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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102957/rf-safety-assessment-of-a-bilateral-four-channel-transmit-receive-7-tesla-breast-coil-sar-versus-tissue-temperature-limits
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Thomas M Fiedler, Mark E Ladd, Andreas K Bitz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to perform an RF safety evaluation for a bilateral four-channel transmit/receive breast coil and to determine the maximum permissible input power for which RF exposure of the subject stays within recommended limits. The safety evaluation was done based on SAR as well as on temperature simulations. In comparison to SAR, temperature is more directly correlated with tissue damage, which allows a more precise safety assessment. The temperature simulations were performed by applying three different blood perfusion models as well as two different ambient temperatures...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102943/comparison-of-five-cluster-validity-indices-performance-in-brain-18-f-fet-pet-image-segmentation-using-k-means
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Bedor Abualhaj, Guoyang Weng, Melissa Ong, Ali Asgar Attarwala, Flavia Molina, Karen Büsing, Gerhard Glatting
PURPOSE: Dynamic [(18) F]fluoro-ethyl-L-tyrosine positron emission tomography ([(18) F]FET-PET) is used to identify tumor lesions for radiotherapy treatment planning, to differentiate glioma recurrence from radiation necrosis and to classify gliomas grading. To segment different regions in the brain k-means cluster analysis can be used. The main disadvantage of k-means is that the number of clusters must be pre-defined. In this study, we therefore compared different cluster validity indices for automated and reproducible determination of the optimal number of clusters based on the dynamic PET data...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102930/modulation-of-the-thermodynamic-signatures-of-an-rna-thermometer-by-osmolytes-and-salts
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Mimi Gao, Loana Arns, Roland Winter
Folding of ribonucleic acids (RNAs) is driven by several factors, such as base pairing and stacking, chain entropy, and ion-mediated electrostatics, which have been studied in great detail. However, the power of background molecules in the cellular milieu is often neglected. Herein, we study the effect of common osmolytes on the folding equilibrium of a hairpin-structured RNA and, using pressure perturbation, provide novel thermodynamic and volumetric insights into the modulation mechanism. The presence of TMAO causes an increased thermal stability and a more positive volume change for the helix-to-coil transition, whereas urea destabilizes the hairpin and leads to an increased expansibility of the unfolded state...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102900/metabolic-theory-predicts-animal-self-thinning
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Tomas Jonsson
1.The Metabolic Theory of Ecology (MTE) predicts observed patterns in ecology based on metabolic rates of individuals. The theory is influential but also criticized for a lack of firm empirical evidence confirming MTE's quantitative predictions of processes, e.g. outcome of competition, at population or community level. 2.Self-thinning is a well-known population level phenomenon among plants, but a much less studied phenomenon in animal populations and no consensus exists on what a universal thinning slope for animal populations might be, or if it exists...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102890/handgrip-strength-in-old-and-very-old-adults-mood-cognition-function-and-mortality
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Jochanan Stessman, Yakir Rottenberg, Matan Fischer, Aliza Hammerman-Rozenberg, Jeremy M Jacobs
OBJECTIVES: To determine the trajectory of handgrip strength (HGS) from age 70 to 90 and its association with mood, cognition, functional status, and mortality. DESIGN: Prospective follow-up of an age-homogenous representative community-dwelling cohort (born 1920-21) in the Jerusalem Longitudinal Cohort Study (1990-2015). SETTING: Home-based assessment. PARTICIPANTS: Subjects aged 70 (n = 327), 78 (n = 384), 85 (n = 1187), and 90 (n = 406), examined in 1990, 1998, 2005, and 2010, respectively...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102878/pulmonary-hypertension-associated-with-left-sided-heart-disease
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Micha Tobias Maeder, Otto D Schoch, Rebekka Kleiner, Lucas Joerg, Daniel Weilenmann, Swiss Society For Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension associated with left-sided heart disease (PH-LHD) is the most common type of pulmonary hypertension. In patients with left-sided heart disease, the presence of pulmonary hypertension is typically a marker of more advanced disease, more severe symptoms, and worse prognosis. In contrast to pulmonary arterial hypertension, PH-LHD is characterised by an elevated pulmonary artery wedge pressure (postcapillary pulmonary hypertension) without or with an additional precapillary component (isolated postcapillary versus combined postcapillary and precapillary pulmonary hypertension)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102838/autophagy-dysregulation-in-danon-disease
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Anna Chiara Nascimbeni, Marina Fanin, Corrado Angelini, Marco Sandri
The autophagy-lysosome system is critical for muscle homeostasis and defects in lysosomal function result in a number of inherited muscle diseases, generally referred to as autophagic vacuolar myopathies (AVMs). Among them, Danon Disease (DD) and glycogen storage disease type II (GSDII) are due to primary lysosomal protein defects. DD is characterized by mutations in the lysosome-associated membrane protein 2 (LAMP2) gene. The DD mouse model suggests that inefficient lysosome biogenesis/maturation and impairment of autophagosome-lysosome fusion contribute to the pathogenesis of muscle wasting...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102824/investigation-of-valley-resolved-transmission-through-gate-defined-graphene-carrier-guiders
