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Wenjin Yang, Baodan Liu, Tao Fang, Weimmerskirch-Aubatin Jennifer, Labbé Christophe, Zhaosheng Li, Xinglai Zhang, Xin Jiang
Two-dimensional semiconductors with layer thicknesses of a few nanometers to tens of nanometers have attracted tremendous research interest due to their fascinating electrical, optical, and optoelectronic properties and technologically important applications. In this work, two dimensional ternary ZnIn2S4 nanosheets which self-assemble into microflowers have been synthesized through a feasible chemical vapour deposition process. High-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) analysis reveals that the ZnIn2S4 nanostructure exhibits an extremely high phase purity and a single crystal nature free of dislocations, stacking faults or twins...
October 18, 2016: Nanoscale
Thazin Thin, Lin Myat, Gi-Hyung Ryu
The effects of CO2 injection and barrel temperatures on the physiochemical and antioxidant properties of extruded cereals (sorghum, barley, oats, and millet) were studied. Extrusion was carried out using a twin-screw extruder at different barrel temperatures (80, 110, and 140°C), CO2 injection (0 and 500 mL/min), screw speed of 200 rpm, and moisture content of 25%. Extrusion significantly increased the total flavonoid content (TFC) of extruded oats, and β-glucan and protein digestibility (PD) of extruded barley and oats...
September 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
Liu Chunbao, Li Li, Lei Yulong, Liu Changsuo, Zhang Yubo
Fish-like, dolphin-like, and bionic nonsmooth surfaces were employed in a hydraulic torque converter to achieve drag reduction and performance improvement, which were aimed at reducing profile loss, impacting loss and friction loss, respectively. YJSW335, a twin turbine torque converter, was bionically designed delicately. The biological characteristics consisted of fish-like blades in all four wheels, dolphin-like structure in the first turbine and the stator, and nonsmooth surfaces in the pump. The prediction performance of bionic YJSW335, obtained by computational fluid dynamics simulation, was improved compared with that of the original model, and then it could be proved that drag reduction had been achieved...
2016: Applied Bionics and Biomechanics
Amabile Borges Dario, Manuela Loureiro Ferreira, Kathryn Refshauge, Alejandro Luque-Suarez, Juan Ramon Ordoñana, Paulo Henrique Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Obesity is commonly investigated as a potential risk factor for LBP, however the current evidence remains unclear. Limitations in previous studies may explain the inconsistent results in the field such as use of a cross-sectional design, limitations in the measures used to assess obesity (e.g. body mass index - BMI) and poor adjustment for confounders (e.g. genetics and physical activity). PURPOSE AND DESIGN: To better understand the effects of obesity on LBP, our aim was to investigate in a prospective cohort whether obesity-related measures increase the risk of chronic LBP outcomes using a longitudinal design...
October 14, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Chen-Yu Wang, Yu-Ju Lai, Kwei-Shuai Hwang, Chi-Huang Chen, Mu-Hsien Yu, Huei-Tsung Chen, Her-Young Su
OBJECTIVE: Neutropenia developed after continuous intravenous infusion of ritodrine hydrochloride (Yutopar) for preterm uterine contractions in a twin pregnancy. We successfully returned the low neutrophil count to the normal range after discontinuation of infusion of ritodrine and treatment with granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF). CASE REPORT: A 34-year-old woman with twin pregnancy was treated with ritodrine for preterm uterine contractions at 27 weeks and 6 days gestation...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Yao-Lung Chang, An-Shine Chao, Shuenn-Dyh Chang, Peter Cc Hsieh, Sheng-Yuan Su, Kuan-Ju Chen, Po-Jen Cheng, Tzu-Hao Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcome of twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) treated by fetoscopic laser therapy (FLT) stratified by Quintero staging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 100 TTTS cases treated by FLT, from October 2005 to August 2014, were included in this study. Cases were divided into first and second half periods to evaluate the learning effect-related outcomes, and logistic regression was applied to determine the independent factors in predicting the perinatal outcomes...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
C Bingham, A Hodge, B Mariadass
AIM: To determine if there was a benefit from treating ewes with a low body condition score (BCS) with long acting anthelmintic products pre-lambing and to compare the effects of two commonly used treatment options. METHODS: The study was conducted on a single commercial hill country sheep and beef property in the central North Island of New Zealand. Mixed age twin-bearing ewes were preselected by the farmer as being in poor condition 4 weeks before the planned start of lambing, and were sequentially drafted into three equal groups identified with coloured ear tags...
