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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823112/miniaturized-pulsed-laser-source-for-time-domain-diffuse-optics-routes-to-wearable-devices
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Laura Di Sieno, Jan Nissinen, Lauri Hallman, Edoardo Martinenghi, Davide Contini, Antonio Pifferi, Juha Kostamovaara, Alberto Dalla Mora
We validate a miniaturized pulsed laser source for use in time-domain (TD) diffuse optics, following rigorous and shared protocols for performance assessment of this class of devices. This compact source (12×6  mm2) has been previously developed for range finding applications and is able to provide short, high energy (∼100  ps, ∼0.5  nJ) optical pulses at up to 1 MHz repetition rate. Here, we start with a basic level laser characterization with an analysis of suitability of this laser for the diffuse optics application...
August 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822903/uterine-clinical-findings-fertility-rate-leucocyte-migration-and-cox-2-protein-levels-in-the-endometrial-tissue-of-susceptible-mares-treated-with-platelet-rich-plasma-before-and-after-ai
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Lorenzo G Segabinazzi, Aime M Friso, Sebastian B Correal, André M Crespilho, José Antonio Dell'Aqua, Jordi Miró, Frederico O Papa, Marco Antonio Alvarenga
Persistent mating-induced endometritis (PMIE) results in decreased fertility in horses, thereby causing a significant impact in the horse market. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a modulator of the inflammatory response, has been largely used in veterinary medicine. Here, we investigated the effects of PRP on uterine inflammation, conception rate, endometrial polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) migration, and COX-2 protein levels in the endometrial tissue. Thirteen PMIE-susceptible mares were used for artificial insemination (AI)...
August 12, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822856/antigen-presenting-dendritic-cells-in-atherosclerosis
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Jesus Gil-Pulido, Alma Zernecke
Atherosclerosis is characterized by lipid accumulation and chronic inflammation of the arterial wall, involving both innate and adaptive immune responses. Accumulation of lipid-laden macrophages is a key event in atherosclerosis. However, also other immune cells, such as dendritic cells (DC) and T cells, are found within lesions. DCs are classified as a separate lineage of mononuclear phagocytes that arise from progenitors distinct from precursors of monocytes/macrophages. Although a clear attribution of the effects of antigen-presenting cells (APCs) to monocytes/macrophages and DCs is hampered by the use of promiscuous surface markers, recent research has approached to resolve the contribution of bona fide cDCs and their subsets and of plasmacytoid-DCs (pDCs) to atherosclerosis...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822828/targeted-lowering-of-central-blood-pressure-in-patients-with-hypertension-baseline-recruitment-rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-the-low-cbp-study
#4
James E Sharman, Tony Stanton, Christopher M Reid, Anthony Keech, Philip Roberts-Thomson, Simon Stewart, Robert Greenough, Michael Stowasser, Walter P Abhayaratna
BACKGROUND: High blood pressure (BP) is the most common modifiable cause of death from cardiovascular disease. Lowering BP with medication improves patient outcomes, but even in populations with normal upper arm (brachial) BP there remains considerable residual risk for cardiovascular disease and this may be due to persistently elevated central BP. There has never been a trial to determine the value of targeted central BP lowering among patients with hypertension, and this was the aim of this study...
August 16, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822810/post-stress-metabolic-trajectories-in-young-and-old-flies
#5
Hervé Colinet, David Renault
Hallmarks of aging and age-related mortality (actuarial senescence) have received major focus in the published literature, while fewer studies have investigated functional senescence. Age-related decline in the performance of organism is particularly important for organisms exposed to environmental stress, as the range of conditions allowing physiological equilibria narrows with age (homeostenosis concept). During aging, compensatory metabolic responses might occur to maintain the redox potential and homeostasis...
August 16, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822719/thalidomide-is-associated-with-increased-t-cell-activation-and-inflammation-in-antiretroviral-naive-hiv-infected-individuals-in-a-randomised-clinical-trial-of-efficacy-and-safety
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Tânia R C Vergara, Sadia Samer, Joanna R Santos-Oliveira, Leila B Giron, Muhammad Shoaib Arif, Maria Luciana Silva-Freitas, Lia A Cherman, Mauro S Treitsman, Alberto Chebabo, Maria Cecilia A Sucupira, Alda M Da-Cruz, Ricardo Sobhie Diaz
TRIAL DESIGN: Open-label, randomised, controlled, pilot proof-of-concept clinical trial. METHODS: Participants: Antiretroviral naïve adult males with CD4 count ≥350cells/mm(3). INTERVENTIONS: Patients were randomised to receive thalidomide 200mg QD for 3weeks (Thalidomide group) or not (Control group) and followed for 48weeks. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that short-term Thalidomide use would reduce HIV related inflammation and HIV replication among antiretroviral naïve HIV infected individuals...
