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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335471/mobile-phonocardiogram-diagnosis-in-newborns-using-support-vector-machine
#1
Amir Mohammad Amiri, Mohammadreza Abtahi, Nick Constant, Kunal Mankodiya
Phonocardiogram (PCG) monitoring on newborns is one of the most important and challenging tasks in the heart assessment in the early ages of life. In this paper, we present a novel approach for cardiac monitoring applied in PCG data. This basic system coupled with denoising, segmentation, cardiac cycle selection and classification of heart sound can be used widely for a large number of the data. This paper describes the problems and additional advantages of the PCG method including the possibility of recording heart sound at home, removing unwanted noises and data reduction on a mobile device, and an intelligent system to diagnose heart diseases on the cloud server...
March 18, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335346/a-facile-method-to-in-situ-synthesize-porous-ni%C3%A2-geo%C3%A2-nano-sheets-on-nickel-foam-as-advanced-anode-electrodes-for-li-ion-batteries
#2
Delong Ma, Xiaomin Shi, Anming Hu
A strategy for growth of porous Ni₂GeO₄ nanosheets on conductive nickel (Ni) foam with robust adhesion as a high-performance electrode for Li-ion batteries is proposed and realized, through a facile two-step method. It involves the low temperature hydro-thermal synthesis of bimetallic (Ni, Ge) hydroxide nanosheets precursor on Ni foam substrates and subsequent thermal transformation to porous Ni₂GeO₄ nanosheets. The as-prepared Ni₂GeO₄ nanosheets possess many interparticle mesopores with a size range from 5 to 15 nm...
November 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335276/flexible-textile-based-organic-transistors-using-graphene-ag-nanoparticle-electrode
#3
Youn Kim, Yeon Ju Kwon, Kang Eun Lee, Youngseok Oh, Moon-Kwang Um, Dong Gi Seong, Jea Uk Lee
Highly flexible and electrically-conductive multifunctional textiles are desirable for use in wearable electronic applications. In this study, we fabricated multifunctional textile composites by vacuum filtration and wet-transfer of graphene oxide films on a flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) textile in association with embedding Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) to improve the electrical conductivity. A flexible organic transistor can be developed by direct transfer of a dielectric/semiconducting double layer on the graphene/AgNP textile composite, where the textile composite was used as both flexible substrate and conductive gate electrode...
August 16, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335244/human-serum-albumin-nanoparticles-for-use-in-cancer-drug-delivery-process-optimization-and-in-vitro-characterization
#4
Nikita Lomis, Susan Westfall, Leila Farahdel, Meenakshi Malhotra, Dominique Shum-Tim, Satya Prakash
Human serum albumin nanoparticles (HSA-NPs) are widely-used drug delivery systems with applications in various diseases, like cancer. For intravenous administration of HSA-NPs, the particle size, surface charge, drug loading and in vitro release kinetics are important parameters for consideration. This study focuses on the development of stable HSA-NPs containing the anti-cancer drug paclitaxel (PTX) via the emulsion-solvent evaporation method using a high-pressure homogenizer. The key parameters for the preparation of PTX-HSA-NPs are: the starting concentrations of HSA, PTX and the organic solvent, including the homogenization pressure and its number cycles, were optimized...
June 15, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335023/qbd-driven-development-and-validation-of-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometric-method-for-the-quantitation-of-sildenafil-in-human-plasma
#5
M Saquib Hasnain, Shaukat Ali Ansari, Shireen Rao, Mohammad Tabish, Mukul Singh, Mohammad Syafiq Abdullah, Mohammed Tahir Ansari
The present work was employing the Quality by Design approach for the development and validation of a LC-MS-MS method to support the clinical advancement in determination of sildenafil in human plasma using lorazepam as an internal standard. Sample preparation involved solid phase extraction and calibration range observed between 3 and 1,700 ng/mL. The method was systematically optimized by employing Box-Behnken design and used mobile phase flow rate, pH and composition of mobile phase as the critical factors, and assessing the design for retention time and peak area as the responses...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334952/dnmt1-mutations-found-in-hsanie-patients-affect-interaction-with-uhrf1-and-neuronal-differentiation
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Martha Smets, Stephanie Link, Patricia Wolf, Katrin Schneider, Veronica Solis, Joel Ryan, Daniela Meilinger, Weihua Qin, Heinrich Leonhardt
DNMT1 is recruited to substrate sites by PCNA and UHRF1 to maintain DNA methylation after replication. The cell cycle dependent recruitment of DNMT1 is mediated by the PCNA-binding domain (PBD) and the targeting sequence (TS) within the N-terminal regulatory domain. The TS domain was found to be mutated in patients suffering from hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies with dementia and hearing loss (HSANIE) and autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia deafness and narcolepsy (ADCA-DN) and is associated with global hypomethylation and site specific hypermethylation...
