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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719913/texture-density-adaptation-can-be-bidirectional
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Hua-Chun Sun, Frederick A A Kingdom, Curtis L Baker
Texture density has previously been thought of as a scalar attribute on the assumption that texture density adaptation only reduces, not enhances, perceived density (Durgin & Huk, 1997). This "unidirectional" property of density adaptation is in contradistinction to the finding that simultaneous density contrast (SDC) is "bidirectional"; that is, not only do denser surrounds reduce the perceived density of a lower density region, but sparser surrounds enhance it (Sun, Baker, & Kingdom, 2016). Here we reexamine the directionality of density adaptation using random dot patterns and a two-alternative forced choice task in which observers compare the perceived density of adapted test patches with unadapted match stimuli...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719751/determining-the-mechanism-and-efficiency-of-industrial-dye-adsorption-through-facile-structural-control-of-organo-montmorillonite-adsorbents
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Peng Huang, Algy Kazlauciunas, Robert Menzel, Long Lin
The structural evolution of cost-effective organo-clays (montmorillonite modified with different loadings of CTAB (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide)) is investigated and linked to the adsorption uptake and mechanism of an important industrial dye (hydrolyzed Remazol Black B). Key organo-clay characteristics, such as the intergallery spacing and the average number of well-stacked layers per clay stack are determined by low-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), while differential thermo-gravimetric analysis (DTGA) is used to differentiate between surface-bound and intercalated CTAB...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719580/central-insulin-modulates-food-valuation-via-mesolimbic-pathways
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Lena J Tiedemann, Sebastian M Schmid, Judith Hettel, Katrin Giesen, Paul Francke, Christian Büchel, Stefanie Brassen
Central insulin is thought to act at the neural interface between metabolic and hedonic drives to eat. Here, using pharmacological fMRI, we show that intranasal insulin (INI) changes the value of food cues through modulation of mesolimbic pathways. Overnight fasted participants rated the palatability of food pictures and attractiveness of non-food items (control) after receiving INI or placebo. We report that INI reduces ratings of food palatability and value signals in mesolimbic regions in individuals with normal insulin sensitivity...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719573/crystalline-metamaterials-for-topological-properties-at-subwavelength-scales
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Simon Yves, Romain Fleury, Thomas Berthelot, Mathias Fink, Fabrice Lemoult, Geoffroy Lerosey
The exciting discovery of topological condensed matter systems has lately triggered a search for their photonic analogues, motivated by the possibility of robust backscattering-immune light transport. However, topological photonic phases have so far only been observed in photonic crystals and waveguide arrays, which are inherently physically wavelength scaled, hindering their application in compact subwavelength systems. In this letter, we tackle this problem by patterning the deep subwavelength resonant elements of metamaterials onto specific lattices, and create crystalline metamaterials that can develop complex nonlocal properties due to multiple scattering, despite their very subwavelength spatial scale that usually implies to disregard their structure...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719550/does-an-annular-puncture-influence-the-herniation-path-an-in-vitro-mechanical-and-structural-investigation
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Vonne M van Heeswijk, Ashvin Thambyah, Peter A Robertson, Neil D Broom
STUDY DESIGN: A study of mechanically-induced herniation in punctured ovine discs followed by structural analysis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether an annular puncture influences the path that herniation takes by providing direct passage for nucleus through the annulus and therefore whether it increases the risk of acute herniation from overload at the site of damage independent of any longer-term degeneration. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: 10 years after treatment with discography both degenerative changes and frequency of herniation have been shown to increase compared to untreated discs...
