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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351338/stockouts-of-hiv-commodities-in-public-health-facilities-in-kinshasa-barriers-to-end-hiv
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Tinne Gils, Claire Bossard, Kristien Verdonck, Philip Owiti, Ilse Casteels, Maria Mashako, Gilles Van Cutsem, Tom Ellman
Stockouts of HIV commodities increase the risk of treatment interruption, antiretroviral resistance, treatment failure, morbidity and mortality. The study objective was to assess the magnitude and duration of stockouts of HIV medicines and diagnostic tests in public facilities in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was a cross-sectional survey involving visits to facilities and warehouses in April and May 2015. All zonal warehouses, all public facilities with more than 200 patients on antiretroviral treatment (ART) (high-burden facilities) and a purposive sample of facilities with 200 or fewer patients (low-burden facilities) in Kinshasa were selected...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351332/impedance-spectroscopy-of-single-bacterial-nanofilament-reveals-water-mediated-charge-transfer
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Artem Grebenko, Vyacheslav Dremov, Petr Barzilovich, Anton Bubis, Konstantin Sidoruk, Tatiyana Voeikova, Zarina Gagkaeva, Timur Chernov, Evgeny Korostylev, Boris Gorshunov, Konstantin Motovilov
For decades respiratory chain and photosystems were the main firing field of the studies devoted to mechanisms of electron transfer in proteins. The concept of conjugated lateral electron and transverse proton transport during cellular respiration and photosynthesis, which was formulated in the beginning of 1960-s, has been confirmed by thousands of experiments. However, charge transfer in recently discovered bacterial nanofilaments produced by various electrogenic bacteria is regarded currently outside of electron and proton conjugation concept...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351088/fraction-variant-beam-orientation-optimization-for-non-coplanar-imrt
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Daniel O'Connor, Victoria Yu, Dan Nguyen, Dan Ruan, Ke Sheng
Conventional beam orientation optimization (BOO) algorithms for IMRT assume that the same set of beam angles is used for all treatment fractions. In this paper we present a BOO formulation based on group sparsity that simultaneously optimizes non-coplanar beam angles for all fractions, yielding a fraction-variant (FV) treatment plan. Beam angles are selected by solving a multi-fraction fluence map optimization problem involving 500-700 candidate beams per fraction, with an additional group sparsity term that encourages most candidate beams to be inactive...
January 19, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350490/chronic-exposure-to-high-doses-of-selenium-in-the-first-trimester-of-pregnancy-case-report-and-brief-literature-review
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Luisa D'Oria, Massimo Apicella, Carmen De Luca, Angelo Licameli, Caterina Neri, Marcella Pellegrino, Daniela Simeone, Marco De Santis
BACKGROUND: Obstetricians usually prescribe supplements during pregnancy without actual indication. The use of selenium during pregnancy has increased, due to its function in several antioxidant mechanisms. CASE: A pregnant woman received 200,000 micrograms (μg) per day of a selenium galenic formulation, since gestational week (g.w.) 7 to 12, due to a prescription error. The patient experienced nausea, vomiting, hand and foot paresthesia, followed by fatigue, loss of fingernails and hair...
January 19, 2018: Birth Defects Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347746/topological-defects-in-two-dimensional-orientation-field-models-for-grain-growth
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Bálint Korbuly, Mathis Plapp, Hervé Henry, James A Warren, László Gránásy, Tamás Pusztai
Standard two-dimensional orientation-field-based phase-field models rely on a continuous scalar field to represent crystallographic orientation. The corresponding order parameter space is the unit circle, which is not simply connected. This topological property has important consequences for the resulting multigrain structures: (i) trijunctions may be singular; (ii) for each pair of grains there exist two different grain boundary solutions that cannot continuously transform to one another; (iii) if both solutions appear along a grain boundary, a topologically stable, singular point defect must exist between them...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347343/dissipation-lag-and-drift-in-driven-fluctuating-systems
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Diego Frezzato
This work deals with thermostated fluctuating systems subjected to driven transformations of the internal energetics. The main focus is on generally multidimensional systems with continuous configurational degrees of freedom over which overdamped Markovian fluctuations take place (diffusive regime of the motion). Mutual bounds are established between the average energy dissipation, the deviation between nonequilibrium probability density and underlying equilibrium distribution due to the system's lag, and the statistical properties of the components of the directed flow induced by the transformation itself...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347253/consistent-lattice-boltzmann-modeling-of-low-speed-isothermal-flows-at-finite-knudsen-numbers-in-slip-flow-regime-application-to-plane-boundaries
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Goncalo Silva, Viriato Semiao
