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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098836/association-of-school-environment-and-after-school-physical-activity-with-health-related-physical-fitness-among-junior-high-school-students-in-taiwan
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Kai-Yang Lo, Min-Chen Wu, Shu-Chin Tung, City C Hsieh, Hsueh-Hua Yao, Chien-Chang Ho
The relationship between students' school environment and exercise habits is complex, and is affected by numerous factors. However, the few studies that have been conducted on this relationship have reported inconsistent results, especially regarding Taiwanese students. We conducted this cross-sectional study to investigate the association of school environment and after-school physical activity with health-related physical fitness in Taiwanese adolescents. Data were drawn from a national survey conducted by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan in 2008 of health-related physical fitness measurements among junior high school students (649,442 total) in grades seven to nine...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098819/low-cost-and-flexible-uav-deployment-of-sensors
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Lars Yndal Sørensen, Lars Toft Jacobsen, John Paulin Hansen
This paper presents a platform for airborne sensor applications using low-cost, open-source components carried by an easy-to-fly unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV). The system, available in open-source , is designed for researchers, students and makers for a broad range of exploration and data-collection needs. The main contribution is the extensible architecture for modularized airborne sensor deployment and real-time data visualisation. Our open-source Android application provides data collection, flight path definition and map tools...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098772/a-non-intrusive-cyber-physical-social-sensing-solution-to-people-behavior-tracking-mechanism-prototype-and-field-experiments
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Yunjian Jia, Zhenyu Zhou, Fei Chen, Peng Duan, Zhen Guo, Shahid Mumtaz
Tracking people's behaviors is a main category of cyber physical social sensing (CPSS)-related people-centric applications. Most tracking methods utilize camera networks or sensors built into mobile devices such as global positioning system (GPS) and Bluetooth. In this article, we propose a non-intrusive wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi)-based tracking method. To show the feasibility, we target tracking people's access behaviors in Wi-Fi networks, which has drawn a lot of interest from the academy and industry recently...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098574/new-developments-in-robotics-and-single-site-gynecologic-surgery
#4
Catherine A Matthews
Within the last 10 years there have been significant advances in minimal-access surgery. Although no emerging technology has demonstrated improved outcomes or fewer complications than standard laparoscopy, the introduction of the robotic surgical platform has significantly lowered abdominal hysterectomy rates. While operative time and cost were higher in robotic-assisted procedures when the technology was first introduced, newer studies demonstrate equivalent or improved robotic surgical efficiency with increased experience...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098313/the-glass-transition-and-interfacial-dynamics-of-single-strand-fibers-of-polymers
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Hyun Woo Cho, Bong June Sung
We investigate the glass transition and interfacial dynamics of single strand fibers of flexible polymers by employing molecular dynamics (MD) simulations along with a coarse grained model. While the polymer fiber has drawn significant attention due to its applicability in tissue engineering and stretchable electronics, its dynamic properties, especially the glass transition temperature (Tg), are yet to be understood at the molecular level. For example, there has been a controversy on the effect of the polymer fiber radius (R) on Tg: Tg decreased with a decrease in R for some polymer fibers, whereas Tg of other polymer fibers was not sensitive to R...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098308/a-core-multiple-shell-nanostructure-enabling-concurrent-upconversion-and-quantum-cutting-for-photon-management
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Wei Shao, Guanying Chen, Tymish Y Ohulchanskyy, Chunhui Yang, Hans Ågren, Paras N Prasad
Photon management enables the manipulation of the number of input photons by conversion of two or more light quanta into one (upconversion) or vice versa (quantum cutting). Simultaneous realization of both these processes in a single unit provides unique opportunities of efficient utilization of photons throughout a broad spectral range. Yet, concurrent realization of these two parallel optical processes in one single unit remains elusive, limiting its impact on many existing or possible future applications such as for panchromatic photovoltaics...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098273/high-definition-infrared-chemical-imaging-of-colorectal-tissue-using-a-spero-qcl-microscope
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B Bird, J Rowlette
Mid-infrared microscopy has become a key technique in the field of biomedical science and spectroscopy. This label-free, non-destructive technique permits the visualisation of a wide range of intrinsic biochemical markers in tissues, cells and biofluids by detection of the vibrational modes of the constituent molecules. Together, infrared microscopy and chemometrics is a widely accepted method that can distinguish healthy and diseased states with high accuracy. However, despite the exponential growth of the field and its research world-wide, several barriers currently exist for its full translation into the clinical sphere, namely sample throughput and data management...
