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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784962/carrier-thermometry-of-cold-ytterbium-atoms-in-an-optical-lattice-clock
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Chengyin Han, Min Zhou, Xiaohang Zhang, Qi Gao, Yilin Xu, Shangyan Li, Shuang Zhang, Xinye Xu
The ultracold atomic gas serving as the quantum reference is a key part of an optical lattice clock, and the temperature of atoms in the optical lattice affects the uncertainty and instability of the optical lattice clocks. Since the carrier spectrum of the clock transition in the lattices reflects the thermal dynamics of cold atoms, the temperature of atoms can be extracted from the carrier spectrum in a non-magic wavelength lattice of ytterbium optical clocks. Furthermore, the temperatures obtained from the carrier spectra are in good agreement with the results obtained by the time-of-flight method and thermometry based on the sideband spectrum...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774765/-staying-safe-a-narrative-review-of-falls-prevention-in-people-with-parkinson-s-pdsafe
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Sophia Hulbert, Lynn Rochester, Alice Nieuwboer, Vicki Goodwin, Carolyn Fitton, Kim Chivers-Seymour, Ann Ashburn
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease demonstrates a spectrum of motor and non-motor symptoms. Falling is common and disabling. Current medical management shows minimal impact to reduce falls or fall-related risk factors, such as deficits in gait, strength, and postural instability. Despite evidence supporting rehabilitation in reducing fall risk factors, the most appropriate intervention to reduce overall fall rate remains inconclusive. This article aims to 1) synthesise current evidence and conceptual models of falls rehabilitation in Parkinson's in a narrative review; and based on this evidence, 2) introduce the treatment protocol used in the falls prevention and multi-centre clinical trial "PDSAFE"...
May 18, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774386/outcomes-are-equivalent-for-two-column-acetabular-fractures-either-with-or-without-posterior-wall-fractures
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Byung-Woo Min, Kyung-Jae Lee, Jae-Won Jung, Gyo-Wook Kim, Kwang-Soon Song, Ki-Cheor Bae, Si-Wook Lee
INTRODUCTION: It is likely that posterior-wall involvement in association with two-column fractures plays a pivotal role in outcomes because of the potential for hip instability if it is not anatomically reduced and fixed. Uncertainty remains about how this fracture is best treated, especially regarding how posterior-wall involvement may affect functional results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To better understand the role that posterior-wall involvement may play in determining functional results, we compared data for outcomes for patients with posterior-wall involvement and for those without in a consecutive series of two-column fractures...
May 17, 2018: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773481/comparison-of-thermophilic-anaerobic-and-aerobic-treatment-processes-for-stabilization-of-green-and-food-wastes-and-production-of-soil-amendments
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Jesus D Fernandez-Bayo, Ramin Yazdani, Christopher W Simmons, Jean S VanderGheynst
The management of organic wastes is an environmental and social priority. Aerobic digestion (AED) or composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) are two organic waste management practices that produce a value-added final product. Few side-by-side comparisons of both technologies and their digestate products have been performed. The objective of this study was to compare the impact of initial feedstock properties (moisture content and/or C/N ratio) on stabilization rate by AED and AD and soil amendment characteristics of the final products...
May 14, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770165/targeting-oxidatively-induced-dna-damage-response-in-cancer-opportunities-for-novel-cancer-therapies
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REVIEW
Pierpaola Davalli, Gaetano Marverti, Angela Lauriola, Domenico D'Arca
Cancer is a death cause in economically developed countries that results growing also in developing countries. Improved outcome through targeted interventions faces the scarce selectivity of the therapies and the development of resistance to them that compromise the therapeutic effects. Genomic instability is a typical cancer hallmark due to DNA damage by genetic mutations, reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, ionizing radiation, and chemotherapeutic agents. DNA lesions can induce and/or support various diseases, including cancer...
2018: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767246/dnajc3-mutation-in-thai-familial-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Sirikul Kulanuwat, Watip Tangjittipokin, Prapaporn Jungtrakoon, Chutima Chanprasert, Jatuporn Sujjitjoon, Ninareeman Binnima, Pa-Thai Yenchitsomanus, Nattachet Plengvidhya
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) is a heterogeneous disease, with certain cases presenting an autosomal dominant type. The rare coding variants of disease‑causing genes in T2D remain mostly unclear. The present study aimed to identify the disease‑causing gene conducting whole exome sequencing in a Thai T2D family with an autosomal dominant transmission of T2D with no evidence of mutations in known maturity‑onset diabetes of the young (MODY) genes. Candidate variants were selected according to certain criteria of mutation prediction programs, followed by segregation analysis with diabetes in the family...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758734/mechanical-instability-and-percolation-of-deformable-particles-through-porous-networks
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Eduard Benet, Guillaume Lostec, John Pellegrino, Franck Vernerey
The transport of micron-sized particles such as bacteria, cells, or synthetic lipid vesicles through porous spaces is a process relevant to drug delivery, separation systems, or sensors, to cite a few examples. Often, the motion of these particles depends on their ability to squeeze through small constrictions, making their capacity to deform an important factor for their permeation. However, it is still unclear how the mechanical behavior of these particles affects collective transport through porous networks...
