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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449550/modeling-the-effects-of-nanopatterned-surfaces-on-wetting-states-of-droplets
#1
Ke Xiao, Yanping Zhao, Gang Ouyang, Xinlei Li
An analytic thermodynamic model has been established to quantitatively investigate the wetting states of droplets on nanopatterned surfaces. Based on the calculations for the free energies of droplets with the Wenzel state and the Cassie-Baxter state, it is found that the size and shape of nanostructured surfaces play crucial roles in wetting states. In detail, for nanohole-patterned surfaces, the deep and thin nanoholes lead to the Cassie-Baxter state, and contrarily, the shallow and thick nanoholes result in the Wenzel state...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448778/economic-impact-of-above-label-dosing-with-etanercept-adalimumab-or-ustekinumab-in-patients-with-psoriasis
#2
Steven R Feldman, Yang Zhao, Huanxue Zhou, Vivian Herrera, Haijun Tian, Yunfeng Li
BACKGROUND: Patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis may be treated with above-label doses of biologics in an attempt to optimize outcomes. Dose escalation will have an effect on the cost of treatment. OBJECTIVE: To examine costs related to above-label use of etanercept, adalimumab, and ustekinumab among patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed using a large U.S. claims database. Patients were included in the study if they were aged ≥ 18 years with a diagnosis of psoriasis (excluding psoriatic arthritis) and had at least 1 medication fill for etanercept, adalimumab, or ustekinumab between January 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448683/magnetic-resonance-imaging-connectivity-for-the-prediction-of-seizure-outcome-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Victoria L Morgan, Dario J Englot, Baxter P Rogers, Bennett A Landman, Ahmet Cakir, Bassel W Abou-Khalil, Adam W Anderson
OBJECTIVE: Currently, approximately 60-70% of patients with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) remain seizure-free 3 years after surgery. The goal of this work was to develop a presurgical connectivity-based biomarker to identify those patients who will have an unfavorable seizure outcome 1-year postsurgery. METHODS: Resting-state functional and diffusion-weighted 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was acquired from 22 unilateral (15 right, 7 left) patients with TLE and 35 healthy controls...
April 27, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448041/mass-spectrometry-and-luminogenic-based-approaches-to-characterize-phase-i-metabolic-competency-of-in-vitro-cell-cultures
#4
Andrew Baxter, Emmanuel Minet
Xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes play a key function in the biotransformation of medicines and toxicants by adding functional groups that increase solubility and facilitate excretion. On some occasions those structural modifications lead to the formation of new toxic products. In order to reduce animal testing, chemical risk can be assessed using metabolically competent cells. The expression of metabolic enzymes, however, is not stable over time in many in vitro primary culture systems and is often partial or absent in cell lines...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447450/band-bending-of-ga-polar-gan-interfaced-with-al2o3-through-ultraviolet-ozone-treatment
#5
Kwangeun Kim, Jae Ha Ryu, Jisoo Kim, Sang June Cho, Dong Liu, Jeongpil Park, In-Kyu Lee, Baxter Moody, Weidong Zhou, John Albrecht, Zhenqiang Ma
Understanding the band bending at the interface of GaN/dielectric under different surface treatment conditions is critically important for device design, device performance, and device reliability. The effects of ultraviolet/ozone (UV/O3) treatment of the GaN surface on the energy band bending of atomic-layer-deposition (ALD) Al2O3 coated Ga-polar GaN were studied. The UV/O3 treatment and post-ALD anneal can be used to effectively vary the band bending, valence band offset, conduction band offset, and interface dipole at the Al2O3/GaN interfaces...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446575/evaluation-of-strepb-select-chromagar-and-the-fast-track-diagnostics-group-b-streptococcus-gbs-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-compared-to-routine-culture-for-detection-of-gbs-during-antepartum-screening
#6
Deirdre L Church, Heather Baxter, Tracie Lloyd, Oscar Larios, Daniel B Gregson
Life-threatening infection in neonates due to Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is preventable by screening near-term pregnant women and treatment at delivery. 295 vaginal-rectal swabs were collected from women attending antepartum clinics in Calgary. GBS colonization was detected by the standard culture method (Strep B Carrot broth subbed to blood agar with a neomycin disk), and compared to recovery using Strep Group B Broth (Dalynn Biologicals) subbed to StrepB Select chromagar (CA) (Bio-Rad Laboratories), and the Fast Track Diagnostics GBS real-time PCR (qPCR) assay (Phoenix Airmid Biomedical Corp...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446161/erratum-to-assessing-the-reporting-of-categorised-quantitative-variables-in-observational-epidemiological-studies
#7
Onkabetse V Mabikwa, Darren C Greenwood, Paul D Baxter, Sarah J Fleming
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 26, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445725/nlrp6-protects-il10-mice-from-colitis-by-limiting-colonization-of-akkermansia-muciniphila
#8
Sergey S Seregin, Natasha Golovchenko, Bryan Schaf, Jiachen Chen, Nicholas A Pudlo, Jonathan Mitchell, Nielson T Baxter, Lili Zhao, Patrick D Schloss, Eric C Martens, Kathryn A Eaton, Grace Y Chen
