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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635171/replacing-paps-in-vitro-phase-ii-sulfation-of-steroids-with-the-liver-s9-fraction-employing-atp-and-sodium-sulfate
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Sumudu A Weththasinghe, Christopher C Waller, Han Ling Fam, Bradley J Stevenson, Adam T Cawley, Malcolm D McLeod
In vitro technologies provide the capacity to study drug metabolism where in vivo studies are precluded due to ethical or financial constraints. The metabolites generated by in vitro studies can assist anti-doping laboratories to develop protocols for the detection of novel substances that would otherwise evade routine screening efforts. In addition, professional bodies such as the Association of Official Racing Chemists (AORC) currently permit the use of in vitro derived reference materials for confirmation purposes providing additional impetus for the development of cost effective in vitro metabolism platforms...
June 21, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633858/effects-of-processing-parameters-in-the-sonic-assisted-water-extraction-sawe-of-6-gingerol
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Syaripah Zaimah Syed Jaapar, Noor Azian Morad, Yoshio Iwai, Mariam Firdhaus Mad Nordin
The use of water in subcritical conditions for extraction has several drawbacks. These include the safety features, higher production costs and possible degradation of the bioactive compounds. To overcome these problems, sonic energy and an entrainer were used as external interventions to decrease the polarity of water at milder operating conditions. The effect of low (28kHz) and high (800kHz) frequencies of sonication in the extraction of the main ginger bioactive compound (6-gingerol) were compared. Six parameters were studied: mean particle size (MPS, mm), time of extraction, applied power, sample to solvent ratio (w/v), temperature of extraction, and the percentage of entrainer...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633820/green-synthesis-of-ag-cr-ac-nanocomposites-by-azadirachta-indica-and-its-application-for-the-simultaneous-removal-of-binary-mixture-of-dyes-by-ultrasonicated-assisted-adsorption-process-using-response-surface-methodology
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Muhammad Saad, Hajira Tahir, Duaa Ali
In the present studies the Ag-Cr-AC nanocomposites were synthesized by Azadirachta indica leaves extract. They were inoculated on the amorphous surface of activated carbon. The surface morphology and structural identification was determined by SEM, FTIR and XRD techniques. The simultaneous removal of binary dye system of Reactive Red and Crystal Violet were performed by ultrasonicated assisted adsorption process utilizing Ag-Cr-AC nanocomposites. Central Composite Design (CCD) having 5 factors of time, pH, amount of Ag-Cr-AC (adsorbent), concentrations of Reactive Red (RR) and Crystal Violet (CV) was employed...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633327/a-prognosis-based-approach-to-infertility-understanding-the-role-of-time
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The current definition of infertility acknowledges the importance of duration of pregnancy seeking but fails to recognize the prevalent negative impact of female age. In fact, the diagnosis of unexplained infertility increases with women's age because of our incapacity to discern between age-related infertility and real unexplained infertility. Physicians' response to the pressures of increased female age has been to take prompt refuge in assisted reproduction despite the lack of robust evidence and the inherent risks and costs of these procedures...
June 13, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633066/an-emg-assisted-modeling-approach-to-assess-passive-lumbar-tissue-loading-in-vivo-during-trunk-bending
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Xiaopeng Ning
Lower back pain (LBP) is a condition with high prevalence and high cost both in the United States and around the world. The magnitude of mechanical loading on spine is strongly associated with the occurrence of LBP. Previously, to assess spinal loading, biologically assisted biomechanical models were developed to estimate trunk muscle contraction forces. Loadings on lumbar passive tissues are estimated using anatomical models. However, despite the substantial individual variability in lumbar ligament geometry and viscoelastic properties, the existing anatomical models do not account for these differences...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632997/epidemiology-of-obesity-and-pharmacologic-treatment-options
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Vignesh Shettar, Sarang Patel, Srividya Kidambi
Prevalence of obesity and its related morbidity have increased to alarming levels in adults and children in the United States and globally. Weight loss results in improvement of much of the obesity-related morbidity. Lifestyle changes such as dietary modifications, increased physical activity, and behavioral therapy form the crux of weight management. However, many individuals need additional assistance (pharmacologic or surgical) to initiate or sustain weight loss. Pharmacologic therapy consists of a number of agents that work by decreasing appetite, gastric emptying, or nutrient absorption or by increasing satiety...
June 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632318/-the-easier-the-better-preparation-of-efficient-photocatalysts-metastable-poly-heptazine-imide-salts
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Zupeng Chen, Aleksandr Savateev, Sergey Pronkin, Vasiliki Papaefthimiou, Christian Wolff, Marc Georg Willinger, Elena Willinger, Dieter Neher, Markus Antonietti, Dariya Dontsova
Cost-efficient, visible-light-driven hydrogen production from water is an attractive potential source of clean, sustainable fuel. Here, it is shown that thermal solid state reactions of traditional carbon nitride precursors (cyanamide, melamine) with NaCl, KCl, or CsCl are a cheap and straightforward way to prepare poly(heptazine imide) alkali metal salts, whose thermodynamic stability decreases upon the increase of the metal atom size. The chemical structure of the prepared salts is confirmed by the results of X-ray photoelectron and infrared spectroscopies, powder X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy studies, and, in the case of sodium poly(heptazine imide), additionally by atomic pair distribution function analysis and 2D powder X-ray diffraction pattern simulations...
