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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108923/adsorption-of-nickel-ions-by-oleate-modified-magnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles
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Cécilia Magnet, Claire Lomenech, Charlotte Hurel, Pierre Reilhac, Françoise Giulieri, Anne-Marie Chaze, Jacques Persello, Pavel Kuzhir
In this work, magnetic nanoparticles of iron oxide (MNPs) were synthesized, and then the surface was recovered with an oleate double layer in order to investigate the ability of this material to adsorb nickel ions. First, the solution chemistry of oleate ions was investigated in order to determine the critical micellar concentration (CMC) value and the arrangements of ions above the CMC. Then, the synthesized oleate-modified MNP was characterized (TEM, DLS, XRD, FTIR, zeta potential, magnetometry). Finally, adsorption experiments were carried out as a function of pH and as a function of nickel concentration in 0...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108663/determination-of-the-conformational-ensemble-of-the-tar-rna-by-x-ray-scattering-interferometry
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Xuesong Shi, Peter Walker, Pehr B Harbury, Daniel Herschlag
The conformational ensembles of structured RNA's are crucial for biological function, but they remain difficult to elucidate experimentally. We demonstrate with HIV-1 TAR RNA that X-ray scattering interferometry (XSI) can be used to determine RNA conformational ensembles. X-ray scattering interferometry (XSI) is based on site-specifically labeling RNA with pairs of heavy atom probes, and precisely measuring the distribution of inter-probe distances that arise from a heterogeneous mixture of RNA solution structures...
January 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108373/left-ventricle-segmentation-via-two-layer-level-sets-with-circular-shape-constraint
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Cong Yang, Weiguo Wu, Yuanqi Su, Shaoxiang Zhang
This paper proposes a circular shape constraint and a novel two-layer level set method for the segmentation of the left ventricle (LV) from short-axis magnetic resonance images without training any shape models. Since the shape of LV throughout the apex-base axis is close to a ring shape, we propose a circle fitting term in the level set framework to detect the endocardium. The circle fitting term imposes a penalty on the evolving contour from its fitting circle, and thereby handles quite well with issues in LV segmentation, especially the presence of outflow track in basal slices and the intensity overlap between TPM and the myocardium...
January 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108037/a-semi-analytical-method-for-simulating-matrix-diffusion-in-numerical-transport-models
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Ronald W Falta, Wenwen Wang
A semi-analytical approximation for transient matrix diffusion is developed for use in numerical contaminant transport simulators. This method is an adaptation and extension of the heat conduction method of Vinsome and Westerveld (1980) used to simulate heat losses during thermally enhanced oil recovery. The semi-analytical method is used in place of discretization of the low permeability materials, and it represents the concentration profile in the low permeability materials with a fitting function that is adjusted in each element at each time-step...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107466/thermal-conductivity-performance-of-polypropylene-composites-filled-with-polydopamine-functionalized-hexagonal-boron-nitride
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Lin Chen, Hong-Fei Xu, Shao-Jian He, Yi-Hang Du, Nan-Jie Yu, Xiao-Ze Du, Jun Lin, Sergei Nazarenko
Mussel-inspired approach was attempted to non-covalently functionalize the surfaces of boron nitride (BN) with self-polymerized dopamine coatings in order to reduce the interfacial thermal barrier and enhance the thermal conductivity of BN-containing composites. Compared to the polypropylene (PP) composites filled with pristine BN at the same filler content, thermal conductivity was much higher for those filled with both functionalized BN (f-BN) and maleic anhydride grafted PP (PP-g-ma) due to the improved filler dispersion and better interfacial filler-matrix compatibility, which facilitated the development of more thermal paths...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107392/upon-accounting-for-the-impact-of-isoenzyme-loss-gene-deletion-costs-anticorrelate-with-their-evolutionary-rates
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Christopher Jacobs, Luke Lambourne, Yu Xia, Daniel Segrè
System-level metabolic network models enable the computation of growth and metabolic phenotypes from an organism's genome. In particular, flux balance approaches have been used to estimate the contribution of individual metabolic genes to organismal fitness, offering the opportunity to test whether such contributions carry information about the evolutionary pressure on the corresponding genes. Previous failure to identify the expected negative correlation between such computed gene-loss cost and sequence-derived evolutionary rates in Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been ascribed to a real biological gap between a gene's fitness contribution to an organism "here and now" and the same gene's historical importance as evidenced by its accumulated mutations over millions of years of evolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106229/the-rm-pressfit-vitamys-5-year-swiss-experience-of-the-first-100-cups
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Michael Wyatt, Jan Weidner, Dominik Pfluger, Martin Beck
BACKGROUND: The RM Pressfit vitamys is a titanium particle-coated monoblock cup with vitamin E stabilised highly cross-linked polyethylene. Initial fixation is achieved via press-fit with subsequent stability by bone on-growth. This is the first study to report the 5-year results of this design. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study according to STROBE guidelines of 100 consecutive total hip replacements (THRs) in 92 patients all with ceramic heads. Demographic data, pre/postoperative visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain and satisfaction, Harris Hip Scores (HHS) and complications were recorded...
