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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231583/prevalence-of-impaired-kidney-function-in-the-german-elderly-results-from-the-berlin-aging-study-ii-base-ii
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Maximilian König, Maik Gollasch, Ilja Demuth, Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen
BACKGROUND: In aging populations with an ever-growing burden of risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is on the rise. However, little is known about its exact prevalence among elderly adults, and often albuminuria is not included in the definition of CKD. Moreover, novel equations for the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) have recently emerged, which have not been applied comprehensively to older adults. Data on CKD awareness among the elderly are sparse...
February 24, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231323/even-good-bots-fight-the-case-of-wikipedia
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Milena Tsvetkova, Ruth García-Gavilanes, Luciano Floridi, Taha Yasseri
In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of bots online, varying from Web crawlers for search engines, to chatbots for online customer service, spambots on social media, and content-editing bots in online collaboration communities. The online world has turned into an ecosystem of bots. However, our knowledge of how these automated agents are interacting with each other is rather poor. Bots are predictable automatons that do not have the capacity for emotions, meaning-making, creativity, and sociality and it is hence natural to expect interactions between bots to be relatively predictable and uneventful...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230278/deletion-of-psychiatric-risk-gene-cacna1c-impairs-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-cell-autonomous-fashion
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Bianca Völkening, Kai Schönig, Golo Kronenberg, Dusan Bartsch, Tillmann Weber
Ca(2+) is a universal signal transducer which fulfills essential functions in cell development and differentiation. CACNA1C, the gene encoding the alpha-1C subunit (i.e., Cav 1.2) of the voltage-dependent l-type calcium channel (LTCC), has been implicated as a risk gene in a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. To parse the role of Cav 1.2 channels located on astrocyte-like stem cells and their descendants in the development of new granule neurons, we created Tg(GLAST-CreERT2) /Cacna1c(fl/fl) /RCE:loxP mice, a transgenic tool that allows cell-type-specific inducible deletion of Cacna1c...
February 23, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230215/graphene-modulated-photo-absorption-in-adsorbed-azobenzene-monolayers
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Qiang Fu, Caterina Cocchi, Dmitrii Nabok, Andris Gulans, Claudia Draxl
The impact of graphene on the photo-absorption properties of trans- and cis-azobenzene monolayers is studied in the framework of density-functional theory and many-body perturbation theory. We find that, despite the weak hybridization between the electronic bands of graphene and those of the azobenzene monolayers, graphene remarkably modulates the absorption spectra of the adsorbates. The excitation energies are affected via two counteracting mechanisms: substrate polarization reduces the band-gap of azobenzene, and enhanced dielectric screening weakens the attractive interaction between electrons and holes...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229211/multicenter-international-experience-of-532%C3%A2-nm-laser-photo-vaporization-with-greenlight-xps-in-men-with-large-prostates-prostate-volume%C3%A2-%C3%A2-100%C3%A2-cc
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Malek Meskawi, Pierre-Alain Hueber, Roger Valdivieso, Franck Bruyere, Vincent Misrai, Georges Fournier, Ravi Munver, Ganesh Sivarajan, Matthew Rutman, Alexis E Te, Bilal Chughtai, Dean Elterman, Tristan Martel, Mounsif Azizi, Pierre I Karakiewicz, Kevin C Zorn
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcomes and durability of photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) using the XPS-180 system in patients with a large prostate volume (PV) > 100 cc at 4 years of follow-up in a large, multicenter experience. METHODS: 438 men with pre-operative transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) PV > 100 cc were treated in eight experienced centers in Canada, USA, and in France with the Greenlight XPS laser using PVP for the treatment of symptomatic BPH...
