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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346534/spatial-and-temporal-changes-in-leaf-coloring-date-of-acer-palmatum-and-ginkgo-biloba-in-response-to-temperature-increases-in-south-korea
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Chang-Kyun Park, Chang-Hoi Ho, Su-Jong Jeong, Eun Ju Lee, Jinwon Kim
Understanding shifts in autumn phenology associated with climate changes is critical for preserving forest ecosystems. This study examines the changes in the leaf coloring date (LCD) of two temperate deciduous tree species, Acer palmatum (Acer) and Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo), in response to surface air temperature (Ts) changes at 54 stations of South Korea for the period 1989-2007. The variations of Acer and Ginkgo in South Korea are very similar: they show the same mean LCD of 295th day of the year and delays of about 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346330/differentiation-of-impaired-from-preserved-hemodynamics-in-patients-with-fontan-circulation-using-real-time-phase-velocity-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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Hermann Körperich, Katja Müller, Peter Barth, Jürgen Gieseke, Nikolaus Haas, Ingram Schulze-Neick, Wolfgang Burchert, Deniz Kececioglu, Kai T Laser
PURPOSE: Progressive impairment of hemodynamics in patients with Fontan circulation is common, multifactorial, and associated with decreased quality of life and increased morbidity. We sought to assess hemodynamic differences between patients with preserved (preserved Fontans) and those with impaired circulation (impaired Fontans) after pulmonary vasodilation using oxygen and under forced breathing conditions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Real-time phase-contrast cardiovascular magnetic resonance was performed using non-ECG triggered echo-planar imaging (temporal resolution=24 to 28 ms) in the ascending aorta (AAo) and superior vena cava (SVC)/inferior vena cava (IVC) on room air, after 100% oxygen inhalation (4 L/min; 10 min) and on forced breathing in 29 Fontan patients (17...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343567/validation-of-a-new-whole-body-cryotherapy-chamber-based-on-forced-convection
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Romain Bouzigon, Ahlem Arfaoui, Frédéric Grappe, Gilles Ravier, Benoit Jarlot, Benoit Dugue
Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) and partial-body cryotherapy (PBC) are two methods of cold exposure (from -110 to -195°C according to the manufacturers). However, temperature measurement in the cold chamber during a PBC exposure revealed temperatures ranging from -25 to -50°C next to the skin of the subjects (using isolating layer placed between the sensor and the skin). This discrepancy is due to the human body heat transfer. Moreover, on the surface of the body, an air layer called the boundary layer is created during the exposure and limits heat transfer from the body to the cabin air...
April 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338698/thermally-driven-bubble-evolution-at-a-heater-wire-in-water-characterized-by-high-speed-transmission-electron-microscopy
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J R Vance, S J Dillon
This work investigates the early stage evolution of thermally nucleated microbubbles in water using in situ high-speed, 400 fps, transmission electron microscopy. A Pt wire Joule heater induced bubble nucleation and growth from air-saturated water at different levels of power. For all powers below Pt breakdown, the dissolved gas initiates bubble nucleation at the concave surface defects adjacent to the area of highest temperature. A combination of interfacial forces and stress relaxation drive rapid migration of the bubbles away from the nucleation site...
March 24, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335332/micromechanical-properties-of-nanostructured-clay-oxide-multilayers-synthesized-by-layer-by-layer-self-assembly
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Dongwei Hou, Guoping Zhang, Rohit Raj Pant, Zhongxin Wei, Shuilong Shen
Clay-based nanostructured multilayers, such as clay-polymer multilayers and clay-oxide multilayers, have attracted growing attention owing to their remarkable mechanical properties and promising application in various fields. In this paper, synthesis of a new kind of nanostructured clay-oxide multilayers by layer-by-layer self-assembly was explored. Nano-mechanical characterization of 18 clay-based multilayer samples, prepared under as-deposited (i.e., air-dried) and annealing conditions at 400 °C/600 °C with different precursor cations and multilayer structure, were carried out using nanoindentation testing, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD)...
November 8, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332341/risk-factors-for-acute-exacerbation-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Meihua Qiu, Yuqing Chen, Qiao Ye
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic andprogressive fibrotic disease limited to the lungs.The course of disease varies widely, with some patients experiencing acute respiratory deterioration, a conditioncalled acute exacerbations of IPF (AE-IPF). The risk factors contributing to AE-IPF are unclear. This systematic review and meta-analysis investigatedthe risk factors for AE-IPF. METHODS: Studies ofrisk factors for AE-IPF were identified in Medline, EMBASE and Cochrane databases...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330756/femoral-articular-geometry-and-patellofemoral-stability
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Farhad Iranpour, Azhar M Merican, Seow Hui Teo, Justin P Cobb, Andrew A Amis
BACKGROUND: Patellofemoral instability is a major cause of anterior knee pain. The aim of this study was to examine how the medial and lateral stability of the patellofemoral joint in the normal knee changes with knee flexion and measure its relationship to differences in femoral trochlear geometry. METHODS: Twelve fresh-frozen cadaveric knees were used. Five components of the quadriceps and the iliotibial band were loaded physiologically with 175N and 30N, respectively...
