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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092853/operative-vaginal-delivery-and-invasive-procedures-in-pregnancy-among-women-living-with-hiv
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Helen Peters, Kate Francis, Kate Harding, Pat A Tookey, Claire Thorne
OBJECTIVES: To describe the use and outcomes of operative delivery and invasive procedures in pregnancy amongst women living with HIV. STUDY DESIGN: The National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood (NSHPC) is a comprehensive population-based surveillance study in the UK and Ireland. The NSHPC has collected data on operative delivery since 2008, and invasive procedures in pregnancy (amniocentesis, cordocentesis, chorionic villus sampling) from 2012. Descriptive analyses were conducted on 278 pregnancies expected to deliver from 1 January 2008 with outcome reported to the NSHPC by 31 March 2016...
December 24, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092758/between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place-economic-expansion-and-social-responsibility-in-uk-media-discourses-on-the-global-alcohol-industry
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Mary Thornton, Benjamin Hawkins
CONTEXT: Transnational alcohol corporations (TACs) employ a range of strategies to achieve their business objectives, including attempts to frame perceptions of their activities in media debates. TACs aim to achieve a favourable regulatory environment by presenting themselves as socially responsible actors. However, the need to secure financial investment means they must also emphasise their potential for growth. This article investigates tensions between these objectives in coverage of the global alcohol industry in the UK print media...
January 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092636/an-analysis-of-intrinsic-variations-of-low-frequency-shear-wave-speed-in-a-stochastic-tissue-model-the-first-application-for-staging-liver-fibrosis
#3
Yu Wang, Min Wang, Jingfeng Jiang
Shear wave elastography is increasingly being used to non-invasively stage liver fibrosis by measuring shear wave speed (SWS). This study quantitatively investigates intrinsic variations among SWS measurements obtained from heterogeneous media such as fibrotic livers. More specifically, it aims to demonstrate that intrinsic variations in SWS measurements, in general, follow a non-Gaussian distribution and are related to the heterogeneous nature of the medium being measured. Using the principle of maximum entropy (ME), our primary objective is to derive a probability density function (PDF) of the SWS distribution in conjunction with a lossless stochastic tissue model...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092550/-l_0-gradient-projection
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Shunsuke Ono
Minimizing L0 gradient, the number of the nonzero gradients of an image, together with a quadratic datafidelity to an input image has been recognized as a powerful edge-preserving filtering method. However, the L0 gradient minimization has an inherent difficulty: a user-given parameter controlling the degree of flatness does not have a physical meaning since the parameter just balances the relative importance of the L0 gradient term to the quadratic data-fidelity term. As a result, the setting of the parameter is a troublesome work in the L0 gradient minimization...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092540/robust-and-discriminative-labeling-for-multi-label-active-learning-based-on-maximum-correntropy-criterion
#5
Bo Du, Zengmao Wang, Lefei Zhang, Liangpei Zhang, Dacheng Tao
Multi-label learning draws great interests in many real world applications. It is a highly costly task to assign many labels by the oracle for one instance. Meanwhile, it is also hard to build a good model without diagnosing discriminative labels. Can we reduce the label costs and improve the ability to train a good model for multi-label learning simultaneously? Active learning addresses the less training samples problem by querying the most valuable samples to achieve a better performance with little costs...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092133/why-are-dithienylethene-linked-biscobaltocenes-so-hard-to-photoswitch
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Jürgen Heck, Alejandra Escribano, Torben Steenbock, Carmen Herrmann, Conrad Stork
Attaching an organometallic unit to a dithienylethene (DTE) molecular switch can allow to vary its switching and spectroscopic properties, and to create switchable magnetic properties. In this work, two different dithienylethene molecular switches were used as a bridge between two cobalt sandwich units. The only difference between the switching cores was in the size of the cycloalkene ring connecting both thiophene rings. The complexes present different oxidation states for the cobalt atoms, which were demonstrated to determine the switching reaction...
January 16, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091889/theoretical-insights-into-the-effects-of-molar-ratios-on-stabilities-mechanical-properties-and-detonation-performance-of-cl-20-hmx-cocrystal-explosives-by-molecular-dynamics-simulation
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Gui-Yun Hang, Wen-Li Yu, Tao Wang, Jin-Tao Wang, Zhen Li
To research and estimate the effects of molar ratios on structures, stabilities, mechanical properties, and detonation properties of CL-20/HMX cocrystal explosive, the CL-20/HMX cocrystal explosive models with different molar ratios were established in Materials Studio (MS). The crystal parameters, structures, stabilities, mechanical properties, and some detonation parameters of different cocrystal explosives were obtained and compared. The molecular dynamics (MD) simulation results illustrate that the molar ratios of CL-20/HMX have a direct influence on the comprehensive performance of cocrystal explosive...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091742/c-jun-is-differentially-expressed-in-embryonic-and-adult-neural-precursor-cells
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Fumiaki Kawashima, Kengo Saito, Hirofumi Kurata, Yoshihiro Maegaki, Tetsuji Mori
c-jun, a major component of AP-1 transcription factor, has a wide variety of functions. In the embryonic brain, c-jun mRNA is abundantly expressed in germinal layers around the ventricles. Although the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the adult brain is a derivative of embryonic germinal layers and contains neural precursor cells (NPCs), the c-jun expression pattern is not clear. To study the function of c-jun in adult neurogenesis, we analyzed c-jun expression in the adult SVZ by immunohistochemistry and compared it with that of the embryonic brain...
