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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231346/in-vitro-three-dimensional-accuracy-of-digital-implant-impressions-the-effect-of-implant-angulation
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Vanessa A Chia, Roxanna J Esguerra, Khim Hean Teoh, Juin Wei Teo, Keng Mun Wong, Keson B Tan
PURPOSE: To compare the three-dimensional (3D) accuracy of conventional impressions (CIs) with digital scans (DSs) using an intraoral scanner (IOS) with intraoral scan bodies (SBs) and varying buccolingual interimplant angulations. A secondary aim was to measure the SB machining tolerance and height with and without application of torque. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three master models (MMs) with two implants simulating an implant-supported three-unit fixed partial denture for bone-level implants were used...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230928/reactivation-of-hepatitis-b-in-patients-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-with-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-treated-with-direct-acting-antivirals
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Ming-Lun Yeh, Chung-Feng Huang, Meng-Hsuan Hsieh, Yu-Min Ko, Kuan-Yu Chen, Ta-Wei Liu, Yi-Hung Lin, Po-Cheng Liang, Ming-Yen Hsieh, Zu-Yau Lin, Shinn-Cherng Chen, Ching-I Huang, Jee-Fu Huang, Po-Lin Kuo, Chia-Yen Dai, Ming-Lung Yu, Wan-Long Chuang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) may reactivate when treating chronic hepatitis C (CHC) with direct acting antivirals (DAA). We aim to investigate the risk of HBV reactivation during DAA therapy. METHODS: CHC patients receiving pan-oral DAA therapy from Dec. 2013 to Aug. 2016 were evaluated. Fifty-seven patients that had a past HBV infection (negative hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)) and positive hepatitis B core antibody (Anti-HBc)) and 7 patients that had a current HBV infection (positive HBsAg) were enrolled...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230091/the-integration-of-color-selective-mechanisms-in-symmetry-detection
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Chia-Ching Wu, Chien-Chung Chen
We studied how the visual system detects multicolor symmetric patterns by manipulating the number of colors in an image in both isoluminance and luminance conditions. With a two-interval forced choice noise masking paradigm, we presented a noise mask in both intervals of each trial. A vertically symmetric target was randomly presented in one interval while a noise control was presented in the other. The task of the observers was to determine which interval contained the target. The target detection threshold was measured at various noise mask densities, which was found to decrease 1...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227956/a-wirelessly-powered-homecage-with-animal-behavior-analysis-and-closed-loop-power-control
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Yaoyao Jia, Zheyuan Wang, Daniel Canales, Morgan Tinkler, Chia-Chun Hsu, Teresa E Madsen, S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Donald Rainnie, Maysam Ghovanloo, Yaoyao Jia, Zheyuan Wang, Daniel Canales, Morgan Tinkler, Chia-Chun Hsu, Teresa E Madsen, S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Donald Rainnie, Maysam Ghovanloo, Donald Rainnie, Chia-Chun Hsu, Teresa E Madsen, Morgan Tinkler, Daniel Canales, Zheyuan Wang, S Abdollah Mirbozorgi, Maysam Ghovanloo, Yaoyao Jia
This paper presents a new EnerCage-homecage system, EnerCage-HC2, for longitudinal electrophysiology data acquisition experiments on small freely moving animal subjects, such as rodents. EnerCage-HC2 is equipped with multi-coil wireless power transmission (WPT), closed-loop power control, bidirectional data communication via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Microsoft Kinect® based animal behavior tracking and analysis. The EnerCage-HC2 achieves a homogeneous power transfer efficiency (PTE) of 14% on average, with ~42 mW power delivered to the load (PDL) at a nominal height of 7 cm by the closed-loop power control mechanism...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227513/in-vitro-assessment-of-long-term-reliability-of-low-cost-%C3%AE-ecog-arrays
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Kay Palopoli-Trojani, Virginia Woods, Chia-Han Chiang, Michael Trumpis, Jonathan Viventi, Kay Palopoli-Trojani, Virginia Woods, Chia-Han Chiang, Michael Trumpis, Jonathan Viventi, Kay Palopoli-Trojani, Virginia Woods, Chia-Han Chiang, Jonathan Viventi, Michael Trumpis
