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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432969/quantitative-effects-of-amination-degree-on-the-magnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-mionps-using-as-adsorbents-to-remove-aqueous-heavy-metal-ions
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Sen Lin, Meng Xu, Wei Zhang, Xiufu Hua, Kuangfei Lin
The hierarchical effect of amine-functionalization on nanoparticle properties, magnetism especially, and adsorption of Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Pb(2+) and Zn(2+) by aminated MIONPs were investigated elaboratively. The results reflected that the dispersibility and stability of nanoparticles in aqueous solution were both enhanced as MIONPs grafted with amine groups, while saturation magnetism and magnetic recovery conveniences had a negatively correlative relation with the amination degree. In addition, the adsorption performances of Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Pb(2+) and Zn(2+) by different aminated MIONPs were also studied comprehensively...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432962/gc-ms-quantitative-analysis-of-black-market-pharmaceutical-products-containing-anabolic-androgenic-steroids-seized-by-the-brazilian-federal-police
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Diana Brito da Justa Neves, Eloisa Dutra Caldas
The use of counterfeit or substandard medicines can have an important health impact, resulting in therapeutic failure, be toxic or even cause death. Anabolic steroids are a frequent target for counterfeiters worldwide, being the second most frequent counterfeited class in Brazil. The aims of this work were to optimize and validate a GC-MS method for the quantitative determination of anabolic steroids in tablet, aqueous suspension and oil solution forms, and to analyze pharmaceutical products sent to Brazilian Federal Police (BFP) for forensic analysis...
April 5, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432941/validation-of-a-spe-hplc-uv-method-for-the-quantification-of-a-new-er-specific-photosensitizer-or-141-in-blood-serum-using-total-error-concept
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Emilie Bony, Yohan Mace, Adán Pinto, David Delvaux, Robert Kiss, Olivier Riant, Olivier Feron, Joëlle Quetin-Leclercq
The aim of this work is to develop the first validated HPLC-UV method quantification in blood serum for a new endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-specific benzophenazine photosensitizer (OR-141). A fast solid phase extraction (SPE) cleaning sample procedure was achieved on C18 encapped (ec) SPE cartridges and the separation was performed on a RP-18e column (5μM) using an isocratic elution with methanol. The method has been fully validated according to accuracy profiles based on total error and tolerance intervals. Calibration was performed in the matrix and trueness (<4...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432928/a-humanized-mouse-based-hiv-1-viral-outgrowth-assay-with-higher-sensitivity-than-in-vitro-qvoa-in-detecting-latently-infected-cells-from-individuals-on-art-with-undetectable-viral-loads
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Paige Charlins, Kimberly Schmitt, Leila Remling-Mulder, Louise E Hogan, Emily Hanhauser, Kristen S Hobbs, Frederick Hecht, Steven G Deeks, Timothy J Henrich, Ramesh Akkina
Assays that can verify full viral eradication are essential in the context of achieving a cure for HIV/AIDS. In vitro quantitative viral out growth assays (qVOA) are currently the gold standard for measuring latent HIV-1 but these assays often fail to detect very low levels of replication-competent virus. Here we investigated an alternative in vivo approach for sensitive viral detection using humanized mice (hmVOA). Peripheral blood CD4+ T cell samples from HIV subjects on stable ART with undetectable viral loads by RT-PCR were first assayed by in vitro qVOA...
April 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432905/statistical-analysis-of-dislocations-and-dislocation-boundaries-from-ebsd-data
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C Moussa, M Bernacki, R Besnard, N Bozzolo
Electron BackScatter Diffraction (EBSD) is often used for semi-quantitative analysis of dislocations in metals. In general, disorientation is used to assess Geometrically Necessary Dislocations (GNDs) densities. In the present paper, we demonstrate that the use of disorientation can lead to inaccurate results. For example, using the disorientation leads to different GND density in recrystallized grains which cannot be physically justified. The use of disorientation gradients allows accounting for measurement noise and leads to more accurate results...
April 14, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432853/an-evidence-based-approach-to-reducing-cardiac-telemetry-alarm-fatigue
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Ekta Srinivasa, Jaspreet Mankoo, Charles Kerr
BACKGROUND: It is estimated that between 80% and 99% of alarms in the clinical areas are in actionable alarms (Gross, Dahl, & Nielson). Alarm management is one of the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals (2014) because sentinel events have directly been linked to the devices generating these alarms. PURPOSE: At an acute care facility in Boston, a multidisciplinary team consisting of Nursing, Biomedical Engineers, Patient Safety and Providers was formed to conduct a pilot study on the state of telemetry alarms on a surgical floor...
