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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454130/directly-modulated-green-light-diode-pumped-solid-state-laser-for-underwater-wireless-optical-communication
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Jing Xu, Meiwei Kong, Aobo Lin, Yuhang Song, Jun Han, Zhiwei Xu, Bo Wu, Shiming Gao, Ning Deng
It is widely known that a diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) has very limited modulation bandwidth. Recently, we directed our attention toward the opportunities for directly modulating a DPSSL to generate high-speed green-light signals, with high power and superior beam quality, which are highly desirable in underwater wireless optical communication. The constraint imposed by the limited modulation bandwidth of a DPSSL is circumvented with the strategy of orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing and power loading...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454077/comparison-of-ftir-atr-and-raman-spectroscopy-in-determination-of-vldl-triglycerides-in-blood-serum-with-pls-regression
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Adam Oleszko, Jadwiga Hartwich, Anna Wójtowicz, Marlena Gąsior-Głogowska, Hubert Huras, Małgorzata Komorowska
Hypertriglyceridemia, related with triglyceride (TG) in plasma above 1.7mmol/L is one of the cardiovascular risk factors. Very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) are the main TG carriers. Despite being time consuming, demanding well-qualified staff and expensive instrumentation, ultracentrifugation technique still remains the gold standard for the VLDL isolation. Therefore faster and simpler method of VLDL-TG determination is needed. Vibrational spectroscopy, including FT-IR and Raman, is widely used technique in lipid and protein research...
April 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454075/a-novel-highly-sensitive-selective-reversible-and-turn-on-chemi-sensor-based-on-schiff-base-for-rapid-detection-of-cu-ii
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Sayed M Saleh, Reham Ali, Ibrahim A I Ali
In this work, a novel optical fluoro-chemisensor was designed and synthesized for copper (II) ions detection. The sensor film is created by embedded N,N-Bis(2-hydroxo-5-bromobenzyl)ethylenediamine in poly vinyl chloride (PVC) film in presence of dioctyl phthalate (DOP) as plasticizer. The receptor Schiff base reveals "off-on" mode with high selectivity, significant sensitivity to Cu(II) ions. The selectivity of optical sensor for Cu(II) ions is the result of chelation enhanced fluorescence (CHEF). The optimal conditions of pH and response time at which higher efficiency of sensor film is performed was found to be 6...
April 20, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453757/incidence-and-phenotype-at-diagnosis-of-very-early-onset-compared-with-later-onset-paediatric-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-population-based-study-1988-2011
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E Bequet, H Sarter, M Fumery, F Vasseur, L Armengol-Debeir, B Pariente, D Ley, C Spyckerelle, H Coevoet, J E Laberenne, L Peyrin-Biroulet, G Savoye, D Turck, C Gower-Rousseau
Background and Aims: Very-early-onset inflammatory bowel disease [VEO-IBD] is a form of IBD that is distinct from that of children with an older onset. We compared changes over time in the incidence and phenotype at diagnosis between two groups according to age at IBD diagnosis: VEO-IBD diagnosed before the age of 6 years, and early-onset IBD [EO-IBD] diagnosed between 6 and 16 years of age. Methods: Data were obtained from a cohort enrolled in a prospective French population-based registry from 1988 to 2011...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453715/the-inequity-of-inpatient-services-in-rural-areas-and-the-new-type-rural-cooperative-medical-system-nrcms-in-china-repeated-cross-sectional-analysis
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Bingbing Pan, Samuel D Towne, Yuxing Chen, ZhaoKang Yuan
Objective : The main aim of the New-type Rural Cooperative Medical System (NRCMS) put into effect in 2003 was to reduce financial barriers in accessing health care services among vulnerable populations. The aim of this study was to assess the association between NRCMS and income related inequality in hospital utilization among rural inhabitants in Jiangxi Province, China. Methods : A multistage stratified random cluster sampling method was adopted to select 1838, 1879, and 1890 households as participants in 2003/2004, 2008 and 2014, respectively...
June 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453688/edlib-a-c-c%C3%A2-library-for-fast-exact-sequence-alignment-using-edit-distance
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Martin Šošic, Mile Šikic
Summary: We present Edlib, an open-source C/C ++ library for exact pairwise sequence alignment using edit distance. We compare Edlib to other libraries and show that it is the fastest while not lacking in functionality and can also easily handle very large sequences. Being easy to use, flexible, fast and low on memory usage, we expect it to be easily adopted as a building block for future bioinformatics tools. Availability and Implementation: Source code, installation instructions and test data are freely available for download at https://github...
May 1, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453659/udp-glucuronosyltransferase-ugt-2b-subfamily-interspecies-differences-in-carnivores
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Takamitsu Kondo, Yoshinori Ikenaka, Shouta M M Nakayama, Yusuke K Kawai, Hazuki Mizukawa, Yoko Mitani, Kei Nomyama, Shinsuke Tanabe, Mayumi Ishizuka
UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) are among the most important xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes that conjugate a wide range of chemicals. Previous studies showed that Felidae and Pinnipedia species have very low UGT activities toward some phenolic compounds because of the UGT1A6 pseudogene and small numbers of UGT1A isozymes. In addition to the UGT1As, UGT2Bs isozymes also conjugate various endogenous (e.g., estrogens, androgens, and bile acids) and exogenous compounds (opioids, NSAIDs, and environmental pollutants)...
