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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214150/self-efficacy-for-deprescribing-a-survey-for-health-care-professionals-using-evidence-based-deprescribing-guidelines
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Barbara Farrell, Lisa Richardson, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, David de Launay, Mhd Wasem Alsabbagh, James Conklin
BACKGROUND: Although polypharmacy is associated with significant morbidity, deprescribing can be challenging. In particular, clinicians express difficulty with their ability to deprescribe (i.e. reduce or stop medications that are potentially inappropriate). Evidence-based deprescribing guidelines are designed to help clinicians take action on reducing or stopping medications that may be causing more harm than benefit. OBJECTIVES: Determine if implementation of evidence-based guidelines increases self-efficacy for deprescribing proton pump inhibitor (PPI), benzodiazepine receptor agonist (BZRA) and antipsychotic (AP) drug classes...
January 28, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213667/point-of-care-testing-for-coagulation-function-coaguchek-%C3%A2-xs-system-versus-standard-laboratory-testing-in-pediatric-patients-with-normal-and-abnormal-coagulation-function
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Hiromi Kako, Vidya T Raman, Dmitry Tumin, Julie Rice, Joseph D Tobias
PURPOSE: Intraoperative abnormalities of coagulation function may occur for various reasons. In most scenarios, treatment is directed by laboratory parameters. Unfortunately, standard laboratory testing may take 1-2 h. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate a point-of-care testing device (CoaguChek(®) XS System) in pediatric patients. METHODS: Patients ranging in age from 2 to 18 years, undergoing posterior spinal fusion (PSF) or cardiac surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) were eligible for inclusion...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213313/structural-investigation-of-the-cocrystal-formed-between-5-fluorocytosine-and-fumaric-acid-based-on-vibrational-spectroscopic-technique
#3
Yong Du, Qiang Cai, Jiadan Xue, Qi Zhang, Dan Qin
The vibrational spectra of 5-fluorocytosine, fumaric acid and their cocrystal were measured using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and Raman spectroscopy at room temperature. Experimental THz results show that the cocrystal has distinct fingerprint spectra in terahertz region. The absorption peaks observed in the terahertz spectra of the cocrystal were at 0.61 and 0.91THz. These are quite different from corresponding raw starting materials. Raman spectra also show similar results about differences between the cocrystal and corresponding raw starting materials...
February 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213234/dna-wrapped-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-modified-electrochemical-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-escherichia-coli-from-real-samples
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Dilsat Ozkan-Ariksoysal, Yasin Ugur Kayran, Fethiye Ferda Yilmaz, Anton Alexandru Ciucu, Iulia Gabriela David, Vasile David, Mine Hosgor-Limoncu, Mehmet Ozsoz
This paper introduces DNA-wrapped multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)-modified genosensor for the detection of Escherichia coli (E. coli) from polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-amplified real samples while Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) was used to investigate the selectivity of the biosensor. The capture probe specifically recognizing E. coli DNA and it was firstly interacted with MWCNTs for wrapping of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) onto the nanomaterial. DNA-wrapped MWCNTs were then immobilised on the surface of disposable pencil graphite electrode (PGE) for the detection of DNA hybridization...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213224/ordered-titanium-templates-functionalized-by-gold-films-for-biosensing-applications-towards-non-enzymatic-glucose-detection
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Katarzyna Grochowska, Mariusz Szkoda, Jakub Karczewski, Gerard Śliwiński, Katarzyna Siuzdak
Recently, metal nanostructures evoke much interest due to application potential in highly sensitive detectors in biochemistry and medical diagnostics. In this work we report on preparation and characteristics of thin (1-100nm) Au films deposited onto highly ordered structured titanium templates for SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) and electrochemical sensing. The Ti templates are formed by selective removal of TiO2 nanotubes out of as-anodized titanium substrate. The surface of the obtained material reproduce precisely the bottom layer of the nanotubes and consists of a uniformly distributed dimples with diameter of ~100nm...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213150/preparation-of-the-go-pd-nanocomposite-and-its-application-for-the-degradation-of-organic-dyes-in-water
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Afshan Omidvar, Babak Jaleh, Mahmoud Nasrollahzadeh
A GO/Pd nanocomposite has been successfully synthesized applying a simple method via immobilizing Pd on the surface of the graphene oxide (GO). The GO/Pd nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Raman, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) techniques. The surface morphology of Pd NPs was viewed by TEM, the particles are spherical with an average particle size of 11nm...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213139/antimycobacterial-antimicrobial-activity-experimental-ft-ir-ft-raman-nmr-uv-vis-dsc-and-dft-transition-state-chemical-reactivity-nbo-nlo
#7
Poonam Rawat, R N Singh, Alok Ranjan, Sartaj Ahmad, Rajat Saxena
As part of a study of pyrrole hydrazone, we have investigated quantum chemical calculations, molecular geometry, relative energy, vibrational properties and antimycobacterial/antimicrobial activity of pyrrole-2-carboxaldehyde isonicotinyl hydrazone (PCINH), by applying the density functional theory (DFT) and Hartree Fock (HF). Good reproduction of experimental values is obtained and with small percentage error in majority of the cases in comparison to theoretical result (DFT). The experimental FT-IR and Raman wavenumbers were compared with the respective theoretical values obtained from DFT calculations and found to agree well...
