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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227620/routing-over-multi-hop-fading-wireless-body-area-networks-with-reliability-considerations
#1
Hussein Moosavi, Francis Minhthang Bui, Hussein Moosavi, Francis Minhthang Bui, Francis Minhthang Bui, Hussein Moosavi
Optimal reliable routing is studied in the context of fading wireless body area networks (WBANs). A non-cooperative game is proposed to model and analyze the strategic interactions among body-worn health-care devices when each seeks to find the most reliable path to the hub. A distributed algorithm based on the proposed game is provided and proved to converge to a multi-hop Pareto-dominant Nash topology. The game-theoretic framework is evaluated through numerical simulations in conditions approximating actual deployment of a moving ultra wideband WBAN...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226294/extruded-dielectric-sample-tubes-of-complex-cross-section-for-epr-signal-enhancement-of-aqueous-samples
#2
Jason W Sidabras, Richard R Mett, James S Hyde
This paper builds on the work of Mett and Hyde (2003) and Sidabras et al. (2005) where multiple flat aqueous sample cells placed perpendicular to electric fields in microwave cavities were used to reduce the RF losses and increase the EPR signal. In this work, we present three novel sample holders for loop-gap resonators (LGRs) and cylindrical cavity geometries. Two sample holders have been commissioned and built by polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) extrusion techniques: a 1mm O.D. capillary with a septum down the middle, named DoubleDee, and a 3...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225448/predicting-hcahps-scores-from-hospitals-social-media-pages-a-sentiment-analysis
#3
John W Huppertz, Peter Otto
BACKGROUND: Social media is an important communication channel that can help hospitals and consumers obtain feedback about quality of care. However, despite the potential value of insight from consumers who post comments about hospital care on social media, there has been little empirical research on the relationship between patients' anecdotal feedback and formal measures of patient experience. PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to test the association between informal feedback posted in the Reviews section of hospitals' Facebook pages and scores on two global items from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, Overall Hospital Rating and Willingness to Recommend the Hospital...
February 22, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225384/star-syndrome-a-further-case-and-the-first-report-of-maternal-mosaicism
#4
Henrietta Lefroy, Jane A Hurst, Deborah J Shears
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 20, 2017: Clinical Dysmorphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223800/comparison-of-the-cellular-transport-mechanism-of-cationic-star-shaped-polymers-and-liposomes-in-hacat-cells
#5
Heng-Cong Luo, Na Li, Li Yan, Kai-Jin Mai, Kan Sun, Wei Wang, Guo-Juan Lao, Chuan Yang, Li-Ming Zhang, Meng Ren
Several biological barriers must be overcome to achieve efficient nonviral gene delivery. These barriers include target cell uptake, lysosomal degradation, and dissociation from the carrier. In this study, we compared the differences in the uptake mechanism of cationic, star-shaped polymer/MMP-9siRNA complexes (β-CD-(D3)7/MMP-9siRNA complexes: polyplexes) and commercial liposome/MMP-9siRNA complexes (Lipofectamine(®) 2000/MMP-9siRNA complexes: liposomes). The uptake pathway and transfection efficiency of the polyplexes and liposomes were determined by fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223552/ca-mg-zn-co3-and-ca-mg-co3-tri-and-bi-elemental-carbonate-microparticles-for-novel-injectable-self-gelling-hydrogel-microparticle-composites-for-tissue-regeneration
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Timothy E L Douglas, Katarzyna Sobczyk, Agata Lapa, Katarzyna Wlodarczyk, Gilles Brackman, Irina Vidiasheva, Katarzyna Reczyńska, Krzysztof Pietryga, David Schaubroeck, Vitaliy Bliznuk, Pascal Van der Voort, Heidi Declercq, Jan Van den Bulcke, Sangram Samal, Dmitry Khalenkow, Bogdan Parakhonskiy, Joris Van Acker, Tom Coenye, Malgorzata Lewandowska-Szumiel, Elzbieta Pamula, Andre Skirtach
Injectable composites for tissue regeneration can be developed by dispersion of inorganic microparticles and cells in a hydrogel phase. In this study, multifunctional carbonate microparticles containing different amounts of calcium, magnesium and zinc were mixed with solutions of gellan gum (GG), an anionic polysaccharide, to form injectable hydrogel-microparticle composites, containing Zn, Ca and Mg. Zn and Ca were incorporated into microparticle preparations to a greater extent than Mg. Microparticle groups were heterogeneous and contained microparticles of differing shape and elemental composition...
