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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087473/salvianolic-acids-for-injection-safi-suppresses-inflammatory-responses-in-activated-microglia-to-attenuate-brain-damage-in-focal-cerebral-ischemia
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Pengwei Zhuang, Yanjun Wan, Shihan Geng, Ying He, Bo Feng, Zhengliang Ye, Dazheng Zhou, Dekun Li, Hongjun Wei, Hongyan Li, Yanjun Zhang, Aichun Ju
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory reactions induced by microglia in the brain play crucial roles in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) cerebral injuries. Microglia activation has been shown to be closely related to TLR4/NF-κB signal pathways. Salvianolic acids for injection (SAFI) have been used in clinical practice to treat ischemic stroke with reported neuroprotective effects; however, the underlying mechanisms are still uncertain. OBJECTIVE AND METHODS: First, we studied the effect of SAFI on inflammatory responses in LPS-stimulated BV-2 microglia...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086963/near-infrared-spectroscopy-for-body-fat-sensing-in-neonates-quantitative-analysis-by-gamos-simulations
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Fatin Hamimi Mustafa, Peter W Jones, Alistair L McEwan
BACKGROUND: Under-nutrition in neonates is closely linked to low body fat percentage. Undernourished neonates are exposed to immediate mortality as well as unwanted health impacts in their later life including obesity and hypertension. One potential low cost approach for obtaining direct measurements of body fat is near-infrared (NIR) interactance. The aims of this study were to model the effect of varying volume fractions of melanin and water in skin over NIR spectra, and to define sensitivity of NIR reflection on changes of thickness of subcutaneous fat...
January 11, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081463/analysis-of-the-results-of-recurrent-intracranial-meningiomas-treated-with-re-radiosurgery
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Moinay Kim, Do Hee Lee, Hyun Jung Kim Rn, Young Hyun Cho, Jeong Hoon Kim, Do Hoon Kwon
OBJECTS: Meningioma is the most common intracranial neoplasm, comprising approximately 30% of all primary intracranial tumors (Claus et al., 2005) [1]. Treatment options include observation, microsurgical resection, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT). Gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) is a very effective treatment for intracranial meningiomas; previous studies showed the tumor control rate at 5-10 years of follow-up as 84.3%-100% in all cases (Feigl et al...
December 29, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080070/solution-synthesis-of-iodine-doped-red-phosphorus-nanoparticles-for-lithium-ion-battery-anodes
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Wei-Chung Chang, Kuan-Wei Tseng, Hsing-Yu Tuan
Red Phosphorus (RP) is a promising anode material for lithium-ion battery due to its earth abundance and a high theoretical capacity of 2596 mA h g-1. Although RP-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries have been reported, they were all in the form of carbon/P composites, including P-graphene, P-graphite, P-CNTs and P-carbon black, in order to improve P's extremely low conductivity and large volume change during cycling process. Here we report the large-scale synthesis of red phosphorus nanoparticles (RPNPs) with sizes ranging from 100 to 200 nm by reacting PI3 with ethylene glycol in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) in ambient environment...
January 12, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079962/determining-electrochemical-surface-stress-of-single-nanowires
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Hui Wang, Xiaonan Shan, Hui Yu, Yan Wang, Wolfgang Schmickler, Hong-Yuan Chen, Nongjian Tao
Electrochemical surface stress is important in nanomaterials because of their large surface-to-volume ratios, which lead to unique mechanical and electrocatalytic properties, but directly measuring this quantity has been challenging. Here we report on experimental determination of the surface stress, and associated electrochemical processes of a single gold nanowire with an optical imaging technique. We show that surface stress changes linearly and reversibly with the potential between 0 and 0.8 V versus Ag/AgCl, but abruptly with large hysteresis, associated with the oxidation and reduction of the nanowire, between 0...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078649/acidogenic-digestion-of-pre-pulping-extracts-for-production-of-fuels-and-bioproducts-via-carboxylate-platform-processing
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Rakhi Baddam, G Peter van Walsum
Hemicellulose extracted from wood prior to processing the wood into paper or composite materials can be a resource for the production of biofuels or bioproducts. Mixed microbial cultures are capable of converting biomass into mixed carboxylic acids, which can be purified as products or converted to biofuels or other biochemicals. Mixed cultures are robust conversion systems and do not require added enzymes to hydrolyze biomass to sugars. We produced mixed carboxylic acids using mesophilic and thermophilic fermentation of raw, unconditioned green liquor and hot water hardwood extracts, as well as baseline sugar solutions...
January 11, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076685/diffusion-of-evidence-based-intensive-care-unit-organizational-practices-a-state-wide-analysis
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Rachel Kohn, Vanessa Madden, Jeremy M Kahn, David A Asch, Amber E Barnato, Scott D Halpern, Meeta Prasad Kerlin
RATIONALE: Several intensive care unit (ICU) organizational practices have been associated with improved patient outcomes. However, the uptake of these evidence-based practices is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To assess diffusion of ICU organizational practices across the state of Pennsylvania. METHODS: We conducted two web-based, cross-sectional surveys of ICU organizational practices in Pennsylvania acute care hospitals, in 2005 (chief nursing officer respondents) and 2014 (ICU nurse manager respondents)...
