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Justin T Clapp, Jody A Roberts, Britt Dahlberg, Lee Sullivan Berry, Lisa M Jacobs, Edward A Emmett, Frances K Barg
Research on community responses to environmental toxicity has richly described the struggles of citizens to identify unrecognized toxins, collect their own environmental health facts, and use them to lobby authorities for recognition and remediation. Much of this literature is based on an empiricist premise: it is concerned with exploring differences in how laypeople and experts perceive what is presumed to be a singular toxic reality that preexists these varying perspectives. Here, we seek to reexamine this topic by shifting the focus from facts to facticity-that is, by exploring the many types of knowledge that communities develop about toxicity and how these knowledges articulate with the ideas of scientific and governmental authorities about what kinds of information are valid bases for policymaking...
October 20, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Michael R Sladek, Leah D Doane, Catherine B Stroud
Prior work has identified alterations in activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis as a potential mechanism underlying stress-induced emotional health problems, which disproportionately impact girls beginning in mid-adolescence. How adolescent girls differ from one another in dispositional coping tendencies and shift specific coping strategies in response to varying stressors have been theorized as important predictors of their adaptation, health, and well-being during this dynamic period of development...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Jennifer Xu, Alejandro Sisniega, Wojciech Zbijewski, Hao Dang, J Webster Stayman, Michael Mow, Xiaohui Wang, David H Foos, Vassillis E Koliatsos, Nafi Aygun, Jeffrey H Siewerdsen
PURPOSE: A cone-beam CT scanner has been developed for detection and monitoring of traumatic brain injury and acute intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) at the point of care. This work presents a technical assessment of imaging performance and dose for the scanner in phantom and cadaver studies as a prerequisite to clinical translation. METHODS: The scanner incorporates a compact, rotating-anode x-ray source and a flat-panel detector (43 × 43 cm(2)) on a mobile U-arm gantry with source-axis distance = 550 mm and source-detector distance = 1000 mm...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Thanh Lam Nguyen, Laura McCaslin, Michael C McCarthy, John F Stanton
The thermal decomposition of syn-ethanal-oxide (syn-CH3CHOO) through vinyl hydrogen peroxide (VHP) leading to hydroxyl radical is characterized using a modification of the HEAT thermochemical protocol. The isomerization step of syn-CH3CHOO to VHP via a 1,4 H-shift, which involves a moderate barrier of 72 kJ/mol, is found to be rate determining. A two-dimensional master equation approach, in combination with semi-classical transition state theory, is employed to calculate the time evolution of various species as well as to obtain phenomenological rate coefficients...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Kun-Lin Ho, Lo-Yun Lee, Marusu Katada, Asuka Fujii, Jer-Lai Kuo
Fermi resonance between the N-H stretching (ν1 and ν3) and the overtone of N-H bending (2ν4) in ammonia has hindered the interpretation and assignments of experimental spectra of small ammonia clusters. In this work, we carried out anharmonic vibrational calculations using MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ to examine the vibrational spectra of (NH3)n=1-5 with a focus on the size evolution. The enhancement of hydrogen bond strength due to cooperative effects will cause ν1 and ν4 to red-shift and blue-shift, respectively, when the size of the cluster increases...
October 26, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Abhishek Banerjee, Arnab Dey, Narayanan Chandrakumar
Solution-state Overhauser dynamic nuclear polarization (ODNP) at moderate fields, performed by saturating the electron spin resonance (ESR) of a free radical added to the sample of interest, is well known to lead to significant NMR signal enhancements in the steady state, owing to electron-nuclear cross-relaxation. Here it is shown that under conditions which limit radical access to the molecules of interest, the time course of establishment of ODNP can provide a unique window into internuclear cross-relaxation, and reflects relatively slow molecular motions...
October 26, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Cédrick T Bonnet, Sébastien Szaffarczyk, Stéphane Baudry
Previous works usually report greater postural stability in precise visual tasks (e.g., gaze-shift tasks) than in stationary-gaze tasks. However, existing cognitive models do not fully support these results as they assume that performing an attention-demanding task while standing would alter postural stability because of the competition of attention between the tasks. Contrary to these cognitive models, attentional resources may increase to create a synergy between visual and postural brain processes to perform precise oculomotor behaviors...
