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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098465/rejection-of-commonly-used-electrolyte-in-asymmetric-flow-field-flow-fractionation-effects-of-membrane-molecular-weight-cut-off-size-fluid-dynamics-and-valence-of-electrolytes
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Thilak K Mudalige, Haiou Qu, Sean W Linder
Asymmetric flow field flow fractionation (AF4) is an efficient size based separation technique for the characterization of submicron size particulates. In AF4, membranes having various molecular weight cut-off sizes are used as a barrier to retain particles while allowing carrier fluid containing electrolytes to permeate. Here, we hypothesized that electrolyte rejection by the barrier membrane lead to the accumulation of the electrolytes in the channel during operation. Electrolyte accumulation can cause various adverse effects which can lead to membrane fouling...
January 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098308/a-core-multiple-shell-nanostructure-enabling-concurrent-upconversion-and-quantum-cutting-for-photon-management
#2
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/28098285/kb-po4-f-a-novel-acentric-deep-ultraviolet-material
#3
Ji-Hong Jiang, Lin-Chuan Zhang, Ya-Xi Huang, Zhi-Mei Sun, Yuanming Pan, Jin-Xiao Mi
Two challenges to grow KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF), the best known deep-ultraviolet nonlinear optical (NLO) material to date, are the limited crystal sizes and the use of a highly toxic element (Be). Herein we report on the discovery of a novel anhydrous non-centrosymmetric alkali fluorinated borophosphate KB(PO4)F (KBPF) featuring a cut-off wavelength of less than 200 nm and a large second-harmonic generation (SHG) effect similar to KH2PO4 (KDP), hence representing a new promising deep-ultraviolet NLO material. The KBPF crystals consisting of common elements can be grown using green and cost effective processes and do not show any detectable hygroscopicity...
January 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098214/clinical-roles-of-lung-volumes-detected-by-body-plethysmography-and-helium-dilution-in-asthmatic-patients-a-correlation-and-diagnosis-analysis
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Jian Luo, Dan Liu, Guo Chen, Binmiao Liang, Chuntao Liu
Roles of lung volumes in asthma remain controversial. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of lung volumes in differentiating asthma severity levels. Consecutive outpatients with chronic persistent asthma were enrolled, and body plethysmography (BP) and helium dilution (HD) were performed simultaneously to extract RV%pred, TLC%pred, and RV/TLC. Significant negative correlations were found between FEV1%pred and RV%pred (r = -0.557, P < 0.001), TLC%pred (r = -0.387, P < 0.001), and RV/TLC (r = -0...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098171/metallurgical-investigation-on-fourth-century-bce-silver-jewellery-of-two-hoards-from-samaria
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D Ashkenazi, H Gitler, A Stern, O Tal
A fourth century BCE silver jewellery collection, which is part of two hoards of Samarian coins (the Samaria and Nablus Hoards), was studied by non-destructive analyses. The collection, which consists of pendants, rings, beads and earrings, had been examined by visual testing, multi-focal microscopy and SEM-EDS analysis. In order to enhance our knowledge of past technologies of silver jewellery production, we developed a metallurgical methodology based on the chemical composition of the joints and bulk. The results show that all artefacts are made of silver containing a small percentage of copper...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097936/experimental-study-on-tissue-phantoms-to-understand-the-effect-of-injury-and-suturing-on-human-skin-mechanical-properties
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Arnab Chanda, Vinu Unnikrishnan, Zachary Flynn, Kim Lackey
Skin injuries are the most common type of injuries occurring in day-to-day life. A skin injury usually manifests itself in the form of a wound or a cut. While a shallow wound may heal by itself within a short time, deep wounds require surgical interventions such as suturing for timely healing. To date, suturing practices are based on a surgeon's experience and may vary widely from one situation to another. Understanding the mechanics of wound closure and suturing of the skin is crucial to improve clinical suturing practices and also to plan automated robotic surgeries...
January 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097894/high-serum-ykl-40-level-positively-correlates-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Yan Jin, Jia-Ning Cao, Chun-Xia Wang, Qiu-Ting Feng, Xin-He Ye, Xin Xu, Cheng-Jian Yang
AIM: We investigated the predictive value of chitinase-like protein YKL-40 in coronary artery disease (CAD). PATIENTS: Serum YKL-40 levels in 116 CAD patients and 82 healthy controls were analyzed. Severity of CAD was evaluated using Gensini scores. Spearman's correlation was used to evaluate the correlation between Gensini scores and YKL-40 levels. The predictive value of YKL-40 was determined by receivers operating characteristic curve analysis. RESULTS: Serum YKL-40 levels were significantly elevated in CAD group as compared with control group...
