of solid-state detectors in small fields. Some of them assign the difference in response to the mass density, or to the electron density, of the sensitive detector material relative to that of water. This work analyses the role of the mass and electron density, density effect and mean excitation energy of some detector materials in a 6~MV photon beam of 5~mm radius, its rationale being that the response of a detector depends critically on the stopping-power ratio detector-to-water...
December 30, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032347/quantifying-uncertainty-in-estimations-of-the-total-weight-of-drugs-in-groups-of-complex-matrices-using-the-welch-satterthwaite-equation
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Ivo Alberink, Annette Sprong, Annabel Bolck, Peter Vergeer
In this paper, a method is described to quantify estimations of the total amount of drugs in groups of seized items, including quantification of the precision. Previous work on this topic was based on the assumptions of normally distributed measurements and grouping of items with a common relative standard deviation. In practice, these assumptions are often violated, for example, for data with point masses at 0, or if certain items in a group have a very high standard deviation. The method described in this paper is based on work by Welch and Satterthwaite and does not assume constant relative standard deviations...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029261/modeling-the-effect-of-monomer-conformational-change-on-the-early-stage-of-protein-self-assembly-into-fibrils
#13
Dimo Kashchiev
Filamentous self-assembly of proteins is an important process implicated in a plethora of human diseases and of interest for nanotechnology. Using rate equations, we analyze the early stage of the process in solutions that initially contain fibrillation-passive protein monomers and in which the nascent fibrils are practically insoluble. The analysis is based on a model accounting for the conformational and/or other changes the passive monomers experience to transform themselves into fibrillation-active monomers and thus become fibril nuclei...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025684/utility-of-anterior-vaginal-wall-length-measurement-in-vaginal-reconstructive-surgery
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Amy F Collins, Paula J Doyle, Smitha Vilasagar, Gunhilde M Buchsbaum
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The pelvic organ prolapse quantification system (POP-Q) is the most commonly used method to quantify the extent of pelvic organ prolapse. However, it does not include assessment of anterior vaginal wall length (AVL). The objectives of this study were to characterize AVL and distance to the sacrospinous ligament (SSL), and to examine associations between total vaginal length (TVL), AVL, body mass index (BMI) and age. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of 139 patients with cervix in situ presenting during an 8-month period for initial evaluation to the University of Rochester Medical Center Urogynecology practice...
December 26, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010844/pharmacokinetic-study-based-on-a-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-quadrupole-ion-trap-time-of-flight-imaging-mass-microscope-combined-with-a-novel-relative-exposure-approach-a-case-of-octreotide-in-mouse-target-tissues
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Tai Rao, Yuhao Shao, Naoki Hamada, Yanmin Li, Hui Ye, Dian Kang, Boyu Shen, Xinuo Li, Xiaoxi Yin, Zhangpei Zhu, Haofeng Li, Lin Xie, Guangji Wang, Yan Liang
Application of imaging mass spectrometry in drug pharmacokinetics remains challenging due to its weak quantitative capability. Herein, an imaging mass microscope (iMScope), equipped with an optical microscope, an atmospheric pressure ion-source chamber for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (AP-MALDI) and a hybrid quadrupole ion trap time-of-flight (QIT-TOF) analyzer, was first validated and applied to visualize drug disposition in vivo. The distribution and elimination rate of the therapeutic peptide octreotide, a long-acting analogue of the natural hormone somatostatin, was first calculated based on the data determined by iMScope system combining a novel relative exposure strategy...
February 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995098/evaluation-of-hygienic-quality-and-labelling-of-fish-distributed-in-public-canteens-of-northeast-italy
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Mariachiara Armani, Michele Civettini, Gabriella Conedera, Michela Favretti, Dorotea Lombardo, Rosaria Lucchini, Sabrina Paternolli, Alessandra Pezzuto, Michela Rabini, Giuseppe Arcangeli
Over the past few years, the demand for the introduction of fish products in public canteens (schools, hospitals and nursing-homes) has grown due to their good nutritional proprieties. The particular health conditions and sensitivity of some groups of consumers exposes them to greater risks of food poisoning. It is therefore important to monitor the raw materials that end up in mass catering implementing strategies of mass catering control, both with self-monitoring strategies and with regular controls performed by the competent health authorities...
September 20, 2016: Italian Journal of Food Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986288/a-practical-approach-for-predicting-retention-time-shifts-due-to-pressure-and-temperature-gradients-in-ultra-high-pressure-liquid-chromatography
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Dennis Åsberg, Marcin Chutkowski, Marek Leśko, Jörgen Samuelsson, Krzysztof Kaczmarski, Torgny Fornstedt
Large pressure gradients are generated in ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC) using sub-2μm particles causing significant temperature gradients over the column due to viscous heating. These pressure and temperature gradients affect retention and ultimately result in important selectivity shifts. In this study, we developed an approach for predicting the retention time shifts due to these gradients. The approach is presented as a step-by-step procedure and it is based on empirical linear relationships describing how retention varies as a function of temperature and pressure and how the average column temperature increases with the flow rate...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968882/effects-of-patient-load-and-travel-distance-on-hiv-transmission-in-a-cohort-of-serodiscordant-couples-in-rural-china-a-longitudinal-analysis
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M Kumi Smith, William C Miller, Huixin Liu, Chuanyi Ning, Wensheng He, Myron S Cohen, Ning Wang
BACKGROUND: Sustained viral suppression through antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the risk of sexual HIV transmission. However, it can require routine access to reliable and effective medical care, which can be difficult to obtain in resource-constrained areas. We investigated the effects of patient load and travel distance to an HIV care clinic on transmission risk in HIV serodiscordant couples in the Henan Province, China. METHODS: The study cohort arises from a population of HIV-infected individuals in central rural China where regional blood selling scandals in the 1990s led to mass HIV transmission of up to 30 000 people though unsanitary blood collection practices...
October 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966090/multiresidue-screening-of-veterinary-drugs-in-meat-milk-egg-and-fish-using-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-ion-trap-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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JeongWoo Kang, Su-Jeong Park, Hae-Chul Park, Md Akil Hossain, Myeong-Ae Kim, Seong-Wan Son, Chae-Mi Lim, Tae-Wan Kim, Byung-Hoon Cho
New approaches to veterinary drug screening based on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and time-of-flight mass spectrometry (ToF/MS) are rapid and have high selectivity and sensitivity. In this study, we developed a multiresidue method for screening over 100 veterinary drug residues using ion trap (IT)-ToF/MS. The screened compounds comprised major drug classes used in veterinary practice, representing the following: amphenicols, anthelmintics, benzimidazoles, β-lactams, coccidiostats, ionophores, macrolides, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, quinolones, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, and tranquilizers...
December 13, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939607/proteomic-profiles-of-thyroid-tumors-by-mass-spectrometry-imaging-on-tissue-microarrays
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Manuel Galli, Fabio Pagni, Gabriele De Sio, Andrew Smith, Clizia Chinello, Martina Stella, Vincenzo L'Imperio, Marco Manzoni, Mattia Garancini, Diego Massimini, Niccolò Mosele, Giancarlo Mauri, Italo Zoppis, Fulvio Magni
The current study proposes the successful use of a mass spectrometry-imaging technology that explores the composition of biomolecules and their spatial distribution directly on-tissue to differentially classify benign and malignant cases, as well as different histotypes. To identify new specific markers, we investigated with this technology a wide histological Tissue Microarray (TMA)-based thyroid lesion series. Results showed specific protein signatures for malignant and benign specimens and allowed to build clusters comprising several proteins with discriminant capabilities...
December 9, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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