January 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098258/unidirectional-invisibility-induced-by-parity-time-symmetric-circuit
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Bo Lv, Jiahui Fu, Bian Wu, Rujiang Li, Qingsheng Zeng, Xinhua Yin, Qun Wu, Lei Gao, Wan Chen, Zhefei Wang, Zhiming Liang, Ao Li, Ruyu Ma
Parity-time (PT) symmetric structures present the unidirectional invisibility at the spontaneous PT-symmetry breaking point. In this paper, we propose a PT-symmetric circuit consisting of a resistor and a microwave tunnel diode (TD) which represent the attenuation and amplification, respectively. Based on the scattering matrix method, the circuit can exhibit an ideal unidirectional performance at the spontaneous PT-symmetry breaking point by tuning the transmission lines between the lumped elements. Additionally, the resistance of the reactance component can alter the bandwidth of the unidirectional invisibility flexibly...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098257/a-comprehensive-platform-for-the-analysis-of-ubiquitin-like-protein-modifications-using-in-vivo-biotinylation
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Lucia Pirone, Wendy Xolalpa, Jón Otti Sigurðsson, Juanma Ramirez, Coralia Pérez, Monika González, Ainara Ruiz de Sabando, Félix Elortza, Manuel S Rodriguez, Ugo Mayor, Jesper V Olsen, Rosa Barrio, James D Sutherland
Post-translational modification by ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins (UbLs) is fundamental for maintaining protein homeostasis. Efficient isolation of UbL conjugates is hampered by multiple factors, including cost and specificity of reagents, removal of UbLs by proteases, distinguishing UbL conjugates from interactors, and low quantities of modified substrates. Here we describe bioUbLs, a comprehensive set of tools for studying modifications in Drosophila and mammals, based on multicistronic expression and in vivo biotinylation using the E...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098252/flexible-and-wavelength-selective-mos2-phototransistors-with-monolithically-integrated-transmission-color-filters
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Geonwook Yoo, Sol Lea Choi, Sang Jin Park, Kyu-Tae Lee, Sanghyun Lee, Min Suk Oh, Junseok Heo, Hui Joon Park
Color-selective or wavelength-tunable capability is a crucial feature for two-dimensional (2-D) semiconducting material-based image sensor applications. Here, we report on flexible and wavelength-selective molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) phototransistors using monolithically integrated transmission Fabry-Perot (F-P) cavity filters. The fabricated multilayer MoS2 phototransistors on a polyarylate substrate exhibit decent electrical characteristics (μFE > 64.4 cm(2)/Vs, on/off ratio > 10(6)), and the integrated F-P filters, being able to cover whole visible spectrum, successfully modulate the spectral response characteristics of MoS2 phototransistors from ~495 nm (blue) to ~590 nm (amber)...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098229/novel-synthesis-of-zno-pmma-nanocomposites-for-photocatalytic-applications
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Alessandro Di Mauro, Maria Cantarella, Giuseppe Nicotra, Giovanna Pellegrino, Antonino Gulino, Maria Violetta Brundo, Vittorio Privitera, Giuliana Impellizzeri
The incorporation of nanostructured photocatalysts in polymers is a strategic way to obtain novel water purification systems. This approach takes the advantages of: (1) the presence of nanostructured photocatalyst; (2) the flexibility of polymer; (3) the immobilization of photocatalyst, that avoids the recovery of the nanoparticles after the water treatment. Here we present ZnO-polymer nanocomposites with high photocatalytic performance and stability. Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) powders were coated with a thin layer of ZnO (80 nm thick) by atomic layer deposition at low temperature (80 °C)...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098192/wearable-atmospheric-pressure-plasma-fabrics-produced-by-knitting-flexible-wire-electrodes-for-the-decontamination-of-chemical-warfare-agents
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Heesoo Jung, Jin Ah Seo, Seungki Choi
One of the key reasons for the limited use of atmospheric pressure plasma (APP) is its inability to treat non-flat, three-dimensional (3D) surface structures, such as electronic devices and the human body, because of the rigid electrode structure required. In this study, a new APP system design-wearable APP (WAPP)-that utilizes a knitting technique to assemble flexible co-axial wire electrodes into a large-area plasma fabric is presented. The WAPP device operates in ambient air with a fully enclosed power electrode and grounded outer electrode...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098004/nursingstandard-com
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1 Nursing Standard revealed the number of NHS staff applying for retirement has surged by 25% over the past four years. Workforce expert James Buchan said employers could offer flexible retirement to encourage nurses approaching retirement to stay in the profession longer and share their experience and knowledge. Read more: rcni.com/retirement-surge.
