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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340525/enhanced-dielectric-environment-sensitivity-of-surface-plasmon-polariton-in-the-surface-barrier-heterostructures-based-on-corrugated-thin-metal-films-with-quasi-anticorrelated-interfaces
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Alexander V Korovin, Nicolas L Dmitruk, Sergii V Mamykin, Viktor I Myn'ko, Mariya V Sosnova
A new approach to the formation of a 1D planar periodicity on the front of a plasmonic photodetector based on Schottky barrier is proposed. It allows forming a 1D planar periodicity with corrugation at the "metal/environment" interface by laser interference lithography using embedded chalcogenide wires, whereas the "metal/semiconductor" interface is flat that leads to reducing of surface recombination losses at Shottky barrier in contrary to the conventional technology for forming corrugated metal films on the semiconductor surface requiring chemical etching of the semiconductor substrate...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340516/markers-of-dietary-protein-intake-are-associated-with-successful-weight-loss-in-the-pounds-lost-trial
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G A Bray, D H Ryan, W Johnson, C M Champagne, C M Johnson, J Rood, D A Williamson, F M Sacks
To assess the association of markers for dietary protein intake, measures of dietary adherence and demographic variables with weight loss in the POUNDS Lost study over the first 6 months and again between 6 and 24 months using data from those who completed each period. This is a secondary analysis of pooled data on completers assigned to one of four diets: 65%C/15%P/20%F (AP/LF), 55%C/25%P/20%F (HP/LF), 45%C/15%P/40%F (AP/HF) or 35%C/25%P40%F (HP/HF) in the POUNDS Lost study. Urinary nitrogen excretion, dietary adherence measured by 24-h recall and attendance at sessions, age (above and below 50 years), gender, race/ethnicity and activity by pedometry were analysed...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340480/using-uhplc-q-trap-ms-as-a-complementary-technique-to-in-depth-mine-uplc-q-tof-ms-data-for-identifying-modified-nucleosides-in-urine
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Zhiwei Lu, Qing Wang, Meiling Wang, Shuang Fu, Qingqing Zhang, Zhixin Zhang, Huizhen Zhao, Yuehong Liu, Zhenhai Huang, Ziye Xie, Honghong Yu, Xiaoyan Gao
Modified nucleosides, metabolites of RNA, are potential biomarkers of cancer before the appearance of morphological abnormalities. It is of great significance to comprehensively detect and identify nucleosides in human urine for discovery of cancer biomarkers. However, the lower abundance, the greater polarity and the matrix effects make it difficult to detect urinary nucleosides. In this paper, an integrated method consisted of sample preparation followed by ultraperformance liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC Q-TOF/MS) detection and primary identification, then ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with hybrid triple quadrupole linear ion trap mass spectrometer (UHPLC Q-Trap/MS) further identification and validation were introduced...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340446/mental-health-and-behavioral-weight-loss-24-month-outcomes-in-veterans
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Carol A Janney, Robin M Masheb, Lesley D Lutes, Robert G Holleman, Hyungjin Myra Kim, Leah R Gillon, Laura J Damschroder, Caroline R Richardson
BACKGROUND: Individuals with mental health (MH) disorders have an increased risk of being overweight/obese; however research on behavioral weight loss interventions has been limited. A priori hypothesis was that Veterans with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or affective disorders (AD) would lose significantly less weight and have a different pattern of weight loss than Veterans without these diagnoses. METHODS: Secondary data analysis of ASPIRE-VA study, three-arm randomized, effectiveness weight loss trial among Veterans (n=409) categorized by MH diagnoses: 1) SMI, 2) AD without SMI, or 3) No SMI/No AD...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340317/opportunities-for-crash-and-injury-reduction-a-multi-harm-approach-for-crash-data-analysis
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Ann Mallory, Allison Kender, Kevin Moorhouse
OBJECTIVE: A multi-harm approach for analyzing crash and injury data was developed for the ultimate purpose of getting a richer picture of motor vehicle crash outcomes identifying research opportunities in crash safety. METHODS: Methods were illustrated using a retrospective analysis of 69,597 occupant cases from NASS CDS (National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System) from 2005 to 2015. Occupant cases were analyzed by frequency and severity of outcome: fatality, injury by AIS (Abbreviated Injury Scale), number of cases, attributable fatality, disability, and injury costs...