January 20, 2017: Hip International: the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Research on Hip Pathology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106191/the-frequency-dependent-response-of-single-aerosol-particles-to-vapour-phase-oscillations-and-its-application-in-measuring-diffusion-coefficients
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Thomas C Preston, James F Davies, Kevin R Wilson
A new method for measuring diffusion in the condensed phase of single aerosol particles is proposed and demonstrated. The technique is based on the frequency-dependent response of a binary particle to oscillations in the vapour phase of one of its chemical components. We discuss how this physical situation allows for what would typically be a non-linear boundary value problem to be approximately reduced to a linear boundary value problem. For the case of aqueous aerosol particles, we investigate the accuracy of the closed-form analytical solution to this linear problem through a comparison with the numerical solution of the full problem...
January 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106154/anisotropic-hydrogen-diffusion-in-%C3%AE-zr-and-zircaloy-predicted-by-accelerated-kinetic-monte-carlo-simulations
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Yongfeng Zhang, Chao Jiang, Xianming Bai
This report presents an accelerated kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) method to compute the diffusivity of hydrogen in hcp metals and alloys, considering both thermally activated hopping and quantum tunneling. The acceleration is achieved by replacing regular KMC jumps in trapping energy basins formed by neighboring tetrahedral interstitial sites, with analytical solutions for basin exiting time and probability. Parameterized by density functional theory (DFT) calculations, the accelerated KMC method is shown to be capable of efficiently calculating hydrogen diffusivity in α-Zr and Zircaloy, without altering the kinetics of long-range diffusion...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105965/genetic-and-environmental-basis-in-phenotype-correlation-between-physical-function-and-cognition-in-aging-chinese-twins
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Chunsheng Xu, Dongfeng Zhang, Xiaocao Tian, Yili Wu, Zengchang Pang, Shuxia Li, Qihua Tan
Although the correlation between cognition and physical function has been well studied in the general population, the genetic and environmental nature of the correlation has been rarely investigated. We conducted a classical twin analysis on cognitive and physical function, including forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), handgrip strength, five-times-sit-to-stand test (FTSST), near visual acuity, and number of teeth lost in 379 complete twin pairs. Bivariate twin models were fitted to estimate the genetic and environmental correlation between physical and cognitive function...
February 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105962/genetic-and-environmental-influences-on-pulmonary-function-and-muscle-strength-the-chinese-twin-study-of-aging
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Xiaocao Tian, Chunsheng Xu, Yili Wu, Jianping Sun, Haiping Duan, Dongfeng Zhang, Baofa Jiang, Zengchang Pang, Shuxia Li, Qihua Tan
Genetic and environmental influences on predictors of decline in daily functioning, including forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), handgrip, and five-times-sit-to-stand test (FTSST), have not been addressed in the aging Chinese population. We performed classical twin modeling on FEV1, FVC, handgrip, and FTSST in 379 twin pairs (240 MZ and 139 DZ) with median age of 50 years (40-80 years). Data were analyzed by fitting univariate and bivariate twin models to estimate the genetic and environmental influences on these measures of physical function...
February 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104999/development-of-a-scale-assessing-beliefs-about-thirdhand-smoke-baths
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Regine Haardörfer, Carla J Berg, Cam Escoffery, Łucja T Bundy, Melbourne Hovell, Michelle C Kegler
BACKGROUND: Similarly to secondhand smoke (SHS), thirdhand smoke (THS) beliefs may be correlated with smoking behaviors and smokefree policies in the home. Thus, there is a need to develop and validate measures to assess beliefs about THS. METHODS: A list of 19 items related to THS were generated by an expert panel and tested in a pilot study. Based on results from an exploratory factor analysis, two factors emerged: THS persistence in the environment and THS impact on health...
