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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549379/dynamically-tunable-plasmon-induced-transparency-in-on-chip-graphene-based-asymmetrical-nanocavity-coupled-waveguide-system
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Pingping Qiu, Weibin Qiu, Zhili Lin, Houbo Chen, Junbo Ren, Jia-Xian Wang, Qiang Kan, Jiao-Qing Pan
A graphene-based on-chip plasmonic nanostructure composed of a plasmonic bus waveguide side-coupled with a U-shaped and a rectangular nanocavities has been proposed and modeled by using the finite element method in this paper. The dynamic tunability of the plasmon-induced transparency (PIT) windows has been investigated. The results reveal that the PIT effects can be tuned via modifying the chemical potential of the nanocavities and plasmonic bus waveguide or by varying the geometrical parameters including the location and width of the rectangular nanocavity...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548658/distinctive-microbiomes-and-metabolites-linked-with-weight-loss-after-gastric-bypass-but-not-gastric-banding
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Zehra Esra Ilhan, John K DiBaise, Nancy G Isern, David W Hoyt, Andrew K Marcus, Dae-Wook Kang, Michael D Crowell, Bruce E Rittmann, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) are anatomically different bariatric operations. RYGB achieves greater weight loss compared with LAGB. Changes in the gut microbiome have been documented after RYGB, but not LAGB, and the microbial contribution to sustainable surgical weight loss warrants further evaluation. We hypothesized that RYGB imposes greater changes on the microbiota and its metabolism than LAGB, and that the altered microbiota may contribute to greater weight loss...
May 26, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546784/doing-laboratory-ethnography-reflections-on-method-in-scientific-workplaces
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Neil Stephens, Jamie Lewis
Laboratory ethnography extended the social scientist's gaze into the day-to-day accomplishment of scientific practice. Here we reflect upon our own ethnographies of biomedical scientific workspaces to provoke methodological discussion on the doing of laboratory ethnography. What we provide is less a 'how to' guide and more a commentary on what to look for and what to look at. We draw upon our empirical research with stem cell laboratories and animal houses, teams producing robotic surgical tools, musicians sonifying data science, a psychiatric genetics laboratory, and scientists developing laboratory grown meat...
April 2017: Qualitative Research: QR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545181/hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-comprehensive-review-of-biomarkers-clinical-aspects-and-therapy
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Nathalia Martines Tunissiolli, Márcia Maria Urbanin Castanhole-Nunes, Patrícia Matos Biselli-Chicote, Érika Cristina Pavarino, Renato Ferreira da Silva, Rita de Cássia Martins Alves da Silva, Eny Maria Goloni-Bertollo
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a cause of several deaths related to cancer worldwidely. In early stage, curative treatments such as surgical resection, liver transplant and local ablation can improve the patient ´s survival. However, the disease is detected in advanced stage; moreover some available therapies are restricted to palliative care and local treatment. Early detections of HCC and adequate therapy are crucial to increase survival as well as to improve the patient´s quality of life. Therefore, researchers have been investigating molecular biomarkers with high sensibility and reliability as Golgi 73 protein (GP73), Glypican-3 (GPC3), Osteopontin (OPN), microRNAs and others...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544741/diagnostic-accuracy-of-a-hybrid-approach-of-instantaneous-wave-free-ratio-and-fractional-flow-reserve-using-high-dose-intracoronary-adenosine-to-characterize-intermediate-coronary-lesions-results-of-the-pals-practical-assessment-of-lesion-severity-prospective
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Fernando Rivero, Javier Cuesta, Teresa Bastante, Amparo Benedicto, Marcos García-Guimaraes, Manuel Fuentes-Ferrer, Teresa Alvarado, Fernando Alfonso
OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) and high-dose intracoronary adenosine fractional flow reserve (IC-FFR) compared with classical intravenous adenosine fractional flow reserve (IV-FFR) to assess coronary stenosis severity. The usefulness of two hybrid strategies combining iFR and high-dose IC-FFR was also evaluated. BACKGROUND: Physiological assessment of intermediate coronary stenoses to guide revascularization is currently recommended...