February 22, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221831/behavioral-hypervolumes-of-predator-groups-and-predator-predator-interactions-shape-prey-survival-rates-and-selection-on-prey-behavior
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Jonathan N Pruitt, Kimberly A Howell, Shaniqua J Gladney, Yusan Yang, James L L Lichtenstein, Michelle Elise Spicer, Sebastian A Echeverri, Noa Pinter-Wollman
Predator-prey interactions often vary on the basis of the traits of the individual predators and prey involved. Here we examine whether the multidimensional behavioral diversity of predator groups shapes prey mortality rates and selection on prey behavior. We ran individual sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) through three behavioral assays to characterize individuals' behavioral phenotype along three axes. We then created groups that varied in the volume of behavioral space that they occupied. We further manipulated the ability of predators to interact with one another physically via the addition of barriers...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221701/accelerated-combinatorial-high-throughput-star-polymer-synthesis-via-a-rapid-one-pot-sequential-aqueous-raft-rosa-raft-polymerization-scheme
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Steffen Cosson, Maarten Danial, Julien Rosselgong Saint-Amans, Justin J Cooper-White
Advanced polymerization methodologies, such as reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT), allow unprecedented control over star polymer composition, topology, and functionality. However, using RAFT to produce high throughput (HTP) combinatorial star polymer libraries remains, to date, impracticable due to several technical limitations. Herein, the methodology "rapid one-pot sequential aqueous RAFT" or "rosa-RAFT," in which well-defined homo-, copolymer, and mikto-arm star polymers can be prepared in very low to medium reaction volumes (50 µL to 2 mL) via an "arm-first" approach in air within minutes, is reported...
February 21, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221697/solution-processable-hyperbranched-conjugated-polymer-nanoparticles-based-on-c3h-symmetric-benzotrithiophene-for-polymer-solar-cells
#9
Xiaofu Wu, Zijian Zhang, Hao Hang, Yonghong Chen, Yuxiang Xu, Hui Tong, Lixiang Wang
The development of photovoltaic polymers based on C3h -symmetric benzotrithiophene (C3h -BTT), an analogue of the well-known benzodithiophene (BDT) donor unit, has been severely limited due to difficult processability. Here the authors report the preparation of solution-processable C3h -BTT-based hyperbranched conjugated polymer nanoparticles (BTT-HCPNs) with tunable particle sizes via Stille miniemulsion polymerization. Compared with the corresponding star-shaped small molecule (C3h -BTT core with three diketopyrrolopyrrole arms, BTT-3DPP) with a wide bandgap (1...
February 21, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219970/an-accreting-pulsar-with-extreme-properties-drives-an-ultraluminous-x-ray-source-in-ngc-5907
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Gian Luca Israel, Andrea Belfiore, Luigi Stella, Paolo Esposito, Piergiorgio Casella, Andrea De Luca, Martino Marelli, Alessandro Papitto, Matteo Perri, Simonetta Puccetti, Guillermo A Rodríguez Castillo, David Salvetti, Andrea Tiengo, Luca Zampieri, Daniele D'Agostino, Jochen Greiner, Frank Haberl, Giovanni Novara, Ruben Salvaterra, Roberto Turolla, Mike Watson, Joern Wilms, Anna Wolter
Ultraluminous x-ray sources (ULXs) in nearby galaxies shine brighter than any x-ray source in our Galaxy. ULXs are usually modeled as stellar-mass black holes (BHs) accreting at very high rates or intermediate-mass BHs. We present observations showing that NGC 5907 ULX is instead an x-ray accreting neutron star (NS) with a spin period evolving from 1.43 seconds in 2003 to 1.13 seconds in 2014. It has an isotropic peak luminosity of ~1000 times the Eddington limit for a NS at 17.1 megaparsec. Standard accretion models fail to explain its luminosity, even assuming beamed emission, but a strong multipolar magnetic field can describe its properties...