February 22, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228586/modeling-the-diversity-of-spontaneous-and-agonist-induced-electrical-activity-in-anterior-pituitary-corticotrophs
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Patrick Allen Fletcher, Hana Zemkova, Stanko S Stojilkovic, Arthur Sherman
Pituitary corticotrophs fire action potentials spontaneously and in response to stimulation with corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and arginine vaspressin (AVP), and such electrical activity is critical for calcium signaling and calcium-dependent adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secretion. These cells typically fire tall sharp action potentials when spontaneously active, but a variety of other spontaneous patterns have also been reported, including various modes of bursting. There is variability in reports of the fraction of corticotrophs that are electrically active, as well as their patterns of activity, and the sources of this variation are not well understood...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228489/age-dependent-shift-in-macrophage-polarisation-causes-inflammation-mediated-degeneration-of-enteric-nervous-system
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Laren Becker, Linh Nguyen, Jaspreet Gill, Subhash Kulkarni, Pankaj Jay Pasricha, Aida Habtezion
OBJECTIVE: The enteric nervous system (ENS) undergoes neuronal loss and degenerative changes with age. The cause of this neurodegeneration is poorly understood. Muscularis macrophages residing in close proximity to enteric ganglia maintain neuromuscular function via direct crosstalk with enteric neurons and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of GI motility disorders like gastroparesis and postoperative ileus. The aim of this study was to assess whether ageing causes alterations in macrophage phenotype that contributes to age-related degeneration of the ENS...
February 21, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228481/a-helical-bundle-in-the-n-terminal-domain-of-the-blm-helicase-mediates-dimer-and-potentially-hexamer-formation
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Jing Shi, Wei-Fei Chen, Bo Zhang, San-Hong Fan, Xia Ai, Na-Nv Liu, Stephane Rety, Xu-Guang Xi
Helicases play a critical role in processes such as replication or recombination by unwinding double-stranded DNA; mutations of these genes can therefore have devastating biological consequences. In human, mutations in genes of three members of the RecQ family helicases (blm, wrn and recq4) give rise to three strikingly distinctive clinical phenotypes: Bloom syndrome, Werner syndrome and Rothmund-Thomson syndrome, respectively. However, the molecular basis for these varying phenotypic outcomes is unclear, in part because a full mechanistic description of helicase activity is lacking...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228121/bleb-failure-and-intraocular-pressure-rise-following-nd-yag-laser-capsulotomy
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Andreas Diagourtas, Petros Petrou, Ilias Georgalas, Kostantinos Oikonomakis, Panagiotis Giannakouras, Athanasios Vergados, Dimitrios Papaconstantinou
BACKGROUND: To report the negative effect of Nd: Yag (Neodymium-doped: Yttrium Aluminium Garnet) laser capsulotomy on the intraocular pressure (IOP) and the trabeculectomy bleb integrity, in a small series of eyes, both trabeculectomised and pseudophakic, following the laser application for the management of posterior capsular opacification (PCO). METHODS: This is a retrospective, non-comparative interventional case series study, in which 20 trabeculectomised and pseudophakic eyes from 15 patients, with otherwise well functioning blebs, were presented with uncontrolled IOP, in a variable distance of time following the application of YAG laser capsulotomy...
