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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534670/a-long-preoperative-duration-of-symptoms-is-associated-with-worse-functional-outcomes-after-1-stage-arthroscopic-treatment-of-rotator-cuff-tears-with-shoulder-stiffness
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Yuzhou Chen, Shiyi Chen, Yang Qiao, Yunshen Ge, Hong Li, Jiwu Chen, Yinghui Hua, Yunxia Li
BACKGROUND: Rotator cuff tears with shoulder stiffness remain a difficult issue. Despite the reported satisfactory results of 1-stage surgery, little information is available regarding the factors that affect clinical outcomes. Purpose/Hypothesis: To evaluate the 1-stage arthroscopic treatment of rotator cuff tears with shoulder stiffness and to present the influence of duration of symptoms (DOS) on postoperative functional outcomes. The hypothesis was that a long preoperative DOS is related to worse functional outcomes...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534274/exploring-the-validity-of-proposed-transgenic-animal-models-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd
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June Bryan de la Peña, Irene Joy Dela Peña, Raly James Custodio, Chrislean Jun Botanas, Hee Jin Kim, Jae Hoon Cheong
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common, behavioral, and heterogeneous neurodevelopmental condition characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Symptoms of this disorder are managed by treatment with methylphenidate, amphetamine, and/or atomoxetine. The cause of ADHD is unknown, but substantial evidence indicates that this disorder has a significant genetic component. Transgenic animals have become an essential tool in uncovering the genetic factors underlying ADHD. Although they cannot accurately reflect the human condition, they can provide insights into the disorder that cannot be obtained from human studies due to various limitations...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532621/an-experimental-study-on-thermo-catalytic-pyrolysis-of-plastic-waste-using-a-continuous-pyrolyser
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Anthony R Auxilio, Wei-Lit Choo, Isha Kohli, Srikanth Chakravartula Srivatsa, Sankar Bhattacharya
A bench scale, two-stage, thermo-catalytic reactor equipped with a continuous feeding system was used to pyrolyse pure and waste plastics. Experiments using five zeolitic and clay-based catalysts of different forms (pellet and powders) and different plastic feedstocks - virgin HDPE, HDPE w1aste and mixed plastic waste (MPW) were compared to the control experiments - pyrolysis without catalyst. Results indicated that the two pelletized catalysts were the most promising for the conditions employed. Of these two, one with higher acidity and surface area was highly selective for the gasoline fraction (C5-C11) giving 80% from the total medium distillate conversion using virgin HDPE as feedstock...
May 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532279/the-effect-of-cold-ambient-temperatures-on-climbing-specific-finger-flexor-performance
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Kevin Phillips, Byungjoo Noh, Matthew Gage, Tejin Yoon
Different ambient temperatures are known to affect muscular performance based on the type of contraction. The effect of cold (10°C) and thermoneutral (TN) (24°C) ambient temperatures on finger flexor performance was examined in 12 rock climbers. After 30 min of seated rest in the designated temperature condition, participants completed maximal voluntary contractions (MVC) on a climbing-specific finger flexor assessment device equipped with a crimp grip hold. Participants then completed an intermittent fatiguing task until failure...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532248/effects-of-drop-sets-with-resistance-training-on-increases-in-muscle-csa-strength-and-endurance-a-pilot-study
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Hayao Ozaki, Atsushi Kubota, Toshiharu Natsume, Jeremy P Loenneke, Takashi Abe, Shuichi Machida, Hisashi Naito
To investigate the effects of a single high-load (80% of one repetition maximum [1RM]) set with additional drop sets descending to a low-load (30% 1RM) without recovery intervals on muscle strength, endurance, and size in untrained young men. Nine untrained young men performed dumbbell curls to concentric failure 2-3 days per week for 8 weeks. Each arm was randomly assigned to one of the following three conditions: 3 sets of high-load (HL, 80% 1RM) resistance exercise, 3 sets of low-load [LL, 30% 1RM] resistance exercise, and a single high-load (SDS) set with additional drop sets descending to a low-load...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532098/mechanical-behavior-of-yttria-stabilized-tetragonal-zirconia-polycrystalline-ceramic-after-different-zirconia-surface-treatments
