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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054122/assessing-the-reporting-quality-of-influenza-outbreaks-in-the-community
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Calvin Lo, Dominik Mertz, Mark Loeb
BACKGROUND: High quality reporting of outbreak characteristics is fundamental to understand the behavior of various strains of influenza virus and the impact of outbreak management strategies. However, few studies have systematically evaluated the quality of outbreak reporting. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a systematic analysis and assessment for reporting quality of influenza outbreaks based on a modified version of the STROBE statement, and to examine characteristics associated with reporting quality...
October 20, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054116/t-cell-epitope-content-comparison-epicc-of-swine-h1-influenza-a-virus-hemagglutinin
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Andres H Gutiérrez, Vicki Rapp-Gabrielson, Frances E Terry, Crystal Loving, Leonard Moise, William D Martin, Anne S De Groot
BACKGROUND: Predicting vaccine efficacy against emerging pathogen strains is a significant problem in human and animal vaccine design. T cell epitope cross-conservation may play an important role in cross-strain vaccine efficacy. While influenza A virus (IAV) hemagglutination inhibition (HI) antibody titers are widely used to predict protective efficacy of one IAV vaccine against new strains, no similar correlate of protection has been identified for T cell epitopes. OBJECTIVE: We developed a computational method (EpiCC) that facilitates pairwise comparison of protein sequences based on an immunological property - T cell epitope content - rather than sequence identity, and evaluated its ability to classify swine IAV strain relatedness to estimate cross-protective potential of a vaccine strain for circulating viruses...
October 20, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054111/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitors-attenuates-the-decline-of-skeletal-muscle-mass-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Ryotaro Bouchi, Tatsuya Fukuda, Takato Takeuchi, Yujiro Nakano, Masanori Murakami, Isao Minami, Hajime Izumiyama, Koshi Hashimoto, Takanobu Yoshimoto, Yoshihiro Ogawa
BACKGROUND: Activation of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) has been reported to be associated with impairment of insulin signaling in skeletal muscle mass, presumably leading to loss of muscle function. This study was aimed to investigate whether the use of DPP4 inhibitors (DPP4i) could attenuate the progressive loss of muscle mass in patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: A total 105 patients with type 2 diabetes (mean age 62 ± 12 years; 39% female) were studied in this retrospective observational study...
October 20, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054105/getting-social-the-use-of-social-media-to-improve-alumni-response-rates-for-assessment-of-program-outcomes
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Lisa Fiorentino, Tammy Haley
Outcome assessment has become standard in institutions of higher learning and is a requirement of State Boards of Nursing and major accrediting bodies, including all accrediting agencies for programs in nursing. Appropriate identification of student learning outcomes and program outcomes to ensure the collection of relevant and meaningful data is essential. Although much has been written about what should be included in assessment, little information exists on how to best collect the required data for evaluation...
November 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054102/supporting-faculty-during-pedagogical-change-through-reflective-teaching-practice-an-innovative-approach
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Deborah K Armstrong, Marilyn E Asselin
Given the recent calls for transformation of nursing education, it is critical that faculty be reflective educators. Reflective teaching practice is a process of self-examination and self-evaluation to gain insight into teaching to improve the teaching-learning experience. Limited attention has been given to this notion in the nursing education literature. An innovative reflective teaching practice approach for nursing education is proposed, consisting of question cues, journaling, and a process of facilitated meetings...
November 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054094/runx3-inhibits-the-proliferation-and-metastasis-of-gastric-cancer-through-regulating-mir-182-hoxa9
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Junyan Yu, Xiangyang Tian, Jianlan Chang, Ping Liu, Rong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study intended to explore the molecular mechanism of RUNX3 in inhibiting the process of migration and proliferation of gastric cancer (GC) cells. METHODS: The overexpressed plasmids of RUNX3 and the interfering siRNA of RUNX3 were transfected into GC cells. Then, qRT-PCR and western blot were performed to identify the expression level of RUNX3 and miR-182 in tumors and adjacent tissues respectively. ChIP and luciferase assay were performed to detect the relationship between RUNX3 and miR-182 as well as miR-182 and HOXA9...