April 22, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432828/quantitative-contrast-enhanced-spectral-mammography-based-on-photon-counting-detectors-a-feasibility-study
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Huanjun Ding, Sabee Molloi
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of accurate quantification of iodine mass thickness in contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A computer simulation model was developed to evaluate the performance of a photon-counting spectral mammography system in the application of contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. A figure-of-merit (FOM), which was defined as the decomposed iodine signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with respect to the square root of the mean glandular dose (MGD), was chosen to optimize the imaging parameters, in terms of beam energy, splitting energy, and pre-filtrations for breasts of various thicknesses and densities...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432817/factors-involved-in-early-polarization-of-the-anterior-posterior-axis-in-the-milkweed-bug-oncopeltus-fasciatus
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Neta Ginzburg, Mira Cohen, Ariel D Chipman
The axes of insect embryos are defined early in the blastoderm stage. Genes involved in this polarization are well known in Drosophila, but less so in other insects, such as the milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus. Using quantitative PCR, we looked at differential expression of several candidate genes for early anterior-posterior patterning and found that none of them are expressed asymmetrically in the early blastoderm. We then used an RNA-Seq approach to identify novel candidate genes that might be involved in early polarization in Oncopeltus...
April 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432815/immunoassays-for-the-quantification-of-alk-and-phosphorylated-alk-support-the-evaluation-of-on-target-alk-inhibitors-in-neuroblastoma
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Elizabeth R Tucker, Jennifer R Tall, Laura S Danielson, Sharon Gowan, Yann Jamin, Simon P Robinson, Udai Banerji, Louis Chesler
Targeted inhibition of Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK) is a successful approach for the treatment of many ALK-aberrant malignancies, however the presence of resistant mutations necessitates both the development of more potent compounds and pharmacodynamic methods with which to determine their efficacy. We describe immunoassays designed to quantitate phosphorylation of ALK, and their use in preclinical models of neuroblastoma, a pediatric malignancy in which gain-of-function ALK mutations predict a poor overall outcome to conventional treatment...
April 22, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432806/rapid-acceptance-testing-of-modern-linac-using-on-board-mv-and-kv-imaging-systems
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Sridhar Yaddanapudi, Bin Cai, Taylor Harry, Steven Dolly, Baozhou Sun, Hua Li, Keith Stinson, Camille Noel, Lakshmi Santanam, Todd Pawlicki, Sasa Mutic, S Murty Goddu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop a novel process for using on-board MV and kV Electronic Portal Imaging Devices (EPIDs) to perform linac acceptance testing (AT) for two reasons: 1) to standardize the assessment of new equipment performance, and 2) to reduce the time to clinical use while reducing physicist workload. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In this study, Varian TrueBeam linacs equipped with amorphous silicon based EPID (aS1000) were used. The conventional set of AT tests and tolerances were used as a baseline guide...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432796/an-acetone-based-phantom-for-quantitative-diffusion-mri
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Xiaoke Wang, Scott B Reeder, Diego Hernando
PURPOSE: To propose and evaluate an acetone-D2 O phantom that has an extended range of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) for quantitative diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as to compare its properties to previously described water-based phantoms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The proposed acetone-D2 O, and previously described sucrose water solution and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) water solution phantoms, were constructed in a number of concentrations between 0% and 50%...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432789/probing-protein-flexibility-reveals-a-mechanism-for-selective-promiscuity
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Nicolas A Pabon, Carlos J Camacho
Many eukaryotic regulatory proteins adopt distinct bound and unbound conformations, and use this structural flexibility to bind specifically to multiple partners. However, we lack an understanding of how an interface can select some ligands, but not others. Here, we present a molecular dynamics approach to identify and quantitatively evaluate the interactions responsible for this selective promiscuity. We apply this approach to the anti-cancer target PD-1 and its ligands PD-L1 and PD-L2. We discover that while unbound PD-1 exhibits a hard-to-drug hydrophilic interface, conserved specific triggers encoded in the cognate ligands activate a promiscuous binding pathway that reveals a flexible hydrophobic binding cavity...
