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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531955/influence-of-sediment-chemistry-and-sediment-toxicity-on-macroinvertebrate-communities-across-99-wadable-streams-of-the-midwestern-usa
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Patrick W Moran, Lisa H Nowell, Nile E Kemble, Barbara J Mahler, Ian R Waite, Peter C Van Metre
Simultaneous assessment of sediment chemistry, sediment toxicity, and macroinvertebrate communities can provide multiple lines of evidence when investigating relations between sediment contaminants and ecological degradation. These three measures were evaluated at 99 wadable stream sites across 11 states in the Midwestern United States during the summer of 2013 to assess sediment pollution across a large agricultural landscape. This evaluation considers an extensive suite of sediment chemistry totaling 274 analytes (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, organochlorine compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, trace elements, and current-use pesticides) and a mixture assessment based on the ratios of detected compounds to available effects-based benchmarks...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531453/protected-time-for-nutrition-support-teams-what-are-the-benefits
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Guilherme D Ceniccola, Wilma M C Araújo, Ione de Brito-Ashurst, Henrique B Abreu, Rita de C Akutsu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Nutrition support teams (NSTs) are important and unique entities in acute care hospitals. Despite their utility, NSTs are lacking in the majority of hospitals worldwide and where they exist, most members only spend a fraction of their time working within that role. We aim to evaluate the effect of protected time on NST performance by assessing the influence of structure and process in NST activities. METHODS: All large public hospitals (>250 beds) in the Brazilian Federal District were evaluated with a structured questionnaire designed to assess NST performance...
December 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531226/intercenter-validation-of-a-knowledge-based-model-for-automated-planning-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-prostate-cancer-the-experience-of-the-german-rapidplan-consortium
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Carolin Schubert, Oliver Waletzko, Christian Weiss, Dirk Voelzke, Sevda Toperim, Arnd Roeser, Silvia Puccini, Marc Piroth, Christian Mehrens, Jan-Dirk Kueter, Kirsten Hierholz, Karsten Gerull, Antonella Fogliata, Andreas Block, Luca Cozzi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of a model-based optimisation process for volumetric modulated arc therapy applied to prostate cancer in a multicentric cooperative group. The RapidPlan (RP) knowledge-based engine was tested for the planning of Volumetric modulated arc therapy with RapidArc on prostate cancer patients. The study was conducted in the frame of the German RapidPlan Consortium (GRC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: 43 patients from one institute of the GRC were used to build and train a RP model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530805/conventional-and-explicitly-correlated-ab-initio-benchmark-study-on-water-clusters-revision-of-the-begdb-and-water27-datasets
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Debashree Manna, Manoj Kumar Kesharwani, Nitai Sylvetsky, Jan M L Martin
Benchmark ab initio energies for BEGDB and WATER27 datasets have been re-examined at the MP2 and CCSD(T) levels with both conventional and explicitly correlated (F12) approaches. The basis set convergence of both conventional and explicitly correlated methods has been investigated in detail, both with and without counterpoise corrections. For the MP2 and CCSD-MP2 contributions, rapid basis set convergence observed with explicitly correlated methods compared to conventional methods. However, conventional, orbital-based calculations are preferred for the calculation of the (T) term, since it does not benefit from F12...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530387/three-dimensional-dendritic-structures-of-nicomo-as-efficient-electrocatalysts-for-the-hydrogen-evolution-reaction
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Di Gao, Jiangna Guo, Xun Cui, Lin Yang, Yang Yang, Huichao He, Peng Xiao, Yunhuai Zhang
Earth-abundant first-row (3d) transition-metal-based catalysts such as bimetallic Ni-Co represent an emerging class of electrocatalysts for HER, but they operate at overpotentials significantly above thermodynamic requirements. Here we doped NiCo catalyst with non-3d metals molybdenum (Mo) for improvement in catalyzing the hydrogen evolution reaction. The ternary catalyst was readily obtained by a one-pot process via the sequential electrodeposition of Ni, Co and Mo precursors on titanium (Ti) support. By tailing the deposition conditions we fabricated NiCoMo catalysts with three-dimensional dendritic structures, exhibiting large amounts of electrochemically active sites...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530266/comparison-of-peptide-retention-prediction-algorithm-in-reversed-phase-chromatography-comment-on-predictive-chromatography-of-peptides-and-proteins-as-a-complementary-tool-for-proteomics-by-i-a-tarasova-c-d-masselon-a-v-gorshkov-and-m-v-gorshkov-analyst-2016
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Oleg V Krokhin
In a recent mini-review, Tarasova et al. (Analyst, 2016, 141, 4816) compared several peptide retention prediction models for reversed-phase HPLC developed for applied proteomics. The mechanism of peptide retention in RP-HPLC is very complex. Peptide separation selectivity is affected by multiple parameters of a separation system. Consequently, proper comparison of the models requires a detailed knowledge (to provide the best match) of separation conditions used to acquire both optimization and test datasets...