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Shimin Cao, Jiaojiao Zhou, Xuan Wei, Shu-Guang Cheng
Massless charge carriers in gate potential modulate graphene quantum well transport in a same way that electromagnetic wave propagates in optical fibers. Recent experiment by Kim {\it et al} (Nat. Phys. 12 1022) reports the valley symmetry preserved transport in graphene carrier guider. Based on a tight-binding model, the valley resolved transport coefficients are calculated with the method of scattering matrix theory. For a straight potential well, valley resolved conductance is quantized with value $2n+1$ multiply $2e^2/h$ with integer $n$...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102731/microfluidic-whole-blood-testing-of-platelet-response-to-pharmacological-agents
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Ruizhi Li, Tilo Grosser, Scott L Diamond
Platelets present a number of intracellular and transmembrane targets subject to pharmacological modulation, either for cardiovascular disease reduction or as an unintended drug response. Microfluidic devices allow human blood to clot on a defined surface under controlled hemodynamic and pharmacological conditions. The potencies of a number of antiplatelet and anticancer drugs have been tested with respect to platelet deposition on collagen under flow. Inhibitors of cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) reduce platelet deposition, either when added ex vivo to blood or ingested orally by patients prior to testing...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102717/seasonal-and-geographic-variation-in-the-incidence-of-asthma-exacerbations-in-the-united-states
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M Gerhardsson de Verdier, Per Gustafson, Christopher McCrae, Staffan Edsbäcker, Neil Johnston
BACKGROUND: Exacerbations drive the burden of asthma and lead to significant morbidity and consumption of healthcare resources. Many prior studies of the epidemiology of asthma exacerbations have relied upon data from hospital care. OBJECTIVE: To determine US patterns of geographic and seasonal variation of asthma exacerbations being defined as asthma episodes requiring hospital care and/or a prescription for oral steroid. METHODS: The study was a retrospective observational cohort study using administrative claims data for insured individuals from the HealthCore Integrated Research Database, including around 43 million members in US...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102712/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-and-7-mediate-the-anabolic-function-of-nucleus-pulposus-cells-with-discrete-mechanisms
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Victor Yl Leung, Lixiong Zhou, Wai-Kit Tam, Yi Sun, Fengjuan Lv, Guangqian Zhou, Kenneth Mc Cheung
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) play roles in promoting cell anabolism, especially extracellular matrix production. The difference between BMP members in their capacity to modulate intervertebral disc cell activity is yet to be defined. BMP-7/OP-1 has been shown to retard disc degeneration. We compared the activity of BMP-7 with BMP-2 on nucleus pulposus (NP) cell phenotype and function, and investigated how they differentially affect the gene expression profiles of signaling cascade components in human NP cells under degenerative states...
January 19, 2017: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102665/cosolute-and-crowding-effects-on-a-side-by-side-protein-dimer
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Alex J Guseman, Gary J Pielak
The effects of small (~102 Da) and larger (>103 Da) cosolutes on protein stability are broadly understood: excluding volume stabilizes proteins, and chemical interactions are stabilizing when repulsive, but destabilizing when attractive. Proteins, however, rarely work alone. Here, we investigate the effects of small and larger cosolutes on the equilibrium stability of the simplest defined protein-protein interactions, the side-by-side homodimer formed by the A34F variant of the 56-residue B1 domain of protein G...
January 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102648/2016-rural-enrollment-in-health-insurance-marketplaces-by-state
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Abigail R Barker, Kelsey A Huntzberry, Timothy D McBride, Leah M Kemper, Keith J Mueller
Purpose. In this brief, cumulative county-level enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces (HIMs) through March 2016 is presented for state HIMs operated as Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) and for those operated as Federally Supported State-Based Marketplaces (FS-SBMs). Enrollment rates in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas of each state, defined as the percentage of “potential market” participants selecting plans, are presented. Monitoring annual enrollment rates provides a gauge of how well state outreach and enrollment efforts are proceeding and helps identify states with strong non-metropolitan enrollment as models for other states to emulate...
2017: Rural Policy Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102586/creatinine-in-urine-a-method-comparison
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Marc Luginbühl, Wolfgang Weinmann
Drug screening in urine is widely applied in forensic toxicology. Contrary to blood analysis, excessive or reduced fluid intake can substantially alter the concentration of substances in urine. As a standard to detect urinary dilution, creatinine concentrations are analyzed. A sample with a concentration below 20 mg/dL is generally defined as too diluted to provide a valid result in abstinence control samples. This work investigates the potential of three different methods for the determination of creatinine concentrations in urine samples: A ZIC-HILIC based LC-MS/MS method, a spectrophotometric method on an AU 480 chemistry system, and a portable, immunoassay based point-of-care testing device was compared by measuring 200 urine samples...
