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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913064/the-development-and-initial-psychometric-evaluation-of-a-measure-assessing-adherence-to-prescribed-exercise-the-exercise-adherence-rating-scale-ears
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Naomi A Newman-Beinart, Sam Norton, Dominic Dowling, Dimitri Gavriloff, Chiara Vari, John A Weinman, Emma L Godfrey
OBJECTIVES: There is no gold standard for measuring adherence to prescribed home exercise. Self-report diaries are commonly used however lack of standardisation, inaccurate recall and self-presentation bias limit their validity. A valid and reliable tool to assess exercise adherence behaviour is required. Consequently, this article reports the development and psychometric evaluation of the Exercise Adherence Rating Scale (EARS). DESIGN: Development of a questionnaire...
November 9, 2016: Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912139/repair-of-calvarial-bone-defects-in-mice-using-electrospun-polystyrene-scaffolds-combined-with-%C3%AE-tcp-or-gold-nanoparticles
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Lisa Terranova, Diana Maria Dragusin, Romain Mallet, Eugeniu Vasile, Izabela-Cristina Stancu, Catherine Behets, Daniel Chappard
Non-biodegradable porous polystyrene (PS) scaffolds, composed of microfibers, have been prepared by electrospinning for the reconstruction of large bone defects. PS microfibers were prepared by incorporating β-TCP grains inside the polymer or grafting gold nanoparticles surface functionalized with mercaptosuccinic acid. Cytocompatibility of the three types of scaffolds (PS, β-TCP-PS and Au-PS) was studied by seeding human mesenchymal stem cells. Biocompatibility was evaluated by implanting β-TCP-PS and Au-PS scaffolds into a critical size (4mm) calvarial defect in mice...
November 8, 2016: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910488/note-response-time-characterization-of-fiber-bragg-grating-temperature-sensor-in-water-medium
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Yuheng Pan, Junfeng Jiang, Kun Liu, Shuang Wang, Tiegen Liu
Response times of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensors are investigated. The response model is established and three types of sensors, including bare, gold-coated, and ceramics packaged FBG, are employed to measure their response time under a step simulation. The matched FBG method is used to obtain the response times. Each FBG sensor is measured 5 times and the average values of the sensors are 8.9 ms, 12.3 ms, and 336 ms, respectively. The results are useful for temperature measurement caring about time characteristic...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910289/visible-laser-induced-in-situ-cell-detachment-from-gold-nanoparticle-embedded-collagen-gel
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Chie Kojima, Yusuke Nakajima, Naoya Oeda, Takeshi Kawano, Yusuke Taki
Cell sorting is important for cell biology and regenerative medicine. A visible light-responsive cell scaffold is produced using gold nanoparticles and collagen gel. Various kinds of cells are cultured on the visible light-responsive cell scaffold, and the target cells are selectively detached by photoirradiation without any cytotoxicity. This is a new image-guided cell sorting system.
December 2, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909988/predicting-the-abuse-liability-of-entactogen-class-new-and-emerging-psychoactive-substances-via-preclinical-models-of-drug-self-administration
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Shawn M Aarde, Michael A Taffe
Animal models of drug self-administration are currently the gold standard for making predictions regarding the relative likelihood that a recreational drug substance will lead to continued use and addiction. Such models have been found to have high predictive accuracy and discriminative validity for a number of drug classes including ethanol, nicotine, opioids, and psychostimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine. Members of the entactogen class of psychostimulants (drugs that produce an "open mind state" including feelings of interpersonal closeness, intimacy and empathy) have been less frequently studied in self-administration models...
