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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437916/multiband-selective-absorbers-made-of-1d-periodic-ag-sio-sub-2-sub-ag-core-shell-coaxial-cylinders-horizontally-lying-on-a-planar-substrate
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Yi Zhao, Ceji Fu
In this paper, we present a one-dimensional periodic microstructure for multiband selective absorbers of thermal radiation. The microstructure is made of Ag/SiO<sub>2</sub>/Ag core/shell coaxial cylinders horizontally lying on top of a SiO<sub>2</sub> dielectric spacer and an opaque silver substrate. The spectral-directional absorptivity of the proposed structure was numerically investigated with the finite element based Comsol Multiphysics software. Multiband selective absorption in the wavenumber range from 2500 to 20000 cm<sup>-1</sup> for TM-wave incidence was obtained...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433875/framing-causal-questions-about-the-past-the-cambrian-explosion-as-case-study
#2
Greg Priest
About 540 million years ago, a rapid radiation of animal phyla radically changed the Earth's biota in a geological eye-blink. What caused this "Cambrian explosion"? Over the years, paleontologists have pointed to a wide array of different physical mechanisms as the causal "trigger" for the explosion. More recently, some paleontologists have proposed complex causal pathways to which multiple physical mechanisms are said to have contributed. Despite their variety, these answers share an assumption that a single explanation can in principle be constructed that identifies some factor or confluence of factors as the cause of the Cambrian explosion...
April 20, 2017: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432369/sensitivity-to-antibiotics-of-bacteria-exposed-to-gamma-radiation-emitted-from-hot-soils-of-the-high-background-radiation-areas-of-ramsar-northern-iran
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Seyed Mohammad Javad Mortazavi, Samira Zarei, Mohammad Taheri, Saeed Tajbakhsh, Seyed Alireza Mortazavi, Sahar Ranjbar, Fatemeh Momeni, Samaneh Masoomi, Leila Ansari, Mohammad Mehdi Movahedi, Shahram Taeb, Sina Zarei, Masood Haghani
BACKGROUND: Over the past several years our laboratories have investigated different aspects of the challenging issue of the alterations in bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics induced by physical stresses. OBJECTIVE: To explore the bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics in samples of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium (S. typhimurium), Staphylococcus aureus, and Klebsiella pneumoniae after exposure to gamma radiation emitted from the soil samples taken from the high background radiation areas of Ramsar, northern Iran...
April 2017: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432306/simple-rectangular-gratings-as-a-near-field-anti-reflection-pattern-for-gasb-tpv-cells
#4
Haitong Yu, Dong Liu, Zhen Yang, Yuanyuan Duan
We show theoretically that 2D rectangular gratings on the surface of GaSb can serve as an "anti-reflection" pattern for nano-gap thermophotovoltaic (TPV) devices, which significantly enhances near-field radiative flux from the emitter to a GaSb cell, thus improving output power and conversion efficiency. The system in this study is a 200-nm gap TPV power generation system with a planar infrared plasmonic emitter and GaSb cell. Rigorous coupled-wave analysis is used to calculate the spectral near-field radiative flux involving periodic structures...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431090/current-status-of-the-blue-butterfly-in-fukushima-research
#5
Joji M Otaki, Wataru Taira
Adverse biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident have been revealed using the pale grass blue butterfly, Zizeeria maha, since 2012, which were often considered incompatible with the conventional understanding of radiation biology. This discrepancy likely originates from different system conditions and methodologies. In this article, we first respond to comments from the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) regarding our study; "technical errors" in unit usage and mathematical models noted by UNSCEAR are not errors but reflect our research philosophy not to introduce theoretical assumptions associated with unit conversion and mathematical fit...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430990/three-dimensional-dose-prediction-and-validation-with-the-radiobiological-gamma-index-based-on-a-relative-seriality-model-for-head-and-neck-imrt
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Noriaki Hamatani, Iori Sumida, Yutaka Takahashi, Michio Oda, Yuji Seo, Fumiaki Isohashi, Keisuke Tamari, Kazuhiko Ogawa
This study proposes a quality assurance (QA) method incorporating radiobiological factors based on the QUANTEC-determined tumor control probability and the normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) of head-and-neck intensity-modulated radiation therapy (HN-IMRT). Per-beam measurements were conducted for 20 cases using a 2D detector array. Three-dimensional predicted dose distributions within targets and organs at risk were reconstructed based on the per-beam QA results derived from differences between planned and measured doses...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430587/parkin-regulates-translesion-dna-synthesis-in-response-to-uv-radiation
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Xuefei Zhu, Xiaolu Ma, Yingfeng Tu, Min Huang, Hongmei Liu, Fengli Wang, Juanjuan Gong, Jiuqiang Wang, Xiaoling Li, Qian Chen, Hongyan Shen, Shu Zhu, Yun Wang, Yang Liu, Caixia Guo, Tie-Shan Tang
