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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231261/a-natural-user-interface-to-integrate-citizen-science-and-physical-exercise
#1
Eduardo Palermo, Jeffrey Laut, Oded Nov, Paolo Cappa, Maurizio Porfiri
Citizen science enables volunteers to contribute to scientific projects, where massive data collection and analysis are often required. Volunteers participate in citizen science activities online from their homes or in the field and are motivated by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Here, we investigated the possibility of integrating citizen science tasks within physical exercises envisaged as part of a potential rehabilitation therapy session. The citizen science activity entailed environmental mapping of a polluted body of water using a miniature instrumented boat, which was remotely controlled by the participants through their physical gesture tracked by a low-cost markerless motion capture system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231172/chemometrics-methods-for-specificity-authenticity-and-traceability-analysis-of-olive-oils-principles-classifications-and-applications
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REVIEW
Habib Messai, Muhammad Farman, Abir Sarraj-Laabidi, Asma Hammami-Semmar, Nabil Semmar
BACKGROUND: Olive oils (OOs) show high chemical variability due to several factors of genetic, environmental and anthropic types. Genetic and environmental factors are responsible for natural compositions and polymorphic diversification resulting in different varietal patterns and phenotypes. Anthropic factors, however, are at the origin of different blends' preparation leading to normative, labelled or adulterated commercial products. Control of complex OO samples requires their (i) characterization by specific markers; (ii) authentication by fingerprint patterns; and (iii) monitoring by traceability analysis...
November 17, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230968/inhibition-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-fibril-elongation-by-hsp70-is-governed-by-a-kinetic-binding-competition-between-%C3%AE-synuclein-species
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Francesco A Aprile, Paolo Arosio, Giuliana Fusco, Serene W Chen, Janet R Kumita, Anne Dhulesia, Paolo Tortora, Tuomas P J Knowles, Michele Vendruscolo, Christopher M Dobson, Nunilo Cremades
The Hsp70 family of chaperones plays an essential role in suppressing protein aggregation in the cell. Here we investigate the factors controlling the intrinsic ability of human Hsp70 to inhibit the elongation of amyloid fibrils formed by the Parkinson's disease-related protein α-synuclein. Using kinetic analysis, we show that Hsp70 binds preferentially to α-synuclein fibrils as a consequence of variations in the association and dissociation rate constants of binding to the different aggregated states of the protein...
February 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230575/patients-and-care-partners-perspectives-on-dignity-and-respect-during-acute-care-hospitalization
#4
Priscilla K Gazarian, Constance R C Morrison, Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, Orly Tamir, David W Bates, Ronen Rozenblum
BACKGROUND: Delivering patient-centered care (PCC) is essential to our healthcare system. Patient dignity and respect are foundational elements of PCC. Understanding patients' and their care partner's perspectives on the meaning of dignity and respect within a clinical care environment is critical to achieving our goal of PCC. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to understand how patients and their care partners define, describe, and experience dignity and respect during hospitalization...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229108/how-age-sex-and-genotype-shape-the-stress-response
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REVIEW
Ashley Novais, Susana Monteiro, Susana Roque, Margarida Correia-Neves, Nuno Sousa
Exposure to chronic stress is a leading pre-disposing factor for several neuropsychiatric disorders as it often leads to maladaptive responses. The response to stressful events is heterogeneous, underpinning a wide spectrum of distinct changes amongst stress-exposed individuals'. Several factors can underlie a different perception to stressors and the setting of distinct coping strategies that will lead to individual differences on the susceptibility/resistance to stress. Beyond the factors related to the stressor itself, such as intensity, duration or predictability, there are factors intrinsic to the individuals that are relevant to shape the stress response, such as age, sex and genetics...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228966/objective-image-analysis-of-real-time-three-dimensional-intraoperative-ultrasound-for-intrinsic-brain-tumour-surgery
#6
Sophie J Camp, Vasileios Apostolopoulos, Vasileios Raptopoulos, Amrish Mehta, Kevin O'Neill, Mohammed Awad, Babar Vaqas, David Peterson, Federico Roncaroli, Dipankar Nandi
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence that maximal surgical resection of primary intrinsic brain tumours is beneficial, both by improving progression free and overall survival and also by facilitating postoperative chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Hence, there has been an increase in the popularity of real-time intraoperative imaging in brain tumour surgery. The complex theatre arrangements, prohibitive cost and prolonged theatre time of intraoperative MRI have restricted its application...
