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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079847/relationship-between-abnormalities-on-high-resolution-computerized-tomography-pulmonary-function-and-bronchoalveolar-lavage-in-progressive-systemic-sclerosis
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Gulfidan Cakmak, Tuba Selcuk Can, Sule Gundogdu, Canan Akman, Hande Ikitimur, Benan Musellim, Gul Ongen
:  Introduction and aim: Progressive systemic sclerosis (pSS) is a multisystemic connective tissue disease characterized by fibrosis of the skin and internal organs including lung. The mechanisms that leads to progressive lung fibrosis in scleroderma remain obscure. In this study, we aimed to investigate the correlation between HRCT findings and patients' clinical and functional status and the degree of alveolitis based on the BAL resultsMaterials and methods: 65 patients with pSS were evaluated...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078528/reducing-stress-among-mothers-in-drug-treatment-a-description-of-a-mindfulness-based-parenting-intervention
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Vanessa L Short, Meghan Gannon, Wendy Weingarten, Karol Kaltenbach, Marianna LaNoue, Diane J Abatemarco
Background Parenting women with substance use disorder could potentially benefit from interventions designed to decrease stress and improve overall psychosocial health. In this study we assessed whether a mindfulness based parenting (MBP) intervention could be successful in decreasing general and parenting stress in a population of women who are in treatment for substance use disorder and who have infants or young children. Methods MBP participants (N = 59) attended a two-hour session once a week for 12 weeks...
January 11, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074677/the-effective-tool-for-self-assessment-of-adherence-to-treatment-in-patients-with-benign-prostatic-obstruction-and-overactive-bladder-symptoms
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Kirill Kosilov, Sergey Loparev, Irina Kuzina, Olga Shakirova, Natalya Zhuravskaya, Alexandra Lobodenko
PURPOSE: Study of validity of the Medication Adherence Self-Report Inventory (MASRI) for use in clinical practice to treat patients with benign prostatic obstruction (BPO) accompanied with overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. METHODS: During 12 weeks of the randomized study, 452 patients with BPO and OAB symptoms (mean age of 61.3 (12.7)) were studied for adherence to the treatment with Tamsulosin, Solifenacin and Trospium using the MASRI. External monitoring instruments included the Brief Medication Questionnaire (BMQ) and the visual remaining pill count...
January 11, 2017: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072913/chemical-analysis-of-the-interface-in-bulk-heterojunction-solar-cells-by-xps-depth-profiling
#4
Yan Busby, Emil J W List-Kratochvil, Jean-Jacques Pireaux
Despite of the wide use of blends combining an organic p-type polymer and molecular fullerene-based electron acceptor, the proper characterization of such bulk heterojunction materials is still challenging. In order to highlight structure-to-function relations and improve the device performance, advanced tools and strategies need to be developed to characterize composition and interfaces with a sufficient accuracy. In this work, high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is combined with very low energy argon ion beam sputtering to perform a non-destructive depth profile chemical analysis on full Al/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/ITO bulk-heterojunction solar cell device stacks...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070838/late-toxicity-evolving-radiotherapy-techniques-and-quality-of-life-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Luciana Lastrucci, Silvia Bertocci, Vittorio Bini, Simona Borghesi, Roberta De Majo, Andrea Rampini, Paola Pernici, Pietro Giovanni Gennari
PURPOSE: To analyze quality of life (QoL) and functional state (FS) by patient-reported outcome (PRO) questionnaires (FACT-G, FACT-NP, PSS-HN, XeQOLS, and EQ-5D-3L) in long-term survivors nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) treated with conventional radiotherapy (RT) and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). METHODS: 25 patients answered to five questionnaires about QoL and FS. All patients were assessed also for late toxicity. RESULTS: Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G) and Performance Status Scale Head and Neck (PSS-HN) scores were significantly elevated (better QoL) in age <50 years (p = 0...
January 9, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070837/optoelectronic-evaluation-and-loss-analysis-of-pedot-pss-si-hybrid-heterojunction-solar-cells
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Zhenhai Yang, Zebo Fang, Jiang Sheng, Zhaoheng Ling, Zhaolang Liu, Juye Zhu, Pingqi Gao, Jichun Ye
The organic/silicon (Si) hybrid heterojunction solar cells (HHSCs) have attracted considerable attention due to their potential advantages in high efficiency and low cost. However, as a newly arisen photovoltaic device, its current efficiency is still much worse than commercially available Si solar cells. Therefore, a comprehensive and systematical optoelectronic evaluation and loss analysis on this HHSC is therefore highly necessary to fully explore its efficiency potential. Here, a thoroughly optoelectronic simulation is provided on a typical planar polymer poly (3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene):polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS)/Si HHSC...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067039/relighting-photosensitizers-by-synergistic-integration-of-albumin-and-perfluorocarbon-for-enhanced-photodynamic-therapy
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Hao Ren, Jiaqi Liu, Fenhong Su, Sizhan Ge, Ahu Yuan, Weimin Dai, Jinhui Wu, Yiqiao Hu
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is hampered by poor water solubility and skin phototoxicity of photosensitizers (PSs). Incorporation of PSs into nanocarrier (Nano-PDT) has been designed to overcome these problems. However, self-quenching of PSs highly condensed in Nano-PDT significantly reduced singlet oxygen (1O2) generation, resulting in unsatisfactory PDT efficacy. Here, we developed a novel tripleffect Nano-PDT, which has a special core-shell nanostructure by synergistic integration of perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) and human serum albumin (HSA) to improve PDT...