Deficiency of Parkin is a major cause of early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD). Notably, PD patients also exhibit a significantly higher risk in melanoma and other skin tumors, while the mechanism remains largely unknown. In this study, we show that depletion of Parkin causes compromised cell viability and genome stability after ultraviolet (UV) radiation. We demonstrate that Parkin promotes efficient Rad18-dependent proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) monoubiquitination by facilitating the formation of Replication protein A (RPA)-coated ssDNA upon UV radiation...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430258/transparency-measurement-of-thin-films-with-one-sided-optical-access-using-fluorescence-imaging
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A F Forughi, B Stoeber, S I Green
Optical transparency can be determined by passing light through an object and comparing the intensity of the transmitted light with the intensity of the incident light. This measurement needs optical access to both sides of the object for illumination and measurement. Optical access to both sides of the object may be restricted in some situations due to the presence of an opaque obstacle, lack of physical access, etc. A novel technique of transmittance measurement is presented that is able to determine the transparency of thin-film objects with optical access limited to just one side...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429745/high-temperature-terahertz-detectors-realized-by-a-gan-high-electron-mobility-transistor
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H W Hou, Z Liu, J H Teng, T Palacios, S J Chua
In this work, a high temperature THz detector based on a GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) with nano antenna structures was fabricated and demonstrated to be able to work up to 200( )°C. The THz responsivity and noise equivalent power (NEP) of the device were characterized at 0.14 THz radiation over a wide temperature range from room temperature to 200 °C. A high responsivity Rv of 15.5 and 2.7 kV/W and a low NEP of 0.58 and 10 pW/Hz(0.5) were obtained at room temperature and 200 °C, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429681/microwave-diathermy-in-physiotherapy-units-a-survey-on-spatial-and-time-heterogeneity-of-electromagnetic-field
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Andreas Andrikopoulos, Adam Adamopoulos, Ioannis Seimenis, Constantinos Miltiadis Koutsojannis
Microwave diathermy (MWD) is a therapeutic system that is in use for some decades now in all physiotherapy settings, according to national facility establishment regulations. Diathermy devices probably lack validity, as working time passes, introducing the need of control/reset of the device by qualified personnel, in order to maintain its effectiveness in sessions and accurately deliver the energy output the physiotherapist asks for. However, while in the field of physical therapy MWD has been a vital part for practicing the profession of physiotherapist, there is not a clear evidence of health burden due to incorrect usability...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427834/doped-silica-fibre-thermoluminescence-measurements-of-radiation-dose-in-the-use-of-223-ra
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Bradley, S F Abdul Sani, A S Siti Shafiqah, S M Collins, R P Hugtenburg, H A Abdul Rashid, Nurul Najua Zulkepely, M J Maah
Using tailor-made sub-mm dimension doped-silica fibres, thermoluminescent dosimetric studies have been performed for α-emitting sources of (223)RaCl2 (the basis of the Bayer Healthcare product Xofigo®). The use of (223)RaCl2 in the palliative treatment of bone metastases resulting from late-stage castration-resistant prostate cancer focuses on its favourable uptake in metabolically active bone metastases. Such treatment benefits from the high linear energy transfer (LET) and associated short path length (<100µm) of the α-particles emitted by (223)Ra and its decay progeny...
April 14, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427670/estimation-of-the-distribution-of-low-intensity-ultrasound-mechanical-index-as-a-parameter-affecting-the-proliferation-of-spermatogonia-stem-cells-in-vitro
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Zeinab Hormozi Moghaddam, Manijhe Mokhtari-Dizaji, Mansoureh Movahedin, Mohammad Ehsan Ravari
Considering the use of physical and mechanical stimulation, such as low-intensity ultrasound for proliferation and differentiation of stem cells, it is essential to understand the physical and acoustical mechanisms of acoustic waves in vitro. Mechanical index is used for quantifying acoustic cavitation and the relationship between acoustic pressure and the frequency. In this study, modeling of the mechanical index was applied to provide treatment protocol and to understand the effective physical processes on reproducibility of stem cells...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426539/the-effect-of-cancer-patients-and-their-family-caregivers-physical-and-emotional-symptoms-on-caregiver-burden
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Safora Johansen, Milada Cvancarova, Cornelia Ruland
BACKGROUND: Although there is significant evidence that the family caregivers (FCs) of cancer patients can experience significant caregiver burden and symptoms, less is known about the relationships between FCs and patient characteristics that influence caregiver burden. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of cancer patients' and FCs' symptoms and demographic characteristics on caregiver burden at initiation of the patients' radiation treatment...