December 2, 2016: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909844/design-and-fabrication-a-gold-nanoparticle-dna-based-nanobiosensor-for-detection-of-microrna-involved-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Shokoufeh Delkhahi, Mahdi Rahaie, Fereshteh Rahimi
MicroRNAs are small RNAs which regulate gene expression by translational repression or degradation of messenger RNAs. Regards to important role of these biomolecules in human disease progress, to produce sensitive, simple and cost-effective assays for microRNAs are in urgent demand. miR-137 in Alzheimer's patients has demonstrated its potential as non-invasive biomarkers in blood for Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and prognosis. This paper describes a novel, sensitive and specific microRNA assay based on Colorimetric detection of gold nanoparticles and hybridization chain reaction amplification (HCR)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906653/longer-left-ventricular-electric-delay-reduces-mitral-regurgitation-after-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-mechanistic-insights-from-the-smart-av-study-smartdelay-determined-av-optimization-a-comparison-to-other-av-delay-methods-used-in-cardiac-resynchronization
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Neal A Chatterjee, Michael R Gold, Alan D Waggoner, Michael H Picard, Kenneth M Stein, Yinghong Yu, Timothy E Meyer, Nicholas Wold, Kenneth A Ellenbogen, Jagmeet P Singh
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation (MR) is associated with worse survival in those undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Left ventricular (LV) lead position in CRT may ameliorate mechanisms of MR. We examine the association between a longer LV electric delay (QLV) at the LV stimulation site and MR reduction after CRT. METHODS AND RESULTS: QLV was assessed retrospectively in 426 patients enrolled in the SMART-AV study (SmartDelay Determined AV Optimization: A Comparison to Other AV Delay Methods Used in CRT)...
November 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906513/smartphone-based-portable-wireless-optical-system-for-the-detection-of-target-analytes
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Shreedhar Gautam, Bhagwan S Batule, Hyo Yong Kim, Ki Soo Park, Hyun Gyu Park
Rapid and accurate on-site wireless measurement of hazardous molecules or biomarkers is one of the biggest challenges in nanobiotechnology. We herein describe a novel smartphone-based Portable and Wireless Optical System (PAWS) for rapid, quantitative, and on-site analysis of target analytes. As a proof-of-concept, we employed gold nanoparticles (GNP) and an enzyme, horse radish peroxidase (HRP), to generate colorimetric signals in response to two model target molecules, melamine and hydrogen peroxide, respectively...
December 1, 2016: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906395/regioselective-plasmonic-nano-assemblies-for-bimodal-sub-femtomolar-dopamine-detection
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Fengli Gao, Liqiang Liu, Gang Cui, Liguang Xu, Xiaoling Wu, Hua Kuang, Chuanlai Xu
Reliable and ultrasensitive quantification of dopamine (DA) is essential in the precise diagnotherapy of neurological diseases. In this study, dual mode counterpropagating-responsive gold@silver nanoparticle-gold nanorod (Au@AgNP-AuNR) nano-assemblies were fabricated for the precise quantification of DA. The plasmonic Au@AgNP-AuNR assemblies possessed high surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity and strong fluorescence quenching, due to the prominent electromagnetic enhancement between the hotspots of the assemblies...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906356/enhanced-infrared-transmission-through-gold-nanoslit-arrays-via-surface-plasmons-in-continuous-graphene
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Zizhuo Liu, Koray Aydin
Graphene is a monolayer plasmonic material that has been widely studied in the area of plasmonics and nanophotonics. Combining graphene with traditional plasmonic structures provides new opportunities and challenges. One particular application for nanostructured metals is enhanced optical transmission. However, extraordinary transmission (EOT) is known to have a frequency-selective performance due to size and periodicity of the nanohole arrays. Here, we propose to use a continuous graphene layer to enhance transmission through gold nanoslit arrays at mid-infrared (mid-IR) wavelengths...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906326/improving-the-luminescence-enhancement-of-hybrid-au-nanoparticle-monolayer-mos-sub-2-sub-by-focusing-radially-polarized-beams