January 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058858/the-impact-of-an-international-initiative-on-exposures-to-liquid-laundry-detergent-capsules-reported-to-the-united-kingdom-national-poisons-information-service-between-2008-and-2015
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Rachael Day, Michael Eddleston, Simon H L Thomas, John P Thompson, J Allister Vale
INTRODUCTION: Although the majority of those exposed to liquid laundry detergent capsules remain asymptomatic or suffer only minor clinical features after exposure, a small proportion develop central nervous system depression, stridor, pulmonary aspiration and/or airway burns following ingestion or conjunctivitis and corneal ulceration following eye exposure. As a consequence, the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (AISE) established a Product Stewardship Programme in Europe, requiring that safety measures be implemented to reduce the visibility of, and restrict access to, these detergent capsules by small children...
January 6, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057714/elevated-il-37-il-18-and-il-18bp-serum-concentrations-in-patients-with-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Wang Liuqing, Xia Liping, Shen Hui, Lu Jing
The objectives of this study were to examine the serum levels of interleukin (IL)-37 and its clinical association in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) and to investigate whether or not IL-37 participates in the regulation of the pathogenesis of pSS. ELISA was used to analyse the serum levels of IL-37, total IL-18 and IL-18 binding protein (IL-18BP). The level of free IL-18 was calculated based on the mass action law. The correlations between the IL-37 serum levels with the laboratory values and the total IL-18 and IL-18BP serum levels were analyzed by a Spearman's correlation test...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054122/-steel-or-titanium-for-osteosynthesis-a%C3%A2-mechanobiological-perspective
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M Heyland, G N Duda, S Märdian, M Schütz, M Windolf
BACKGROUND: An implant used for stabilizing a fracture creates a mechanical construct, which directly determines the biology of bone healing. The stabilization of fractures places high mechanical demands on implants and therefore steel and titanium are currently almost exclusively used as the materials of choice. OBJECTIVES: The possible range of attainable mechanobiological stimulation for mechanotherapy as a function of plate stiffness depending on the selection of the plate material and the physical and mechanical properties of the material options are discussed...
January 4, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050735/semi-quantitative-analysis-of-salivary-gland-scintigraphy-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-diagnosis-a-first-line-tool
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Tiziana Angusti, Emanuela Pilati, Antonella Parente, Renato Carignola, Matteo Manfredi, Simona Cauda, Elena Pizzigati, Julien Dubreuil, Francesco Giammarile, Valerio Podio, Andrea Skanjeti
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was the assessment of semi-quantified salivary gland dynamic scintigraphy (SGdS) parameters independently and in an integrated way in order to predict primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-six consecutive patients (41 females; age 61 ± 11 years) with sicca syndrome were studied by SGdS after injection of 200 MBq of pertechnetate. In sixteen patients, pSS was diagnosed, according to American-European Consensus Group criteria (AECGc)...
January 3, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050422/yoga-practice-for-reducing-the-male-obesity-and-weight-related-psychological-difficulties-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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P B Rshikesan, Pailoor Subramanya, Ram Nidhi
INTRODUCTION: Obesity is a health disorder and increasing all over the world. It is also a cause for many non-communicable diseases. Yoga practice reduces the stress level which may improve the eating habits and help in weight reduction. AIM: To assess the final outcome of the effects after 3 months of the 14 weeks yoga training on obesity of adult male in an urban setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a randomized controlled trial with parallel groups (Yoga and Control groups) on male obese...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046927/th-cd-201-09-high-spatial-resolution-absorbed-dose-to-water-measurements-using-optical-calorimetry-in-megavoltage-external-beam-therapy
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E Flores-Martinez, J Radtke, L DeWerd
PURPOSE: To develop and implement a high spatial resolution calorimeter methodology to measure absorbed dose to water (ADW) using phase shifts (PSs) of light passing through a water phantom and to compare measurements with theoretical calculations. METHODS: Radiation-induced temperature changes were measured using the PSs of a He-Ne laser beam passing through a (10×10×10) cm(3) water phantom. PSs were measured using a Michelson interferometer and recording the time-dependent fringe patterns on a CCD camera...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046050/postsystolic-shortening-is-associated-with-altered-right-ventricular-function-in-children-after-tetralogy-of-fallot-surgical-repair
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Radosław Pietrzak, Bożena Werner
: The aim of the study was to determine whether segmental interactions, as expressed by postsystolic shortening (PSS), affects RV mechanics and are connected with impaired systolic and diastolic function in rTOF children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 55 rTOF adolescent (study group), and 34 healthy volunteers (control group) were examined using classical Doppler flow (Doppler), Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI) and Speckle Tracking Echocardiography (STE). PSS was found to occur when time to peak (TTP) was longer than pulmonary valve closure time (PVCT)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045539/influence-of-surface-charge-density-and-morphology-on-the-formation-of-polyelectrolyte-multilayers-on-smooth-charged-cellulose-surfaces
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Tobias Benselfelt, Torbjörn Pettersson, Lars Wågberg
To clarify the importance of the surface charge for the formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers, layer-by-layer (LbL) assemblies of polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (pDADMAC) and polystyrenesulfonate (PSS) have been investigated on cellulose films with different carboxylic acid contents (20, 350, 870, and 1200 μmol/g) regenerated from oxidized cellulose. The wet cellulose films were thoroughly characterized prior to multilayer deposition using quantitative nanomechanical mapping (QNM), which showed that the mechanical properties were greatly affected by the degree of oxidation of the cellulose...