April 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432784/contributions-of-imprecision-in-pet-mri-rigid-registration-to-imprecision-in-amyloid-pet-suvr-measurements
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Christopher G Schwarz, David T Jones, Jeffrey L Gunter, Val J Lowe, Prashanthi Vemuri, Matthew L Senjem, Ronald C Petersen, David S Knopman, Clifford R Jack
Quantitative measurement of β-amyloid from amyloid PET scans typically relies on localizing target and reference regions by image registration to MRI. In this work, we present a series of simulations where 50 small random perturbations of starting location and orientation were applied to each subject's PET scan, and rigid registration using spm_coreg was performed between each perturbed PET scan and its corresponding MRI. We then measured variation in the output PET-MRI registrations and how this variation affected the resulting SUVR measurements...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432780/single-subject-independent-component-analysis-based-intensity-normalization-in-non-quantitative-multi-modal-structural-mri
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Sebastian Papazoglou, Jens Würfel, Friedemann Paul, Alexander U Brandt, Michael Scheel
Non-quantitative MRI is prone to intersubject intensity variation rendering signal intensity level based analyses limited. Here, we propose a method that fuses non-quantitative routine T1-weighted (T1w), T2w, and T2w fluid-saturated inversion recovery sequences using independent component analysis and validate it on age and sex matched healthy controls. The proposed method leads to consistent and independent components with a significantly reduced coefficient-of-variation across subjects, suggesting potential to serve as automatic intensity normalization and thus to enhance the power of intensity based statistical analyses...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432777/preparative-isoelectric-focusing-in-a-cellulose-based-separation-medium
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Jiří Šalplachta, Marie Horká, Karel Šlais
An improved preparative method based on isoelectric focusing of analytes in a cellulose-based separation medium is described in this study. Cellulose is suspended in an aqueous solution of simple buffers, ethylene glycol, glycerol, nonionic surfactant, and colored pI markers. Water partially evaporates during focusing run and the separation takes place in an in-situ generated layer of cellulose, which has a gel-like appearance at the end of analysis. Final positions of analytes are indicated by the positions of zones of focused pI markers...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432739/effect-of-a-4-week-elastic-resistance-band-training-regimen-on-back-kinematics-in-horses-trotting-in-hand-and-on-the-lunge
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T Pfau, V Simons, N Rombach, N Stubbs, R Weller
REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: Training and rehabilitation techniques aiming at improving core muscle strength may result in increased dynamic stability of the equine vertebral column. A system of elastic resistance bands is suggested to provide proprioceptive feedback during motion to encourage recruitment of core abdominal and hindquarter musculature for improved dynamic stability. OBJECTIVES: To quantify the effects of a specific resistance band system on back kinematics during trot in-hand and during lungeing at beginning and end of a 4-week exercise programme...
April 22, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432698/quantitative-evaluation-of-metal-artifacts-using-different-cbct-devices-high-density-materials-and-field-of-views
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Marina Codari, Karla de Faria Vasconcelos, Laura Ferreira Pinheiro Nicolielo, Francisco Haiter Neto, Reinhilde Jacobs
OBJECTIVE: To objectively compare the influence of different cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) devices, high-density materials and field of views (FOVs) on metal artifact expression. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For this in vitro study, three customized acrylic resin phantoms containing high-density materials cylinders: titanium, copper-aluminum alloy and amalgam were scanned on three CBCT devices using high-resolution protocols, same voxel size (0.2 mm) and different FOVs...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Oral Implants Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432692/functional-status-and-amount-of-hip-displacement-independently-affect-acetabular-dysplasia-in-cerebral-palsy
#18
Myung Ki Chung, Arif Zulkarnain, Jae Bong Lee, Byung Chae Cho, Chin Youb Chung, Kyoung Min Lee, Ki Hyuk Sung, Moon Seok Park
AIM: Acetabular dysplasia is the one of main causes of hip displacement in patients with cerebral palsy (CP). Although several studies have shown a relationship between hip displacement and acetabular dysplasia, relatively few have evaluated the association between quantitative acetabular dysplasia and related factors, such as Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level. METHOD: We performed a morphometric analysis of the acetabulum in patients with CP using multiplanar reformation of computed tomography data...
April 22, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432674/partial-volume-correction-of-brain-pet-studies-using-iterative-deconvolution-in-combination-with-hypr-denoising
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Sandeep S V Golla, Mark Lubberink, Bart N M van Berckel, Adriaan A Lammertsma, Ronald Boellaard
BACKGROUND: Accurate quantification of PET studies depends on the spatial resolution of the PET data. The commonly limited PET resolution results in partial volume effects (PVE). Iterative deconvolution methods (IDM) have been proposed as a means to correct for PVE. IDM improves spatial resolution of PET studies without the need for structural information (e.g. MR scans). On the other hand, deconvolution also increases noise, which results in lower signal-to-noise ratios (SNR). The aim of this study was to implement IDM in combination with HighlY constrained back-PRojection (HYPR) denoising to mitigate poor SNR properties of conventional IDM...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432643/out-of-pocket-payments-and-subjective-unmet-need-of-healthcare
#20
Erik Schokkaert, Jonas Steel, Carine Van de Voorde
We present a critical review of the literature that discusses the link between the level of out-of-pocket payments in developed countries and the share of people in these countries reporting that they postpone or forgo healthcare for financial reasons. We discuss the pros and cons of measuring access problems with this subjective variable. Whereas the quantitative findings in terms of numbers of people postponing care must be interpreted with utmost caution, the picture for the vulnerable groups in society is reasonably robust and unsurprising: people with low incomes and high morbidity and incomplete (or non-existent) insurance coverage are most likely to postpone or forgo healthcare for financial reasons...
April 21, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
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