April 27, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453635/peak-bone-mass-and-bone-microarchitecture-in-adults-born-with-low-birth-weight-preterm-or-at-term-a-cohort-study
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Chandima Balasuriya, Kari Anne I Evensen, Mats P Mosti, Ann-Mari Brubakk, Geir W Jacobsen, Marit S Indredavik, Berit Schei, Astrid Kamilla Stunes, Unni Syversen
Context and objectives: Peak bone mass (PBM) is regarded as the most important determinant of osteoporosis. Growing evidence suggests a role of intrauterine programming in skeletal development. We examined PBM and trabecular bone score (TBS) in adults born preterm with very low birth weight (VLBW) or small for gestational age (SGA) at term compared with term-born controls. Design, setting, participants and outcomes: This follow-up cohort study included 186 men and women (25-28 years); 52 preterm VLBW (≤ 1500g), 59 term-born SGA (< 10th percentile), and 75 controls (>10th percentile)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453495/constructing-an-outcome-measure-of-occupational-experience-an-application-of-rasch-measurement-methods
#9
Brett Berg, Karen Atler, Anne G Fisher
Rasch methods were used to evaluate and further develop the Daily Experiences of Pleasure, Productivity, and Restoration Profile (PPR Profile) into a health outcome measure of occupational experience. Analyses of 263 participant PPR Profiles focused on rating scale structure, dimensionality, and reliability. All rating scale categories increased with the intended meaning of the scales, but only 20 of the 21 category measures fit the Rasch rating scale model (RRSM). Several items also did not fit the RRSM and results of residual principal components analyses suggested possible second dimensions in each scale...
2017: Journal of Applied Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453456/the-synergic-effect-of-hpv-infection-and-epigenetic-anomaly-of-the-p16-gene-in-the-development-of-cervical-cancer
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Arif Ahmad, Mohammad Raish, Mohammad Shahid, Swaraj Batra, Vineeta Batra, Syed Akhtar Husain
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in Indian women. Infection with a high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) is the greatest risk factor for developing cervical cancer. The genetic and epigenetic changes in the tumor suppressor p16 gene is play an important role in the development of cervical cancer. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the expression and promoter methylation of p16 gene in HR-HPV infected squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix. METHODS: To find out p16INK4a expression and methylation status 105 squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix were investigated by using immunohistochemistry and Methylation Specific PCR techniques...
April 14, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449487/performance-in-the-shuttle-walk-test-is-associated-with-cardiopulmonary-complications-after-lung-resections
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Joseph Fennelly, Lauren Potter, Cecilia Pompili, Alessandro Brunelli
BACKGROUND: The current functional guidelines recommend the shuttle walk test (SWT) as an initial screening tool to identify candidates for lung resection without requiring cardiopulmonary exercise testing. This study aims to: (I) assess the use of the SWT in predicting postoperative cardiopulmonary complications; and (II) determine whether the recommended 400 m cut-off is an appropriate distance. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 101 patients that had performed a SWT prior to surgery...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449311/reproducibility-of-the-international-endometrial-analysis-group-color-score-for-assigning-the-amount-of-flow-within-the-endometrium-using-stored-3-dimensional-volumes
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Juan Luis Alcázar, María Ángela Pascual, Silvia Ajossa, Cristina de Lorenzo, Alba Piras, Lourdes Hereter, Leire Juez, Paola Fabbri, Betlem Graupera, Stefano Guerriero
OBJECTIVES: To estimate intraobserver and interobserver reproducibility for assigning an International Endometrial Tumor Analysis (IETA) group color score for endometrial vascularization on color Doppler imaging. METHODS: Sixty-eight endometrial 3-dimensional volumes from endometrial color Doppler assessments of women with different endometrial disorders were evaluated by 8 different examiners (4 skilled examiners and 4 obstetric and gynecologic trainees). One skilled examiner who did not participate in the assessments selected the 68 volumes from a database to select a balanced number of each IETA score...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449270/strong-association-between-cardiorespiratory-fitness-and-serum-lipoprotein-subclass-pattern-in-prepubertal-healthy-children
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Geir Kåre Resaland, Tarja Rajalahti, Eivind Aadland, Olav Martin Kvalheim
AIM: To reveal the lipoprotein subclass pattern associated to cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) in healthy children. METHODS: Serum concentrations of lipoprotein subclasses and concentrations and average particle size of their main classes were quantified in 94 ethnic Norwegian children using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Twenty-four lipoprotein features were used as input to multivariate regression analysis with CRF measured either as peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak) using a continuous treadmill protocol or indirectly by the 10 minute Andersen intermittent running field test...