January 11, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073806/functional-tricuspid-regurgitation-caused-by-chronic-atrial-fibrillation-a-real-time-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-study
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Hiroto Utsunomiya, Yuji Itabashi, Hirotsugu Mihara, Javier Berdejo, Sayuki Kobayashi, Robert J Siegel, Takahiro Shiota
BACKGROUND: Functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) with a structurally normal tricuspid valve (TV) may occur secondary to chronic atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the clinical and echocardiographic differences according to functional TR subtypes are unclear. Therefore, characterization of functional TR because of chronic AF (AF-TR) remains undetermined. METHODS AND RESULTS: To investigate the prevalence of AF-TR, 437 patients with moderate to severe TR underwent 3-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073449/harmful-algal-bloom-forecast-system-for-sw-ireland-part-ii-are-operational-oceanographic-models-useful-in-a-hab-warning-system
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Caroline Cusack, Tomasz Dabrowski, Kieran Lyons, Alan Berry, Guy Westbrook, Rafael Salas, Conor Duffy, Glenn Nolan, Joe Silke
This study investigated the application of a three-dimensional physical hydrodynamic model in a harmful algal bloom forecast system for Bantry Bay, southwest Ireland. Modelled oceanographic conditions were studied and used to help understand observed changes in the chemical and biological patterns from the national biotoxins and phytoplankton monitoring program. The study focused on two toxic events in 2013. An upwelling event was predicted by the model prior to the appearance and population increase of potentially toxic diatoms, Pseudo-nitzschia, and associated domoic acid in shellfish...
March 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073437/a-high-resolution-hydrodynamic-model-system-suitable-for-novel-harmful-algal-bloom-modelling-in-areas-of-complex-coastline-and-topography
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Dmitry Aleynik, Andrew C Dale, Marie Porter, Keith Davidson
Fjordic coastlines provide sheltered locations for finfish and shellfish aquaculture, and are often subject to harmful algal blooms (HABs) some of which develop offshore and are then advected to impact nearshore aquaculture. Numerical models are a potentially important tool for providing early warning of such HAB events. However, the complex topography of fjordic shelf regions is a significant challenge to modelling. This is frequently compounded by complex bathymetry and local weather patterns. Existing structured grid models do not provide the resolution needed to represent these coastlines in their wider shelf context...
March 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069230/acoustic-microbubble-dynamics-with-viscous-effects
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Kawa Manmi, Qianxi Wang
Microbubble dynamics subject to ultrasound are associated with important applications in biomedical ultrasonics, sonochemistry and cavitation cleaning. The viscous effects in this phenomenon is essential since the Reynolds number Re associated is about O(10). The flow field is characterized as being an irrotational flow in the bulk volume but with a thin vorticity layer at the bubble surface. This paper investigates the phenomenon using the boundary integral method based on the viscous potential flow theory...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068564/distinct-patterns-of-increased-translocator-protein-in-posterior-cortical-atrophy-and-amnestic-alzheimer-s-disease
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William C Kreisl, Chul Hyoung Lyoo, Jeih-San Liow, Joseph Snow, Emily Page, Kimberly J Jenko, Cheryl L Morse, Sami S Zoghbi, Victor W Pike, R Scott Turner, Robert B Innis
We sought to determine whether patients with posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) demonstrate a pattern of binding to translocator protein 18 kDa, a marker of microglial activation, that is distinct from that in patients with amnestic presentation of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Eleven PCA patients, 11 amnestic AD patients, and 15 age-matched controls underwent positron emission tomography with (11)C-PBR28 to measure translocator protein 18 kDa. PCA patients showed greater (11)C-PBR28 binding than controls in occipital, posterior parietal, and temporal regions...
December 16, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068106/cooperativity-and-dynamics-increase-the-performance-of-nife-dry-reforming-catalysts
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Sung Min Kim, Paula Macarena Abdala, Tigran Margossian, Davood Hosseini, Lucas Foppa, Andac Armutlulu, Wouter van Beek, Aleix Comas-Vives, Christophe Copéret, Christoph Mueller
The dry reforming of methane (DRM), i.e. the reaction of methane and CO2 to form a synthesis gas, converts two major greenhouse gases into a useful chemical feedstock. In this work, we probe in detail the effect and role of Fe in bimetallic NiFe dry reforming catalysts. To this end, monometallic Ni, Fe and bimetallic Ni-Fe catalysts supported on a MgxAlyOz-matrix derived via a hydrotalcite-like precursor were synthetized. Importantly, the textural features of the catalysts, i.e. the specific surface area (172-178 m2/gcat), pore volume (0...