January 18, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097841/oxygen-saturation-periodic-breathing-and-sleep-apnea-in-infants-aged-1-4-months-old-living-at-3200-meters-above-sea-level
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Santiago Ucrós, Claudia Granados, Karem Parejo, Fausto Ortega, Fernando Guillén, Sonia Restrepo, Fabián Gil, Miriam Guillén
OBJECTIVES: To describe, in infants aged 1-4 months old living at 3200 meters above sea level (MASL), oxygen saturation (SpO2), sleep apnea indices, and periodic breathing (PB) during sleep. Polysomnographies were done in 18 healthy infants. RESULTS: The median SpO2 was 87%, and the median PB was 7.2% for the total sleep time. The median central sleep apnea index was 30.5/hour, which decreased to 5.4/hour once sleep apneas associated with PB were excluded. The 5th percentile for SpO2 was 76% among awake infants, and 66% among asleep infants...
February 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097451/vrt-verbal-reasoning-test-a-new-test-for-assessment-of-verbal-reasoning-test-realization-and-italian-normative-data-from-a-multicentric-study
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Benedetta Basagni, Claudio Luzzatti, Eduardo Navarrete, Marina Caputo, Gessica Scrocco, Alessio Damora, Laura Giunchi, Paola Gemignani, Annarita Caiazzo, Maria Grazia Gambini, Renato Avesani, Mauro Mancuso, Luigi Trojano, Antonio De Tanti
Verbal reasoning is a complex, multicomponent function, which involves activation of functional processes and neural circuits distributed in both brain hemispheres. Thus, this ability is often impaired after brain injury. The aim of the present study is to describe the construction of a new verbal reasoning test (VRT) for patients with brain injury and to provide normative values in a sample of healthy Italian participants. Three hundred and eighty healthy Italian subjects (193 women and 187 men) of different ages (range 16-75 years) and educational level (primary school to postgraduate degree) underwent the VRT...
January 17, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096833/utility-of-serum-concentration-of-protein-s100-at-admission-to-the-medical-intensive-care-unit-in-prediction-of-permanent-neurological-injury
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Piotr Knapik, Małgorzata Knapik, Robert Partyka, Iwona Broll, Daniel Cieśla, Maciej Wawrzyńczyk, Danuta Kokocińska, Przemysław Jałowiecki
INTRODUCTION: Admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) may be preceded by dramatic events leading to permanent neurological injury. Plasma S100 protein levels are proved to be clinically useful in predicting neurological outcome following cardiac arrest. It is unclear, however, whether this may be extrapolated to a broader population of ICU patients. AIM: To assess the utility of plasma S100 protein in predicting death, permanent neurological damage, or unfavourable outcome at admission to the intensive care unit...
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096610/investigation-of-body-and-udder-skin-surface-temperature-differentials-as-an-early-indicator-of-mastitis-in-holstein-friesian-crossbred-cows-using-digital-infrared-thermography-technique
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M Sathiyabarathi, S Jeyakumar, A Manimaran, Heartwin A Pushpadass, M Sivaram, K P Ramesha, D N Das, Mukund A Kataktalware, G Jayaprakash, Tapas Kumar Patbandha
AIM: The objective of this study was to investigate the ability of infrared thermography (IRT) technique and its interrelationship with conventional mastitis indicators for the early detection of mastitis in Holstein Friesian (HF) crossbred cows. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 76 quarters of lactating HF crossbred (Bos indicus × Bos taurus) cows (n=19) were monitored for body temperature (i.e., eye temperature) and udder skin surface temperature (USST) before milking using forward-looking infrared (FLIR) i5 camera...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096249/natural-language-processing-to-extract-symptoms-of-severe-mental-illness-from-clinical-text-the-clinical-record-interactive-search-comprehensive-data-extraction-cris-code-project
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Richard G Jackson, Rashmi Patel, Nishamali Jayatilleke, Anna Kolliakou, Michael Ball, Genevieve Gorrell, Angus Roberts, Richard J Dobson, Robert Stewart
OBJECTIVES: We sought to use natural language processing to develop a suite of language models to capture key symptoms of severe mental illness (SMI) from clinical text, to facilitate the secondary use of mental healthcare data in research. DESIGN: Development and validation of information extraction applications for ascertaining symptoms of SMI in routine mental health records using the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) data resource; description of their distribution in a corpus of discharge summaries...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096148/uric-acid-and-new-onset-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-findings-from-the-pamela-population
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Cesare Cuspidi, Rita Facchetti, Michele Bombelli, Carla Sala, Marijana Tadic, Guido Grassi, Giuseppe Mancia
BACKGROUND: The association between serum uric acid (SUA) and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is controversial and the ability of SUA in predicting incident LVH remains unsettled. Thus, we evaluated the relationship of SUA with new-onset echocardiographic LVH over a 10-year period in subjects of the general population enrolled in the Pressioni Arteriose Monitorate E Loro Associazioni (PAMELA) study. METHODS: The study included 960 subjects with normal LV mass index (LVMI) at baseline echocardiographic evaluation and a readable echocardiogram at the end of follow-up...