March 24, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340212/accelerated-senescence-in-skin-in-a-murine-model-of-radiation-induced-multi-organ-injury
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Elizabeth A McCart, Rajesh L Thangapazham, Eric D Lombardini, Steven R Mog, Ronald Allan M Panganiban, Kelley M Dickson, Rihab A Mansur, Vitaly Nagy, Sung-Yop Kim, Reed Selwyn, Michael R Landauer, Thomas N Darling, Regina M Day
Accidental high-dose radiation exposures can lead to multi-organ injuries, including radiation dermatitis. The types of cellular damage leading to radiation dermatitis are not completely understood. To identify the cellular mechanisms that underlie radiation-induced skin injury in vivo, we evaluated the time-course of cellular effects of radiation (14, 16 or 17 Gy X-rays; 0.5 Gy/min) in the skin of C57BL/6 mice. Irradiation of 14 Gy induced mild inflammation, observed histologically, but no visible hair loss or erythema...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340206/monitoring-the-quality-of-cardiac-surgery-based-on-three-or-more-surgical-outcomes-using-a-new-variable-life-adjusted-display
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Fah Fatt Gan, Xu Tang, Yexin Zhu, Puay Weng Lim
Quality problem or issue: The traditional variable life-adjusted display (VLAD) is a graphical display of the difference between expected and actual cumulative deaths. The VLAD assumes binary outcomes: death within 30 days of an operation or survival beyond 30 days. Full recovery and bedridden for life, for example, are considered the same outcome. This binary classification results in a great loss of information. Initial assessment: Although there are many grades of survival, the binary outcomes are commonly used to classify surgical outcomes...
March 17, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340152/sarcopenia-and-relationships-between-muscle-mass-measured-glomerular-filtration-rate-and-physical-function-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-stages-3-5
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Yunan Zhou, Matthias Hellberg, Philippa Svensson, Peter Höglund, Naomi Clyne
Background.: Sarcopenia and poor physical function are common in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Our aim was to investigate the relationships between muscle mass and measured glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and between muscle mass and strength and balance, respectively, in patients with CKD stages 3-5. Methods.: This is a baseline data analysis of a randomized controlled clinical trial. A total of 148 adult patients with an estimated GFR <30 mL/min/1...
March 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340062/exogenously-applied-24-epibrassinolide-ebl-ameliorates-detrimental-effects-of-salinity-by-reducing-k-efflux-via-depolarization-activated-k-channels
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Nazila Azhar, Nana Su, Lana Shabala, Sergey Shabala
This study has investigated mechanisms conferring beneficial effects of exogenous application of 24-epibrassinolides (EBL) on plant growth and performance under saline conditions. Barley seedlings treated with 0.25 mg l-1 EBL showed significant improvements in root hair length, shoot length, shoot fresh weight and relative water content when grown in the presence of 150 mM NaCl in the growth medium. In addition, EBL treatment significantly decreased the Na+ content in both shoots (by approximately 50%) and roots...
