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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738589/2-aminopurine-probe-in-combination-with-catalyzed-hairpin-assembly-signal-amplification-for-simple-and-sensitive-detection-of-microrna
#1
Chan Liu, Sifang Lv, Hang Gong, Chunyan Chen, Xiaoming Chen, Changqun Cai
A quencher-free and enzyme-free fluorescent sensor was proposed to simply and sensitively detect miRNA via the target catalyzed hairpin assembly (CHA) signal amplification in combination with 2-aminopurine (2-AP) molecular beacon (MBs). This sensor contains two DNA hairpins termed as H1 and H2. H1 labeled by 2-AP needs no quenchers because 2-AP can be quenched through its stacking interaction with the adjacent bases. H2 is partially complementary to H1. In the presence of the target microRNA (miRNA), H1 is unfolded and produces the DNA/RNA complexes, enhancing the fluorescent signal...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738584/production-of-stable-and-sensitive-sers-substrate-based-on-commercialized-porous-material-of-silanized-support
#2
Han Zhang, Lin Sun, Yuan Zhang, Yan Kang, Huilian Hu, Huirong Tang, Yiping Du
This paper reports accurate synthesis of a new type of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrate based on gold nanoparticles decorated 201 red silanized diatomaceous supports. The developed SERS substrate is easy to fabricate, cost effective and offers sensitive rapid detection. The performance and stability of the SERS substrate was investigated and the results showed good SERS activity of substrate that can last for more than 6 months. Tiazophos and phosmet pesticides in aqueous solutions can be detected clearly at a low concentration of 0...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738575/analytical-methodology-for-the-electro-catalytic-determination-of-estradiol-and-progesterone-based-on-graphene-quantum-dots-and-poly-sulfosalicylic-acid-co-modified-electrode
#3
Majid Arvand, Shiva Hemmati
The goal of this study was to develop an electroanalytical method for the simultaneous determination of steroid hormones for the first time. The key factor in the electrochemical methods is the choice of suitable electrode materials. For this purpose, graphene quantum dots (GQDs) doped poly(sulfosalicylic acid) (PSSA) was immobilized on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE). Apart from exhibition strong and stable electrocatalytic response towards estradiol (E2) and progesterone (P4), the proposed sensor was able to distinguish two hormone's oxidation peaks clearly...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738456/-cost-effectiveness-of-community-based-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-in-china
#4
S X Zhang, P C Yang, Y L Cai, Y Lin, Y H Zou
Objective: Since eliminating hepatitis B in China would need considerable public health resources, the economics problem of the strategy of community-based antiviral treatment for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) has become an important issue. The cost-effectiveness and affordability of the strategy were evaluated in this study. Methods: According to the advocacy on eliminating hepatitis B by WHO and the comprehensive protocol of community based prevention of major infectious diseases and the guideline for CHB prevention and treatment in China, the decision analytic Markov model was constructed with the parameters from national surveys or Meta-analysis...
July 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738455/-cost-effectiveness-and-affordability-of-strategy-for-preventing-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hepatitis-b-in-china
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Y Lin, S X Zhang, P C Yang, Y L Cai, Y H Zou
Objective: To evaluate the cost effectiveness of nationwide prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) strategy for hepatitis B, and estimate the willing to pay and budget impacts on the PMTCT. Methods: The decision analytic Markov model for the PMTCT was constructed and a birth cohort of Chinese infants born in 2013 was used to calculate the cost-effectiveness of the PMTCT among them compared with those receiving no intervention. The parameters in the model were obtained from literatures of national surveys or Meta-analysis...
July 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738443/urethral-injection-therapy-for-urinary-incontinence-in-women
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REVIEW
Vivienne Kirchin, Tobias Page, Phil E Keegan, Kofi Om Atiemo, June D Cody, Samuel McClinton, Patricia Aluko
BACKGROUND: Urinary incontinence imposes a significant health and economic burden to society. Periurethral or transurethral injection of bulking agents is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used as one the surgical treatments of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in adult women. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of periurethral or transurethral injection therapy on the cure or improvement of urinary incontinence in women. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Incontinence Group Specialised Trials Register (searched 8 November 2010) and the reference lists of relevant articles...
July 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738271/heterogeneous-photocatalysis-of-tris-2-chloroethyl-phosphate-by-uv-tio2-degradation-products-and-impacts-on-bacterial-proteome
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Jinshao Ye, Juan Liu, Chongshu Li, Pulin Zhou, Shuang Wu, Huase Ou
The widespread, persistent and toxic organophosphorus esters (OPEs) have become one category of emerging environmental contaminants. Thus, it is in urgent need to develop a cost-effective and safe treatment technology for OPEs control. The current study is a comprehensive attempt to use UV/TiO2 heterogeneous photocatalysis for the degradation of a water dissolved OPEs, tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP). A pseudo-first order degradation reaction with a kobs of 0.3167 min(-1) was observed, while hydroxyl radical may be the dominating reactive oxidative species...
