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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334588/molecular-wire-effects-in-phenyleneethynylene-oligomers-surprising-insights
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Uwe Heiko Bunz, Marcel Hergert, Markus Bender, Kai Seehafer
We report the synthesis and quenching behavior of a series of water soluble, carboxylate-carrying phenyleneethynylene oligomers - monomer to tetramer - and their polymers and investigate their quenching behavior with different test analytes (paraquat, lead salts, mercury salts, picric acid, methylpyridinium iodide) in water and compare the results to that of the conjugated polymer. We find significant but analyte-dependent enhancement effects. For monovalent quenchers only the molecular wire effect applies but for divalent quenchers multivalency effects are also important...
January 15, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334499/cognitive-function-and-its-risk-factors-among-older-us-adults-living-at-home
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William Dale, Ashwin A Kotwal, Joseph W Shega, L Philip Schumm, David W Kern, Jayant M Pinto, Kelly M Pudelek, Linda J Waite, Martha K McClintock
BACKGROUND: The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) has not been administered to a representative national sample, precluding comparison of patient scores to the general population and for risk factor identification. METHODS: A validated survey-based adaptation of the MoCA (MoCA-SA) was administered to a probability sample of home-dwelling US adults aged 62 to 90, using the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (n=3129), yielding estimates of prevalence in the United States...
January 12, 2018: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334185/physical-properties-of-implanted-porous-bioscaffolds-regulate-skin-repair-focusing-on-mechanical-and-structural-features
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Shumeng Jiang, Sabrina Cloud Li, Chenyu Huang, Barbara Pui Chan, Yanan Du
Porous bioscaffolds are applied to facilitate skin repair since the early 1990s, but a perfect regeneration outcome has yet to be achieved. Until now, most efforts have focused on modulating the chemical properties of bioscaffolds, while physical properties are traditionally overlooked. Recent advances in mechanobiology and mechanotherapy have highlighted the importance of biomaterials' physical properties in the regulation of cellular behaviors and regenerative processes. In skin repair, the mechanical and structural features of porous bioscaffolds are two major physical properties that determine therapeutic efficacy...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334155/response-selection-codes-in-neurophysiological-data-predict-conjoint-effects-of-controlled-and-automatic-processes-during-response-inhibition
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Witold X Chmielewski, Moritz Mückschel, Christian Beste
The inhibition of prepotent responses is a requirement for goal-directed behavior and several factors determine corresponding successful response inhibition processes. One factor relates to the degree of automaticity of pre-potent response tendencies and another factor relates to the degree of cognitive control that is exerted during response inhibition. However, both factors can conjointly modulate inhibitory control. Cognitive theoretical concepts suggest that codings of stimulus-response translations may underlie such conjoint effects...
January 15, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333099/pulsed-radiofrequency-applied-to-the-sciatic-nerve-improves-neuropathic-pain-by-down-regulating-the-expression-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglion
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Hao Ren, Hailong Jin, Zipu Jia, Nan Ji, Fang Luo
Background: Clinical studies have shown that applying pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) to the neural stem could relieve neuropathic pain (NP), albeit through an unclear analgesic mechanism. And animal experiments have indicated that calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) expressed in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) is involved in generating and maintaining NP. In this case, it is uncertain whether PRF plays an analgesic role by affecting CGRP expression in DRG. Methods: Rats were randomly divided into four groups: Groups A, B, C, and D...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332671/estimating-sleep-efficiency-in-10-to-13-year-olds-using-a-waist-worn-accelerometer
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M M Borghese, Y Lin, J P Chaput, I Janssen
OBJECTIVE: In field settings, wrist- and waist-worn accelerometers are typically used to assess sleep characteristics and movement behaviors, respectively. There has been a shift in movement behavior studies to wear accelerometers 24 h/d. Sleep characteristics could be assessed in these studies if sleep algorithms were available for waist-worn accelerometers. The objective of this study was to develop and provide validity data for an algorithm/sleep likelihood score cut-off to estimate sleep efficiency in children using the waist-worn Actical accelerometer...
February 2018: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332230/a-cardioid-oscillator-with-asymmetric-time-ratio-for-establishing-cpg-models
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Q Fu, D H Wang, L Xu, G Yuan
Nonlinear oscillators are usually utilized by bionic scientists for establishing central pattern generator models for imitating rhythmic motions by bionic scientists. In the natural word, many rhythmic motions possess asymmetric time ratios, which means that the forward and the backward motions of an oscillating process sustain different times within one period. In order to model rhythmic motions with asymmetric time ratios, nonlinear oscillators with asymmetric forward and backward trajectories within one period should be studied...
