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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437951/hot-spot-relaxation-time-current-dependence-in-niobium-nitride-waveguide-integrated-superconducting-nanowire-single-photon-detectors
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Simone Ferrari, Vadim Kovalyuk, Wladislaw Hartmann, Andreas Vetter, Oliver Kahl, Changhyoup Lee, Alexander Korneev, Carsten Rockstuhl, Gregory Gol'tsman, Wolfram Pernice
We investigate how the bias current affects the hot-spot relaxation dynamics in niobium nitride. We use for this purpose a near-infrared pump-probe technique on a waveguide-integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detector driven in the two-photon regime. We observe a strong increase in the picosecond relaxation time for higher bias currents. A minimum relaxation time of (22 ± 1) ps is obtained when applying a bias current of 50% of the switching current at 1.7 K bath temperature. We also propose a practical approach to accurately estimate the photon detection regimes based on the reconstruction of the measured detector tomography at different bias currents and for different illumination conditions...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417445/chemopreventive-efficacy-of-curcumin-loaded-plga-microparticles-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-her-2-positive-breast-cancer
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Alex E Grill, Komal Shahani, Brenda Koniar, Jayanth Panyam
Curcumin has shown promising inhibitory activity against HER-2-positive tumor cells in vitro but suffers from poor oral bioavailability in vivo. Our lab has previously developed a polymeric microparticle formulation for sustained delivery of curcumin for chemoprevention. The goal of this study was to examine the anticancer efficacy of curcumin-loaded polymeric microparticles in a transgenic mouse model of HER-2 cancer, Balb-neuT. Microparticles were injected monthly, and mice were examined for tumor appearance and growth...
April 17, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410661/vascular-contributions-to-cognitive-impairment-in-late-life
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REVIEW
Helena C Chui, Liliana Ramirez Gomez
Cerebrovascular disease (CVD) is the second leading cause of cognitive impairment in late life. Structural neuroimaging offers the most sensitive and specific biomarkers for hemorrhages and infarcts, but there are significant limitations in its ability to detect microvascular disease, microinfarcts, dynamic changes in the blood-brain barrier, and preclinical cerebrovascular disease. Autopsy studies disclose the common co-occurrence of vascular and neurodegenerative conditions, suggesting that in late life, a multifactorial approach to cognitive impairment may be more appropriate than traditional dichotomous classifications...
May 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409063/a-practical-approach-to-detection-and-treatment-of-depression-in-parkinson-disease-and-dementia
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REVIEW
Zahra Goodarzi, Zahinoor Ismail
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the available evidence for the detection and management of depression in Parkinson disease (PD) and dementia. RECENT FINDINGS: Depression is a common comorbidity in those with PD or dementia, and leads to increased morbidity. There are several available and accurate tools for the detection of depression in PD (e.g., Geriatric Depression Scale) and dementia (e.g., Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia). Treatment of depression depends on patient preference, severity of depression, comorbidities, and available resources...
April 2017: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398754/reversing-the-cytotoxicity-of-bile-acids-by-supramolecular-encapsulation
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Ying-Ming Zhang, Xun Xu, Qilin Yu, Yao-Hua Liu, Yu-Hui Zhang, Li-Xia Chen, Yu Liu
Supramolecular encapsulation has been developed into a powerful tool in clearance of toxic substances and hazardous waste from living body and external environments. Herein we tested the special efficacy of tyramine-modified β-cyclodextrin (1) in inhibiting and reversing of the inherent cytotoxicity of deoxycholic acid (DCA). The decarboxylation from tyrosine to tyramine in 1 is crucial to the mutual electrostatic communication, ultimately leading to great enhancement in binding affinity and molecular selectivity toward bile acids...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396518/rapamycin-efficiently-promotes-cardiac-differentiation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Qin Lu, Zhuqing Jia, Yang Wang, Weiping Wang, Zhe Yang, Tao Li, Yuyao Tian, Ping Chen, Kangtao Ma, Yinan Liu, Chunyan Zhou
To investigate the effects of the rapamycin on cardiac differentiation, murine ESCs was induced to cardiomyocytes by 10(-4) M ascorbic acid (AA), 20 nM rapamycin alone or 0.1‰ solvent dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). We found that rapamycin alone was insufficient to initiate cardiomyogenesis. Then the ESCs was treated with AA and rapamycin (20 nM) or AA and DMSO (0.1‰) as a control. Compared with control, mESCs treated with rapamycin (20 nM) and AA yielded a significantly higher percentage of cardiomyocytes, as confirmed by percentage of beating EBs, the immunofluorescence and FACS analysis...