February 22, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227903/development-of-a-detailed-model-of-calcium-dynamics-at-the-postsynaptic-spine-of-an-excitatory-synapse
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Eric Y Hu, Jean-Marie C Bouteiller, Dong Song, Theodore W Berger, Eric Y Hu, Jean-Marie C Bouteiller, Dong Song, Theodore W Berger, Jean-Marie C Bouteiller, Eric Y Hu, Dong Song, Theodore W Berger
Postsynaptic calcium dynamics play a critical role in synaptic plasticity, but are often difficult to measure in experimental protocols due to their relatively fast rise and decay times, and the small spine dimensions. To circumvent these limitations, we propose to develop a computational model of calcium dynamics in the postsynaptic spine. This model integrates the main elements that participate in calcium concentration influx, efflux, diffusion and buffering. These consist of (i) spine geometry; (ii) calcium influx through NMDA receptors and voltage-dependent calcium channels (VDCC); (iii) calcium efflux with plasma membrane calcium pumps (PMCA) and sodium-calcium exchangers (NCX); (iv) intracellular calcium stores; and (v) calcium buffers...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227723/balance-quality-assessment-as-an-early-indicator-of-physical-frailty-in-older-people
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Aly Chkeir, Doha Safieddine, D Bera, M Collart, J L Novella, M Drame, David J Hewson, Jacques Duchene, Aly Chkeir, Doha Safieddine, D Bera, M Collart, J L Novella, M Drame, David J Hewson, Jacques Duchene, J L Novella, David J Hewson, Jacques Duchene, M Collart, Aly Chkeir, D Bera, M Drame, Doha Safieddine
Frailty is an increasingly common geriatric condition that results in an increased risk of adverse health outcomes such as falls. The most widely-used means of detecting frailty is the Fried phenotype, which includes several objective measures such as grip strength and gait velocity. One method of screening for falls is to measure balance, which can be done by a range of techniques including the assessment of the Centre of Pressure (CoP) during a balance assessment. The Balance Quality Tester (BQT) is a device based on a commercial bathroom scale that can evaluate balance quality...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226366/principles-of-nasal-reconstruction
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Emily Spataro, Gregory H Branham
The rise in cutaneous malignancies over the past 20 years has led to significant advances in reconstructing the nose from an aesthetic and functional standpoint. The principles of nasal reconstruction center on application of the nasal subunit principle, three-layered reconstruction, nasal skin characteristics, and patient factors. Reconstructive planning starts with proper defect analysis, followed by application of the reconstructive ladder for soft-tissue repair, adequate structural support, and repair of nasal lining deficits...
February 2017: Facial Plastic Surgery: FPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226188/effects-of-melatonin-on-seedling-growth-mineral-nutrition-and-nitrogen-metabolism-in-cucumber-under-nitrate-stress
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Ruimin Zhang, Yunkuo Sun, Zeyu Liu, Wen Jin, Yan Sun
In China, excessive use of nitrogen fertilizers in greenhouses leads to nitrate accumulations in soil and plants, which then limits productivity. Melatonin, an evolutionarily highly conserved molecule, has a wide range of functions in plants. We analyzed the effects of melatonin pretreatment on the growth, mineral nutrition, and nitrogen metabolism in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L. 'Jin You No. 1') when seedlings were exposed to nitrate stress. An application of 0.1 mM melatonin significantly improved the growth of plants and reduced their susceptibility to damage due to high nitrate levels (0...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225835/mulberry-extract-improves-glucose-tolerance-and-decreases-insulin-concentrations-in-normoglycaemic-adults-results-of-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Mark Lown, Richard Fuller, Helen Lightowler, Ann Fraser, Andrew Gallagher, Beth Stuart, Christopher Byrne, George Lewith
BACKGROUND: High sugar and refined carbohydrate intake is associated with weight gain, increased incidence of diabetes and is linked with increased cardiovascular mortality. Reducing the health impact of poor quality carbohydrate intake is a public health priority. Reducose, a proprietary mulberry leaf extract (ME), may reduce blood glucose responses following dietary carbohydrate intake by reducing absorption of glucose from the gut. METHODS: A double-blind, randomised, repeat measure, phase 2 crossover design was used to study the glycaemic and insulinaemic response to one reference product and three test products at the Functional Food Centre, Oxford Brooks University, UK...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225605/electrostatic-control-of-regioselectivity-in-au-i-catalyzed-hydroarylation
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Vivian M Lau, William C Pfalzgraff, Thomas E Markland, Matthew W Kanan