March 19, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327501/accurate-determination-of-the-frequency-response-function-of-submerged-and-confined-structures-by-using-pzt-patches%C3%A2
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Alexandre Presas, David Valentin, Eduard Egusquiza, Carme Valero, Mònica Egusquiza, Matias Bossio
To accurately determine the dynamic response of a structure is of relevant interest in many engineering applications. Particularly, it is of paramount importance to determine the Frequency Response Function (FRF) for structures subjected to dynamic loads in order to avoid resonance and fatigue problems that can drastically reduce their useful life. One challenging case is the experimental determination of the FRF of submerged and confined structures, such as hydraulic turbines, which are greatly affected by dynamic problems as reported in many cases in the past...
March 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326789/evolution-of-nanoflowers-and-nanospheres-of-zinc-bisporphyrinate-tweezers-at-the-air-water-interface
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Fan Xie, Congcong Zhuo, Chuanjiang Hu, Ming Hua Liu
While the sophisticated Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett technique facilitates the fabrication of uniform ultrathin monolayer and films, it is also revealed as a powerful tool for the bottom-up constructions of the nanostructures through the air/water interface. In this paper, unique nanoflowers or nanospheres were constructed based on the synthesized m-phthalic diamide-linked Zinc bis-porphyrinate tweezers using the Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. It was found that both the two tweezer type Zinc bisporphyrinates could form stable two-dimensional spreading films at the air/water interface, which could be subsequently transferred onto solid substrates by the vertical lifting method...
March 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326769/octadecyltrichlorosilane-deposition-on-mica-surfaces-the-insight-interface-interaction-mechanism
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Jun Huang, Xiaokong Liu, Xiaoyong Qiu, Lei Xie, Bin Yan, Xiaogang Wang, Qingxue Huang, Hongbo Zeng
Surface functionalization by alkylsilanes has been widely used in many engineering applications. In this work, a systematic investigation was conducted on the deposition behaviors of octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTCS) on freshly cleaved mica surfaces that possess low density of reactive sites (i.e., silanol groups) via a vapor deposition method. The deposition of OTCS molecules on mica was found to follow a two-stage process, as monitored by measuring the surface morphology using atomic force microscope (AFM) and wettability of the samples obtained at different deposition times...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326231/in-situ-monitoring-by-raman-spectroscopy-of-the-thermal-doping-of-graphene-and-mos2-in-o2-controlled-atmosphere
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Aurora Piazza, Filippo Giannazzo, Gianpiero Buscarino, Gabriele Fisichella, Antonino La Magna, Fabrizio Roccaforte, Marco Cannas, Franco Mario Gelardi, Simonpietro Agnello
The effects of temperature and atmosphere (air and O2) on the doping of monolayers of graphene (Gr) on SiO2 and Si substrates, and on the doping of MoS2 multilayer flakes transferred on the same substrates have been investigated. The investigations were carried out by in situ micro-Raman spectroscopy during thermal treatments up to 430 °C, and by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The spectral positions of the G and 2D Raman bands of Gr undergo only minor changes during treatment, while their amplitude and full width at half maximum (FWHM) vary as a function of the temperature and the used atmosphere...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323590/the-ecology-of-medical-care-among-israeli-military-aviators
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Barak Gordon, Yuval Levy, Tal Yemini, Erez Carmon, Yifat Erlich, Doron Hermoni
BACKGROUND: The ecology of medical care model has been used in various populations with varying results. We aimed to apply this model in the population of Israeli Air Force (IAF) aviators. METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire was presented to all Israeli Air Force aviators during their mandatory yearly check-up over 1 yr starting on November 26th, 2012. The questionnaire contained items on demographic, personal, and military details, as well as items on the presence of clinical symptoms, and various health care contacts in the previous month...
December 1, 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323582/white-matter-integrity-in-high-altitude-pilots-exposed-to-hypobaria
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Stephen A McGuire, Goldie R E Boone, Paul M Sherman, David F Tate, Joe D Wood, Beenish Patel, George Eskandar, S Andrea Wijtenburg, Laura M Rowland, Geoffrey D Clarke, Patrick M Grogan, John H Sladky, Peter V Kochunov
INTRODUCTION: Nonhypoxic hypobaric (low atmospheric pressure) occupational exposure, such as experienced by U.S. Air Force U-2 pilots and safety personnel operating inside altitude chambers, is associated with increased subcortical white matter hyperintensity (WMH) burden. The pathophysiological mechanisms underlying this discrete WMH change remain unknown. The objectives of this study were to demonstrate that occupational exposure to nonhypoxic hypobaria is associated with altered white matter integrity as quantified by fractional anisotropy (FA) measured using diffusion tensor imaging and relate these findings to WMH burden and neurocognitive ability...
December 1, 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321592/resonance-frequency-breathing-biofeedback-to-reduce-symptoms-of-subthreshold-ptsd-with-an-air-force-special-tactics-operator-a-case-study
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Lorene M Petta
The prevalence rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been estimated to be several times higher in military populations compared to the national average. Special Tactics operators are a group that is more likely to avoid seeking psychological care due to the stigma and other consequences the diagnosis may have on their military careers. There is a need for more effective and less stigmatizing interventions to treat this population. Psychophysiological methods have been proven to be efficacious in treating PTSD, yet have received less attention as an adjunctive intervention...
