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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335575/public-preferences-for-the-use-of-taxation-and-labelling-policy-measures-to-combat-obesity-in-young-children-in-australia
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Tracy Comans, Nicole Moretto, Joshua Byrnes
Objective: Childhood obesity is a serious concern for developed and developing countries. This study aimed to assess the level of support in Australia for regulation and to assess whether systematic differences occur between individuals who support increased regulation and individuals who oppose it. Methods: An online survey (n = 563) was used to assess parental/caregiver preferences for taxation policy options and nutrition labelling designed to address the incidence of childhood obesity. Participants were parents or caregivers of young children (3 to 7 years) who were actively enrolled in an existing birth cohort study in South-East Queensland, Australia...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335568/an-electricity-price-aware-open-source-smart-socket-for-the-internet-of-energy
#2
Óscar Blanco-Novoa, Tiago M Fernández-Caramés, Paula Fraga-Lamas, Luis Castedo
The Internet of Energy (IoE) represents a novel paradigm where electrical power systems work cooperatively with smart devices to increase the visibility of energy consumption and create safer, cleaner and sustainable energy systems. The implementation of IoE services involves the use of multiple components, like embedded systems, power electronics or sensors, which are an essential part of the infrastructure dedicated to the generation and distribution energy and the one required by the final consumer. This article focuses on the latter and presents a smart socket system that collects the information about energy price and makes use of sensors and actuators to optimize home energy consumption according to the user preferences...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335561/optimal-power-allocation-of-relay-sensor-node-capable-of-energy-harvesting-in-cooperative-cognitive-radio-network
#3
Pham Ngoc Son, Dongsoo Har, Nam Ik Cho, Hyung Yun Kong
A cooperative cognitive radio scheme exploiting primary signals for energy harvesting is proposed. The relay sensor node denoted as the secondary transmitter (ST) harvests energy from the primary signal transmitted from the primary transmitter, and then uses it to transmit power superposed codes of the secrecy signal of the secondary network (SN) and of the primary signal of the primary network (PN). The harvested energy is split into two parts according to a power splitting ratio, one for decoding the primary signal and the other for charging the battery...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335560/serum-amyloid-a-production-is-triggered-by-sleep-deprivation-in-mice-and-humans-is-that-the-link-between-sleep-loss-and-associated-comorbidities
#4
Edson M de Oliveira, Bruna Visniauskas, Sergio Tufik, Monica L Andersen, Jair R Chagas, Ana Campa
Serum amyloid A (SAA) was recently associated with metabolic endotoxemia, obesity and insulin resistance. Concurrently, insufficient sleep adversely affects metabolic health and is an independent predisposing factor for obesity and insulin resistance. In this study we investigated whether sleep loss modulates SAA production. The serum SAA concentration increased in C57BL/6 mice subjected to sleep restriction (SR) for 15 days or to paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD) for 72 h. Sleep restriction also induced the upregulation of Saa1...
March 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335559/the-optimization-and-characterization-of-an-rna-cleaving-fluorogenic-dnazyme-probe-for-mda-mb-231-cell-detection
#5
Pengcheng Xue, Shengnan He, Yu Mao, Long Qu, Feng Liu, Chunyan Tan, Yuyang Jiang, Ying Tan
Breast cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in females worldwide and lacks specific biomarkers for early detection. In a previous study, we obtained a selective RNA-cleaving Fluorogenic DNAzyme (RFD) probe against MDA-MB-231 cells, typical breast cancer cells, through the systematic evolution of ligands by exponential process (SELEX). To improve the performance of this probe for actual application, we carried out a series of optimization experiments on the pH value of a reaction buffer, the type and concentration of cofactor ions, and sequence minimization...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335554/complete-and-incomplete-hepatitis-b-virus-particles-formation-function-and-application
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Jianming Hu, Kuancheng Liu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a para-retrovirus or retroid virus that contains a double-stranded DNA genome and replicates this DNA via reverse transcription of a RNA pregenome. Viral reverse transcription takes place within a capsid upon packaging of the RNA and the viral reverse transcriptase. A major characteristic of HBV replication is the selection of capsids containing the double-stranded DNA, but not those containing the RNA or the single-stranded DNA replication intermediate, for envelopment during virion secretion...
March 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335552/virological-surveillance-of-influenza-a-subtypes-isolated-in-2014-from-clinical-outbreaks-in-canadian-swine
#7
Helena Grgić, Jackie Gallant, Zvonimir Poljak
Influenza A viruses (IAVs) are respiratory pathogens associated with an acute respiratory disease that occurs year-round in swine production. It is currently one of the most important pathogens in swine populations, with the potential to infect other host species including humans. Ongoing research indicates that the three major subtypes of IAV-H1N1, H1N2, and H3N2-continue to expand in their genetic and antigenic diversity. In this study, we conducted a comprehensive genomic analysis of 16 IAVs isolated from different clinical outbreaks in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan in 2014...
