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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231656/-acute-effect-of-ambient-air-pollution-on-small-airway-lung-functions-among-school-children-in-shanghai
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L J Zhang, C Y Guo, H H Xu, D Xu, X B Shen, X Y Du, M H Zhang, J G Tan, J H Zhang, C Y Dong, H L Qian, Y W Shi, M Z Pan, X D Zhou
Objective: To study the acute effects of compound ambient air pollution on small airway lung functions among school children in Shanghai. Method: A longitudinal survey on lung functions was conducted among 233 school-children from three schools (A, B and C, located in innerring, mid-ring and outer-ring areas). Lung function test was performed once a week for 3 times respectively, among children in school A and B in Dec. 2013 and in school C in Dec. 2014. The fourth lung function test was tested in Jun. 2014 and May 2015 in the respective schools...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231589/ultrasound-elastography-in-diffuse-and-focal-parotid-gland-lesions
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Naglaa Mansour, Benedikt Hofauer, Andreas Knopf
In Europe, ultrasound (US) is the diagnostic gold standard for the visualisation of parotid gland disorders. While high-resolution B-mode US reliably visualises focal lesions, its diagnostic capacity to distinguish tumour entities or to characterise diffuse lesions remains poor. Strain elastography (SE) and shear wave elastography (SWE) are novel imaging techniques that provide additional information about tissue elasticity. SE analyses the strain or displacement in response to force or compression and, therefore, shows the relative tissue elasticity within a selected region of interest (ROI)...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231479/intermittent-bilateral-coherence-in-physiological-and-essential-hand-tremor
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Soma Chakraborty, Jana Kopecká, Otakar Šprdlík, Martina Hoskovcová, Olga Ulmanová, Evžen Růžička, Martin Zapotocky
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence and the temporal structure of bilateral coherence in physiological (PT) and essential (ET) hand tremor. METHODS: Triaxial accelerometric recordings from both hands in 30 healthy subjects and 34 ET patients were analyzed using spectral coherence and wavelet coherence methods. In 12 additional healthy subjects, the relation between the hand tremor and the chest wall acceleration was evaluated using partial coherence analysis...
January 14, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231344/evaluation-of-stress-distribution-on-implant-retained-auricular-prostheses-the-finite-element-method
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Ahmed A Abbas, Peerapong Santiwong, Amornrat Wonglamsam, Theerathavaj Srithavaj, Teeranoot Chanthasopeephan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate stress distribution around two craniofacial implants in an auricular prosthesis according to the removal forces. Three attachment combinations were used to evaluate the stress distribution under removal forces of 45 and 90 degrees. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three attachment designs were examined: (1) a Hader bar with three clips; (2) a Hader bar with one clip and two extracoronal resilient attachments (ERAs); and (3) a Hader bar with one clip and two Locators...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231245/signalling-crosstalk-at-the-leading-edge-controls-tissue-closure-dynamics-in-the-drosophila-embryo
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Raphaël Rousset, Fabrice Carballès, Nadège Parassol, Sébastien Schaub, Delphine Cérézo, Stéphane Noselli
Tissue morphogenesis relies on proper differentiation of morphogenetic domains, adopting specific cell behaviours. Yet, how signalling pathways interact to determine and coordinate these domains remains poorly understood. Dorsal closure (DC) of the Drosophila embryo represents a powerful model to study epithelial cell sheet sealing. In this process, JNK (JUN N-terminal Kinase) signalling controls leading edge (LE) differentiation generating local forces and cell shape changes essential for DC. The LE represents a key morphogenetic domain in which, in addition to JNK, a number of signalling pathways converges and interacts (anterior/posterior -AP- determination; segmentation genes, such as Wnt/Wingless; TGFβ/Decapentaplegic)...
February 23, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231239/surveillance-for-health-care-access-and-health-services-use-adults-aged-18-64-years-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-united-states-2014
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Catherine A Okoro, Guixiang Zhao, Jared B Fox, Paul I Eke, Kurt J Greenlund, Machell Town
PROBLEM/CONDITION: As a result of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, millions of U.S. adults attained health insurance coverage. However, millions of adults remain uninsured or underinsured. Compared with adults without barriers to health care, adults who lack health insurance coverage, have coverage gaps, or skip or delay care because of limited personal finances might face increased risk for poor physical and mental health and premature mortality. PERIOD COVERED: 2014...
