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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732157/large-scale-statistics-for-threshold-optimization-of-optically-pumped-nanowire-lasers
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Juan Arturo Alanis, Dhruv Saxena, Sudha Mokkapati, Nian Jiang, Kun Peng, Xiaoyan Tang, Lan Fu, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Patrick Parkinson
Single nanowire lasers based on bottom-up III-V materials have been shown to exhibit room-temperature near-infrared lasing, making them highly promising for use as nanoscale, silicon-integrable and coherent light sources. While lasing behavior is reproducible, small variations in growth conditions across a substrate arising from the use of bottom-up growth techniques can introduce inter-wire disorder, either through geometric or material inhomogeneity. Nanolasers critically depend on both high material quality and tight dimensional tolerances, and as such, lasing threshold is both sensitive to, and a sensitive probe of such inhomogeneity...
July 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732086/risk-of-stomach-cancer-in-aotearoa-new-zealand-a-m%C3%A4-ori-population-based-case-control-study
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Lis Ellison-Loschmann, Andrew Sporle, Marine Corbin, Soo Cheng, Pauline Harawira, Michelle Gray, Tracey Whaanga, Parry Guilford, Jonathan Koea, Neil Pearce
Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, experience disproportionate rates of stomach cancer, compared to non-Māori. The overall aim of the study was to better understand the reasons for the considerable excess of stomach cancer in Māori and to identify priorities for prevention. Māori stomach cancer cases from the New Zealand Cancer Registry between 1 February 2009 and 31 October 2013 and Māori controls, randomly selected from the New Zealand electoral roll were matched by 5-year age bands to cases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732032/individual-and-area-level-characteristics-associated-with-alcohol-related-mortality-among-adult-lithuanian-males-a-multilevel-analysis-based-on-census-linked-data
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Pavel Grigoriev, Domantas Jasilionis, Daumantas Stumbrys, Vladislava Stankūnienė, Vladimir M Shkolnikov
BACKGROUND: Although excessive alcohol-related mortality in the post-Soviet countries remains the major public health threat, determinants of this phenomenon are still poorly understood. AIMS: We assess simultaneously individual- and area-level factors associated with an elevated risk of alcohol-related mortality among Lithuanian males aged 30-64. METHODS: Our analysis is based on a census-linked dataset containing information on individual- and area-level characteristics and death events which occurred between March 1st, 2011 and December 31st, 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731698/regiocontrolled-electrosynthesis-of-60-fullerene-bisadducts-photovoltaic-performance-and-crystal-structures-of-c60-o-quinodimethane-bisadducts
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Zong-Jun Li, Sisi Wang, Shu-Hui Li, Tao Sun, Wei-Wei Yang, Kazutaka Shoyama, Takafumi Nakagawa, Il Jeon, Xiaoniu Yang, Yutaka Matsuo, Xiang Gao
C60 o-quinodimethane bisadducts (C60(QM)2) are promising electron acceptors for the bulk heterojuction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs). However, previous production of C60(QM)2 often resulted in excessive regioisomers, which were difficult to purify and might consequently obscure the structure-performance study of the organofullerene acceptors. Herein, the electrosynthesis of C60(QM)2 is reported. The reaction exhibits a strong regiocontrol with generation of less regioisomers. Single regioisomers of cis-2, trans-3 and e C60(QM)2 are obtained, and the structures are solved with single crystal X-ray diffraction...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731301/lead-ii-complexes-of-amino-acids-peptides-and-other-related-ligands-of-biological-interest
#5
Etelka Farkas, Péter Buglyó
Lead(II) forms (NH2,COO-)-chelated mono- and bis-complexes with simple amino acids, while mono-complexes with pH-dependent coordination modes exist with simple dipeptides. These mostly hemidirected complexes have moderate stability. While a weak interaction of side chain imidazole and carboxylate in lead(II)-aminoacidato complexes is found, the thiolate group has an exceptionally high affinity to this metal ion. For example, tridentate (NH2,COO-,S-)-coordination of penicillamine (Pen) and cysteine (Cys) results in an extremely strong interaction with lead(II), but, owing to the sterical effect of the 6s2 pair, a second ligand is not able to coordinate in the above mentioned tridentate way...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731268/-13-c-metabolic-flux-profiling-of-pichia-pastoris-grown-in-aerobic-batch-cultures-on-glucose-revealed-high-relative-anabolic-use-of-tca-cycle-and-limited-incorporation-of-provided-precursors-of-branched-chain-amino-acids
