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Yan Zhang, Jingjing Jiang, Min Li, Pengfei Gao, Ying Zhou, Guomei Zhang, Shaomin Shuang, Chuan Dong
Herein, a novel, high sensitive, and specific colorimetric sensor for cysteine (Cys) based on pectinase protected gold nanoparticles (P@AuNPs) has been demonstrated for the first time. The P@AuNPs were synthesized by "MW-assisted heat method" and were characterized by UV-vis, TEM, FT-IR and zeta potential techniques. Cys could cause the aggregation of P@AuNPs due to formation of the strong covalent Au-S bond and electrostatic binding. As the Cys concentration increased, the color of the solutions gradually changed from wine-red to blue as well as the large absorption band shifted from 523 to 650nm upon P@AuNPs aggregation...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Rajani Shah
BACKGROUND: Child delivery in a health facility is important to reduce maternal mortality. Bypassing nearby birthing facility to deliver at a hospital is common in developing countries including Nepal. Very little is known about the extent and determinants of bypassing the birthing centres in Nepal. This study measures the status of bypassing, characteristics of bypassers and their reasons for bypassing. METHODS: A community-based cross-sectional study was carried out in six rural village development committees of Chitwan district of Nepal...
October 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Michael C Sklar, Karen Burns, Nuttapol Rittayamai, Ashley Lanys, Michela Rauseo, Lu Chen, Martin Dres, Guang-Qiang Chen, Ewan C Goligher, Neill Kj Adhikari, Laurent Brochard, Jan O Friedrich
Introduction Spontaneous breathing trials (SBTs) are designed to simulate conditions following extubation and it is essential to understand the physiological impact of different methods. We conducted a systematic review and pooled measures reflecting patient respiratory effort among studies comparing SBT methods in a meta-analysis. Methods We searched Medline, EMBASE, and Web of Science from inception to January 2016 to identify randomized and non-randomized clinical trials reporting physiological measurements of respiratory effort (pressure-time product, PTP) or work of breathing during at least 2 SBT techniques...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Bobby Jean S Lee, J Craig Garrison, John E Conway, Kalyssa Pollard, Subhash Aryal
BACKGROUND: Humeral retrotorsion has been investigated in relation to shoulder range of motion (ROM) in healthy baseball players. Currently, there is limited information on the osseous anatomy and development of ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears. PURPOSE: To determine the relationship between humeral retrotorsion and shoulder ROM in baseball players with a UCL tear. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: Fifty-four baseball players (mean age, 18...
October 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
J Y Dong, F Song, Y K Liu, X Q Wang
Objective: To simulate the environmental factors during the process of formation and evolution of hypertrophic scar, so as to explore the effects of moderate and severe hypoxia and low concentration of serum protein on the function of human hypertrophic scar fibroblasts (HSFs). Methods: Human HSFs were routinely cultured. Cells of the 3rd to the 6th passage were divided into 10.0% oxygen+ 10.0% fetal calf serum (FCS), 5.0% oxygen+ 5.0% FCS, and 0.5% oxygen+ 0.5% FCS groups according to the random number table...
October 20, 2016: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
James Charles
BACKGROUND: In clinical and research settings, ankle joint dorsiflexion needs to be reliably measured. Dorsiflexion is often measured by goniometry, but the intrarater and interrater reliability of this technique have been reported to be poor. Many devices to measure dorsiflexion have been developed for clinical and research use. An evaluation of 12 current tools showed that none met all of the desirable criteria. The purpose of this study was to design and develop a device that rates highly in all of the criteria and that can be proved to be highly reliable...
September 2, 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Séverine Fourdrilis, Patrick Mardulyn, Olivier J Hardy, Kurt Jordaens, António Manuel de Frias Martins, Thierry Backeljau
We report the presence of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) hyperdiversity in the marine periwinkle Melarhaphe neritoides (Linnaeus, 1758), the first such case among marine gastropods. Our dataset consisted of concatenated 16S-COI-Cytb gene fragments. We used Bayesian analyses to investigate three putative causes underlying genetic variation, and estimated the mtDNA mutation rate, possible signatures of selection and the effective population size of the species in the Azores archipelago. The mtDNA hyperdiversity in M...