February 24, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231131/effects-of-matrix-composition-on-detection-threshold-estimates-for-methyl-anthranilate-and-2-aminoacetophenone
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Demetra M Perry, John E Hayes
Conceptually, a detection threshold represents the lowest concentration at which an individual or a group of individuals can reliably perceive a given stimulus, with a commonly used operational definition of 50% performance above chance. Estimated detection thresholds (DTs), however, are often reported in the literature with little attention given to the matrix in which the stimuli were evaluated. Here, we highlight the influence of matrix effects on DTs for two odor-active compounds commonly found in Vitis Labrusca wines...
May 17, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231040/evaluation-of-the-alteration-of-occlusal-distribution-in-unilateral-free-end-and-intermediate-missing-cases
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Kazuhiro Kon, Makoto Shiota, Aoi Sakuyama, Maho Ozeki, Wataru Kozuma, Sawako Kawakami, Shohei Kasugai
The present study aimed to evaluate the effect of implant prostheses on the occlusal force and area as well as the distribution of occlusal loading in unilateral free-end and intermediate missing cases. Fourteen healthy subjects (7 free-end missing cases in the first and second molars and 7 intermediate missing cases in the first molar region) were included. Six months after the implant prosthesis was placed, an occlusal evaluation was performed with or without the implant superstructure by using Dental Prescale film and an occluder device...
February 2017: Journal of Oral Implantology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230905/characteristics-of-bone-injuries-resulting-from-knife-wounds-incised-with-different-forces
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Caitlin Humphrey, Jaliya Kumaratilake, Maciej Henneberg
The aim of this research was to experimentally determine the characteristics of incised bone wounds, which are commonly found in defense injuries. A specially constructed pivoting arm device was used to inflict wounds with controlled forces and direction. Five knives were selected to inflict the wounds on porcine forelimbs. Eight incised wounds were made per knife per force. A larger knife and a greater force caused longer and wider bone wounds. Comparisons of individual knives at the two forces produced varying results in the bone wounds...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230867/ultrafast-electron-and-hole-transfer-dynamics-of-a-solar-cell-dye-containing-hole-acceptors-on-mesoporous-tio2-and-al2o3
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Mirko Scholz, Oliver Flender, Gerrit Boschloo, Kawon Oum, Thomas Lenzer
The stability of dye cations against recombination with conduction band electrons in mesoporous TiO2 electrodes is a key property for improving light harvesting in dye-sensitised solar cells. Using ultrafast transient broadband absorption spectroscopy, we monitor efficient intramolecular hole transfer in the solar cell dye E6 having two peripheral triarylamine acceptors. After photoexcitation, two hole transfer mechanisms are identified: a concerted mechanism for electron injection and hole transfer (2.4 ps) and a sequential mechanism with time constants of 3...
February 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230629/point-of-injury-tourniquet-application-during-operation-protective-edge-what-de-we-learn
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Amir Shlaifer, Avraham Yitzhak, Erez N Baruch, Avi Shina, Alexandra Satanovsky, Amiram Shovali, Ofer Almog, Elon Glassberg
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhage is a leading cause of preventable death on the battlefield. Timely tourniquet application to massively bleeding extremity wounds is critical for casualty survival albeit with reported adverse effects to extremity integrity. The aim of this study was to describe the immediate and short term outcomes of point of injury (POI) tourniquet applications during 'Operation Protective Edge' (OPE). METHODS: A case series study regarding tourniquet application at the POI during OPE was collected...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230403/development-of-essentialist-thinking-about-religion-categories-in-northern-ireland-and-the-united-states
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Kirsty Smyth, Aidan Feeney, R Cole Eidson, John D Coley
Social essentialism, the belief that members of certain social categories share unobservable properties, licenses expectations that those categories are natural and a good basis for inference. A challenge for cognitive developmental theory is to give an account of how children come to develop essentialist beliefs about socially important categories. Previous evidence from Israel suggests that kindergarteners selectively engage in essentialist reasoning about culturally salient (ethnicity) categories, and that this is attenuated among children in integrated schools...