May 22, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534928/music-genetics-research-association-with-musicality-of-a-polymorphism-in-the-avpr1a-gene
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Luiza Monteavaro Mariath, Alexandre Mauat da Silva, Thayne Woycinck Kowalski, Gustavo Schulz Gattino, Gustavo Andrade de Araujo, Felipe Grahl Figueiredo, Alice Tagliani-Ribeiro, Tatiana Roman, Fernanda Sales Luiz Vianna, Lavínia Schuler-Faccini, Jaqueline Bohrer Schuch
Musicality is defined as a natural tendency, sensibility, knowledge, or talent to create, perceive, and play music. Musical abilities involve a great range of social and cognitive behaviors, which are influenced by both environmental and genetic factors. Although a number of studies have yielded insights into music genetics research, genes and biological pathways related to these traits are not fully understood. Our hypothesis in the current study is that genes associated with different behaviors could also influence the musical phenotype...
May 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533060/autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-for-follicular-lymphoma-favourable-long-term-survival-irrespective-of-pre-transplant-rituximab-exposure
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Ana Jiménez-Ubieto, Carlos Grande, Dolores Caballero, Lucrecia Yáñez, Silvana Novelli, Miguel Teodoro Hernández-Garcia, María Manzanares, Reyes Arranz, José Javier Ferreiro, Sabella Bobillo, Santiago Mercadal, Andrea Galeo, Javier López Jiménez, José María Moraleda, Carlos Vallejo, Carmen Albo, Elena Pérez, Carmen Marrero, Laura Magnano, Luis Palomera, Isidro Jarque, Pilar Martínez-Sánchez, Alejandro Martín, Erika Coria, Armando López-Guillermo, Antonio Salar, Juan José Lahuerta
High-dose chemotherapy supported by autologous stem cell transplantation (HDT/ASCT) has contributed to modify the natural history of follicular lymphoma (FL). However, an overall survival (OS) benefit has only been demonstrated at relapse after a rituximab free chemotherapy regimen. A total of 655 FL patients were reported to the Spanish GELTAMO registry and received their first ASCT between 1989 and 2007. 203 patients received ASCT in first complete response (CR1), 174 in CR2, 28 in third CR3, 140 in first partial response (PR1), 81 in subsequent PR, and 29 with resistant/refractory disease; 184 patients received rituximab prior to ASCT...
May 19, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532257/suicide-and-sensibility
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Colin Tatz
Suicide is a domain of darkness. Entrenched in the biomedical world, suicide is commonly addressed as a complication of mental illness-usually depression-regardless of historic and social contexts, factors critical in Australian Aboriginal suicide. Prevention programs disappoint, partly because they don't differentiate between suicide categories in their strategies. Furthermore, statistics are unreliable, and under-reporting remains idiosyncratic despite improved coronial practices. Unhelpfully, coroners may not presume suicide...
May 22, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532184/a-review-of-invasive-and-non-invasive-sensory-feedback-in-upper-limb-prostheses
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Pamela Svensson, Ulrika Wijk, Anders Björkman, Christian Antfolk
The constant challenge to restore sensory feedback in prosthetic hands has provided several research solutions, but virtually none has reached clinical fruition. A prosthetic hand with sensory feedback that closely imitates an intact hand and provides a natural feeling may induce the prosthetic hand to be included in the body image and also reinforces the control of the prosthesis. Areas covered: This review presents non-invasive sensory feedback systems such as mechanotactile, vibrotactile, electrotactile and combinational systems which combine the modalities; multi-haptic feedback...