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Meng Zhang, Xiao-Wei Yu, Yan Xu, Paula Jouhten, G V T Swapna, Ralf W Glaser, John F Hunt, Gaetano T Montelione, Hannu Maaheimo, Thomas Szyperski
Carbon metabolism of Crabtree negative yeast Pichia pastoris was profiled using (13) C NMR to delineate regulation during exponential growth and to study the import of two precursors for branched-chain amino acid biosynthesis, α-ketoisovalerate and α-ketobutyrate. Cells were grown in aerobic batch cultures containing (i) only glucose, (ii) glucose along with the precursors, or (iii) glucose and Val. The study provided the following new insights. First, (13) C flux ratio analyses of central metabolism reveal an unexpectedly high anaplerotic supply of the tricarboxylic acid cycle for a Crabtree negative yeast, and show that a substantial fraction of glucose catabolism proceeds through the pentose phosphate pathway...
July 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730554/bedside-selection-of-positive-end-expiratory-pressure-by-electrical-impedance-tomography-in-hypoxemic-patients-a-feasibility-study
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Nilde Eronia, Tommaso Mauri, Elisabetta Maffezzini, Stefano Gatti, Alfio Bronco, Laura Alban, Filippo Binda, Tommaso Sasso, Cristina Marenghi, Giacomo Grasselli, Giuseppe Foti, Antonio Pesenti, Giacomo Bellani
BACKGROUND: Positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) is a key element of mechanical ventilation. It should optimize recruitment, without causing excessive overdistension, but controversy exists on the best method to set it. The purpose of the study was to test the feasibility of setting PEEP with electrical impedance tomography in order to prevent lung de-recruitment following a recruitment maneuver. We enrolled 16 patients undergoing mechanical ventilation with PaO2/FiO2 <300 mmHg...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730276/effect-of-patient-reported-smoking-status-on-short-term-bariatric-surgery-outcomes
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Michael Inadomi, Rahul Iyengar, Ilana Fischer, Xing Chen, Emily Flagler, Amir A Ghaferi
INTRODUCTION: Preoperative patient screening is a major contributor to the remarkable safety of bariatric surgery. Smoking status is a modifiable patient risk factor, and smoking cessation is associated with improved outcomes in surgical patients. However, the length of smoking cessation necessary to optimize bariatric surgery patient outcomes is not yet defined. We sought to explore the relationship between patient-reported smoking status and short-term bariatric surgery outcomes. METHODS: Using prospectively collected data from the MBSC registry, we evaluated the effects of patient-reported length of tobacco abstinence on 30-day surgical outcomes...
July 20, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729707/status-stress-and-performance-in-track-and-field-athletes-during-the-european-games-in-baku-azerbaijan
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Benjamin Siart, Alfred Nimmerichter, Claudia Vidotto, Bernard Wallner
This study analyzes the relationship between salivary cortisol and testosterone levels and performance in track and field athletes. In addition, we analyzed the influence of status among athletes (measured based on previous athletic achievement) on hormone levels. Nineteen members of the Austrian track and field team (eleven males, eight females, 25.9 ± 3.9 years of age, 74.9 ± 20.1 kg, and 179.3 ± 10 cm) participated in this study. Data was collected during the European Games in Baku. Athletes delivered saliva samples at various time-points including morning samples and samples directly before and after the competition...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729345/recent-advances-in-understanding-and-managing-body-dysmorphic-disorder
#10
REVIEW
Georgina Krebs, Lorena Fernández de la Cruz, David Mataix-Cols
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a relatively common and disabling psychiatric disorder characterised by excessive and persistent preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in one's appearance, which are unnoticeable to others, and associated repetitive behaviours (eg, mirror checking). The disorder generally starts in adolescence, but often goes unnoticed and is severely underdiagnosed. Left untreated, BDD typically persists and causes marked functional impairment in multiple domains. This clinical review considers recent advances in the epidemiology and classification of BDD, including its reclassification in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders under the new 'Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders' chapter...
