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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438011/electrical-and-optical-properties-of-au-catalyzed-gaas-nanowires-grown-on-si-111-substrate-by-molecular-beam-epitaxy
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Chiu-Yen Wang, Yu-Chen Hong, Zong-Jie Ko, Ya-Wen Su, Jin-Hua Huang
In this study, defect-free zinc blende GaAs nanowires on Si (111) by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth are systematically studied through Au-assisted vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method. The morphology, density, and crystal structure of GaAs nanowires were investigated as a function of substrate temperature, growth time, and As/Ga flux ratio during MBE growth, as well as the thickness, annealing time, and annealing temperature of Au film using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), cathodoluminescence (CL), and Raman spectroscopy...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438007/high-speed-cleaving-of-crystals-with-ultrafast-bessel-beams
#2
L Rapp, R Meyer, L Furfaro, C Billet, R Giust, F Courvoisier
We develop a novel concept for ultra-high speed cleaving of crystalline materials with femtosecond lasers. Using Bessel beams in single shot, fracture planes can be induced nearly all along the Bessel zone in sapphire. For the first time, we show that only for a pulse duration below 650 fs, a single fracture can be induced in sapphire, while above this duration, cracks appear in all crystallographic orientations. We determine the influential parameters which are polarization direction, crystallographic axes and scanning direction...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437964/passively-coupled-low-coherence-interferometric-duct-profiling-with-an-astigmatism-corrected-conical-mirror
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Helen D Ford, Ralph P Tatam
Duct-profiling in test samples up to 25 mm in diameter has been demonstrated using a passive, low-coherence probe head with a depth resolution of 7.8 μm, incorporating an optical-fibre-linked conical mirror addressed by a custom-built array of single-mode fibres. Zemax modelling, and experimental assessment of instrument performance, show that degradation of focus, resulting from astigmatism introduced by the conical mirror, is mitigated by the introduction of a novel lens element. This enables a good beam focus to be achieved at distances of tens of millimetres from the cone axis, not achievable when the cone is used alone...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437918/modeling-and-designing-multilayer-2d-perovskite-silicon-bifacial-tandem-photovoltaics-for-high-efficiencies-and-long-term-stability
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Haejun Chung, Xingshu Sun, Aditya D Mohite, Rahul Singh, Lokendra Kumar, Muhammad A Alam, Peter Bermel
A key challenge in photovoltaics today is to develop cell technologies with both higher efficiencies and lower fabrication costs than incumbent crystalline silicon (c-Si) single-junction cells. While tandem cells have higher efficiencies than c-Si alone, it is generally challenging to find a low-cost, high-performance material to pair with c-Si. However, the recent emergence of 22% efficient perovskite photovoltaics has created a tremendous opportunity for high-performance, low-cost perovskite / crystalline silicon tandem photovoltaic cells...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437834/elucidation-of-factor-viii-activity-pharmacokinetics-a-pooled-population-analysis-in-hemophilia-a-patients-treated-with-moroctocog-alfa
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João A Abrantes, Elisabet I Nielsen, Joan Korth-Bradley, Lutz Harnisch, Siv Jönsson
This study investigated the disposition of coagulation factor VIII activity in 754 moderate to severe hemophilia A patients following the administration of moroctocog alfa, a B-domain deleted recombinant factor VIII. Data analyzed included patients aged 1 day to 73 years enrolled in 13 studies conducted over a period of 20 years in 25 countries. A two-compartment population pharmacokinetic model with a baseline model described the pooled data well. Body size, age, inhibitors, race and analytical assay were identified as significant predictors of factor VIII disposition...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437804/-prognostic-factors-of-open-abdomen-treatment-in-visceral-surgery
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Martin W von Websky, Agnes Jedig, Arnulf Willms, Azin Jafari, Hanno Matthaei, Jörg C Kalff, Steffen Manekeller
Introduction In general surgery, open abdomen treatment (OAT) is used to treat abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) and sepsis, often after a primary surgical procedure associated with complications. The results achieved in this patient population may depend on factors that are yet unknown. This study evaluates independent patient-related prognostic factors after OAT. Methods 38 clinical parameters and survival data of 165 consecutive general surgery patients after OAT were entered into a prospective database according to a defined algorithm in order to analyse the underlying surgical pathology, predictors of survival and important aspects of OAT-related morbidity...