Dysfunction in host immune responses and pathologic alterations in the gut microbiota, referred to as dysbiosis, can both contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, it remains unclear how specific changes in host immunity or the microbiota cause disease. We previously demonstrated that the loss of the innate immune receptor NLRP6 in mice resulted in impaired production of interleukin-18 (IL-18) and increased susceptibility to epithelial-induced injury. Here, we show that NLRP6 is important for suppressing the development of spontaneous colitis in the Il10(-/-) mice model of IBD and that NLRP6 deficiency results in the enrichment of Akkermansia muciniphila...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441092/self-evaluation-of-quality-of-life-among-patients-receiving-home-parenteral-nutrition-a-validation-study
#9
Miriam Theilla, Ilya Kagan, Karina Chernov, Jonathan Cohen, Ilya Kagan, Pierre Singer
BACKGROUND: Home parenteral nutrition (HPN) can increase survival and quality of life (QOL) in cases of chronic intestinal failure. The present study compares a gold standard-a validated QOL assessment by Baxter et al (hereafter, HPN-QOL)-with a shorter questionnaire for QOL evaluation (hereafter, New QOL). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Both questionnaires were completed by 58 patients attending the nutrition clinic of the Rabin Medical Center (Israel). A z score was used to equate means and variances...
April 1, 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436149/transgenic-mir156-switchgrass-in-the-field-growth-recalcitrance-and-rust-susceptibility
#10
Holly L Baxter, Mitra Mazarei, Alexandru Dumitrache, Jace Natzke, Miguel Rodriguez, Jiqing Gou, Chunxiang Fu, Robert W Sykes, Geoffrey B Turner, Mark F Davis, Steven Brown, Brian Davison, Zeng-Yu Wang, C Neal Stewart
Sustainable utilization of lignocellulosic perennial grass feedstocks will be enabled by high biomass production and optimized cell wall chemistry for efficient conversion into biofuels. MicroRNAs are regulatory elements that modulate the expression of genes involved in various biological functions in plants, including growth and development. In greenhouse studies, overexpressing a microRNA (miR156) gene in switchgrass had dramatic effects on plant architecture and flowering, which appeared to be driven by transgene expression levels...
April 24, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433883/understanding-the-wettability-of-rough-surfaces-using-simultaneous-optical-and-electrochemical-analysis-of-sessile-droplets
#11
Beniamin Zahiri, Pradeep Kumar Sow, Chun Haow Kung, Walter Mérida
The interaction of a droplet with a solid surface is characterized by two parameters, the contact angle and the wetted area under the droplet. The Cassie-Baxter and the Wenzel modes make predictions on the interfacial area by comparing the contact angles on smooth surfaces (the intrinsic wettability) with those on rough surfaces (the apparent wettability). In these models, the actual wetted area is used as a fitting parameter. In this work, we highlight the significance of determining the actual wetted area under the droplet and the limitation of using only the contact angle to represent the wetting behavior of a surface...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432420/sex-differences-in-neuromuscular-function-after-repeated-eccentric-contractions-of-the-knee-extensor-muscles
#12
Andrea Lee, Jake Baxter, Claire Eischer, Matt Gage, Sandra Hunter, Tejin Yoon
PURPOSE: This study examined the mechanisms for force and power reduction during and up to 48 h after maximal eccentric contractions of the knee extensor muscles in young men and women. METHODS: 13 men (22.8 ± 2.6 years) and 13 women (21.6 ± 2.2 years) performed 150 maximal effort eccentric contractions (5 sets of 30) with the knee extensor muscles at 60° s(-1). Maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVIC) and maximal voluntary concentric contractions (MVCC) were performed before and after the 150 eccentric contractions...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426345/economic-evaluation-of-ezetimibe-treatment-in-combination-with-statin-therapy-in-the-united-states
#13
Glenn M Davies, Ami Vyas, Carl A Baxter
AIMS: This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of ezetimibe with statin therapy versus statin monotherapy from a United States (US) payer perspective, assuming the impending patent expiration of ezetimibe. METHODS: A Markov-like economic model consisting of 28 distinct health states was used. Model population data were obtained from US linked claims and electronic medical records, with inclusion criteria based on diagnostic guidelines. Inputs came from recent clinical trials, meta-analyses, and cost-effectiveness analyses...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423425/temporal-resource-partitioning-and-interspecific-correlations-in-a-warm-temperate-climate-assemblage-of-dung-beetles-coleoptera-scarabaeidae
#14
Gregory T Sullivan, Sebahat K Ozman-Sullivan, Anne Bourne, Jean-Pierre Lumaret, Unal Zeybekoglu, Myron P Zalucki, Greg Baxter
Guilds of dung dwelling and tunneling dung beetles coexist in local assemblages in warm temperate regions, despite the tendency of dwellers to be inferior competitors. A field experiment on the Black Sea coast of Turkey examined the role of temporal resource partitioning in their coexistence. Standardized dung pads deposited at 4 h intervals through a 24 h period in summer were collected 12, 24, or 48 h later. Adults from 10 tunneling and seven dung dwelling species were collected. The tunnelers contributed a high proportion of both total abundance and biomass...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422624/occupational-therapy-s-role-in-cancer-survivorship-as-a-chronic-condition
#15
Mary Frances Baxter, Robin Newman, Sheila M Longpré, Katie M Polo
Improved medical care has resulted in a documented increase in cancer survivors in the United States. Cancer survivors face challenges in participation across all facets of life as a result of the cancer and subsequent cancer treatments. Long-term and late-term sequelae can result in impairments in neurological systems, decreased stamina, loss of range of motion, and changes in sensation and cognition. These impairments are often long lasting, which categorizes cancer survivorship as a chronic condition. This categorization presents treatment challenges, especially in creating rehabilitation and habilitation service options that support cancer survivors...
