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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532032/agar-gelatin-bilayer-gel-matrix-fabricated-by-simple-thermo-responsive-sol-gel-transition-method
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Yifeng Wang, Meng Dong, Mengmeng Guo, Xia Wang, Jing Zhou, Jian Lei, Chuanhang Guo, Chaoran Qin
We present a simple and environmentally-friendly method to generate an agar/gelatin bilayer gel matrix for further biomedical applications. In this method, the thermally responsive sol-gel transitions of agar and gelatin combined with the different transition temperatures are exquisitely employed to fabricate the agar/gelatin bilayer gel matrix and achieve separate loading for various materials (e.g., drugs, fluorescent materials, and nanoparticles). Importantly, the resulting bilayer gel matrix provides two different biopolymer environments (a polysaccharide environment vs a protein environment) with a well-defined border, which allows the loaded materials in different layers to retain their original properties (e...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531949/wastewater-discharge-impact-on-drinking-water-sources-along-the-yangtze-river-china
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Zhuomin Wang, Dongguo Shao, Paul Westerhoff
Unplanned indirect (de facto) wastewater reuse occurs when wastewater is discharged into surface waters upstream of potable drinking water treatment plant intakes. This paper aims to predict percentages and trends of de facto reuse throughout the Yangtze River watershed in order to understand the relative contribution of wastewater discharges into the river and its tributaries towards averting water scarcity concerns. The Yangtze River is the third longest in the world and supports more than 1/15 of the world's population, yet the importance of wastewater on the river remains ill-defined...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531910/extracranial-carotid-disease-and-effect-of-intra-arterial-treatment-in-patients-with-proximal-anterior-circulation-stroke-in-mr-clean
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Olvert A Berkhemer, Jordi Borst, Manon Kappelhof, Albert J Yoo, Lucie A van den Berg, Puck S S Fransen, Debbie Beumer, Wouter J Schonewille, Paul J Nederkoorn, Marieke J H Wermer, Henk A Marquering, Hester F Lingsma, Yvo B W E M Roos, Robert J van Oostenbrugge, Diederik W J Dippel, Wim H van Zwam, Charles B L M Majoie, Bart J Emmer, Aad van der Lugt
Background: The presence of extracranial carotid disease (ECD) is associated with less favorable clinical outcomes a in patients with acute ischemic stroke caused by intracranial proximal occlusion. Acute intra-arterial treatment (IAT) in the setting of extracranial and intracranial lesions is considered challenging, and whether it yields improved outcomes remains uncertain. Objective: To examine whether the presence of ECD modified the effect of IAT for intracranial proximal anterior circulation occlusion...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531909/racial-and-ethnic-disparities-in-interval-colorectal-cancer-incidence-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Stacey A Fedewa, W Dana Flanders, Kevin C Ward, Chun Chieh Lin, Ahmedin Jemal, Ann Goding Sauer, Chyke A Doubeni, Michael Goodman
Background: Interval colorectal cancer (CRC) accounts for 3% to 8% of all cases of CRC in the United States. Data on interval CRC by race/ethnicity are scant. Objective: To examine whether risk for interval CRC among Medicare patients differs by race/ethnicity and whether this potential variation is accounted for by differences in the quality of colonoscopy, as measured by physicians' polyp detection rate (PDR). Design: Population-based cohort study...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531902/evaluation-of-prostate-imaging-reporting-and-data-system-classification-in-the-prediction-of-tumor-aggressiveness-in-targeted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-ultrasound-fusion-biopsy
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Angelika Borkowetz, Ivan Platzek, Marieta Toma, Theresa Renner, Roman Herout, Martin Baunacke, Michael Laniado, Gustavo B Baretton, Michael Froehner, Stefan Zastrow, Manfred P Wirth
OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to evaluate the prediction of Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) with respect to the prostate cancer (PCa) detection rate and tumor aggressiveness in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/ultrasound-fusion-biopsy (fusPbx) and in systematic biopsy (sysPbx). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six hundred and twenty five patients undergoing multiparametric MRI were investigated. MRI findings were classified using PI-RADS v1 or v2. All patients underwent fusPbx combined with sysPbx (comPbx)...