October 26, 2016: Cognitive Science
A Kereszturi, I Gyollai, Zs Kereszty, K Kiss, M Szabó, Z Szalai, M Ringer, M Veres
Correlating the Raman and infrared spectra of shocked minerals in Csátalja ordinary chondrite (H4, S2, W2) with controlling the composition by EPMA measurements, we identified and improved various shock indicators, as infrared spectro-microscopic analysis has been poorly used for shock impact alteration studies of meteorites to date. We also provide reference spectra as SOM for the community with local mineralogical and shock alteration related context to support further standardization of the IR ATR based measurements...
October 18, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
James E Coverdill, Adnan Alseidi, David C Borgstrom, Daniel L Dent, Russell D Dumire, Jonathan Fryer, Thomas H Hartranft, Steven B Holsten, M Timothy Nelson, Mohsen Shabahang, Stanley Sherman, Paula M Termuhlen, Randy J Woods, John D Mellinger
PURPOSE: Duty hours rules sparked debates about professionalism. This study explores whether and why general surgery residents delay departures at the end of a day shift in ways consistent with shift work, traditional professionalism, or a new professionalism. METHOD: Questionnaires were administered to categorical residents in 13 general surgery programs in 2014 and 2015. The response rate was 76% (N = 291). The 18 items focused on end-of-shift behaviors and the frequency and source of delayed departures...
November 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
M Priegnitz, S Barczyk, L Nenoff, C Golnik, I Keitz, T Werner, S Mein, J Smeets, F Vander Stappen, G Janssens, L Hotoiu, F Fiedler, D Prieels, W Enghardt, G Pausch, C Richter
Prompt γ-ray imaging with a knife-edge shaped slit camera provides the possibility of verifying proton beam range in tumor therapy. Dedicated experiments regarding the characterization of the camera system have been performed previously. Now, we aim at implementing the prototype into clinical application of monitoring patient treatments. Focused on this goal of translation into clinical operation, we systematically addressed remaining challenges and questions. We developed a robust energy calibration routine and corresponding quality assurance protocols...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Pauline N Serrano, Hongxin Wang, Jason C Crack, Christopher Prior, Matthew I Hutchings, Andrew J Thomson, Saeed Kamali, Yoshitaka Yoda, Jiyong Zhao, Michael Y Hu, Ercan E Alp, Vasily S Oganesyan, Nick E Le Brun, Stephen P Cramer
The reaction of protein-bound iron-sulfur (Fe-S) clusters with nitric oxide (NO) plays key roles in NO-mediated toxicity and signaling. Elucidation of the mechanism of the reaction of NO with DNA regulatory proteins that contain Fe-S clusters has been hampered by a lack of information about the nature of the iron-nitrosyl products formed. Herein, we report nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations that identify NO reaction products in WhiD and NsrR, regulatory proteins that use a [4Fe-4S] cluster to sense NO...
October 25, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Shawn M Wilder, Punidan D Jeyasingh
Global warming and predation risk can have important impacts on animal physiology and life histories that can have consequences for ecosystem function. Zhang et al. () recently tested the separate and interactive effects of warming and predation risk on the body composition of Daphnia magna. By measuring both the elemental and biochemical composition of individuals, they showed that D. magna body elemental composition responded opposite to theoretical predictions and previous studies but that these changes were explained by adaptive life-history shifts in allocation to protein in eggs versus body lipid reserves...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Ecology
Warren J Cheung, Nancy Dudek, Timothy J Wood, Jason R Frank
BACKGROUND : Concerns over the quality of work-based assessment (WBA) completion has resulted in faculty development and rater training initiatives. Daily encounter cards (DECs) are a common form of WBA used in ambulatory care and shift work settings. A tool is needed to evaluate initiatives aimed at improving the quality of completion of this widely used form of WBA. OBJECTIVE : The completed clinical evaluation report rating (CCERR) was designed to provide a measure of the quality of documented assessments on in-training evaluation reports...