August 12, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822580/otologic-skills-training
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Gregory J Wiet, Mads Sølvsten Sørensen, Steven Arild Wuyts Andersen
This article presents a summary of the current simulation training for otologic skills. There is a wide variety of educational approaches, assessment tools, and simulators in use, including simple low-cost task trainers to complex computer-based virtual reality systems. A systematic approach to otologic skills training using adult learning theory concepts, such as repeated and distributed practice, self-directed learning, and mastery learning, is necessary for these educational interventions to be effective...
August 16, 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822552/consequences-of-dietary-energy-source-and-energy-level-on-energy-balance-lactogenic-hormones-and-lactation-curve-characteristics-of-cows-after-a-short-or-omitted-dry-period
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R J van Hoeij, J Dijkstra, R M Bruckmaier, J J Gross, T J G M Lam, G J Remmelink, B Kemp, A T M van Knegsel
Omitting the dry period (DP) generally reduces milk production in the subsequent lactation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dietary energy source-glucogenic (G) or lipogenic (L)-and energy level-standard (std) or low-on milk production; energy balance (EB); lactogenic hormones insulin, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), and growth hormone (GH); and lactation curve characteristics between wk 1 and 44 postpartum in cows after a 0-d or 30-d DP. Cows (n = 110) were assigned randomly to 3 transition treatments: a 30-d DP with a standard energy level required for expected milk yield [30-d DP(std)], a 0-d DP with the same energy level as cows with a 30-d DP [0-d DP(std)], and a 0-d DP with a low energy level [0-d DP(low)]...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822499/countervailing-incentives-in-value-based-payment
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Daniel R Arnold
Payment reform has been at the forefront of the movement toward higher-value care in the U.S. health care system. A common belief is that volume-based incentives embedded in fee-for-service need to be replaced with value-based payments. While this belief is well-intended, value-based payment also contains perverse incentives. In particular, behavioral economists have identified several features of individual decision making that reverse some of the typical recommendations for inducing desirable behavior through financial incentives...
September 2017: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822341/mullins-effect-in-polyethylene-and-its-dependency-on-crystal-content-a-network-alteration-model
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M Makki, G Ayoub, H Abdul-Hameed, F Zaïri, B Mansoor, M Naït-Abdelaziz, M Ouederni
This contribution is focused on the Mullins effect in polyethylene. An ultra-low-density polyethylene with 0.15 crystal content, a low-density polyethylene with 0.3 crystal content and a high-density polyethylene with 0.72 crystal content are subjected to cyclic stretching over a large strain range. Experimental observations are first reported to examine how the crystal content influences the Mullins effect in polyethylene. It is found that the cyclic stretching is characterized by a stress-softening, a hysteresis and a residual strain, whose amounts depends on the crystal content and the applied strain...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822288/two-sides-of-the-coin-part-2-colloid-and-surface-science-meets-real-biointerfaces
#11
Barry W Ninham, Kåre Larsson, Pierandrea Lo Nostro
Part 1 revisited developments in lipid and surfactant self assembly over the past 40 years [1]. New concepts emerged. Here we explore how these developments can be used to make sense of and bring order to a range of complex biological phenomena. Together with Part 1, this contribution is a fundamental revision of intuition at the boundaries of Colloid Science and Biological interfaces from a perspective of nearly 50 years. We offer new insights on a unified treatment of self assembly of lipids, surfactants and proteins in the light of developments presented in Part 1...
August 5, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822237/beyond-genomics-targeting-the-epigenome-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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REVIEW
Andrea Kühnl, David Cunningham, Ian Chau
After decades of intense research on genetic alterations in cancer and successful implementation of genetically-based targeted therapies, the field of cancer epigenetics is only beginning to be fully recognized. The discovery of frequent mutations in genes modifying the epigenome in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) has highlighted the outstanding role of epigenetic deregulation in this disease. Identification of epigenetically-driven DLBCL subgroups and development of novel epigenetic drugs have rapidly advanced...
August 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822216/women-s-status-in-disasters-a-gap-between-experts-desk-and-affected-fields-of-iran
#13
Sanaz Sohrabizadeh
Although international agreements have achieved significant milestones in the improvement of women's status, experiences from the fields show a discrepancy between words and actions. The aim of this brief communication was to identify the gap between experts' perceptions and the findings of a large qualitative field survey on women's status in the recent natural disasters of Iran. A total of 10 experts were asked to fill a checklist, which consisted of the concepts extracted from field data. The range of agreement between experts' perceptions and field data was between 40 and 100 percent...