October 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054090/diopside-magnetite-a-novel-nanocomposite-for-hyperthermia-applications
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Majid Abdellahi, Ebrahim Karamian, Aliakbar Najafinezhad, Fatemah Ranjabar, Akbar Chami, Amirsalar Khandan
In the present work, the releasing heat, scaffold apatite formation, and magnetic behavior of a novel diopside-magnetite nanocomposite with various contents of magnetite (Fe3O4) were evaluated. The N´eel and Brown relaxations did not have a significant effect on the specific absorption rate (SAR) of the composite samples. Indeed, magnetic saturation, Ms, indicated a crucial effect on the heat release of the samples. The sample with 30wt% magnetite had the highest value of SAR, while the sample with 20wt% magnetite, in the form of scaffold, allowed the high amount of apatite formation on its surface...
October 9, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054078/subacute-oral-toxicity-assessment-of-benalaxyl-in-mice-based-on-metabolomics-methods
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Xinru Wang, Dezhen Wang, Zhiqiang Zhou, Wentao Zhu
In this study, the metabolic responses of mice after 30 days of exposure to benalaxyl were assessed using NMR-based untargeted metabolomics and LC-MS-based targeted profiling of 20 amino acids. Urinary (1)H NMR analyses revealed alterations in energy metabolism, lipid metabolism, vitamin B metabolism, the urea cycle and amino acid metabolism, and targeted analyses indicated that the serum levels of asparagine, histidine, lysine and aspartic acid were significantly altered. Additionally, significant oxidative stress was observed in the liver and kidney, although no apparent histopathological injury was observed...
October 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054075/evaluation-of-immunological-markers-of-ovine-vaginal-irritation-implications-for-preclinical-assessment-of-non-vaccine-hiv-preventive-agents
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Gregg N Milligan, Gracie Vargas, Kathleen L Vincent, Yong Zhu, Nigel Bourne, Massoud Motamedi
The presence of genital inflammatory responses and a compromised vaginal epithelial barrier have been linked to an increased risk of HIV acquisition. It is important to assure that application of candidate microbicides designed to limit HIV transmission will not cause these adverse events. We previously developed high resolution in vivo imaging methodologies in sheep to assess epithelial integrity following vaginal application of a model microbicide, however characterization of genital inflammation in sheep has not been previously possible...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054074/temperature-dependence-of-bioelectrochemical-co2-conversion-and-methane-production-with-a-mixed-culture-biocathode
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Hou-Yun Yang, Bai-Ling Bao, Jing Liu, Yuan Qin, Yi-Ran Wang, Kui-Zu Su, Jun-Cheng Han, Yang Mu
This study evaluated the effect of temperature on methane production by CO2 reduction during microbial electrosynthesis (MES) with a mixed-culture biocathode. Reactor performance, in terms of the amount and rate of methane production, current density, and coulombic efficiency, was compared at different temperatures. The microbial properties of the biocathode at each temperature were also analyzed by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The results showed that the optimum temperature for methane production from CO2 reduction in MES with a mixed-culture cathode was 50°C, with the highest amount and rate of methane production of 2...