January 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042126/b-cell-depletion-therapy-normalizes-circulating-follicular-th-cells-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome
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Gwenny M Verstappen, Frans G M Kroese, Petra M Meiners, Odilia B Corneth, Minke G Huitema, Erlin A Haacke, Bert van der Vegt, Suzanne Arends, Arjan Vissink, Hendrika Bootsma, Wayel H Abdulahad
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of B cell depletion therapy on effector CD4+ T cell homeostasis and its relation to objective measures of disease activity in patients with primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS). METHODS: Twenty-four patients with pSS treated with rituximab (RTX) and 24 healthy controls (HC) were included. Frequencies of circulating effector CD4+ T cell subsets were examined by flow cytometry at baseline and 16, 24, 36, and 48 weeks after the first RTX infusion...
January 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039806/silica-supported-au-hollow-sio2-particles-with-outstanding-catalytic-activity-prepared-via-block-copolymer-template-approach
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Aruni Shajkumar, Bhanu Nandan, Sunita Sanwaria, Victoria Albrecht, Marcin Libera, Myong-Hoon Lee, Gudrun Auffermann, Manfred Stamm, Andriy Horechyy
Catalytically active Au@hollow-SiO2 particles embedded in porous silica support (Au@hollow-SiO2@PSS) were prepared by using spherical micelles from poly(styrene)-block-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) block copolymer as a sacrificial template. Drastic increase of the shell porosity was observed after pyrolytic removal of polymeric template because the stretched poly(4-vinyl pyridine) chains interpenetrating with silica shell acted as an effective porogen. The embedding of Au@hollow-SiO2 particles in porous silica support prevented their fusion during pyrolysis...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036132/diagnostic-accuracy-of-salivary-and-serum-free-light-chain-assays-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-a-pilot-study
#18
Pulukool Sandhya, Pamela Christudoss, Jayakanthan Kabeerdoss, Santosh K Mandal, Ramya Aithala, Gowri Mahasampath, Victoria Job, Debashish Danda
OBJECTIVE: To estimate levels of salivary and serum free light chains (FLCs) and explore its utility as a biomarker in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS: Patients with pSS classified by American European Consensus group 2002 or American College of Rheumatology 2012 criteria between January 2015 and August 2015 were included. Healthy staff and non-first degree relatives of patients constituted controls. Serum and salivary FLCs were measured by immunoturbidometry using FREELITE(™) Human Kappa(κ) and Lambda(λ) Free Kit (Binding site, Birmingham, UK), on a Roche Modular P800...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034627/two-dimensional-right-ventricular-strain-by-speckle-tracking-for-assessment-of-longitudinal-right-ventricular-function-after-paediatric-congenital-heart-disease-surgery
#19
Clement Karsenty, Khaled Hadeed, Yves Dulac, Florent Semet, Xavier Alacoque, Sophie Breinig, Bertrand Leobon, Philippe Acar, Sebastien Hascoet
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) function is a prognostic marker of cardiac disease in children. Speckle tracking has been developed to assess RV longitudinal shortening, the dominant deformation during systole; little is known about its feasibility in children with congenital heart disease (CHD). AIMS: To evaluate the feasibility and reproducibility of RV two-dimensional (2D) strain assessed by speckle tracking in infants undergoing CHD surgery compared with conventional markers...
December 26, 2016: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033197/impact-of-panic-attacks-on-bronchoconstriction-and-subjective-distress-in-asthma-patients-with-and-without-panic-disorder
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Maxine Boudreau, Simon L Bacon, Nicola J Paine, André Cartier, Barbara Trutschnigg, Alexandre Morizio, Kim L Lavoie
OBJECTIVES: Panic disorder (PD) is common among asthmatics and is associated with worse asthma outcomes. This may occur due to psychophysiological factors or to cognitive/affective factors. This study evaluated the impact of panic attacks (PAs) on bronchoconstriction and subjective distress in asthmatics with and without PD. METHODS: A total of 25 asthmatics (15 with PD who had a PA [PD/PA], 10 without PD who didn't have a PA [noPD/noPA]) were recruited from an outpatient clinic...
December 28, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
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