April 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758716/topological-resilience-in-non-normal-networked-systems
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Malbor Asllani, Timoteo Carletti
The network of interactions in complex systems strongly influences their resilience and the system capability to resist external perturbations or structural damages and to promptly recover thereafter. The phenomenon manifests itself in different domains, e.g., parasitic species invasion in ecosystems or cascade failures in human-made networks. Understanding the topological features of the networks that affect the resilience phenomenon remains a challenging goal for the design of robust complex systems. We hereby introduce the concept of non-normal networks, namely networks whose adjacency matrices are non-normal, propose a generating model, and show that such a feature can drastically change the global dynamics through an amplification of the system response to exogenous disturbances and eventually impact the system resilience...
April 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758570/acute-hip-abduction-fatigue-on-lumbopelvic-hip-complex-stability-in-softball-players
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Jessica Washington, Gabrielle Gilmer, Gretchen Oliver
During an overhead throw, the gluteal muscle group stabilizes the lumbopelvic-hip complex (LPHC), leading to efficient energy transfer from the lower to upper extremity. It has been shown that LPHC instability can lead to throwing pathomechanics. The single leg squat has become a common assessment for LPHC stability, and could be used to determine the effects of fatigue on throwing athletes. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of an acute abduction fatigue protocol on the LPHC of collegiate softball players via the single leg squat assessment of the leg ipsilateral to the throwing arm...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758454/biomechanical-investigation-on-the-influence-of-the-regional-material-degeneration-of-an-intervertebral-disc-in-a-lower-lumbar-spinal-unit-a-finite-element-study
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Masni-Azian, Masao Tanaka
Intervertebral disc degeneration involves changes in its material properties that affect the mechanical functions of the spinal system. However, the alteration of the biomechanics of a spinal segment through specific material degradation in a specific region is poorly understood. In this study, the influence of the constitutive material degeneration of disc tissues on the mechanics of a lower lumbar spinal unit was examined using a three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model of the L4-L5 functional spinal unit...
May 6, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751814/a-wolbachia-triple-strain-infection-generates-self-incompatibility-in-aedes-albopictus-and-transmission-instability-in-aedes-aegypti
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Thomas H Ant, Steven P Sinkins
BACKGROUND: Artificially-introduced transinfections of the intracellular bacterium Wolbachia pipientis have the potential to reduce the vectorial capacity of mosquito populations for viruses such as dengue and chikungunya. Aedes albopictus has two native strains of Wolbachia, but their replacement with the non-native wMel strain blocks transmission of both viruses. The pattern of cytoplasmic incompatiiblity generated by wMel with wild-types is bidirectional. Novel-plus-native-strain co-infection is predicted to lead to a more efficient population spread capacity; from a bi-directional to a uni-directional cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) model...
May 11, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751774/changes-in-phenotype-and-differentiation-potential-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-aging-in-vitro
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Yueh-Hsun Kevin Yang, Courtney R Ogando, Carmine Wang See, Tsui-Yun Chang, Gilda A Barabino
BACKGROUND: Adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) hold great promise for regenerative medicine because of their self-renewal, multipotency, and trophic and immunosuppressive effects. Due to the rareness and high heterogeneity of freshly isolated MSCs, extensive in-vitro passage is required to expand their populations prior to clinical use; however, senescence usually accompanies and can potentially affect MSC characteristics and functionality. Therefore, a thorough characterization of the variations in phenotype and differentiation potential of in-vitro aging MSCs must be sought...
May 11, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749007/recent-progress-on-stability-and-passivation-of-black-phosphorus
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REVIEW
Yohannes Abate, Deji Akinwande, Sampath Gamage, Han Wang, Michael Snure, Nirakar Poudel, Stephen B Cronin
From a fundamental science perspective, black phosphorus (BP) is a canonical example of a material that possesses fascinating surface and electronic properties. It has extraordinary in-plane anisotropic electrical, optical, and vibrational states, as well as a tunable band gap. However, instability of the surface due to chemical degradation in ambient conditions remains a major impediment to its prospective applications. Early studies were limited by the degradation of black phosphorous surfaces in air. Recently, several robust strategies have been developed to mitigate these issues, and these novel developments can potentially allow researchers to exploit the extraordinary properties of this material and devices made out of it...
May 11, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748692/clinics-in-diagnostic-imaging-185
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Ying Xin Candice Leong, Poh Lye Paul See
A 20-year-old National Serviceman presented with left knee pain and swelling after training for his physical fitness test. Lateral knee radiography and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging showed patellar tendon-lateral femoral condyle friction syndrome (PT-LFCFS), on a background of patella alta and patellar malalignment. The patient was treated non-operatively with a course of physiotherapy and given advice on rest and activity modification. PT-LFCFS is a less well-recognised but important cause of anterior knee pain and represents an entity in a spectrum of disorders related to patellofemoral instability...