October 2, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054070/bedside-implantation-of-a-new-temporary-vena-cava-inferior-filter-safety-and-efficacy-results-of-the-european-angel-registry
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Stefan Baumann, Tobias Becher, Konstantinos Giannakopoulos, Claude Jabbour, Marlon Rutsch, Christian Fastner, Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Uzair Ansari, Dirk Lossnitzer, Michael Behnes, Angelika Alonso, Thomas Kirschning, Guido Michels, Daniel Stern, Ruediger Dissmann, Olaf Kueck, Fabio Silvio Taccone, Carl Waldmann, Nicholas Bunker, Maurizio Postiglione, Martin Borggrefe, Ibrahim Akin
PURPOSE: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a frequently occurring complication in critically ill patients. Simultaneous occurrence of PE and life-threatening bleeding, may render medical anticoagulation impossible. For these patients, inferior vena cava filters (IVCF) present a valuable therapeutic alternative. The Angel® catheter is a novel IVCF that provides temporary protection from PE and is implanted at bedside. The primary objective of the European Angel® catheter registry is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this IVCF...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054068/quantitative-determination-of-additive-chlorantraniliprole-in-abamectin-preparation-investigation-of-bootstrapping-soft-shrinkage-approach-by-mid-infrared-spectroscopy
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Hong Yan, Xiangzhong Song, Kuangda Tian, Yilin Chen, Yanmei Xiong, Shungeng Min
A novel method, mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy, which enables the determination of Chlorantraniliprole in Abamectin within minutes, is proposed. We further evaluate the prediction ability of four wavelength selection methods, including bootstrapping soft shrinkage approach (BOSS), Monte Carlo uninformative variable elimination (MCUVE), genetic algorithm partial least squares (GA-PLS) and competitive adaptive reweighted sampling (CARS) respectively. The results showed that BOSS method obtained the lowest root mean squared error of cross validation (RMSECV) (0...
September 1, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054066/torrefaction-of-corncob-to-produce-charcoal-under-nitrogen-and-carbon-dioxide-atmospheres
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Shu-Xian Li, Chang-Zhou Chen, Ming-Fei Li, Xiao Xiao
Corncob was torrefied under nitrogen and carbon dioxide atmospheres at 220-300 °C, obtaining solid products with mass yields of 69.38-95.03% and 67.20-94.99% and higher heating values of 16.58-24.77 MJ/kg and 16.68-24.10 MJ/kg, respectively. The changes of physicochemical properties of the charcoal was evaluated by many spectroscopies, contact angle determination, and combustion test. Hemicelluloses were not detected for the torrefaction under the hard conditions. As the severity increased, C concentration raised while H and O concentrations reduced...
October 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054064/continuous-hydrogen-and-methane-production-from-agave-tequilana-bagasse-hydrolysate-by-sequential-process-to-maximize-energy-recovery-efficiency
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Virginia Montiel Corona, Elías Razo-Flores
Continuous H2 and CH4 production in a two-stage process to increase energy recovery from agave bagasse enzymatic-hydrolysate was studied. In the first stage, the effect of organic loading rate (OLR) and stirring speed on volumetric hydrogen production rate (VHPR) was evaluated in a continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR); by controlling the homoacetogenesis with the agitation speed and maintaining an OLR of 44 g COD/L-d, it was possible to reach a VHPR of 6 L H2/L-d, equivalent to 1.34 kJ/g bagasse...
October 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054063/valorisation-of-tectona-grandis-tree-sawdust-through-the-production-of-high-activated-carbon-for-environment-applications
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Isabel Pestana da Paixão Cansado, Cristóvão Ramiro Belo, Paulo Alexandre Mira Mourão
This work presents a first approach concerning the use of Tectona Grandis tree sawdust (from East Timor) for high activated carbon production, by physical activation with carbon dioxide at different temperatures. The activated carbons (AC) obtained exhibit a well-developed porous structure with a pore size distribution varying from micro to mesopores. Selected AC was successfully evaluated for pesticide removal, specific to 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxyacetic acid, from the liquid phase. The results presented are very promising, allowing to establish that Tectona Grandis sawdust is as an excellent precursor for the basic AC production and allow to expect good performance of theses adsorbents on the removal of a broad range of pollutants...