March 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335541/effects-of-forest-therapy-on-depressive-symptoms-among-adults-a-systematic-review
#8
REVIEW
Insook Lee, Heeseung Choi, Kyung-Sook Bang, Sungjae Kim, MinKyung Song, Buhyun Lee
This study systematically reviewed forest therapy programs designed to decrease the level of depression among adults and assessed the methodological rigor and scientific evidence quality of existing research studies to guide future studies. This systematic review was conducted in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. The authors independently screened full-text articles from various databases using the following criteria: (1) intervention studies assessing the effects of forest therapy on depressive symptoms in adults aged 18 years and older; (2) studies including at least one control group or condition; (3) peer-reviewed studies; and (4) been published either in English or Korean before July 2016...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335539/abundance-of-pathogenic-escherichia-coli-virulence-associated-genes-in-well-and-borehole-water-used-for-domestic-purposes-in-a-peri-urban-community-of-south-africa
#9
Akebe Luther King Abia, Lisa Schaefer, Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa, Wouter Le Roux
In the absence of pipe-borne water, many people in Africa, especially in rural communities, depend on alternative water sources such as wells, boreholes and rivers for household and personal hygiene. Poor maintenance and nearby pit latrines, however, lead to microbial pollution of these sources. We evaluated the abundance of Escherichia coli and the prevalence of pathogenic E. coli virulence genes in water from wells, boreholes and a river in a South African peri-urban community. Monthly samples were collected between August 2015 and November 2016...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335518/new-chiral-ebselen-analogues-with-antioxidant-and-cytotoxic-potential
#10
Agata J Pacuła, Katarzyna B Kaczor, Jędrzej Antosiewicz, Anna Janecka, Angelika Długosz, Tomasz Janecki, Andrzej Wojtczak, Jacek Ścianowski
New chiral camphane-derived benzisoselenazol-3(2H)-ones and corresponding diselenides have been synthetized using a convenient one-pot procedure. Se-N bond was efficiently converted to an Se-Se bond, which could also be easily re-oxidized to the initial benzisoselenazolone moiety. The antioxidant activity of camphor derivatives was evaluated and compared to the reactivity of a series of N-amino acid benzisoselenazol-3(2H)-ones obtained by a modified procedure involving the improved synthesis and isolation of the diseleno bis(dibenzoic) acid...
March 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335512/symptoms-relevant-to-surveillance-for-ovarian-cancer
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Robert M Ore, Lauren Baldwin, Dylan Woolum, Erika Elliott, Christiaan Wijers, Chieh-Yu Chen, Rachel W Miller, Christopher P DeSimone, Frederick R Ueland, Richard J Kryscio, John R van Nagell, Edward J Pavlik
To examine how frequently and confidently healthy women report symptoms during surveillance for ovarian cancer. A symptoms questionnaire was administered to 24,526 women over multiple visits accounting for 70,734 reports. A query of reported confidence was included as a confidence score (CS). Chi square, McNemars test, ANOVA and multivariate analyses were performed. 17,623 women completed the symptoms questionnaire more than one time and >9500 women completed it more than one four times for >43,000 serially completed questionnaires...
March 20, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335503/synthesis-of-randomly-substituted-anionic-cyclodextrins-in-ball-milling
#12
László Jicsinszky, Marina Caporaso, Emanuela Calcio Gaudino, Cristina Giovannoli, Giancarlo Cravotto
A number of influencing factors mean that the random substitution of cyclodextrins (CD) in solution is difficult to reproduce. Reaction assembly in mechanochemistry reduces the number of these factors. However, lack of water can improve the reaction outcomes by minimizing the reagent's hydrolysis. High-energy ball milling is an efficient, green and simple method for one-step reactions and usually reduces degradation and byproduct formation. Anionic CD derivatives have successfully been synthesized in the solid state, using a planetary ball mill...
March 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335500/comparison-of-two-types-of-overoxidized-pedot-films-and-their-application-in-sensor-fabrication
#13
Yun Hui, Chao Bian, Jinfen Wang, Jianhua Tong, Shanhong Xia
Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) films were prepared by electro-oxidation on Au microelectrodes in an aqueous solution. Electrolyte solutions and polymerization parameters were optimized prior to overoxidation. The effect of overoxidation time has been optimized by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), which results in the film overoxidized for 45 s at 1.35 V presenting a strong adsorption. The other one-step overoxidation film prepared by direct CV ranging from -0...
March 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335494/cooperative-opportunistic-pressure-based-routing-for-underwater-wireless-sensor-networks
#14
Nadeem Javaid, Muhammad, Arshad Sher, Wadood Abdul, Iftikhar Azim Niaz, Ahmad Almogren, Atif Alamri
In this paper, three opportunistic pressure based routing techniques for underwater wireless sensor networks (UWSNs) are proposed. The first one is the cooperative opportunistic pressure based routing protocol (Co-Hydrocast), second technique is the improved Hydrocast (improved-Hydrocast), and third one is the cooperative improved Hydrocast (Co-improved Hydrocast). In order to minimize lengthy routing paths between the source and the destination and to avoid void holes at the sparse networks, sensor nodes are deployed at different strategic locations...
