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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644964/determination-of-absolute-material-nonlinearity-with-air-coupled-ultrasonic-receivers
#1
David Torello, Nicholas Selby, Jin-Yeon Kim, Jianmin Qu, Laurence J Jacobs
Quantitative evaluation of the microstructural state of a specimen can be deduced from knowledge of the sample's absolute acoustic nonlinearity parameter, β, making the measurement of β a powerful tool in the NDE toolbox. However, the various methods used in the past to measure β each suffer from significant limitations. Piezoelectric contact transducers are sensitive to nonlinear signals, cheap, and simple to use, but they are hindered by the variability of the interfacial contact between transducer and specimen surface...
June 3, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644898/spatio-temporal-orientation-of-microtubules-controls-conical-cell-shape-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-petals
#2
Huibo Ren, Xie Dang, Xianzhi Cai, Peihang Yu, Yajun Li, Shanshan Zhang, Menghong Liu, Binqing Chen, Deshu Lin
The physiological functions of epidermal cells are largely determined by their diverse morphologies. Most flowering plants have special conical-shaped petal epidermal cells that are thought to influence light capture and reflectance, and provide pollinator grips, but the molecular mechanisms controlling conical cell shape remain largely unknown. Here, we developed a live-confocal imaging approach to quantify geometric parameters of conical cells in Arabidopsis thaliana (A.thaliana). Through genetic screens, we identified katanin (KTN1) mutants showing a phenotype of decreased tip sharpening of conical cells...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644890/drivers-of-coral-reef-marine-protected-area-performance
#3
Venetia Alexa Hargreaves-Allen, Susana Mourato, Eleanor Jane Milner-Gulland
Coral reefs are severely threatened and a principal strategy for their conservation is marine protected areas (MPAs). However the drivers of MPA performance are complex and there are likely to be trade-offs between different types of performance (e.g. conservation or welfare related outcomes). We compiled a global dataset from expert knowledge for 76 coral reef MPAs in 33 countries and identified a set of performance measures reflecting ecological and socio-economic outcomes, achievement of aims and reduction of threats, using spatial or temporal comparisons wherever possible...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644874/position-and-orientation-inference-via-on-board-triangulation
#4
Madhu Advani, Daniel S Weile
This work proposes a new approach to determine the spatial location and orientation of an object using measurements performed on the object itself. The on-board triangulation algorithm we outline could be implemented in lieu of, or in addition to, well-known alternatives such as Global Positioning System (GPS) or standard triangulation, since both of these correspond to significantly different geometric pictures and necessitate different hardware and algorithms. We motivate the theory by describing situations in which on-board triangulation would be useful and even preferable to standard methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644827/what-drives-cooperative-breeding
#5
Walter D Koenig
Cooperative breeding, in which more than a pair of conspecifics cooperate to raise young at a single nest or brood, is widespread among vertebrates but highly variable in its geographic distribution. Particularly vexing has been identifying the ecological correlates of this phenomenon, which has been suggested to be favored in populations inhabiting both relatively stable, productive environments and in populations living under highly variable and unpredictable conditions. Griesser et al. provide a novel approach to this problem, performing a phylogenetic analysis indicating that family living is an intermediate step between nonsocial and cooperative breeding birds...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644695/peer-supported-open-dialogue-a-thematic-analysis-of-trainee-perspectives-on-the-approach-and-training
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Tom Stockmann, Lisa Wood, Gabriela Enache, Frankie Withers, Lauren Gavaghan, Russell Razzaque
BACKGROUND: Open Dialogue (OD) is a Finnish social network based model of care, with practice and organisational aspects. Peer-supported Open Dialogue (POD) is a UK version involving peer workers, whose contributions include building on fragmented social networks. Fifty-four NHS staff undertook the first training in POD between 2014 and 2015. The training course was organised as four separate residential weeks, together with reflective sharing on an online platform. AIMS: This study aimed to explore the perspectives of the POD trainees on the training and the POD approach...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644629/environmental-polymer-degradation-using-the-distonic-radical-ion-approach-to-study-the-gas-phase-reactions-of-model-polyester-radicals
#7
Bethany I Taggert, Richard A J O'Hair, Uta Wille
A novel precursor to the distonic O- and C-centred radical cations Oxo+O• and Oxo+C• was designed and synthesized, which represent model systems for radicals produced during polyester degradation. The precursor is equipped with a nitrate functional group, which serves as a masked site for these alkoxyl and carbon radicals that are unleashed through collision-induced dissociation (CID). Oxo+O• and Oxo+C• feature a cyclic carboxonium ion as permanent charge tag to enable monitoring their ion-molecule reactions on the millisecond to second timescale in the ion trap of the mass spectrometer...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644550/biphasic-liquid-crystal-and-the-simultaneous-measurement-of-isotropic-and-anisotropic-parameters-by-spatially-resolved-nmr-spectroscopy
#8
Malin Reller, Svenja Wesp, Martin R M Koos, Michael Knut Reggelin, Burkhard Luy
Residual dipolar couplings and other anisotropic NMR parameters are powerful tools for molecular structure elucidation when conventional techniques do not suffice. With current liquid crystalline preparations, it is necessary to prepare two samples to extract isotropic and anisotropic data from spectra and to derive the residual dipolar couplings. Here, we present the preparation, measurement, and interpretation of a novel biphasic liquid crystalline phase where a single sample can be used to generate both isotropic and anisotropic data...
