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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823112/miniaturized-pulsed-laser-source-for-time-domain-diffuse-optics-routes-to-wearable-devices
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Laura Di Sieno, Jan Nissinen, Lauri Hallman, Edoardo Martinenghi, Davide Contini, Antonio Pifferi, Juha Kostamovaara, Alberto Dalla Mora
We validate a miniaturized pulsed laser source for use in time-domain (TD) diffuse optics, following rigorous and shared protocols for performance assessment of this class of devices. This compact source (12×6  mm2) has been previously developed for range finding applications and is able to provide short, high energy (∼100  ps, ∼0.5  nJ) optical pulses at up to 1 MHz repetition rate. Here, we start with a basic level laser characterization with an analysis of suitability of this laser for the diffuse optics application...
August 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823111/welfare-to-work-interventions-and-their-effects-on-the-mental-and-physical-health-of-lone-parents-and-their-children
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REVIEW
Marcia Gibson, Hilary Thomson, Kasia Banas, Vittoria Lutje, Martin J McKee, Susan P Martin, Candida Fenton, Clare Bambra, Lyndal Bond
BACKGROUND: Lone parents in high-income countries have high rates of poverty (including in-work poverty) and poor health. Employment requirements for these parents are increasingly common. 'Welfare-to-work' (WtW) interventions involving financial sanctions and incentives, training, childcare subsidies and lifetime limits on benefit receipt have been used to support or mandate employment among lone parents. These and other interventions that affect employment and income may also affect people's health, and it is important to understand the available evidence on these effects in lone parents...
August 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823100/-1s-3r-cis-chrysanthemyl-tiglate-sex-pheromone-of-the-striped-mealybug-ferrisia-virgata
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Jun Tabata, Ryoko T Ichiki
Derivatives of 2,2-dimethyl-3-(2-methylprop-1-enyl)cyclopropanecarboxylic acid (chrysanthemic acid) are classic natural pyrethroids discovered in pyrethrum plants and show insecticidal activity. Chrysanthemic acid, with two asymmetric carbons, has four possible stereoisomers, and most natural pyrethroids have the (1R,3R)-trans configuration. Interestingly, chrysanthemic acid-related structures are also found in insect sex pheromones; carboxylic esters of (1R,3R)-trans-(2,2-dimethyl-3-(2-methylprop-1-enyl)cyclopropyl)methanol (chrysanthemyl alcohol) have been reported from two mealybug species...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823099/evidence-of-dysexecutive-syndrome-in-patients-with-acromegaly
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Shaobo Shan, Lingling Fang, Jia Huang, Raymond C K Chan, Guijun Jia, Weiqing Wan
PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore different aspects of executive function in patients with acromegaly and investigate the cause of dysexecutive syndrome in these patients. METHODS: We conducted five typical executive function tests (Stroop test, verbal fluency [VF] test, Hayling Sentence Completion Test [HSCT], N-back test, and Sustained Attention to Response Task [SART]) on 42 acromegalic patients and 42 strictly matched healthy controls. Comparative analyses were conducted for five major executive function domains...