January 16, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091741/chemical-physical-and-biological-factors-shape-littoral-invertebrate-community-structure-in-coal-mining-end-pit-lakes
#9
Andreas Luek, Joseph B Rasmussen
Aquatic invertebrates form the base of the consumer food web in lakes. In coal-mining end-pit lakes, invertebrates are exposed to an environment with potentially challenging physical and chemical features. We hypothesized that the physical and chemical features of end-pit lakes reduce critical littoral habitat and thus reduce invertebrate diversity, thereby limiting the potential for these lakes to be naturalized. We used a multivariate approach using principle component analysis and redundancy analysis to study relationships between invertebrate community structure, habitat features, and water quality in five end-pit lakes and five natural lakes in the Rocky Mountain foothills of west-central Alberta, Canada...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091709/use-of-in-silico-models-for-prioritization-of-heat-induced-food-contaminants-in-mutagenicity-and-carcinogenicity-testing
#10
Falko Frenzel, Thorsten Buhrke, Irina Wenzel, Jennifer Andrack, Jan Hielscher, Alfonso Lampen
Numerous Maillard reaction and lipid oxidation products are present in processed foods such as heated cereals, roasted meat, refined oils, coffee, and juices. Due to the lack of experimental toxicological data, risk assessment is hardly possible for most of these compounds. In the present study, an in silico approach was employed for the prediction of the toxicological endpoints mutagenicity and carcinogenicity on the basis of the structure of the respective compound, to examine (quantitative) structure-activity relationships for more than 800 compounds...
January 16, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091673/conformational-and-electronic-effects-on-the-formation-of-anti-cyclobutane-pyrimidine-dimers-in-g-quadruplex-structures
#11
Wook Lee, Spiridoula Matsika
Cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) are the most commonly formed photochemical products when nucleic acids interact with UV radiation. In duplex DNA, the relative inflexible structure allows for only the cis, syn CPD isomer to be formed. G-quadruplex structures, however, have loops that are more flexible and allow for different orientations of the bases to interact. As a result, the highly unusual formation of an anti CPD has been observed in these structures. Due to the close proximity between two opposing loops containing the TTA sequence in two G-quadruplex structures (called "form-3" and "basket"), a high yield of anti CPD formation was expected in these structures...
January 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090762/use-of-ace-inhibition-and-blood-pressure-management-in-deferring-dialysis-initiation
#12
Lucia Del Vecchio, Ugo Teatini, Francesco Locatelli
Elevated blood pressure is one of the most significant risk factor for the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD); its treatment is a milestone in CKD management. While it is accepted that a stricter blood pressure control is indicated in patients with proteinuria or microalbuminuria, the exact degree of blood pressure reduction to be obtained in CKD patients is still under debate. Following more recent interpretation of old trials, a BP target for < 140/90 mmHg is suggested for non-proteinuric CKD patients...
January 13, 2017: Panminerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090748/electrochemically-driven-transformation-of-amorphous-carbons-to-crystalline-graphite-nanoflakes-a-facile-and-mild-graphitization-method
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Junjun Peng, Nanqing Chen, Rui He, Zhiyong Wang, Sheng Dai, Xianbo Jin
Although, in the carbon family, graphite is the most thermodynamically stable allotrope, conversion of other carbon allotropes, even amorphous carbons, into graphite is extremely hard. We report a simple electrochemical route for the graphitization of amorphous carbons through cathodic polarization in molten CaCl2 at temperatures of about 1100 K, which generates porous graphite comprising petaloid nanoflakes. This nanostructured graphite allows fast and reversible intercalation/deintercalation of anions, promising a superior cathode material for batteries...
January 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090035/effect-of-ice-quenching-on-the-change-in-hardness-of-a-pd-au-zn-alloy-during-porcelain-firing-simulation
#14
Hye-Jeong Shin, Min-Jung Kim, Hyung-Il Kim, Yong Hoon Kwon, Hyo-Joung Seol
This study examined the effect of ice-quenching after degassing on the change in hardness of a Pd-Au-Zn alloy during porcelain firing simulations. By ice-quenching after degassing, the specimens were softened due to homogenization without the need for an additional softening heat treatment. The lowered hardness by ice-quenching after degassing was recovered greatly from the first stage of porcelain firing process by controlling the cooling rate. The increase in hardness during cooling after porcelain firing was attributed to the precipitation of the f...
