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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092905/endocranial-morphology-of-the-extinct-north-american-lion-panthera-atrox
#1
Andrew R Cuff, Christopher Stockey, Anjali Goswami
The extinct North American lion (Panthera atrox) is one of the largest felids (Mammalia, Carnivora) to have ever lived, and it is known from a plethora of incredibly well-preserved remains. Despite this abundance of material, there has been little research into its endocranial anatomy. CT scans of a skull of P. atrox from the Pleistocene La Brea Tar pits were used to generate the first virtual endocranium for this species and to elucidate previously unknown details of its brain size and gross structure, cranial nerves, and inner-ear morphology...
January 17, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092857/universal-efavirenz-determination-in-transport-study-rat-placenta-perfusion-and-placenta-lysate-by-hplc-uv
#2
Lucie Zelena, Josef Reznicek, Martina Ceckova, Hana Sklenarova
Efavirenz is an antiretroviral drug used in the treatment of HIV-positive patients. A simple, fast and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was developed in order to determine efavirenz in three types of samples provided from pharmacokinetic studies. The analysis took 5min and was performed using a C18 analytical column (Discovery HS C18, 150×4.6mm, particle size of 5μm) in isocratic mode with a mobile phase containing acetonitrile and water (65:35, v/v), a flow rate of 1.6mLmin(-1), a sample volume of 10μL and UV detection at 245nm...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092685/precision-oncology-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia-using-a-knowledge-bank-approach
#3
Moritz Gerstung, Elli Papaemmanuil, Inigo Martincorena, Lars Bullinger, Verena I Gaidzik, Peter Paschka, Michael Heuser, Felicitas Thol, Niccolo Bolli, Peter Ganly, Arnold Ganser, Ultan McDermott, Konstanze Döhner, Richard F Schlenk, Hartmut Döhner, Peter J Campbell
Underpinning the vision of precision medicine is the concept that causative mutations in a patient's cancer drive its biology and, by extension, its clinical features and treatment response. However, considerable between-patient heterogeneity in driver mutations complicates evidence-based personalization of cancer care. Here, by reanalyzing data from 1,540 patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), we explore how large knowledge banks of matched genomic-clinical data can support clinical decision-making. Inclusive, multistage statistical models accurately predicted likelihoods of remission, relapse and mortality, which were validated using data from independent patients in The Cancer Genome Atlas...
January 16, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092634/correlation-of-cation-distribution-with-the-hyperfine-and-magnetic-behaviour-of-ni0-3zn0-4co0-2cu0-1fe2o4-nanoparticles-and-their-microwave-absorption-properties-when-encapsulated-in-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes
#4
Madhumita Dalal, Ayan Mallick, Jean-Marc Greneche, Dipankar Das, Pabitra K Chakrabarti
Nanocrystalline samples of Ni0.3Zn0.4Co0.2Cu0.1Fe2O4 (NZCCF) are prepared by a simple co-precipitation method. To obtain nanoparticles of different sizes, the as prepared sample is annealed at 400, 600, 800 and 1000 °C. Nanoparticles of the sample annealed at 600 °C are encapsulated in multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT). To confirm the crystallographic phase, x-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns are analyzed by the Rietveld method and cation distribution in A- and B-sites is estimated from the analysis. Occupancy of Zn(2+) ions in A-site and that of Fe(3+) ions in B-site increase with the increase of annealing temperature (T A) and lattice parameters lie within 8...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092217/development-construct-validity-and-test-retest-reliability-of-a-field-based-wheelchair-mobility-performance-test-for-wheelchair-basketball
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Annemarie M H de Witte, Marco J M Hoozemans, Monique A M Berger, Rienk M A van der Slikke, Lucas H V van der Woude, Dirkjan H E J Veeger
The aim of this study was to develop and describe a wheelchair mobility performance test in wheelchair basketball and to assess its construct validity and reliability. To mimic mobility performance of wheelchair basketball matches in a standardised manner, a test was designed based on observation of wheelchair basketball matches and expert judgement. Forty-six players performed the test to determine its validity and 23 players performed the test twice for reliability. Independent-samples t-tests were used to assess whether the times needed to complete the test were different for classifications, playing standards and sex...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092100/comparing-human-resource-planning-models-in-dentistry-a-case-study-using-canadian-armed-forces-dental-clinics
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Jodi L Shaw, Julie W Farmer, Peter C Coyte, Herenia P Lawrence
OBJECTIVES: To compare two methods of allocating general dentists to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) dental detachments: a dentist-to-population ratio model and a needs-based model. METHODS: Data obtained from CAF sources were analysed to compare models. Times assigned to treatment plan procedures were used as a proxy for treatment needs. Full-time equivalents (FTEs) were used as an indicator for the number of dentists allocated to each detachment. FTE values were adjusted for military dentists to account for time spent on compulsory nonclinical duties...