October 17, 2016: New Zealand Veterinary Journal
Barrett Cromeens, Jennifer L McKinney, Jeffrey Leonard, Lance Governale, Judy Brown, Christina Henry, Marc Levitt, Richard Wood, Gail Besner, Monica P Islam
Conjoined twins occur in up to 1 in 50,000 live births with approximately 18% joined in a pygopagus configuration at the buttocks. Twins with this configuration display symptoms and carry surgical risks during separation related to the extent of their connection which can include anorectal, genitourinary, vertebral, and neural structures. Neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring (NIOM) for these cases has been discussed in the literature with variable utility. We present a case of pygopagus twins with fused spinal cords and imperforate anus where the use of NIOM significantly impacted surgical decision making in division of these critical structures...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Arpana Agrawal, Julia D Grant, Jon Randolph Haber, Pamela A F Madden, Andrew C Heath, Kathleen K Bucholz, Carolyn E Sartor
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We examined the associations of religious attendance during childhood (C-RA) and adulthood (A-RA) with alcohol involvement (ever drinking, timing of first alcohol use, and alcohol use disorder [AUD]) in White and Black female twins. As genetic and environmental factors influence religious attendance and alcohol involvement, we examined the extent to which they contribute to their association. METHODS: Data on 3,234 White and 553 Black female twins (18-29 years) from the Missouri Adolescent Female twin Study...
October 17, 2016: American Journal on Addictions
Elisabeth Hahn, Juliana Gottschling, Wiebke Bleidorn, Christian Kandler, Marion Spengler, Anna E Kornadt, Wiebke Schulz, Reinhardt Schunck, Tina Baier, Kristina Krell, Volker Lang, Franziska Lenau, Anna-Lena Peters, Martin Diewald, Rainer Riemann, Frank M Spinath
The German twin family study 'TwinLife' was designed to enhance our understanding of the development of social inequalities over the life course. The interdisciplinary project investigates mechanisms of social inequalities across the lifespan by taking into account psychological as well as social mechanisms, and their genetic origin as well as the interaction and covariation between these factors. Main characteristics of the study are: (1) a multidimensional perspective on social inequalities, (2) the assessment of developmental trajectories in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood in a longitudinal design by using (3) a combination of a multi-cohort cross-sequential and an extended twin family design, while (4) capturing a large variation of behavioral and environmental factors in a representative sample of about 4,000 German twin families...
October 17, 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
Sally J Wadsworth, John C DeFries, Erik G Willcutt, Bruce F Pennington, Richard K Olson
Because of recent concerns about the replication of published results in the behavioral and biomedical sciences (Ioannidis, PLoS Medicine, Vol. 2, 2005, p. e124; Open Science Collaboration, Science, Vol. 349, 2015, p. 943; Pashler & Wagenmakers, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol. 7, 2012, pp. 528-530), we have conducted a replication of our recently published analyses of longitudinal reading performance and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder data from twin pairs selected for reading difficulties (Wadsworth et al...
October 17, 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
Kelly L Klump, Shannon M O'Connor, Britny A Hildebrandt, Pamela K Keel, Michael Neale, Cheryl L Sisk, Steven Boker, S Alexandra Burt
Recent data show shifts in genetic and environmental influences on emotional eating across the menstrual cycle, with significant shared environmental influences during pre-ovulation, and primarily genetic effects during post-ovulation. Factors driving differential effects are unknown, although increased estradiol during pre-ovulation and increased progesterone during post-ovulation are thought to play a role. We indirectly investigated this possibility by examining whether overall levels of estradiol and progesterone differentially impact genetic and environmental risk for emotional eating in adult female twins (N = 571) drawn from the MSU Twin Registry...
September 2016: Clinical Psychological Science
K N Anderson, J J Connor, A F Koerner, M A Rueter
STUDY QUESTION: Compared to families with IVF singletons, what are parental depressive, parent-adolescent interaction and adolescent adjustment outcomes in families with 11-17-year-old IVF twins? SUMMARY ANSWER: No differences were detected for any measured outcome between families with 11-17-year-old IVF twins and those with IVF singletons, despite high statistical power. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: When IVF twins are younger than 5-years-old, parents tend to have more mental health difficulties and poorer parent-child interactions relative to IVF singletons...