January 13, 2018: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331859/development-of-a-method-to-determine-axitinib-lapatinib-and-afatinib-in-plasma-by-micellar-liquid-chromatography-and-validation-by-the-european-medicines-agency-guidelines
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Jaume Albiol-Chiva, Josep Esteve-Romero, Juan Peris-Vicente
A method based on micellar liquid chromatography to quantify the tyrosine kinase inhibitors axitinib, lapatinib and afatinib in plasma is reported. The sample pretreatment was a simple 1/5-dilution in a pure micellar solution, filtration and direct injection, without requiring extraction or purification steps. The three drugs were resolved from the matrix in 17min, using an aqueous solution of 0.07M sodium dodecyl sulfate - 6.0% 1-pentanol, buffered at pH7 with 0.01M phosphate salt as mobile phase, running under isocratic mode at 1mL/min through a C18 column...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331815/chemometric-simultaneous-determination-of-sofosbuvir-and-ledipasvir-in-pharmaceutical-dosage-form
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Mahsa Khalili, Mahmoud Reza Sohrabi, Vahid Mirzabeygi, Nahid Torabi Ziaratgahi
Partial least squares (PLS), different families of continuous wavelet transform (CWT), and first derivative spectrophotometry (DS) techniques were studied for quantification of Sofosbuvir (SFB) and Ledipasvir (LDV) simultaneously without separation step. The components were dissolved in Acetonitrile and the spectral behaviors were evaluated in the range of 200 to 400nm. The ultraviolet (UV) absorbance of LDV exhibits no interferences between 300 and 400nm and it was decided to predict the LDV amount through the classic spectrophotometry (CS) method in this spectral region as well...
January 6, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331779/superior-peroxidase-mimetic-activity-of-tungsten-disulfide-nanosheets-silver-nanoclusters-composite-colorimetric-fluorometric-and-electrochemical-studies
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Alireza Khataee, Mahsa Haddad Irani-Nezhad, Javad Hassanzadeh, Sang Woo Joo
Developing a novel peroxidase nano-mimetic is a challenging research topic in biosensing field. Herein, WS2 nanosheets (WS2 NS) decorated with silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) was introduced as a new nanocomposite with improved peroxidase mimetic behavior. WS2 NS/AgNCs nanocomposite was synthesized by simple chemical reduction of silver cations in the presence of WS2 NS. The enhanced catalytic activity of nanocomposite in chemical and electrochemical reduction of H2O2 was studied using colorimetry, fluorometry and electrochemical techniques...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331138/role-of-non-equilibrium-conformations-on-driven-polymer-translocation
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H H Katkar, M Muthukumar
One of the major theoretical methods in understanding polymer translocation through a nanopore is the Fokker-Planck formalism based on the assumption of quasi-equilibrium of polymer conformations. The criterion for applicability of the quasi-equilibrium approximation for polymer translocation is that the average translocation time per Kuhn segment, ⟨τ⟩/NK, is longer than the relaxation time τ0 of the polymer. Toward an understanding of conditions that would satisfy this criterion, we have performed coarse-grained three dimensional Langevin dynamics and multi-particle collision dynamics simulations...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331101/theory-analysis-for-pender-s-health-promotion-model-hpm-by-barnum-s-criteria-a-critical-perspective
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REVIEW
Zohreh Khoshnood, Masoud Rayyani, Batool Tirgari
Background Analysis of nursing theoretical works and its role in knowledge development is presented as an essential process of critical reflection. Health promotion model (HPM) focuses on helping people achieve higher levels of well-being and identifies background factors that influence health behaviors. Objectives This paper aims to evaluate, and critique HPM by Barnum's criteria. Methods The present study reviewed books and articles derived from Proquest, PubMed, Blackwell Databases. The method of evaluation for this model is based on Barnum's criteria for analysis, application and evaluation of nursing theories...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330953/jaw-dropping-functional-variation-in-the-digastric-muscle-in-bats
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Abigail A Curtis, Sharlene E Santana
Diet and feeding behavior in mammals is strongly linked to the morphology of their feeding apparatus. Cranio-muscular morphology determines how wide, forcefully, and quickly the jaw can be opened or closed, which limits the size and material properties of the foods that a mammal can eat. Most studies of feeding performance in mammals have focused on skull form and jaw muscles involved in generating bite force, but few explore how jaw abduction is related to feeding performance. In this study, we explored how the morphology of the digastric muscle, the primary jaw abducting muscle in mammals, and its jaw lever mechanics are related to diet in morphologically diverse noctilionoid bats...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330930/gender-specific-risk-factors-for-androgenetic-alopecia-in-the-korean-general-population-associations-with-medical-comorbidities-and-general-health-behaviors
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Bo-Kyung Kim, Sung Jay Choe, Hee-Chul Chung, Sung-Soo Oh, Won-Soo Lee
BACKGROUND: The relationships between androgenetic alopecia (AGA) and various factors related to metabolic syndrome have been demonstrated in previous studies. However, it remains unclear because of inconsistent results. We investigated the associations between AGA and various risk factors related to metabolic syndrome according to gender. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cross-sectional survey of 2028 Koreans (1050 men, 978 women). The basic and specific (BASP) classification was used for diagnosis of AGA...