October 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054061/microbial-characteristics-analysis-and-kinetic-studies-on-substrate-composition-to-methane-after-microbial-and-nutritional-regulation-of-fruit-and-vegetable-wastes-anaerobic-digestion
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Chunhui Zhao, Hui Mu, Yuxiao Zhao, Liguo Wang, Bin Zuo
This study firstly evaluated the microbial role when choosing the acclimated anaerobic granular sludge (AGS) and waste activated sludge (WAS) as microbial and nutritional regulators to improve the biomethanation of fruit and vegetable wastes (FVW). Results showed that the enriched hydrogenotrophic methanogens, and Firmicutes and Spirochaeta in the AGS were responsible for the enhanced methane yield. A synthetic waste representing the mixture of WAS and FVW was then used to investigate the influences of different substrate composition on methane generations...
October 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054060/effect-of-solid-state-fermentation-of-peanut-shell-on-its-dye-adsorption-performance
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Jiayang Liu, Zhixin Wang, Hongyan Li, Changwei Hu, Paul Raymer, Qingguo Huang
The effect of solid state fermentation of peanut shell to produce beneficial laccase and on its dye adsorption performance was evaluated. The resulting residues from solid fermentation were tested as sorbents (designated as SFs) in comparison to the raw peanut shell (RPS) for their ability to remove crystal violet from water. The fermentation process reduced the adsorption capacity (qm) of SF by about 50%, and changed the sorptive behavior when compared to the RPS. The Langmuir model was more suitable for fitting adsorption by SFs...
October 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054052/synthesis-and-binding-affinity-analysis-of-%C3%AE-1-2-and-%C3%AE-1-6-o-s-linked-dimannosides-for-the-elucidation-of-sulfur-in-glycosidic-bonds-using-quartz-crystal-microbalance-sensors
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Oscar Norberg, Bin Wu, Niranjan Thota, Jian-Tao Ge, Germain Fauquet, Ann-Kathrin Saur, Teodor Aastrup, Hai Dong, Mingdi Yan, Olof Ramström
The role of sulfur in glycosidic bonds has been evaluated using quartz crystal microbalance methodology. Synthetic routes towards α1-2- and α1-6-linked dimannosides with S- or O-glycosidic bonds have been developed, and the recognition properties assessed in competition binding assays with the cognate lectin concanavalin A. Mannose-presenting QCM sensors were produced using photoinitiated, nitrene-mediated immobilization methods, and the subsequent binding study was performed in an automated flow-through instrumentation, and correlated with data from isothermal titration calorimetry...
October 9, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054042/spontaneous-hemoperitoneum-in-pregnancy-ship-and-endometriosis-a-systematic-review-of-the-recent-literature
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Marit C I Lier, Romana F Malik, Johannes C F Ket, Cornelis B Lambalk, Ivo A Brosens, Velja Mijatovic
Spontaneous Hemoperitoneum in Pregnancy (SHiP), an unprovoked (nontraumatic) intraperitoneal bleeding in pregnancy (up to 42days postpartum), is associated with serious adverse pregnancy outcomes. To evaluate the clinical consequences of SHiP and its association with endometriosis, a systematic review was conducted according to the PRISMA guidelines. PubMed, Embase.com and Thomson Reuters/Web of Science were searched for articles published since the latest review (August 2008) until September 2016. After assessment for eligibility, forty-four articles were included in this systematic review, describing 59 cases of SHiP...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054028/impact-of-fomesafen-on-the-soil-microbial-communities-in-soybean-fields-in-northeastern-china
#20
Xiao-Hu Wu, Ying Zhang, Peng-Qiang Du, Jun Xu, Feng-Shou Dong, Xin-Gang Liu, Yong-Quan Zheng
Fomesafen, a widely adopted residual herbicide, is used throughout the soybean region of northern China for the spring planting. However, the ecological risks of using fomesafen in soil remain unknown. The aim of this work was to evaluate the impact of fomesafen on the microbial community structure of soil using laboratory and field experiments. Under laboratory conditions, the application of fomesafen at concentrations of 3.75 and 37.5mg/kg decreased the basal respiration (RB) and microbial biomass carbon (MBC)...
October 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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