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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351127/absorption-amelioration-of-amorphous-si-film-by-introducing-metal-silicide-nanoparticles
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Hui Sun, Hsuan-Chung Wu, Sheng-Chi Chen, Che-Wei Ma Lee, Xin Wang
Amorphous Si (a-Si) films with metal silicide are expected to enhance the absorption ability of pure a-Si films. In this present study, NiSi (20 nm)/Si (40 nm) and AlSi (20 nm)/Si (40 nm) bilayer thin films are deposited through radio frequency (RF) sputtering at room temperature. The influence of the film's composition and the annealing temperature on the film's optical absorption is investigated. The results show that all the NiSi/Si films and AlSi/Si films possess higher absorption ability compared to a pure a-Si film (60 nm)...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351090/an-increase-in-normal-sua-level-within-the-normal-range-predicts-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome-especially-in-women-a-cross-sectional-study
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Qian Li, Jing Lu, Xi Cao, Ting-Ting Shi, Jian-Ping Feng, Jin-Kui Yang
This study was aimed to evaluate the relationship between normal serum uric acid (SUA) level and metabolic syndrome (MetS) risk. This cross-sectional study involved 1914 subjects with MetS and 3 659 healthy controls aged 18-79 years. All participants filled out questionnaires and underwent physical examination and blood sample collection for biochemical examination. Demographic and clinical characteristics data were analyzed by t-test or chi-squared test. Normal SUA levels were divided into quartiles. Associations between quartiles of normal SUA level and the risk of MetS were explored using logistic regression analysis and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis...
March 28, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350873/on-treatment-hbv-dna-dynamics-predict-virological-breakthrough-in-entecavir-treated-hbeag-positive-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Yi-Jie Huang, Chi-Sen Chang, Yen-Chun Peng, Hong-Zen Yeh, Sheng-Shun Yang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Virological breakthrough (VBT) could be a manifestation of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in patients treated with long-term nucleot(s)ide analogues. We aimed to determine the association of on-treatment serum hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA with VBT in HBeAg-positive CHB patients receiving entecavir (ETV) treatment. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study, including 162 consecutive patients (95 men and 67 women; mean age, 43.1±13.4 years) with HBeAg-positive CHB treated with ETV for at least 48 weeks between August 2008 and May 2015, was conducted...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350822/asthma-corticosteroid-use-and-schizophrenia-a-nationwide-population-based-study-in-taiwan
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Wei-Chen Wang, Mong-Liang Lu, Vincent Chin-Hung Chen, Mei-Hing Ng, Kuo-You Huang, Ming-Hong Hsieh, Meng-Jer Hsieh, Roger S McIntyre, Yena Lee, Charles Tzu-Chi Lee
OBJECTIVE: Asthma and corticosteroid use have been implicated as possible risk factors for schizophrenia. The retrospective cohort study herein aimed to investigate the association between asthma, corticosteroid use, and schizophrenia. METHOD: Longitudinal data (2000 to 2007) from adults with asthma (n = 50,046) and without asthma (n = 50,046) were compared on measures of schizophrenia incidence using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350792/association-between-delirium-superimposed-on-dementia-and-mortality-in-hospitalized-older-adults-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Thiago J Avelino-Silva, Flavia Campora, Jose A E Curiati, Wilson Jacob-Filho
BACKGROUND: Hospitalized older adults with preexisting dementia have increased risk of having delirium, but little is known regarding the effect of delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD) on the outcomes of these patients. Our aim was to investigate the association between DSD and hospital mortality and 12-mo mortality in hospitalized older adults. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a prospective cohort study completed in the geriatric ward of a university hospital in São Paulo, Brazil...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350609/the-illness-of-present-histories
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Andre D Kumar, Jeffrey Chi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350532/urethral-proteomic-analysis-in-ovariectomized-mice-administered-17%C3%AE-oestradiol-replacement-therapy
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Huey-Yi Chen, Yu-Ning Lin, Wen-Chi Chen, Shih-Jing Wang, Chao-Jung Chen, Yung-Hsiang Chen
The molecular mechanism by which 17β-oestradiol (E2) increases urethral tone is unclear. As human tissue is limited in availability, we explored changes in the urethras of ovariectomized (OVX) mice. Twenty-four virgin female mice were randomised into three groups: mice with a sham operation only (control), OVX mice without E2 replacement (OVX), and OVX mice with E2 replacement (OVX + E2). Two weeks after the ovariectomy, mice received either E2 or placebo for 4 weeks. Leak point pressure (LPP) and maximum urethral closure pressure (MUCP) were assessed in these mice at 6 weeks after OVX, under anaesthesia...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346778/direct-measurement-of-the-angular-pair-correlations-coefficients-in-molecular-liquids-using-nmr-benchmarking-force-fields-for-atomistic-simulations