January 16, 2017: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092090/prevalence-of-mucopolysaccharidosis-types-i-ii-and-vi-in-the-pediatric-and-adult-population-with-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-cts-retrospective-and-prospective-analysis-of-patients-treated-for-cts
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Mette Borch Nørmark, Nanna Kjaer, Allan Meldgaard Lund
BACKGROUND: We wanted to investigate whether the prevalence of mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) I, II, and VI was higher than expected in a selected cohort of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS is a common finding in patients with MPS, and therefore we screened patients who had undergone surgery for CTS for undiagnosed MPS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients who had been operated for CTS were found in databases from two hospitals. Furthermore, patients who had undergone surgery for CTS when under the age of 18 were retrieved from the National Patient Registry...
January 17, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092050/microwestern-arrays-for-systems-level-analysis-of-sh2-domain-containing-proteins
#8
Mark F Ciaccio, Richard B Jones
The Microwestern Array (MWA) method combines the scalability and miniaturization afforded by the Reverse Phase Lysate Array (RPLA) approach with the electrophoretic separation characteristic of the Western blot. This technology emulates the creation of an array of small Western blots on a single sheet of nitrocellulose allowing for the sensitive and quantitative measurement of hundreds of proteins from hundreds of cell lysates with minimal cost and maximal accuracy, precision, and reproducibility. The MWA is a versatile technology that can be easily configured for purposes such as antibody screening, cell signaling network inference, protein modification/phenotype regression analysis, and genomic/proteomic relationships...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091940/purification-and-sequence-characterization-of-chondroitin-sulfate-and-dermatan-sulfate-from-fishes
#9
Na Lin, Xiaoli Mo, Yang Yang, Hong Zhang
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) and dermatan sulfate (DS) were extracted and purified from skins or bones of salmon (Salmo salar), snakehead (Channa argus), monkfish (Lophius litulon) and skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis). Size, structural sequences and sulfate groups of oligosaccharides in the purified CS and DS could be characterized and identified using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) combined with Orbitrap mass spectrometry. CS and DS chain structure varies depending on origin, but motif structure appears consistent...
January 14, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091784/recognition-of-d-penicillamine-using-schiff-base-centered-fluorescent-organic-nanoparticles-and-application-to-medicine-analysis
#10
Prasad G Mahajan, Govind B Kolekar, Shivajirao R Patil
Schiff base centered fluorescent organic compound 1,1'-[(1E,2E)-hydrazine-1,2-diylidenedi(E)methylylidene]- dinaphthalen-2-ol (HN) was synthesized followed by spectral characterization viz., NMR, IR and Mass spectroscopy. The fluorescent nanoparticles of HN prepared using reprecipitation method shows red shifted aggregation induced enhanced emission (AIEE) with respect to HN solution in acetone. The average particle size of nanoparticles (HNNPs) is of 67.2 nm shows sphere shape morphology. The surfactant cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) used to stabilize HNNPs induces positive charge surface with zeta potential of 11...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091665/trace-element-protein-interactions-in-endolymph-from-the-inner-ear-of-fish-implications-for-environmental-reconstructions-using-fish-otolith-chemistry
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Oliver R B Thomas, Katherine Ganio, Blaine R Roberts, Stephen E Swearer
Otoliths, the biomineralised hearing "ear stones" from the inner ear of fish, grow throughout the lifespan of an individual, with deposition of alternating calciferous and proteinaceous bands occurring daily. Trace element : calcium ratios within daily increments measured by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) are often used in fisheries science to reconstruct environmental histories. There is, however, considerable uncertainty as to which elements are interacting with either the proteinaceous or calciferous zones of the otolith, and thus their utility as indicators of environmental change...