The first nonequilibrium effect experienced by gaseous flows in contact with solid surfaces is the slip-flow regime. While the classical hydrodynamic description holds valid in bulk, at boundaries the fluid-wall interactions must consider slip. In comparison to the standard no-slip Dirichlet condition, the case of slip formulates as a Robin-type condition for the fluid tangential velocity. This makes its numerical modeling a challenging task, particularly in complex geometries. In this work, this issue is handled with the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM), motivated by the similarities between the closure relations of the reflection-type boundary schemes equipping the LBM equation and the slip velocity condition established by slip-flow theory...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347173/hybrid-colored-noise-process-with-space-dependent-switching-rates
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Paul C Bressloff, Sean D Lawley
A fundamental issue in the theory of continuous stochastic process is the interpretation of multiplicative white noise, which is often referred to as the Itô-Stratonovich dilemma. From a physical perspective, this reflects the need to introduce additional constraints in order to specify the nature of the noise, whereas from a mathematical perspective it reflects an ambiguity in the formulation of stochastic differential equations (SDEs). Recently, we have identified a mechanism for obtaining an Itô SDE based on a form of temporal disorder...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347079/optimal-information-transfer-in-enzymatic-networks-a-field-theoretic-formulation
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Himadri S Samanta, Michael Hinczewski, D Thirumalai
Signaling in enzymatic networks is typically triggered by environmental fluctuations, resulting in a series of stochastic chemical reactions, leading to corruption of the signal by noise. For example, information flow is initiated by binding of extracellular ligands to receptors, which is transmitted through a cascade involving kinase-phosphatase stochastic chemical reactions. For a class of such networks, we develop a general field-theoretic approach to calculate the error in signal transmission as a function of an appropriate control variable...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346953/quantum-statistical-effects-in-the-mass-transport-of-interstitial-solutes-in-a-crystalline-solid
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C H Woo, Haohua Wen
The impact of quantum statistics on the many-body dynamics of a crystalline solid at finite temperatures containing an interstitial solute atom (ISA) is investigated. The Mori-Zwanzig theory allows the many-body dynamics of the crystal to be formulated and solved analytically within a pseudo-one-particle approach using the Langevin equation with a quantum fluctuation-dissipation relation (FDR) based on the Debye model. At the same time, the many-body dynamics is also directly solved numerically via the molecular dynamics approach with a Langevin heat bath based on the quantum FDR...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346936/accessibility-and-delay-in-random-temporal-networks
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Shahriar Etemadi Tajbakhsh, Justin P Coon, David E Simmons
In a wide range of complex networks, the links between the nodes are temporal and may sporadically appear and disappear. This temporality is fundamental to analyzing the formation of paths within such networks. Moreover, the presence of the links between the nodes is a random process induced by nature in many real-world networks. In this paper, we study random temporal networks at a microscopic level and formulate the probability of accessibility from a node i to a node j after a certain number of discrete time units T...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346630/vitamin-d-toxicity-a-16-year-retrospective-study-at-an-academic-medical-center
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John P Lee, Michael Tansey, Jennifer G Jetton, Matthew D Krasowski
Background: Interest in vitamin D has increased during the past 2 decades, with a corresponding increase in laboratory testing of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D]. The vast majority of specimens tested display normal or deficient levels of 25(OH)D; concentrations rarely fall in the potentially toxic range. Methods: We performed a retrospective investigation of elevated 25(OH)D levels during a 16-year period at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), a 734-bed tertiary-/quaternary-care academic medical center in the midwestern United States...
January 13, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346608/on-demand-intraoperative-3-dimensional-printing-of-custom-cranioplastic-prostheses
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Alexander I Evins, John Dutton, Sayem S Imam, Amal O Dadi, Tao Xu, Du Cheng, Philip E Stieg, Antonio Bernardo
BACKGROUND: Currently, implantation of patient-specific cranial prostheses requires reoperation after a period for design and formulation by a third-party manufacturer. Recently, 3-dimensional (3D) printing via fused deposition modeling has demonstrated increased ease of use, rapid production time, and significantly reduced costs, enabling expanded potential for surgical application. Three-dimensional printing may allow neurosurgeons to remove bone, perform a rapid intraoperative scan of the opening, and 3D print custom cranioplastic prostheses during the remainder of the procedure...