October 2016: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
Link R Swanson
Predictive processing (PP) is a paradigm in computational and cognitive neuroscience that has recently attracted significant attention across domains, including psychology, robotics, artificial intelligence and philosophy. It is often regarded as a fresh and possibly revolutionary paradigm shift, yet a handful of authors have remarked that aspects of PP seem reminiscent of the work of 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant. To date there have not been any substantive discussions of how exactly PP links back to Kant...
2016: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
Lourdes Luceño-Moreno, Yolanda García-Albuerne, Beatriz Talavera-Velasco, Jesús Martín-García
BACKGROUND: In the police force, some variables such as occupational rank, sex, age and work-shift are associated with stress in workers. The aim of this paper was to determine possible differences in the perception of occupational stress at work depending on rank, sex, age and work-shift of police agents in the Community of Madrid, Spain. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 24 municipalities of the Community of Madrid. A total number of 565 police agents participated...
November 2016: Psicothema
Varsha B Gujar, Divya Ottoor
Behavior of Amiloride (AMI) as a metal ion sensor in anionic surfactant assemblies of varying concentrations at different pH is depicted in this work. From a non-sensor fluorophore, AMI has been transformed in to a tunable fluorosensor for Cu(2+) ions in various SDS concentrations. At premicellar concentration of SDS, ion-pair complex is expected to be formed between AMI and SDS due to electrostatic interactions between them. However at CMC concentrations of SDS, fluorescence intensity of AMI is greatly enhanced with red shift in emission, due to the incorporation of AMI molecule in the hydrophobic micellar interface...
October 18, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Richard A Boucher, Jürgen Bauch, Dietmar Wünsche, Gerhard Lackner, Anindya Majumder
X-ray detectors based on metal-oxide semiconductor field effect transistors couple instantaneous measurement with high accuracy. However, they only have a limited measurement lifetime because they undergo permanent degradation due to x-ray beam exposure. A field effect transistor based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs), however, overcomes this drawback of permanent degradation, because it can be reset into its starting state after being exposed to the x-ray beam. In this work the CNTs were deposited using a dielectrophoresis method on SiO2 coated p-type (boron-doped) Si substrates...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
Nuno Basílio, Sheiraz Al Bittar, Nathalie Mora, Olivier Dangles, Fernando Pina
3-Deoxyanthocyanidins and their O-β-d-glucosides are natural pigments abundant in black sorghum. O-glycosidation can perturb the acid-base properties of the chromophore and lower its electron density with a large impact on the distribution of colored and colorless forms in aqueous solution. In this work, the influence of O-glycosidation on color is systematically studied from a series of 3-deoxyanthocyanin analogs. The pH- and light-dependent reversible reactions of 7-β-d-glucopyranosyloxy-4'-hydroxyflavylium (P3) and 4'-β-d-glucopyranosyloxy-7-hydroxyflavylium (P5) were completely characterized in mildly acidic solution and compared with the parent aglycone 4',7-dihydroxyflavylium ion and the O-methylethers of P3 and P5...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Li Jin, Renjie Huo, Runping Guo, Fei Li, Da-Wei Wang, Ye Tian, Qingyuan Hu, Xiaoyong Wei, Zhanbing He, Yan Yan, Gang Liu
Electrostrictive effect has some advantages over the piezoelectric effect, including temperature-stability and hysteresis-free character. In the present work, we report the diffuse phase transitions and electrostrictive properties in lead-free Fe3+-doped 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-0.5BCT) ferroelectric ceramics. The doping concentration was set from 0.25 mole % to 2 mole % . It is found that by introducing Fe3+ ion into BZT-0.5BCT, the temperature corresponding to permittivity maximum Tm was shifted toward lower temperature monotonically by 37 oC per mole % Fe3+ ion...
October 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
S C Reynolds, C G Marston, H Hassani, G C P King, M R Bennett
Climate shifts at decadal scales can have environmental consequences, and therefore, identifying areas that act as environmental refugia is valuable in understanding future climate variability. Here we illustrate how, given appropriate geohydrology, a rift basin and its catchment can buffer vegetation response to climate signals on decadal time-scales, therefore exerting strong local environmental control. We use time-series data derived from Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) residuals that record vegetation vigour, extracted from a decadal span of MODIS images, to demonstrate hydrogeological buffering...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
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