January 18, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097869/a-solvent-free-processable-and-photo-patternable-hybrid-gate-dielectric-for-flexible-top-gate-organic-field-effect-transistors
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Jun Seon Kwon, Han-Wool Park, Do Hwan Kim, Young-Je Kwark
We report a novel solvent-free and direct photo-patternable poly[(mercaptopropyl)methyl-siloxane] (PMMS) hybrid dielectric for flexible top-gate organic field-effect transistors (OFETs), utilizing a photo-activated thiol-ene reaction under UV irradiation of 254 nm to induce cross-linking, even in air and at low temperature. In particular, a solvent-free PMMS-f dielectric film, for which an optimal cross-linking density is shown by a well-organized molar ratio between thiol and vinyl in the thiol-ene reaction, exhibited a high dielectric constant (5...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097865/molecular-requirements-of-high-fidelity-replication-competent-dna-backbones-for-orthogonal-chemical-ligation
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Arun Shivalingam, Agnes E S Tyburn, Afaf H El-Sagheer, Tom Brown
The molecular properties of the phosphodiester backbone that made it the evolutionary choice for the enzymatic replication of genetic information are not well understood. To address this, and to develop new chemical ligation strategies for assembly of biocompatible modified DNA, we have synthesized oligonucleotides containing several structurally and electronically varied artificial linkages. This has yielded a new highly promising ligation method based on amide backbone formation that is chemically orthogonal to CuAAC "click" ligation...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097835/cognitive-profiles-of-patients-with-early-detected-and-treated-congenital-hypothyroidism
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María L Pardo Campos, Mariel Musso, Ana Keselman, Laura Gruñeiro, Ignacio Bergadá, Ana Chiesa
INTRODUCTION: Children with congenital hypothyroidism (CH) detected by newborn screening and adequately treated may have mild cognitive deficits. OBJECTIVES">To assess the intelligence quotient of children with CH and identify the presence of specific cognitive deficits. POPULATION AND METHODS: A group of 60 children with CH detected by newborn screening, who were aged 9-10 years old and received adequate treatment since their first month of life was selected and compared to a control group of 60 children without CH in the same age range...
February 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097755/a-solution-processable-liquid-crystalline-semiconductor-for-low-temperature-annealed-air-stable-n-channel-field-effect-transistors
#17
Resul Ozdemir, Donghee Choi, Mehmet Ozdemir, Hyekyoung Kim, Sinem Tuncel Kostakoğlu, Mustafa Erkartal, Hyungsug Kim, Choongik Kim, Hakan Usta
A new solution-processable and air-stable liquid-crystalline n-channel organic semiconductor (α,ω-2OD-TIFDMT) employing a donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) type of π-conjugation has been designed, synthesized, and fully characterized. The new semiconductor exhibits a low LUMO energy (-4.19 eV) and a narrow optical band gap (1.35 eV). Typical pseudo focal-conic fan-shaped texture of a hexagonal columnar liquid crystalline (LC) phase was observed over a wide temperature range. The spin-coated semiconductor thin-films shows the formation of large (~0...
January 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097597/self-powered-active-sensor-with-concentric-topography-of-piezoelectric-fibers
#18
Yiin Kuen Fuh, Zih Ming Huang, Bo Sheng Wang, Shan Chien Li
In this study, we demonstrated a flexible and self-powered sensor based on piezoelectric fibers in the diameter range of nano- and micro-scales. Our work is distinctively different from previous electrospinning research; we fabricated this apparatus precisely via near-field electrospinning which has a spectacular performance to harvest mechanical deformation in arbitrary direction and a novel concentrically circular topography. There are many piezoelectric devices based on electrospinning polymeric fibers. However, the fibers were mostly patterned in parallel lines and they could be actuated in limited direction only...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097593/associations-between-positive-body-image-sexual-liberalism-and-unconventional-sexual-practices-in-u-s-adults
#19
Viren Swami, Laura Weis, David Barron, Adrian Furnham
While studies have documented robust relationships between body image and sexual health outcomes, few studies have looked beyond sexual functioning in women. Here, we hypothesized that more positive body image would be associated with greater sexual liberalism and more positive attitudes toward unconventional sexual practices. An online sample of 151 women and 164 men from the U.S. completed measures of sexual liberalism, attitudes toward unconventional sexual practices, and indices of positive body image (i...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097268/the-effect-of-office-based-flexible-and-rigid-cystoscopy-on-pain-experience-in-female-patients
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Niek F Casteleijn, Jessica L Vriesema, Saskia P Stomps, Olav L W B van Balen, Erik B Cornel
PURPOSE: Rigid and flexible cystoscopies are both routinely used in female patients. Literature is conflicting whether flexible cystoscopy is less painful compared to rigid cystoscopy. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate whether using flexible cystoscopy leads to less discomfort and pain compared to rigid cystoscopy in female patients who underwent first time cystoscopy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred eighty-nine female patients, who never had undergone cystoscopy, were randomized into 2 groups: 92 patients underwent rigid cystoscopy and 97 patients flexible cystoscopy...
January 2017: Investigative and Clinical Urology
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