January 2017: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822138/light-microscopy-transmission-electron-microscopy-and-immunohistochemistry-protocols-for-studying-photorespiration
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Roxana Khoshravesh, Vanessa Lundsgaard-Nielsen, Stefanie Sultmanis, Tammy L Sage
High-resolution images obtained from plant tissues processed for light microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and immunohistochemistry have provided crucial links between plant subcellular structure and physiology during photorespiration as well as the impact of photorespiration on plant evolution and development. This chapter presents established protocols to guide researchers in the preparation of plant tissues for high-resolution imaging with a light and transmission electron microscope and detection of proteins using immunohistochemistry...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821905/-erratum-to-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-treatment-concepts-in-transition
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B Eichhorst, M Hallek
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 18, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821869/trpm6-and-trpm7-differentially-contribute-to-the-relief-of-heteromeric-trpm6-7-channels-from-inhibition-by-cytosolic-mg-2-and-mg%C3%A2-atp
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Silvia Ferioli, Susanna Zierler, Joanna Zaißerer, Johann Schredelseker, Thomas Gudermann, Vladimir Chubanov
TRPM6 and its homologue TRPM7 are α-kinase-coupled divalent cation-selective channels activated upon reduction of cytosolic levels of Mg(2+) and Mg·ATP. TRPM6 is vital for organismal Mg(2+) balance. However, mechanistically the cellular role and functional nonredundancy of TRPM6 remain incompletely understood. Comparative analysis of native currents in primary cells from TRPM6- versus TRPM7-deficient mice supported the concept that native TRPM6 primarily functions as a constituent of heteromeric TRPM6/7 channels...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821868/dysmobility-syndrome-and-risk-of-mortality-for-community-dwelling-middle-aged-and-older-adults-the-nexus-of-aging-and-body-composition
#17
Wei-Ju Lee, Li-Kuo Liu, An-Chun Hwang, Li-Ning Peng, Ming-Hsien Lin, Liang-Kung Chen
Dysmobility syndrome is a newly proposed concept to comprehensively consider bone-muscle-adiposity as a whole to associate with mortality and other adverse outcomes in the older adults. Little was known in Asian populations since the body composition was highly related to ethnicity. The study aimed to evaluate the association between dysmobility syndrome and mortality and to explore the most optimal operational definition for dysmobility syndrome. The prevalence of dysmobility syndrome was 3.9-10.1% based on different operational definitions of adiposity and skeletal muscle index...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821834/ocular-fundus-pulsations-within-the-posterior-rat-eye-chorioscleral-motion-and-response-to-elevated-intraocular-pressure
#18
Marco Augustin, Stanislava Fialová, Corinna Fischak, Leopold Schmetterer, Christoph K Hitzenberger, Bernhard Baumann
A multi-functional optical coherence tomography (OCT) approach is presented to determine ocular fundus pulsations as an axial displacement between the retina and the chorioscleral complex in the albino rat eye. By combining optical coherence elastography and OCT angiography (OCTA), we measure subtle deformations in the nanometer range within the eye and simultaneously map retinal and choroidal perfusion. The conventional OCT reflectivity contrast serves as a backbone to segment the retina and to define several slabs which are subsequently used for quantitative ocular pulsation measurements as well as for a qualitative exploration of the multi-functional OCT image data...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821832/development-of-enhanced-ethanol-ablation-as-an-alternative-to-surgery-in-treatment-of-superficial-solid-tumors
#19
Robert Morhard, Corrine Nief, Carlos Barrero Castedo, Fangyao Hu, Megan Madonna, Jenna L Mueller, Mark W Dewhirst, David F Katz, Nirmala Ramanujam
While surgery is at the foundation of cancer treatment, its access is limited in low-income countries. Here, we describe development of a low-cost alternative therapy based on intratumoral ethanol injection suitable for resource-limited settings. Although ethanol-based tumor ablation is successful in treating hepatocellular carcinomas, the necessity for multiple treatments, injection of large fluid volumes, and decreased efficacy in treatment of non-capsulated tumors limit its applicability. To address these limitations, we investigated an enhanced ethanol ablation strategy to retain ethanol within the tumor through the addition of ethyl cellulose...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821737/combining-%C3%AE%C2%B5-near-zero-behavior-and-stopped-light-energy-bands-for-ultra-low-reflection-and-reduced-dispersion-of-slow-light
#20
Frank Bello, A Freddie Page, Andreas Pusch, Joachim M Hamm, John F Donegan, Ortwin Hess
We investigate media which exhibits epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) behavior while simultaneously sustaining stopped light energy bands which contain multiple points of zero group velocity (ZGV). This allows the merging of state-of-the-art phenomena that was hitherto attainable in media that demonstrated these traits separately. Specifically, we demonstrate the existence of Ferrell-Berreman (FB) modes within frequency bands bounded by points of ZGV with the goal to improve the coupling efficiency and localization of light in the media...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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