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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793194/simultaneous-determination-of-18-psychoactive-agents-and-6-metabolites-in-plasma-using-lc-ms-ms-and-application-to-actual-plasma-samples-from-conscription-candidates
#1
Dongeun Park, Hyeyoung Choi, Moonhee Jang, Hyejin Chang, Sanghee Woo, Wonkyung Yang
In Korea, an increasing number of people attempt to evade military conscription by posing as mental health patients. To verify the authenticity of mental illness, there is a need to detect wide range of psychoactive agents in biological specimens of conscription candidates. In this study, we developed and validated a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for simultaneous determination of 18 psychoactive agents and 6 metabolites in human plasma. The method was characterized by the use of a simple, fast and cheap protein precipitation as sample preparation, a rapid run time (11min) and a low volume of plasma sample (200μL)...
April 22, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792343/plasma-initiated-graft-polymerization-as-an-immobilization-platform-for-metal-free-russian-propolis-ethanol-extracts-designed-specifically-for-biomaterials
#2
Ashwin Ambi, Carolina Vera, Nisharg Parikh, Naidel Perez, Anthony Lopez Rojas, Sanket Kumar, Christopher Stradford, Katherine Borbon, Julia Bryan, Christian Traba
The antibacterial and anti-biofilm activities of propolis have been intensively reported. However, the application of this folk remedy as a means to prevent biomedical implant contamination has yet to be completely evaluated. In response to the significant resistant and infectious attributes of biofilms, biomaterials engineered to possess specific chemical and physical properties were immobilized with metal free Russian propolis ethanol extracts (MFRPEE), a known antibacterial agent. The results obtained from this study begin to examine the application of MFRPEE as a novel alternative method for the prevention of medical and biomedical implant infections...
May 24, 2018: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791002/optimizing-stadium-evacuation-by-integrating-geocomputation-and-affordance-theory
#3
Joslyn Zale, Bandana Kar, David Cochran
Football is culturally and economically important in the United States, and football stadiums are part of the country's critical infrastructure, thus receiving government protection against hazard events. In this project, an agent-based evacuation model was implemented to optimize evacuation time from The University of Southern Mississippi's M.M. Roberts Stadium (football) by accounting for evacuees' age, gender, physical fitness, alcohol consumption, and prior experience with hazard events. The findings revealed that (i) the age and gender of an individual impact his/her locomotion speed and (ii) evacuation route choice is influenced by evacuees' perception of its safety and effectiveness...
March 2018: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790530/balancing-the-acidity-of-the-pendant-urea-arm-of-bis-heteroleptic-ruthenium-ii-complex-containing-pyridyl-triazole-for-improved-oxyanion-recognition
#4
Tamal Kanti Ghosh, Pradyut Ghosh
Two new RuII-based bis-heteroleptic ditopic receptors 1[PF6]2 (C44H34F12N10OP2Ru) and 2[PF6]2 (C40H27F17N10OP2Ru), decorated with a 1-naphthyl and pentafluorophenyl urea pendant arm, respectively, along with the previously reported 3[PF6]2 (C40H31F13N10OP2Ru), containing a pendant 4-fluorophenyl urea unit and 4[PF6]2, devoid of a pendant urea arm, have been studied to establish the role of urea proton acidity on the sensing and extraction of oxyanions in the presence of triazole C-H as an additional hydrogen bonding motif...
May 23, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789827/effect-of-the-monostearate-monopalmitate-ratio-on-the-oral-release-of-active-agents-from-monoacylglycerol-organogels
#5
F R Lupi, V Mancina, N Baldino, O I Parisi, L Scrivano, D Gabriele
The delivery of active agents from organogels is becoming an important topic owing to the possibility of releasing, in a controlled way, lipophilic agents. Controlled release from foods is a topic with increasing relevance owing to the growing industrial interest towards functional or medical foods, i.e. foods containing nutraceutical agents or drugs. Anyway, release properties are related to the rheological properties of organogels, and, therefore, a deep knowledge of their microstructure and physical characteristics is necessary to design carriers with expected release properties...
May 23, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788886/novel-pharmacotherapeutic-approaches-in-treatment-of-alcohol-addiction
#6
Rashidi Mohamed Pakri Mohamad, Jaya Kumar, Shihab Udin Ahmad, Isa Naina Mohamed
In the past two decades, the search for novel pharmacotherapies to treat alcohol addiction been a global endeavour. This has resulted in several drugs that have been approved and successfully marketed for public use while some are still in the testing phase. These pharmacological agents, though effective for the treatment of alcoholism, are not without shortcomings; such as abuse potential, serious mental and physical adverse effects, interaction with alcohol and also poor metabolism and excretion. As more is being understood about the neurobiology of alcohol addiction as well as the unique pharmacological action of these drugs, new agents are evaluated for potential benefits when used as a adjunct in combination therapy...