July 17, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719452/treatment-of-spinal-tumors-in-a-high-volume-center-has-direct-impact-on-local-recurrence-morbidity-and-mortality
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Ran Lador, Stefano Bandiera, Alessandro Gasbarrini, Riccardo Ghermandi, Stefano Boriani
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY: En bloc resections of spine tumors aim at locally controlling the disease for both improving the patient's quality of life as well as improving mortality. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcome between patients who were initially treated in a high volume specialized center, and patients who initially underwent either invasive diagnostic procedure or an initial surgical attempt to treat the disease in a different center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of 1681 patients affected by spine tumors-treated from 1990 to 2015 by the same team...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719352/determination-of-il-6-tnf-%C3%AE-and-vegf-levels-in-the-serums-of-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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Ö Coşkun, Ö Öztopuz, Ö F Özkan
Cytokines are multifunctional polypeptides synthesized by different body cells. They have clinical significance in terms of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Cytokines TNF-α and IL-6 play an important role in the growth and differentiation of cells.Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) is excessively produced in epithelial, mesenchymal, and particularly in tumor cells. Studies have shown that the increased serum concentrations of IL-6, TNF-α, VEGF are strongly associated with colorectal cancer  and directly with the clinical stage of the disease...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719290/performance-of-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assays-for-the-detection-of-20-gastrointestinal-parasites-in-clinical-samples-from-senegal
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Doudou Sow, Philippe Parola, Khadime Sylla, Magatte Ndiaye, Pascal Delaunay, Philippe Halfon, Sabine Camiade, Thérèse Dieng, Roger C K Tine, Babacar Faye, Jean Louis Ndiaye, Yémou Dieng, Oumar Gaye, Didier Raoult, Fadi Bittar
Gastrointestinal parasite infections represent one of the biggest public health problems in the world. Therefore, appropriate innovative tools are needed for assessing interventions to control these infections. This study aims to compare the performance of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to microscopic examination for detection of intestinal parasites. A direct microscopic examination and stool concentration was performed on 98 stool samples from patients attending Senegalese hospitals. Negative microscopic control samples were also collected in Nice and Marseille (France)...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719285/trial-of-a-novel-intervention-to-improve-multiple-food-hygiene-behaviors-in-nepal
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Om Prasad Gautam, Wolf-Peter Schmidt, Sandy Cairncross, Sue Cavill, Valerie Curtis
AbstractIn this study, we report on the results of a trial of an intervention to improve five food hygiene behaviors among mothers of young children in rural Nepal. This novel intervention targeted five behaviors; cleanliness of serving utensils, handwashing with soap before feeding, proper storage of cooked food, and thorough reheating and water treatment. Based on formative research and a creative process using the Behavior-Centered Design approach, an innovative intervention package was designed and delivered over a period of 3 months...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719219/microsecond-structural-rheology
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Felix Lehmkühler, Ingo Steinke, Martin A Schroer, Birgit Fischer, Michael Sprung, Gerhard Grübel
The relationship between the local structure of complex liquids and their response to shear is generally not well understood. This concerns in particular the formation of particle strings in flow direction or hydroclusters, both important for the understanding of shear thinning and thickening phenomena. Here, we present results of a microfocus X-ray scattering experiment on spherical silica colloids in a liquid jet at high shear rates. Along and across the jet we observe direction-dependent modifications of the structure factor of the suspension suggesting the formation of differently ordered clusters in stream and compression lines...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719189/determination-of-double-bond-positions-in-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-using-the-photochemical-patern%C3%A3-b%C3%A3-chi-reaction-with-acetone-and-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Robert C Murphy, Toshiaki Okuno, Christopher A Johnson, Robert M Barkley
The position of double bonds along the carbon chain of methylene interrupted polyunsaturated fatty acids are unique identifiers of specific fatty acids derived from biochemical reactions that occur in cells. It is possible to obtain direct structural information as to these double bond positions using tandem mass spectrometry after collisional activation of the carboxylate anions of an acetone adduct at each of the double bond positions formed by the photochemical Paternò-Büchi reaction with acetone. This reaction can be carried out by exposing a small portion of an inline fused silica capillary to UV photons from a mercury vapor lamp as the sample is infused into the electrospray ion source of a mass spectrometer...
July 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719050/thai-people-living-with-tuberculosis-and-how-they-adhere-to-treatment-a-grounded-theory-study
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Jiraporn Choowong, Per Tillgren, Maja Söderbäck
To develop a conceptual framework of adherence to treatment among Thai people living with tuberculosis, a grounded theory approach was used. A purposive sample of 20 Thai people living with tuberculosis, aged from 23 to 85 years, was interviewed. From the participants' perspective, a core category of social belonging was highlighted, with three categories of conditions connected: personal barriers, personal resilience, and social facilitation. Personal barriers encompassed fear of stigma, concealing the illness, and lack of knowledge and motivation to complete the treatment regime...