June 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644548/repetitive-peripheral-magnetic-stimulation-for-activities-of-daily-living-and-functional-ability-in-people-after-stroke
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REVIEW
Ryo Momosaki, Naoki Yamada, Erika Ota, Masahiro Abo
BACKGROUND: Repetitive peripheral magnetic stimulation (rPMS) is a form of therapy that creates painless stimulation of deep muscle structures to improve motor function in people with physical impairment from brain or nerve disorders. Use of rPMS for people after stroke has been identified as a feasible approach to improve activities of daily living and functional ability. However, no systematic reviews have assessed the findings of available trials. The effect and safety of this intervention for people after stroke currently remain uncertain...
June 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644547/a-genetic-epidemiology-study-of-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-in-italy
#10
Alessandro Gialluisi, Soara Menabò, Lilia Baldazzi, Letizia Casula, Antonella Meloni, Maria Carla Farci, Stefano Mariotti, Luisa Balestrino, Rita Ortolano, Stefania Murru, Carlo Carcassi, Sandro Loche, Antonio Balsamo, Giovanni Romeo
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21OHD-CAH) is an autosomal recessive disorder affecting steroidogenesis, due to mutations in CYP21A2 (6p21.3). 21OHD-CAH neonatal screening is based on 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17OHP) serum levels, showing high type I error rate and low sensitivity to mild CAH forms. Here, we used an epidemiological approach, which estimates the allelic frequency (q) of an autosomal recessive disorder using the proportion of homozygous patients, the mutational spectrum and the inbreeding coefficient in a sample of affected individuals...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644544/the-frontal-peak-sign-a-potential-new-indication-of-open-approach-in-frontal-sinus-mucoceles-with-posterior-table-erosion-a-retrospective-chart-review-of-thirty-seven-patients
#11
Emilie Béquignon, Jean-Philippe Blancal, Jean-Pierre Guichard, Katell Ruellan, Romain Kania, Elisabeth Sauvaget, Damien Bresson, Philippe Herman, Benjamin Verillaud
To date, most frontal mucoceles are treated endoscopically, provided that there is no major neo-osteogenesis and that the frontal sinus floor is wide enough to provide an adequate working space: the presence of a sinus wall dehiscence is not considered as a contraindication to an endoscopic approach. We report on a series of 37 patients presenting with frontal sinus mucoceles with posterior table erosion. Thirty-three (89.2%) had minimal erosion and/or a limited protrusion of the mucocele within the anterior cranial fossa on CT-scan, and were successfully operated on through an endoscopic approach...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644529/reciprocal-cooperation-of-phytochemicals-and-micronutrients-against-typical-and-atypical-forms-of-borrelia-spp
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Anna Goc, Alexandra Niedzwiecki, Matthias Rath
AIMS: Borrelia spp., a causative pathogenic factor of Lyme disease, has become a major public health threat. Current treatments based on antibiotics often lead to relapse after their withdrawal. Naturally derived substances that could work synergistically to display higher efficacy compared to the individual components may serve as a resource for the development of novel approaches to combat both active and latent forms of Borrelia spp. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using checkerboard assay, we investigated the anti-borreliae reciprocal cooperation of phytochemicals and micronutrients against two species of Borrelia selected as prevalent causes of Lyme disease in the US and Europe...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644492/electronic-properties-of-blue-phosphorene-graphene-and-blue-phosphorene-graphene-like-gallium-nitride-heterostructures
#13
Minglei Sun, Jyh-Pin Chou, Jin Yu, Wencheng Tang
Blue phosphorene (BlueP) is a graphene-like phosphorus nanosheet which was synthesized very recently for the first time [Nano Lett., 2016, 16, 4903-4908]. The combination of electronic properties of two different two-dimensional materials in an ultrathin van der Waals (vdW) vertical heterostructure has been proved to be an effective approach to the design of novel electronic and optoelectronic devices. Therefore, we used density functional theory to investigate the structural and electronic properties of two BlueP-based heterostructures - BlueP/graphene (BlueP/G) and BlueP/graphene-like gallium nitride (BlueP/g-GaN)...