2016: PeerJ
Brett T Allaire, M Clara DePaolis Kaluza, Alexander G Bruno, Elizabeth J Samelson, Douglas P Kiel, Dennis E Anderson, Mary L Bouxsein
PURPOSE: Current standard methods to quantify disc height, namely distortion compensated Roentgen analysis (DCRA), have been mostly utilized in the lumbar and cervical spine and have strict exclusion criteria. Specifically, discs adjacent to a vertebral fracture are excluded from measurement, thus limiting the use of DCRA in studies that include older populations with a high prevalence of vertebral fractures. Thus, we developed and tested a modified DCRA algorithm that does not depend on vertebral shape...
October 18, 2016: European Spine Journal
Huazi Wang, Lu Hu, Wanzhen Li, Runhua Lu, Sanbing Zhang, Wenfeng Zhou, Haixiang Gao
A pretreatment method using in-syringe dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction based on the direct solidification of ionic liquids before high performance liquid chromatography analysis was developed for the determination of benzoylurea insecticides (BUs) in honey samples. The hydrophobic ionic liquid [N4444][PF6], formed in situ by the hydrophilic ionic liquid [N4444]Cl and the ion exchange reagent KPF6, was used to extract the target analytes. The entire extraction procedure was performed in a syringe. The extractant was solidified at room temperature and collected using a nylon membrane filter...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Yu-Tse Wu, Meng-Ting Cai, Chih-Wei Chang, Ching-Chi Yen, Mei-Chich Hsu
An analytical method entailing high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrochemical detection was developed for determining forsythiaside (FTS) in rat plasma. Rat plasma samples were prepared through efficient trichloroacetic acid deproteination. FTS and the internal standard were chromatographically separated on a reversed-phase core-shell silica C18 column (100 mm × 2.1 mm, i.d. 2.6 μm), with a mobile phase consisting of an acetonitrile-0.05-M phosphate solution (11.8:88.2, v/v), at a flow rate of 400 μL/min...
October 16, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Manan Pareek, Mette Lundgren Nielsen, Margrét Leósdóttir, Peter M Nilsson, Michael Hecht Olsen
OBJECTIVE: To explore the independent prognostic value of left ventricular (LV) mass, diastolic function, and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) for the prediction of incident cardiac events in a random population sample. DESIGN AND METHOD: 415 women and 999 men aged 56-79 years, included between 2002-2006, underwent echocardiography based on groups defined by FPG, i.e. normal (NFG): FPG ≤ 6.0 mmol/L; impaired (IFG): FPG 6.1-6.9 mmol/L; and diabetes mellitus (DM): FPG ≥ 7...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mahmoud Al Rifai, Jaideep Patel, Rupert K Hung, Khurram Nasir, Steven J Keteyian, Clinton A Brawner, Jonathan K Ehrman, Sherif Sakr, Roger S Blumenthal, Michael J Blaha, Mouaz H Al-Mallah
BACKGROUND: Cardiorespiratory fitness protects against mortality; however, little is known about the benefits of improved fitness in individuals with a family history of coronary heart disease. We studied the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and risk of incident coronary heart disease and all-cause mortality, hypothesizing an inverse relationship similar to individuals without a family history of coronary heart disease. METHODS: We included 57,999 patients (53±13 years; 49% females; 29% Black), from the Henry Ford Exercise Testing (FIT) Project...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Koray Gumus, Aysegul Guven, Miray Altnkaynak, Merve Keskin
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare different measurement tools and parameters, including a new computer-assisted image processing technique for the quantitative analysis of the percentage of pterygium on the corneal surface, horizontal/vertical lengths obtained using slitlamp beam and surgical compass. METHODS: A total of 21 pterygia of 17 patients were included in the study. The pterygia were measured by three different methods: a slitlamp beam, a surgical compass, and a new computer-assisted image processing method...
