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Sharon Reif, Rachel Sayko Adams, Grant A Ritter, Thomas V Williams, Mary Jo Larson
Introduction: Soldiers are at risk for acute and chronic pain due to the mental and physical challenges of military duties and ongoing training for force readiness. With the burden of pain on any individual attributable across pain sources, a broad perspective that goes beyond prior characterizations of pain is important. We aim to further the understanding of pain's effects among non-deployed active duty soldiers and the Military Health System (MHS), by describing prevalence of 10 painful conditions, reported pain levels, duration of pain and impact of pain on military duty limitations...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Suzanne Grant, Bruce Guthrie
Patient safety is an increasing concern for health systems internationally. The majority of administrative work in UK general practice takes place in the context of organisational routines such as repeat prescribing and test results handling, where high workloads and increased clinician dependency on administrative staff have been identified as an emerging safety issue. Despite this trend, most research to date has focused on the redistribution of the clinical workload between doctors, nurses and allied health professionals within individual care settings...
March 2, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
Bin Hua, John Yang, Fengjing Liu, Guocheng Zhu, Baolin Deng, Jingdong Mao
Characterization of dissolved organic matter/nitrogen (DOM/DON) is critical in water quality assessment and nutrient management in watershed or ecosystem. This study was to investigate the link between DOM/DON and its source using fluorescence excitation-emission matrix (EEM) spectroscopy coupled with parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC). Water samples were collected from various aquatic systems in a watershed located in central Missouri, including rural watershed with various land use and land cover (LULC), landfill, and constructed wetland...
March 6, 2018: Chemosphere
Grace S Chng, Dongdong Li, Chi Meng Chu, Tabitha Ong, Felicia Lim
Children who enter the child protection system often have complex family problems and have experienced early adverse experiences. Using latent class analysis, this study aimed to identify family classes of child protection cases in Singapore, to ascertain the prevalence of these family classes, and to test the association of family class membership to subsequent recurrence of harm. A sample of 440 cases who entered the Child Protective Service in Singapore was analyzed based on eight familial factors on the household and caregiver levels...
March 13, 2018: Child Abuse & Neglect
Timothy J Green, Peter Speck
The Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas , is becoming a valuable model for investigating antiviral defense in the Lophotrochozoa superphylum. In the past five years, improvements to laboratory-based experimental infection protocols using Ostreid herpesvirus I (OsHV-1) from naturally infected C. gigas combined with next-generation sequencing techniques has revealed that oysters have a complex antiviral response involving the activation of all major innate immune pathways. Experimental evidence indicates C. gigas utilizes an interferon-like response to limit OsHV-1 replication and spread...
March 16, 2018: Viruses
Fauzia A Khan, Alan F Merry
The safety of anesthesia characteristic of high-income countries today is not matched in low-resource settings with poor infrastructure, shortages of anesthesia providers, essential drugs, equipment, and supplies. Health care is delivered through complex systems. Achieving sustainable widespread improvement globally will require an understanding of how to influence such systems. Health outcomes depend not only on a country's income, but also on how resources are allocated, and both vary substantially, between and within countries...
April 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Jessica H Hill, Claudia Solt, Michelle T Foster
Obesity and associated metabolic co-morbidities are a worldwide public health problem. Negative health outcomes associated with obesity, however, do not arise from excessive adiposity alone. Rather, deleterious outcomes of adipose tissue accumulation are a result of how adipocytes are distributed to individual regions in the body. Due to our increased understanding of the dynamic relationship that exists between specific adipose depots and disease risk, an accurate characterization of total body adiposity as well as location is required to properly evaluate a population's disease risk...