July 20, 2017: Evidence-based Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728533/lifestyle-inequalities-explaining-socioeconomic-differences-in-preventive-practices-of-clinically-overweight-women-after-menopause
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Mélisa Audet, Alex Dumas, Rachelle Binette, Isabelle J Dionne
Excess weight and menopause are two major factors increasing aging women's vulnerability to chronic diseases. However, social position and socioeconomic status have also been identified as major determinants influencing both health behaviors and the development of such diseases. This study focuses on the socioeconomic variations of behavioral risk factors of chronic diseases in aging women. By drawing on Bourdieu's sociocultural theory of practice, 40 semistructured interviews were conducted to investigate preventive health practices of clinically overweight, postmenopausal women from contrasting socioeconomic classes living in Canada...
August 2017: Qualitative Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727629/an-automated-inpatient-split-dose-bowel-preparation-system-improves-colonoscopy-quality-and-reduces-repeat-procedures
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Rena Yadlapati, Elyse R Johnston, Adam B Gluskin, Dyanna L Gregory, Rachel Cyrus, Lindsay Werth, Jody D Ciolino, David P Grande, Rajesh N Keswani
BACKGROUND/GOALS: Inpatient colonoscopy preparations are often inadequate, compromising patient safety and procedure quality, while resulting in greater hospital costs. The aims of this study were to: (1) design and implement an electronic inpatient split-dose bowel preparation order set; (2) assess the intervention's impact upon preparation adequacy, repeated colonoscopies, hospital days, and costs. STUDY: We conducted a single center prospective pragmatic quasiexperimental study of hospitalized adults undergoing colonoscopy...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727455/electron-deficient-chiral-lactic-acid-based-hypervalent-iodine-reagents
#13
Jihan Qurban, Mohamed Elsherbini, Thomas Wirth
Novel electron-deficient chiral hypervalent iodine reagents were prepared in good overall yields. The reactivity and stereoselectivity of these reagents in oxidative rearrangements of alkenes to α-aryl ketones was investigated. The results show that the new reagents have good reactivity and generate products with high enantiomeric excess.
July 20, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727110/calibration-and-validation-of-a-carbon-oxidation-system-and-determination-of-the-bicarbonate-retention-factor-and-the-dietary-phenylalanine-requirement-in-the-presence-of-excess-tyrosine-of-adult-female-mixed-breed-dogs
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A K Shoveller, J J Danelon, J L Atkinson, G M Davenport, R O Ball, P B Pencharz
Carbon oxidation methods have been used as rapid and sensitive methods to determine whole-body AA requirements in multiple species. The objectives of the current studies were to validate complete CO recovery, determine the bicarbonate retention factor, and estimate the Phe requirement, in the presence of excess Tyr, in adult dogs using the direct oxidation technique. In this series of studies, 2 oxidation chambers were constructed and calibrated to ensure accurate collection of breath CO. First, 104.6 ± 7...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727048/nutrient-composition-digestible-and-metabolizable-energy-content-and-prediction-of-energy-for-animal-protein-byproducts-in-finishing-pig-diets
#15
B J Kerr, R Jha, P E Urriola, G C Shurson
An industry survey and animal experiment were conducted to evaluate compositional variability and DE and ME content of animal protein byproducts and to generate equations to predict DE and ME content based on chemical analysis. For the 220 samples collected, the greatest concentration of CP was observed in blood meal (BM) and the least in meat and bone meal (MBM) and the greatest concentration of ether extract was in meat meal and the least in BM, with ash content greatest in MBM and least in BM, with Ca and P levels being 36...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727025/effect-of-handling-intensity-at-the-time-of-transport-for-slaughter-on-physiological-response-and-carcass-characteristics-in-beef-cattle-fed-ractopamine-hydrochloride