March 2, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340058/predictive-modeling-for-monitoring-egg-freshness-during-variable-temperature-storage-conditions
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S M Yimenu, J Y Kim, J Koo, B S Kim
The overall aim of this research was to develop egg freshness prediction models in terms of selected quality indices. Six experiments (4 constant temperatures and 2 variable temperatures) were carried out on hen eggs for a total period of 10, 21, 26, 13, and 105 d at storage temperatures of 30, 20, 20 to 10, 30 to 10, and 5 and 10°C, to observe trends in the relative weight loss (RWL), Haugh unit (HU), yolk index (YI), albumin index (AI), yolk pH, and albumin pH. The results showed that there was an increasing trend in the RWL and a decreasing trend in the YI, AI, and HU for all temperature conditions...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339999/bone-curvature-changes-can-predict-the-impact-of-treatment-on-cartilage-volume-loss-in-knee-osteoarthritis-data-from-a-2-year-clinical-trial
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Jean-Pierre Raynauld, Jean-Pierre Pelletier, Philippe Delorme, Pierre Dodin, François Abram, Johanne Martel-Pelletier
Objectives.: Knee bone curvature assessed by MRI was associated with OA cartilage loss. A recent knee OA trial demonstrated the superiority of chondroitin sulfate over celecoxib (comparator) at reducing cartilage volume loss (CVL) in the medial compartment (condyle). The main objectives were to identify which baseline bone curvature regions of interest (BCROI) best associated with CVL and investigate whether baseline BCROI and 2-year change are correlated with the protective effect of chondroitin sulphate on CVL...
March 1, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339838/the-clinical-epidemiology-of-young-adults-starting-renal-replacement-therapy-in-the-uk-presentation-management-and-survival-using-15-years-of-uk-renal-registry-data
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Alexander J Hamilton, Anna Casula, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Fergus J Caskey, Carol D Inward
Background: Clinical epidemiology data for young adults on renal replacement therapy (RRT) are lacking. While mostly transplanted, they have an increased risk of graft loss during young adulthood. Methods: We combined the UK Renal Registry paediatric and adult databases to describe patient characteristics, transplantation and survival for young adults. We grouped patients 11-30 years of age starting RRT from 1999 to 2008 by age band and examined their course during 5 years of follow-up...
February 23, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339646/tgf-%C3%AE-receptor-inhibition-prevents-ventricular-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-progressive-cardiac-conduction-disease
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Mickael Derangeon, Jérôme Montnach, Cynthia Ore Cerpa, Benoit Jagu, Justine Patin, Gilles Toumaniantz, Aurore Girardeau, Christopher Lh Huang, William H Colledge, Andrew A Grace, Isabelle Baró, Flavien Charpentier
Loss-of-function mutations in SCN5A, the gene encoding Nav1.5 channel, have been associated with inherited progressive cardiac conduction disease (PCCD). We have proposed that Scn5a heterozygous knock-out (Scn5a+/-) mice, which are characterized by ventricular fibrotic remodeling with ageing, represent a model for PCCD. Our objectives were to identify the molecular pathway involved in fibrosis development and prevent its activation. Methods and results: Our study shows that myocardial interstitial fibrosis occurred in Scn5a+/- mice only after 45 weeks of age...
February 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339620/systematic-review-of-the-effectiveness-of-health-related-behavioral-interventions-using-portable-activity-sensing-devices-pasds
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Hamed Abedtash, Richard J Holden
Background: Portable activity sensing devices (PASDs) have received significant interest as tools for objectively measuring activity-related parameters and promoting health-related outcomes. Studies of PASDs suggest the potential value of integrating them with behavioral interventions to improve intermediate and downstream clinical outcomes. Objectives: : This systematic review describes and evaluates evidence from controlled studies of interventions using PASDs on their effectiveness in health-related outcomes...
February 11, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339550/the-tension-sensitive-ion-transport-activity-of-msl8-is-critical-for-its-function-in-pollen-hydration-and-germination
#15
Eric S Hamilton, Elizabeth S Haswell
All cells respond to osmotic challenges, including those imposed during normal growth and development. Mechanosensitive (MS) ion channels provide a conserved mechanism for regulating osmotic forces by conducting ions in response to increased membrane tension. We previously demonstrated that the MS ion channel MscS-Like 8 (MSL8) is required for pollen to survive multiple osmotic challenges that occur during the normal process of fertilization, and that it can inhibit pollen germination. However, it remained unclear whether these physiological functions required ion flux through a mechanically gated channel provided by MSL8...