May 23, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531895/arterial-stiffness-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-anemia-after-percutaneous-native-kidney-biopsy
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Keiko Tanaka, Masashi Kitagawa, Akifumi Onishi, Toshio Yamanari, Ayu Ogawa-Akiyama, Koki Mise, Tatsuyuki Inoue, Hiroshi Morinaga, Haruhito A Uchida, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Jun Wada
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Bleeding is the most common complication after renal biopsy. Although numerous predictors of bleeding have been reported, it remains unclear whether arterial stiffness affects bleeding complications. METHOD: We performed an observational study of the renal biopsies performed in our division over an approximately 6-year period (May 2010 to May 2016). The clinical and laboratory factors were analyzed to reveal the risk factors associated with bleeding, with a focus on anemia (defined as a ≥10% decrease in hemoglobin [Hb] after biopsy)...
May 25, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531894/evaluation-of-absolute-serum-creatinine-changes-in-staging-of-cirrhosis-induced-acute-renal-injury-and-its-association-with-long-term-outcomes
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Fangfang Zhou, Qun Luo, Lina Han, Huadong Yan, Wenhong Zhou, Zemin Wang, Yumei Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To assess the prognostic accuracy of absolute serum creatinine (sCr) changes ('Delta-sCr') on the long-term outcomes in cirrhotic patients, and evaluate the performance of the 'Delta-sCr' approach to stage acute kidney injury (AKI), compared with the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) criteria. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 333 hospitalized patients. We classified AKI stages using two methods: 1) KDIGO AKI criteria; 2) 'Delta-sCr' system, defined by the difference between the baseline and the peak sCr value during the hospitalization...
May 25, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531876/photofunctionalization-of-dental-zirconia-oxide-surface-modification-to-improve-bio-integration-preserving-crystal-stability
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Marco Roy, Alfonso Pompella, Jerzy Kubacki, Adam Piosik, Bronisław Psiuk, Joanna Klimontko, Jacek Szade, Robert A Roy, Wieslaw Hedzelek
The use of zirconium oxide in dental implantology is rapidly increasing as it is regarded as being more aesthetical and biologically friendly than titanium oxide. The interaction of titanium oxide with cells and proteins has proven to be significantly affected by the inevitable atmospheric hydrocarbon contamination, defined as biological ageing. The latter has proven to be effectively reversed by UVC irradiation. Crystal structures of both Zr and Ti oxides are very similar, thus also ZrO2 is prone to contamination by hydrocarbons...
May 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531866/bilateral-peritonsillar-abscess-a-case-report-and-pertinent-literature-review
#9
Ibrahim AlAwadh, Turki Aldrees, Saleh AlQaryan, Sami Alharethy, Hassan AlShehri
INTRODUCTION: The peritonsillar space is defined as the area between the palatine tonsillar capsule medially and the superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle laterally. Unilateral peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is more common than the bilateral condition. To the best of our knowledge, only 13 cases of bilateral PTA have been reported worldwide; this is the first case reported from Saudi Arabia. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present a case involving a 16-year-old boy who presented to the emergency department with a5-day history of sore throat, dysphagia, trismus, drooling, and a muffled "hot-potato" voice, but with no symptoms of airway compromise...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531794/binding-of-the-anticancer-drug-bi-2536-to-human-serum-albumin-a-spectroscopic-and-theoretical-study
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Jesús Fernández-Sainz, Pedro J Pacheco-Liñán, José M Granadino-Roldán, Iván Bravo, Andrés Garzón, Jaime Rubio-Martínez, José Albaladejo
BI-2536 is a potent Polo-like kinase inhibitor which induces apoptosis in diverse human cancer cell lines. The binding affinity of BI-2536 for human serum albumin (HSA) protein may define its pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile. We have studied the binding of BI-2536 to HSA by means of different spectroscopic techniques and docking calculations. We have experimentally observed that the affinity of BI-2536 for HSA is higher than that of other common HSA binding drugs. Therefore, it can be postulated that the drug dose should be increased to achieve a certain concentration of free drug in plasma, although BI-2536 could also reach tumour tissues by uptaking HSA/BI-2536 complex...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531782/the-financial-burden-of-malnutrition-in-hospitalized-pediatric-patients-under-five-years-of-age
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Kulnipa Kittisakmontri, Onwaree Sukhosa
BACKGROUND: Under-five children are a medically fragile group which is compromised by hospitalization. Malnutrition in those patients not only increases complications and mortality but also affects hospital resource utilization. Therefore, this study was conducted to clarify the impact of malnutrition on hospital expenditures. METHODS: This prospective cohort study was performed at a tertiary hospital in Thailand. Under-five children who were admitted to general pediatric wards were included...