2017: Tobacco Induced Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104591/floral-function-effects-of-traits-on-pollinators-male-and-female-pollination-success-and-female-fitness-across-three-species-of-milkweeds-asclepias
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Raffica J La Rosa, Jeffrey K Conner
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Central questions in plant reproductive ecology are whether the functions of floral traits in hermaphrodites create conflict between sexes that could slow evolution, and whether individual floral traits function in pollinator attraction, efficiency, or both. We studied how floral traits affect pollinator visitation and efficiency, and how they affect male and female function and female fitness within and across three Asclepias species that differ in floral morphology...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104245/assessing-kinematics-and-kinetics-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-rowing
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Adina E Draghici, Glen Picard, J Andrew Taylor, Sandra J Shefelbine
Hybrid functional electrical stimulation (FES) rowing has positive effects on cardiovascular fitness, producing significantly greater aerobic power than either upper body or FES exercise alone. However, there is minimal information on the kinematics, kinetics, and mechanical efficiency of FES-rowing in the spinal cord injured (SCI) population. This study examined the biomechanics of FES-rowing to determine how motions, forces, and aerobic demand change with increasing intensity. Six individuals with SCI and six able-bodied subjects performed a progressive aerobic capacity rowing test...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103842/one-size-doesn-t-fit-all-cross-sectional-associations-between-neighborhood-walkability-crime-and-physical-activity-depends-on-age-and-sex-of-residents
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Andrea S Richardson, Wendy M Troxel, Madhumita B Ghosh-Dastidar, Robin Beckman, Gerald P Hunter, Amy S DeSantis, Natalie Colabianchi, Tamara Dubowitz
BACKGROUND: Low-income African American adults are disproportionately affected by obesity and are also least likely to engage in recommended levels of physical activity (Flegal et al. JAMA 303(3):235-41, 2010; Tucker et al. Am J Prev Med 40(4):454-61, 2011). Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) is an important factor for weight management and control, as well as for reducing disease risk (Andersen et al. Lancet 368(9532):299-304, 2006; Boreham and Riddoch J Sports Sci 19(12):915-29, 2001; Carson et al...
January 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103811/study-protocol-effect-of-playful-training-on-functional-abilities-of-older-adults-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jari Due Jessen, Henrik Hautop Lund
BACKGROUND: Loss of functional capabilities due to inactivity is one of the most common reasons for fall accidents, and it has been well established that loss of capabilities can be effectively reduced by physical activity. Pilot studies indicate a possible improvement in functional abilities of community dwelling elderly as a result of short-term playing with an exergame system in the form of interactive modular tiles. Such playful training may be motivational to perform and viewed by the subjects to offer life-fulfilling quality, while providing improvement in physical abilities, e...
January 19, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103760/the-use-of-a-direct-manufacturing-prosthetic-socket-system-in-a-rural-community-in-south-africa-a-pilot-study-and-lessons-for-future-research
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Liezel Ennion, Anton Johannesson, Anthea Rhoda
BACKGROUND: Challenges exist with the provision of appropriate mobility assistive devices in rural areas. The use of the direct manufacturing prosthetic socket system is a possible solution to these challenges. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to test and explore the clients' perspectives with the application of this device. STUDY DESIGN: Within a mixed-methods approach, a longitudinal sequential explanatory design was applied. METHODS: The Orthotic and Prosthetic User's Survey was administered to explore the use of the direct manufacturing prosthetic socket system in terms of function, health-related quality of life and client satisfaction...
January 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103698/histamine-applied-topically-to-the-nasal-mucosa-increases-the-transmucosal-nitrous-oxide-exchange-for-the-middle-ear
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Miriam S Teixeira, Cuneyt M Alper, Brian S Martin, Selma Cetin, Jenna A El-Wagaa, William J Doyle
OBJECTIVE: Determine if the middle ear transmucosal nitrous oxide (N2O) exchange rate is affected by nasal inflammation caused by topical application of histamine. METHODS: In a randomized, double-blind, crossover study, 20 adults were challenged intranasally with histamine (5 mg) and placebo on separate occasions. At each session, the subjects were fitted with a non-rebreathing mask and breathed room air for 20 minutes, 50% N2O:50% O2 for 20 minutes, and 100% O2 for 10 minutes...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103664/relaxation-in-a-prototype-ionic-liquid-influence-of-water-on-the-dynamics
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David L Price, Oleg Borodin, Miguel A González, Maiko Kofu, Kaoru Shibata, Takeshi Yamada, Osamu Yamamuro, Marie-Louise Saboungi
The influence of water on the relaxation of a prototype ionic liquid (IL) C8mimBF4 is examined in the IL-rich regime combining quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The QENS and MD simulations results for relaxation of the IL and the equimolar mixture with water probed by the dynamics of the C8mim hydrogen atoms in the time range of 2 ps - 1 ns are in excellent agreement. The QENS data show that translational relaxation increases by a factor of 7 on addition of water, while rotational relaxation involving multiple processes fitted by a KWW function with low β values is speeded up by a factor of 3 on the timescale of QENS measurements...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103570/an-extreme-learning-machine-approach-to-density-estimation-problems
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Cristiano Cervellera, Danilo Maccio
In this paper, we discuss how the extreme learning machine (ELM) framework can be effectively employed in the unsupervised context of multivariate density estimation. In particular, two algorithms are introduced, one for the estimation of the cumulative distribution function underlying the observed data, and one for the estimation of the probability density function. The algorithms rely on the concept of $F$-discrepancy, which is closely related to the Kolmogorov-Smirnov criterion for goodness of fit. Both methods retain the key feature of the ELM of providing the solution through random assignment of the hidden feature map and a very light computational burden...
January 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
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