April 2018: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748110/interoceptive-processing-deficit-a-behavioral-marker-for-subtyping-parkinson-s-disease
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Gabriella Santangelo, Carmine Vitale, Chiara Baiano, Alfonsina D'Iorio, Katia Longo, Paolo Barone, Marianna Amboni, Massimiliano Conson
BACKGROUND: Non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD), such as cognitive, emotional, autonomic and somatosensory alterations, are not ubiquitous but vary between the tremor dominant (TD) and postural instability/gait difficulty (PIGD) subtypes of the syndrome. Non-motor phenomena (e.g., anxiety, depression and apathy) have been related to representation of autonomic and somatosensory sensations (interoception), and recent findings suggest interoceptive deficits in PD. OBJECTIVES: To test whether interoceptive processing is differently affected in TD and PIGD phenotypes, by assessing both interoceptive accuracy and sensibility in PD patients with TD and PIGD subtypes, and in healthy controls...
May 5, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746590/structural-and-immunologic-correlates-of-chemically-stabilized-hiv-1-envelope-glycoproteins
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Torben Schiffner, Jesper Pallesen, Rebecca A Russell, Jonathan Dodd, Natalia de Val, Celia C LaBranche, David Montefiori, Georgia D Tomaras, Xiaoying Shen, Scarlett L Harris, Amin E Moghaddam, Oleksandr Kalyuzhniy, Rogier W Sanders, Laura E McCoy, John P Moore, Andrew B Ward, Quentin J Sattentau
Inducing broad spectrum neutralizing antibodies against challenging pathogens such as HIV-1 is a major vaccine design goal, but may be hindered by conformational instability within viral envelope glycoproteins (Env). Chemical cross-linking is widely used for vaccine antigen stabilization, but how this process affects structure, antigenicity and immunogenicity is poorly understood and its use remains entirely empirical. We have solved the first cryo-EM structure of a cross-linked vaccine antigen. The 4.2 Å structure of HIV-1 BG505 SOSIP soluble recombinant Env in complex with a CD4 binding site-specific broadly neutralizing antibody (bNAb) Fab fragment reveals how cross-linking affects key properties of the trimer...
May 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740009/continuous-semi-automatic-monitoring-of-ground-deformation-using-sentinel-1-satellites
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Federico Raspini, Silvia Bianchini, Andrea Ciampalini, Matteo Del Soldato, Lorenzo Solari, Fabrizio Novali, Sara Del Conte, Alessio Rucci, Alessandro Ferretti, Nicola Casagli
We present the continuous monitoring of ground deformation at regional scale using ESA (European Space Agency) Sentinel-1constellation of satellites. We discuss this operational monitoring service through the case study of the Tuscany Region (Central Italy), selected due to its peculiar geological setting prone to ground instability phenomena. We set up a systematic processing chain of Sentinel-1 acquisitions to create continuously updated ground deformation data to mark the transition from static satellite analysis, based on the analysis of archive images, to dynamic monitoring of ground displacement...
May 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738894/unlike-kangaroo-care-mechanically-simulated-kangaroo-care-does-not-change-heart-rate-variability-in-preterm-neonates
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Deedee Kommers, Rohan Joshi, Carola van Pul, Loe Feijs, Guid Oei, Sidarto Bambang Oetomo, Peter Andriessen
BACKGROUND: While numerous positive effects of Kangaroo care (KC) have been reported, the duration that parents can spend kangarooing is often limited. AIM: To investigate whether a mattress that aims to mimic breathing motion and the sounds of heartbeats (BabyBe GMBH, Stuttgart, Germany) can simulate aspects of KC in preterm infants as measured by features of heart rate variability (HRV). METHODS: A within-subject study design was employed in which every routine KC session was followed by a BabyBe (BB) session, with a washout period of at least 2 h in between...
May 5, 2018: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736571/clinical-management-in-early-oa
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Rita Grazina, Renato Andrade, Ricardo Bastos, Daniela Costa, Rogério Pereira, José Marinhas, António Maestro, João Espregueira-Mendes
Knee osteoarthritis affects an important percentage of the population throughout their life. Several factors seem to be related to the development of knee osteoarthritis including genetic predisposition, gender, age, meniscal deficiency, lower limb malalignments, joint instability, cartilage defects, and increasing sports participation. The latter has contributed to a higher prevalence of early onset of knee osteoarthritis at younger ages with this active population demanding more consistent and durable outcomes...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736569/osteoarthritis-trauma-vs-disease
#20
Gema Jiménez, Jesús Cobo-Molinos, Cristina Antich, Elena López-Ruiz
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent joint disease characterized by pain and degenerative lesions of the cartilage, subchondral bone, and other joint tissues. The causes of OA remain incompletely understood. Over the years, it has become recognized that OA is a multifactorial disease. In particular, aging and trauma are the main risk factors identified for the development of OA; however, other factors such as genetic predisposition, obesity, inflammation, gender and hormones, or metabolic syndrome contribute to OA development and lead to a more severe outcome...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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