2017: Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227430/a-method-for-coronary-bifurcation-centerline-reconstruction-from-angiographic-images-based-on-focalization-optimization
#7
E Montin, S Migliori, C Chiastra, C Credi, R Fedele, C Aurigemma, M Levi, F Burzotta, F Migliavacca, L T Mainardi, E Montin, S Migliori, C Chiastra, C Credi, R Fedele, C Aurigemma, M Levi, F Burzotta, F Migliavacca, L T Mainardi, L T Mainardi, C Chiastra, E Montin, S Migliori, F Burzotta, C Credi, R Fedele, M Levi, C Aurigemma, F Migliavacca
A method for the reconstruction of a vessel centerline from angiographic images is outlined in this work. A typical coronary artery segment with bifurcations was emulated with a 3D printed static phantom and several angiograms were acquired at various angular positions on the C-Arm. The effectiveness of the reconstruction turned out to be largely influenced by the intrinsic parameters of the angiographic system, particularly the homogeneous coordinates system scaling factor λ. Therefore, recourse was made to a heuristic optimization method to estimate the optimal value of λ for each view...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226714/a-unified-bayesian-based-compensated-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#8
Ameneh Boroomand, Edward Li, Mohammad Javad Shafiee, Masoom A Haider, Farzad Khalvati, Alexander Wong, Ameneh Boroomand, Edward Li, Mohammad Javad Shafiee, Masoom A Haider, Farzad Khalvati, Alexander Wong, Alexander Wong, Mohammad Javad Shafiee, Edward Li, Masoom A Haider, Ameneh Boroomand, Farzad Khalvati
Magnetic resonance (MR) images of higher quality is demanded for helping with more accurate and earlier diagnosis of different diseases. The overall quality of MR images is limited due to the existence of different degradation factors such as (1) MR aberrations due to intrinsic properties of the MR scanner, (2) magnetic field inhomogeneity, and (3) inherent MRI noise. Correcting each MRI degradation factor could be solely useful for the quality enhancement of MR imaging with a limited impact. Here, we propose a unified Bayesian based compensated MR imaging (CMRI) system which jointly corrects for the different aforementioned MR aberrations as well as MR noise and hence generates compensated MR (CMR) images with a higher quality...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226700/adaptive-change-point-detection-of-dynamic-functional-connectivity-networks
#9
Sadia Shakil, Sheila D Keilholz, Chin-Hui Lee, Sadia Shakil, Sheila D Keilholz, Chin-Hui Lee, Shella D Keilholz, Chin-Hui Lee, Sadia Shakil
This study presents a new algorithm to adaptively detect change points of functional connectivity networks in the brain. It uses scans from resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) which is one of the major tools to investigate intrinsic brain functionality. Different regions of the resting brain form networks that change states within a few seconds to minutes. The change points of these networks are different in normal and disordered brain functions and their understanding can help in identification of brain disorders...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225885/depression-stress-and-anxiety-in-medical-students-a-cross-sectional-comparison-between-students-from-different-semesters
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Ivana Lúcia Damásio Moutinho, Natalia de Castro Pecci Maddalena, Ronald Kleinsorge Roland, Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti, Sandra Helena Cerrato Tibiriçá, Oscarina da Silva Ezequiel, Giancarlo Lucchetti
OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of anxiety, depression, and stress in medical students from all semesters of a Brazilian medical school and assess their respective associated factors. METHOD: A cross-sectional study of students from the twelve semesters of a Brazilian medical school was carried out. Students filled out a questionnaire including sociodemographics, religiosity (DUREL - Duke Religion Index), and mental health (DASS-21 - Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale)...
January 1, 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224174/spectroscopic-polarographic-and-microcalorimetric-studies-on-mitochondrial-dysfunction-induced-by-ethanol
#11
Long Ma, Jia-Xin Dong, Can Wu, Xue-Yi Li, Jing Chen, Hong Zhang, Yi Liu
Liver mitochondria are involved in several important life processes; mitochondrial dysfunction and disorders are implicated in several human diseases. Alcohol permeates all tissues of the body and exerts some intrinsic hepatotoxicity. In this work, our results demonstrated that ethanol caused a series of mitochondria permeability transition pore (MPTP) opening factors such as mitochondrial swelling, increased permeability of H(+) and K(+), collapsed membrane potential, and increased membrane fluidity. Furthermore, mitochondrial ultrastructure alternation observed clearly by transmission electron microscopy and the release of Cytochrome c could explain the MPTP opening from another aspect...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223694/combination-of-ruthenium-ii-arene-complex-ru-%C3%AE-6-p-cymene-cl2-pta-rapta-c-and-the-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-inhibitor-erlotinib-results-in-efficient-angiostatic-and-antitumor-activity
#12
Robert H Berndsen, Andrea Weiss, U Kulsoom Abdul, Tse J Wong, Patrick Meraldi, Arjan W Griffioen, Paul J Dyson, Patrycja Nowak-Sliwinska
Ruthenium-based compounds show strong potential as anti-cancer drugs and are being investigated as alternatives to other well-established metal-based chemotherapeutics. The organometallic compound [Ru(η(6)-p-cymene)Cl2(pta)], where pta = 1,3,5-triaza-7-phosphaadamantane (RAPTA-C) exhibits broad acting anti-tumor efficacy with intrinsic angiostatic activity. In the search for an optimal anti-angiogenesis drug combination, we identified synergistic potential between RAPTA-C and the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor, erlotinib...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223358/structural-and-biochemical-analysis-of-escherichia-coli-obge-a-central-regulator-of-bacterial-persistence
#13
Sotirios Gkekas, Ranjan Kumar Singh, Alexander V Shkumatov, Joris Messens, Maarten Fauvart, Natalie Verstraeten, Jan Michiels, Wim Versées
The Obg protein family belongs to the TRAFAC (translation factor) class of P-loop GTPases and is conserved from bacteria to eukaryotes. Essential roles in many different cellular processes have been suggested for the Obg protein from Escherichia coli (ObgE), and we recently showed that it is a central regulator of bacterial persistence. Here, we report the first crystal structure of ObgE at 1.85 Å resolution in the GDP-bound state, showing the characteristic N-terminal domain and a central G domain that are common to all Obg proteins...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222397/a-novel-approach-towards-design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-some-schiff-base-analogues-of-2-aminopyridine-and-2-aminobezothiazole-against-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#14
Shinu Chacko, Subir Samanta
Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common primary malignancy of the liver with poor prognosis. In this study novel, Schiff's bases of 2-aminopyridine (SSSC-26 to 31) and 2-aminobenzothiazole (SSSC-32 to 37) were designed, synthesised and evaluated for antioxidant potential using DPPH method, and anti-hepatocellular carcinoma property using diethylnitrosamine (DEN) induced hepatocellular carcinoma rat model. The in-silico pharmacokinetic, rule of five and toxicity studies reveals that all the leads have an excellent intrinsic quality and sufficient structural features necessary for an oral activity...