May 22, 2018: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788151/sporulation-environment-influences-spore-properties-in-bacillus-evidence-and-insights-on-underlying-molecular-and-physiological-mechanisms
#7
Christelle Bressuire-Isoard, Véronique Broussolle, Frédéric Carlin
Bacterial spores are resistant to physical and chemical insults, which make them a major concern for public health and for industry. Spores help bacteria to survive extreme environmental conditions that vegetative cells cannot tolerate. Spore resistance and dormancy are important properties for applications in medicine, veterinary health, food safety, crop protection, and other domains. The resistance of bacterial spores results from a protective multilayered structure and from the unique composition of the spore core...
May 17, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786856/characterization-of-pectins-extracted-from-different-varieties-of-pink-red-and-white-grapefruits-citrus-paradisi-macf-by-thermal-treatment-and-thermosonication
#8
Enzo L La Cava, Esteban Gerbino, Sonia C Sgroppo, Andrea Gómez-Zavaglia
The physical and chemical properties of pectin extracts obtained from different white and pink/red varieties of grapefruit [Citrus paradisi (Macf.)], using both conventional heating (CHE) and thermosonication (TS), were investigated. The content of galacturonic acid (GalA), degree of esterification (%DM), color and antioxidant capacity were analyzed. Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) associated with multivariate analysis enabled a structural comparison among the pectin extracts, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) completed a full landscape of the investigated extracts...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786840/spray-drying-of-milk-blackberry-pulp-mixture-effect-of-carrier-agent-on-the-physical-properties-of-powder-water-sorption-and-glass-transition-temperature
#9
Matheus Boeira Braga, Sandra Cristina Dos Santos Rocha, Miriam Dupas Hubinger
Spray dryer was used to produce particles from a milk-blackberry pulp mixture (25%:75% (w/w)). Maltodextrin 10DE and 20DE and gum Arabic were used as adjuvants in order to improve powder quality. The particles were analyzed with emphasis on physical and physicochemical characteristics: moisture content, bulk density, particle size, morphology, water activity, anthocyanins retention, anthocyanins content, hygroscopicity, solubility, water sorption, and glass transition temperature. The best results were obtained for the paste composition of 25% concentrated milk-70% blackberry pulp-5% gum Arabic, yielding high anthocyanins retention (>87...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784670/cancer-as-a-social-dysfunction-why-cancer-research-needs-new-thinking
#10
Kenneth J Pienta, Robert Axelrod
The incidence and mortality for many cancers continues to rise. As such, critical action is needed on many fronts to reshape how a society thinks, discusses, and fights cancer especially as the population grows and ages. Cancer can be described as a broken social contract which requires different conceptual frameworks such as game theory. To this end, it is our hope that this perspective will catalyze a discussion to rethink the way we approach, communicate, and fund cancer research - thinking of cancer as a broken social contract is only one example...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784084/perception-of-social-interaction-compresses-subjective-duration-in-an-oxytocin-dependent-manner
#11
Rui Liu, Xiangyong Yuan, Kepu Chen, Yi Jiang, Wen Zhou
Communication through body gestures permeates our daily life. Efficient perception of the message therein reflects one's social cognitive competency. Here we report that such competency is manifested temporally as shortened subjective duration of social interactions: motion sequences showing agents acting communicatively are perceived to be significantly shorter in duration as compared with those acting noncommunicatively. The strength of this effect is negatively correlated with one's autistic-like tendency...
May 22, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780239/patient-reported-outcomes-in-european-spondyloarthritis-patients-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Juan Carlos Torre-Alonso, Rubén Queiro, Marta Comellas, Luís Lizán, Carles Blanch
Objective: This review aims to summarize the current literature on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in spondyloarthritis (SpA). Patients and methods: We performed a systematic literature review to identify studies (original articles and narrative and systematic reviews) regarding PROs (health-related quality of life [HRQoL], satisfaction, preferences, adherence/compliance, and persistence) in SpA patients published in the European Union through December 2016. International databases (Medline/PubMed, Cochrane Library, ISI Web of Knowledge, Scopus) were searched using keywords in English...
2018: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773367/reduction-active-polymeric-prodrug-micelles-based-on-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-polyrotaxanes-for-triggered-drug-release-and-enhanced-cancer-therapy
#13
Shuang Bai, Meili Hou, Xiaoxiao Shi, Jiucun Chen, Xiaoqian Ma, Yong-E Gao, Yajun Wang, Peng Xue, Yuejun Kang, Zhigang Xu
As one of the medical polymers approved by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), poly(ethylene glycol) has low toxicity, high stability, good biocompatibility, unique physical and chemical properties. Cyclodextrin is an ideal candidate as a drug carrier due to its special structures and characteristics. These two materials were successfully assembled through chemosynthesis in combination with the hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (OEGMA) chain and hydrophobic polymeric camptothecin (CPT) chain by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP)...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772185/therapies-for-mobility-disability-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis
#14
Jessica F Baird, Brian M Sandroff, Robert W Motl
Mobility disability is one of the most widespread and impactful consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS). Disease modifying drugs (DMDs) may delay the progression of disability over time; however, there is minimal evidence supporting the efficacy of DMDs for reversing mobility disability or restoring ambulatory function in persons with MS. Areas covered: This review outlines symptomatic pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapeutic approaches that target mobility disability with the goal of restoring and improving walking function...