#16
J A Hagenmaier, C D Reinhardt, S J Bartle, J N Henningson, M J Ritter, M S Calvo-Lorenzo, G J Vogel, C A Guthrie, M G Siemens, D U Thomson
The effects of handling intensity on the physiological response and carcass characteristics of feedlot cattle fed ractopamine hydrochloride were evaluated at the time of transport to slaughter. Eighty steers (BW = 668 ± 36 kg) representing 10 lots of similar breed, frame size, and degree of finish were blocked by lot, stratified by weight, and randomly assigned to 1 of 2 handling intensities (HI) over a 1,600 m dirt alley course: 1) low-stress handling (LSH) or 2) high-stress handling (HSH). For the LSH treatment, 4 penmates were kept at a walk with the use of a lead rider...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726982/effects-of-ractopamine-hydrochloride-on-growth-performance-carcass-characteristics-and-physiological-response-to-different-handling-techniques
#17
J A Hagenmaier, C D Reinhardt, M J Ritter, M S Calvo-Lorenzo, G J Vogel, C A Guthrie, M G Siemens, K F Lechtenberg, D J Rezac, D U Thomson
Feedlot cattle ( = 128; BW = 549 ± 60 kg) were used to evaluate the effects of ractopamine hydrochloride (RAC) on growth performance, physiological response to handling, and mobility during shipment for slaughter in a study utilizing a split-plot design with a 2 × 2 factorial arrangement of treatments: 1) diet (CON [no β-adrenergic agonist] vs. RAC [400 mg·animal·d ractopamine hydrochloride for 28 d]) and 2) handling intensity (HI; low-stress handling [LSH; cattle moved at a walking pace with no electric prod use] vs...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726684/low-dose-4d-cone-beam-ct-via-joint-spatiotemporal-regularization-of-tensor-framelet-and-nonlocal-total-variation
#18
Hao Han, Hao Gao, Lei Xing
Excessive radiation exposure is still a major concern in 4D cone-beam computed tomography (4D-CBCT) due to its prolonged scanning duration. Radiation dose can be effectively reduced by either under-sampling the x-ray projections or reducing the x-ray flux. However, 4D-CBCT reconstruction under such low-dose protocols is prone to image artifacts and noise. In this work, we propose a novel joint regularization-based iterative reconstruction method for low-dose 4D-CBCT. To tackle the under-sampling problem, we employ spatiotemporal tensor framelet (STF) regularization to take advantage of the spatiotemporal coherence of the patient anatomy in 4D images...
July 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726630/dissection-of-specific-binding-of-hiv-1-gag-to-the-packaging-signal-in-viral-rna
#19
Mauricio Comas-Garcia, Siddhartha Ak Datta, Laura Baker, Rajat Varma, Prabhakar R Gudla, Alan Rein
Selective packaging of HIV-1 genomic RNA (gRNA) requires the presence of a cis-acting RNA element called the "packaging signal" (Ψ). However, the mechanism by which Ψ promotes selective packaging of the gRNA is not well understood. We used fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and quenching data to monitor the binding of recombinant HIV-1 Gag protein to Cy5-tagged 190-base RNAs. At physiological ionic strength, Gag binds with very similar, nanomolar affinities to both Ψ-containing and control RNAs. We challenged these interactions by adding excess competing tRNA; introducing mutations in Gag; or raising the ionic strength...
July 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726523/investigational-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-narcolepsy
#20
Stefano de Biase, Annacarmen Nilo, Gian Luigi Gigli, Mariarosaria Valente
Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder characterized by a pentad of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic/hypnopompic hallucinations, and disturbed nocturnal sleep. While non-pharmacological treatments are sometimes helpful, more than 90% of narcoleptic patients require a pharmacological treatment. Areas covered: The present review is based on an extensive Internet and PubMed search from 1994 to 2017. It is focused on drugs currently in development for the treatment of narcolepsy...
July 20, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
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