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Joao Luiz Pozzobon, Gabriel Kalil Rocha Pereira, Vinicius Felipe Wandscher, Lucio Strazzabosco Dorneles, Luiz Felipe Valandro
This study investigated the effects of different zirconia surface conditioning methods on the biaxial flexure strength, surface characteristics and fractographic analysis of a Y-TZP ceramic. Disc-shaped specimens were manufactured according to ISO 6872-2008 for biaxial flexure strength testing, and then randomly assigned into seven groups (n=30). Control (CTRL): without treatment; Tribochemical silica coating (TBS): specimens were sandblasted with silica-coated aluminum oxide particles (CoJet-Sand) for 10s; Silica nanofilm (SNF): specimens were silica coated with a 5nm SiO2 nanofilm; and four protocols of low-fusing porcelain glaze (GLZ): etching with 10% hydrofluoric acid gel (HF) for 1min (GLZ1), 5min (GLZ5), 10min (GLZ10) and 15min (GLZ15)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532077/preparation-of-robust-braid-reinforced-poly-vinyl-chloride-ultrafiltration-hollow-fiber-membrane-with-antifouling-surface-and-application-to-filtration-of-activated-sludge-solution
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Zhuang Zhou, Saeid Rajabzadeh, Lifeng Fang, Taro Miyoshi, Yuriko Kakihana, Hideto Matsuyama
Braid-reinforced hollow fiber membranes with high mechanical properties and considerable antifouling surface were prepared by blending poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) with poly(vinyl chloride-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (poly(VC-co-PEGMA)) copolymer via non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). The tensile strength of the braid-reinforced PVC hollow fiber membranes were significantly larger than those of previously reported various types of PVC hollow fiber membranes. The high interfacial bonding strength indicated the good compatibility between the coating materials and the surface of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-braid...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532065/in-vitro-performance-of-ag-incorporated-hydroxyapatite-and-its-adhesive-porous-coatings-deposited-by-electrostatic-spraying
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Ozkan Gokcekaya, Thomas J Webster, Kyosuke Ueda, Takayuki Narushima, Celaletdin Ergun
Bacterial infection of implanted materials is a significant complication that might require additional surgical operations for implant retrieval. As an antibacterial biomaterial, Ag-containing hydroxyapatite (HA) may be a solution to reduce the incidences of implant associated infections. In this study, pure, 0.2mol% and 0.3mol% Ag incorporated HA powders were synthesized via a precipitation method. Colloidal precursor dispersions prepared from these powders were used to deposit porous coatings onto titanium and stainless steel substrates via electrostatic spraying...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532023/influence-of-operating-parameters-on-the-suture-retention-test-for-scaffolds-in-ophthalmology
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Florian Küng, Dirk W Schubert, Piotr Stafiej, Friedrich E Kruse, Thomas A Fuchsluger
The strength of a suture used to attach a graft to a patient can be quantified using the suture retention test. In order to gain deeper insight on the influence of testing and application conditions testing parameters were varied. Different pull rates, suture and jaw positions, and suture materials were tested to show their influence on the result of the test. The results of the different states were analyzed using statistical tests. Based on the statistic analysis conditions for testing with a maximum of accuracy and as close as possible to in vivo conditions have been revealed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531998/reline-assisted-green-and-facile-synthesis-of-fluorapatite-nanoparticles
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Mohammad Karimi, Majid Rastegar Ramsheh, Seyed Mohammad Ahmadi, Mohammad Reza Madani, Mehdi Shamsi, Reyhaneh Reshadi, Farahnaz Lotfi
A fast, simple and sustainable method based on choline chloride-urea deep eutectic solvent (known as Reline) was employed to synthesize nanosized fluorapatite (FA) particles. Using XRD, FESEM, TEM, EDS, and FTIR, the formation of FA nanoparticles with average crystal size of ~34nm, percent crystallinity of 93%, particle size of ~45nm, and high crystal, elemental, and structural purity was confirmed. The MTT cytotoxicity assay endorsed the non-toxicity of as-synthesized FA nanoparticles. The good biocompatibility, osteogenity and mineralization ability of as-synthesized FA nanoparticles were confirmed by Alizarin red staining, Acridine orange staining and ALP activity tests...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531966/how-do-disturbances-and-climate-effects-on-carbon-and-water-fluxes-differ-between-multi-aged-and-even-aged-coniferous-forests