May 22, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531892/emery-dreifuss-muscular-dystrophy-associated-mutant-forms-of-lamin-a-recruit-the-stress-responsive-protein-ankrd2-into-the-nucleus-affecting-the-cellular-response-to-oxidative-stress
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Silvia Angori, Cristina Capanni, Georgine Faulkner, Camilla Bean, Giuseppe Boriani, Giovanna Lattanzi, Vittoria Cenni
BACKGROUND: Ankrd2 is a stress responsive protein mainly expressed in muscle cells. Upon the application of oxidative stress, Ankrd2 translocates into the nucleus where it regulates the activity of genes involved in cellular response to stress. Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy 2 (EDMD2) is a muscular disorder caused by mutations of the gene encoding lamin A, LMNA. As well as many phenotypic abnormalities, EDMD2 muscle cells also feature a permanent basal stress state, the underlying molecular mechanisms of which are currently unclear...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528317/levels-of-blood-lead-in-griffon-vultures-from-a-wildlife-rehabilitation-center-in-spain
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Fernando González, Irene López, Laura Suarez, Virginia Moraleda, Casilda Rodríguez
Lead is considered a highly toxic contaminant with important impacts to bird wildlife. Griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) are a sensitive indicator of the level of environmental contamination due to their position at the top of the food chain and their dependence on human activities. The aim of this study was to assess susceptibility to lead intoxication in Griffon vultures admitted to Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers (WRC), measuring blood lead levels and determining if blood lead concentrations are related to clinical signs, hematological, biochemical or radiographic findings...
May 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526054/assessing-degradation-of-composite-resin-cements-during-artificial-aging-by-martens-hardness
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Stefan Bürgin, Nadja Rohr, Jens Fischer
BACKGROUND: Aim of the study was to verify the efficiency of Martens hardness measurements in detecting the degradation of composite resin cements during artificial aging. METHODS: Four cements were used: Variolink II (VL2), RelyX Unicem 2 Automix (RUN), PermaFlo DC (PDC), and DuoCem (DCM). Specimens for Martens hardness measurements were light-cured and stored in water at 37 °C for 1 day to allow complete polymerization (baseline). Subsequently the specimens were artificially aged by water storage at 37 °C or thermal cycling (n = 6)...
May 19, 2017: Head & Face Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523305/the-impact-of-liver-steatosis-on-early-and-sustained-treatment-response-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
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Alice Elena Găman, Anca Marilena Ungureanu, Adriana Turculeanu, Dan IonuŢ Gheonea, Andrei Ioan Drocaş, George Mitroi, Maria DobriŢoiu, Maria Victoria Comănescu, Andreea Doriana Stănculescu, Ramona Cioboată, Claudiu Florin Jieanu, Paul Ioan Tomescu
Steatosis is a frequent feature of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Steatosis may be an important cofactor in both accelerating fibrosis and increasing liver necroinflammatory activity in chronic hepatitis C. The main objective of this study was the evaluation of biological response rates, early viral response, sustained viral response in patients with chronic hepatitis C treated with Interferon-alpha (IFN-α), Pegylated (PEG)-IFN-α2a or -α2b plus Ribavirin and to relate it to the presence of hepatic steatosis...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521594/protein-carbonyl-but-not-malondialdehyde-is-associated-with-icu-mortality-in-patients-with-septic-shock
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Nara Aline Costa, Ana Lucia Gut, Paula Schmidt Azevedo, Ana Angelica Henrique Fernandes, Bertha Furlan Polegato, Natália Baraldi Cunha, Tatiana Fernanda Bachiega, Maria Angélica Martins Lourenço, Edson Luiz Favero Júnior, Leonardo Antonio Mamede Zornoff, Sergio Alberto Rupp de Paiva, Marcos Ferreira Minicucci
BACKGROUND: The objective of our study was to evaluate the association of serum malondialdehyde (MDA) and protein carbonyl concentration with intensive care unit (ICU) mortality in patients with septic shock. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 175 patients aged over 18 years with septic shock upon ICU admission. However, 16 patients were excluded. Thus, 159 patients were enrolled in the study. In addition, we evaluated 16 control patients. At the time of the patients' enrollment, demographic information was recorded...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521376/-images-of-ageing-in-health-care-magazines-of-the-public-health-system
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Ilse Hartmann-Tews, Theresa Hoppe
Objectives Collective images of ageing influence attitudes towards ageing and health- related activities. The aim of this study was to explore images of ageing and old age in magazines published by public health institutions, namely health insurance companies and pharmacies. Design A standardized content analysis was conducted covering age-related articles (n=146) and accompanying photographs (n=218) of public health institutions. The stock of material comprises age-related articles of all magazines published 2012-2013 of 2 public health insurance companies (Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse: "Bleib gesund", Barmer Ersatzkasse: "Gesundheit konkret"), 2 private health insurance companies (Gothaer Versicherung: "Gothaer magazin", Deutsche Krankenversicherung: "DKV impulse") and 2 consumer magazines of pharmacies ("Apothekenumschau","Senioren Ratgeber")...