February 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330596/cognitive-functioning-is-it-all-or-none
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Isabel M Introzzi, María M Richard S, Ana Comesaña, Ana García Coni
Under various circumstances, the cognitive system operates in a global manner that is not very precise and barely discriminatory. This form of operating has been described via a general principal that Diamond (Developmental Psychology 45:130-138, 2009) has denominated the All or None Hypothesis. This author has described a set of corollaries derived from this hypothesis that make it possible to verify it in each one of these domains. Although there is evidence of the global and non-discriminate way in which the cognitive system operates in populations of children, to date, there are no studies that have examined whether this mode of operation is also present in populations of adults...
January 12, 2018: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330487/a-biomarker-characterizing-neurodevelopment-with-applications-in-autism
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Di Wu, Jorge V José, John I Nurnberger, Elizabeth B Torres
Despite great advances in neuroscience and genetic studies, our understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders is still quite limited. An important reason is not having objective psychiatric clinical tests. Here we propose a quantitative neurodevelopment assessment by studying natural movement outputs. Movement is central to behaviors: It involves complex coordination, temporal alterations, and precise dynamic controls. We carefully analyzed the continuous movement output data, collected with high definition electromagnetic sensors at millisecond time scales...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330442/competition-among-the-attentional-networks-due-to-resource-reduction-in-tibetan-indigenous-residents-evidence-from-event-related-potentials
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Delong Zhang, Xinjuan Zhang, Hailin Ma, Yan Wang, Huifang Ma, Ming Liu
This study used the attention network test (ANT) to evaluate the alerting, orienting, and executive network efficiencies of attention related to indigenous residents who were born and raised until early adulthood in different high-altitude areas (2900-m, 3700-m, and 4200-m) at the same location (3700-m) where these residents had been living for approximately 2 years in Tibet. We further applied the event-related potential (ERP) method to identify the underlying neurophysiological basis. Based on the ANT, we found that, in the 4200-m residents, executive function was increased but the orienting function was decreased, and the executive and orienting network scores were oppositely correlated...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330235/primary-care-physician-perspectives-about-antipsychotics-and-other-medications-for-symptoms-of-dementia
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J William Kerns, Jonathan D Winter, Katherine M Winter, Terry Boyd, Rebecca S Etz
BACKGROUND: Guidelines, policies, and warnings have been applied to reduce the use of medications for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Because of rare dangerous side effects, antipsychotics have been singled out in these efforts. However, antipsychotics are still prescribed "off label" to hundreds of thousands of seniors residing in nursing homes and communities. Our objective was to evaluate how and why primary-care physicians (PCPs) employ nonpharmacologic strategies and drugs for BPSD...
January 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330179/influence-of-type-i-fimbriae-and-fluid-shear-stress-on-bacterial-behavior-and-multicellular-architecture-of-early-escherichia-coli-biofilms-at-single-cell-resolution
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Liyun Wang, Robert Keatch, Qi Zhao, John A Wright, Clare E Bryant, Anna L Redmann, Eugene M Terentjev
Biofilm formation on abiotic surfaces in food and medical industry can cause severe contamination and infection, yet how biological and physical factors determine cellular architecture of early biofilms and bacterial behavior of the constituent cells remains largely unknown. In this study we examine the specific role of type-I fimbriae in nascent stages of biofilm formation and the response of micro-colonies to environmental flow shear at single-cell resolution. The results show that type-I fimbriae are not required for reversible adhesion from plankton, but critical for irreversible adhesion of Escherichia coli (E...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330088/the-flight-of-the-locus-of-selection-some-intricate-relationships-between-evolutionary-elements
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REVIEW
April M Becker
Selection has enriched our understanding of the world since it was first applied to the evolution of species. Selection stands as an alternative to essentialist thinking, as a generalized and multiply applicable concept, and as a causal explanation for current forms within biology and behavior. Attempts to describe selection processes in a generalizable way have provided clarity about their minimal elements, such as replicators and interactors. This paper discusses the interconnectedness among different levels of selection using evidence garnered from evolutionary biology, development, epigenetics, neuroscience, and behavior analysis...
January 9, 2018: Behavioural Processes
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