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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927234/metabolic-profiling-of-central-nervous-system-disease-in-trypanosoma-brucei-rhodesiense-infection
#1
Sabrina D Lamour, Vincent P Alibu, Elaine Holmes, Jeremy M Sternberg
Background: The progression of Human African Trypanosomiasis from the early hemolymphatic stage to the late meningoencephalitic stage is of critical diagnostic importance as it determines the choice of potentially toxic drug regimens. Current diagnostic criteria involving analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for parasites and/or pleiocytosis are sensitive, but recent evidence suggests that specificity may be poor. Methods: We used an untargeted global metabolic profiling approach for the discovery of novel candidate stage diagnostic markers in CSF from Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense patients using 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927232/association-between-intradialytic-central-venous-oxygen-saturation-and-ultrafiltration-volume-in-chronic-hemodialysis-patients
#2
Hanjie Zhang, Lili Chan, Anna Meyring-Wösten, Israel Campos, Priscila Preciado, Jeroen P Kooman, Frank M van der Sande, Doris Fuertinger, Stephan Thijssen, Peter Kotanko
Background: Cardiac disease is highly prevalent in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Decreased tissue perfusion, including cardiac, due to high ultrafiltration volumes (UFVs) is considered to be one of the drivers of cardiac dysfunction. While central venous oxygen saturation (ScvO 2 ) is frequently used as an indicator of cardiac output in non-uremic populations, the relationship of ScvO 2 and UFV in HD patients remains unclear. Our aim was to determine how intradialytic ScvO 2 changes associate with UFV...
September 12, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927210/navigation-and-image-injection-for-control-of-bone-removal-and-osteotomy-planes-in-spine-surgery
#3
Michael Kosterhon, Angelika Gutenberg, Sven Rainer Kantelhardt, Elefterios Archavlis, Alf Giese
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: In contrast to cranial interventions, neuronavigation in spinal surgery is used in few applications, not tapping into its full technological potential. We have developed a method to preoperatively create virtual resection planes and volumes for spinal osteotomies and export 3-D operation plans to a navigation system controlling intraoperative visualization using a surgical microscope's head-up display. The method was developed using a Sawbone ® model of the lumbar spine, demonstrating feasibility with high precision...
April 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927081/application-of-pirarubicin-photosensitizer-fluorescence-cystoscopy-in-early-detection-of-bladder-cancer
#4
Bo Jiang, Yang Dong, Houguang He, Conghui Han
The aim of this study was to investigate the value of pirarubicin (THP) photosensitizer fluorescence cystoscopy for the early diagnosis of bladder cancer. From January 2012 to June 2015, 25 patients with painless gross hematuria, were injected with THP 15 min prior to surgery and subsequently underwent fluorescence cystoscopy examination. Locations of tumors were recorded and biopsies were performed (total of 109 biopsies) under white and fluorescence light guidance. Biopsies were conducted at the THP-positive and -negative areas under white light and THP-positive areas under fluorescence light...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927033/all-trans-retinoic-acid-enhances-temozolomide-induced-autophagy-in-human-glioma-cells-u251-via-targeting-keap1-nrf2-are-signaling-pathway
#5
Lin Shi, Hongyuan Li, Yang Zhan
The present study evaluated the retinoic acid (RA) enhancement of temozolomide (TMZ) effects on the human glioma cells U251 and explored its underlying molecular mechanism. The cell growth was detected using the MTT assay and the cell cycle was assessed by flow cytometry. Cell apoptosis was analyzed by Annexin V/propidium iodide staining, and the cell morphology was evaluated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Additionally, reverse transcription-PCR and western blot analysis were applied to detect the mRNA and protein levels...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927017/an-improved-evidential-iowa-sensor-data-fusion-approach-in-fault-diagnosis
#6
Yongchuan Tang, Deyun Zhou, Miaoyan Zhuang, Xueyi Fang, Chunhe Xie
As an important tool of information fusion, Dempster-Shafer evidence theory is widely applied in handling the uncertain information in fault diagnosis. However, an incorrect result may be obtained if the combined evidence is highly conflicting, which may leads to failure in locating the fault. To deal with the problem, an improved evidential-Induced Ordered Weighted Averaging (IOWA) sensor data fusion approach is proposed in the frame of Dempster-Shafer evidence theory. In the new method, the IOWA operator is used to determine the weight of different sensor data source, while determining the parameter of the IOWA, both the distance of evidence and the belief entropy are taken into consideration...
