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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329408/effects-of-spray-drying-parameters-on-in-vitro-functional-properties-of-camu-camu-myrciaria-dubia-mc-vaugh-a-typical-amazonian-fruit
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Alice Fujita, Volnei Brito Souza, Luis Daniel Daza, Carmen Silvia Fávaro-Trindade, Daniel Granato, Maria Inés Genovese
Camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) fruit is a rich source of bioactive compounds but its shelf life is rather short. Therefore, this study was aimed to evaluate the effect of inlet air temperature (T) and concentration (C) of maltodextrin and arabic gum on the spray-drying process of commercial camu-camu pulps (São Paulo and Manaus). Moisture, solubility, total phenolics (TP), ascorbic acid (AA), and proanthocyanidins (PAC) contents, and in vitro antioxidant capacity of the powders (FRAP, DPPH, Folin-Ciocalteu's reducing capacity were measured)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327653/association-of-aldosterone-excess-and-apnea-hypopnea-index-in-patients-with-resistant-hypertension
#2
Xiao Ke, Wenyu Guo, Hu Peng, Chengheng Hu, Henghong Zhang, Changnong Peng, Xiaoqing Wang
The present study was to investigate the association of aldosterone excess and apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) in patients with resistant hypertension. Patients with resistant hypertension were enrolled and baseline characteristics including plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) and 24 h-urine aldosterone levels were collected and compared between groups with different degrees of AHI as assessed by polysomnography. Association of key variables and AHI was then evaluated by univariate and multiple linear regression analysis...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326997/removal-of-phenol-by-powdered-activated-carbon-prepared-by-residue-extracted-from-coal-gasification-tar-residue
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Jun Shen, Xiong-Lei Wang, Yan-Xia Niu, Yu-Gao Wang, Gang Liu, Qing-Tao Sheng
coal gasification tar residue (CGTR) is a kind of environmentally hazardous by-product generated in fixed-bed coal gasification process. The extracted CGTR by ethyl acetate was used to prepare powdered activated carbon (PAC) and applied for phenol adsorption. The results showed that the prepared PAC under the optimum conditions had enormous mesoporous structure, and the iodine number reached 2030.11 mg/g, with specific surface area of 1981 m(2)/g and total pore volume of 0.92 ml/g. Especially, without loading other substances the PAC had a strong magnetic, easy to be separated after adsorbing phenol...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324827/anaerobic-treatment-of-hydrothermally-solubilised-sugarcane-bagasse-and-its-kinetic-modelling
#4
Bing Liu, Van Anh Ngo, Mitsuharu Terashima, Hidenari Yasui
The aim of this study was the evaluation of anaerobic treatment for the soluble organics generated from a steam-explosion pre-treatment of sugarcane bagasse. The batch analysis revealed that about 50% of the organics was possible to be degraded into methane whilst the rest was biologically inert and composed of mostly lignin. Based on the experiment a kinetic model composed of 14 kinds of soluble substances and 5 kinds of anaerobic microorganisms was developed. The model was used to simulate the process performance of a continuous anaerobic bioreactor with MLSS concentration at 2500-15,000mg/L...
March 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323801/predicting-acute-compartment-syndrome-pacs-the-role-of-continuous-monitoring
#5
Andrew H Schmidt, Michael J Bosse, Katherine P Frey, Robert V OʼToole, Daniel J Stinner, Daniel O Scharfstein, Vadim Zipunnikov, Ellen J MacKenzie
The diagnosis of acute compartment syndrome (ACS) is a common clinical challenge among patients who sustain high-energy orthopaedic trauma, largely because no validated criteria exist to reliably define the presence of the condition. In the absence of validated diagnostic standards, concern for the potential clinical and medicolegal impact of a missed compartment syndrome may result in the potential overuse of fasciotomy in "at-risk" patients. The goal of the Predicting Acute Compartment Syndrome Study was to develop a decision rule for predicting the likelihood of ACS that would reduce unnecessary fasciotomies while guarding against potentially missed ACS...