July 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738259/reasons-associated-with-treatment-non-adherence-in-schizophrenia-in-a-pakistan-cohort
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Irshad Ahmad, Muhammad Tahir Khalily, Brian Hallahan
non-adherence in patients with schizophrenia is the most common reason for a relapse of psychosis. In a cohort of participants in Pakistan who suffered a relapse of psychosis, we aimed to identify the principal factors associated with non-adherence, including any culture specific factors that might not be as significant in other jurisdictions. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken at four psychiatric hospitals in the Peshawar region in Pakistan with 55 participants (44 male and 11 female) diagnosed with schizophrenia, who had suffered a relapse of psychosis subsequent to treatment non-adherence...
July 13, 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738170/removal-of-pfoa-in-groundwater-by-fe-0-and-mno2-nanoparticles-under-visible-light
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Jia Liu, Lindsey Weinholtz, Linan Zheng, Meisam Peiravi, Yan Wu, Da Chen
The main objective of this study was to find a cost-effective, efficient and environmentally-friendly solution to remove perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) from groundwater by using Fe(0) and MnO2 nanoparticles. The selected method was expected to be applicable to the remediation of PFOA-contaminated groundwater. Phytotoxicity of the nanoparticle treatment was studied to demonstrate the safe application of the nanomaterials. Zero-valent Fe (100 mg L(-1)) and MnO2 (100 mg L(-1)) nanoparticles, produced in our lab, were used to remove PFOA up to 10 mg L(-1)...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738072/monitoring-protected-areas-from-space-a-multi-temporal%C3%A2-assessment-using-raptors-as-biodiversity-surrogates
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Adrián Regos, Luis Tapia, Alberto Gil-Carrera, Jesús Domínguez
Monitoring protected areas (PAs) is essential for systematic evaluation of their effectiveness in terms of habitat protection, preservation and representativeness. This study illustrates how the use of species distribution models that combine remote sensing data and information about biodiversity surrogates can contribute to develop a systematic protocol for monitoring PAs. In particular, we assessed the effectiveness of the Natura 2000 (N2000) network, for conserving and preserving the representativeness of seven raptor species in a highly-dynamic landscape in northwest Spain between 2001 and 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738015/observational-study-to-estimate-the-changes-in-the-effectiveness-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-bcg-vaccination-with-time-since-vaccination-for-preventing-tuberculosis-in-the-uk
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Punam Mangtani, Patrick Nguipdop-Djomo, Ruth H Keogh, Lucy Trinder, Peter G Smith, Paul Em Fine, Jonathan Sterne, Ibrahim Abubakar, Emilia Vynnycky, John Watson, David Elliman, Marc Lipman, Laura C Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Until recently, evidence that protection from the bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination lasted beyond 10 years was limited. In the past few years, studies in Brazil and the USA (in Native Americans) have suggested that protection from BCG vaccination against tuberculosis (TB) in childhood can last for several decades. The UK's universal school-age BCG vaccination programme was stopped in 2005 and the programme of selective vaccination of high-risk (usually ethnic minority) infants was enhanced...
July 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737990/cost-effectiveness-of-novel-agents-in-medicare-patients-with-multiple-myeloma-findings-from-a-u-s-payer-s-perspective
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Ying Chen, David R Lairson, Wenyaw Chan, Jinhai Huo, Xianglin L Du
BACKGROUND: Since multiple myeloma (MM) incurs a substantial economic burden in care management, more and more discussion has been generated in recent years about the costs of novel antimyeloma drugs and their associated value. Because of these costs, economic assessment that quantifies value of care over the long-term is essential. OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost-effectiveness (measured as cost per life-year saved) of front-line novel agent-based therapy use among a cohort of elderly patients with MM in a real-world setting...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737929/enhanced-degradation-of-tce-on-a-superfund-site-using-endophyte-assisted-poplar-tree-phytoremediation
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Sharon Lafferty Doty, John Leonard Freeman, Christopher M Cohu, Joel Gerard Burken, Andrea Firrincieli, Andrew Simon, Zareen Khan, Jud G Isebrands, Joseph Lukas, Michael J Blaylock
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a widespread environmental pollutant common in groundwater plumes associated with industrial manufacturing areas. We had previously isolated and characterized a natural bacterial endophyte, Enterobacter sp. strain PDN3, of poplar trees, that rapidly metabolizes TCE, releasing chloride ion. We now report findings from a successful three-year field trial of endophyte-assisted phytoremediation on the Middlefield-Ellis-Whisman Superfund Study Area TCE plume in the Silicon Valley of California...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737714/parametric-loop-division-for-3d-localization-in-wireless-sensor-networks
#14
Tanveer Ahmad, Xue Jun Li, Boon-Chong Seet
Localization in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) has been an active topic for more than two decades. A variety of algorithms were proposed to improve the localization accuracy. However, they are either limited to two-dimensional (2D) space, or require specific sensor deployment for proper operations. In this paper, we proposed a three-dimensional (3D) localization scheme for WSNs based on the well-known parametric Loop division (PLD) algorithm. The proposed scheme localizes a sensor node in a region bounded by a network of anchor nodes...
