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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095861/challenges-in-conducting-natural-experiments-in-parks-lessons-from-the-revamp-study
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Jenny Veitch, Jo Salmon, Billie Giles-Corti, David Crawford, Kate Dullaghan, Alison Carver, Anna Timperio
: Experimental evidence on the role of the built environment for promoting physical activity is important for informing how to create cities that promote active living. Parks provide opportunities for physical activity; however, there is little robust evidence on the impact of park refurbishment. Government agencies often modify parks, providing opportunities for natural experiment studies of these interventions. Such an opportunity was provided by the modification of a large park in Victoria, Australia in 2013 when the Recording and EValuating Activity in a Modified Park (REVAMP) study was established...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095683/colorimetric-detection-of-staphylococcus-aureus-contaminated-solutions-without-purification
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Pamela Tiet, Karen C Clark, James O McNamara, Jacob M Berlin
Current water quality monitoring methods rely on growth-based measurements to detect fecal indicator bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and enterococci, and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). These growth-based measurements, however, can take days to complete. This is a significant limitation in the evaluation of contaminated food and water sources. Various methods for selective in vitro detection of S. aureus have also been reported; however, these strategies, such as ELISA, agar-diffusion, PCR, or liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, all require overnight culturing or sophisticated instrumentation...
January 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067671/a-fatal-case-of-coin-battery-ingestion-in-an-18-month-old-child-case-report-and-literature-review
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Francesco Ventura, Sara Candosin, Rosario Barranco, Alessandro Bonsignore, Luisa Andrello, Luca Tajana, Antonio Osculati
The ingestion of extraneous substances is quite common in clinical practice; it usually befalls in the pediatric age, mostly between 6 months and 6 years. In most cases, complications do not emerge, and the prognosis is considered favorable. However, when a case of battery ingestion occurs, serious adverse events may develop. The ingestion of these components is a potential life-threatening event for children.In this article, we report the case of an 18-month-old child who died from hemorrhagic shock due to an aortoesophageal fistula caused by a 20 mm lithium button battery lodged in the esophagus...
January 7, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063585/extraneous-fibre-traces-brought-by-river-water-a-case-study
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L Lepot, T Vanden Driessche, K Lunstroot, A Barret, F Gason, K De Wael
The fibre traces on a young victim found underwater were mostly single fibre traces besides small amounts of fibre collectives indistinguishable from his parents clothes (mainly wool). Most of those single fibre traces were blue-grey polyester fibres showing tiny differences among each other. They were unexpected according to known population fibre studies. One year after the victim's discovery experiments were conducted to evaluate the possible contamination with fibres from river water. A small amount of extraneous fibres were collected among which blue and grey-black cotton and man-made (mainly polyester) fibres...
January 2017: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058411/spontaneous-formation-of-nanometer-scale-tubular-vesicles-in-aqueous-mixtures-of-lipid-and-block-copolymer-amphiphiles
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Seng Koon Lim, Andrew S W Wong, Hans-Peter M de Hoog, Padmini Rangamani, Atul N Parikh, Madhavan Nallani, Sara Sandin, Bo Liedberg
Many common amphiphiles self-assemble in water to produce heterogeneous populations of discrete and symmetric but polydisperse and multilamellar vesicles isolating the encapsulated aqueous core from the surrounding bulk. But when mixtures of amphiphiles of vastly different elastic properties co-assemble, their non-uniform molecular organization can stabilize lower symmetries and produce novel shapes. Here, using high resolution electron cryomicroscopy and tomography, we identify the spontaneous formation of a membrane morphology consisting of unilamellar tubular vesicles in dilute aqueous solutions of binary mixtures of two different amphiphiles of vastly different origins...
January 6, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055425/igf1-regulates-runx1-expression-via-irs1-2-implications-for-antler-chondrocyte-differentiation
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Zhan-Qing Yang, Hong-Liang Zhang, Cui-Cui Duan, Shuang Geng, Kai Wang, Hai-Fan Yu, Zhan-Peng Yue, Bin Guo
Although IGF1 is important for the proliferation and differentiation of chondrocytes, its underlying molecular mechanism is still unknown. Here we addressed the physiological function of IGF1 in antler cartilage and explored the interplay of IGF1, IRS1/2 and RUNX1 in chondrocyte differentiation. The results showed that IGF1 was highly expressed in antler chondrocytes. Exogenous rIGF1 could increase the proliferation of chondrocytes and cell proportion in the S phase, whereas IGF1R inhibitor PQ401 abrogated the induction by rIGF1...