February 20, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219785/transcriptional-alterations-induced-by-binary-mixtures-of-ethinylestradiol-and-norgestrel-during-the-early-development-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Yan-Qiu Liang, Guo-Yong Huang, Jian-Liang Zhao, Wen-Jun Shi, Li-Xin Hu, Fei Tian, Shuang-Shuang Liu, Yu-Xia Jiang, Guang-Guo Ying
Synthetic estrogens and progestins are commonly used in human and veterinary medicine. After use, they reach aquatic environments via discharge of wastewaters from human and animals, thus posing potential risks to organisms. So far, very little is known about their combined effects in aquatic organisms. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of binary mixtures of ethinylestradiol (EE2) and norgestrel (NGT) on embryonic zebrafish (Danio rerio) by measuring transcriptional alterations. Zebrafish embryos were exposed to EE2 and NGT alone or in combination at concentrations between 36 and 5513 ng L(-1) for 96 h post fertilization (hpf)...
February 17, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219713/effect-of-doxorubicin-induced-ovarian-toxicity-on-mouse-ovarian-granulosa-cells
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Ting Zhang, Wan Hong He, Ling Lin Feng, Hao Guang Huang
The objective of this study was to identify the effect of doxorubicin-induced ovarian toxicity on mouse ovarian granulosa cells. After granulosa cells were treated with doxorubicin at the final concentrations of 0, 0.4, 0.8, and 1.6 μg/ml for 24 h, cell apoptosis was detected by DAPI staining or caspase-3/7 fluorescence probe; ROS was determined by 2', 7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescin diacetate fluorescence probe; mitochondrial membrane potential was detected by rhodamine-123 fluorescence probe; and mRNA expression levels of Bax, Bcl-2, p53, FSHR, StAR, P450scc and P450arom were analyzed by RT-PCR...
February 17, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217422/exploration-of-score-agreement-on-a-modified-upper-quarter-y-balance-test-kit-as-compared-to-the-upper-quarter-y-balance-test
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Josh Cramer, Miguel Quintero, Alex Rhinehart, Caitlin Rutherford, Alan Nasypany, James May, Russell T Baker
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Physical performance measures (PPMs) such as The Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) and the Y-Balance Test (YBT) are functional movement tests used to assess participants' dynamic balance, which can be a vital component in physical exams to identify predisposing factors for risk of injury. The YBT is a functional assessment tool for the upper and lower body. It evolved from the SEBT, which has been previously used in research as a lower body functional assessment. It is comprised of fewer movement directions, which help limit fatigue...
February 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217414/dance-balance-and-core-muscle-performance-measures-are-improved-following-a-9-week-core-stabilization-training-program-among-competitive-collegiate-dancers
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Todd Watson, Jessica Graning, Sue McPherson, Elizabeth Carter, Joshuah Edwards, Isaac Melcher, Taylor Burgess
BACKGROUND: Dance performance requires not only lower extremity muscle strength and endurance, but also sufficient core stabilization during dynamic dance movements. While previous studies have identified a link between core muscle performance and lower extremity injury risk, what has not been determined is if an extended core stabilization training program will improve specific measures of dance performance. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: This study examined the impact of a nine-week core stabilization program on indices of dance performance, balance measures, and core muscle performance in competitive collegiate dancers...
February 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216991/do-children-s-learning-related-behaviors-moderate-the-impacts-of-an-empirically-validated-early-literacy-intervention
#15
Sara A Hart, Shayne B Piasta, Laura M Justice
The present study included 314 children who had been involved in Project STAR, and explored how two learning-related behaviors, interest in literacy and effortful control, moderated the impact of the literacy intervention on reading outcomes. Results indicated significant associations of both learning-related behaviors with reading, with the children with the highest literacy interest and effortful control in the intervention group showing the highest reading outcomes. These results indicate that accounting for a greater breadth of possible moderators of intervention impacts is an important area to explore...