Competing pathways in catalytic reactions often involve transition states with very different charge distributions, but this difference is rarely exploited to control selectivity. The proximity of a counterion to a charged catalyst in an ion paired complex gives rise to strong electrostatic interactions that could be used to energetically differentiate transition states. Here we investigate the effects of ion pairing on the regioselectivity of the hydroarylation of 3-substituted phenyl propargyl ethers catalyzed by cationic Au(I) complexes, which forms a mixture of 5- and 7-substituted 2H-chromenes...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225047/mussel-inspired-fluoro-polydopamine-functionalization-of-titanium-dioxide-nanowires-for-polymer-nanocomposites-with-significantly-enhanced-energy-storage-capability
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Guanyao Wang, Xingyi Huang, Pingkai Jiang
High-dielectric-constant polymer nanocomposites are demonstrated to show great promise as energy storage materials. However, the large electrical mismatch and incompatibility between nanofillers and polymer matrix usually give rise to significantly reduced breakdown strength and weak energy storage capability. Therefore, rational selection and elaborate functionalization of nanofillers to optimize the performance of polymer nanocomposites are vital. Herein, inspired by adhesive proteins in mussels, a facile modification by fluoro-polydopamine is employed to reinforce the compatibility of TiO2 nanowires in the fluoropolymer matrix...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224798/ultralight-graphene-foam-conductive-polymer-composites-for-exceptional-electromagnetic-interference-shielding
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Ying Wu, Zhenyu Wang, Xu Liu, Xi Shen, Qingbin Zheng, Quan Xue, Jang-Kyo Kim
Ultralight, high-performance electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding graphene foam (GF)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) composites are developed by drop coating of PEDOT:PSS on cellular-structured, freestanding GFs. To enhance the wettability and the interfacial bonds with PEDOT:PSS, GFs are functionalized with 4-dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid. The GF/PEDOT:PSS composites possess an ultralow density of 18.2×10(-3) g/cm(3) and a high porosity of 98.8%, as well as an enhanced electrical conductivity by almost four folds from 11...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223796/stromelysin-2-mmp-10-facilitates-clearance-and-moderates-inflammation-and-cell-death-following-lung-exposure-to-long-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes
#18
Tyler C Vandivort, Timothy P Birkland, Talita P Domiciano, Somenath Mitra, Terrance J Kavanagh, William C Parks
Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are nanomaterials composed of multiple layers of graphene cylinders with unique properties that make them valuable for a number of industries. However, rising global production has led to concerns regarding potential occupational exposures to them as raw materials during handling. This is especially true for long MWCNT fibers, whose aspect ratio has been posited to initiate pathology similar to that of asbestos. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a class of extracellular endopeptidases that control various processes related to tissue repair, inflammation, and more...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223789/the-determinants-of-coping-with-pain-in-chronically-ill-geriatric-patients-the-role-of-a-sense-of-coherence
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Anna Andruszkiewicz, Małgorzata Anna Basińska, Mirosława Felsmann, Mariola Banaszkiewicz, Alicja Marzec, Kornelia Kędziora-Kornatowska
BACKGROUND: Given the rising population of the elderly in modern societies, the concern for their good functioning poses a challenge for the 21st century medicine and social services. Senior citizens are at an increased risk of developing chronic conditions, which in turn increase discomfort associated with physiological processes of aging. Sensations of pain have a particular influence on the mentioned discomfort, and pain is prevalent among older people. Therefore, from the perspective of an elderly person and senior care, it is crucial to identify determinants of effective coping with chronic pain...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222312/visual-attention-in-violent-offenders-susceptibility-to-distraction
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Jantine Slotboom, Sylco S Hoppenbrouwers, Yvonne H A Bouman, Willem In 't Hout, Carmen Sergiou, Stefan van der Stigchel, Jan Theeuwes
Impairments in executive functioning give rise to reduced control of behavior and impulses, and are therefore a risk factor for violence and criminal behavior. However, the contribution of specific underlying processes remains unclear. A crucial element of executive functioning, and essential for cognitive control and goal-directed behavior, is visual attention. To further elucidate the importance of attentional functioning in the general offender population, we employed an attentional capture task to measure visual attention...
February 16, 2017: Psychiatry Research
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