January 17, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096114/bar-code-app-aims-to-cut-sugar-intake
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January 17, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096075/hpprna-a-snakemake-based-handy-parameter-free-pipeline-for-rna-seq-analysis-of-numerous-samples
#15
Dapeng Wang
RNA-Seq technology has been gradually becoming a routine approach for characterizing the properties of transcriptome in terms of organisms, cell types and conditions and consequently a big burden has been put on the facet of data analysis, which calls for an easy-to-learn workflow to cope with the increased demands from a large number of laboratories across the world. We report a one-in-all solution called hppRNA, composed of four scenarios such as pre-mapping, core-workflow, post-mapping and sequence variation detection, written by a series of individual Perl and R scripts, counting on well-established and preinstalled software, irrespective of single-end or paired-end, unstranded or stranded sequencing method...
January 17, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095987/an-anatomic-risk-model-to-screen-post-endovascular-aneurysm-repair-patients-for-aneurysm-sac-enlargement
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Chien Yi M Png, Rami O Tadros, William E Beckerman, Daniel K Han, Melissa L Tardiff, Marielle R Torres, Michael L Marin, Peter L Faries
BACKGROUND: Follow-up computed tomography angiography (CTA) scans add considerable postimplantation costs to endovascular aneurysm repairs (EVARs) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). By building a risk model, we hope to identify patients at low risk for aneurysm sac enlargement to minimize unnecessary CTAs. METHODS: 895 consecutive patients who underwent EVAR for AAA were reviewed, of which 556 met inclusion criteria. A Probit model was created for aneurysm sac enlargement, with preoperative aneurysm morphology, patient demographics, and operative details as variables...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095885/symptoms-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-among-adult-eating-disorder-patients
#17
Nils Erik Svedlund, Claes Norring, Ylva Ginsberg, Yvonne von Hausswolff-Juhlin
BACKGROUND: Very little is known about the prevalence of ADHD symptoms in Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder and even less in other eating disorders. This knowledge gap is of clinical importance since stimulant treatment is proven effective in Binge Eating Disorder and discussed as a treatment possibility for Bulimia Nervosa. The objective of this study was to explore the prevalence and types of self-reported ADHD symptoms in an unselected group of eating disorder patients assessed in a specialized eating disorder clinic...
January 17, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095852/the-st-george-s-respiratory-questionnaire-as-a-prognostic-factor-in-ipf
#18
Taiki Furukawa, Hiroyuki Taniguchi, Masahiko Ando, Yasuhiro Kondoh, Kensuke Kataoka, Osamu Nishiyama, Takeshi Johkoh, Junya Fukuoka, Koji Sakamoto, Yoshinori Hasegawa
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether health related quality of life (HRQL) may have a predictive value for mortality in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). We investigated the relationship between HRQL assessed using the St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) and survival time in patients with IPF, and tried to determine a clinical meaningful cut off value to predict poorer survival rates. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed consecutive patients with IPF who underwent an initial evaluation from May 2007 to December 2012...
January 17, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095794/development-of-an-algorithm-for-phenotypic-screening-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-the-routine-laboratory
#19
Jérôme Robert, Alix Pantel, Audrey Merens, Elodie Meiller, Jean-Philippe Lavigne, Marie-Hélène Nicolas-Chanoine
BACKGROUND: Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are difficult to identify among carbapenem non-susceptible Enterobacteriaceae (NSE). We designed phenotypic strategies giving priority to high sensitivity for screening putative CPE before further testing. METHODS: Presence of carbapenemase-encoding genes in ertapenem NSE (MIC > 0.5 mg/l) consecutively isolated in 80 French laboratories between November 2011 and April 2012 was determined by the Check-MDR-CT103 array method...
January 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095662/factors-associated-with-echinococcosis-induced-perioperative-anaphylactic-shock
#20
Jianrong Ye, Qin Zhang, Yan Xuan, Siyu Chen, Long Ma, Yongqiang Zhang, Hong Zheng
This retrospective case-control study explored the factors associated with anaphylactic shock during surgery for cystic echinococcosis (CE) at the First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University between October 2008 and September 2013. Patients who suffered from anaphylactic shock (n=16) were age-matched 3:1 to patients who did not (n=43). Multivariate analysis suggested that IL-4 levels (odds ratio=1.096; 95% confidence interval=1.015-1.185; P=0.02) and cyst size (odds ratio=3.028, 95% confidence interval=1...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
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