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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150311/functional-connectivity-of-the-vigilant-attention-network-in-children-and-adolescents-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Florian D Zepf, Sarah Bubenzer-Busch, Kevin C Runions, Pradeep Rao, Janice W Y Wong, Simone Mahfouda, Hugo A E Morandini, Richard M Stewart, Julia K Moore, Caroline S Biskup, Simon B Eickhoff, Gereon R Fink, Robert Langner
The ability to maintain attention to simple tasks (i.e., vigilant attention, VA) is often impaired in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms at the brain network level are not clear yet. We therefore investigated ADHD-related differences in resting-state functional connectivity within a meta-analytically defined brain network of 14 distinct regions subserving VA (comprising 91 connections in total), as well as the association of connectivity with markers of behavioural dysfunction in 17 children (age range: 9-14 years) with a diagnosis of ADHD and 21 age-matched neurotypical controls...
November 14, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147699/strain-relaxation-and-ambipolar-electrical-transport-in-gaas-insb-core-shell-nanowires
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Torsten Rieger, Patrick Zellekens, Natalia Demarina, Ali Al Hassan, Franz Josef Hackemüller, Hans Lüth, Ullrich Pietsch, Thomas Schäpers, Detlev Grützmacher, Mihail Ion Lepsa
The growth, crystal structure, strain relaxation and room temperature transport characteristics of GaAs/InSb core-shell nanowires grown using molecular beam epitaxy are investigated. Due to the large lattice mismatch between GaAs and InSb of 14%, a transition from island-based to layer-like growth occurs during the formation of the shell. High resolution transmission electron microscopy in combination with geometric phase analyses as well as X-ray diffraction with synchrotron radiation are used to investigate the strain relaxation and prove the existence of different dislocations relaxing the strain on zinc blende and wurtzite core-shell nanowire segments...
November 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147557/the-diversity-and-utility-of-amyloid-fibrils-formed-by-short-amyloidogenic-peptides
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Zahraa S Al-Garawi, Kyle L Morris, Karen E Marshall, Jutta Eichler, Louise C Serpell
Amyloidogenic peptides are well known for their involvement in diseases such as type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. However, more recently, amyloid fibrils have been shown to provide scaffolding and protection as functional materials in a range of organisms from bacteria to humans. These roles highlight the incredible tensile strength of the cross-β amyloid architecture. Many amino acid sequences are able to self-assemble to form amyloid with a cross-β core. Here we describe our recent advances in understanding how sequence contributes to amyloidogenicity and structure...
December 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147523/a-unified-view-to-br%C3%A3-nsted-acidity-scales-do-we-need-solvated-protons
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Eno Paenurk, Karl Kaupmees, Daniel Himmel, Agnes Kütt, Ivari Kaljurand, Ilmar A Koppel, Ingo Krossing, Ivo Leito
The most comprehensive solvent acidity scale spanning 28 orders of magnitude of acidity was measured in the low-polarity solvent 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE). Its experimental core is linked to the unified acidity scale (pHabs) in an unprecedented and generalized approach only based on experimental values. This enables future measurements of acid strengths and acidity adjustments in low polarity solvents. The scale was cross-validated computationally. The purely experimental and computational data agree very well...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144757/versatile-encapsulation-technology-based-on-tailored-ph-responsive-amphiphilic-polymers-emulsion-gels-and-capsules
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Clémentine Locatelli-Champagne, Jean-Marc Suau, Olivier Guerret, Charlotte Pellet, Michel Cloitre
We present a multipurpose technology to encapsulate hydrophobic substances in micron-size emulsion droplets and capsules. The encapsulating agent is a comb-like stimuli-responsive copolymer comprising side chain surfactants attached to a methacrylic acid/ethylacrylate polyelectrolyte backbone. The composition and structure of the hydrophobic moieties of the side chains are customized in order to tune the particle morphology and the processing conditions. The technology exploits the synergy of properties provided by the copolymer: interfacial activity, pH responsiveness, and viscoelasticity...