January 16, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091627/development-of-a-single-step-immunoassay-microdevice-based-on-a-graphene-oxide-containing-hydrogel-possessing-fluorescence-quenching-and-size-separation-functions
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Akihiro Shirai, Kaho Nakashima, Kenji Sueyoshi, Tatsuro Endo, Hideaki Hisamoto
An immunoassay, which is an indispensable analytical method both in biological research and in medical fields was successfully integrated into a "single-step" by developing a microdevice composed of a graphene oxide (GO)-containing hydrogel and a poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microchannel array with a polyethylene glycol (PEG) coating containing a fluorescently-labelled antibody. Here we used 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) as a monomer that is easily, and homogeneously, mixed with GO to synthesize the hydrogel...
January 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091561/low-temperature-co-oxidation-over-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-decorating-internal-structures-of-a-mesoporous-alumina
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Il Hee Kim, Hyun Ook Seo, Eun Ji Park, Sang Wook Han, Young Dok Kim
Using a chemical vapor deposition method with regulated sample temperatures under ambient pressure conditions, we were able to fully decorate the internal structure of a mesoporous Al2O3 bead (~1 mm in particle diameter) with iron oxide nanoparticles (with a mean lateral size of less than 1 nm). The iron oxide-decorated Al2O3 showed a high CO oxidation reactivity, even at room temperature. Very little deactivation of the CO oxidation activity was observed with increasing reaction time at ~100 °C. Additionally, this catalyst showed high CO oxidation activity, even after annealing at ~900 °C under atmospheric conditions (i...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091343/prediction-of-transition-to-psychosis-in-patients-with-a-clinical-high-risk-for-psychosis-a-systematic-review-of-methodology-and-reporting
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E Studerus, A Ramyead, A Riecher-Rössler
BACKGROUND: To enhance indicated prevention in patients with a clinical high risk (CHR) for psychosis, recent research efforts have been increasingly directed towards estimating the risk of developing psychosis on an individual level using multivariable clinical prediction models. The aim of this study was to systematically review the methodological quality and reporting of studies developing or validating such models. METHOD: A systematic literature search was carried out (up to 14 March 2016) to find all studies that developed or validated a clinical prediction model predicting the transition to psychosis in CHR patients...
January 16, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090810/enamel-remineralization-effect-of-a-dentifrice-containing-calcium-sodium-phosphosilicate-an-optical-coherence-tomography-observation
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Saki Matsuyoshi, Ryosuke Murayama, Shunsuke Akiba, Chiaki Yabuki, Toshiki Takamizawa, Hiroyasu Kurokawa, Masashi Miyazaki
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a dentifrice containing 5% calcium sodium phosphosilicate (CSP) on the remineralization of the enamel using optical coherence tomography (OCT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bovine incisors were sliced and shaped in a rectangular form. One group of five specimens was treated with undersaturated 0.1 M lactic acid buffer solution (pH 4.75) for 10 min and then placed in artificial saliva (pH 7.0) (De group)...