January 13, 2017: Dental Materials Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090031/differentiation-behavior-of-ips-cells-cultured-on-plga-with-osteoinduction-medium
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Reiko Tokita, Kei Nakajima, Kenji Inoue, Akram Al-Wahabi, Tungalag Ser-Od, Kenichi Matsuzaka, Takashi Inoue
In the present report, we have generated osteoblast-like cells derived from mouse induced-pluripotent stem (iPS) cells on PLGA with osteoinduction medium in vitro and in vivo. The cell culture period was 2 weeks. At 2 weeks, mRNA level of type I collagen was significantly higher than at 1 week. Osteocalcin mRNA level at 2 weeks was tendency to increase compared with at 1 week. And the cells cultured on PLGA were positive for immunofluorescent staining of osteocalcin and alizarin red S staining. The scaffold and osteogenic-like cells induced in vitro were implanted subcutaneously into SCID mice...
January 13, 2017: Dental Materials Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089789/differing-clinical-characteristics-between-young-and-older-patients-presenting-with-myocardial-infarction
#16
Kyriakos Matsis, Ana Holley, Ali Al-Sinan, Phillip Matsis, Peter D Larsen, Scott A Harding
BACKGROUND: To date, there has been no detailed study of the risk factors and clinical characteristics of patients presenting with myocardial infarction (MI) at a young age in our region. The purpose of this study was to assess the rate and clinical profile of those presenting with young MI in New Zealand. METHODS: We identified a cohort of 1199 patients presenting with acute MI between January 2012 and November 2015 from the Wellington Acute Coronary Syndrome Registry...
November 11, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089326/mechanical-response-of-common-millet-panicum-miliaceum-seeds-under-quasi-static-compression-experiments-and-modeling
#17
Benjamin P J Hasseldine, Chao Gao, Joseph M Collins, Hyun-Do Jung, Tae-Sik Jang, Juha Song, Yaning Li
The common millet (Panicum miliaceum) seedcoat has a fascinating complex microstructure, with jigsaw puzzle-like epidermis cells articulated via wavy intercellular sutures to form a compact layer to protect the kernel inside. However, little research has been conducted on linking the microstructure details with the overall mechanical response of this interesting biological composite. To this end, an integrated experimental-numerical-analytical investigation was conducted to both characterize the microstructure and ascertain the microscale mechanical properties and to test the overall response of kernels and full seeds under macroscale quasi-static compression...
January 6, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088896/formulation-and-optimization-of-lansoprazole-pellets-using-factorial-design-prepared-by-extrusion-spheronization-technique-using-carboxymethyl-tamarind-kernel-powder
#18
Sagar Sopanrao Muley, Tanaji Nandgude, Sushilkumar Poddar
BACKGROUND: In the present study, Lansoprazole pellets were prepared employing a novel excipient Carboxymethyl tamarind kernel powder (CMTKP) using extrusion-spheronization technique. Pellet formulation was optimized for formulation parameters (concentration of microcrystalline cellulose, CMTKP, croscarmellose sodium and isopropyl alcohol). METHODS: Process parameters (speed and duration of spheronization) were optimized using factorial design. The pellets were evaluated for yield, bulk and tapped density, particle size, hardness, drug content, disintegration time and drug release...
January 13, 2017: Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088856/hollow-carbon-spheres-with-abundant-micropores-for-enhanced-co2-adsorption
#19
Xuena Li, Shiyang Bai, Zhengjian Zhu, Ji-Hong Sun, Xiaoqi Jin, Xia Wu, Jian Liu
The interest in the design and controllable fabrication of hollow carbon spheres (HCSs) emanates from their tremendous potential applications in adsorption, energy conversion and storage, and catalysis. However, the effective synthesis of uniform HCSs with high surface area and abundant micropores remains a challenge. In this work, HCSs with tuneable microporous shells were rationally synthesized via hard-template method using resorcinol (R) and formaldehyde (F) as a carbon precursor. The HCSs with very high surface area (1369 m2/g) and abundant micropores (0...
January 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088754/top-considerations-for-creating-bioinformatics-software-documentation
#20
Mehran Karimzadeh, Michael M Hoffman
Investing in documenting your bioinformatics software well can increase its impact and save your time. To maximize the effectiveness of your documentation, we suggest following a few guidelines we propose here. We recommend providing multiple avenues for users to use your research software, including a navigable HTML interface with a quick start, useful help messages with detailed explanation and thorough examples for each feature of your software. By following these guidelines, you can assure that your hard work maximally benefits yourself and others...
January 14, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
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