Micro-electrocorticographic (μECοG) electrode arrays provide a minimally invasive, high-resolution neural interface with broad cortical coverage. Previously, we fabricated μECoG arrays at a lower cost than commercially available devices using low-cost industrial processes [1], [2]. Here, we report the in vitro electrical performance of five μECoG designs undergoing an accelerated aging protocol. The impedance and yield of the μECoG arrays were tracked over time. The equivalent lifetime at 37°C depended on the manufacturer and material stack-up, and ranged between 30 and greater than 760 days (ongoing)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226888/comparative-frequency-response-analysis-system-for-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-measurements
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Tse-An Chen, Chia-Ling Wei, Bin-Da Liu, Tse-An Chen, Chia-Ling Wei, Bin-Da Liu, Chia-Ling Wei, Tse-An Chen, Bin-Da Liu
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is a widely used technique in biomedical and chemical analysis. A prototype of comparative frequency response analysis (FRA) system for measuring EIS is proposed in this work. Compared to traditional FRA-based systems, neither quadrature sinusoidal signals nor two identical sensing paths are needed. The experimental results based on molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for detection of melatonin solutions are shown to validate the proposed EIS measurement system...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226555/an-ultrasonically-powered-implantable-device-for-targeted-drug-delivery
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Jayant Charthad, Spyridon Baltsavias, Devleena Samanta, Ting Chia Chang, Marcus J Weber, Niloufar Hosseini-Nassab, Richard N Zare, Amin Arbabian, Jayant Charthad, Spyridon Baltsavias, Devleena Samanta, Ting Chia Chang, Marcus J Weber, Niloufar Hosseini-Nassab, Richard N Zare, Amin Arbabian, Spyridon Baltsavias, Marcus J Weber, Devleena Samanta, Richard N Zare, Ting Chia Chang, Niloufar Hosseini-Nassab, Jayant Charthad, Amin Arbabian
A wirelessly powered implantable device is proposed for fully programmable and localized drug delivery. The implant is powered using an external ultrasonic transmitter and operates at <; 5% of the FDA diagnostic ultrasound intensity limit. Drug release is achieved through electrical stimulation of drug-loaded polypyrrole nanoparticles. A design methodology for the implant electronics is presented and experimentally demonstrated to be accurate in predicting the concentration of the released drug. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ultrasonically powered implantable device platform for targeted drug delivery using electroresponsive polymers...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225776/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-food-intake-difficulties-among-residents-with-dementia
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Chia-Chi Chang, Yu-Fang Lin, Chia-Hui Chiu, Yuan-Mei Liao, Mu-Hsing Ho, Yen-Kuang Lin, Kuei-Ru Chou, Megan F Liu
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined the prevalence of food intake difficulties and their associated factors among residents with dementia in long-term care facilities in Taiwan. The purpose of the study was to identify the best cutoff point for the Chinese Feeding Difficulty Index (Ch-FDI), which evaluates the prevalence of food intake difficulties and recognizes factors associated with eating behaviors in residents with dementia. METHODS AND FINDINGS: A cross-sectional design was adopted...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225575/25-hydroxy-vitamin-d-suppresses-hepatitis-c-virus-replication-and-contributes-to-rapid-virological-response-of-treatment-efficacy
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Jee-Fu Huang, Yu-Min Ko, Chung-Feng Huang, Ming-Lun Yeh, Chia-Yen Dai, Meng-Hsuan Hsieh, Ching-I Huang, Hua-Ling Yang, Shu-Chi Wang, Zu-Yau Lin, Shinn-Chern Chen, Ming-Lung Yu, Wan-Long Chuang
AIM: 25-hydroxy vitamin D (Vit D) plays a role in treatment outcomes in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection (CHC). We aimed to clarify HCV replication is inhibited by Vit D in HCV replicon cells. Clinical implication was assessed for rapid virological response (RVR) and sustained virological response (SVR) among those patients receiving anti-viral therapy. METHODS: Cell survival and viral loads were observed in Con1 (genotype-1b) and J6/JFH (genotype-2a) cells treated with different doses of Vit D...