August 2016: Learning and Individual Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215145/a-novel-protein-characterization-based-on-pseudo-amino-acids-composition-and-star-like-graph-topological-indices
#16
Pingan He, Hong Tao, Tingting Ma, Qi Dai, Yuhua Yao
In the work, a new description of proteins based on five topological indices of star-like graph representation and the occurrence frequency of 20 amino acids was proposed to compare the similarities of proteins. A phylogenetic tree of eight ND6 proteins was constructed to demonstrate the effectiveness and rationality of our approach. Analogously, we applied this method to RNA polymerase proteins of some subtypes of influenza virus to infer their phylogenetic relationship. The results showed that the phylogenetic relationship among RNA polymerase of influenza virus is closely related to distributions of species virus host and geographical distribution...
February 17, 2017: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208728/parabens-accelerate-ovarian-dysfunction-in-a-4-vinylcyclohexene-diepoxide-induced-ovarian-failure-model
#17
Jae-Hwan Lee, Myeongho Lee, Changhwan Ahn, Hee Young Kang, Dinh Nam Tran, Eui-Bae Jeung
Parabens are widely used preservatives in basic necessities such as cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. In previous studies, xenoestrogenic actions of parabens were reported in an immature rat model and a rat pituitary cell line (GH3 cells). The relationship between parabens and ovarian failure has not been described. In the present study, the influence of parabens on ovarian folliculogenesis and steroidogenesis was investigated. A disruptor of ovarian small pre-antral follicles, 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide (VCD, 40 mg/kg), was used to induce premature ovarian failure (POF)...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205621/cryogel-supported-stem-cell-factory-for-customized-sustained-release-of-bispecific-antibodies-for-cancer-immunotherapy
#18
Roberta Aliperta, Petra B Welzel, Ralf Bergmann, Uwe Freudenberg, Nicole Berndt, Anja Feldmann, Claudia Arndt, Stefanie Koristka, Marcello Stanzione, Marc Cartellieri, Armin Ehninger, Gerhard Ehninger, Carsten Werner, Jens Pietzsch, Jörg Steinbach, Martin Bornhäuser, Michael P Bachmann
Combining stem cells with biomaterial scaffolds provides a promising strategy for the development of drug delivery systems. Here we propose an innovative immunotherapeutic organoid by housing human mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), gene-modified for the secretion of an anti-CD33-anti-CD3 bispecific antibody (bsAb), in a small biocompatible star-shaped poly(ethylene glycol)-heparin cryogel scaffold as a transplantable and low invasive therapeutic machinery for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The macroporous biohybrid cryogel platform displays effectiveness in supporting proliferation and survival of bsAb-releasing-MSCs overtime in vitro and in vivo, avoiding cell loss and ensuring a constant release of sustained and detectable levels of bsAb capable of triggering T-cell-mediated anti-tumor responses and a rapid regression of CD33(+) AML blasts...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203564/neurotoxicity-following-the-ingestion-of-bilimbi-fruit-averrhoa-bilimbi-in-an-end-stage-renal-disease-patient-on-hemodialysis
#19
Camille Pereira Caetano, Cinara Barros de Sá, Bruno Antônio Paixão Faleiros, Marcelo Fonseca Coutinho Fernandes Gomes, Edna Regina Silva Pereira
INTRODUCTION: The toxic effects of the ingestion of star fruit (Averrhoa carambola) in chronic kidney disease patients are well described in the literature. Recently, the compound caramboxin has been isolated, explaining the mechanisms of its neurotoxicity. Bilimbi fruit belongs to the family Oxalidaceae, Averrhoa bilimbi species, and exhibits similar biochemical characteristics to star fruit. OBJECTIVE: To report the case of a patient with chronic kidney disease who developed a seizure disorder after the ingestion of bilimbi fruit...
January 2017: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199903/the-effect-of-variable-rest-intervals-and-chronic-ankle-instability-on-triplanar-ankle-motion-during-performance-of-the-star-excursion-balance-test
#20
Yong Ung Kwon, D S Blaise Williams
Inadequate rest intervals may contribute to impaired performance during functional tests. However, the effect of different rest intervals on performance of the SEBT in individuals with and without CAI is not known. Our purposes were to determine whether different rest intervals impact ankle kinematics during the SEBT and whether there differences between those two populations. 24 controls and 24 CAI completed 3 trials in 3 reach directions (anteromedial; AM, medial; M, posteromedial; PM). The order of rest intervals and reach distance were randomized and counterbalanced...
February 12, 2017: Human Movement Science
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