November 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137764/ultra-low-temperature-sintering-of-cu-ag-core-shell-nanoparticle-paste-by-ultrasonic-in-air-for-high-temperature-power-device-packaging
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Hongjun Ji, Junbo Zhou, Meng Liang, Huajun Lu, Mingyu Li
Sintering of low-cost Cu nanoparticles (NPs) for interconnection of chips to substrate at low temperature and in atmosphere conditions is difficult because they are prone to oxidation, but dramatically required in semiconductor industry. In the present work, we successfully synthesized Cu@Ag NPs paste, and they were successfully applied for joining Cu/Cu@Ag NPs paste/Cu firstly in air by the ultrasonic-assisted sintering (UAS) at a temperature of as low as 160 °C. Their sintered microstructures featuring with dense and crystallized cells are completely different from the traditional thermo-compression sintering (TCS)...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136879/development-and-evaluation-of-a-new-diffusive-gradients-in-thin-films-technique-for-measuring-organotin-compounds-in-coastal-sediment-pore-water
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Russell F Cole, Graham A Mills, Michelle S Hale, Ruth Parker, Thi Bolam, Peter R Teasdale, William W Bennett, Gary R Fones
Organotins present a toxicological risk to biota in the aquatic environment. Understanding the behaviour of these compounds in sediment is challenging, with sophisticated analytical techniques required for their measurement. We investigated the use of silica-bound sorbents for diffusive gradients in thin-films (DGT) adsorption gels to pre-concentrate five organotins (monobutlytin (MBT), dibutyltin (DBT), tributyltin (TBT), diphenyltin (DPhT), triphenyltin (TPhT)) found frequently in coastal sediment. C8 sorbent showed optimum performance in uptake and recovery of organotins for pH and ionic strength ranges typical of coastal waters...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136363/dynamic-stabilization-of-the-ligand-metal-interface-in-atomically-precise-gold-nanoclusters-au68-and-au144-protected-by-meta-mercaptobenzoic-acid
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Tiia-Riikka Tero, Sami Malola, Benedek Koncz, Emmi Pohjolainen, Saara Lautala, Satu Mustalahti, Perttu Permi, Gerrit Groenhof, Mika Pettersson, Hannu Häkkinen
Ligand-stabilized, atomically precise gold nanoclusters with a metal core of a uniform size of just 1 - 3 nm constitute an interesting class of nanomaterials with versatile possibilities for applications due to their size dependent properties and modifiable ligand layers. The key to extending the usability of the clusters in applications is to understand the chemical bonding in the ligand layer as a function of cluster size and ligand structure. Previously, it has been shown that monodispersed gold nanoclusters, stabilized by meta-mercaptobenzoic acid (m-MBA or 3-MBA) ligands and with sizes of 68 to 144 gold atoms, show ambient stability...
November 14, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134318/the-impact-of-different-peripheral-suture-techniques-on-the-biomechanical-stability-in-flexor-tendon-repair
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B Wieskötter, M Herbort, M Langer, M J Raschke, D Wähnert
PURPOSE: Flexor tendon repair consists of circumferential peripheral sutures in combination with core sutures to avoid fraying and reduces the exposure of suture material on tendon surface. The peripheral suture adds up to a tenfold increase of the biomechanical stability compared to the core suture alone. The purpose of our study was to determine the most favourable peripheral repair technique for tendon repair. METHODS: Seventy-two porcine flexor tendons underwent standardized tenotomy and repair using one of the following six methods (n = 12): simple-running (SR), simple-locking (SL), Halsted-mattress (HM), lin-locking (LL), Lembert-mattress (LM), and Silfverskiöld cross-stich (SCS) suture technique...