January 19, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102539/determination-of-the-median-effective-dose-ed50-of-spinal-chloroprocaine-in-labour-analgesia
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M Coppens, S Anssens, A Parashchanka, K Roelens, E Deschepper, S De Hert, P F Wouters
The primary goal of this study was to determine the median effective dose (ED50 ) of spinal chloroprocaine for labour analgesia. Thirty-eight parturients requesting neuraxial analgesia were enrolled. Doses of 1% chloroprocaine were determined by the technique of up-down sequential allocation, with an initial dose of 20 mg and steps of 2 mg. The chloroprocaine spinal dose was given as the spinal component of a combined spinal-epidural, which was then supplemented with an epidural dose of 7.5 μg sufentanil in 7 ml saline...
January 19, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102524/heat-transfer-capability-of-ethylene-glycol-water-based-nanofluids-containing-graphene-nanoplatelets-design-and-thermophysical-profile
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D Cabaleiro, L Colla, S Barison, L Lugo, L Fedele, S Bobbo
This research aims at studying the stability and thermophysical properties of nanofluids designed as dispersions of sulfonic acid-functionalized graphene nanoplatelets in an (ethylene glycol + water) mixture at (10:90)% mass ratio. Nanofluid preparation conditions were defined through a stability analysis based on zeta potential and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. Thermal conductivity, dynamic viscosity, and density were experimentally measured in the temperature range from 283.15 to 343.15 K and nanoparticle mass concentrations of up to 0...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102521/clinical-assessment-and-train-of-four-measurements-in-critically-ill-patients-treated-with-recommended-doses-of-cisatracurium-or-atracurium-for-neuromuscular-blockade-a-prospective-descriptive-study
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Pierre Bouju, Jean-Marc Tadié, Nicolas Barbarot, Julien Letheulle, Fabrice Uhel, Pierre Fillatre, Guillaume Grillet, Angélique Goepp, Yves Le Tulzo, Arnaud Gacouin
BACKGROUND: Despite few studies, a monitoring of a neuromuscular blockade with a train of four (TOF) is recommended in intensive care unit (ICU). Our objective was to compare the results of ulnar and facial TOF measurements with an overall clinical assessment for neuromuscular blockade in ICU patients treated with recommended doses of atracurium or cisatracurium, including patients with acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS). METHODS: We prospectively included in two ICUs 119 patients, 94 with ARDS, who required a neuromuscular blockade for more than 24 h...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102520/us-fda-perspective-on-elbasvir-grazoprevir-treatment-for-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-1-or-4-infection
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Sarita D Boyd, LaRee Tracy, Takashi E Komatsu, Patrick R Harrington, Prabha Viswanathan, Jeff Murray, Adam Sherwat
Elbasvir/grazoprevir demonstrated high sustained virologic response rates 12 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR12) across five clinical trials in subjects infected with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1, including those with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), and GT4. Despite favorable results overall, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encountered challenging regulatory issues due to the limitations of clinical trial data in certain subpopulations. In GT1a-infected subjects, baseline NS5A resistance-associated polymorphisms emerged as the strongest baseline characteristic associated with diminished SVR12 rates following 12 weeks of elbasvir/grazoprevir treatment...
January 19, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102518/quercetin-glucoside-production-by-engineered-escherichia-coli
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Tian Xia, Mark A Eiteman
Escherichia coli strains expressing the O-glucosyltransferases UGT73B3 or UGT84B1 were compared for the production of glucosides from quercetin supplied into a defined medium. The formation of quercetin-3-glucoside (Q3G) by UGT73B3 showed a maximum at 33 °C, while the formation of quercetin-7-glucoside by UGT84B1 increased with increasing temperature to 37 °C. The highest concentrations of Q3G were attained by strains having a deletion in the pgi gene-coding phosphoglucose isomerase, which effectively blocked the entry of glucose-6P into the Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas pathway...
January 19, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102480/dynamic-sentinel-node-biopsy-for-penile-cancer-an-initial-experience-in-an-irish-hospital
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P E Lonergan, A Nic An Riogh, F O'Kelly, D J Lundon, D O'Sullivan, M O'Connell, P K Hegarty
BACKGROUND: The presence of nodal metastases is the single most important prognostic factor in penile cancer. However, reliable assessment of nodal status in clinically node-negative (cN0) patients poses a challenge. Approximately 20% of these patients harbour occult nodal metastases. Currently available non-invasive radiological investigations are unreliable in excluding micrometastatic disease. AIM: Dynamic sentinel node biopsy (DSNB) is a minimally invasive procedure for assessing lymph node involvement...
January 19, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
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