October 15, 2016: Human Reproduction
Karen Hodgson, Russell A Poldrack, Joanne E Curran, Emma E Knowles, Samuel Mathias, Harald Hh Göring, Nailin Yao, Rene L Olvera, Peter T Fox, Laura Almasy, Ravi Duggirala, Deanna M Barch, John Blangero, David C Glahn
Head movements are typically viewed as a nuisance to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) analysis, and are particularly problematic for resting state fMRI. However, there is growing evidence that head motion is a behavioral trait with neural and genetic underpinnings. Using data from a large randomly ascertained extended pedigree sample of Mexican Americans (n = 689), we modeled the genetic structure of head motion during resting state fMRI and its relation to 48 other demographic and behavioral phenotypes...
October 15, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
Elodie Guesdon, Aurélie Vincent-Rohfritsch, Sarah Bydlowski, Pietro Santulli, François Goffinet, Camille Le Ray
OBJECTIVE: To compare maternal, obstetric, and neonatal outcomes between women who underwent oocyte donation at or after age 50 years and from 45 through 49 years. DESIGN: Single-center, retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Maternity hospital. PATIENT(S): Forty women aged 50 years and older ("older group") and 146 aged 45-49 years ("younger group"). INTERVENTION(S): Comparison between the older and younger groups, globally and after stratification by type of pregnancy (singleton/twin pregnancy)...
October 12, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
Muren, Satoshi Kusuda, Osamu Doi, Hitomi Naito, Hisashi Hashikawa
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reproductive status and clarify the reproductive physiology of captive Sichuan golden monkeys. The concentrations of urinary estradiol-3-glucuronide (E2G) and pregnanediol-glucuronide (PdG) or fecal estradiol-17β (E2) and PdG in two females, and fecal testosterone concentrations in a male, were measured continuously using enzyme immunoassays. On the basis of these hormone profiles, the follicular phase, luteal phase, and ovarian cycle were calculated to be 14.7 ± 4...
September 8, 2016: Theriogenology
Marcus R Makowski, Christian H P Jansen, Ullrich Ebersberger, Tobias Schaeffter, Reza Razavi, Massimo Mangino, Tim D Spector, Rene M Botnar, Gerald F Greil
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of BMI on late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) of the coronary artery wall in identical monozygous twins discordant for BMI. Coronary LGE represents a useful parameter for the detection and quantification of atherosclerotic coronary vessel wall disease. METHODS: Thirteen monozygote female twin pairs (n = 26) with significantly different BMIs (>1.6 kg/m2) were recruited out of >10,000 twin pairs (TwinsUK Registry)...
October 14, 2016: European Radiology
Teresa N Sparks, Mary E Norton, Monica Flessel, Sara Goldman, Robert J Currier
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the observed incidence of Down syndrome in twins compared with that expected based on maternal age-matched singletons, which is the current clinical approach. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of California Prenatal Screening Program participants with expected delivery dates between July 1995 and December 2012. Cases confirmed prenatally or postnatally with a genetic imbalance leading to phenotypic Down syndrome (trisomy 21, mosaic trisomy 21, or translocations) were included...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Val Catanzarite, Larry Cousins, Sean Daneshmand, Wade Schwendemann, Holly Casele, Joanna Adamczak, Tevy Tith, Ami Patel
OBJECTIVE: To describe outcomes for a large cohort of women with prenatally diagnosed vasa previa, determine the percentage in patients without risk factors, and compare delivery timing and indications for singletons and twins. METHODS: This was a retrospective case series of women with prenatally diagnosed vasa previa delivered at a single tertiary center over 12 years. Potential participants were identified using hospital records and perinatal databases. Patients were included if vasa previa was confirmed at delivery and by pathologic examination...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Neda Sadeghi, John H Gilmore, Guido Gerig
Twin studies provide valuable insights into the analysis of genetic and environmental factors influencing human brain development. However, these findings may not generalize to singletons due to differences in pre- and postnatal environments. One would expect the effect of these differences to be greater during the early years of life. To address this concern, we compare longitudinal diffusion data of white matter regions for 26 singletons and 76 twins (monozygotic and dizygotic) from birth to 2 years of age...
October 14, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
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