March 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335491/health-and-wellbeing-of-occupants-in-highly-energy-efficient-buildings-a-field-study
#15
Peter Wallner, Peter Tappler, Ute Munoz, Bernhard Damberger, Anna Wanka, Michael Kundi, Hans-Peter Hutter
Passive houses and other highly energy-efficient buildings need mechanical ventilation. However, ventilation systems in such houses are regarded with a certain degree of skepticism by parts of the public due to alleged negative health effects. Within a quasi-experimental field study, we investigated if occupants of two types of buildings (mechanical vs. natural ventilation) experience different health, wellbeing and housing satisfaction outcomes and if associations with indoor air quality exist. We investigated 123 modern homes (test group: with mechanical ventilation; control group: naturally ventilated) built in the years 2010 to 2012 in the same geographic area and price range...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335486/implicit-regularization-for-reconstructing-3d-building-rooftop-models-using-airborne-lidar-data
#16
Jaewook Jung, Yoonseok Jwa, Gunho Sohn
With rapid urbanization, highly accurate and semantically rich virtualization of building assets in 3D become more critical for supporting various applications, including urban planning, emergency response and location-based services. Many research efforts have been conducted to automatically reconstruct building models at city-scale from remotely sensed data. However, developing a fully-automated photogrammetric computer vision system enabling the massive generation of highly accurate building models still remains a challenging task...
March 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335484/energy-of-intramolecular-hydrogen-bonding-in-ortho-hydroxybenzaldehydes-phenones-and-quinones-transfer-of-aromaticity-from-ipso-benzene-ring-to-the-enol-system-s
#17
Danuta Rusinska-Roszak
Intramolecular hydrogen bonding (HB) is one of the most studied noncovalent interactions of molecules. Many physical, spectral, and topological properties of compounds are under the influence of HB, and there are many parameters used to notice and to describe these changes. Hitherto, no general method of measurement of the energy of intramolecular hydrogen bond (EHB) has been put into effect. We propose the molecular tailoring approach (MTA) for EHB calculation, modified to apply it to Ar-O-H∙∙∙O=C systems...
March 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335476/inhibition-of-neoplastic-transformation-and-chemically-induced-skin-hyperplasia-in-mice-by-traditional-chinese-medicinal-formula-si-wu-tang
#18
Mandy M Liu, Kevin M Huang, Steven Yeung, Andy Chang, Suhui Zhang, Nan Mei, Cyrus Parsa, Robert Orlando, Ying Huang
Exploring traditional medicines may lead to the development of low-cost and non-toxic cancer preventive agents. Si-Wu-Tang (SWT), comprising the combination of four herbs, Rehmanniae, Angelica, Chuanxiong, and Paeoniae, is one of the most popular traditional Chinese medicines for women's diseases. In our previous studies, the antioxidant Nrf2 pathways were strongly induced by SWT in vitro and in vivo. Since Nrf2 activation has been associated with anticarcinogenic effects, the purpose of this study is to evaluate SWT's activity of cancer prevention...
March 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335471/mobile-phonocardiogram-diagnosis-in-newborns-using-support-vector-machine
#19
Amir Mohammad Amiri, Mohammadreza Abtahi, Nick Constant, Kunal Mankodiya
Phonocardiogram (PCG) monitoring on newborns is one of the most important and challenging tasks in the heart assessment in the early ages of life. In this paper, we present a novel approach for cardiac monitoring applied in PCG data. This basic system coupled with denoising, segmentation, cardiac cycle selection and classification of heart sound can be used widely for a large number of the data. This paper describes the problems and additional advantages of the PCG method including the possibility of recording heart sound at home, removing unwanted noises and data reduction on a mobile device, and an intelligent system to diagnose heart diseases on the cloud server...
March 18, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335468/differential-degradation-and-detoxification-of-an-aromatic-pollutant-by-two-different-peroxidases
#20
Aysha Hamad Alneyadi, Iltaf Shah, Synan F AbuQamar, Syed Salman Ashraf
Enzymatic degradation of organic pollutants is a new and promising remediation approach. Peroxidases are one of the most commonly used classes of enzymes to degrade organic pollutants. However, it is generally assumed that all peroxidases behave similarly and produce similar degradation products. In this study, we conducted detailed studies of the degradation of a model aromatic pollutant, Sulforhodamine B dye (SRB dye), using two peroxidases-soybean peroxidase (SBP) and chloroperoxidase (CPO). Our results show that these two related enzymes had different optimum conditions (pH, temperature, H₂O₂ concentration, etc...
March 18, 2017: Biomolecules
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