January 16, 2017: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090807/neurocognitive-function-in-pediatric-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
#16
Daniel A Geller, Amitai Abramovitch, Andrew Mittelman, Abigail Stark, Kesley Ramsey, Allison Cooperman, Lee Baer, S Evelyn Stewart
OBJECTIVES: The small body of neuropsychological research in pediatric OCD yields inconsistent results. A recent meta-analysis found small effect sizes, concluding that pediatric OCD may not be associated with cognitive impairments, stressing the need for more research. We investigated neuropsychological performance in a large sample of OCD youth, while assessing potential moderators. METHODS: Participants with OCD (n = 102), and matched controls (n = 161) were thoroughly screened and blindly evaluated for comorbidities, and completed a neuropsychological battery assessing processing-speed, visuospatial abilities (VSA), working memory (WM), nonverbal memory (NVM), and executive functions (EF)...
January 16, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090806/randomized-sham-controlled-study-of-high-frequency-bilateral-deep-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-dtms-to-treat-adult-attention-hyperactive-disorder-adhd-negative-results
#17
Yaniv Paz, Keren Friedwald, Yeheal Levkovitz, Abraham Zangen, Uri Alyagon, Uri Nitzan, Aviv Segev, Hagai Maoz, May Koubi, Yuval Bloch
BACKGROUND: Recent studies support the possible effectiveness of rTMS as a treatment for ADHD. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and possible efficacy of bilateral prefrontal deep rTMS for the treatment of adult ADHD. METHODS: Twenty-six adult ADHD patients were randomized blindly to sham or actual deep TMS. Twenty daily sessions were conducted using the bilateral H5 deep TMS coil (Brainsway, IL) in order to stimulate the prefrontal cortex at 120% of the motor threshold at high frequency...
January 16, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090675/cross-sectional-study-shows-that-impaired-bone-mineral-status-and-metabolism-are-found-in-non-mosaic-triple-x-syndrome
#18
Stefano Stagi, Mariarosaria Di Tommaso, Perla Scalini, Elena Sandini, Fabrizio Masoni, Francesco Chiarelli, Alberto Verrotti, Sabrina Giglio, Silvia Romano, Maurizio de Martino
AIM: The effect of a supernumerary X chromosome on bones has not been reported and this study evaluated bone mineral status and metabolism in non-mosaic triple X syndrome. METHODS: This cross-sectional study comprised 19 girls, with a median age of 10.9 years, with nonmosaic triple X syndrome and a control group matched for age and body size. We studied ionised and total calcium, phosphate, parathyroid hormone (PTH), 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, osteocalcin, bone alkaline phosphatase levels and urinary deoxypyridinoline concentrations...
January 15, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090524/the-samukeppra-study-in-prehospital-status-epilepticus-lessons-for-future-study
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Andrew C Schomer, Jaideep Kapur
In the Lancet Neurology article "Prehospital treatment with levetiracetam plus clonazepam or placebo plus clonazepam in status epilepticus (SAMUKeppra): a randomised, double-blind, phase 3 trial" the authors conducted a prehospital, randomized controlled study to determine which treatment is more effective for status epilepticus (SE): benzodiazepine alone, or in combination with levetiracetam (LEV). Although the study had negative results, several aspects of the trial design likely masked any added effect that LEV may have had in controlling SE, including: higher doses of benzodiazepines, lower thresholds for determining cessation of SE, and a smaller sample size...
December 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090299/tadalafil-therapy-for-sarcoidosis-associated-pulmonary-hypertension
#20
H J Ford, R P Baughman, R Aris, P Engel, J F Donohue
Sarcoidosis-associated pulmonary hypertension (SAPH) is estimated to occur in at least 5% or more of sarcoidosis patients, and it contributes to significant morbidity and mortality. Optimal therapy for SAPH is not well established. We performed a 24-week open-label trial of tadalafil for SAPH at 2 academic medical centers. Subjects were required to have confirmed sarcoidosis plus a right heart catheterization within 12 months of enrollment showing a mean pulmonary artery pressure ≥ 25 mmHg, a pulmonary artery wedge pressure ≤ 15 mmHg, and a calculated pulmonary vascular resistance ≥ 3 Wood units...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
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