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Di Liu, Le Yu, Xiao Xiong, Lei Yang, Yan Li, Ming Li, Hai-Ou Li, Gang Cao, Ming Xiao, Bin Xiang, Chang-Jun Min, Guang-Can Guo, Xi-Feng Ren, Guo-Ping Guo
Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have grown as fantastic building blocks for optoelectronic applications, owing to their direct band gap, transparency, and mechanical flexibility. Since the luminescence of monolayer TMDs suffers from low light absorption and emission, surface plasmons, which confine light at subwavelength and enhance the local electric field, are utilized to boost both excitation and emission fields of TMDs, enabling strong light-matter interaction at the nano-scale. Meanwhile, radially-polarized beams (RPBs) as new and attractive excitation source have found many applications in surface plasmon polaritons, optical tweezer and so on...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906308/linear-and-nonlinear-optical-characterization-of-self-assembled-large-area-gold-nanosphere-metasurfaces-with-sub-nanometer-gaps
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Jake Fontana, Melissa Maldonado, Nicholas Charipar, Scott A Trammell, Rafaela Nita, Jawad Naciri, Alberto Pique, Banahalli Ratna, Anderson S L Gomes
We created centimeter-scale area metasurfaces consisting of a quasi-hexagonally close packed monolayer of gold nanospheres capped with alkanethiol ligands on glass substrates using a directed self-assembly approach. We experimentally characterized the morphology and the linear and nonlinear optical properties of metasurfaces. We show these metasurfaces, with interparticle gaps of 0.6 nm, are modeled well using a classical (without charge transfer) description. We find a large dispersion of linear refractive index, ranging from values less than vacuum, 0...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905190/the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-non-imaging-screening-protocols-for-vestibular-schwannoma-in-patients-with-asymmetrical-hearing-loss-and-or-unilateral-audiovestibular-dysfunction-a-diagnostic-review-and-meta-analysis
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M Hentschel, M Scholte, S Steens, H Kunst, M Rovers
BACKGROUND: Currently, all patients presenting with asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss and/or unilateral audiovestibular dysfunction (i.e. tinnitus, dizziness) undergo MRI, leading to a substantial amount of MRIs with negative findings as the incidence of vestibular schwannoma (VS) in this screening population varies between 1% and 4.7% (i.e. more than 95% of MRIs are negative for VS). OBJECTIVE OF REVIEW: The aim was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of different non-imaging screening protocols that can be used prior to MRI to select patients at high risk of VS...
November 5, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904092/development-and-biosensor-applications-of-novel-functional-electrodes
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Shigehiro Takahashi
 Phenylboronic acid (PBA) derivatives have been used as alternatives to enzymes in the development of sugar-sensitive systems because the optical and electrochemical properties of these derivatives are significantly modulated upon sugar binding. This article reviews the voltammetric properties of sugar sensors prepared using dithiobis (4-butyrylamino-m-phenylboronic acid) (DTBA-PBA)-modified electrodes and PBA-appended layer-by-layer film-modified electrodes. In addition, the redox properties of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-modified glassy carbon electrodes (GCEs) are discussed...
2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899011/nasal-lavage-blood-or-sputum-which-is-best-for-phenotyping-asthma
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Camyla F de Farias, Maria M F Amorim, Michel Dracoulakis, Lilian B Caetano, Ilka L Santoro, Ana L G Fernandes
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Determination of asthma phenotypes, particularly inflammatory phenotypes, helps guide treatment and management of this heterogeneous disease. Induced sputum cytology has been the gold standard for determination of inflammatory phenotypes, but sputum induction is fairly invasive and technically challenging. Blood and nasal lavage cytology have been suggested as substitutes, but have not been fully verified. The aim of this study is to determine the accuracy of blood and nasal lavage cytometry as indicators of inflammatory phenotypes in asthma...