October 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531770/treatment-consumption-and-treatment-re-enrollment-in-ghb-dependent-patients-in-the-netherlands
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Martijn S van Noorden, Ton Mol, Jeroen Wisselink, Wil Kuijpers, Boukje A G Dijkstra
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to assess treatment consumption and re-enrollment in treatment in patients with gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB)-dependence in Dutch Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs) in comparison with other addictions. METHODS: A cohort-study using nationwide administrative data from regular Dutch ATCs associated with the Dutch National Alcohol and Drugs Information System (LADIS), covering an estimated 95% of ATCs. We selected in- and out-patients with alcohol, drug and/or behavioral addictions with a first treatment episode in 2008-2011 and consecutive treatments until 2013 (n=71,679)...
May 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531567/impact-of-body-composition-parameters-on-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-metastatic-castrate-resistant-prostate-cancer-treated-with-docetaxel
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Samantha J Cushen, Derek G Power, Kevin P Murphy, Ray McDermott, Brendan T Griffin, Marvin Lim, Louise Daly, Peter MacEneaney, Kathleen O' Sullivan, Carla M Prado, Aoife M Ryan
BACKGROUND: Body composition may influence clinical outcomes of certain chemotherapeutic agents. We examined the prognostic significance of skeletal muscle mass and adipose tissue on docetaxel toxicity and overall survival in patients with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). METHODS: A retrospective review of patients medical records with mCRPC, treated with docetaxel was conducted. Body composition parameters (skeletal muscle mass, muscle attenuation [MA], visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue) were measured at L3 by computed tomography (CT) and defined using previously established cut points...
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531395/nationwide-survey-of-nutritional-management-in-an-asian-upper-middle-income-developing-country-government-hospitals-combination-of-quantitative-survey-and-focus-group-discussion
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K Chittawatanarat, K Tosanguan, U Chaikledkaew, S Tejavanija, Y Teerawattananon
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The objective of this study was to identify the differences in pattern, process, and management of nutrition care in government hospitals in Thailand (an Asian upper-middle income developing country). METHODS: This is a combination of a quantitative nationwide questionnaire survey and focus group discussions. A total of 2300 questionnaires were sent to government hospitals across Thailand. The responders were divided by routine-nutrition screening/assessment unit vs...
August 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531392/a-randomised-controlled-feasibility-and-proof-of-concept-trial-in-delayed%C3%A2-gastric-emptying-when-metoclopramide-fails-we-should-revisit%C3%A2-nasointestinal-feeding-versus-dual-prokinetic-treatment-achieving-goal-nutrition-in-critical-illness-and-delayed-gastric
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Stephen J Taylor, Kaylee Allan, Helen McWilliam, Alex Manara, Jules Brown, Rosemary Greenwood, Deirdre Toher
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Delayed gastric emptying (DGE) commonly limits the use of enteral nutrition (EN) and may increase ventilator-associated pneumonia. Nasointestinal feeding has not been tested against dual prokinetic treatment (Metoclopramide and Erythromycin) in DGE refractory to metoclopramide. This trial tests the feasibility of recruiting this 'treatment-failed' population and the proof of concept that nasointestinal (NI) feeding can increase the amount of feed tolerated (% goal) when compared to nasogastric (NG) feeding plus metoclopramide and erythromycin treatment...