March 16, 2018: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
Amjad M Husaini, Aafreen Sakina, Souliha R Cambay
Fusarium oxysporum, a ubiquitous soil-borne pathogen causes devastating vascular wilt in more than 100 plant species and ranks fifth among top ten fungal plant pathogens. It has emerged as a human pathogen too, causing infections in immune-compromised patients. It is, therefore, important to gain insight into the molecular processes involved in the pathogenesis of this trans-kingdom pathogen. A complex network comprising of interconnected and over lapping signal pathways; mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways, Ras proteins, G-protein signaling components and their downstream pathways, components of the velvet (LaeA/VeA/VelB) complex and cAMP pathways, is involved in perceiving the host...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
Nadia Lombardi, Stefania Vitale, David Turrà, Massimo Reverberi, Corrado Fanelli, Francesco Vinale, Roberta Marra, Michelina Ruocco, Alberto Pascale, Giada d'Errico, Sheridan Lois Woo, Matteo Lorito
Plant roots release complex mixtures of bioactive molecules including compounds that affect the activity and modify the composition of the rhizosphere microbiome. In this work, we investigated the initial phase of the interaction between tomato and an effective biocontrol strain of Trichoderma harzianum (T22). We found that root exudates (RE), obtained from plants grown in a split root system and exposed to a choice of biotic and abiotic stress factors (wounding, salt, pathogen attack), stimulate the growth and act as chemoattractants of the biocontrol fungus...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
Bingkun Qi, Lingxuan Zhang, Li Ge
We show the existence of a flatband consisting of photonic zero modes in a gain and loss modulated lattice system as a result of the underlying non-Hermitian particle-hole symmetry. This general finding explains the previous observation in parity-time symmetric systems where non-Hermitian particle-hole symmetry is hidden. We further discuss the defect states in these systems, whose emergence can be viewed as an unconventional alignment of a pseudospin under the influence of a complex-valued pseudomagnetic field...
March 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Blake J Bleier, Shelley L Anna, Lynn M Walker
The goal of this work is to develop a simple microfluidic approach to characterizing liquid-liquid phase behavior in complex aqueous mixtures of organics and salts. We take advantage of the permeability of inexpensive microfluidic devices to concentrate aqueous solutions on chip. We demonstrate a technique that allows phase boundaries to be identified with high compositional resolution and small sample volumes. Droplets of single phase samples are produced on-chip and concentrated in the device beyond the phase boundary line to map system phase behavior...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Diego Jaramillo-Cano, Maud Formanek, Christos N Likos, Manuel Camargo
Star block-copolymers (SBCs) have been demonstrated to constitute self-assembling building blocks with specific softness, functionalization, shape and flexibility. In this work we study the behaviour of an isolated SBC under shear flow by means of particle-based multi-scale simulations. We systematically analyse the conformational properties of low-functionality stars as well as the formation of attractive patches on their corona as a function of the shear rate. We cover a wide range of system parameters, including functionality, amphiphilicity and solvent quality...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Li-Hui Mou, Qing-Yu Liu, Ting Zhang, Zi-Yu Li, Sheng-Gui He
Dinitrogen activation/fixation is one of the most important and challenging subjects in synthetic as well as theoretical chemistry. In this study, the adsorption reactions of N2 onto TaCn - ( n = 1-4) cluster anions have been investigated by means of mass spectrometry in conjunction with density functional theory calculations. Following the experimental results that only TaC4 - was observed to adsorb N2 , theoretical calculations predicted that TaC4 - reaction system (TaC4 - + N2 → TaC4 N2 - ) has a negligible barrier on the approach of N2 molecule while insurmountable barriers are located on the reaction pathways of TaC1-3 - /N2 reaction systems...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Hai-Jun Zhang, Alexander W Schuppe, Shi-Tao Pan, Jin-Xiang Chen, Bo-Ran Wang, Timothy R Newhouse, Liang Yin
A mild and operationally simple copper-catalyzed vinylogous aerobic oxidation of ,- and ,-unsaturated esters is described. This method features good yields, broad substrate scope, excellent chemo- and regioselectivity and good functional group tolerance. This method is additionally capable of oxidizing ,- and ,-unsaturated aldehydes, ketones, amides, nitriles and sulfones. Furthermore, the present catalytic system is suitable for bisvinylogous and trisvinylogous oxidation. TMG was found to be crucial in its role as a base, but we also speculate it serves as a ligand to copper(II) triflate to produce the active copper(II) catalyst...