March 20, 2017: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319400/playing-with-emulsion-formulation-to-control-the-perforation-of-a-freely-expanding-liquid-sheet
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Clara Vernay, Laurence Ramos, Alois Würger, Christian Ligoure
A single-drop experiment based on the collision of one drop of liquid on a small solid target is used to produce liquid sheets that are visualized with a fast camera. Upon impact, the drop flattens into a sheet that is bounded by a thicker rim and radially expanding in air. Emulsion-based liquid sheets are destabilized through the nucleation of holes that perforate the sheet during its expansion. The holes grow until they merge together and form a web of ligaments, which are then destabilized into drops. We propose the perforation mechanism as a sequence of two necessary steps...
March 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318462/the-epidemiology-of-operation-stress-during-continuing-promise-2011-a-humanitarian-response-and-disaster-relief-mission-aboard-a-us-navy-hospital-ship
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William T Scouten, Melissa L Mehalick, Elizabeth Yoder, Andrea McCoy, Tracy Brannock, Mark S Riddle
Introduction Operational stress describes individual behavior in response to the occupational demands and tempo of a mission. The stress response of military personnel involved in combat and peace-keeping missions has been well-described. The spectrum of effect on medical professionals and support staff providing humanitarian assistance, however, is less well delineated. Research to date concentrates mainly on shore-based humanitarian missions. Problem The goal of the current study was to document the pattern of operational stress, describe factors responsible for it, and the extent to which these factors impact job performance in military and civilian participants of Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11), a ship-based humanitarian medical mission...
March 20, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317052/brownian-diffusion-of-a-particle-at-an-air-liquid-interface-the-elastic-not-viscous-response-of-the-surface
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Jhoan Toro-Mendoza, Gieberth Rodriguez-Lopez, Oscar Paredes-Altuve
Here, the effect of the elastic response of the surface on the translational diffusion coefficient of a partly submerged-in-water spherical Brownian particle is considered. The elastic nature of the surface, mediated by the surface tension, generates an additional dissipative mechanism. Therefore, the collisions at the surface contribute to the diffusion as the source of the driving force and the dissipation results from the combined action of both elastic reaction of the surface and viscous dissipation. However, it can be estimated that the surface elastic mechanism is several orders of magnitude greater than the viscous one...
March 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304153/perpendicular-orientation-control-without-interfacial-treatment-of-raft-synthesized-high-%C3%AF-block-copolymer-thin-films-with-sub-10-nm-features-prepared-via-thermal-annealing
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Ryuichi Nakatani, Hiroki Takano, Alvin Chandra, Yasunari Yoshimura, Lei Wang, Yoshinori Suzuki, Yuki Tanaka, Rina Maeda, Naoko Kihara, Shinya Minegishi, Ken Miyagi, Yuusuke Kasahara, Hironobu Sato, Yuriko Seino, Tsukasa Azuma, Hideaki Yokoyama, Christopher K Ober, Teruaki Hayakawa
In this study, a series of perpendicular lamellae-forming poly(polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane methacrylate-block-2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate)s (PMAPOSS-b-PTFEMAs) was developed based on the bottom-up concept of creating a simple yet effective material by tailoring the chemical properties and molecular composition of the material. The use of silicon (Si)-containing hybrid high-χ block copolymers (BCPs) provides easy access to sub-10 nm feature sizes. However, as the surface free energies (SFEs) of Si-containing polymers are typically vastly lower than organic polymers, this tends to result in the selective segregation of the inorganic block onto the air interface and increased difficulty in controlling the BCP orientation in thin films...
March 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301464/investigating-the-case-of-human-nose-shape-and-climate-adaptation
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Arslan A Zaidi, Brooke C Mattern, Peter Claes, Brian McEcoy, Cris Hughes, Mark D Shriver
The evolutionary reasons for variation in nose shape across human populations have been subject to continuing debate. An import function of the nose and nasal cavity is to condition inspired air before it reaches the lower respiratory tract. For this reason, it is thought the observed differences in nose shape among populations are not simply the result of genetic drift, but may be adaptations to climate. To address the question of whether local adaptation to climate is responsible for nose shape divergence across populations, we use Qst-Fst comparisons to show that nares width and alar base width are more differentiated across populations than expected under genetic drift alone...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298665/application-of-micropore-filter-technology-exploring-the-blood-flow-path-in-arterial-line-filters-and-its-effect-on-bubble-trapping-functions
#20
Daniel P Herbst
Conventional arterial-line filters commonly use a large volume circular shaped housing, a wetted micropore screen, and a purge port to trap, separate, and remove gas bubbles from extracorporeal blood flow. Focusing on the bubble trapping function, this work attempts to explore how the filter housing shape and its resulting blood flow path affect the clinical application of arterial-line filters in terms of gross air handling. A video camera was used in a wet-lab setting to record observations made during gross air-bolus injections in three different radially designed filters using a 30-70% glycerol-saline mixture flowing at 4...
March 2017: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
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