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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535631/-a-multi-center-study-for-the-association-between-the-perception-and-control-of-disease-among-asthmatic-patients-in-chinese-urban-areas
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Y Nong, J T Lin, W Q Wang, X Zhou, C Z Wang, M Huang, S X Cai, P Chen, Q C Lin, J Y Zhou, Y H Gu, Y D Yuan, D J Sun, X H Yang, L Yang, J M Huo, Z C Chen, P Jiang, J Zhang, X W Ye, H G Liu, H P Tang, R Y Liu, C T Liu, W Zhang, C P Hu, Y Q Chen, X J Liu, L M Dai, W Zhou, Y J Huang, J Y Xu
Objective: To investigate the current perception of disease among asthmatic patients in Chinese urban areas, and to address its association with asthma control. Methods: This was a nationwide, multi-center, cross-sectional study covering 30 third-level, grade A hospitals in 30 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions (not including Tibet) across Chinese mainland. The survey was carried out from October 2015 to May 2016. Asthmatic outpatients were selected to receive face-to-face questionnaire survey on asthma control including Asthma Control Test (ACT) score, classification of asthma control level[according to the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) 2015 classification system, as assessed by the physician completing the survey], perception of asthma (including question 1: nature of asthma as a disease; question 2: selection of first-line therapeutic agents to be regularly used daily for asthma; question 3: appropriate timing of the use of short-acting aerosols of β(2) receptor agonists; and question 4: therapeutic goals for asthma)...
May 16, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535482/multiple-metal-exposures-and-their-correlation-with-monoamine-neurotransmitter-metabolism-in-chinese-electroplating-workers
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Lin-Lin Wu, Wei Gong, Si-Peng Shen, Zhong-He Wang, Jia-Xi Yao, Jun Wang, Jing Yu, Rong Gao, Gang Wu
Excessive metal exposure has been recognized as one of the detrimental factors for brain damage. However, the potential adverse effects induced by heavy metals on monoamine neurotransmitter pathways remains poorly understood. Our study aimed to investigate the possible association between metal exposure and neurotransmitter metabolism. By a cross-sectional investigation, 224 electroplating workers and 213 non-electroplating exposure workers were recruited in the exposure and control groups. Metal exposure levels were analyzed using inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry and monoamine neurotransmitter pathway metabolites were measured by ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry in human urine samples...
April 26, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535348/coarse-grained-modeling-of-polyethylene-melts-effect-on-dynamics
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Brandon L Peters, K Michael Salerno, Anupriya Agrawal, Dvora Perahia, Gary S Grest
The distinctive viscoelastic behavior of polymers results from a coupled interplay of motion on multiple length and time scales. Capturing the broad time and length scales of polymer motion remains a challenge. Using polyethylene (PE) as a model macromolecule, we construct coarse-grained (CG) models of PE with 3-6 methyl groups per CG bead and probe two critical aspects of the technique: pressure corrections required after iterative Boltzmann inversion (IBI) to generate CG potentials that match the pressure of reference fully-atomistic melt simulations and the transferability of CG potentials across temperatures...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535342/diffusion-under-confinement-hydrodynamic-finite-size-effects-in-simulation
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Pauline Simonnin, Benoit Noetinger, Carlos Nieto Draghi, Virginie Marry, Benjamin Rotenberg
We investigate finite-size effects on diffusion in confined fluids using molecular dynamics simulations and hydrodynamic calculations. Specifically, we consider a Lennard-Jones fluid in slit pores without slip at the interface and show that the use of periodic boundary conditions in the directions along the surfaces results in dramatic finite-size effects, in addition to that of the physically relevant confining length. As in the simulation of bulk fluids, these effects arise from spurious hydrodynamic interactions between periodic images and from the constraint of total momentum conservation...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535281/the-relationship-between-surface-area-and-volume-of-common-blow-fly-diptera-calliphoridae-oviposition-sites-and-carrion-body-mass
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V A Pacheco, K R Hans, S L VanLaerhoven
Female blow flies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) demonstrate site preferences when ovipositing on carrion. Preference for oviposition sites is believed to reflect the suitability of the site such that the most preferred locations provide offspring with the greatest chance of survival. A number of factors might influence female choice, including area available for oviposition. For species known to aggregate during oviposition, the surface area of oviposition sites may be a key factor in the decision-making process...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535189/predicting-accurate-contacts-in-thousands-of-pfam-domain-families-using-pconsc3
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Mirco Michel, Marcin J Skwark, David Menéndez Hurtado, Magnus Ekeberg, Arne Elofsson
Motivation: A fewyears ago it was shown that by using amaximumentropy approach to describe couplings between columns in a multiple sequence alignment it is possible to significantly increase the accuracy of residue contact predictions. For very large protein families with more than 1000 effective sequences the accuracy is sufficient to produce accurate models of proteins as well as complexes. Today, for about half of all Pfam domain families no structure is known, but unfortunately most of these families have at most a few hundred members, i...