March 3, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334660/preparation-and-photovoltaic-properties-of-cds-quantum-dot-sensitized-solar-cell-based-on-zinc-tin-mixed-metal-oxides
#7
Jiupeng Cao, Yifan Zhao, Yatong Zhu, Xiaoyu Yang, Peng Shi, Hongdi Xiao, Na Du, Wanguo Hou, Genggeng Qi, Jianqiang Liu
The present study reports a new type of quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) using the zinc tin mixed metal oxides (MMO) as the anode materials, which were obtained from the layered double hydroxide (LDH) precursor. The successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method is applied to deposit CdS quantum dots. The effects of sensitizing cycles on the performance of CdS QDSSC are studied. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) are used to identify the surface profile and crystal structure of the mixed metal oxides anode...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334553/a-multi-matrix-hilic-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantitation-of-endogenous-small-molecule-neurological-biomarker-n-acetyl-aspartic-acid-naa
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Dewakar Sangaraju, Sheerin K Shahidi-Latham, Braydon L Burgess, Brian Dean, Xiao Ding
A multi-matrix hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric method (HILIC-MS/MS) was developed for the quantitation of N-Acetyl Aspartic acid (NAA) using stable isotope labeled internal standard, D3-NAA in various biological matrices such as human plasma, human CSF, mouse plasma, brain and spinal cord. A high throughput 96-well plate format supported liquid extraction (SLE) procedure was developed and used for sample preparation. Mass spectrometric analysis of NAA was performed using selected reaction monitoring transitions in positive electrospray ionization mode...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334524/suppression-of-lithium-dendrite-formation-by-using-lagp-peo-litfsi-composite-solid-electrolyte-and-lithium-metal-anode-modified-by-peo-litfsi-in-all-solid-state-lithium-batteries
#9
Chunhua Wang, Yifu Yang, Xingjiang Liu, Hai Zhong, Han Xu, Zhibin Xu, Huixia Shao, Fei Ding
The formation of lithium dendrites is suppressed using a Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO4)3-poly(ethylene oxide) (LAGP-PEO) composite solid electrolyte and a PEO (lithium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide) [PEO (LiTFSI)] modified lithium metal anode in all-solid-state lithium batteries. The effects on the anode performance of the PEO content in the composite solid electrolyte and the molecular weight of PEO used to modify the Li anode are studied. The structure, surface morphology, and stability of the composite solid electrolyte are examined by X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical tests...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334522/microwave-assisted-morphology-evolution-of-fe-based-metal-organic-frameworks-and-their-derived-fe2o3-nanostructures-for-li-ion-storage
#10
Wenxiang Guo, Weiwei Sun, Li-Ping Lv, Shaofeng Kong, Yong Wang
Metal-organic-framework (MOF) approach is demonstrated as an effective strategy for the morphology evolution control of MIL-53(Fe) with assistance of microwave irradiation. Owing to the homogenous nucleation offered by microwave irradiation and confined porosity and skeleton by MOF templates, various porous Fe2O3 nanostructures including spindle, concave octahedron, solid octahedron, yolk-shell octahedron, and nanorod with porosity control are derived by simply adjusting irradiation time. The formation mechanism for the MOF precursors and their derived iron oxides with morphology control are investigated...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334112/human-mitochondrial-pyrroline-5-carboxylate-reductase-1-promotes-invasiveness-and-impacts-survival-in-breast-cancers
#11
Jiefeng Ding, Mei-Ling Kuo, Leila Su, Lijun Xue, Frank Luh, Hang Zhang, Jianghai Wang, Tiffany G Lin, Keqiang Zhang, Peiguo Chu, Shu Zheng, Xiyong Liu, Yun Yen
Human mitochondrial pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase (PYCR) is a house keeping enzyme that catalyzes the reduction of ?1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate (P5C) to proline. This enzymatic cycle plays pivotal roles in amino acid metabolism, intracellular redox potential, and mitochondrial integrity. Here, we hypothesize that PYCR1 might be a novel prognostic biomarker and therapeutic target for breast cancer. In this study, breast cancer tissue samples were obtained from Zhejiang University (ZJU set). Immunohistochemistry analysis was performed to detect the protein level of PYCR1, and Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional analyses were employed in this outcome study...
February 24, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333967/reconstructing-spectral-cues-for-sound-localization-from-responses-to-rippled-noise-stimuli
#12
A John Van Opstal, Joyce Vliegen, Thamar Van Esch
Human sound localization in the mid-saggital plane (elevation) relies on an analysis of the idiosyncratic spectral shape cues provided by the head and pinnae. However, because the actual free-field stimulus spectrum is a-priori unknown to the auditory system, the problem of extracting the elevation angle from the sensory spectrum is ill-posed. Here we test different spectral localization models by eliciting head movements toward broad-band noise stimuli with randomly shaped, rippled amplitude spectra emanating from a speaker at a fixed location, while varying the ripple bandwidth between 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333356/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-controlled-ovarian-hyperstimulation-for-fertility-preservation-in-women-with-early-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review
#13
Rachael J Rodgers, Geoffrey D Reid, Juliette Koch, Rebecca Deans, William L Ledger, Michael Friedlander, Robert B Gilchrist, Kirsty A Walters, Jason A Abbott
STUDY QUESTION: Can controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) for fertility preservation be effectively conducted in women with breast cancer without worsening their prognosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: COH with co-administration of letrozole suppresses oestradiol levels without significantly impacting oocyte yield or decreasing disease-free survival rates. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oestradiol has the capacity to stimulate the proliferation of breast cancer cells...