September 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926978/fabrication-of-magnetic-nanofibers-by-needleless-electrospinning-from-a-self-assembling-polymer-ferrofluid-cone-array
#7
Weilong Huang, Bin Liu, Zhipeng Chen, Hongjian Wang, Lei Ren, Jiaming Jiao, Lin Zhuang, Jie Luo, Lelun Jiang
Magnetic nanofiber has been widely applied in biomedical fields due to its distinctive size, morphology, and properties. We proposed a novel needleless electrospinning method to prepare magnetic nanofibers from the self-assembling "Taylor cones" of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP)/Fe₃O₄ ferrofluid (PFF) under the coincident magnetic and electric fields. The results demonstrated that a static PFF Rosensweig instability with a conical protrusion could be obtained under the magnetic field. The tip of the protrusion emitted an electrospinning jet under the coincident magnetic and electric fields...
September 17, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926957/combining-a-multi-agent-system-and-communication-middleware-for-smart-home-control-a-universal-control-platform-architecture
#8
Song Zheng, Qi Zhang, Rong Zheng, Bi-Qin Huang, Yi-Lin Song, Xin-Chu Chen
In recent years, the smart home field has gained wide attention for its broad application prospects. However, families using smart home systems must usually adopt various heterogeneous smart devices, including sensors and devices, which makes it more difficult to manage and control their home system. How to design a unified control platform to deal with the collaborative control problem of heterogeneous smart devices is one of the greatest challenges in the current smart home field. The main contribution of this paper is to propose a universal smart home control platform architecture (IAPhome) based on a multi-agent system and communication middleware, which shows significant adaptability and advantages in many aspects, including heterogeneous devices connectivity, collaborative control, human-computer interaction and user self-management...
September 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926930/modeling-of-bn-lifetime-prediction-of-a-system-based-on-integrated-multi-level-information
#9
Jingbin Wang, Xiaohong Wang, Lizhi Wang
Predicting system lifetime is important to ensure safe and reliable operation of products, which requires integrated modeling based on multi-level, multi-sensor information. However, lifetime characteristics of equipment in a system are different and failure mechanisms are inter-coupled, which leads to complex logical correlations and the lack of a uniform lifetime measure. Based on a Bayesian network (BN), a lifetime prediction method for systems that combine multi-level sensor information is proposed. The method considers the correlation between accidental failures and degradation failure mechanisms, and achieves system modeling and lifetime prediction under complex logic correlations...
September 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926923/involvement-of-mapk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signal-transduction-pathways-camellia-japonica-mitigates-inflammation-and-gastric-ulcer
#10
Md Rashedunnabi Akanda, Byung-Yong Park
Gastric ulcer is an important risk factor for human health globally. Camellia japonica (CJ) is a plant of which the fruits are used as traditional phytomedicine for inflammatory and immunomodulatory diseases; however, the underlying molecular mechanism has not been clarified. The present study aimed to investigate the immunopharmacological activities of Camellia japonica and validate its pharmacological targets. To evaluate the protective roles of Camellia japonica on LPS-induced inflammation in RAW 264.7 cells and HCl/EtOH-induced gastric ulcer in mice; we applied 3-(4,5-dimethyl-thiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT), nitric oxide (NO), reactive oxygen species (ROS), histopathology, malondialdehyde (MDA), quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), immunohistochemistry (IHC), and western blot analyses...