May 23, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535152/corrigendum-identification-and-evolution-of-a-plant-cell-wall-specific-glycoprotein-glycosyl-transferase-exad
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Svenning Rune Møller, Xueying Yi, Silvia Melina Velásquez, Sascha Gille, Pernille Louise Munke Hansen, Christian P Poulsen, Carl Erik Olsen, Martin Rejzek, Harriet Parsons, Zhang Yang, Hans H Wandall, Henrik Clausen, Robert A Field, Markus Pauly, Jose M Estevez, Jesper Harholt, Peter Ulvskov, Bent Larsen Petersen
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/srep45341.
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535120/differentiation-of-recurrent-glioblastoma-from-delayed-radiation-necrosis-by-using-voxel-based-multiparametric-analysis-of-mr-imaging-data
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Ra Gyoung Yoon, Ho Sung Kim, Myeong Ju Koh, Woo Hyun Shim, Seung Chai Jung, Sang Joon Kim, Jeong Hoon Kim
Purpose To assess a volume-weighted voxel-based multiparametric (MP) clustering method as an imaging biomarker to differentiate recurrent glioblastoma from delayed radiation necrosis. Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this retrospective study and waived the informed consent requirement. Seventy-five patients with pathologic analysis-confirmed recurrent glioblastoma (n = 42) or radiation necrosis (n = 33) who presented with enlarged contrast material-enhanced lesions at magnetic resonance (MR) imaging after they completed concurrent chemotherapy and radiation therapy were enrolled...
May 23, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535116/is-mannitol-the-treatment-of-choice-for-patients-with-ciguatera-fish-poisoning
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Michael E Mullins, Robert S Hoffman
CONTEXT: Ciguatera fish poisoning arises primarily from consumption of carnivorous reef fish caught in tropical and sub-tropical waters. Ciguatoxins, a class of tasteless, heat-stable, polycyclic toxins produced by dinoflagellates, accumulate through the food chain and concentrate in various carnivorous fish, such as groupers, barracudas, wrasses, amberjack, kingfishes, and eels. Characteristics of ciguatera fish poisoning include early nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in the first one to two days post ingestion, followed by the appearance of sensory disturbances...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535073/paced-auditory-serial-addition-test-pasat-3-0%C3%A2-s-demographically-corrected-norms-for-the-portuguese-population
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Claudia Sofia Sousa, Mariana Rigueiro Neves, Ana Margarida Passos, Aristides Ferreira, Maria José Sá
The main goal of this study was to produce adjusted normative data for the Portuguese population on the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT 3.0 s), the version used in the Brief Repeatable Battery of Neuropsychological Tests developed by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The study included 326 community-dwelling individuals (199 women and 127 men) aged between 20 and 70 (mean = 40.33, SD = 14.40), who had educational backgrounds ranging from 4 to 23 years of schooling (mean = 12...
May 23, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535033/correction-to-fabrication-of-tapered-microtube-arrays-and-their-application-as-a-microalgal-injection-platform
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Andrew R Durney, Leah C Frenette, Elizabeth C Hodvedt, Todd D Krauss, Hitomi Mukaibo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535000/staging-performance-of-whole-body-dwi-pet-ct-and-pet-mri-in-invasive-ductal-carcinoma-of-the-breast
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Onofrio Antonio Catalano, Dania Daye, Alberto Signore, Carlo Iannace, Mark Vangel, Angelo Luongo, Marco Catalano, Mazzeo Filomena, Luigi Mansi, Andrea Soricelli, Marco Salvatore, Niccolo Fuin, Ciprian Catana, Umar Mahmood, Bruce Robert Rosen
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the performance of whole-body diffusion-weighted imaging (WB-DWI), whole-body positron emission tomography with computed tomography (WB-PET/CT), and whole-body positron emission tomography with magnetic resonance imaging (WB-PET/MRI) in staging patients with untreated invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast. Fifty-one women with newly diagnosed invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast underwent WB-DWI, WB-PET/CT and WB-PET/MRI before treatment. A radiologist and a nuclear medicine physician reviewed in consensus the images from the three modalities and searched for occurrence, number and location of metastases...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534892/minimizing-next-generation-sequencing-errors-for-hiv-drug-resistance-testing
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José A Fernández-Caballero, Natalia Chueca, Eva Poveda, Federico García
Next-generation sequencing prototypes for the routine diagnosis of resistance to antiretrovirals approved for the treatment of HIV infection are now being used in many clinical diagnostic laboratories. As some of the next-generation sequencing platforms may be a source of errors, it is necessary to improve the currently available protocols and implement bioinformatic tools that may help to correctly identify the presence of resistance mutations with clinical impact. Several studies have addressed these issues in recent years...