April 27, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449261/exploring-uncertainty-of-amazon-dieback-in-a-perturbed-parameter-earth-system-ensemble
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Chris A Boulton, Ben B B Booth, Peter Good
The future of the Amazon rainforest is unknown due to uncertainties in projected climate change and the response of the forest to this change (forest resiliency). Here we explore the effect of some uncertainties in climate and land surface processes on the future of the forest, using a perturbed physics ensemble of HadCM3C. This is the first time Amazon forest changes are presented using an ensemble exploring both land vegetation processes and physical climate feedbacks in a fully coupled modelling framework...
April 27, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449257/the-development-and-application-of-random-match-probabilities-to-firearm-and-toolmark-identification
#15
John E Murdock, Nicholas D K Petraco, John I Thornton, Michael T Neel, Todd J Weller, Robert M Thompson, James E Hamby, Eric R Collins
The field of firearms and toolmark analysis has encountered deep scrutiny of late, stemming from a handful of voices, primarily in the law and statistical communities. While strong scrutiny is a healthy and necessary part of any scientific endeavor, much of the current criticism leveled at firearm and toolmark analysis is, at best, misinformed and, at worst, punditry. One of the most persistent criticisms stems from the view that as the field lacks quantified random match probability data (or at least a firm statistical model) with which to calculate the probability of a false match, all expert testimony concerning firearm and toolmark identification or source attribution is unreliable and should be ruled inadmissible...
May 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448938/choice-modeling-of-system-wide-or-large-scale-environmental-change-in-a-developing-country-context-lessons-from-the-para%C3%A3-ba-do-sul-river
#16
James R Kahn, William F Vásquez, Carlos Eduardo de Rezende
The Rio Paraiba do Sul is a highly polluted river in south central Brazil, that is contaminated by industrial, agricultural and municipal wastes, as well as being impacted by dams, water withdrawals and deforestation in the watershed. Since only very intensive and farreaching environmental policies could result in water quality improvements, valuing the restoration of the river presents many unique challenges. We develop a choice-modeling approach to valuation of the restoration of this river, with general tightening of environmental policy as the policy, and an increase in prices as the payment vehicle...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448912/effects-of-low-levels-of-ultraviolet-radiation-on-antioxidant-mechanisms-of-japanese-medaka-oryzias-latipes
#17
Wilson F Ramírez-Duarte, Tomofumi Kurobe, Swee J Teh
Extreme weather events like drought are expected to increase with climate change, which will increase exposure of freshwater fish to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Compared to fully grown adult fish, fish in early life stages are more susceptible to UV radiation due to the lack of well-developed pigmentation. Even though several studies have described affectation of fish health after exposure to UV radiation, most of the studies have used intensities that are only found on the surface of the earth crust or at shallow depths in water bodies, and little is known about impacts of weaker UV radiation, which can be found in deep water...
April 20, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448896/differentially-methylated-embryonal-fyn-associated-substrate-efs-gene-as-a-blood-specific-epigenetic-marker-and-its-potential-application-in-forensic-casework
#18
Athina Vidaki, Cecilia Johansson, Federica Giangasparo
DNA methylation patterns have the ability to reveal the activities of genes within a certain tissue at a particular time point. Tissue-specific DNA methylation patterns have been previously investigated for their applicability in the identification of forensically relevant body fluids, however there is still a lack in robust markers. While following a genome-wide scale investigation has a great potential to reveal useful tissue-specific changes, a gene-targeted approach can also lead to significant outcomes, especially in genomic locations not included in the genome-wide experiments...
April 19, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448771/geosmithia-associated-with-bark-beetles-and-woodborers-in-the-western-usa-taxonomic-diversity-and-vector-specificity
#19
Miroslav Kolařík, Jiri Hulcr, Ned Tisserat, Wilhelm De Beer, Martin Kostovčík, Zuzana Kolaříková, Steven J Seybold, David M Rizzo
Fungi in the genus Geosmithia (Ascomycota: Hypocreales) are frequent associates of bark beetles and woodborers that colonize hardwood and coniferous trees. One species, Geosmithia morbida, is an economically damaging invasive species. The authors surveyed the Geosmithia species of California and Colorado, USA, to (i) provide baseline data on taxonomy of Geosmithia and beetle vector specificity across the western USA; (ii) investigate the subcortical beetle fauna for alternative vectors of the invasive G. morbida; and (iii) interpret the community composition of this region within the emerging global biogeography of Geosmithia...
April 24, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448763/analysis-of-postoperative-ultrasonography-surveillance-after-hemithyroidectomy-in-patients-with-papillary-thyroid-microcarcinoma-a-multicenter-study
#20
Hye Jin Baek, Dong Wook Kim, Chang Yoon Lee, Jung Yin Huh, Jin Yong Sung, Yoon Jung Choi
OBJECTIVE: The optimal follow-up interval for postoperative ultrasonography (US) surveillance after hemithyroidectomy in patients with papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) is unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of tumor recurrence/persistence and to investigate the appropriateness of postoperative US surveillance in PTMC patients who underwent hemithyroidectomy. METHODS: Our institutional review board approved this retrospective study...
April 27, 2017: Endocrine Practice
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