April 24, 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437793/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-for-treating-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Dennis Anheyer, Heidemarie Haller, Jürgen Barth, Romy Lauche, Gustav Dobos, Holger Cramer
Background: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is frequently used to treat pain-related conditions, but its effects on low back pain are uncertain. Purpose: To assess the efficacy and safety of MBSR in patients with low back pain. Data Sources: Searches of MEDLINE/PubMed, Scopus, the Cochrane Library, and PsycINFO to 15 June 2016. Study Selection: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared MBSR with usual care or an active comparator and assessed pain intensity or pain-related disability as a primary outcome in patients with low back pain...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437751/effects-of-picrotoxin-on-zebrafish-larvae-behaviors-a-comparison-study-with-ptz
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Xue Yang, Jia Lin, Xiaolan Peng, Qin Zhang, Yinglan Zhang, Ning Guo, Shuizhen Zhou, Qiang Li
Larval zebrafish (Danio rerio) have been suggested as a high-throughput experimental animal model for epilepsy-related genetic and developmental studies. The behavioral manifestations in response to the seizure-inducing drugs picrotoxin (PTX) (1, 5, 25, 125, or 625μM) or pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) (1, 2, 4, 8, or 16mM) under light-dark conditions were studied using zebrafish larvae at 5days post-fertilization (dpf). Two behavioral parameters, locomotor activity and thigmotaxis behavior, were analyzed. We conclude that high concentrations of PTX treatment increased locomotion and thigmotaxis in 5 dpf zebrafish larvae under continuous illumination and the locomotion of PTX-treated zebrafish was decreased under the dark condition...
April 21, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437729/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-polymeric-chitosan-tripolyphosphate-and-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-on-germination-of-zea-mays-brassica-rapa-and-pisum-sativum
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Daniele Y Nakasato, Anderson E S Pereira, Jhones L Oliveira, Halley C Oliveira, Leonardo F Fraceto
Although the potential toxicity of many metallic and carbon nanoparticles to plants has been reported, few studies have evaluated the phytotoxic effects of polymeric and solid lipid nanoparticles. The present work described the preparation and characterization of chitosan/tripolyphosphate (CS/TPP) nanoparticles and solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and evaluated the effects of different concentrations of these nanoparticles on germination of Zea mays, Brassica rapa, and Pisum sativum. CS/TPP nanoparticles presented an average size of 233...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437722/effective-active-vaccination-against-methamphetamine-in-female-rats
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J D Nguyen, P T Bremer, C S Hwang, S A Vandewater, K C Collins, K M Creehan, K D Janda, M A Taffe
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapies directed against methamphetamine (MA) abuse have shown success in rodent models, however only a limited number of studies have investigated active vaccination in female mice and none in female rats. It is critical to determine if potential immunotherapeutic strategies generalize across sex, particularly for drugs that may produce significant sex-differences on behavioral or physiological endpoints. METHODS: Female Wistar rats were initially vaccinated with keyhole-limpet hemocyanin (KLH) or an anti-methamphetamine-KLH conjugate (MH6-KLH) three times over five weeks and implanted with radiotelemetry devices to assess locomotor activity and body temperature responses to MA...
April 14, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437713/reference-intervals-for-serum-24-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d-and-the-ratio-with-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-established-using-a-newly-developed-lc-ms-ms-method
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Jonathan C Y Tang, Holly Nicholls, Isabelle Piec, Christopher J Washbourne, John J Dutton, Sarah Jackson, Julie Greeves, William D Fraser
24,25(OH)2D is the product of 25(OH)D catabolism by CYP24A1. The measurement of serum 24,25(OH)2D concentration may serve as an indicator of vitamin D catabolic status and the relative ratio with 25(OH)D can be used to identify patients with inactivating mutations in CYP24A1. We describe a LC-MS/MS method to determine: (1) the relationships between serum 24,25(OH)2D and 25(OH)D; (2) serum reference intervals in healthy individuals; (3) the diagnostic accuracy of 24,25(OH)2D measurement as an indicator for vitamin D status; 4) 24,25(OH)2D cut-off value for clinically significant change between inadequate and sufficient 25(OH)D status...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437653/effects-of-acidic-and-neutral-biochars-on-properties-and-cadmium-retention-of-soils
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Fangjie Qi, Zhaomin Dong, Dane Lamb, Ravi Naidu, Nanthi S Bolan, Yong Sik Ok, Cuixia Liu, Naser Khan, M A H Johir, Kirk T Semple
In this study, an acidic biochar and a neutral biochar were applied at 5 wt% into two soils for an 11-month incubation experiment. One Ferrosol soil (Ba) was slightly acidic with low organic matter and the other Dermosol soil (Mt) was slightly alkaline with high organic matter. The acidic (pH = 3.25) wood shaving (WS) biochar had no marked impact on nutrient levels, cation exchange capacity (CEC), pH and acid neutralization capacity (ANC) of either soil. By contrast, the neutral (pH = 7.00) chicken litter (CL) biochar significantly increased major soluble nutrients, pH, ANC of soil Ba...