November 29, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895985/multi-channel-multi-distance-broadband-near-infrared-spectroscopy-system-to-measure-the-spatial-response-of-cellular-oxygen-metabolism-and-tissue-oxygenation
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Phong Phan, David Highton, Jonathan Lai, Martin Smith, Clare Elwell, Ilias Tachtsidis
We present a multi-channel, multi-distance broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) system with the capability of measuring changes in haemoglobin concentrations (Δ[HbO2], Δ[HHb]), oxidation state of cytochrome-c-oxidase (Δ[oxCCO]) and tissue oxygen saturation (TOI) in the adult human brain. The main components of the instrument are two customized spectrographs and two light sources. Each spectrograph is lens-based to improve light throughput, has a grating enhanced to optimise reflection in the near-infrared (NIR) spectral region and uses a front illuminated cooled CCD camera (-70° C) with a square chip dimension of 12...
November 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895950/endobronchial-carcinoid-and-concurrent-carcinoid-syndrome-in-an-adolescent-female
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Jonathan D Cogen, Jonathan Swanson, Thida Ong
Endobronchial carcinoid tumors are the most common intrabronchial tumors in children and adolescents. Common signs and symptoms include persistent cough and wheezing not responsive to bronchodilators, hemoptysis, and recurrent fever. Diagnosis is frequently made by imaging and direct visualization with flexible bronchoscopy; surgery remains the gold standard treatment, and lung-sparing resections should be performed whenever possible. Though carcinoid syndrome-characterized by flushing, palpitations, wheezing, shortness of breath, and diarrhea-has been found in association with adult bronchial carcinoid tumors, to our knowledge only one previous study has reported the presence of carcinoid syndrome in a pediatric patient with an endobronchial carcinoid...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893232/narrative-production-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd-and-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-similarities-and-differences
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Sanne J M Kuijper, Catharina A Hartman, Suzanne T M Bogaerds-Hazenberg, Petra Hendriks
The present study focuses on the similarities and differences in language production between children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In addition, we investigated whether Theory of Mind (ToM), working memory, and response inhibition are associated with language production. Narratives, produced by 106 Dutch-speaking children (36 with ASD, 34 with ADHD, and 36 typically developing) aged 6 to 12 during ADOS assessment, were examined on several linguistic measures: verbal productivity, speech fluency, syntactic complexity, lexical semantics, and discourse pragmatics...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891143/comparative-physiological-and-proteomic-analysis-reveal-distinct-regulation-of-peach-skin-quality-traits-by-altitude
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Evangelos Karagiannis, Georgia Tanou, Martina Samiotaki, Michail Michailidis, Grigorios Diamantidis, Ioannis S Minas, Athanassios Molassiotis
The role of environment in fruit physiology has been established; however, knowledge regarding the effect of altitude in fruit quality traits is still lacking. Here, skin tissue quality characters were analyzed in peach fruit (cv. June Gold), harvested in 16 orchards located in low (71.5 m mean), or high (495 m mean) altitutes sites. Data indicated that soluble solids concentration and fruit firmness at commercial harvest stage were unaffected by alitute. Peach grown at high-altitude environment displayed higher levels of pigmentation and specific antioxidant-related activity in their skin at the commercial harvest stage...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888684/ultrasensitive-non-enzymatic-multiple-immunosensor-for-tumor-markers-detection-by-coupling-dna-hybridization-chain-reaction-with-intercalated-molecules
#20
Jinjin Guo, Junchun Wang, Junjun Zhang, Wenjuan Zhang, Yuzhong Zhang
In this study, we tried coupling the small signal molecules that could intercalate into DNA double helix with hybridization chain reaction (HCR) technique to fabricate a multiple immunosensor. Doxorubicin hydrochloride (DXH) and methylene blue (MB) were used as signal molecules and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) were selected as model biomarkers. The immunosensor mainly consists of three parts as follows: First, two different primary antibodies (Ab1) immobilized on the surface of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs); Second, secondary antibodies (Ab2) conjugated with DNA primer; Third, long DNA concatemers from HCR were used as a carrier to intercalate amounts of signal molecules (DXH or MB)...
November 21, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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