April 20, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425773/prognostic-value-of-pre-and-post-treatment-health-related-quality-of-life-in-predicting-survival-of-patients-with-brain-metastases
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Erin Wong, Leigha Rowbottom, May Tsao, Liying Zhang, Rachel McDonald, Cyril Danjoux, Elizabeth Barnes, Stephanie Chan, Edward Chow
AIM: The present study aimed to determine the prognostic survival value of pretreatment health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and changes in HRQOL following whole-brain radiation treatment in patients with brain metastases. METHODS: Patients who were treated with whole-brain radiation treatment and completed HRQOL questionnaires were included. Univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazard models of overall survival (OS) were conducted for overall HRQOL and domain scores...
April 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425203/educational-and-career-goal-attainments-in-young-adult-childhood-cancer-survivors
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Lisa Bashore, Emma Breyer
PURPOSE: Examine the educational and career outcomes of young adult childhood cancer survivors. DESIGN AND METHODS: Descriptive study design using a survey sent to 336 survivors. Quantitative and qualitative data were analyzed separately. RESULTS: Only 50 completed surveys were returned. Having a central nervous system tumor and radiation were associated with physical impairments. Four themes also emerged: future as medical professionals, dreams fallen short, peer relationships, and positive outlook on life...
April 2017: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing: JSPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418750/comparing-asian-american-women-s-knowledge-self-efficacy-and-perceived-risk-of-heart-attack-to-other-racial-and-ethnic-groups-the-mped-trial
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Yoshimi Fukuoka, Nadra E Lisha, Eric Vittinghoff
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to compare knowledge and awareness of heart attacks/heart disease and perceived risk for future heart attack in Asian/Pacific Islander women, compared to other racial and ethnic groups. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 318 women enrolled in a mobile phone-based physical activity education trial were analyzed. Heart attack knowledge, self-efficacy for recognizing and responding to heart attack symptoms, and perceived risk for a future heart attack were measured...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415861/atmospheric-aerosols-clouds-chemistry-and-climate
#17
V Faye McNeill
Although too small to be seen with the human eye, atmospheric particulate matter has major impacts on the world around us, from our health to global climate. Understanding the sources, properties, and transformations of these particles in the atmosphere is among the major challenges in air quality and climate research today. Significant progress has been made over the past two decades in understanding atmospheric aerosol chemistry and its connections to climate. Advances in technology for characterizing aerosol chemical composition and physical properties have enabled rapid discovery in this area...
April 17, 2017: Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414679/misses-opportunity-tof-diagnoses-in-4th-decade-of-life
#18
O Baniahmad, T Jarreau, A Johnson
CASE: A 40 year old woman with a history of HIV, congestive heart failure secondary to an unknown congenital heart defect, and hypertension presented to our emergency department with worsening edema. On room air, oxygen saturation was 55 percent . On 5L of oxygen via nasal cannula, oxygen saturation was 88 percent . Physical examination was notable for central cyanosis, facial and lid edema, a II/VI holosystolic murmur across right chest radiating to entire right back hemithorax, decreased breath sounds at bases with pulmonary crackles, clubbing of fingers and edema of bilateral lower extremities...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410688/education-and-training-of-medical-physics-in-iran-the-past-the-present-and-the-future
#19
Seyed Rabi Mahdavi, Behrouz Rasuli, Azam Niroomand-Rad
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the current status of education and training programs in medical physics in Iran. METHODS: A questionnaire was designed and sent to 274 IAMP (Iranian Association of Medical Physicists) members focusing on these two topics: the educational situation (course syllabus, number of faculty members, number of PhD and MSc students and sub-fields offered in the department) and the professional situation (work experience, workplaces of medical physicists, postgraduate degrees that were granted and the amount of therapy and imaging equipment)...
April 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408529/targeted-alpha-therapy-of-mcrpc-with-225-actinium-psma-617-dosimetry-estimate-and-empirical-dose-finding
#20
Clemens Kratochwil, Frank Bruchertseifer, Hendrik Rathke, Marcus Bronzel, Christos Apostolidis, Wilko Weichert, Uwe Haberkorn, Frederick Lars Giesel, Alfred Morgenstern
To develop a treatment protocol for (225)Ac-PSMA-617 alpha-radiation therapy in advanced stage, metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients with PSMA-positive tumor phenotype. Methods: A dosimetry estimate was calculated based on time-activity-curves derived from serially performed (177)Lu-PSMA-617 scans extrapolated to the physical half-life of (225)Ac, assuming instant decay of instable daughter nuclides. Salvage therapies empirically conducted with 50kBq/kg (n = 4), 100kBq/kg (n = 4), 150kBq/kg (n = 2), 200kBq/kg (n = 4) (225)Ac-PSMA-617 were evaluated retrospectively regarding toxicity and treatment response...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
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