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Leah Marie Heist, Chi-Duen Poon, Edward Thaddeus Samulski, Demetri J Photinos
High field deuterium NMR spectroscopy is used to characterize a number of molecular liquids and their mixtures in order to probe the directional part of the intermolecular interactions through the orientational ordering induced in the isotropic liquid phase by the spectrometer magnetic field. The systems studied include benzene, chloroform, hexafluorobenzene and thiophene at various concentrations and in mixtures. Dilution with the magnetically isotropic tetramethylsilane provides quantification of ordering at "infinite magnetic dilution", i...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346743/fabrication-of-a-mechanically-anisotropic-poly-glycerol-sebacate-membrane-for-tissue-engineering
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Chi-Nung Hsu, Pei-Yuan Lee, Ho-Yi Tuan-Mu, Chen-Yu Li, Jin-Jia Hu
Poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) has been used successfully as a scaffolding material for soft tissue engineering. PGS scaffolds, however, are usually mechanically isotropic, which may restrict their use in tissue repairs as many soft tissues in the body have anisotropic mechanical behaviors. Although various methods have been used to fabricate anisotropic scaffolds, it remains challenging to make anisotropic scaffolds from thermoset PGS. Here a new, simple method to fabricate an anisotropic PGS membrane which can then be used to construct thicker three-dimensional anisotropic scaffolds was developed...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346668/demographic-and-preliminary-employment-data-of-the-first-two-graduate-cohorts-from-a-rural-veterinary-school
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J H Hyams, S L Raidal, L M Hayes, J Heller
OBJECTIVE: To report initial career experiences and graduate employment destinations 1 and 5 years following graduation of the 67 graduates from the first two graduating classes of the veterinary science program at Charles Sturt University. DESIGN: Online survey of graduates from the 2010 and 2011 cohorts undertaken 12 months following course completion and descriptive data on graduate practice locations 5 years post-graduation. PROCEDURE: Questions covered general demographic information, issues relating to work-life balance and factors influencing vocational choices...
April 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346590/implementation-and-evaluation-of-a-large-scale-teleretinal-diabetic-retinopathy-screening-program-in-the-los-angeles-county-department-of-health-services
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Lauren P Daskivich, Carolina Vasquez, Carlos Martinez, Chi-Hong Tseng, Carol M Mangione
Importance: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of blindness in adults of working age in the United States. In the Los Angeles County safety net, a nonvertically integrated system serving underinsured and uninsured patients, the prevalence of DR is approximately 50%, and owing to limited specialty care resources, the average wait times for screening for DR have been 8 months or more. Objective: To determine whether a primary care-based teleretinal DR screening (TDRS) program reduces wait times for screening and improves timeliness of needed care in the Los Angeles County safety net...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346490/effect-of-hiv-and-malaria-parasites-co-infection-on-immune-hematological-profiles-among-patients-attending-anti-retroviral-treatment-art-clinic-in-infectious-disease-hospital-kano-nigeria
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Feyisayo Ebenezer Jegede, Tinuade Ibijoke Oyeyi, Surajudeen Abiola Abdulrahman, Henry Akwen Mbah, Titilope Badru, Chinedu Agbakwuru, Oluwasanmi Adedokun
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and malaria co-infection may present worse health outcomes in the tropics. Information on HIV/malaria co-infection effect on immune-hematological profiles is critical for patient care and there is a paucity of such data in Nigeria. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate immune-hematological profiles among HIV infected patients compared to HIV/malaria co-infected for ART management improvement. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study conducted at Infectious Disease Hospital, Kano...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346409/the-metabolic-er-stress-sensor-ire1%C3%AE-suppresses-alternative-activation-of-macrophages-and-impairs-energy-expenditure-in-obesity
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Bo Shan, Xiaoxia Wang, Ying Wu, Chi Xu, Zhixiong Xia, Jianli Dai, Mengle Shao, Feng Zhao, Shengqi He, Liu Yang, Mingliang Zhang, Fajun Nan, Jia Li, Jianmiao Liu, Jianfeng Liu, Weiping Jia, Yifu Qiu, Baoliang Song, Jing-Dong J Han, Liangyou Rui, Sheng-Zhong Duan, Yong Liu
Obesity is associated with metabolic inflammation and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, both of which promote metabolic disease progression. Adipose tissue macrophages (ATMs) are key players orchestrating metabolic inflammation, and ER stress enhances macrophage activation. However, whether ER stress pathways underlie ATM regulation of energy homeostasis remains unclear. Here, we identified inositol-requiring enzyme 1α (IRE1α) as a critical switch governing M1-M2 macrophage polarization and energy balance...