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Xuguang Tang, Hengpeng Li, Mingguo Ma, Li Yao, Matthias Peichl, Altaf Arain, Xibao Xu, Michael Goulden
Disturbances and climatic changes significantly affect forest ecosystem productivity, water use efficiency (WUE) and carbon (C) flux dynamics. A deep understanding of terrestrial feedbacks to such effects and recovery mechanisms in forests across contrasting climatic regimes is essential to predict future regional/global C and water budgets, which are also closely related to the potential forest management decisions. However, the resilience of multi-aged and even-aged forests to disturbances has been debated for >60years because of technical measurement constraints...
May 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530814/reactive-molecular-dynamics-simulations-to-understand-mechanical-response-of-thaumasite-under-temperature-and-strain-rate-effects
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Shahin Hajilar, Behrouz Shafei, Tao Cheng, Andres Jaramillo-Botero
Understanding the structural, thermal, and mechanical properties of thaumasite is of great interest to the cement industry, mainly because it is the phase responsible for the aging and deterioration of civil infrastructures made of cementitious materials attacked by external sources of sulfate. Despite its importance, the effects of temperature and strain rate on the mechanical response of thaumasite have remained unexplored to date. In this study, the mechanical properties of thaumasite are fully characterized using the reactive molecular dynamics (RMD) method...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530799/bioinspired-interface-engineering-for-moisture-resistance-in-nacre-mimetic-cellulose-nanofibrils-clay-nanocomposites
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Kun Yao, Shu Huang, Hu Tang, Yeping Xu, Gerd Buntkowsky, Lars A Berglund, Qi Zhou
The interfacial adhesion design between "mortar" and "bricks" is essential for mechanical and barrier performance of nanocellulose-based nacre-mimetic nanocomposites, especially at high moisture conditions. To address this fundamental challenge, dopamine (DA) has been conjugated to cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) and subsequently assembled with montmorillonite (MTM) to generate layered nanocomposite films inspired by the strong adhesion of mussel adhesive proteins to inorganic surfaces under water. The selective formation of catechol/metal ion chelation and hydrogen bonding at the interface between MTM platelets and CNFs bearing DA renders transparent films with strong mechanical properties, particularly at high humidity and in wet state...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529190/development-and-evaluation-of-an-interdisciplinary-postoperative-support-program-in-outpatient-clinics-after-thoracic-esophagectomy
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Takeo Fujita, Yoko Iida, Chihau Tanaka, Kumi Nakamura, Keiko Yamanaka, Junya Ueno, Yoshie Iino, Chitose Haruka, Hatoe Sakamoto, Hiroyuki Daiko
BACKGROUND: To support patients discharged from the hospital after surgery, we launched an "Interdisciplinary Postoperative Support Program" in outpatient clinics for patients who were discharged within 1 month after thoracic esophagectomy and their families. We introduce our program and clarify the patient's physical and psychologic status by analyzing the questionnaire provided from this program. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From August 2014 to January 2015, we conducted the Interdisciplinary Postoperative Support Program every month...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528907/widespread-biological-response-to-rapid-warming-on-the-antarctic-peninsula
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Matthew J Amesbury, Thomas P Roland, Jessica Royles, Dominic A Hodgson, Peter Convey, Howard Griffiths, Dan J Charman
Recent climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula is well documented [1-5], with warming, alongside increases in precipitation, wind strength, and melt season length [1, 6, 7], driving environmental change [8, 9]. However, meteorological records mostly began in the 1950s, and paleoenvironmental datasets that provide a longer-term context to recent climate change are limited in number and often from single sites [7] and/or discontinuous in time [10, 11]. Here we use moss bank cores from a 600-km transect from Green Island (65...