March 16, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Jejoong Yoo, Aleksei Aksimentiev
In contrast to ordinary polymers, the vast majority of biological macromolecules adopt highly ordered three-dimensional structures that define their functions. The key to folding of a biopolymer into a unique 3D structure or to an assembly of several biopolymers into a functional unit is a delicate balance between the attractive and repulsive forces that also makes such self-assembly reversible under physiological conditions. The all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) method has emerged as a powerful tool for studies of individual biomolecules and their functional assemblies, encompassing systems of ever increasing complexity...
March 16, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Yashwant Singh Tanwar, Yatinder Kharbanda, Atin Jaiswal, Vikas Birla, Ramsagar Pandit
INTRODUCTION: Coronal plane distal humeral injuries are relatively rare. Numerous classification systems have been proposed as the complexity of these fractures has been realized. We in the present series of ten patients describe the surgical technique of Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Coronal plane fractures of the distal humerus with headless compression screws performed using the anterolateral approach. MATERIAL AND METHOD: It was a retrospective study, the data collected from March 2010 to 2015 was analysed and the final outcome was assessed using the DASH score...
2018: SICOT-J
Qingwang Xue, Chunxue Liu, Xia Li, Li Dai, Huaisheng Wang
Various fluorescent sensing systems for miRNAs detection have been developed. But they mostly contain enzymatic amplification reactions and label procedures. The strict reaction conditions of tool enzymes and the high cost of labeling limit their potential applications, especially in complex biological matrix. Here we have addressed the difficult problems and report a strategy for label-free fluorescent DNA dendrimers based on enzyme-free nonlinear hybridization chain reaction (HCR)-mediated multiple G-quadruplex for simple, sensitive and selective detection of miRNAs with low-background signal...
March 16, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Laura E Erban, Stephen B Balogh, Daniel E Campbell, Henry A Walker
Urban water systems consist of natural and engineered flows of water interacting in complex ways. System complexity can be understood via mass conservative models that account for the interrelationships among all major flows and storages. We have developed a generic urban water system model in the R package CityWaterBalance . CityWaterBalance provides a reproducible workflow for studying urban water systems by facilitating automated retrievals of open data and post-processing with open source R functions. It allows the user to 1) rapidly assemble a quantitative, comprehensive assessment of flows thorough an urban area, and 2) easily change the spatial and temporal boundaries of analysis...
February 1, 2018: Open Water
Franka Metzner, Stephanie Pahlke, Alice Diesing, Nina Marin, Fionna Klasen, Silke Pawils, Michael Schulte-Markwort, Hertha Richter-Appelt
Complex Trauma-related Disorders in Research and Practice Frequent traumata in childhood and adolescence are long-term or repeated interpersonal traumata caused by perpetrators in the close environment of the minors. For the description of the extensive symptoms after interpersonal Type II traumata, the complex trauma-related disorders Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) and the Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) are being discussed for inclusion in the classification systems for mental disorders...
March 2018: Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie
Xiaodi Niu, Yawen Gao, Yiding Yu, Yanan Yang, Guizhen Wang, Lin Sun, Hongsu Wang
Previous studies found that the activity of Sortase A, a bacterial surface protein from Staphylococcus aureus, was inhibited by curcumin and its analogues. To explore this inhibitory mechanism, Sortase A and its inhibitors in complex systems were studied by molecular docking, molecular modelling, binding energy decomposition calculation, and steered molecular dynamics simulations. Energy decomposition analysis indicated that PRO-163, LEU-169, GLN-172, ILE-182, and ILE-199 are key residues in Sortase A-inhibitor complexes...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
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