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Tran N Le, Michael T Adler, Holly Ouillette, Pamela Berens, Judith A Smith
Objective The objective of this study was to observe the efficacy of antiemetic therapy (no emesis/retching episodes and no rescue medication use) when granisetron is administered via a transdermal patch system (TDS) in women who are 6 to 14 weeks pregnant when compared with oral ondansetron by evaluating the frequency of the use of rescue medications for control of nausea/vomiting of pregnancy (NVP). Methods This was an observational case series study to observe the potential benefits of granisetron TDS compared with oral ondansetron for management of NVP in pregnant patients during the first trimester...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
Jaime Delgadillo, Martin Groom
BACKGROUND: Pre-treatment role induction interventions have been suggested to potentially enhance attendance and clinical outcomes in psychotherapy. AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of a programme of three transdiagnostic seminars (TDS) for patients with common mental disorders accessing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in primary care. TDS included CBT psychoeducation and role induction. METHOD: A random sample of patients (n = 49) participated in TDS followed by CBT (TDS+CBT) and they were compared with matched controls (n = 49) accessing usual CBT...
March 2017: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Rikke R Soerensen, Trine H Johannsen, Niels E Skakkebaek, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts
OBJECTIVE: Testicular dysgenesis syndrome (TDS) comprises testicular germ cell cancer, cryptorchidism and some cases of male infertility and hypospadias, which can be linked to impairment of intrauterine gonadal development. Among histological signs of TDS, large Leydig cell (LC) clusters (micronodules) are frequently present. This study aimed to investigate possible associations of LC micronodules with the presence of Reinke crystals and hormonal function of LCs, the latter primarily reflected by serum concentrations of luteinising hormone (LH) and testosterone, in patients with TDS...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Sadaf Javed, Asad Ali, Saleem Ullah
In this study, we assess the drinking water quality of Jhelum city. Two hundred and ninety-two drinking water samples were randomly collected in the study area. These samples were chemically analyzed for three key toxic (in excess) elements such as pH, total dissolved solids (TDS), and calcium. Geostatistical techniques such as variogram and kriging were used to investigate the spatial variations of these minerals across the city. The spatial structure for each element was found to be anisotropic, and thus, anisotropic variograms were used...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Nasir Mushtaq, Laura A Beebe
INTRODUCTION: There is considerable interest in using brief measures of dependence for evaluation and treatment of tobacco dependence. The Heaviness of Smoking Index (HSI) is a validated measure of dependence among cigarette smokers. However, a similar index has not been studied among ST users. The aim of this study is to develop similar ST use indices and evaluate their utility as concise dependence measures. Time to first chew/dip of the day (TTFD), number of cans of ST used per week (CPW), and number of dips/chews per day (DPD) were used to create three ST use indices; heaviness of ST use index (HSTI), ST dependence index (STDI), and ST quantity frequency index (ST-QFI)...
February 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
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
Elyse V Clark, Carl E Zipper, W Lee Daniels, Zenah W Orndorff, Matthew J Keefe
Surface mining in the central Appalachian coalfields (USA) influences water quality because the interaction of infiltrated waters and O with freshly exposed mine spoils releases elevated levels of total dissolved solids (TDS) to streams. Modeling and predicting the short- and long-term TDS release potentials of mine spoils can aid in the management of current and future mining-influenced watersheds and landscapes. In this study, the specific conductance (SC, a proxy variable for TDS) patterns of 39 mine spoils during a sequence of 40 leaching events were modeled using a five-parameter nonlinear regression...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
Alaa A Masoud, Mohamed M El Bouraie, Wafaa El-Nashar, Hamdy Mashaly
Groundwater quality indicators were monitored over 6 years (2007-2012) from 55 drinking water supply wells in Gharbiya Governorate (Egypt). The prime objective was to characterize, for the first time, the governorate-wide significant and sustained trends in the concentrations of the groundwater pollutants. Quality indicators included turbidity, pH, total dissolved solid (TDS), electric conductivity (EC), Cl(-), SO4(2-), Na(+), total alkalinity, hardness (total, Mg, and Ca), Fe(2+), Mn(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+), F(-), NH4(+), NO2(-), NO3(-), PO4(3-), dissolved oxygen (DO), and SiO2 contents...