January 5, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048625/tu-h-206-02-novel-linearly-filled-derenzo-pet-phantom-design
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S Graves, B Cox, M Farhoud, H Valdovinos, J Jeffery, K Eliceiri, T Barnhart, R Nickles
PURPOSE: To design a linearly-filled Derenzo positron emission tomography (PET) phantom, eliminating the extraneous radioisotope volumes in a conventional reservoir-type design. This activity reduction combined with the elimination of bubbles in smaller phantom channels would significantly reduce personnel dose, radioisotope cost, and would improve image quality by reducing out-of-slice activity scatter. METHODS: A computer-aided design (CAD) was created of a modular Derenzo phantom consisting of three phantom layers with gaskets between the layers...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046718/mo-fg-campus-tep1-03-pre-treatment-surface-imaging-based-collision-detection
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D Wiant, J Maurer, H Liu, T Hayes, Q Shang, B Sintay
PURPOSE: Modern radiotherapy increasingly employs large immobilization devices, gantry attachments, and couch rotations for treatments. All of which raise the risk of collisions between the patient and the gantry / couch. Collision detection is often achieved by manually checking each couch position in the treatment room and sometimes results in extraneous imaging if collisions are detected after image based setup has begun. In the interest of improving efficiency and avoiding extra imaging, we explore the use of a surface imaging based collision detection model...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035655/automated-target-tracking-in-kilovoltage-images-using-dynamic-templates-of-fiducial-marker-clusters
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Warren G Campbell, Moyed Miften, Bernard L Jones
PURPOSE: Implanted fiducial markers are often used in radiotherapy to facilitate accurate visualization and localization of tumors. Typically, such markers are used to aid daily patient positioning and to verify the target's position during treatment. These markers can also provide a wealth of information regarding tumor motion, yet determining their accurate position in thousands of images is often prohibitive. This work introduces a novel, automated method for identifying fiducial markers in planar x-ray imaging...
December 30, 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030470/dorsal-root-ganglion-stimulation-yielded-higher-treatment-success-rate-for-crps-and-causalgia-at-3-and-12-months-randomized-comparative-trial
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Timothy R Deer, Robert M Levy, Jeffrey Kramer, Lawrence Poree, Kasra Amirdelfan, Eric Grigsby, Peter Staats, Allen W Burton, Abram H Burgher, Jon Obray, James Scowcroft, Stan Golovac, Leonardo Kapural, Richard Paicius, Christopher Kim, Jason Pope, Thomas Yearwood, Sam Samuel, W Porter McRoberts, Hazmer Cassim, Mark Netherton, Nathan Miller, Michael Schaufele, Edward Tavel, Timothy Davis, Kristina Davis, Linda Johnson, Nagy Mekhail
Animal and human studies indicate that electrical stimulation of DRG neurons may modulate neuropathic pain signals.ACCURATE, a pivotal, prospective, multi-center, randomized-comparative effectiveness trial, was conducted in 152 subjects diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or causalgia in the lower extremities. Subjects received neurostimulation of the DRG or dorsal column (SCS). The primary endpoint was a composite of safety and efficacy at 3 months and subjects were assessed through 12 months for long term outcomes and adverse events...
December 23, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018018/mutual-influences-between-parental-psychological-distress-and-alcohol-use-and-child-problem-behavior-in-a-cohort-of-urban-african-americans
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Katarzyna A Zebrak, Kerry M Green
Parental psychological distress, parental alcohol involvement, and child/adolescent behavior problems frequently occur together with deleterious effects on individuals and families. Extant evidence suggests that parental and child problems are related; however, less is known about the patterns and directions of their relationships over time, particularly among African Americans. This study examined mutual influences between parental psychological distress and alcohol use, and child/adolescent problem behavior over a 10-year period (N = 459), using data from a prospective cohort study of urban African Americans...
October 2016: Journal of Family Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001420/modifying-the-interface-edge-to-control-the-electrical-transport-properties-of-nanocontacts-to-nanowires
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Alex M Lord, Quentin M Ramasse, Despoina M Kepaptsoglou, Jonathan E Evans, Philip R Davies, Michael B Ward, Steve P Wilks
Selecting the electrical properties of nanomaterials is essential if their potential as manufacturable devices is to be reached. Here, we show that the addition or removal of native semiconductor material at the edge of a nanocontact can be used to determine the electrical transport properties of metal-nanowire interfaces. While the transport properties of as-grown Au nanocatalyst contacts to semiconductor nanowires are well-studied, there are few techniques that have been explored to modify the electrical behavior...
January 3, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924730/congenital-malformations-attributed-to-prenatal-exposure-to-cyclophosphamide
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Padmanabhan Rengasamy
Cyclophosphamide (CPA) remains one of the most widely prescribed anticancer drugs. It is also used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, childhood nephrotic syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus. It is a potent immunosuppressive agent. It is commonly used in blood and bone marrow transplantation. With the growing trend among women postponing childbearing, the number of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer is also increasing thus escalating the chances of exposure of the unborn child to antineoplastic drugs...