April 10, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391878/autosomal-dominant-familial-dysbetalipoproteinemia-a-pathophysiological-framework-and-practical-approach-to-diagnosis-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Charlotte Koopal, A David Marais, Jan Westerink, Frank L J Visseren
Familial dysbetalipoproteinemia (FD) is a genetic disorder of lipoprotein metabolism associated with an increased risk for premature cardiovascular disease. In about 10% of the cases, FD is caused by autosomal dominant mutations in the apolipoprotein E gene (APOE). This review article provides a pathophysiological framework for autosomal dominant FD (ADFD) and discusses diagnostic challenges and therapeutic options. The clinical presentation and diagnostic work-up of ADFD are illustrated by two cases: a male with premature coronary artery disease and a p...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385198/precision-cardiovascular-medicine-state-of-genetic-testing
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REVIEW
John R Giudicessi, Iftikhar J Kullo, Michael J Ackerman
In the 15 years following the release of the first complete human genome sequences, our understanding of rare and common genetic variation as determinants of cardiovascular disease susceptibility, prognosis, and therapeutic response has grown exponentially. As such, the use of genomics to enhance the care of patients with cardiovascular diseases has garnered increased attention from clinicians, researchers, and regulatory agencies eager to realize the promise of precision genomic medicine. However, owing to a large burden of "complex" common diseases, emphasis on evidence-based practice, and a degree of unfamiliarity/discomfort with the language of genomic medicine, the development and implementation of genomics-guided approaches designed to further individualize the clinical management of a variety of cardiovascular disorders remains a challenge...
April 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370248/the-pathology-and-causes-of-tissue-eosinophilia-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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REVIEW
James R Conner, Richard Kirsch
Eosinophilic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract may occur as a primary eosinophilic disorder or as a secondary response to other causes. Primary eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs) are Th-2 mediated allergic diseases that overlap pathogenetically with atopic conditions involving other organs. Pathologic diagnosis of primary EGIDs can be challenging since the quantity of eosinophils considered "abnormal" is difficult to define, and the diagnosis, by definition, requires exclusion of the far more common secondary causes...
March 31, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362251/syncope-in-pediatric-patients-a-practical-approach-to-differential-diagnosis-and-management-in-the-emergency-department
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Collen Fant, Arl Cohen
Syncope is a condition that is often seen in the emergency department. Most syncope is benign, but it can be a symptom of a life-threatening condition. While syncope often requires an extensive workup in adults, in the pediatric population, critical questioning and simple, noninvasive testing is usually sufficient to exclude significant or life-threatening causes. For low-risk patients, resource-intensive workups are rarely diagnostic, and add significant cost to medical care. This issue will highlight critical diseases that cause syncope, identify high-risk "red flags," and enable the emergency clinician to develop a cost-effective, minimally invasive algorithm for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric syncope...
April 2017: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359235/halving-your-cake-and-eating-it-too-a-case-based-discussion-and-review-of-metabolic-rehabilitation-for-obese-adults-with-diabetes
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R Bishay, N Kormas
BACKGROUND: The global epidemic of obesity will see normal weight adults constituting a mere one-third of the global population by 2025. Although appetite and weight are regulated by a complex integration of neurological, endocrine and gastrointestinal feedback mechanisms, there is a constant interaction between psychological state, physical impairment, presence of comorbid chronic disease and medications. METHODS: We discuss two cases and reveal a practical approach to investigating and managing patients with obesity and diabetes in the 'real world'...
March 29, 2017: Current Diabetes Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339902/a-systematic-and-practical-approach-to-designing-the-onboard-and-clinical-reportable-ranges-of-chemistry-and-immunoassay-analytes
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Sheng Ying, Dina Greene
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March 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328232/learning-by-doing-the-md-pa-interprofessional-education-rural-rotation
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Ryan T Palmer, Curt Stilp
While much investment has gone into developing interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum for healthcare professional students, many of these efforts have focused on classroom rather than clinical environments. Implementing robust IPE experiences into clinical training is often complicated by obstacles such as differing rotating schedules and differing curricular requirements. The Combined Medical-Physician Assistant Student Rural Rotation (Med-PARR) at the Oregon Health and Science University takes a practical approach to these challenges...
January 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325811/a-theoretical-and-practical-approach-to-defining-adequate-oxygenation-in-the-preterm-newborn
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REVIEW
Chad C Andersen, Nicolette A Hodyl, Haresh M Kirpalani, Michael J Stark
John Scott Haldane recognized that the administration of supplemental oxygen required titration in the individual. Although he made this observation in adults, it is equally applicable to the preterm newborn. But how, in practice, can the oxygen requirements in the preterm newborn be determined to avoid the consequences of too little and too much oxygen? Unfortunately, the current generation of oxygen saturation trials in preterm newborns guides saturation thresholds rather than individual oxygen requirements...
