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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734679/assessment-of-biodistribution-using-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-algorithm-for-study-design-and-challenges-in-detection-methodologies
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Blanca Reyes, Maria Isabel Coca, Margarita Codinach, María Dolores López-Lucas, Anna Del Mazo-Barbara, Marta Caminal, Irene Oliver-Vila, Valentín Cabañas, Silvia Lope-Piedrafita, Joan García-López, José M Moraleda, Cesar G Fontecha, Joaquim Vives
BACKGROUND AIMS: Biodistribution of candidate cell-based therapeutics is a critical safety concern that must be addressed in the preclinical development program. We aimed to design a decision tree based on a series of studies included in actual dossiers approved by competent regulatory authorities, noting that the design, execution and interpretation of pharmacokinetics studies using this type of therapy is not straightforward and presents a challenge for both developers and regulators...
July 19, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732991/in-situ-observation-of-ultrasonic-cavitation-induced-fragmentation-of-the-primary-crystals-formed-in-al-alloys
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Feng Wang, Iakovos Tzanakis, Dmitry Eskin, Jiawei Mi, Thomas Connolley
The cavitation-induced fragmentation of primary crystals formed in Al alloys were investigated for the first time by high-speed imaging using a novel experimental approach. Three representative primary crystal types, Al3Ti, Si and Al3V with different morphologies and mechanical properties were first extracted by deep etching of the corresponding Al alloys and then subjected to ultrasonic cavitation processing in distilled water. The dynamic interaction between the cavitation bubbles and primary crystals was imaged in situ and in real time...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731452/temporal-order-of-alzheimer-s-disease-related-cognitive-marker-changes-in-blsa-and-wrap-longitudinal-studies
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Murat Bilgel, Rebecca L Koscik, Yang An, Jerry L Prince, Susan M Resnick, Sterling C Johnson, Bruno M Jedynak
Investigation of the temporal trajectories of currently used neuropsychological tests is critical to identifying earliest changing measures on the path to dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD). We used the Progression Score (PS) method to characterize the temporal trajectories of measures of verbal memory, executive function, attention, processing speed, language, and mental status using data spanning normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment, and AD from 1,661 participants with a total of 7,839 visits (age at last visit 77...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725022/action-video-games-improve-reading-abilities-and-visual-to-auditory-attentional-shifting-in-english-speaking-children-with-dyslexia
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Sandro Franceschini, Piergiorgio Trevisan, Luca Ronconi, Sara Bertoni, Susan Colmar, Kit Double, Andrea Facoetti, Simone Gori
Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties in learning to read and there is some evidence that action video games (AVG), without any direct phonological or orthographic stimulation, improve reading efficiency in Italian children with dyslexia. However, the cognitive mechanism underlying this improvement and the extent to which the benefits of AVG training would generalize to deep English orthography, remain two critical questions. During reading acquisition, children have to integrate written letters with speech sounds, rapidly shifting their attention from visual to auditory modality...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723814/validation-of-the-3-min-all-out-exercise-test-for-shuttle-running-prescription
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Anssi Saari, Nathan D Dicks, Mark E Hartman, Robert W Pettitt
A 3-min all-out exercise test (3MT) for running has been developed to determine critical speed (CS) and finite capacity for running speeds >CS (D') which allow for the prediction of time limits (TLIMs) associated with running different distances. Most team sports require shuttle running; however, the 3MT was validated for uninterrupted, track running and not shuttle running. The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of shuttle running 3MT to determine critical speed (CS) and D'. A total of 12 subjects were tested using a baseline 3MT along with three separate distance time-trials of all-out shuttle running to determine true CS and D'...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720092/a-qualitative-study-of-clinic-and-community-member-perspectives-on-intervention-toolkits-unless-the-toolkit-is-used-it-won-t-help-solve-the-problem
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Melinda M Davis, Sonya Howk, Margaret Spurlock, Paul B McGinnis, Deborah J Cohen, Lyle J Fagnan
BACKGROUND: Intervention toolkits are common products of grant-funded research in public health and primary care settings. Toolkits are designed to address the knowledge translation gap by speeding implementation and dissemination of research into practice. However, few studies describe characteristics of effective intervention toolkits and their implementation. Therefore, we conducted this study to explore what clinic and community-based users want in intervention toolkits and to identify the factors that support application in practice...