November 13, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133905/deglacial-tropical-atlantic-subsurface-warming-links-ocean-circulation-variability-to-the-west-african-monsoon
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Matthew W Schmidt, Ping Chang, Andrew O Parker, Link Ji, Feng He
Multiple lines of evidence show that cold stadials in the North Atlantic were accompanied by both reductions in Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and collapses of the West African Monsoon (WAM). Although records of terrestrial change identify abrupt WAM variability across the deglaciation, few studies show how ocean temperatures evolved across the deglaciation. To identify the mechanism linking AMOC to the WAM, we generated a new record of subsurface temperature variability over the last 21 kyr based on Mg/Ca ratios in a sub-thermocline dwelling planktonic foraminifera in an Eastern Equatorial Atlantic (EEA) sediment core from the Niger Delta...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132222/abandoned-to-the-strains-of-daily-life-a-qualitative-study-of-the-long-term-experiences-in-partners-to-persons-after-a-mild-to-moderate-stroke
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Charlotte Ytterberg, Lena von Koch, Anette Erikson
PURPOSE: To describe the experiences of everyday life over 6 years after stroke, from the perspectives of partners to persons after stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Semi structured individual interviews were conducted with seven partners to persons who had had stroke. The interviews were recorded and then transcribed verbatim. The participants comprised two men and five women aged 60-82 years. The data were collected and analysed using a grounded theory approach. RESULTS: One core category Living in strained everyday circumstances and three categories Feelings of anxiety, Living a demanding day to day life, and Adjusting to a changed role emerged from the analysis...
November 13, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131591/colloidal-dual-diameter-and-core-position-controlled-core-shell-cadmium-chalcogenide-nanorods
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Dahin Kim, Young Kuk Lee, Dongkyu Lee, Whi Dong Kim, Wan Ki Bae, Doh C Lee
To capitalize on shape- and structure-dependent properties of semiconductor nanorods (NRs), high-precision control and exquisite design of their growth are desired. Cadmium chalcogenide (CdE; E = S or Se) NRs are the most studied class of such, whose growth exhibits axial anisotropy, i.e., different growth rates along the opposite directions of {0001} planes. However, the mechanism behind asymmetric axial growth of NRs remains unclear because of the difficulty in instant analysis of growth surfaces. Here, we design colloidal dual-diameter semiconductor NRs (DDNRs) under the quantum confinement regime, which have two sections along the long axis with different diameters...
November 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131563/sustained-codelivery-of-cisplatin-and-paclitaxel-via-an-injectable-prodrug-hydrogel-for-ovarian-cancer-treatment
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Wenjia Shen, Xiaobin Chen, Jiabin Luan, Danni Wang, Lin Yu, Jiandong Ding
The sustained release of both the hydrophilic drug and hydrophobic drug from one delivery system remains challenging in pharmaceutics and biomaterials science. The combination of hydrophilic cisplatin and hydrophobic paclitaxel (PTX) exhibits a clinical survival advantage compared with the individual drug therapy against various tumors such as ovarian cancer. In this study, a localized, long-term codelivery system of cisplatin and PTX was developed using an injectable and thermosensitive polymer-platinum(IV) conjugate hydrogel as the carrier...
November 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131447/effect-of-various-treatment-modalities-on-surface-characteristics-and-shear-bond-strengths-of-polyetheretherketone-based-core-materials
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Ahmet Kürşat Çulhaoğlu, Serhat Emre Özkır, Volkan Şahin, Burak Yılmaz, Mehmet Ali Kılıçarslan
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of different surface treatments on the surface roughness (Ra), wettability, and shear bond strength of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) to composite resin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred ninety eight PEEK specimens were divided into six groups (n = 33). Specimen surfaces were treated with the following surface treatment modalities: silicoating (CoJet), acetone treatment, acid etching (H2 SO4 ), airborne particle abrasion (Al2 O3 ), laser irradiation (Yb:PL laser), and the nontreated surface serving as the control...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128879/the-oarsi-core-set-of-performance-based-measures-for-knee-osteoarthritis-is-reliable-but-not-valid-and-responsive
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J J Tolk, R P A Janssen, C A C Prinsen, D A J M Latijnhouwers, M C van der Steen, S M A Bierma-Zeinstra, M Reijman
PURPOSE: The Osteoarthritis Research Society International has identified a core set of performance-based tests of physical function for use in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). The core set consists of the 30-second chair stand test (30-s CST), 4 × 10 m fast-paced walk test (40 m FPWT) and a stair climb test. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability, validity and responsiveness of these performance-based measures to assess the ability to measure physical function in knee OA patients...