May 22, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530204/in-bed-vital-signs-monitoring-system-based-on-unobtrusive-magnetic-induction-method-with-a-concentric-planar-gradiometer
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Hadiseh Mahdavi, Javier Rosell-Ferrer
SIGNIFICANCE: Unobtrusive vital signs monitoring is of major importance for various medical areas such as detection and treatment of sleep disorders, monitoring neonates and burned victims, home health care and smart home applications and wearables among others. Such applications call for monitoring methods in which the patient's natural state is less interfered with. An ideal device would be non-invasive, minimally restrictive, robust enough to compensate movements of the patients, and would operate without relying on the patient's full cooperation...
June 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529399/modeling-high-school-timetabling-with-bitvectors
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Emir Demirović, Nysret Musliu
High school timetabling (HSTT) is a well known and wide spread problem. The problem consists of coordinating resources (e.g. teachers, rooms), times, and events (e.g. lectures) with respect to various constraints. Unfortunately, HSTT is hard to solve and just finding a feasible solution for simple variants of HSTT has been proven to be NP-complete. We propose a new modeling approach for HSTT using bitvectors in which constraint costs of the general HSTT can be calculated using bit operations. This model allows efficient computation of constraint costs making it useful when implementing HSTT algorithms...
2017: Annals of Operations Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529146/multiple-endpoints-to-evaluate-pristine-and-remediated-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-genotoxicity-in-lung-epithelial-a549-cells
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Andrea Stoccoro, Sebastiano Di Bucchianico, Fabio Coppedè, Jessica Ponti, Chiara Uboldi, Magda Blosi, Camilla Delpivo, Simona Ortelli, Anna Luisa Costa, Lucia Migliore
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NP) are broadly used in a wide range of applications. Several studies have reported that TiO2 NP possess cytotoxic and genotoxic properties that could induce adverse health effects in humans. The FP7 Sanowork project was aimed to minimize occupational hazard and exposure to engineered nanomaterials (ENM), including TiO2 NP, through the surface modification in order to avoid possible adverse toxic effects for humans. In this study we investigated cytotoxicity, genotoxicity and epigenetic properties of TiO2 NP uncoated and coated with silica or citrate, as well as of the benchmark material P25...
May 18, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528681/multilayer-adsorption-in-liquid-chromatography-the-surface-heterogeneity-below-an-adsorbed-multilayer
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Krisztián Horváth, Péter Vajda, Attila Felinger
A numerical method was introduced for the estimation of the surface heterogeneity below an adsorbed multilayer of the analyte. The calculation procedure is based on the raw adsorption isotherm data points obtained by frontal analysis experiments. To permit the mapping of the nature of the analyte-surface interaction, a numerical procedure was used to pre-estimate the adsorbate-adsorbate interactions occurring during the adsorption process. The surface heterogeneity estimation was carried out using the affinity-energy distribution calculations with assuming local BET isotherm...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528190/association-between-the-time-to-surgery-and-survival-among-patients-with-colon-cancer-a-population-based-study
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J A Flemming, S Nanji, X Wei, C Webber, P Groome, C M Booth
Factors associated with time-to-surgery (TTS) and survival in colon cancer has not been well studied. Cancer Care Ontario recommends surgery within 42 days of diagnosis and that 90% of patients meet this benchmark. We describe factors associated with TTS and survival in routine clinical practice. METHODS: Retrospective population-based cohort study of patients receiving elective colonic resection after diagnosis of colon cancer in Ontario, Canada from 2002 to 2008 followed until 2012...
May 6, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528171/accountable-care-organizations-and-the-use-of-cancer-screening
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Christian P Meyer, Anna Krasnova, Jesse D Sammon, Stuart R Lipsitz, Joel S Weissman, Maxine Sun, Quoc-Dien Trinh
Cancer preventive services, when used appropriately, result in improved health, better quality of life and decreased costs. For these reasons, cancer preventive services represent important priorities within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among the many provisions to improve access to preventive services the ACA introduced Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as trajectory to deliver coordinated, high-quality care. In order to evaluate this benchmark, we analyzed (in 2016/Boston) screening prevalence of breast cancer, a recommended screening test according to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and prostate cancer, for which screening is no longer recommended by the USPSTF, among traditional Medicare beneficiaries and those enrolled in ACOs...