May 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420881/reduced-biological-effect-of-e-cigarette-aerosol-compared-to-cigarette-smoke-evaluated-in-vitro-using-normalized-nicotine-dose-and-rna-seq-based-toxicogenomics
#16
Linsey E Haswell, Andrew Baxter, Anisha Banerjee, Ivan Verrastro, Jessica Mushonganono, Jason Adamson, David Thorne, Marianna Gaça, Emmanuel Minet
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) use has increased globally and could potentially offer a lower risk alternative to cigarette smoking. Here, we assessed the transcriptional response of a primary 3D airway model acutely exposed to e-cigarette aerosol and cigarette (3R4F) smoke. Aerosols were generated with standard intense smoking regimens with careful consideration for dose by normalizing the exposures to nicotine. Two e-cigarette aerosol dilutions were tested for equivalent and higher nicotine delivery compared to 3R4F...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417995/corrigendum-do-primary-care-provider-strategies-improve-patient-participation-in-colorectal-cancer-screening
#17
Nancy N Baxter, Rinku Sutradhar, Qing Li, Corinne Daly, Gladys N Honein-AbouHaidar, Devon P Richardson, Lisa Del Giudice, Jill Tinmouth, Lawrence Paszat, Linda Rabeneck
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408752/high-resolution-neutron-larmor-diffraction-using-superconducting-magnetic-wollaston-prisms
#18
Fankang Li, Hao Feng, Alexander N Thaler, Steven R Parnell, William A Hamilton, Lowell Crow, Wencao Yang, Amy B Jones, Hongyu Bai, Masaaki Matsuda, David V Baxter, Thomas Keller, Jaime A Fernandez-Baca, Roger Pynn
The neutron Larmor diffraction technique has been implemented using superconducting magnetic Wollaston prisms in both single-arm and double-arm configurations. Successful measurements of the coefficient of thermal expansion of a single-crystal copper sample demonstrates that the method works as expected. The experiment involves a new method of tuning by varying the magnetic field configurations in the device and the tuning results agree well with previous measurements. The difference between single-arm and double-arm configurations has been investigated experimentally...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404864/longitudinal-peripheral-blood-transcriptional-analysis-of-a-patient-with-severe-ebola-virus-disease
#19
John C Kash, Kathie-Anne Walters, Jason Kindrachuk, David Baxter, Kelsey Scherler, Krisztina B Janosko, Rick D Adams, Andrew S Herbert, Rebekah M James, Spencer W Stonier, Matthew J Memoli, John M Dye, Richard T Davey, Daniel S Chertow, Jeffery K Taubenberger
The 2013-2015 outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone was unprecedented in the number of documented cases, but there have been few published reports on immune responses in clinical cases and their relationships with the course of illness and severity of Ebola virus disease. Symptoms of Ebola virus disease can include severe headache, myalgia, asthenia, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and hemorrhage. Although experimental treatments are in development, there are no current U...
April 12, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404355/asthma-exacerbations-among-asthmatic-children-receiving-live-attenuated-versus-inactivated-influenza-vaccines
#20
G Thomas Ray, Ned Lewis, Kristin Goddard, Pat Ross, Jonathan Duffy, Frank DeStefano, Roger Baxter, Nicola P Klein
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is a difference in the risk of asthma exacerbations between children with pre-existing asthma who receive live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) compared with inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV). MATERIAL AND METHODS: We identified IIV and LAIV immunizations occurring between July 1, 2007 and March 31, 2014 among Kaiser Permanente Northern California members aged 2 to <18years with a history of asthma, and subsequent asthma exacerbations seen in the inpatient or Emergency Department (ED) setting...
May 9, 2017: Vaccine
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