May 18, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515537/estimating-spatially-distributed-turbulent-heat-fluxes-from-high-resolution-thermal-imagery-acquired-with-a-uav-system
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Claire Brenner, Christina Elisabeth Thiem, Hans-Dieter Wizemann, Matthias Bernhardt, Karsten Schulz
In this study, high-resolution thermal imagery acquired with a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is used to map evapotranspiration (ET) at a grassland site in Luxembourg. The land surface temperature (LST) information from the thermal imagery is the key input to a one-source and two-source energy balance model. While the one-source model treats the surface as a single uniform layer, the two-source model partitions the surface temperature and fluxes into soil and vegetation components. It thus explicitly accounts for the different contributions of both components to surface temperature as well as turbulent flux exchange with the atmosphere...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Remote Sensing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514934/a-hypothesis-king-henry-viii-s-1491-1547-personality-change-a-case-of-lead-poisoning
#17
Anne Charlton
Henry VIII (1491-1547) became King of England in 1509. He started out as a good monarch, sensible, reasonable and pleasant, but later his behaviour changed drastically. He became irascible, intolerant, violent and tyrannical. In January 1536, Henry had a serious jousting accident and was unconscious for 2 h. It is generally believed that this accident played a major role in his personality change. Letters of that time, however, indicate that the change began insidiously in 1534 and became most drastic in 1535, a year before the accident...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Biography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513069/predict-pancreatic-fistula-after-pancreaticoduodenectomy-ratio-body-thickness-main-duct
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Louise Barbier, Diane Mège, Anthony Reyre, Vincent M Moutardier, Jacques A Ewald, Jean-Robert Delpero
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of post-operative pancreatic fistula (POPF) after pancreaticoduodenectomy is a challenging issue. The aim was to identify variables on preoperative computed tomography (CT) scan, useful to predict clinically significant POPF (grades B-C) after pancreaticoduodenectomy. METHODS: Patients presented POPF after pancreaticoduodenectomy were included from two tertiary referral centres. B/W ratio was defined by ratio of pancreas body thickness (B) to main pancreatic duct (W)...
May 16, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511345/ros-homeostasis-a-key-determinant-in-liver-ischemic-preconditioning
#19
Ignacio Prieto, María Monsalve
Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are key mediators of ischemia-reperfusion injury but also required for the induction of the stress response that limits tissue injury and underlies the protection provided by ischemic-preconditioning protocols. Liver steatosis is an important risk factor for liver transplant failure. Liver steatosis is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and excessive mitochondrial ROS production. Studies aiming at decreasing the sensibility of the steatotic liver to ischemia-reperfusion injury using pre-conditioning protocols, have shown that the steatotic liver has a reduced capacity to respond to these protocols...
May 4, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509947/-arboviruses-also-have-an-american-dream
#20
F Rodhain
Some arboviruses that originated in the Old World have been introduced by humans into the American continent. The first of them was the yellow fever virus, coming from the West African coast with slaves in the 17th-19th centuries, followed by dengue viruses, which were always prevalent within the Americas. Next was theWest Nile virus, introduced in New York in 1999, that spread in only a few years over the whole continent. Then, Chikungunya virus arrived on Saint Martin Island in 2013 after its outbreak in Polynesia; it is now widespread in the Caribbean Islands and on the American continent from the United States to Brazil...
May 16, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
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