February 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221337/modulation-of-digital-flexor-tendon-healing-by-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-gene-transfection-in-a-chicken-model
#15
W F Mao, Y F Wu, Q Q Yang, Y L Zhou, J B Tang
A major challenge in tendon injury is the weak intrinsic healing capacity of tendon, which may cause re-rupture after surgery. Growth factors are believed to be critical during tendon healing. This study aimed to investigate the effects of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) genes delivered by adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors on tendon healing and molecular events involved in a chicken model. One hundred and twenty eight deep flexor tendons in the long toes of chickens were completely transected and injected with 2 × 10(9) particles of AAV2-VEGF or saline before surgically repaired...
February 21, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220796/beyond-the-classic-vta-extended-amygdala-projections-to-da-striatal-paths-in-the-primate
#16
Julie L Fudge, Emily A Kelly, Ria Pal, Joseph L Bedont, Lydia Park, Brian Ho
The central extended amygdala (CEA) has been conceptualized as a 'macrosystem' that regulates various stress-induced behaviors. Consistent with this, the CEA highly expresses corticotropin releasing factor (CRF), an important modulator of stress responses. Stress alters goal-directed responses associated with striatal paths, including maladaptive responses such as drug seeking, social withdrawal, and compulsive behavior. CEA inputs to the midbrain dopamine (DA) system are positioned to influence striatal functions through mesolimbic DA-striatal pathways...
February 21, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219995/magnetic-field-concentration-assisted-by-epsilon-near-zero-media
#17
Iñigo Liberal, Yue Li, Nader Engheta
Strengthening the magnetic response of matter at optical frequencies is of fundamental interest, as it provides additional information in spectroscopy, as well as alternative mechanisms to manipulate light at the nanoscale. Here, we demonstrate theoretically that epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) media can enhance the magnetic field concentration capabilities of dielectric resonators. We demonstrate that the magnetic field enhancement factor is unbounded in theory, and it diverges as the size of the ENZ host increases...
March 28, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218681/the-intra-s-checkpoint-responses-to-dna-damage
#18
REVIEW
Divya Ramalingam Iyer, Nicholas Rhind
Faithful duplication of the genome is a challenge because DNA is susceptible to damage by a number of intrinsic and extrinsic genotoxins, such as free radicals and UV light. Cells activate the intra-S checkpoint in response to damage during S phase to protect genomic integrity and ensure replication fidelity. The checkpoint prevents genomic instability mainly by regulating origin firing, fork progression, and transcription of G1/S genes in response to DNA damage. Several studies hint that regulation of forks is perhaps the most critical function of the intra-S checkpoint...
February 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218590/professional-reward-in-the-academic-fieldwork-coordinator-role
#19
Patricia Stutz-Tanenbaum, David Greene, Debra J Hanson, Jeanette Koski
The purpose of this national survey was to explore perceptions of professional reward among occupational therapist (OT) and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) academic fieldwork coordinators (AFWCs). Agreement was found in ranking the value of six role factors: (1) fieldwork data management, (2) fieldwork site management, (3) fieldwork teaching and consultation, (4) departmental and institutional compliance, (5) scholarship and accreditation, and (6) laying groundwork for students in fieldwork. Both levels of AFWC indicated teaching and consultation had the highest value and data management the least...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217570/risk-factors-of-anterior-cruciate-ligament-injury-in-football-players-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#20
Piero Volpi, Gian Nicola Bisciotti, Karim Chamari, Emanuela Cena, Giulia Carimati, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi
BACKGROUND: The ACL lesion represents one of the most dramatic injuries in a sportsman's career. There are many injury risk factors related to intrinsic, or non-modifiable, and extrinsic, or modifiable, factors. In literature at today current evidence suggests that ACL injury risk is multifactorial and involves biomechanical, anatomical, hormonal and neuromuscular factors. PURPOSE: To perform a systematic review of the literature concerning the ACL injury risk factors in soccer...
October 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
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