July 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737468/economic-evaluations-of-haemophilus-influenzae-type-b-hib-vaccine-a-systematic-review
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Bunchai Chongmelaxme, Maythika Hammanee, Wariya Phooaphirak, Surachai Kotirum, Raymond Hutubessy, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk
AIMS: World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the use of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) conjugate vaccines but only China and Thailand have not used Hib vaccination in their national immunization programs. This systematic review aimed to update published economic evaluations of Hib vaccinations and to determine factors that potentially affected their cost-effectiveness. METHODS: Searching was performed from the inception until December 2015 using 13 databases: CAB direct; CEA registry; EconLit; EMBASE; E-library; NHSEED; PAHO; POPLINE; PubMed; Redalyc project; RePEc; SciELO and WHOLIS...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737170/high-performance-platinum-single-atom-electrocatalyst-for-oxygen-reduction-reaction
#16
Jing Liu, Menggai Jiao, Lanlu Lu, Heather M Barkholtz, Yuping Li, Ying Wang, Luhua Jiang, Zhijian Wu, Di-Jia Liu, Lin Zhuang, Chao Ma, Jie Zeng, Bingsen Zhang, Dangsheng Su, Ping Song, Wei Xing, Weilin Xu, Ying Wang, Zheng Jiang, Gongquan Sun
For the large-scale sustainable implementation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in vehicles, high-performance electrocatalysts with low platinum consumption are desirable for use as cathode material during the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells. Here we report a carbon black-supported cost-effective, efficient and durable platinum single-atom electrocatalyst with carbon monoxide/methanol tolerance for the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction. The acidic single-cell with such a catalyst as cathode delivers high performance, with power density up to 680 mW cm(-2) at 80 °C with a low platinum loading of 0...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737079/menstrual-education-and-personal-hygiene-supplies-to-empower-young-women-in-haiti
#17
Patricia Coker-Bolt, Annika Jansson, Sherridan Bigg, Elizabeth Hammond, Harmony Hudson, Sarah Hunkler, Jana Kitch, Heather Richardson, Erica Tiedemann, Janet O'Flynn, Marie Dominque Laurent
Recent studies report that Haitian women are concerned about unmet women's health issues. The Days for Girls (DfG) International program features women's health education and personal hygiene kits to ensure women understand the process of menstruation and sanitary hygiene practices. The aim was to train Haitian seamstresses to produce the DfG kits during an in-country workshop and investigate the perceived benefit of the DfG program in young women who used the DfG kits. Posttest only design was used to measure the effectiveness of DfG workshop and postsurvey to study perception of women using DfG kits...
July 1, 2017: OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736936/invasive-fungal-infection-following-chemotherapy-for-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-experience-from-a-developing-country
#18
Anu Korula, Aby Abraham, Fouzia N Abubacker, Auro Viswabandya, Kavitha M Lakshmi, O C Abraham, Priscilla Rupali, George M Varghese, Joy S Michael, Alok Srivastava, Vikram Mathews, Biju George
The incidence of invasive fungal infections (IFI) is believed to be higher in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) undergoing chemotherapy in non-HEPA-filtered rooms. The aim of this study is to review the incidence of IFI in a large cohort of patients with AML treated at a single centre in India. Two hundred and twenty-two patients with AML treated with either induction chemotherapy or salvage chemotherapy between 2008 and 2013 were studied retrospectively. IFI was defined as per the revised EORTC-MSG criteria...
July 23, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736830/pcsk9-in-context-a-contemporary-review-of-an-important-biological-target-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Michael M Page, Gerald F Watts
Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) and the identification of its critical role in lipoprotein metabolism has rapidly led to the development of PCSK9 inhibition with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). PCSK9 mAbs are already in limited clinical use and are the subject of major cardiovascular outcomes trials, which if universally positive could see much wider clinical application of these agents. Patients with familial hypercholesterolaemia are the most obvious candidates for these drugs, but other patients with elevated cardiovascular risk, statin intolerance or hyperlipoproteinaemia(a) may also benefit...
July 24, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736787/carbon-quantum-dots-with-intrinsic-mitochondrial-targeting-ability-for-mitochondria-based-theranostics
#20
Xian-Wu Hua, Yan-Wen Bao, Zhan Chen, Fu-Gen Wu
We prepare for the first time a novel type of fluorescent carbon quantum dot (or carbon dot, CD) with intrinsic mitochondrial targeting ability by a one-step hydrothermal treatment of chitosan, ethylenediamine and mercaptosuccinic acid. The as-prepared CDs can realize mitochondrial imaging and mitochondria-targeted photodynamic cancer therapy without further modifications of other mitochondriotropic ligands (such as triphenylphosphine, TPP). Currently, many commercial mitochondrial probes suffer from the lack of modifiable groups, poor photostability, short tracking time, high cost and/or complicated staining procedures, which severely limit their applications in live-cell mitochondrial imaging...
July 24, 2017: Nanoscale
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