November 11, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127824/effects-of-subphase-ph-temperature-and-ionic-strength-on-the-aggregation-behavior-of-pnba-b-paa-at-the-air-water-interface
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Yuhang Wang, Gangyao Wen, Stergios Pispas, Shicheng Yang, Kun You
Aggregation behavior of an amphiphilic diblock polyelectrolyte poly(n-butylacrylate)-b-poly(acrylic acid) (PnBA-b-PAA) at the air/water interface and morphologies of its LB films were characterized by the Langmuir monolayer technique and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. Effects of subphase pH, temperature and ionic strength on the isotherms and hysteresis curves of the PnBA-b-PAA monolayers and the morphologies of its LB films were systematically studied. With the increase of subphase pH, the isotherms shift negatively and the quasi-plateaus disappear under neutral and alkaline conditions...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125789/video-game-acceptance-a-meta-analysis-of-the-extended-technology-acceptance-model
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Xiaohui Wang, Dion Hoe-Lian Goh
The current study systematically reviews and summarizes the existing literature of game acceptance, identifies the core determinants, and evaluates the strength of the relationships in the extended technology acceptance model. Moreover, this study segments video games into two categories: hedonic and utilitarian and examines player acceptance of these two types separately. Through a meta-analysis of 50 articles, we find that perceived ease of use (PEOU), perceived usefulness (PU), and perceived enjoyment (PE) significantly associate with attitude and behavioral intention...
November 2017: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122250/trunk-and-hip-muscle-activation-during-yoga-poses-implications-for-physical-therapy-practice
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Debra Beazley, Shilpa Patel, Brent Davis, Steven Vinson, Lori Bolgla
OBJECTIVE: To determine and compare activation of core muscles during yoga to traditional back exercises. METHODS: Surface electromyography was used to quantify activation of the rectus abdominis (RA), abdominal obliques (AO), lumbar extensors (LE), and gluteus maximus (GMX) during four yoga poses. Data were expressed as 100% of a maximum voluntary isometric contraction. Separate analyses of variance with repeated measures were used to compare muscle activity across each exercise...
November 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120077/self-assembled-nanomicelles-as-mri-blood-pool-contrast-agent
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Andrej Babic, Vassily Vorobiev, Celine Xayaphoummine, Gaelle Lapicorey, Anne-Sophie Chauvin, Lothar Helm, Eric Allémann
Gadolinium-loaded nanomicelles show promise as future magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents (CAs). Their increased size and high gadolinium (Gd) loading gives them an edge in proton relaxivity over smaller molecular Gd-complexes. Their size and stealth properties are fundamental for their long blood residence time opening the possibility for use as blood-pool contrast agents. Using L-tyrosine as a three-functional scaffold we synthesized a nanostructure building block 8. The double C18 aliphatic chain on one side, Gd-DO3A with access to bulk water in the center and 2 kDa PEG on the hydrophilic side gave the amphiphilic properties required for the core-shell nanomicellar architecture...
November 9, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119355/preparation-of-electrospun-core-sheath-yarn-with-enhanced-bioproperties-for-biomedical-materials
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Boyu Li, Chengkun Liu, Fenglei Zhou, Xue Mao, Runjun Sun
OBJECTIVES: To create a multifunctional medical material that combines the advantages of both nanofibers and macroyarns. RESULTS: A novel electrospinning-based approach was developed for creating polycaprolactone (PCL) nanofiber covered yarns (PCL-NCYs) in which polyglycolic acid multi-strand filaments (PGA-MFs) were used as the core. BALB/3T3 (mouse embryonic fibroblast cell line) cells were cultured on the PCL-NCYs substrate and cell morphology and proliferation were determined by methylthiazol tetrazolium (MTT) assay...
November 8, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
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