February 22, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225496/impact-of-nasal-symptoms-on-the-evaluation-of-asthma-control
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Chien-Chia Huang, Po-Hung Chang, Pei-Wen Wu, Chun-Hua Wang, Chia-Hsiang Fu, Chi-Che Huang, Hsiao-Jung Tseng, Ta-Jen Lee
The united airways concept suggests that patients with asthma typically exhibit parallel inflammation in the upper airway. The resulting nasal symptoms should reduce quality of life and substantially affect the evaluation of asthma control among these patients. This study aimed to assess the association of nasal symptoms with the evaluation of asthma control.Fifty-eight patients with asthma and persistent nasal symptoms were prospectively recruited for evaluations of their sinonasal symptoms and asthma control in a cross-sectional study from August 2013 to June 2016...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224735/genetic-risk-variants-for-social-anxiety
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Murray B Stein, Chia-Yen Chen, Sonia Jain, Kevin P Jensen, Feng He, Steven G Heeringa, Ronald C Kessler, Adam Maihofer, Matthew K Nock, Stephan Ripke, Xiaoying Sun, Michael L Thomas, Robert J Ursano, Jordan W Smoller, Joel Gelernter
Social anxiety is a neurobehavioral trait characterized by fear and reticence in social situations. Twin studies have shown that social anxiety has a heritable basis, shared with neuroticism and extraversion, but genetic studies have yet to demonstrate robust risk variants. We conducted genomewide association analysis (GWAS) of subjects within the Army Study To Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) to (i) determine SNP-based heritability of social anxiety; (ii) discern genetic risk loci for social anxiety; and (iii) determine shared genetic risk with neuroticism and extraversion...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224648/impacts-of-disease-severity-on-postoperative-complications-in-children-with-sleep-disordered-breathing
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Kun-Tai Kang, I-Sheng Chang, Chia-Chen Tseng, Wen-Chin Weng, Tzu-Yu Hsiao, Pei-Lin Lee, Wei-Chung Hsu
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To investigate the effects of diseases severity on postoperative complications following adenotonsillectomy (T&A) in children with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. METHODS: Children aged <18 years were enrolled and underwent T&A for treating SDB. Polysomnography was used to classify the disease severity: primary snoring (apnea-hypopnea index [AHI] <1), mild (AHI = 1-5), moderate (AHI = 5-10), and severe obstructive sleep apnea [OSA] (AHI ≥10)...
February 22, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224479/modulation-of-arts-and-xiap-by-parkin-is-associated-with-carnosic-acid-protects-sh-sy5y-cells-against-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-apoptosis
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Ru-Huei Fu, Li-Chun Huang, Chia-Yuan Lin, Chia-Wen Tsai
The mediation of apoptosis-related protein in the TGF-β signaling pathway (ARTS) and X-liked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP) by parkin plays a critical role in preventing Parkinson's disease. We studied whether carnosic acid (CA) could prevent 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced apoptosis by modulating ARTS and XIAP through parkin in SH-SY5Y cells. In cells treated with 6-OHDA, the protein expression of ARTS is increased and XIAP is decreased. Pretreatment of cells with CA reversed these effects. Moreover, CA attenuated the activation of caspase 9 and caspase 7 by 6-OHDA...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223732/effects-of-sex-and-generation-on-hepatitis-b-viral-load-in-families-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Ai-Ru Hsieh, Cathy Sj Fann, Chau-Ting Yeh, Hung-Chun Lin, Shy-Yi Wan, Yi-Cheng Chen, Chia-Lin Hsu, Jennifer Tai, Shi-Ming Lin, Dar-In Tai
AIM: To explore factors associated with persistent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in a cohort of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)-affected families and then investigate factors that correlate with individual viral load among hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive relatives. METHODS: We evaluated non-genetic factors associated with HBV replication in relatives of patients with HCC. Relatives of 355 HCC cases were interviewed using a structured questionnaire...