February 3, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jianyuan Qin, Lijuan Xie, Yibin Ying
Despite numerous methods for the detection of antibiotic residues, they are usually destructive and require tedious pre-treatment. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is an emerging technology that has advantages for analyzing chemical and biological compounds since THz waves are very sensitive to the molecular vibrational modes. Here we incorporated attenuated total reflection technique into the THz-TDS and demonstrated that this technology (ATR THz-TDS) allowed to determine the complex refractive indices of tetracycline hydrochloride (TCH) solutions with high accuracy and could be used to predict their concentrations...
June 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Tingting Pan, Shaoping Li, Tao Zou, Zheng Yu, Bo Zhang, Chenyang Wang, Jianbing Zhang, Mingxia He, Hongwei Zhao
The low-frequency vibrational property of l-phenylalanine (l-Phe) and l-phenylalanine monohydrate (l-Phe·H2O) has been investigated by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) at room and low temperature ranging from 0.5 to 4.5THz. Distinctive THz absorption spectra of the two compounds were observed. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations based on the crystal structures have been performed to simulate the vibrational modes of l-Phe and l-Phe·H2O and the results agree well with the experimental observations...
January 26, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Stacey J L Sullivan, Philip Stafford, Elon Malkin, Maureen L Dreher, Srinidhi Nagaraja
Analysis of explanted medical implants can provide a wealth of knowledge about device safety and performance. However, the quality of information may be compromised if the methods used to clean tissue from the device disturb the retrieved condition. Common solutions used to digest tissue may adversely affect the surface of the device and its severity can be material and processing dependent. In this study, two groups of stents made from the same material (Nitinol) were shape set in a salt pot (SP) or further processed by mechanical polishing (MP) and then immersed in one of three tissue digestion solutions (TDS): nitric acid (HNO3 ), sodium hydroxide (NaOH), or papain enzyme (papain)...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
Kun Peng, Patrick Parkinson, Qian Gao, Jessica L Boland, Ziyuan Li, Fan Wang, Sudha Mokkapati, Lan Fu, Michael B Johnston, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish
Developing single-nanowire terahertz (THz) electronics and employing them as sub-wavelength components for highly-integrated THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) applications is a promising approach to achieve future low-cost, highly integrable and high-resolution THz tools, which are desirable in many areas spanning from security, industry, environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics to fundamental science. In this work, we present the design and growth of n(+)-i-n(+) InP nanowires. The axial doping profile of the n(+)-i-n(+) InP nanowires has been calibrated and characterized using combined optical and electrical approaches to achieve nanowire devices with low contact resistances, on which the highly-sensitive InP single-nanowire photoconductive THz detectors have been demonstrated...
March 24, 2017: Nanotechnology
Md Irshad Ahmad, Afia Usman, Masood Ahmad
Several environmental pollutants, including herbicides, act as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). They can cause cancer, diabetes, obesity, metabolic diseases and developmental problems. Present study was conducted to screen 608 herbicides for evaluating their endocrine disrupting potential. The screening was carried out with the help of endocrine disruptome docking program, (Kolsek et al., 2013). This program screens the binding affinity of test ligands to 12 major nuclear receptors...
January 16, 2017: Chemosphere
Yehao Ma, Xian Li, Pingjie Huang, Dibo Hou, Qiang Wang, Guangxin Zhang
In many situations the THz spectroscopic data observed from complex samples represent the integrated result of several interrelated variables or feature components acting together. The actual information contained in the original data might be overlapping and there is a necessity to investigate various approaches for model reduction and data unmixing. The development and use of low-rank approximate nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) and smooth constraint NMF (CNMF) algorithms for feature components extraction and identification in the fields of terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) data analysis are presented...