March 27, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346132/electronic-health-record-s-effects-on-the-outpatient-office-visit-and-clinical-education
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Marie B Sandoval, Mary Val Palumbo, Vicki Hart
BACKGROUND: During an office visit, the provider has the important cognitive task of attending to the patient while actively using the electronic health record (EHR).  Prior literature suggests that EHR may have a positive effect on simple tasks, but a negative effect on tasks that require complex cognitive processes.  No study has examined the provider's perception of EHR on multiple distinct aspects of the office visit. METHODS: We surveyed providers/preceptors regarding their perception of EHR on multiple aspects of the office visit...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345862/quantification-of-lipid-metabolism-in-living-cells-through-the-dynamics-of-lipid-droplets-measured-by-stimulated-raman-scattering-imaging
#15
Chi Zhang, Junjie Li, Lu Lan, Ji-Xin Cheng
Dysregulation of lipid metabolism is associated with many diseases including cancer. Lipid droplet (LD), a ubiquitous organelle in mammalian cells, serves as a hub for lipid metabolism. Conventional assays on the measurement of lipid metabolism rely on the quantification of the lipid composition or amount. Such methods cannot distinguish LDs having different bio-functionalities in living cells, and thus could be inaccurate in measuring the instantaneous lipogenesis of the living cells. We applied label-free stimulated Raman scattering microscopy to quantify the LDs' spatial-temporal dynamics, which showed direct links to cellular lipid metabolisms and can separate LDs involving in different metabolic events...
March 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345585/direct-amidation-of-esters-with-nitroarenes
#16
Chi Wai Cheung, Marten Leendert Ploeger, Xile Hu
Esters are one of the most common functional groups in natural and synthetic products, and the one-step conversion of the ester group into other functional groups is an attractive strategy in organic synthesis. Direct amidation of esters is particularly appealing due to the omnipresence of the amide moiety in biomolecules, fine chemicals, and drug candidates. However, efficient methods for direct amidation of unactivated esters are still lacking. Here we report nickel-catalysed reductive coupling of unactivated esters with nitroarenes to furnish in one step a wide range of amides bearing functional groups relevant to the development of drugs and agrochemicals...
March 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345541/a-risk-prediction-model-for-in-hospital-mortality-in-patients-with-suspected-myocarditis
#17
Duo Xu, Ruo-Chi Zhao, Wen-Hui Gao, Han-Bin Cui
BACKGROUND: Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the myocardium that may lead to cardiac death in some patients. However, little is known about the predictors of in-hospital mortality in patients with suspected myocarditis. Thus, the aim of this study was to identify the independent risk factors for in-hospital mortality in patients with suspected myocarditis by establishing a risk prediction model. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed to analyze the clinical medical records of 403 consecutive patients with suspected myocarditis who were admitted to Ningbo First Hospital between January 2003 and December 2013...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345335/vegfr-3-expression-in-oral-lichen-planus
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Zahra Zolfaghari Saravi, Maryam Seyedmajidi, Majid Sharbatdaran, Ali Bijani, Fatemeh Mozaffari, Pouyan Aminishakib
Background and objective: Given the postulated the role of inflammation and possible contribution of lymphangiogenesis in oral lichen planus, this study aimed to assess any associated presence of VEGFR-3. Material and Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed on 52 formalin fixed and paraffin embedded blocks of oral lichen planus (pathological diagnosis based on Modified WHO criteria), comprising 25 of erosive and 27 of reticular type, along with 60 samples of normal mucosa (with minimal inflammation from clinical and histopathological aspects) obtained at crown lengthening surgery...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345334/frequency-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinomas-and-related-variables-in-southern-iran-ahvaz-city-10-year-retrospective-study
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Sedigheh Bakhtiari, Hamed Mortazavi, Masoumeh Mehdipour, Nahal Jafarian, Nastaran Ranjbari, Somayeh Rahmani
Objective: Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a life threatening lesion but there has been only limited research about its frequency in Iran. The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck in the records of the pathology department of Imam Khomeini hospital in Ahvaz between 2005 and 2015. Methods: The retrospective and cross-sectional study was conducted using 55,708 medical records of cancer throughout the body, accumulated in the pathology department of Imam Khomeini in Ahvaz in the designated period...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345219/a-prototype-of-mathematical-treatment-of-pen-pressure-data-for-signature-verification
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Chi-Keung Li, Siu-Kay Wong, Lai-Chu Joyce Chim
A prototype using simple mathematical treatment of the pen pressure data recorded by a digital pen movement recording device was derived. In this study, a total of 48 sets of signature and initial specimens were collected. Pearson's correlation coefficient was used to compare the data of the pen pressure patterns. From the 820 pair comparisons of the 48 sets of genuine signatures, a high degree of matching was found in which 95.4% (782 pairs) and 80% (656 pairs) had rPA > 0.7 and rPA > 0.8, respectively...
March 26, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
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