August 19, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823088/electrical-signals-triggered-controllable-formation-of-calcium-alginate-film-for-wound-treatment
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Xiaoli Liu, Huan Liu, Xue Qu, Miao Lei, Chuchu Zhang, Hua Hong, Gregory F Payne, Changsheng Liu
Wound dressings play important roles in the management of wounds, and calcium cross-linked alginate (Ca(2+)-Alg) is a commonly used hydrogel that is adapted for wound treatment. However, conventional methods for fabricating Ca(2+)-Alg hydrogels can be tedious and difficult to control because of the rapid Ca(2+)-induced gelation of alginate. In this study, An electrodeposition method was used to rapidly and controllably fabricate Ca(2+)-Alg films for wound treatment. Several measures of film growth (e.g., thickness and mass) are shown to linearly correlate to the imposed charge transfer at the electrode...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823075/refractive-corneal-and-ocular-residual-astigmatism-distribution-in-a-german-population-and-age-dependency-the-gutenberg-health-study
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Alexander Karl-Georg Schuster, Norbert Pfeiffer, Andreas Schulz, René Hoehn, Katharina A Ponto, Philipp S Wild, Maria Blettner, Manfred E Beutel, Karl J Lackner, Thomas Münzel, Alireza Mirshahi
PURPOSE: Worldwide, the most frequent cause of visual impairment is uncorrected refractive error. This analysis focused on the distribution and associations of refractive, corneal and ocular residual astigmatism. METHODS: As part of the Gutenberg Health study, a population-based cross-sectional study was conducted in the general population of Germany. A comprehensive ophthalmological examination including refraction, tonometry, and Scheimpflug imaging of the anterior cornea (Pachycam) was performed...
August 19, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823074/single-anastomosis-duodeno-ileal-switch-sadis-a-systematic-review-of-efficacy-and-safety
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Saeed Shoar, Lauren Poliakin, Rebecca Rubenstein, Alan A Saber
BACKGROUND: Owing to the possibility of weight regain after the long-term follow-up of gastric bypass patients and because of the high morbidity of biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, single-anastomosis duodeno-ileal switch (SADIS) has emerged as a rescue procedure in bariatric surgery. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review is to summarize the literature data on SADIS. SETTING: University Hospital, NY. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review was performed through October 2016 to identify English studies on SADIS performed in human subjects...
August 19, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823068/stress-affects-surface-glycoconjugates-of-the-rat-endometrium-at-the-time-of-implantation
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Elham Aliabadi, Zohreh Makoolati, Tahereh Talaei-Khozani, Fakhreddin Mesbah Ardekani
One of the treatments to infertility is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). In the course of IVF, fertilization rate can be improved through stress reduction. Probably one of the causes of low outcome of IVF is changes in uterine glycoconjugates that are first site of contact between blastocyst and uterus, due to stress, e.g., stress of injection. Thus, the study of the injectional stress effects on implantation period is very important to improve the outcome of IVF. Sixteen mature female rats were divided to experimental and control groups...
August 19, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823052/sensitivity-analysis-of-ventricular-activation-and-electrocardiogram-in-tailored-models-of-heart-failure-patients
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C Sánchez, G D'Ambrosio, F Maffessanti, E G Caiani, F W Prinzen, R Krause, A Auricchio, M Potse
Cardiac resynchronization therapy is not effective in a variable proportion of heart failure patients. An accurate knowledge of each patient's electroanatomical features could be helpful to determine the most appropriate treatment. The goal of this study was to analyze and quantify the sensitivity of left ventricular (LV) activation and the electrocardiogram (ECG) to changes in 39 parameters used to tune realistic anatomical-electrophysiological models of the heart. Electrical activity in the ventricles was simulated using a reaction-diffusion equation...
August 19, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823044/diagnostic-implications-of-tert-promoter-mutation-status-in-diffuse-gliomas-in-a-routine-clinical-setting
#10
Ekkehard Hewer, Nadine Prebil, Sabina Berezowska, Marielena Gutt-Will, Philippe Schucht, Matthias S Dettmer, Erik Vassella
IDH (isocitrate dehydrogenase) gene mutations are present in most diffuse low-grade gliomas and define the clinico-pathological core of the respective morphologically defined entities. Conversely, according to the 2016 WHO classification, the majority of glioblastomas belong to the IDH-wildtype category, which is defined by exclusion. TERT (telomerase reverse transcriptase gene) promoter mutations have been suggested as a molecular marker for primary glioblastomas. We analyzed molecular, histopathological, and clinical profiles of a series of 110 consecutive diffuse gliomas (WHO grades II-IV) diagnosed at our institution, in which TERT promoter mutation analysis had been performed as part of diagnostic work-up...