July 18, 2017: Nursing & Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719029/directly-observed-therapy-of-sofosbuvir-ribavirin-peginterferon-with-minimal-monitoring-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-people-with-a-history-of-drug-use-in-chennai-india-c-dot
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Sunil S Solomon, Mark S Sulkowski, Pradeep Amrose, Aylur K Srikrishnan, Allison M McFall, Balakrishnan Ramasamy, Muniratnam S Kumar, Santhanam Anand, David L Thomas, Shruti H Mehta
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We assessed the feasibility of field-based directly observed therapy (DOT) with minimal monitoring to deliver HCV treatment to people with a history of drug use in Chennai, India. METHODS: 50 participants were randomized 1:1 to sofosbuvir + peginterferon alfa 2a + ribavirin (SOF+PR) for 12 weeks (Arm 1) vs. sofosbuvir + ribavirin (SOF+R) for 24 weeks (Arm 2). SOF+R was delivered daily at participant chosen venues and weekly peginterferon injections at the study clinic...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718768/selective-and-regulated-trapping-of-nicotinic-receptor-weak-base-ligands-and-relevance-to-smoking-cessation
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Anitha P Govind, Yolanda F Vallejo, Jacob R Stolz, Jing-Zhi Yan, Geoffrey T Swanson, William N Green
To better understand smoking cessation, we examined the actions of varenicline (Chantix) during long-term nicotine exposure. Varenicline reduced nicotine upregulation of α4β2-type nicotinic receptors (α4β2Rs) in live cells and neurons, but not for membrane preparations. Effects on upregulation depended on intracellular pH homeostasis and were not observed if acidic pH in intracellular compartments was neutralized. Varenicline was trapped as a weak base in acidic compartments and slowly released, blocking (125)I-epibatidine binding and desensitizing α4β2Rs...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718748/motion-capture-depends-upon-the-common-fate-factor-among-elements
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Makoto Ichikawa, Yuko Masakura
When observers move the head backwards and forwards while fixating on the center of the concentric circles that consist of oblique lines, they see illusory rotation of those circles. If several dots are superimposed on the proximity to the inner concentric circles, observers see the illusory rotation not only for the circles but also for the superimposed dots. This illusory rotation of the dots is based on motion capture. In this study, in order to understand the basis of the motion capture, we examined how motion signal with different directions (rotation, expansion/contraction, and horizontal translation) in terms of motion on a display, as well as illusory motion signal from the oblique components, affects the motion capture...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718710/compressed-air-noise-reductions-from-using-advanced-air-gun-nozzles-in-research-and-development-environments
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Kurt Prieve, Amanda Rice, Peter C Raynor
The aims of this study were to evaluate sound levels produced by compressed air guns in research and development (R&D) environments, replace conventional air gun models with advanced noise-reducing air nozzles, and measure changes in sound levels to assess the effectiveness of the advanced nozzles as engineering controls for noise. Ten different R&D manufacturing areas that used compressed air guns were identified and included in the study. A-weighted sound level and Z-weighted octave band measurements were taken simultaneously using a single instrument...
August 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718662/prediction-of-porosity-of-food-materials-during-drying-current-challenges-and-future-directions
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Mohammad U H Joardder, C Kumar, M A Karim
Pore formation in food samples is a common physical phenomenon observed during dehydration processes. The pore evolution during drying significantly affects the physical properties and quality of dried foods. Therefore, it should be taken into consideration when predicting transport processes in the drying sample. Characteristics of pore formation depend on the drying process parameters, product properties and processing time. Understanding the physics of pore formation and evolution during drying will assist in accurately predicting the drying kinetics and quality of food materials...
July 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718642/predictive-model-for-site-selective-aryl-and-heteroaryl-c-h-functionalization-via-organic-photoredox-catalysis
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Kaila A Margrey, Joshua B McManus, Simone Bonazzi, Frederic Zecri, David A Nicewicz
Direct C-H functionalization of aromatic compounds is a useful synthetic strategy that has garnered much attention due to its application to pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and late stage functionalization reactions on complex molecules. Based on previous methods disclosed by our lab, we sought to develop a predictive model for site selectivity and extend this aryl functionalization chemistry to a selected set of heteroaromatic systems commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry. Using electron density calculations, we were able to predict site selectivity of direct C-H functionalization in a number of heterocycles and identify general trends observed across heterocycle classes...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718500/neurofilament-light-as-an-immune-target-for-pathogenic-antibodies
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Fabiola Puentes, Baukje J van der Star, Stephanie D Boomkamp, Markus Kipp, Louis Boon, Isabel Bosca, Joel Raffel, Sharmilee Gnanapavan, Paul van der Valk, Jodie Stephenson, Susan C Barnett, David Baker, Sandra Amor
Antibodies to neuronal antigens are associated with many neurological diseases including paraneoplastic neurological disorders, epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis. Immunisation with neuronal antigens such as neurofilament light NF-L, a neuronal intermediate filament in axons, has been shown to induce neurological disease and spasticity in mice. Also, while antibodies to NF-L are widely used as surrogate biomarkers of axonal injury in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis, it remains to be elucidated if antibodies to NF-L contribute to neurodegeneration and neurological disease...
July 17, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718378/microrna-613-is-downregulated-in-hcmv-positive-glioblastoma-and-inhibits-tumour-progression-by-targeting-arginase-2
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Yan Wang, Peng Zhao, Dongmeng Qian, Ming Hu, Li Zhang, Hailei Shi, Bin Wang
Glioblastoma is the most common and malignant tumour that occurs primarily in nervous system and has a high morbidity. Research on glioblastoma has recently focused on human cytomegalovirus, belonging to the beta subfamily of Herpesviridae that plays crucial roles in cancer development and progression. This study aimed to investigate the role of human cytomegalovirus-associated microRNA-613 in glioblastoma. In this study, we demonstrate that microRNA-613 expression was frequently reduced in human cytomegalovirus-positive glioblastoma specimens/cells compared with human cytomegalovirus-negative glioblastoma tissue/cells, and a significant correlation was observed between the reduction in microRNA-613 expression and the presence of unfavourable variables, including tumour size (p = 0...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
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