April 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437599/human-%C3%AE-defensin-3-induces-il-8-release-and-apoptosis-in-airway-smooth-muscle-cells
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Weijia Wang, Xiaoyan Qu, Xiaomin Dang, Dong Shang, Liang Yang, Ying Li, Dan Xu, James G Martin, Qutayba Hamid, Jiankang Liu, Ying Chang
BACKGROUND: Human airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) may have a pro-inflammatory role through the release of inflammatory mediators. Increasing evidence indicates that human β-defensins (HBDs) are related to pathogenesis of asthma. OBJECTIVES: To examine the plasma level of HBD-1, -2 and -3 in asthmatic patients and the expression of their mouse orthologs in the lung tissue of a mouse model of chronic severe asthma. Further to investigate the effect of HBD-3 on the release of the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-8 and to explore the mechanisms...
April 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437597/weight-loss-in-weight-watchers-online-with-and-without-an-activity-tracking-device-compared-to-control-a-randomized-trial
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J Graham Thomas, Hollie A Raynor, Dale S Bond, Anna K Luke, Chelsi C Cardoso, Gary D Foster, Rena R Wing
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a commercial online weight loss program and activity tracker, which are popular but have unknown efficacy. METHODS: Two hundred seventy-nine participants with BMI 27 to 40 kg/m(2) were randomized to 12 months of the Weight Watchers Online program alone (WWO) or with the ActiveLink(®) activity tracking device (WWO+AL) or an online newsletter (Control). RESULTS: Weight losses at 3 months were significantly greater in WWO (2...
April 24, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437596/membrane-transport-status-does-not-predict-peritonitis-risk-in-patients-on-peritoneal-dialysis
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Sarah So, Laraine Aw, Kamal Sud, Vincent W Lee
AIM: To determine whether peritoneal membrane transport status (MTS) is associated with peritonitis or poor peritoneal dialysis (PD)-related outcomes. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study analysed data of incident adult patients on PD in Western Sydney between October 1, 2003 and December 31, 2012. Only patients who underwent peritoneal equilibration and adequacy tests within 6 months of commencement were included. Kaplan-Meier survival curves for time until first peritonitis and time until composite endpoint of peritonitis, death, or technique failure, censored for transplant, were constructed...
April 24, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437573/using-internal-and-external-reviewers-can-help-to-optimise-neonatal-mortality-and-morbidity-conferences
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Michael-Andrew Assaad, Annie Janvier, Anie Lapointe
AIM: This study determined if there was a difference in the conclusions reached by paediatricians in morbidity and mortality conferences based on their level of involvement in a case. METHODS: All neonatal deaths occurring between August 2014 and September 2015 at Sainte-Justine Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, were reviewed by internal physicians involved in the case and external physicians who were not. The reviewers were asked to identify positive and negative clinical practice items and provide written recommendations...
April 24, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437565/relaxed-ordered-subset-preconditioned-alternating-projection-algorithm-for-pet-reconstruction-with-automated-penalty-weight-selection
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C Ross Schmidtlein, Yizun Lin, Si Li, Andrzej Krol, Bradley J Beattie, John L Humm, Yuesheng Xu
PURPOSE: Performance of the preconditioned alternating projection algorithm (PAPA) using relaxed ordered subsets (ROS) with a non-smooth penalty function was investigated in positron emission tomography (PET). A higher order total variation (HOTV) regularizer was applied and a method for unsupervised selection of penalty weights based on the measured data is introduced. METHODS: A ROS version of PAPA with HOTV penalty (ROS-HOTV-PAPA) for PET image reconstruction was developed and implemented...
April 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437550/use-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-predict-quadrupled-semitendinosus-graft-diameter-in-all-inside-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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Joseph Serino, Ryan Murray, Evan H Argintar
This study was conducted to evaluate whether preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements of the cross-sectional area and length of the semitendinosus tendon correlated with graft diameter. The goal of the study was to identify tendons at risk for requiring graft augmentation. The records of 140 consecutive patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction between 2013 and 2016 were examined retrospectively. The study included 39 patients who underwent all-inside ACL reconstruction with a semitendinosus autograft...
April 24, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437543/association-of-donor-age-and-sex-with-survival-of-patients-receiving-transfusions
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Gustaf Edgren, Henrik Ullum, Klaus Rostgaard, Christian Erikstrup, Ulrik Sartipy, Martin J Holzmann, Olof Nyrén, Henrik Hjalgrim
Importance: Following animal model data indicating the possible rejuvenating effects of blood from young donors, there have been at least 2 observational studies conducted with humans that have investigated whether donor age affects patient outcomes. Results, however, have been conflicting. Objective: To study the association of donor age and sex with survival of patients receiving transfusions. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective cohort study based on the Scandinavian Donations and Transfusions database, with nationwide data, was conducted for all patients from Sweden and Denmark who received at least 1 red blood cell transfusion of autologous blood or blood from unknown donors between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2012...
April 24, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
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