June 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631506/the-influence-of-standards-and-clinical-guidelines-on-prosthetic-and-orthotic-service-quality-a-scoping-review
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Ebrahim Sadeghi-Demneh, Saeed Forghany, Pornsuree Onmanee, Ursula Trinler, Michael P Dillon, Richard Baker
OBJECTIVES: Standards and guidelines are an integral part of prosthetic and orthotic service delivery in the developed world underpinned by an assumption that they lead to improved services. Implementing them has a cost, however, and that cost needs to be justified, particularly in resource-limited environments. This scoping review thus asks the question, "What is the evidence of the impact of standards and guidelines on service delivery outcomes in prosthetics and orthotics?" MATERIALS AND METHODS: A structured search of three electronic databases (Medline, Scopus and Web of Science) followed by manual searching of title, abstract and full text, yielded 29 articles...
June 20, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630621/development-of-snp-genotyping-assays-for-seed-composition-traits-in-soybean
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Gunvant Patil, Juhi Chaudhary, Tri D Vuong, Brian Jenkins, Dan Qiu, Suhas Kadam, Grover J Shannon, Henry T Nguyen
Seed composition is one of the most important determinants of the economic values in soybean. The quality and quantity of different seed components, such as oil, protein, and carbohydrates, are crucial ingredients in food, feed, and numerous industrial products. Soybean researchers have successfully developed and utilized a diverse set of molecular markers for seed trait improvement in soybean breeding programs. It is imperative to design and develop molecular assays that are accurate, robust, high-throughput, cost-effective, and available on a common genotyping platform...
2017: International Journal of Plant Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630319/chimpanzees-return-favors-at-a-personal-cost
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Martin Schmelz, Sebastian Grueneisen, Alihan Kabalak, J├╝rgen Jost, Michael Tomasello
Humans regularly provide others with resources at a personal cost to themselves. Chimpanzees engage in some cooperative behaviors in the wild as well, but their motivational underpinnings are unclear. In three experiments, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) always chose between an option delivering food both to themselves and a partner and one delivering food only to themselves. In one condition, a conspecific partner had just previously taken a personal risk to make this choice available. In another condition, no assistance from the partner preceded the subject's decision...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629925/a-50-reduction-in-multiple-live-birth-rate-is-associated-with-a-13-cost-saving-a-real-life-retrospective-cost-analysis
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Karen Peeraer, Thomas M D'Hooghe, Cindy Vandoren, Jeroen Trybou, Carl Spiessens, Sophie Debrock, Diane De Neubourg
Belgian legislation limiting the number of embryos for transfer has been shown to result in a 50% reduction of the multiple live birth rate (MLBR) per cycle without having a negative impact on the cumulative delivery rate per patient within six cycles or 36 months. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the cost saving associated with a 50% reduction in MLBR. A retrospective cost analysis was performed of 213 couples, who became pregnant and had a live birth after one or more assisted reproductive technology treatment cycles, and their 254 children...
June 5, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629141/graph-based-cooperative-localization-using-symmetric-measurement-equations
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Dhiraj Gulati, Feihu Zhang, Daniel Clarke, Alois Knoll
Precise localization is a key requirement for the success of highly assisted or autonomous vehicles. The diminishing cost of hardware has resulted in a proliferation of the number of sensors in the environment. Cooperative localization (CL) presents itself as a feasible and effective solution for localizing the ego-vehicle and its neighboring vehicles. However, one of the major challenges to fully realize the effective use of infrastructure sensors for jointly estimating the state of a vehicle in cooperative vehicle-infrastructure localization is an effective data association...