July 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718020/critical-aggregates-concentration-of-fatty-esters-present-in-biodiesel-determined-by-turbidity-and-fluorescence
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Sandro Froehner, Juan Sánez, Luiz Fernando Dombroski, Maria Paula Gracioto
Biodiesel for combustible engine is available as mixture of fossil diesel and fatty esters obtained by transesterification of vegetable oils. The use of biodiesel reduces the amount of SOx, mainly. However, it was already observed that biodiesel has a different behavior in environment in cases of accidental spill and groundwater contamination. It was noticed that the biodegradation of hydrocarbons (cyclic and aliphatic) in the presence of biodiesel are speeded, although the mechanism is still unclear. Considering the chemical structure of fatty esters, it was investigated the formation of aggregates in water solution by fatty esters present in commercial biodiesel...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715774/model-elucidating-the-sources-and-formation-mechanisms-of-severe-haze-pollution-over-northeast-mega-city-cluster-in-china
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Ting Yang, Alex Gbaguidi, Pingzhong Yan, Wending Zhang, Lili Zhu, Xuefeng Yao, Zifa Wang, Hui Chen
Recent studies on regional haze pollution over China come up in general with strong variability of main causes of heavy polluted episodes, in linkage with local specificities, sources and pollution characteristics. This paper therefore aims at elucidating the main specific sources and formation mechanisms of observed strong haze pollution episodes over 1-15 November 2015 in Northeast region considered as one of biggest megacity clusters in China. The Northeast China mega-city cluster, including Heilong Jiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces, is adjacent to Russia in the north, Mongolian at the west, North Korea at east, and representing key geographical location in the regional and transnational air pollution issues in China due to the presence of heavy industries and intense economic activities...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713233/the-role-of-the-interplay-between-stimulus-type-and-timing-in-explaining-bci-illiteracy-for-visual-p300-based-brain-computer-interfaces
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Roberta Carabalona
Visual P300-based Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) spellers enable communication or interaction with the environment by flashing elements in a matrix and exploiting consequent changes in end-user's brain activity. Despite research efforts, performance variability and BCI-illiteracy still are critical issues for real world applications. Moreover, there is a quite unaddressed kind of BCI-illiteracy, which becomes apparent when the same end-user operates BCI-spellers intended for different applications: our aim is to understand why some well performers can become BCI-illiterate depending on speller type...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713001/comparison-of-the-properties-of-implantable-matrices-prepared-from-degradable-and-non-degradable-polymers-for-bisphosphonate-delivery
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Tamás Sovány, Anna Csüllög, Ernő Benkő, Géza Regdon, Klára Pintye-Hódi
The aim of the present study was the development of directly compressed tablets for implantable delivery of risedronate sodium for osteoporosis treatment and the comparison of the mechanism and kinetics of drug release from biogradable (chitosan) and non-degradable (PVC) polymer matrices. The compositions and process parameters were optimized in accordance to a mixed 2 and 3 level full factorial design. Critical Quality Attributes (CQA), such as diametral breaking hardness, porosity and speed of drug dissolution were investigated...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711063/ab-initio-interatomic-potentials-and-the-thermodynamic-properties-of-fluids
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Maryna Vlasiuk, Richard J Sadus
Monte Carlo simulations with accurate ab initio interatomic potentials are used to investigate the key thermodynamic properties of argon and krypton in both vapor and liquid phases. Data are reported for the isochoric and isobaric heat capacities, the Joule-Thomson coefficient, and the speed of sound calculated using various two-body interatomic potentials and different combinations of two-body plus three-body terms. The results are compared to either experimental or reference data at state points between the triple and critical points...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709260/pneumatic-fractures-in-confined-granular-media
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Fredrik K Eriksen, Renaud Toussaint, Antoine L Turquet, Knut J Måløy, Eirik G Flekkøy
We perform experiments where air is injected at a constant overpressure P_{in}, ranging from 5 to 250 kPa, into a dry granular medium confined within a horizontal linear Hele-Shaw cell. The setup allows us to explore compacted configurations by preventing decompaction at the outer boundary, i.e., the cell outlet has a semipermeable filter such that beads are stopped while air can pass. We study the emerging patterns and dynamic growth of channels in the granular media due to fluid flow, by analyzing images captured with a high speed camera (1000 images/s)...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709161/roles-of-medication-responsibility-executive-and-adaptive-functioning-in-adherence-for-children-and-adolescents-with-perinatally-acquired-hiv
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Patricia A Garvie, Sean S Brummel, Susannah M Allison, Kathleen M Malee, Claude A Mellins, Megan L Wilkins, Lynnette L Harris, E Doyle Patton, Miriam C Chernoff, Richard M Rutstein, Mary E Paul, Sharon L Nichols
BACKGROUND: Medication adherence is a critical but challenging developmental task for children and adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV (PHIV). Understanding how medication responsibility, executive functions (EFs) and adaptive functioning (AF) influence adherence may help prepare adolescents for transition to adulthood. METHODS: Participants included PHIV children and adolescents 7-16 years of age enrolled in the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study Adolescent Master Protocol, who were prescribed antiretroviral medications...
August 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709152/squatting-biomechanics-in-individuals-with-symptomatic-femoroacetabular-impingement
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Laura E Diamond, Kim L Bennell, Tim V Wrigley, Rana S Hinman, John Oʼdonnell, Paul W Hodges
PURPOSE: Identification of the biomechanical alterations in individuals with symptomatic femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is critical to understand the pathology and inform treatments. Yet hip function in this condition is poorly defined. Squatting requires large hip flexion range and involves motion toward the position of hip impingement; thus, it is likely to expose modified biomechanics in these individuals. This study aimed to determine whether hip and pelvis biomechanics differ between individuals with and without symptomatic FAI during an unconstrained deep squat and a constrained squat designed to limit compensation by the pelvis and trunk...