May 23, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534867/unique-identifiers-for-small-molecules-enable-rigorous-labeling-of-their-atoms
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Hesam Dashti, William M Westler, John L Markley, Hamid R Eghbalnia
Rigorous characterization of small organic molecules in terms of their structural and biological properties is vital to biomedical research. The three-dimensional structure of a molecule, its 'photo ID', is inefficient for searching and matching tasks. Instead, identifiers play a key role in accessing compound data. Unique and reproducible molecule and atom identifiers are required to ensure the correct cross-referencing of properties associated with compounds archived in databases. The best approach to this requirement is the International Chemical Identifier (InChI)...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534854/methodical-challenges-and-a-possible-resolution-in-the-assessment-of-receptor-reserve-for-adenosine-an-agonist-with-short-half-life
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Judit Zsuga, Tamas Erdei, Katalin Szabó, Nora Lampe, Csaba Papp, Akos Pinter, Andras Jozsef Szentmiklosi, Bela Juhasz, Zoltán Szilvássy, Rudolf Gesztelyi
The term receptor reserve, first introduced and used in the traditional receptor theory, is an integrative measure of response-inducing ability of the interaction between an agonist and a receptor system (consisting of a receptor and its downstream signaling). The underlying phenomenon, i.e., stimulation of a submaximal fraction of receptors can apparently elicit the maximal effect (in certain cases), provides an opportunity to assess the receptor reserve. However, determining receptor reserve is challenging for agonists with short half-lives, such as adenosine...
May 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534842/rapid-prediction-of-moisture-content-in-intact-green-coffee-beans-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Adnan Adnan, Dieter von Hörsten, Elke Pawelzik, And Daniel Mörlein
Moisture content (MC) is one of the most important quality parameters of green coffee beans. Therefore, its fast and reliable measurement is necessary. This study evaluated the feasibility of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy and chemometrics for rapid and non-destructive prediction of MC in intact green coffee beans of both Coffeaarabica (Arabica) and Coffeacanephora (Robusta) species. Diffuse reflectance (log 1/R) spectra of intact beans were acquired using a bench top Fourier transform NIR instrument. MC was determined gravimetrically according to The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 6673...
May 19, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534835/emulsion-based-intradermal-delivery-of-melittin-in-rats
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Sang Mi Han, Se Gun Kim, Sok Cheon Pak
Bee venom (BV) has long been used as a traditional medicine. The aim of the present study was to formulate a BV emulsion with good rheological properties for dermal application and investigate the effect of formulation on the permeation of melittin through dermatomed rat skin. A formulated emulsion containing 1% (w/v) BV was prepared. The emulsion was compared with distilled water (DW) and 25% (w/v) N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) in DW. Permeation of melittin from aqueous solution through the dermatomed murine skin was evaluated using the Franz diffusion cells...
May 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534831/rapidly-simultaneous-determination-of-six-effective-components-in-cistanche-tubulosa-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Xinhong Wang, Xiaoguang Wang, Yuhai Guo
Quantitative determination of multiple effective components in a given plant usually requires a very large amount of authentic natural products. In this study, we proposed a rapid and non-destructive method for the simultaneous determination of echinacoside, verbascoside, mannitol, sucrose, glucose and fructose in Cistanche tubulosa by near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) were conducted on 116 batches of C. tubulosa samples...
May 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534809/an-improved-rd-algorithm-for-maneuvering-bistatic-forward-looking-sar-imaging-with-a-fixed-transmitter
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Yue Yuan, Si Chen, Huichang Zhao
In order to improve the azimuth resolution beyond what monostatic synthetic aperture radar (SAR) can achieve in the forward-looking area, an asymmetric configuration bistatic SAR system and its imaging algorithm are proposed in this paper. The transmitter is mounted on a fixed platform in side-looking mode while the receiver moves along a nonlinear trajectory in forward-looking mode. Due to the high velocity and acceleration of the maneuvering platform in both along-track and height direction, the traditional algorithms are no longer applicable...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534777/on-the-performance-and-implementation-of-parallax-free-video-see-through-displays
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Ricardo Augusto Borsoi, Guilherme Holsbach Costa
In see-through systems an observer watches a (background) scene partially occluded by a display. In this display, usually positioned close to the observer, a region of the background scene is shown, yielding the sensation that the display is transparent. To achieve the transparency effect, it is very important to compensate the parallax error and other distortions caused by the image acquisition system. In this paper a detailed study of a video see-through methodology with parallax correction is performed. In a system composed by two cameras - one directed to the user and another to the background scene - and a display, the relative position between the user, the display and the scene is estimated using a feature detection algorithm and the parallax error is compensated assuming a planar scene model...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
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