February 27, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333271/impact-of-thyroid-autoimmunity-in-euthyroid-women-on-live-birth-rate-after-iui
#14
D Unuane, B Velkeniers, B Bravenboer, P Drakopoulos, H Tournaye, J Parra, M De Brucker
STUDY QUESTION: Does thyroid autoimmunity (TAI) predict live birth rate in euthyroid women after one treatment cycle in IUI patients? SUMMARY ANSWER: TAI as such does not influence pregnancy outcome after IUI treatment. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The role of TAI on pregnancy outcome in the case of IVF/ICSI is largely debated in the literature. This is the first study to address this issue in the case of IUI. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: This was a retrospective cohort study...
February 23, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333245/euploidy-rates-in-donor-egg-cycles-significantly-differ-between-fertility-centers
#15
S Munné, M Alikani, L Ribustello, P Colls, Pedro A Martínez-Ortiz, D H McCulloh
STUDY QUESTION: Do external factors affect euploidy in egg donor cycles? SUMMARY ANSWER: The study demonstrates that during human assisted reproduction, embryonic chromosome abnormalities may be partly iatrogenic. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Chromosome abnormalities have been linked in the past to culture conditions such as temperature and Ph variations, as well as hormonal stimulation. Those reports were performed with older screening techniques (FISH), or ART methods no longer in use, and the subjects studied were not a homogeneous group...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333222/ivf-or-iui-as-first-line-treatment-in-unexplained-subfertility-the-conundrum-of-treatment-selection-markers
#16
R I Tjon-Kon-Fat, P Tajik, M H Zafarmand, A J Bensdorp, P M M Bossuyt, G J E Oosterhuis, R van Golde, S Repping, M D A Lambers, E Slappendel, D Perquin, M J Pelinck, J Gianotten, J W M Maas, M J C Eijkemans, F van der Veen, B W Mol, M van Wely
STUDY QUESTION: Are there treatment selection markers that could aid in identifying couples, with unexplained or mild male subfertility, who would have better chances of a healthy child with IVF with single embryo transfer (IVF-SET) than with IUI with ovarian stimulation (IUI-OS)? SUMMARY ANSWER: We did not find any treatment selection markers that were associated with better chances of a healthy child with IVF-SET instead of IUI-OS in couples with unexplained or mild male subfertility...
February 24, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333208/soluble-vcam-1-soluble-icam-1-ratio-is-a-promising-biomarker-for-diagnosing-endometriosis
#17
L Kuessel, R Wenzl, K Proestling, S Balendran, P Pateisky, Yotova, G Yerlikaya, B Streubel, H Husslein
STUDY QUESTION: Do cell adhesion molecules play a role in endometriosis, and can they be used as a biomarker for diagnosing endometriosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: Altered expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in the endometrium and peritoneum may play a key role in endometriosis and the soluble VCAM-1/soluble ICAM-1 ratio is a promising biomarker. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Cell adhesion molecules are cell surface proteins that mediate cellular adherence, inflammatory and immune responses, and cancer-related biological processes...
February 23, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333207/endometrial-thickness-in-women-undergoing-iui-with-ovarian-stimulation-how-thick-is-too-thin-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
N S Weiss, M N van Vliet, J Limpens, P G A Hompes, C B Lambalk, M H Mochtar, F van der Veen, B W J Mol, M van Wely
STUDY QUESTION: Is pre-ovulatory endometrial thickness (EMT) in women with unexplained subfertility undergoing IUI with ovarian stimulation (OS) associated with pregnancy chances? SUMMARY ANSWER: We found no evidence for an association between EMT and pregnancy chances. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: It has been suggested that OS with clomiphene citrate (CC) results in a lower EMT than with gonadotrophins or aromatase inhibitors, but the clinical consequences in terms of pregnancy are unclear...
February 23, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333034/treatment-of-thin-endometrium-with-autologous-platelet-rich-plasma-a-pilot-study
#19
Shahrzad Zadehmodarres, Saghar Salehpour, Nasrin Saharkhiz, Leila Nazari
Endometrium is one of the main factors in pregnancy. During assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments, some cycles are cancelled due to inadequate endometrial growth. This study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of thin endometrium. Ten patients with history of inadequate endometrial growth in frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET) cycles were recruited into the study. Intrauterine infusion of PRP was performed. Endometrial thickness was assessed...
February 1, 2017: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333033/freeze-all-cycle-in-reproductive-medicine-current-perspectives
#20
Matheus Roque, Marcello Valle, Alessandra Kostolias, Marcos Sampaio, Selmo Geber
The freeze-all strategy has emerged as an alternative to fresh embryo transfer (ET) during in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles. Although fresh ET is the norm during assisted reproductive therapies (ART), there are many concerns about the possible adverse effects of controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) over the endometrium. The supra-physiologic hormonal levels that occur during a conventional COS are associated with modifications in the peri-implantation endometrium, which may be related to a decrease in pregnancy rates and poorer obstetric and perinatal outcomes when comparing fresh to frozen-thawed embryo transfers...
February 1, 2017: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
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