September 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926915/bioelectrochemical-methane-ch4-production-in-anaerobic-digestion-at-different-supplemental-voltages
#11
Kwang-Soon Choi, Sanath Kondaveeti, Booki Min
Microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) at various cell voltages (0.5, 0.7 1.0 and 1.5V) were operated in anaerobic fermentation. During the start-up period, the cathode potential decreased from -0.63 to -1.01V, and CH4 generation increased from 168 to 199ml. At an applied voltage of 1.0V, the highest methane yields of 408.3ml CH4/g COD glucose was obtained, which was 30.3% higher than in the control tests (313.4ml CH4/g COD glucose). The average current of 5.1mA was generated at 1.0V at which the maximum methane yield was obtained...
September 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926910/removal-of-selected-nitrogenous-heterocyclic-compounds-in-biologically-pretreated-coal-gasification-wastewater-bpcgw-using-the-catalytic-ozonation-process-combined-with-the-two-stage-membrane-bioreactor-mbr
#12
Hao Zhu, Yuxing Han, Wencheng Ma, Hongjun Han, Weiwei Ma
Three identical anoxic-aerobic membrane bioreactors (MBRs) were operated in parallel for 300 consecutive days for raw (R1), ozonated (R2) and catalytic ozonated (R3) biologically pretreated coal gasification wastewater (BPCGW) treatment. The results demonstrated that catalytic ozonation process (COP) applied asa pretreatment remarkably improved the performance of the unsatisfactory single MBR. The overall removal efficiencies of COD, NH3-N and TN in R3 were 92.7%, 95.6% and 80.6%, respectively. In addition, typical nitrogenous heterocyclic compounds (NHCs) of quinoline, pyridine and indole were completely removed in the integrated process...
September 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926902/-comparative-study-of-two-rounds-of-colorectal-cancer-screening-in-80-000-targeted-population-in-haining
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C X Jiang, X P Wang, Y Z Shen
Objective: To compare the results of two rounds of colorectal cancer screening in Haining, explore the long-term mechanism and interval time of screening during the prevention and control of colorectal cancer, and establish practical basis for the rational prevention and control strategies. Methods: Between 2007 to 2010 and 2013 to 2015, a total of 80, 000 cases who had completed two rounds of tumor screening were enrolled and analyzed. All cases comes from five towns in Haining. Results: The first round of screening was performed in 80 603 cases and 12...
September 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926895/-clinical-utility-study-of-21-gene-assay-in-927-chinese-patients-with-early-breast-cancer
#14
J Y Wu, Y Fang, L Lin, Y Zong, X S Chen, O Huang, J R He, L Zhu, W G Chen, Y F Li, K W Shen
Objective: To investigate the distribution patterns of 21-gene assay and its influencing factors in Chinese patients with early breast cancer. Methods: Nine hundred and twenty-seven early breast cancer patients were retrospectively recruited from January 2009 to December 2015 at Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine. The 21-gene reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction(RT-PCR) assay were conducted in paraffin-embedded tumor tissues to calculate the Recurrence Score(RS). Immunohistochemistry(IHC) assay was used to measure the expression levels of estrogen receptor(ER), progesterone receptor(PR) and Ki-67...
September 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926888/-accelerated-transepithelial-corneal-collagen-cross-linking-for-progressive-keratoconus-with-a-thin-cornea-one-year-results
#15
Z R Lin, H P Wu, S R Luo, Z S Liu, N Dong, X M Shang, Z W Xie, L Yan, X Fang
Objective: To evaluate the clinical results of keratoconic eyes with a thin cornea treated with accelerated transepithelial corneal collagen cross-linking (A-TE-CXL) within 1 year. Methods: Nineteen eyes of 19 patients with progressive keratoconus with a minimum corneal thickness from 380 μm to 420 μm (including the epithelium) were included in this prospective, nonrandomized clinical study and treated with A-TE-CXL. Scoring of pain and foreign body sensation, slit lamp examination, uncorrected visual acuity, best corrected distance visual acuity, corneal topography, anterior segment optical coherence tomography, in vivo corneal confocal microscopy and endothelial cell count were assessed before surgery and at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months postoperatively...