January 13, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346108/modeling-of-electroporation-induced-by-pulsed-electric-fields-in-irregularly-shaped-cells
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Luciano Mescia, Michele A Chiapperino, Pietro Bia, Johan Gielis, Diego Caratelli
During the past decades, the poration of cell membrane induced by pulsed electric fields has been widely investigated. Since the basic mechanisms of this process have not yet been fully clarified, many research activities are focused on the development of suitable theoretical and numerical models. To this end, a nonlinear, nonlocal, dispersive, and space-time numerical algorithm has been developed and adopted to evaluate the transmembrane voltage and pore density along the perimeter of realistic irregularly shaped cells...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345933/large-scale-functional-group-symmetry-adapted-perturbation-theory-on-graphical-processing-units
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Robert M Parrish, Keiran C Thompson, Todd J Martínez
Symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) is a valuable method for analyzing intermolecular interactions. The functional group SAPT partition (F-SAPT) has been introduced to provide additional insight into the origins of noncovalent interactions. Until now, SAPT analysis has been too costly for large ligand-protein complexes where it could provide key insights for chemical modifications that might improve ligand binding. In this paper, we present a large-scale implementation of F-SAPT which is especially efficient when one of the interacting monomers is significantly larger than the other, as is usually the case for drug-protein interactions...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344520/did-the-international-alpps-meeting-2015-have-an-impact-on-daily-practice-the-hamburg-barmbek-experience-of-58-cases
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Gregor A Stavrou, Marcello Donati, Mohammad H Fard-Aghaie, Martin Zeile, Tessa M Huber, Axel Stang, Karl J Oldhafer
Background: ALPPS (associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy) was introduced only 10 years ago and has gained wide acceptance as a variation of staged procedures in liver surgery. It has been criticized for its high morbidity and mortality, which all centers reported in their initial series. Methods: After a world expert meeting in Hamburg in 2015 where all experts in the field met to discuss this method, caveats were extracted and formulated...
December 2017: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344119/effect-of-lipodox-in-combination-with-bevacizumab-in-a-patient-with-a-metastatic-malignant-phyllodes-breast-tumor-a-case-report
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Chin Cheng Su, Chih-Jung Chen, Shou-Jen Kuo
A 76-year-old female patient with a malignant phyllodes tumor underwent modified radical mastectomy and wide excision. Multiple nodules were observed in the operated wound area. Positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) revealed recurrent disease in the left breast, the adjacent left third rib, the left internal mammary region and the left ilium. A novel formulation of bevacizumab (5 mg/m2, first day) in combination with liposomal doxorubicin (Lipodox, 30 mg/m2, second day) was administered for 3 cycles every 2 weeks, and subsequently wide excision was performed...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344064/occult-acute-macular-neuroretinopathy
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Michael S Vaphiades, Brendan Grondines
A 19-year-old Caucasian woman developed an upper respiratory infection, took a cold formulation containing 5 mg of phenylephrine, and developed a very rare and unusual form of acute macular neuroretinopathy (AMN) that could not be detected on fundoscopic examination, visual fields, nor electrophysiological testing. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) revealed a lesion limited to the fovea. This case illustrates the value of SD-OCT, in light of otherwise normal testing, in a variant of AMN the authors call "occult AMN"...
August 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342885/alcohol-derived-acetaldehyde-exposure-in-the-oral-cavity
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Alessia Stornetta, Valeria Guidolin, Silvia Balbo
Alcohol is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a human carcinogen and its consumption has been associated to an increased risk of liver, breast, colorectum, and upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) cancers. Its mechanisms of carcinogenicity remain unclear and various hypotheses have been formulated depending on the target organ considered. In the case of UADT cancers, alcohol's major metabolite acetaldehyde seems to play a crucial role. Acetaldehyde reacts with DNA inducing modifications, which, if not repaired, can result in mutations and lead to cancer development...
January 14, 2018: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341922/sustained-release-timolol-maleate-loaded-ocusert-based-on-biopolymer-composite
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Revathy V Nair, Shefrin S, Akhil Suresh, Anoop K R, Sreeja C Nair
In the present investigation, the effect of timolol maleate loaded ocuserts was studied as an alternative for conventional anti-glaucoma formulation. Ocuserts were prepared using natural polymer sodium alginate and ethyl cellulose. Physico-chemical properties along with drug entrapment efficiency (94-98%), content uniformity (93.1% ± 0.264-98.00% ± 0.321), in vitro drug release (83.42% ± 0.35 at end of 12 hours), ex vivo permeation all showed satisfactory results, which was found to follow zero order kinetics...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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