March 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230343/interfacial-mechanical-properties-of-graphene-on-self-assembled-monolayers-experiments-and-simulations
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Qing Tu, Ho Shin Kim, Thomas J Oweida, Zehra Parlak, Yaroslava G Yingling, Stefan Zauscher
Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) have been widely used to engineer the electronic properties of substrate-supported graphene devices. However, little is known about how the surface chemistry of SAMs affects the interfacial mechanical properties of graphene supported on SAMs. Fluctuations and changes in these properties affect the stress transfer between substrate and the supported graphene and thus the performance of the graphene-based devices. The changes in interfacial mechanical properties can be characterized by measuring the out-of-plane elastic properties...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230328/higher-order-oligomerization-of-the-licensing-orc4-protein-is-required-for-polar-body-extrusion-in-murine-meiosis
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Hieu Nguyen, Nicholas G James, Lynn Nguyen, Thien P Nguyen, Cindy Vuong, Michael Ortega, W Steven Ward
We have previously shown that the DNA replication licensing factor ORC4 forms a cage around the chromosomes that are extruded in both polar bodies during murine oogenesis, but not around the chromosomes that are retained in the oocyte or around the sperm chromatin. We termed this structure the ORC4 cage. Here, we tested whether the formation of the ORC4 cage is necessary for polar body extrusion (PBE). We first experimentally forced oocytes to extrude sperm chromatin as a pseudo-polar body and found that under these conditions the sperm chromatin did become enclosed in an ORC4 cage...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230285/modeling-lung-surfactant-interactions-with-benzo-a-pyrene
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Jacek Korchowiec, Anna Stachowicz-Kusnierz, Sonia Trojan, Lukasz Cwiklik, Beata Korchowiec
By reducing surface tension of the air-water interface in alveoli, lung surfactant (LS) is crucial for proper functioning of the lungs. It also forms the first barrier against inhaled pathogens. In this study we inspect the interactions of LS models with a dangerous air pollutant, benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). DPPC, POPC and their 1:1 mixture are used as LS models. Pressure-area isotherms are employed to study macroscopic properties of the monolayers. We find that addition of BaP has a condensing effect, manifested by lowering the values of surface pressure and shifting the isotherms to smaller areas...
February 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230252/randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-2-study-of-ganaxolone-as-add-on-therapy-in-adults-with-uncontrolled-partial-onset-seizures
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Michael R Sperling, Pavel Klein, Julia Tsai
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ganaxolone as adjunctive therapy in adults with uncontrolled partial-onset seizures despite taking up to three concomitant antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). METHODS: Adults aged 18-69 years and refractory to conventional AEDs were enrolled in a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. After an 8-week baseline period, patients were randomized 2:1 to ganaxolone 1,500 mg/day or placebo for a 10-week treatment period (2-week forced titration and 8-week maintenance) followed by either tapering or entry into an open-label extension study...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230230/bronchoscopic-lung-volume-reduction-procedures-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Joseph Em van Agteren, Khin Hnin, Dion Grosser, Kristin V Carson, Brian J Smith
BACKGROUND: In the recent years, a variety of bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR) procedures have emerged that may provide a treatment option to participants suffering from moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of BLVR on the short- and long-term health outcomes in participants with moderate to severe COPD and determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of each individual technique. SEARCH METHODS: Studies were identified from the Cochrane Airways Group Specialised Register (CAGR) and by handsearching of respiratory journals and meeting abstracts...
February 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230222/conceptual-density-functional-theory-for-electron-transfer-and-transport-in-mesoscopic-systems
#18
Paulo R Bueno, David A Miranda
Molecular and supramolecular systems are essentially mesoscopic in character. The electron self-exchange, in the case of energy fluctuations, or electron transfer/transport, in the case of the presence of an externally driven electrochemical potential, between mesoscopic sites is energetically driven in such a manner where the electrochemical capacitance (C[small mu, Greek, macron]) is fundamental. Thus, the electron transfer/transport through channels connecting two distinct energetic (ΔE[small mu, Greek, macron]) and spatially separated mesoscopic sites is capacitively modulated...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230209/direct-observation-of-the-dynamics-of-single-metal-ions-at-the-interface-with-solids-in-aqueous-solutions
#19
Maria Ricci, William Trewby, Clodomiro Cafolla, Kislon Voïtchovsky
The dynamics of ions adsorbed at the surface of immersed charged solids plays a central role in countless natural and industrial processes such as crystal growth, heterogeneous catalysis, electrochemistry, or biological function. Electrokinetic measurements typically distinguish between a so-called Stern layer of ions and water molecules directly adsorbed on to the solid's surface, and a diffuse layer of ions further away from the surface. Dynamics within the Stern layer remain poorly understood, largely owing to a lack of in-situ atomic-level insights...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230118/a-simple-rule-to-determine-which-insolation-cycles-lead-to-interglacials
#20
P C Tzedakis, M Crucifix, T Mitsui, E W Wolff
The pacing of glacial-interglacial cycles during the Quaternary period (the past 2.6 million years) is attributed to astronomically driven changes in high-latitude insolation. However, it has not been clear how astronomical forcing translates into the observed sequence of interglacials. Here we show that before one million years ago interglacials occurred when the energy related to summer insolation exceeded a simple threshold, about every 41,000 years. Over the past one million years, fewer of these insolation peaks resulted in deglaciation (that is, more insolation peaks were 'skipped'), implying that the energy threshold for deglaciation had risen, which led to longer glacials...
February 22, 2017: Nature
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