June 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644444/energy-and-carbon-metabolisms-in-a-deep-terrestrial-subsurface-fluid-microbial-community
#14
Lily Momper, Sean P Jungbluth, Michael D Lee, Jan P Amend
The terrestrial deep subsurface is a huge repository of microbial biomass, but in relation to its size and physical heterogeneity, few sites have been investigated in detail. Here, we applied a culture-independent metagenomic approach to characterize the microbial community composition in deep (1500 meters below surface) terrestrial fluids. Samples were collected from a former gold mine in Lead, South Dakota, USA, now Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). We reconstructed 74 genomes from metagenomes (MAGs), enabling the identification of common metabolic pathways...
June 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644423/probing-the-interaction-of-dielectric-nanoparticles-with-supported-lipid-membrane-coatings-on-nanoplasmonic-arrays
#15
Abdul Rahim Ferhan, Gamaliel Junren Ma, Joshua A Jackman, Tun Naw Sut, Jae Hyeon Park, Nam-Joon Cho
The integration of supported lipid membranes with surface-based nanoplasmonic arrays provides a powerful sensing approach to investigate biointerfacial phenomena at membrane interfaces. While a growing number of lipid vesicles, protein, and nucleic acid systems have been explored with nanoplasmonic sensors, there has been only very limited investigation of the interactions between solution-phase nanomaterials and supported lipid membranes. Herein, we established a surface-based localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensing platform for probing the interaction of dielectric nanoparticles with supported lipid bilayer (SLB)-coated, plasmonic nanodisk arrays...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644413/clonal-diversity-of-esbl-producing-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-environmental-human-and-food-samples
#16
Elena Ojer-Usoz, David González, Ana Isabel Vitas
This study presents a comprehensive approach of a clonal diversity analysis of 448 Extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing E. coli isolated from environmental, human and food samples in Spain. The phenotypic confirmation of ESBL production was performed by disc diffusion and microdilution methods, while Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and sequencing were used for the molecular characterization of β-lactamase genes (blaCTX-M, blaSHV, blaTEM, blaOXA). Clonal relationship of isolates was determined by multi-locus sequence typing (MLST)...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644405/socioeconomic-status-and-health-a-new-approach-to-the-measurement-of-bivariate-inequality
#17
Guido Erreygers, Roselinde Kessels
We suggest an alternative way to construct a family of indices of socioeconomic inequality of health. Our indices belong to the broad category of linear indices. In contrast to rank-dependent indices, which are defined in terms of the ranks of the socioeconomic variable and the levels of the health variable, our indices are based on the levels of both the socioeconomic and the health variable. We also indicate how the indices can be modified in order to introduce sensitivity to inequality in the socioeconomic distribution and to inequality in the health distribution...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644404/garlic-organosulfur-compounds-reduce-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress-during-dengue-virus-infection
#18
Alex Hall, Andrea Troupin, Berlin Londono-Renteria, Tonya M Colpitts
Dengue virus (DENV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that causes significant global human disease and mortality. One approach to develop treatments for DENV infection and the prevention of severe disease is through investigation of natural medicines. Inflammation plays both beneficial and harmful roles during DENV infection. Studies have proposed that the oxidative stress response may be one mechanism responsible for triggering inflammation during DENV infection. Thus, blocking the oxidative stress response could reduce inflammation and the development of severe disease...
June 23, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644402/choosing-surgery-for-neurogenic-tos-the-roles-of-physical-exam-physical-therapy-and-imaging
#19
REVIEW
David P Kuwayama, Jason R Lund, Charles O Brantigan, Natalia O Glebova
Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (nTOS) is characterized by arm and hand pain, paresthesias, and sometimes weakness resulting from compression of the brachial plexus within the thoracic outlet. While it is the most common subtype of TOS, nTOS can be difficult to diagnose. Furthermore, patient selection for surgical treatment can be challenging as symptoms may be vague and ambiguous, and diagnostic studies may be equivocal. Herein, we describe some approaches to aid in identifying patients who would be expected to benefit from surgical intervention for nTOS...
June 23, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644335/practice-bulletin-number-179-breast-cancer-risk-assessment-and-screening-in-average-risk-women
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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death in American women (1). Regular screening mammography starting at age 40 years reduces breast cancer mortality in average-risk women (2). Screening, however, also exposes women to harm through false-positive test results and overdiagnosis of biologically indolent lesions. Differences in balancing benefits and harms have led to differences among major guidelines about what age to start, what age to stop, and how frequently to recommend mammography screening in average-risk women (2-4)...
July 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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