June 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629095/solvothermal-synthesis-of-hydroxyapatite-nanorods-with-assistance-of-green-polymer
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Hui Yang, Tongxiang Liang, Xiaopeng Qi, Honghui Jiang, Yiqun Deng, Ping Wang, Huichang Gao
Development of low cost, environmental friendly crystal growth modifying reagents that are effective to HAp's microstructure regulation is highly crucial. Herein, sodium lignin sulfonate (SS), a byproduct of the pulp process, was used for preparing HAp nanorods. Results showed that both stirring time of reaction solution and the concentration of SS affected crystals' structure and aspect ratio. The growth mechanism was discussed on the basis of the results. And we hope this new synthetic strategy will offer an attractive route for the design of functional HAp nano-/micro- materials with fine structure...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628861/enhancement-in-recovery-of-drugs-with-high-protein-binding-efficiency-from-human-plasma-using-magnetic-nanoparticles
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Aniruddha Bhati, Rucha P Desai, C N Ramchand
In this paper, we propose an alternate method for bioanalytical extraction of drugs from human plasma samples using bare magnetic nanoparticles. The magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were used for deproteination of biological samples that further assist in extraction of plasma bound drugs for bioanalytical studies. The method uses basic solvents (ethanol, methanol, etc.) rather than the expensive and toxic solvents. The MNPs provide several advantages like avoiding the use of centrifuge machine, and making extraction time effective...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628562/robotic-versus-video-assisted-lobectomy-segmentectomy-for-lung-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Hengrui Liang, Wenhua Liang, Lei Zhao, Difei Chen, Jianrong Zhang, Yiyin Zhang, Shiyan Tang, Jianxing He
: Objective: To compare the safety/efficacy of the robotic-assisted lobectomy/segmentectomy (RAL/S) with the video-assisted lobectomy/segmentectomy (VAL/S) for radical lung cancer resection. BACKGROUND: It remains uncertain whether the newly developed RAL/S is comparable with the VAL/S. METHODS: A comprehensive search of online databases was performed. Perioperative outcomes were synthesized. Cumulative meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the temporal trend of pooled outcomes...
June 16, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628352/characteristics-of-hospitalized-cancer-patients-referred-for-inpatient-palliative-care-consultation
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Joan D Penrod, Melissa M Garrido, Karen McKendrick, Peter May, Melissa D Aldridge, Diane E Meier, Katherine A Ornstein, R Sean Morrison
BACKGROUND: Palliative care is associated with improved patient and family outcomes and lower cost of care, but studies estimate that <50% of hospitalized adults in the United States who are appropriate for palliative care receive it. Few studies have addressed demographic and clinical factors associated with receipt of palliative care. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to identify characteristics of hospitalized advanced cancer patients that are associated with referral to an interdisciplinary hospital-based palliative care team...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627356/aquatic-therapy-for-children-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-a-pilot-feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial-and-mixed-methods-process-evaluation
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Daniel Hind, James Parkin, Victoria Whitworth, Saleema Rex, Tracey Young, Lisa Hampson, Jennie Sheehan, Chin Maguire, Hannah Cantrill, Elaine Scott, Heather Epps, Marion Main, Michelle Geary, Heather McMurchie, Lindsey Pallant, Daniel Woods, Jennifer Freeman, Ellen Lee, Michelle Eagle, Tracey Willis, Francesco Muntoni, Peter Baxter
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rare disease that causes the progressive loss of motor abilities such as walking. Standard treatment includes physiotherapy. No trial has evaluated whether or not adding aquatic therapy (AT) to land-based therapy (LBT) exercises helps to keep muscles strong and children independent. OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility of recruiting boys with DMD to a randomised trial evaluating AT (primary objective) and to collect data from them; to assess how, and how well, the intervention and trial procedures work...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626431/artificial-intelligence-assisted-online-social-therapy-for-youth-mental-health
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Simon D'Alfonso, Olga Santesteban-Echarri, Simon Rice, Greg Wadley, Reeva Lederman, Christopher Miles, John Gleeson, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
Introduction: Benefits from mental health early interventions may not be sustained over time, and longer-term intervention programs may be required to maintain early clinical gains. However, due to the high intensity of face-to-face early intervention treatments, this may not be feasible. Adjunctive internet-based interventions specifically designed for youth may provide a cost-effective and engaging alternative to prevent loss of intervention benefits. However, until now online interventions have relied on human moderators to deliver therapeutic content...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624618/a-sample-to-answer-real-time-convective-polymerase-chain-reaction-system-for-point-of-care-diagnostics
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Bowen Shu, Chunsun Zhang, Da Xing
Timely and accurate molecular diagnostics at the point-of-care (POC) level is critical to global health. To this end, we propose a handheld convective-flow real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system capable of direct sample-to-answer genetic analysis for the first time. Such a system mainly consists of a magnetic bead-assisted photothermolysis sample preparation, a closed-loop convective PCR reactor, and a wireless video camera-based real-time fluorescence detection. The sample preparation exploits the dual functionality of vancomycin-modified magnetic beads (VMBs) for bacteria enrichment and photothermal conversion, enabling cell pre-concentration and lysis to be finished in less than 3min...
June 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624343/-money-for-nothing-the-role-of-robotic-assisted-laparoscopy-for-the-treatment-of-endometriosis
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Nicola Berlanda, Maria Pina Frattaruolo, Giorgio Aimi, Marilena Farella, Giussy Barbara, Laura Buggio, Paolo Vercellini
Despite higher costs for robotic assisted laparoscopy (RAL) than standard laparoscopy (SL), RAL treatment of endometriosis is performed without established indications. PubMed/MEDLINE was searched for 'robotic surgery' and 'endometriosis' or 'gynaecological benign disease' from January 2000 to December 2016. Full-length studies in English reporting original data were considered. Among 178 articles retrieved, 17 were eligible: 11 non-comparative (RAL only) and six comparative (RAL versus SL). Non-comparative studies included 445 patients...
May 30, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
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