February 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222497/correction-lapatinib-inhibits-cip2a-pp2a-p-akt-signaling-and-induces-apoptosis-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
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Chun-Yu Liu, Ming-Hung Hu, Chia-Jung Hsu, Chun-Teng Huang, Duen-Shian Wang, Wen-Chun Tsai, Yi-Ting Chen, Chia-Han Lee, Pei-Yi Chu, Chia-Chi Hsu, Ming-Huang Chen, Chung-Wai Shiau, Ling-Ming Tseng, Kuen-Feng Chen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222098/multicenter-study-of-skin-rashes-and-hepatotoxicity-in-antiretroviral-na%C3%A3-ve-hiv-positive-patients-receiving-non-nucleoside-reverse-transcriptase-inhibitor-plus-nucleoside-reverse-transcriptase-inhibitors-in-taiwan
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Pei-Ying Wu, Chien-Yu Cheng, Chun-Eng Liu, Yi-Chien Lee, Chia-Jui Yang, Mao-Song Tsai, Shu-Hsing Cheng, Shih-Ping Lin, De-Yu Lin, Ning-Chi Wang, Yi-Chieh Lee, Hsin-Yun Sun, Hung-Jen Tang, Chien-Ching Hung
OBJECTIVES: Two nucleos(t)ide reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) plus 1 non-NRTI (nNRTI) remain the preferred or alternative combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for antiretroviral-naive HIV-positive patients in Taiwan. The three most commonly used nNRTIs are nevirapine (NVP), efavirenz (EFV) and rilpivirine (RPV). This study aimed to determine the incidences of hepatotoxicity and skin rashes within 4 weeks of initiation of cART containing 1 nNRTI plus 2 NRTIs. METHODS: Between June, 2012 and November, 2015, all antiretroviral-naive HIV-positive adult patients initiating nNRTI-containing cART at 8 designated hospitals for HIV care were included in this retrospective observational study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221901/prevalence-and-persistence-of-listeria-monocytogenes-in-ready-to-eat-tilapia-sashimi-processing-plants
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Bang-Yuan Chen, Chung-Yi Wang, Chia-Lan Wang, Yang-Chi Fan, I-Ting Weng, Chung-Hsi Chou
A 2-year study was performed at two ready-to-eat tilapia sashimi processing plants (A and B) to identify possible routes of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes during processing. Samples were collected from the aquaculture environments, transportation tanks, processing plants, and final products. Seventy-nine L. monocytogenes isolates were found in the processing environments and final products; 3.96% (50 of 1,264 samples) and 3.86% (29 of 752 samples) of the samples from plants A and B, respectively, were positive for L...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221867/osimertinib-in-pretreated-t790m-positive-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-aura-study-phase-ii-extension-component
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James Chih-Hsin Yang, Myung-Ju Ahn, Dong-Wan Kim, Suresh S Ramalingam, Lecia V Sequist, Wu-Chou Su, Sang-We Kim, Joo-Hang Kim, David Planchard, Enriqueta Felip, Fiona Blackhall, Daniel Haggstrom, Kiyotaka Yoh, Silvia Novello, Kathryn Gold, Tomonori Hirashima, Chia-Chi Lin, Helen Mann, Mireille Cantarini, Serban Ghiorghiu, Pasi A Jänne
Purpose Osimertinib is an irreversible epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) selective for both EGFR-TKI sensitizing ( EGFRm) and T790M resistance mutations. AURA (NCT01802632) is a phase I/II clinical trial to determine the dose, safety, and efficacy of osimertinib. This article reports the results from the phase II extension component. Patients and Methods Patients with EGFR-TKI-pretreated EGFRm- and T790M-positive advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) received once-daily osimertinib 80 mg...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221751/molecular-engineering-and-design-of-semiconducting-polymer-dots-with-narrow-band-near-infrared-emission-for-in-vivo-biological-imaging
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Chi-Shiang Ke, Chia-Chia Fang, Jia-Ying Yan, Po-Jung Tseng, Joseph R Pyle, Chuan-Pin Chen, Shu-Yi Lin, Jixin Chen, Xuanjun Zhang, Yang-Hsiang Chan
This article describes the design and synthesis of donor-bridge-acceptor-based semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) that exhibit narrow-band emissions, ultrahigh brightness, and large Stokes shifts in the near-infrared (NIR) region. We systematically investigated the effect of π-bridges on the fluorescence quantum yields of the donor-bridge-acceptor-based Pdots. The Pdots could be excited by a 488 or 532 nm laser and have a high fluorescence quantum yield of 33% with a Stokes shift of more than 200 nm. The emission full width at half-maximum of the Pdots can be as narrow as 29 nm, about 2...
February 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220833/early-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-decline-predicts-treatment-response-to-entecavir-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Cheng-Yuan Peng, Hsueh-Chou Lai, Wen-Pang Su, Chia-Hsin Lin, Po-Heng Chuang, Sheng-Hung Chen, Ching-Hsiang Chen
Early declines in serum hepatitis B surface (HBsAg) levels, their optimal cutoffs, and association with therapeutic endpoints in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients receiving entecavir treatment remain unclear. We prospectively enrolled 529 patients (195 hepatitis B e antigen [HBeAg]-positive and 334 HBeAg-negative) with a median treatment duration of 49.2 months. Median HBsAg levels declined significantly in both groups at Month 3, but only at Months 6-12 in the HBeAg-negative group. Both groups exhibited a significant HBsAg decline with each successive year of treatment...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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