May 17, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772111/clomiphene-citrate-and-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-are-both-effective-in-restoring-testosterone-in-hypogonadism-a-short-course-randomised-study
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Mohamad Habous, Simone Giona, Alaa Tealab, Mohammed Aziz, Ben Williamson, Mohammed Nassar, Zeyad Abdelrahman, Abdallah Remeah, Mohamed Abdelkader, Saleh Binsaleh, Gordon Muir
OBJECTIVES: To compare serum testosterone response and symptom improvement in hypogonadal men in response to treatment by one of three options: clomiphene citrate(CC), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), or combination of both therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 282 hypogonadal adult, willing to preserve their fertility, were randomised in three arms treated respectively with: 50 mg of (CC) (n=95), 5000IU of hCG injections twice a week(n=94) or combination of both therapy(n=94)...
May 17, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770052/surveillance-of-laboratory-exposures-to-human-pathogens-and-toxins-canada-2016
#16
A Bienek, M Heisz, M Su
Background: Canada recently enacted legislation to authorize the collection of data on laboratory incidents involving a biological agent. This is done by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as part of a comprehensive national program that protects Canadians from the health and safety risks posed by human and terrestrial animal pathogens and toxins. Objective: To describe the first year of data on laboratory exposure incidents and/or laboratory-acquired infections in Canada since the Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations came into effect...
November 2, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768730/biofilm-in-voice-prosthesis-a-prospective-cohort-study-and-laboratory-tests-using-sonication-and-sem-analysis
#17
Jacopo Galli, Lea Calo', Duino Meucci, Monica Giuliani, Daniela Lucidi, Gaetano Paludetti, Riccardo Torelli, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Claudio Parrilla
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to compare the biofilm growing pattern and its morphological extent on silicone and a teflon-like material using a sonication process and a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). DESIGN: A prospective cohort study and a laboratory study. SETTING: Otolaryngology -Head and Neck surgery Department and the Microbiology Institute. PARTICIPANTS: The participants included fifteen laryngectomized patients with phonatory prostheses, which were removed due to device failure, and two different kinds of phonatory prostheses from the laboratory (Provox 2 and ActiValve) that were artificially colonized by Candida albicans...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765171/risks-and-protective-factors-for-triple-negative-breast-cancer-with-a-focus-on-micronutrients-and-infections
#18
Dagmar Horakova, Katerina Bouchalova, Karel Cwiertka, Ladislav Stepanek, Jana Vlckova, Helena Kollarova
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive form of breast cancer (BC) with a poor prognosis. Second, patients cannot benefit from targeted therapy, except for those with BRCA1/2 mutations, for whom poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibition therapy using olaparib has recently been approved. As global priorities continue to be epidemiological analysis of BC risk factors and early diagnosis, this review focuses on the risks and protective factors associated with TNBC. A PubMed keyword search for new knowledge on the risks and protective factors for TNBC was carried out...
May 15, 2018: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764409/quadriceps-combined-with-hip-abductor-strengthening-versus-quadriceps-strengthening-in-treating-knee-osteoarthritis-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
Yujie Xie, Chi Zhang, Wei Jiang, Juan Huang, Lili Xu, Guoyin Pang, Haiyan Tang, Ruyan Chen, Jihua Yu, Shengmin Guo, Fangyuan Xu, Jianxiong Wang
BACKGROUND: Lower limb strengthening, especially the quadriceps training, is of much necessity for patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). Previous studies suggest that strengthening of the hip muscles, especially the hip abductor, can potentially relieve the KOA-associated symptoms. Nevertheless, the effects of quadriceps combined with hip abductor strengthening remain unclear. Therefore, the current randomized controlled trial is designed aiming to observe whether quadriceps in combination with hip abductor strengthening can better improve the function and reduce pain in KOA patients than quadriceps training alone...
May 15, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763937/bacteriophage-cocktail-for-biocontrol-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-stability-and-potential-allergenicity-study
#20
Karina Ramirez, Carmina Cazarez-Montoya, Hector Samuel Lopez-Moreno, Nohelia Castro-Del Campo
Escherichia coli O157:H7 has become a global public health and a food safety problem. Despite the implementation of control strategies that guarantee the safety in various products, outbreaks persist and new alternatives are necessary to reduce this pathogen along the food chain. Recently, our group isolated and characterised lytic bacteriophages against E. coli O157:H7 with potential to be used as biocontrol agents in food. To this end, phages need certain requirements to allow their manufacture and application...
2018: PloS One
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