May 17, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527824/clinical-significance-in-nursing-research-a-discussion-and-descriptive-analysis
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Denise F Polit
BACKGROUND: It is widely understood that statistical significance should not be equated with clinical significance, but the topic of clinical significance has not received much attention in the nursing literature. By contrast, interest in conceptualizing and operationalizing clinical significance has been a "hot topic" in other health care fields for several decades. OBJECTIVES: The major purpose of this paper is to briefly describe recent advances in defining and quantifying clinical significance...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527738/life-cycle-assessment-of-sustainable-raw-material-acquisition-for-functional-magnetite-bionanoparticle-production
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Jhuma Sadhukhan, Nimisha Joshi, Mobolaji Shemfe, Jonathan R Lloyd
Magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) have several applications, including use in medical diagnostics, renewable energy production and waste remediation. However, the processes for MNP production from analytical-grade materials are resource intensive and can be environmentally damaging. This work for the first time examines the life cycle assessment (LCA) of four MNP production cases: (i) industrial MNP production system; (ii) a state-of-the-art MNP biosynthesis system; (iii) an optimal MNP biosynthesis system and (iv) an MNP biosynthesis system using raw materials sourced from wastewaters, in order to recommend a sustainable raw material acquisition pathway for MNP synthesis...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527453/reduced-cost-linear-response-cc2-method-based-on-natural-orbitals-and-natural-auxiliary-functions
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Dávid Mester, Péter R Nagy, Mihály Kállay
A reduced-cost density fitting (DF) linear-response second-order coupled-cluster (CC2) method has been developed for the evaluation of excitation energies. The method is based on the simultaneous truncation of the molecular orbital (MO) basis and the auxiliary basis set used for the DF approximation. For the reduction of the size of the MO basis, state-specific natural orbitals (NOs) are constructed for each excited state using the average of the second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) and the corresponding configuration interaction singles with perturbative doubles [CIS(D)] density matrices...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527380/measurement-differences-between-turbidity-instruments-and-their-implications-for-suspended-sediment-concentration-and-load-calculations-a-sensor-inter-comparison-study
#16
A Rymszewicz, J J O'Sullivan, M Bruen, J N Turner, D M Lawler, E Conroy, M Kelly-Quinn
The use of turbidity for indicating environmentally detrimental levels of suspended and colloidal matter in freshwater systems, and for defining acceptable water quality standards in national and European drinking water regulations, is well established. Turbidity is therefore frequently adopted as a surrogate for suspended sediment concentrations (SSC), or as a relative and objective measure of water clarity in monitoring programmes. Through systematic, controlled experimentation, we tested the response of 12 commercially available turbidity sensors, of various designs, to gauge their measurement consistency when benchmarked against pre-prepared sediment suspensions of known SSC...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525590/sdm-a-server-for-predicting-effects-of-mutations-on-protein-stability
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Arun Prasad Pandurangan, Bernardo Ochoa-Montaño, David B Ascher, Tom L Blundell
Here, we report a webserver for the improved SDM, used for predicting the effects of mutations on protein stability. As a pioneering knowledge-based approach, SDM has been highlighted as the most appropriate method to use in combination with many other approaches. We have updated the environment-specific amino-acid substitution tables based on the current expanded PDB (a 5-fold increase in information), and introduced new residue-conformation and interaction parameters, including packing density and residue depth...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525573/noreva-normalization-and-evaluation-of-ms-based-metabolomics-data
#18
Bo Li, Jing Tang, Qingxia Yang, Shuang Li, Xuejiao Cui, Yinghong Li, Yuzong Chen, Weiwei Xue, Xiaofeng Li, Feng Zhu
Diverse forms of unwanted signal variations in mass spectrometry-based metabolomics data adversely affect the accuracies of metabolic profiling. A variety of normalization methods have been developed for addressing this problem. However, their performances vary greatly and depend heavily on the nature of the studied data. Moreover, given the complexity of the actual data, it is not feasible to assess the performance of methods by single criterion. We therefore developed NOREVA to enable performance evaluation of various normalization methods from multiple perspectives...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525313/a-tunable-three-dimensional-in-vitro-culture-model-of-growth-plate-cartilage-using-alginate-hydrogel-scaffolds
#19
Alek G Erickson, Taylor D Laughlin, Sarah M Romereim, Catherine N Sargus-Patino, Angela K Pannier, Andrew T Dudley
Defining the final size and geometry of engineered tissues through precise control of the scalar and vector components of tissue growth is a necessary benchmark for regenerative medicine, but it has proved to be a significant challenge for tissue engineers. The growth plate cartilage that promotes elongation of the long bones is a good model system for studying morphogenetic mechanisms because cartilage is composed of a single cell type, the chondrocyte; chondrocytes are readily maintained in culture; and growth trajectory is predominately in a single vector...
May 18, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524822/simultaneous-delivery-time-and-aperture-shape-optimization-for-the-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-vmat-treatment-planning-problem
#20
Mehdi Mahnam, Michel Gendreau, Nadia Lahrichi, Louis-Martin Rousseau
In this paper, we propose a novel heuristic algorithm for the volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) treatment planning problem, optimizing the trade-off between delivery time and treatment quality. We present a new mixed integer programming model in which the multi-leaf collimator leaf positions, gantry speed, and dose rate are determined simultaneously. Our heuristic is based on column generation; the aperture conguration is modeled in the columns and the dose distribution and time restriction in the rows...
May 19, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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