May 17, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528565/effectiveness-of-energy-conservation-management-on-fatigue-and-participation-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lyan Jm Blikman, Jetty van Meeteren, Jos Wr Twisk, Fred Aj de Laat, Vincent de Groot, Heleen Beckerman, Henk J Stam, Johannes Bj Bussmann
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is a frequently reported and disabling symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of an individual energy conservation management (ECM) intervention on fatigue and participation in persons with primary MS-related fatigue. METHODS: A total of 86 severely fatigued and ambulatory adults with a definite diagnosis of MS were randomized in a single-blind, two-parallel-arm randomized clinical trial to the ECM group or the information-only control group in outpatient rehabilitation departments...
May 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528232/a-mathematical-and-biological-plausible-model-of-decision-execution-regulation-in-go-no-go-tasks-focusing-on-the-fronto-striatal-thalamic-pathway
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Golnaz Baghdadi, Farzad Towhidkhah, Reza Rostami
Discovering factors influencing the speed and accuracy of responses in tasks such as "Go/No-Go" is one of issues which have been raised in neurocognitive studies. Mathematical models are considered as tools to identify and to study decision making procedure from different aspects. In this paper, a mathematical model has been presented to show several factors can alter the output of decision making procedure before execution in a "Go/No-Go" task. The dynamic of this model has two stable fixed points, each of them corresponds to the "Press" and "Not-press" responses...
May 13, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527828/buffer-formulation-affects-the-interaction-between-lysozyme-and-polymeric-nanoparticles
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Martin Lundqvist, Celia Cabaleiro-Lago
The effect of the buffer formulation in terms of buffer identity and ionic strength on the interaction between chicken egg lysozyme and carboxyl-modified polystyrene nanoparticles has been systematically studied. The time evolution of the fluorescence of a reporter molecule shows that lysozyme interacts with the nanoparticles in all the studied conditions. The interaction results in changes in protein conformation and decrease of the colloidal stability of nanoparticles. In absence of a background salt the rate of adsorption is affected mainly by the ionic strength of the buffer solution, although, specific buffer effects may contribute to a certain extent...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527449/correlated-matrix-fluctuation-mediated-activated-transport-of-dilute-penetrants-in-glass-forming-liquids-and-suspensions
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Rui Zhang, Kenneth S Schweizer
We formulate a microscopic, force-level statistical mechanical theory for the activated diffusion of dilute penetrants in dense liquids, colloidal suspensions, and glasses. The approach explicitly and self-consistently accounts for coupling between penetrant hopping and matrix dynamic displacements that actively facilitate the hopping event. The key new ideas involve two mechanistically (at a stochastic trajectory level) coupled dynamic free energy functions for the matrix and spherical penetrant particles...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525826/formation-and-stability-of-manganese-doped-zns-quantum-dot-monolayers-determined-by-qcm-d-and-streaming-potential-measurements
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Magdalena Oćwieja, Katarzyna Matras-Postołek, Julia Maciejewska-Prończuk, Maria Morga, Zbigniew Adamczyk, Svitlana Sovinska, Adam Żaba, Marta Gajewska, Tomasz Król, Klaudia Cupiał, Michael Bredol
Manganese-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) stabilized by cysteamine hydrochloride were successfully synthesized. Their thorough physicochemical characteristics were acquired using UV-Vis absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The average particle size, derived from HR-TEM, was 3.1nm, which agrees with the hydrodynamic diameter acquired by DLS, that was equal to 3-4nm, depending on ionic strength...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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