August 19, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823014/assessment-of-the-quality-of-the-harran-plain-soils-under-long-term-cultivation
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Ali Volkan Bilgili, Çiğdem Küçük, Harold M Van Es
Soil quality refers to the ability of soils to perform their functions well. The soils of the Harran Plain, Turkey, have been put into intensive crop production with the introduction of an irrigation scheme and become increasingly degraded due to unsustainable management and cropping systems that resulted in the loss of production potential. The goal of this study was to quantify the quality of common soil series in the Plain using soil quality indexes (SQI) and to compare SQIs of two long-term crop rotations, cotton and wheat-corn cultivation, and different soil types...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823009/proton-pump-inhibitors-as-risk-factor-for-metabolic-syndrome-and-hepatic-steatosis-in-coeliac-disease-patients-on-gluten-free-diet
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Nicola Imperatore, Raffaella Tortora, Testa Anna, Nicolò Gerbino, Nicola Caporaso, Antonio Rispo
BACKGROUND: Recent research has shown that patients with coeliac disease (CD) are at risk of developing metabolic syndrome (MS) and hepatic steatosis (HS) after commencing a gluten-free diet (GFD). This study aimed to evaluate the predictive factors for MS and HS in CD after 1 year of GFD. METHODS: All consecutive newly diagnosed CD patients were enrolled. We prospectively collected data about BMI; waist circumference; blood pressure; cholesterol; triglycerides, glucose and insulin blood levels; insulin resistance (through the homeostatic model assessment HOMA-IR) and treatment with proton pump inhibitors (PPI)...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822987/effects-of-a-water-extract-of-lepidium-meyenii-root-in-different-models-of-persistent-pain-in-rats
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Barbara Tenci, Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Mario Maresca, Laura Micheli, Giuseppe Pieraccini, Nadia Mulinacci, Carla Ghelardini
Lepidium meyenii (Walp.), commonly called maca, is an Andean crop belonging to the Brassicaceae family. Maca hypocotils are habitually consumed as customary food as well as traditional remedies for pathological conditions such as infertility. Moreover, the characterization of maca extracts revealed the presence of compounds that are able to modulate the nervous system. Aimed to evaluate the efficacy of L. meyenii in persistent pain, the present study analyzed the effects of a commercial root extract from maca in different animal models reproducing the most common causes of chronic painful pathologies...
August 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822961/use-of-key-performance-indicators-in-histological-dissection
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Matthew Griffiths, Rachel Gillibrand
AIMS: Reports into standards in the National Health Service and quality in pathology have focused on the way we work in pathology and how to provide assurance that this is of a high standard. There are a number of external quality assurance schemes covering pathology and histopathology specifically; however, there is no scheme covering the process of histological surgical dissection. This is an area undergoing development, emerging from the sole preserve of medically qualified pathologists to a field populated by a number of highly trained biomedical scientists, but remains without any formal quality assurance...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822915/immunomodulatory-effects-of-m2000-%C3%AE-d-mannuronic-acid-on-tnf-%C3%AE-il-17-and-foxp3-gene-expression-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Hussaini Alhassan Mohammed, Ali Akbar Saboor-Yaraghi, Homayoun Vahedi, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Ghodratollah Panahi, Gholamreza Hemmasi, Mostafa Lakzaei, Abbas Mirshafiey
INTRODUCTION: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are immune-mediated disorders that result from an aberrant immunological response to the gut luminal antigen in genetically susceptible patients. IBD is categorized into two serotype, Crohn's diseases (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), both subtype are important cause of gastrointestinal diseases. The increasing rate of hospitalization, with the high economic burden experienced by the IBD patients, calls for more concerted research efforts to design a potent and affordable treatment option for the treatment of IBD...