April 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Aruna Ramachandran, T Prasankumar, S Sivaprakash, Biny R Wiston, Santhosh Biradar, Sujin Jose
In this work, we report the reduction of chromium concentration in the polluted groundwater samples from Madurai Kamaraj University area, India, where the dissolved salts in groundwater are reported as serious health hazards for its inhabitants. The water samples have intolerable amounts of total dissolved solids (TDS) and chromium is a prominent pollutant among them. Chromium reduction was achieved by treating the polluted groundwater with PANI/Fe3O4 nanocomposites synthesized by in situ polymerization method...
January 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
V Re, E Sacchi
Salinization and nitrate pollution are generally ascertained as the main issues affecting coastal aquifers worldwide. In arid zones, where agricultural activities also result in soil salinization, both phenomena tend to co-exist and synergically contribute to alter groundwater quality, with severe negative impacts on human populations and natural ecosystems' wellbeing. It becomes therefore necessary to understand if and to what extent integrated hydrogeochemical tools can help in distinguishing among possible different salinization and nitrate contamination origins, in order to provide adequate science-based support to local development and environmental protection...
January 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Alberto Alonso-Arroyo, Jorge Querol, Carlos Lopez-Martinez, Valery U Zavorotny, Hyuk Park, Daniel Pascual, Raul Onrubia, Adriano Camps
This work addresses the accuracy of the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)-Reflectometry (GNSS-R) scatterometric measurements considering the presence of both coherent and incoherent scattered components, for both conventional GNSS-R (cGNSS-R) and interferometric GNSS-R (iGNSS-R) techniques. The coherent component is present for some type of surfaces, and it has been neglected until now because it vanishes for the sea surface scattering case. Taking into account the presence of both scattering components, the estimated Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) for both techniques is computed based on the detectability criterion, as it is done in conventional GNSS applications...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
Piero Barbanti, C Aurilia, G Egeo, L Fofi, R Palmirotta
Research has focused on serotonin (5-HT) 5-HT1D and 5-HT1F receptors to develop drugs acting through non-vasoconstrictive mechanisms for treating acute migraine and those targeting 5-HT2B and 5-HT7 receptors for preventing migraine. Areas covered: This paper reviews antimigraine drugs targeting 5-HT receptors in one phase I trial (sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system, TDS) and five phase II clinical trials (PNU-142633, LY334370, lasmiditan, NOX-188). Expert opinion: Data from our overview on investigational drugs in phase I and II clinical trials using the 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonist (sumatriptan TDS), 5-HT1D receptor agonist (PNU-142633), 5-HT1F receptor agonists (LY334370, lasmiditan) and a combined 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonist with nNOS inhibition (NOX-188) provided encouraging data for sumatriptan TDS and lasmiditan, disappointing results for PNU-142633, and promising findings for NOX-188...
February 1, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
Chen Zhang, Wenna Zhang, Yixuan Huang, Xueping Gao
To explore the correlations among water quality parameters, suspended solids (SS) and total dissolved solids (TDS) with meteorological factors in a shallow reservoir in China, the long-term variations of water quality were considered. A non-parametric regression method, generalized additive models (GAM), was used to analyse the correlations among eleven physicochemical and biological parameters as well as three meteorological factors (wind speed, rainfall and solar radiation) which we collected from 2000 to 2011...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Ioannis Chatzakis, Zhen Li, Alexander V Benderskii, Stephen B Cronin
We report a terahertz optical modulator consisting of randomly stacked trilayer graphene (TLG) deposited on an oxidized silicon substrate by means of THz-Time Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Here, the gate tuning of the Fermi level of the TLG provides the fundamental basis for the modulation of THz transmission. We measured a 15% change in the THz transmission of this device over a broad frequency range (0.6-1.6 THz). We also observed a strong absorption >80% in the time-domain signals and a frequency independence of the conductivity...
January 16, 2017: Nanoscale
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