January 9, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066955/dose-rates-of-antimicrobial-substances-in-boar-semen-preservation-time-to-establish-new-protocols
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M Schulze, M Grobbel, A Riesenbeck, S Brüning, J Schaefer, M Jung, R Grossfeld
To achieve a standardized number of spermatozoa in the final AI dose, varying amounts of extender fluid with a fixed concentration of antimicrobial substances are currently added to boar ejaculates. This practice ignores the different degrees of dilution of the antimicrobials in the end product. In calculating the final concentration of gentamicin in AI doses from 27,538 processed boar ejaculates, we demonstrated varying gentamicin concentrations in the resultant extended boar semen samples. The median concentration was 220...
January 9, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065936/effects-of-oxygen-vacancies-on-the-structural-and-optical-properties-of-%C3%AE-ga2o3
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Linpeng Dong, Renxu Jia, Bin Xin, Bo Peng, Yuming Zhang
The structural, electronic, and optical properties of β-Ga2O3 with oxygen vacancies are studied by employing first-principles calculations based on density function theory. Based on the defects formation energies, we conclude the oxygen vacancies are most stable in their fully charge states. The electronic structures and optical properties of β-Ga2O3 are calculated by Generalized Gradient Approximation + U formalisms with the Hubbard U parameters set 7.0 eV and 8.5 eV for Ga and O ions, respectively. The calculated bandgap is 4...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064032/tmj-energy-densities-in-healthy-men-and-women
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L R Iwasaki, Y M Gonzalez, Y Liu, H Liu, M Markova, L M Gallo, J C Nickel
OBJECTIVE: Cartilage fatigue, due to mechanical work, may account for the early development of degenerative joint disease in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and why women are 3-times more likely to be afflicted. This study tested for gender differences in mechanical energy densities in women and men with healthy TMJs. DESIGN: Eighteen women and eighteen men gave informed consent. Research diagnostic criteria including imaging were used to ensure that subjects' TMJs were normal, without disc displacement or signs of degenerative joint disease...
January 4, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062170/an-artificial-neural-network-method-for-lumen-and-media-adventitia-border-detection-in-ivus
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Shengran Su, Zhenghui Hu, Qiang Lin, William Kongto Hau, Zhifan Gao, Heye Zhang
Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) has been well recognized as one powerful imaging technique to evaluate the stenosis inside the coronary arteries. The detection of lumen border and media-adventitia (MA) border in IVUS images is the key procedure to determine the plaque burden inside the coronary arteries, but this detection could be burdensome to the doctor because of large volume of the IVUS images. In this paper, we use the artificial neural network (ANN) method as the feature learning algorithm for the detection of the lumen and MA borders in IVUS images...
November 17, 2016: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062122/airflow-behavior-changes-in-upper-airway-caused-by-different-head-and-neck-positions-comparison-by-computational-fluid-dynamics
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Wei Wei, Shi-Wei Huang, Lian-Hua Chen, Yang Qi, Yi-Min Qiu, Shi-Tong Li
The feasibility of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to evaluate airflow characteristics in different head and neck positions has not been established. This study compared the changes in volume and airflow behavior of the upper airway by CFD simulation to predict the influence of anatomical and physiological airway changes due to different head-neck positions on mechanical ventilation. One awake volunteer with no risk of difficult airway underwent computed tomography in neutral position, extension position (both head and neck extended), and sniffing position (head extended and neck flexed)...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060478/three-dimensional-graphene-single-walled-carbon-nanotube-aerogel-anchored-with-sno2-nanoparticles-for-high-performance-lithium-storage
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Jing Wang, Fang Fang, Tao Yuan, Junhe Yang, Liang Chen, Chi Yao, Shiyou Zheng, Dalin Sun
A unique 3D graphene-single wall carbon nanotube (G-SWNT) aerogel anchored with SnO2 nanoparticles (SnO2@G-SWCNT) is fabricated by hydrothermal self-assembly process. The influences of mass ratio of SWCNT to graphene on structure and electrochemical properties of SnO2@G-SWCNT are investigated systematically. The SnO2@G-SWCNT composites show excellent electrochemical performance in Li-ion batteries, for instance, at a current density of 100 mA g-1, a specific capacity of 758 mAh g-1 was obtained for the SnO2@G-SWCNT with 50 % SWCNT in G-SWCNT and the coulombic efficiency is close to 100 % after 200 cycles; even at current density of 1 A g-1, it can still maintain a stable specific capacity of 537 mAh g-1 after 300 cycles...
January 6, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060132/variation-in-transfusion-requirements-among-children-with-thalassemia-on-regular-transfusion-programs-which-formula-closely-predicts-the-actual-requirements
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Nikki Cornell, Michael Eisenhut, Stalin Ramprakash
BACKGROUND: Various different formulae are used to calculate blood transfusion volumes in thalassemia. Using the right formula will avoid iron overload and complications of undertransfusion. OBSERVATIONS: Five years of transfusion data in 11 children with thalassemia showed that no single formula-calculated transfusion volumes accurately. The formula used in the United Kingdom with a hematocrit of the transfused blood of 0.6: (0.4×body weight×desired raise in hemoglobin [g/L]) yielded a volume closest to empirically determined requirements on average...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
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