December 6, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918272/rats-can-acquire-conditional-fear-of-faint-light-leaking-through-the-acrylic-resin-used-to-mount-fiber-optic-cannulas
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Adam Eckmier, Willy Daney de Marcillac, Agnès Maître, Thérèse M Jay, Matthew J Sanders, Bill P Godsil
Rodents are exquisitely sensitive to light and optogenetic behavioral experiments routinely introduce light-delivery materials into experimental situations, which raises the possibility that light could leak and influence behavioral performance. We examined whether rats respond to a faint diffusion of light, termed caplight, which emanated through the translucent dental acrylic resin used to affix deep-brain optical cannulas in place. Although rats did not display significant changes in locomotion or rearing to caplight in a darkened open field, they did acquire conditional fear via caplight-footshock pairings...
December 2016: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918087/fatigue-in-an-adult-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-population-a-trans-diagnostic-approach
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Denise C Rogers, Antonia J Dittner, Katharine A Rimes, Trudie Chalder
OBJECTIVES: Trans-diagnostic approaches suggest that key cognitive and behavioural processes maintain symptoms across a wide range of mental health disorders. Fatigue is a common clinical feature of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adulthood; however, empirical data supporting its prevalence are lacking. This study aimed to collate outcomes from outpatient services to (1) investigate the prevalence of fatigue in adults with ADHD, (2) examine symptoms of ADHD in adults with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and (3) consider secondary clinical characteristics common to both disorder groups...
December 5, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908109/perturbation-of-hydration-layer-in-solvated-proteins-by-external-electric-and-electromagnetic-fields-insights-from-non-equilibrium-molecular-dynamics
#16
Prithwish K Nandi, Zdenek Futera, Niall J English
Given the fundamental role of water in governing the biochemistry of enzymes, and in regulating their wider biological activity (e.g., by local water concentration surrounding biomolecules), the influence of extraneous electric and electromagnetic (e/m) fields thereon is of central relevance to biophysics and, more widely, biology. With the increase in levels of local and atmospheric microwave-frequency radiation present in modern life, as well as other electric-field exposure, the impact upon hydration-water layers surrounding proteins, and biomolecules generally, becomes a particularly pertinent issue...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899440/the-elimination-of-transfer-distances-is-an-important-part-of-hospital-design
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Sauli Karvonen, Isto Nordback, Jussi Elo, Jouni Havulinna, Heikki-Jussi Laine
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to describe how a specific patient flow analysis with from-to charts can be used in hospital design and layout planning. BACKGROUND: As part of a large renewal project at a university hospital, a detailed patient flow analysis was applied to planning the musculoskeletal surgery unit (orthopedics and traumatology, hand surgery, and plastic surgery). METHOD: First, the main activities of the unit were determined...
November 29, 2016: HERD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867831/examining-ecological-validity-in-social-interaction-problems-of-visual-fidelity-gaze-and-social-potential
#18
Arran T Reader, Nicholas P Holmes
Social interaction is an essential part of the human experience, and much work has been done to study it. However, several common approaches to examining social interactions in psychological research may inadvertently either unnaturally constrain the observed behaviour by causing it to deviate from naturalistic performance, or introduce unwanted sources of variance. In particular, these sources are the differences between naturalistic and experimental behaviour that occur from changes in visual fidelity (quality of the observed stimuli), gaze (whether it is controlled for in the stimuli), and social potential (potential for the stimuli to provide actual interaction)...
2016: Culture and Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832706/the-simulated-clinical-environment-cognitive-and-emotional-impact-among-undergraduates
#19
Marie-Laurence Tremblay, Alexandre Lafleur, Jimmie Leppink, Diana H J M Dolmans
CONTEXT: Simulated clinical immersion (SCI) is used in undergraduate healthcare programs to expose the learner to real-life situations in authentic simulated clinical environments. For novices, the environment in which the simulation occurs can be distracting and stressful, hence potentially compromising learning. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to determine whether SCI (with environment) imposes greater extraneous cognitive load and stress on undergraduate pharmacy students than simulated patients (SP) (without environment)...
November 10, 2016: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799437/the-preservation-of-archaeological-brain-remains-in-a-human-skeleton
#20
Sonia O'Connor, Howell G M Edwards, Esam M A Ali
The identification of biomass within the cranial cavity of a waterlogged human skeleton inside a fish-tailed wooden coffin from a nineteenth century burial has been confirmed as brain tissue. A comparison is made between the Raman spectra obtained in the current study with those from an Iron Age brain found in an isolated cranium dating from about 500 years BCE, the only other Raman spectroscopy study made of human brain recovered from waterlogged, archaeological excavations. The spectra give some surprisingly detailed information about the state of preservation of brain tissue in both burials, especially when it is realized that, unlike preserved bog bodies, no other soft tissue has survived...
December 13, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
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