September 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926880/-emphasis-on-standardization-and-refinement-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-dry-eye
#16
Z G Liu
Dry eye is the second most common ocular disease. In China, the incidence rate of dry eye has reached 21% to 30%, and dry eye patients have accounted for more than 30% of the total ophthalmology outpatients. Dry eye has become a common health problem that affects the working efficiency and life quality of Chinese people. Over the past decade, due to the rapid development of diagnostic equipments and new treatments for dry eye, dry eye has become one of the areas with greatest concerns in ophthalmology, and many eye institutions have set up their dry eye clinics...
September 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926864/-thermochemotherapy-with-mitomycin-c-an-update-on-alternative-treatment-strategies-in-non-muscleinvasive-bladder-cancer
#17
Frank Christoph, Frank König, Stefan Lebentrau, Simon Blaschke, Uwe-Bernd Liehr, Martin Schostak
Bladder cancer is the second most common urological malignant disease. There are various treatment strategies which, depending on tumor stage and grade, can minimize recurrence and lower progression rate. Alternative treatment modalities of instillation therapy after failure with first line Mitomycin C or BCG do exist and have become a point of interest, especially in times of shortage of agents such as BCG.This article aims to give an overview of the current existing thermotherapeutic treatment options (electroinductive and electroconductive)...
September 19, 2017: Aktuelle Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926816/phycoremediation-of-landfill-leachate-with-the-chlorophyte-chlamydomonas-sp-sw15arl-and-evaluation-of-toxicity-pre-and-post-treatment
#18
Andrea Paskuliakova, Ted McGowan, Steve Tonry, Nicolas Touzet
Landfill leachate treatment is an ongoing challenge in the wastewater management of existing sanitary landfill sites due to the complex nature of leachates and their heavy pollutant load. There is a continuous interest in treatment biotechnologies with expected added benefits for resource recovery; microalgal bioremediation is seen as promising in this regard. Toxicity reduction of landfill leachate subsequent to phycoremediation was investigated in this study. The treatment eventuated from the growth of the ammonia tolerant microalgal strain Chlamydomonas sp...
September 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926808/active-pharmaceutical-ingredients-entering-the-aquatic-environment-from-wastewater-treatment-works-a-cause-for-concern
#19
Sean Comber, Mike Gardner, Pernilla Sörme, Dean Leverett, Brian Ellor
This work reports on the variation in wastewater treatment works (WwTW) influent concentrations of a wide variety of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), their removal efficiency, effluent concentrations and potential risks to the aquatic environment. The research is based on data generated from two large UK-wide WwTW monitoring programmes. Taking account of removal of parent compound from the aqueous phase during treatment in combination with estimates of dilution available it is possible to prioritise the APIs of greatest risk of exceeding estimates of predicted no effect concentrations (PNEC) in receiving waters for all WwTW in the UK...
September 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926794/depression-recognition-according-to-heart-rate-variability-using-bayesian-networks
#20
Danni Kuang, Rongqian Yang, Xiuwen Chen, Guohui Lao, Fengchun Wu, Xiong Huang, Ruixue Lv, Lei Zhang, Chuanxu Song, Shanxing Ou
BACKGROUND: Doctors mainly use scale tests and subjective judgment in the clinical diagnosis of depression. Researches have demonstrated that depression is associated with the dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), where its modulation can be evaluated by heart rate variability (HRV). Depression patients have lower HRV than healthy subjects. Therefore, HRV may be used to distinguish depression patients from healthy people. METHODS: HRV signals were collected from 76 female subjects composed of 38 depression patients and 38 healthy people...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
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