February 11, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212932/purification-and-characterisation-of-a-pronase-inducible-lectin-isolated-from-human-serum
#8
Beulaja Manikandan, Manikandan Ramar, Thiagarajan Raman, Mullainadhan Periasamy, Arumugam Munusamy
A new lectin was purified to electrophoretic homogeneity from pronase treated human serum by a single-step of affinity chromatography on concanavalin A-Sepharose 4B. The isolated lectin agglutinated five types of vertebrate RBC, with highest titer against hen RBC. This activity was independent of divalent cations, insensitive to EDTA and specific to mannosamine, glucosamine as well as galactosamine. This lectin gave a single symmetrical peak in its native form with a molecular mass estimate of 6kDa in FPLC analysis and 6...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212712/testing-for-chronic-diarrhea
#9
M Raman
Chronic diarrhea is a frequently encountered symptom in clinical practice. The etiologies for chronic diarrhea are diverse and broad with varying clinical implications. A useful method of categorizing chronic diarrhea to guide a diagnostic work-up is a pathophysiology-based framework. Chronic diarrhea may be categorized as malabsorptive, secretory, osmotic, and inflammatory or motility related. Frequently, overlap between categories may exist for any given diarrhea etiology and diagnostic testing must occur with an understanding of the differential diagnosis...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212025/advances-in-tip-enhanced-near-field-raman-microscopy-using-nanoantennas
#10
Xian Shi, Nicolás Coca-López, Julia Janik, Achim Hartschuh
Tip-enhanced near-field Raman microscopy spectroscopy is a scanning probe technique that is capable of providing vibrational spectroscopic information on single nanoobjects and surfaces at (sub-) nanometer spatial resolution and high detection sensitivity. In this review, we first illustrate the physical principle of optical nanoantennas used in tip-enhanced near-field Raman microscopy and tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) to efficiently couple light to Raman excitations on nanometer length scales. Although the antennas' electric near-field distributions are commonly understood to determine the spatial resolution, recent experiments showing subnanometer-resolved optical images put this understanding into question...
February 17, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211901/graphene-oxide-demonstrates-experimental-confirmation-of-abraham-pressure-on-solid-surface
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Anirban Kundu, Renu Rani, Kiran S Hazra
The century-old controversy over two contradicting theories on radiation pressure of light proposed by Abraham and Minkowski can come to an end if there is a direct method to measure the surface deformation of the target material due to momentum transfer of photons. Here we have investigated the effect of radiation pressure on the surface morphology of Graphene Oxide (GO) film, experienced due to low power focused laser irradiation. In-depth investigation has been carried out to probe the bending of the GO surface due to radiation pressure by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and subsequently the uniaxial strain induced on the GO film has been probed by Raman Spectroscopy...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211898/rapid-prototyping-of-all-solution-processed-multi-lengthscale-electrodes-using-polymer-induced-thin-film-wrinkling
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Christine M Gabardo, Robert C Adams-McGavin, Barnabas C Fung, Eric J Mahoney, Qiyin Fang, Leyla Soleymani
Three-dimensional electrodes that are controllable over multiple lengthscales are very important for use in bioanalytical systems that integrate solid-phase devices with solution-phase samples. Here we present a fabrication method based on all-solution-processing and thin film wrinkling using smart polymers that is ideal for rapid prototyping of tunable three-dimensional electrodes and is extendable to large volume manufacturing. Although all-solution-processing is an attractive alternative to vapor-based techniques for low-cost manufacturing of electrodes, it often results in films suffering from low conductivity and poor substrate adhesion...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211740/ultrafast-structure-switching-through-nonlinear-phononics
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D M Juraschek, M Fechner, N A Spaldin
We describe a mechanism by which nonlinear phononics allows ultrafast coherent and directional control of transient structural distortions. With ErFeO_{3} as a model system, we use density functional theory to calculate the structural properties as input into an anharmonic phonon model that describes the response of the system to a pulsed optical excitation. We find that the trilinear coupling of two orthogonal infrared-active phonons to a Raman-active phonon causes a transient distortion of the lattice. In contrast to the quadratic-linear coupling that has been previously explored, the direction of the distortion is determined by the polarization of the exciting light, introducing a novel mechanism for nonlinear phononic switching...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211723/sympathetic-ground-state-cooling-and-time-dilation-shifts-in-an-27-al-optical-clock
#14
J-S Chen, S M Brewer, C W Chou, D J Wineland, D R Leibrandt, D B Hume