March 21, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317902/a-natural-tandem-array-alleviates-epigenetic-repression-of-ipa1-and-leads-to-superior-yielding-rice
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Lin Zhang, Hong Yu, Bin Ma, Guifu Liu, Jianjun Wang, Junmin Wang, Rongcun Gao, Jinjun Li, Jiyun Liu, Jing Xu, Yingying Zhang, Qun Li, Xuehui Huang, Jianlong Xu, Jianming Li, Qian Qian, Bin Han, Zuhua He, Jiayang Li
Super hybrid rice varieties with ideal plant architecture (IPA) have been critical in enhancing food security worldwide. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying their improved yield remain unclear. Here, we report the identification of a QTL, qWS8/ipa1-2D, in the super rice Yongyou12 (YY12) and related varieties. In-depth genetic molecular characterization of qWS8/ipa1-2D reveals that this newly identified QTL results from three distal naturally occurring tandem repeats upstream of IPA1, a key gene/locus previously shown to shape rice ideal plant architecture and greatly enhance grain yield...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315607/correcting-bias-due-to-missing-stage-data-in-the-non-parametric-estimation-of-stage-specific-net-survival-for-colorectal-cancer-using-multiple-imputation
#16
Milena Falcaro, James R Carpenter
BACKGROUND: Population-based net survival by tumour stage at diagnosis is a key measure in cancer surveillance. Unfortunately, data on tumour stage are often missing for a non-negligible proportion of patients and the mechanism giving rise to the missingness is usually anything but completely at random. In this setting, restricting analysis to the subset of complete records gives typically biased results. Multiple imputation is a promising practical approach to the issues raised by the missing data, but its use in conjunction with the Pohar-Perme method for estimating net survival has not been formally evaluated...
March 15, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306673/hypertensive-crisis-an-update-on-clinical-approach-and-management
#17
Emrah Ipek, Ahmet Afşin Oktay, Selim R Krim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Here, we review current concepts on hypertensive crisis (HTN-C) with a focus on epidemiology, causes, pathophysiology and prognosis. We also offer a practical approach to the management of HTN-C. RECENT FINDINGS: HTN-C is characterized by a severe and abrupt increase in blood pressure (BP) with impending or progressive acute end-organ damage (EOD). HTN-C can be divided into hypertensive emergency (HTN-E) and hypertensive urgency (HTN-U) based on the presence or absence of acute EOD, respectively...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285082/response-assessment-in-myeloma-practical-manual-on-consistent-reporting-in-an-era-of-dramatic-therapeutic-advances
#18
Laurent Garderet, Anita D'Souza, Paulette Jacobs, Anja van Biezen, Stefan Schönland, Nicolaus Kroeger, Curly Morris, Parameswaran Hari
The understanding and treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) have dramatically improved in recent years. However, accurate assessment of the response of myeloma to therapy and its subsequent relapse remains a difficult task. Criteria have changed over time and new parameters have recently been incorporated to evaluate minimal residual disease status. We present a practical approach to assess response and relapse/progression in myeloma in the context of its treatment. A robust reporting schema is crucial to correctly evaluate any treatment protocol and compare results across trials...
March 8, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280724/integrating-biological-covariates-into-gene-expression-based-predictors-of-radiation-sensitivity
#19
Vidya P Kamath, Javier F Torres-Roca, Steven A Eschrich
The use of gene expression-based classifiers has resulted in a number of promising potential signatures of patient diagnosis, prognosis, and response to therapy. However, these approaches have also created difficulties in trying to use gene expression alone to predict a complex trait. A practical approach to this problem is to integrate existing biological knowledge with gene expression to build a composite predictor. We studied the problem of predicting radiation sensitivity within human cancer cell lines from gene expression...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274440/development-of-sandwich-elisa-for-testing-bovine-%C3%AE-lactoglobulin-allergenic-residues-by-specific-polyclonal-antibody-against-human-ige-binding-epitopes
#20
Shengfa He, Xin Li, Jinyan Gao, Ping Tong, Hongbing Chen
Bovine β-lactoglobulin (BLG) is the main allergen in cows' milk, and the most commonly used method for detecting BLG is enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). However, antibodies used in commercial ELISA kits do not recognize specifically BLG IgE epitopes. Here, an antibody specific to IgE linear epitopes for BLG was used to develop a sandwich ELISA using a rabbit anti-BLG polyclonal antibody. The linear range for BLG detection was 31.25-8000ng/mL and limit of detection was 1.96ng/mL. BLG content in dairy samples was determined, and there was a good agreement between this immunoassay and reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography with high recovery...
July 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
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