September 30, 2016: Eye & Contact Lens
Amrita A Gugale, Pradnya Milind Bhalerao
BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is a common occurrence after laparoscopic surgeries. A number of pharmacological agents (antihistamines, butyrophenones, dopamine receptor antagonists) have been tried of which the 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 receptor antagonists are devoid of most side effects and highly effective in prevention and treatment of PONV. Thus, we evaluated the effectiveness of granisetron and palonosetron in prevention of PONV after laparoscopic surgeries under general anesthesia...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Heidi Janssens, Lutgart Braeckman, Bart De Clercq, Dirk De Bacquer, Els Clays
BACKGROUND: Previous research demonstrated an association between low employment quality and lower sickness absence, which may be explained by presenteeism. Therefore, this study aimed exploring the relation between three indicators of employment quality (long working hours, precarious employment, job insecurity) and attendance behavior. METHODS: The association between employment quality and attendance behavior was investigated in 28.999 workers (mean age: 40.0 years, 53% males) of the fifth wave of the European Working Conditions Survey, using multilevel multinomial logistic regression analysis...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Public Health
O Szerkus, J Jacyna, A Gibas, M Sieczkowski, D Siluk, M Matuszewski, R Kaliszan, M J Markuszewski
Fluoroquinolones are the drugs of choice in the prevention of bacterial infections after transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy. In order to improve assessment of antibacterial efficacy in the target tissue a simple, selective, rapid and robust HPLC-ESI-MS/MS method for the determination of levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin concentrations in human prostate bioptates was developed and validated. Preparation procedure for prostate samples (10mg) was carried out using homogenization and filtration steps. Analyses were performed within 3...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Mouna Necibi, Laurent Lanceleur, Nadia Mzoughi, Mathilde Monperrus
A new analytical method for the simultaneous determination of eight synthetic musks compounds (SMs) including five polycyclic musks (PCMs) and three nitro musks (NMs) was validated for sediment samples based on a simple QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) sample preparation procedure followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Good analytical performances were obtained for all the target compounds. For the validation of the method, internal calibration (IC) and internal calibration with QuEChERS (ICQ) were compared...
October 14, 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Gail D E Maconachie, Shegufta Farooq, Glen Bush, Julie Kempton, Frank A Proudlock, Irene Gottlob
Importance: Occlusion dose monitors have helped establish that better adherence to occlusion is associated with improved visual outcomes in patients undergoing amblyopia treatment. However, the role of adherence to glasses wearing is unknown. Objectives: To establish the feasibility and reliability of objectively monitoring adherence to glasses wearing using age-based norms, establish the association between adherence to glasses wearing and improvement in visual acuity (VA) after optical treatment and occlusion therapy, and analyze the effect of age, sex, refractive errors, type of amblyopia, and adherence to glasses wearing on improvement in VA...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
Qizhen Wei, Zhiyu Song, Jing Nie, Hailun Xia, Fujiang Chen, Zuguang Li, Mawrong Lee
A pretreatment method named tablet-effervescence-assisted dissolved carbon flotation was introduced for the determination of four triazole fungicides in environmental water. In this method, the use of effervescent tablet composed of nontoxic sodium carbonate and sodium dihydrogen phosphate could generate CO2 in situ to assist the dispersion of extraction solvent and to accelerate mass transfer of target analytes. In addition, the simple phase separation simply based on the rising of low-density organic solvent from the aqueous phase was applied rather than the application of apparatus, which demonstrated the potential for on-site extraction in the field...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Dong Jia, Xiao-Ming Zhou, Gang Hou
To evaluate the feasibility and the efficacy of computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in differentiating acute pulmonary embolism (PE) patients with or without right ventricular dysfunction and to evaluate the severity of right ventricular dysfunction in acute PE patients with CPTA. We retrospectively collected and measured the following parameters: right ventricular diameter by short axis in the axial plane (RVDaxial), left ventricular diameter by short axis in the axial plane (LVDaxial), right ventricular diameter by level on the reconstructed four-chamber views (RVD4-CH), left ventricular diameter by level on the reconstructed four-chamber views (LVD4-CH), main pulmonary artery diameter (MPAD), ascending aorta diameter (AOD), coronary sinus diameter (CSD), superior vena cava diameter (SVCD), inferior vena cava (IVC) reflux and interventricular septum deviation by CTPA, and we calculated the RVDaxial/LVDaxial, RVD4-CH/LVD4-CH and MPAD/AOD ratios in acute PE patients...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
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