We report on Raman sideband cooling of ^{25}Mg^{+} to sympathetically cool the secular modes of motion in a ^{25}Mg^{+}-^{27}Al^{+} two-ion pair to near the three-dimensional (3D) ground state. The evolution of the Fock-state distribution during the cooling process is studied using a rate-equation simulation, and various heating sources that limit the efficiency of 3D sideband cooling in our system are discussed. We characterize the residual energy and heating rates of all of the secular modes of motion and estimate a secular motion time-dilation shift of -(1...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211526/stable-optical-trapping-and-sensitive-characterization-of-nanostructures-using-standing-wave-raman-tweezers
#15
Mu-Ying Wu, Dong-Xiong Ling, Lin Ling, William Li, Yong-Qing Li
Optical manipulation and label-free characterization of nanoscale structures open up new possibilities for assembly and control of nanodevices and biomolecules. Optical tweezers integrated with Raman spectroscopy allows analyzing a single trapped particle, but is generally less effective for individual nanoparticles. The main challenge is the weak gradient force on nanoparticles that is insufficient to overcome the destabilizing effect of scattering force and Brownian motion. Here, we present standing-wave Raman tweezers for stable trapping and sensitive characterization of single isolated nanostructures with a low laser power by combining a standing-wave optical trap with confocal Raman spectroscopy...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211468/long-lasting-solid-lubrication-by-cnt-coated-patterned-surfaces
#16
L Reinert, F Lasserre, C Gachot, P Grützmacher, T MacLucas, N Souza, F Mücklich, S Suarez
The use of lubricants (solid or liquid) is a well-known and suitable approach to reduce friction and wear of moving machine components. Another possibility to influence the tribological behaviour is the formation of well-defined surface topographies such as dimples, bumps or lattice-like pattern geometries by laser surface texturing. However, both methods are limited in their effect: surface textures may be gradually destroyed by plastic deformation and lubricants may be removed from the contact area, therefore no longer properly protecting the contacting surfaces...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210735/the-dehydrogenation-mechanism-during-the-incubation-period-in-nanocrystalline-mgh2
#17
Apurva Shantilal Gangrade, Akhil Aditya Varma, Nikhil Kishor Gor, Sweta Shriniwasan, Sankara Sarma V Tatiparti
The dehydrogenation mechanism during the incubation period in nanocrystalline MgH2 (low α: converted metal fraction and dα/dt) and the reasons for the occurrence of the incubation period at 320, 350, and 400 °C were investigated. Pre-existing Mg crystallites can enhance Mg nucleation during the incubation period, as suggested by the estimated activation energy for nucleation (12 ± 2 kJ per mol H). The released H-atoms enter MgH2 as interstitials, as indicated by the MgH2 unit-cell contraction, resulting in increased equatorial Mg-H bond length, decreased charge-density distribution in the interstitial region, as observed from the charge-density maps, and decreased H-H distance in the {001} plane up to the midway of the incubation period...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210733/super-high-energy-density-single-bonded-trigonal-nitrogen-allotrope-a-chemical-twin-of-the-cubic-gauche-form-of-nitrogen
#18
Sergey V Bondarchuk, Boris F Minaev
A new ambient-pressure metastable single-bonded 3D nitrogen allotrope (TrigN) of trigonal symmetry (space group R3[combining macron]) was calculated using density functional theory (DFT). A comprehensive characterization of this material, comprising thermodynamic, elastic, and spectral (vibrational, UV-vis absorption, and nuclear magnetic resonance) properties, was performed. Using high-throughput band structure calculation, the TrigN phase was characterized as an insulator with an indirect band gap of 2.977 eV...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210442/a-portable-fiber-optic-raman-spectrometer-concept-for-evaluation-of-mineral-content-within-enamel-tissue
#19
Anna Akkus, Shan Yang, Renato Roperto, Hathem Mustafa, Sorin Teich, Ozan Akkus
BACKGROUND: Measurement of tooth enamel mineralization using a clinically viable method is essential since variation of mineralization may be used to monitor caries risk or in assessing the effectiveness of remineralization therapy. Fiber optic Raman systems are becoming more affordable and popular in context of biomedical applications. However, the applicability of fiber optic Raman systems for measurement of mineral content within enamel tissue has not been elucidated significantly in the prior literature...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208767/alternative-cdep-design-to-facilitate-cell-isolation-for-identification-by-raman-spectroscopy
#20
Cynthia Hanson, Elizabeth Vargis
Dielectrophoresis (DEP) uses non-uniform electric fields to cause motion in particles due to the particles' intrinsic properties. As such, DEP is a well-suited label-free means for cell sorting. Of the various methods of implementing DEP, contactless dielectrophoresis (cDEP) is advantageous as it avoids common problems associated with DEP, such as electrode fouling and electrolysis. Unfortunately, cDEP devices can be difficult to fabricate, replicate, and reuse. In addition, the operating parameters are limited by the dielectric breakdown of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)...
February 9, 2017: Sensors
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