August 17, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822912/a-metabolic-activity-detecting-approach-to-life-detection-restoring-a-chemostat-from-stop-feeding-using-a-rapid-bioactivity-assay
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Shiue-Lin Li, Ming-Der Bai, Chia-Jung Hsiao, Sheng-Shung Cheng, Kenneth H Nealson
A mediated glassy carbon electrode covered by a thin-film polyviologen was used in the present study to rapidly detect bioactivity in a mixed-culture chemostat (dominated by Clostridium sp.). With the addition of 1mM hexacyanoferrate and 9mM glucose, the current increasing rate (dI/dt) measured under a poised potential of 500mV (vs. Ag/AgCl) can be defined as the quantity of metabolic activity. In the experiment of restoring the chemostat from stop-feeding, it is suggested that when the dI/dt was >2μAmin(-1), the influent pump could be directly turned on to maintain the high dilution rate of 0...
August 9, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822902/pregnancy-outcome-is-influenced-by-luteal-area-during-diestrus-before-successful-insemination-but-not-by-milk-production-level
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H Berger, M Lietzau, A Tichy, K Herzog
The objective was to compare luteal area (LA), luteal blood flow (LBF), and progesterone (P4) concentration before and after artificial insemination (AI) in pregnant and open cows in the diestrus preceding insemination and during the first 21 d after insemination. A number of 119 multiparous German Holstein cows were examined using B-mode and color Doppler sonography in diestrus (15-5 d before AI) and on days 7, 14, and 21 post insemination (pi). Blood samples for determination of P4 concentration were collected at each examination...
April 14, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822900/supportive-care-pathway-functionalities-of-ehr-system-in-a-saudi-arabian-hospital
#18
Bakheet Aldosari
BACKGROUND: Electronic health record (EHR) is a data management system used in healthcare services. The stored medical information in EHR can be accessed and utilized by authorized users, which helps clinicians in making clinical decisions. Therefore, this study aims at comparing the embedded clinical guidelines or the supportive pathway functions as well as their compliance level in the two EMR systems, i.e. QuadraMed (QCPR) and BestCare. METHODS: A test vignette was used to evaluate the features, functions, performance, and output to assess the EHR clinical path way functionality of the QCPR and BestCare...
August 12, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822886/concurrent-spectrometry-of-annihilation-radiation-and-characteristic-gamma-rays-for-activity-assessment-of-selected-positron-emitters
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S G Dolley, G F Steyn, T J van Rooyen, F Szelecsényi, Z Kovács, C Vermeulen, N P van der Meulen
A method is described to determine the activity of non-pure positron emitters in a radionuclide production environment by assessing the 511keV annihilation radiation concurrently with selected γ-lines, using a single High-Purity Germanium (HPGe) detector. Liquid sources of (22)Na, (52)Fe, (52m)Mn, (61)Cu, (64)Cu, (65)Zn, (66)Ga, (68)Ga, (82)Rb, (88)Y, (89)Zr and (132)Cs were prepared specifically for this study. Acrylic absorbers surrounding the sources ensured that the emitted β(+)-particles could not escape and annihilate away from the source region...
August 1, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822867/de-novo-assembly-and-characterization-of-seabass-lateolabrax-japonicus-transcriptome-and-expression-of-hepatic-genes-following-different-dietary-phosphorus-calcium-levels
#20
Kang-Le Lu, Zhong-Li Ji, Samad Rahimnejad, Chun-Xiao Zhang, Ling Wang, Kai Song
Fish farming seriously influences the aquatic environment because most dietary phosphorus (P) is excreted in the effluent. To increase the P utilization in fish, molecular techniques should be explored given the remarkable development of these techniques. Thus, to identify the candidate genes related to P utilization and molecular alterations following administration of a P-deficient diet in seabass Lateolabrax japonicus, we assessed the de novo pituitary, gill, intestine, liver, kidney, scales and vertebra transcriptomes, and we compared the expression of hepatic genes with three diets varying in P and Ca levels: diet I (0...
August 9, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
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