August 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707714/ultrathin-single-crystalline-cdte-nanosheets-realized-via-van-der-waals-epitaxy
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Ruiqing Cheng, Yao Wen, Lei Yin, Fengmei Wang, Feng Wang, Kaili Liu, Tofik Ahmed Shifa, Jie Li, Chao Jiang, Zhenxing Wang, Jun He
Due to the novel physical properties, high flexibility, and strong compatibility with Si-based electronic techniques, 2D nonlayered structures have become one of the hottest topics. However, the realization of 2D structures from nonlayered crystals is still a critical challenge, which requires breaking the bulk crystal symmetry and guaranteeing the highly anisotropic crystal growth. CdTe owns a typical wurtzite crystal structure, which hinders the 2D anisotropic growth of hexagonal-symmetry CdTe. Here, for the first time, the 2D anisotropic growth of ultrathin nonlayered CdTe as thin as 4...
July 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705160/tracking-development-assistance-and-government-health-expenditures-for-35-malaria-eliminating-countries-1990-2017
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Rima Shretta, Brittany Zelman, Maxwell L Birger, Annie Haakenstad, Lavanya Singh, Yingying Liu, Joseph Dieleman
BACKGROUND: Donor financing for malaria has declined since 2010 and this trend is projected to continue for the foreseeable future. These reductions have a significant impact on lower burden countries actively pursuing elimination, which are usually a lesser priority for donors. While domestic spending on malaria has been growing, it varies substantially in speed and magnitude across countries. A clear understanding of spending patterns and trends in donor and domestic financing is needed to uncover critical investment gaps and opportunities...
July 14, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704750/homing-pigeons-externally-exposed-to-deepwater-horizon-crude-oil-change-flight-performance-and-behavior
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Cristina R Perez, John K Moye, Dave Cacela, Karen M Dean, Chris A Pritsos
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the largest in U.S. history, contaminating thousands of miles of coastal habitat and affecting the lives of many avian species. The Gulf of Mexico is a critical bird migration route area and migrants that were oiled but did not suffer mortality as a direct result of the spill faced unpredictable fates. This study utilized homing pigeons as a surrogate species for migratory birds to investigate the effects a single low level external oiling event has on the flight performance and behavior of birds flying repeated 161 km flights...
July 10, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701169/comparison-between-semg-and-force-as-control-interfaces-to-support-planar-arm-movements-in-adults-with-duchenne-a-feasibility-study
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Joan Lobo-Prat, Kostas Nizamis, Mariska M H P Janssen, Arvid Q L Keemink, Peter H Veltink, Bart F J M Koopman, Arno H A Stienen
BACKGROUND: Adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) can benefit from devices that actively support their arm function. A critical component of such devices is the control interface as it is responsible for the human-machine interaction. Our previous work indicated that surface electromyography (sEMG) and force-based control with active gravity and joint-stiffness compensation were feasible solutions for the support of elbow movements (one degree of freedom). In this paper, we extend the evaluation of sEMG- and force-based control interfaces to simultaneous and proportional control of planar arm movements (two degrees of freedom)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692951/identifying-critical-steps-towards-improved-access-to-innovation-in-cancer-care-a-european-cancer-organisation-position-paper
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Matti Aapro, Alain Astier, Riccardo Audisio, Ian Banks, Pierre Bedossa, Etienne Brain, David Cameron, Paolo Casali, Arturo Chiti, Leticia De Mattos-Arruda, Daniel Kelly, Denis Lacombe, Per J Nilsson, Martine Piccart, Philip Poortmans, Katrine Riklund, Gunnar Saeter, Martin Schrappe, Riccardo Soffietti, Luzia Travado, Hein van Poppel, Suzanne Wait, Peter Naredi
In recent decades cancer care has seen improvements in the speed and accuracy of diagnostic procedures; the effectiveness of surgery, radiation therapy and medical treatments; the power of information technology; and the development of multidisciplinary, specialist-led approaches to care. Such innovations are essential if we are to continue improving the lives of cancer patients across Europe despite financial pressures on our healthcare systems. Investment in innovation must be balanced with the need to ensure the sustainability of healthcare budgets, and all health professionals have a responsibility to help achieve this balance...
July 7, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684361/development-of-a-continuous-direct-compression-platform-for-low-dose-drug-products
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B Van Snick, J Holman, V Vanhoorne, A Kumar, T De Beer, J P Remon, C Vervaet
In this work a continuous direct compression process was developed for a low-dosed drug product. Each unit operation of the GEA CDC-50 system was thoroughly investigated. This paper aimed to tackle the macroscopic and microscopic blend uniformity challenges inherently associated with continuous direct compression of cohesive and agglomerated APIs formulated at low dose. Density, compressibility and flow were identified as key material properties at the feeding stage. The screw speed coupled with powder flow regulated the gravimetric feeding performance...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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