August 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531356/spin-polarization-transfer-from-a-photogenerated-radical-ion-pair-to-a-stable-radical-controlled-by-charge-recombination
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Noah E Horwitz, Brian T Phelan, Jordan N Nelson, Catherine M Mauck, Matthew D Krzyaniak, Michael R Wasielewski
Photoexcitation of electron donor-acceptor molecules frequently produces radical ion pairs with well-defined initial spin-polarized states that have attracted significant interest for spintronics. Transfer of this initial spin polarization to a stable radical is predicted to depend on the rates of the radical ion pair recombination reactions, but this prediction has not been tested experimentally. In this study, a stable radical/electron donor/chromophore/electron acceptor molecule, BDPA(•)-mPD-ANI-NDI, where BDPA(•) is α,γ-bisdiphenylene-β-phenylallyl, mPD is m-phenylenediamine, ANI is 4-aminonaphthalene-1,8-dicarboximide, and NDI is naphthalene-1,4:5,8-bis(dicarboximide), was synthesized...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531336/loop-gain-predicts-the-response-to-upper-airway-surgery-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-ventilatory-control-abnormalities-predict-surgical-responsiveness
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Simon A Joosten, Paul Leong, Shane A Landry, Scott A Sands, Philip I Terrill, Dwayne Mann, Anthony Turton, Jhanavi Rangaswamy, Christopher Andara, Glen Burgess, Darren Mansfield, Garun S Hamilton, Bradley A Edwards
Study Objectives: Upper airway surgery is often recommended to treat OSA patients who cannot tolerate continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP). However, the response to surgery is variable, potentially because it does not improve the non-anatomical factors (i.e. loop gain and arousal threshold) causing OSA. Measuring these traits clinically might predict responses to surgery. Our primary objective was to test the value of loop gain and arousal threshold to predict surgical success defined as 50% reduction in apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and AHI <10 events/hr post-surgery...
May 22, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531315/the-interaction-between-cytosine-methylation-and-processes-of-dna-replication-and-repair-shape-the-mutational-landscape-of-cancer-genomes
#18
Rebecca C Poulos, Jake Olivier, Jason W H Wong
Methylated cytosines (5mCs) are frequently mutated in the genome. However, no studies have yet comprehensively analysed mutation-methylation associations across cancer types. Here we analyse 916 cancer genomes, together with tissue type-specific methylation and replication timing data. We describe a strong mutation-methylation association across colorectal cancer subtypes, most interestingly in samples with microsatellite instability (MSI) or Polymerase epsilon (POLE) exonuclease domain mutations. By analysing genomic regions with differential mismatch repair (MMR) efficiency, we suggest a possible role for MMR in the correction of 5mC deamination events, potentially accounting for the high rate of 5mC mutation accumulation in MSI tumours...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531306/association-of-long-term-opioid-therapy-with-functional-status-adverse-outcomes-and-mortality-among-patients-with-polyneuropathy
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E Matthew Hoffman, James C Watson, Jennifer St Sauver, Nathan P Staff, Christopher J Klein
Importance: Polyneuropathy is one of the most common painful conditions managed within general and specialty clinics. Neuropathic pain frequently leads to decisions about using long-term opioid therapy. Understanding the association of long-term opioid use with functional status, adverse outcomes, and mortality among patients with polyneuropathy could influence disease-specific decisions about opioid treatment. Objectives: To quantify the prevalence of long-term opioid use among patients with polyneuropathy and to assess the association of long-term opioid use with functional status, adverse outcomes, and mortality...
May 22, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531285/paratrigeminal-paraclival-precavernous-or-all-of-the-above-a-circumferential-anatomical-study-of-the-c3-c4-transitional-segment-of-the-internal-carotid-artery
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Eleonora Marcati, Norberto Andaluz, Sebastien C Froelich, Lee A Zimmer, James L Leach, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda, Almaz Kurbanov, Jeffrey T Keller
BACKGROUND: Although the term paraclival carotid pervades recent skull base literature, no clear consensus exists regarding boundaries or anatomical segments. OBJECTIVE: To reconcile various internal carotid artery (ICA) nomenclatures for transcranial and endoscopic-endonasal perspectives, we reexamined the transition between lacerum (C3) and cavernous (C4) segments using a C1-C7 segments schema. In this cadaveric study, we obtained a 360°-circumferential view integrating histological, microsurgical, endoscopic, and neuroradiological analyses of this C3-C4 region and identified a distinct transitional segment...
May 21, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
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