January 10, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339485/chronic-parp-1-inhibition-reduces-carotid-vessel-remodeling-and-oxidative-damage-of-the-dorsal-hippocampus-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Krisztian Eros, Klara Magyar, Laszlo Deres, Arpad Skazel, Adam Riba, Zoltan Vamos, Tamas Kalai, Ferenc Gallyas, Balazs Sumegi, Kalman Toth, Robert Halmosi
Vascular remodeling during chronic hypertension may impair the supply of tissues with oxygen, glucose and other compounds, potentially unleashing deleterious effects. In this study, we used Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats with or without pharmacological inhibition of poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase-1 by an experimental compound L-2286, to evaluate carotid artery remodeling and consequent damage of neuronal tissue during hypertension. We observed elevated oxidative stress and profound thickening of the vascular wall with fibrotic tissue accumulation induced by elevated blood pressure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339324/mobile-but-connected-harnessing-the-power-of-self-efficacy-and-group-support-for-weight-loss-success-through-mhealth-intervention
#17
Heewon Kim, Meara Faw, Andreas Michaelides
Despite the growing popularity of mHealth applications, their usage outcomes have received limited empirical attention. Drawing on server-level user activity data and an online survey (N = 384), this study examines the use of an mHealth application for weight loss to elucidate the ways in which it can help individuals harness the power of self-efficacy and group support to enact behavior change and accomplish their health goals. The results of structural equation modeling based on 6-month user activity data demonstrated that (a) self-efficacy had a positive impact on persistent food logging in an mHealth application; (b) social support received from a mobile group was positively associated with food logging and group participation; and (c) both food logging and group participation predicted weight loss success...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338988/phylogenetics-of-lophotrochozoan-bhlh-genes-and-the-evolution-of-lineage-specific-gene-duplicates
#18
Yongbo Bao, Fei Xu, Sebastian M Shimeld
The gain and loss of genes encoding transcription factors is of importance to understanding the evolution of gene regulatory complexity. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) genes encode a large superfamily of transcription factors. We systematically classify the bHLH genes from five mollusc, two annelid and one brachiopod genomes, tracing the pattern of bHLH gene evolution across these poorly-studied Phyla. 56 to 88 bHLH genes were identified in each genome, with most identifiable as members of previously described bilaterian families, or of new families we define...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338969/the-cascade-of-stress-a-network-approach-to-explore-differential-dynamics-in-populations-varying-in-risk-for-psychosis
#19
Annelie Klippel, Wolfgang Viechtbauer, Ulrich Reininghaus, Johanna Wigman, Claudia van Borkulo, Inez Myin-Germeys, Marieke Wichers
Stress plays a central role in the development and persistence of psychosis. Network analysis may help to reveal mechanisms at the level of the micro-dynamic effects between stress, other daily experiences and symptomatology. This is the first study to examine time-lagged networks of the relations between minor daily stress, momentary affect/thoughts, psychotic experiences, and other potentially relevant daily life contexts in individuals varying in risk for psychosis. Intensive longitudinal data were obtained through 6 studies...
March 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338890/metabolic-syndrome-and-insulin-resistance-are-associated-with-frailty-in-older-adults-a-prospective-cohort-study
#20
Raúl F Pérez-Tasigchana, Luz M León-Muñoz, Esther Lopez-Garcia, Juan L Gutierrez-Fisac, Martín Laclaustra, Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo, Pilar Guallar-Castillón
Background: diabetes increases the risk of frailty that is a leading cause of disability and premature mortality in older people. Metabolic syndrome (MS) and insulin resistance (IR) are strong risk factors for diabetes and could, thus, lead to frailty. However, the association between MS or IR and frailty has barely been investigated. Methods: data were obtained from a cohort of 1,499 community-dwelling individuals aged ≥60, who were free of diabetes at 2008-10 and were followed up for 3...
March 1, 2017: Age and Ageing
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