April 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323693/assessment-of-vertebral-curves-using-the-manual-post-it-technique
#6
Brian P Gladnick, Joseph J Schreiber, Chad R Ishmael, Benjamin T Bjerke-Kroll, Matthew E Cunningham
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective study of a new technique. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to report a manual technique for measuring vertebral curves on digital spine radiographs, and to assess the agreement of this technique with that of digital software for measuring vertebral curves. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Modern picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) typically include software for evaluating radiographic measurements...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323644/pediatric-acute-compartment-syndrome
#7
Kristin S Livingston, Michael P Glotzbecker, Benjamin J Shore
Pediatric acute compartment syndrome (PACS) is a clinical entity that must be carefully differentiated from the adult version (ie, acute compartment syndrome). Healthcare providers must understand the variable etiologies of PACS, of which trauma is the most common but can also include vascular insult, infection, surgical positioning, neonatal phenomena, overexertion, and snake and insect bites. In addition to the unique etiologies of PACS, providers must also recognize the different signs and symptoms of PACS...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302718/a-unique-choanoflagellate-enzyme-rhodopsin-with-cyclic-nucleotide-phosphodiesterase-activity
#8
Kazuho Yoshida, Satoshi P Tsunoda, Leonid S Brown, Hideki Kandori
Photoactivated adenylyl cyclase (PAC) and guanylyl cyclase rhodopsin (Rh-GC) increase the concentrations of intracellular cyclic nucleotides upon illumination, serving as promising second-generation tools in optogenetics. To broaden arsenal of such tools, it is desirable to have light-activatable enzymes which can decrease cyclic nucleotide concentrations in cells. Here, we report on an unusual microbial rhodopsin which may be able to meet the demand. It is found in the choanoflagellate Salpingoeca rosetta and contains a C-terminal cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase (PDE) domain...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302178/laser-peripheral-iridotomy-versus-laser-peripheral-iridotomy-plus-laser-peripheral-iridoplasty-in-the-treatment-of-multi-mechanism-angle-closure-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#9
Shida Chen, Jianhua Lv, Sujie Fan, Hong Zhang, Lin Xie, Ling Xu, Bing Jiang, Huipin Yuan, Yuanbo Liang, Shuning Li, Pingyan Chen, Xiulan Zhang, Ningli Wang
BACKGROUND: China has the largest burden of primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) worldwide. The mechanism of the angle closure is complex and includes pupillary block and non-pupillary block. Currently, opinion is that laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) alone is not sufficient to prevent disease progression. Laser peripheral iridoplasty (LPIP) is an alternative and effective way of widening the angle recess in eyes that are affected by primary angle closure (PAC). However, it is not known if greater benefit would be achieved using LPI plus LPIP for PAC with multiple mechanisms (MAC)...
March 17, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300659/milk-derived-exosomes-for-oral-delivery-of-paclitaxel
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Ashish K Agrawal, Farrukh Aqil, Jeyaprakash Jeyabalan, Wendy A Spencer, Joshua Beck, Beth W Gachuki, Sara S Alhakeem, Karine Oben, Radha Munagala, Subbarao Bondada, Ramesh C Gupta
In this report milk-derived exosomes have been investigated for oral delivery of the chemotherapeutic drug paclitaxel (PAC) as an alternative to conventional i.v. therapy for improved efficacy and reduced toxicity. PAC-loaded exosomes (ExoPAC) were found to have a particle size of ~108nm, a narrow particle size distribution (PDI ~0.190), zeta potential (~ -7mV) and a practical loading efficiency of ~8%. Exosomes and ExoPAC exhibited excellent stability in the presence of simulated-gastrointestinal fluids, and during the storage at -80°C...
March 11, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300459/mildly-elevated-unconjugated-bilirubin-is-associated-with-reduced-platelet-activation-related-thrombogenesis-and-inflammation-in-gilbert-s-syndrome
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Avinash R Kundur, Abishek B Santhakumar, Andrew C Bulmer, Indu Singh
Gilbert's syndrome (GS) is associated with a mild unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia, increased circulating antioxidant capacity, and reduced cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. The current study investigated whether mildly elevated circulating unconjugated bilirubin (UCB) is negatively associated with multiple thrombotic risk factors including platelet activity, hemostatic function, and inflammation in individuals with GS. Blood samples were collected from matched GS and control subjects (14 per group). Activation-dependent platelet surface marker expression of PAC-1 (binds to GPIIb/IIIa surface receptors on activated platelets) and CD62P (marker for P-selectin released from activated degranulated platelets) was assessed in adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-stimulated platelets using flow cytometry...
March 16, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299567/comparison-of-the-effectiveness-of-soil-heating-prior-or-during-in-situ-chemical-oxidation-isco-of-aged-pah-contaminated-soils
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Bérénice Ranc, Pierre Faure, Véronique Croze, Catherine Lorgeoux, Marie-Odile Simonnot
Thermal treatments prior or during chemical oxidation of aged polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-contaminated soils have already shown their ability to increase oxidation effectiveness. However, they were never compared on the same soil. Furthermore, oxygenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (O-PACs), by-products of PAH oxidation which may be more toxic and mobile than the parent PAHs, were very little monitored. In this study, two aged PAH-contaminated soils were heated prior (60 or 90 °C under Ar for 1 week) or during oxidation (60 °C for 1 week) with permanganate and persulfate, and 11 O-PACs were monitored in addition to the 16 US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) PAHs...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299488/measuring-the-benefits-of-a-regional-imaging-environment
#13
Jason Nagels, David Macdonald, Christine Coz
The use of central diagnostic imaging repositories (DIRs), that allow separate organizations with disparate PACS systems to seamlessly share patient data, is becoming more common; and as a result, the documentation of measurable benefits is a key deliverable to all stakeholders. Central DIRs and the implementation of foreign exam management (FEM) provide clinical users with the ability to seamlessly access DI exams and reports that originate from an outside location. FEM has been implemented to varying degrees across regional DIRs within Canada [1]...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299254/volumetric-analysis-of-bone-substitute-material-performance-within-the-human-sinus-cavity-of-former-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-a-prospective-randomized-clinical-trial
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Jonas Lorenz, Kathrin Eichler, Mike Barbeck, Henriette Lerner, Stefan Stübinger, Catherine Seipel, Thomas J Vogl, Adorján F Kovács, Shahram Ghanaati, Robert A Sader
BACKGROUND: In numerous animal and human studies, it could be detected that in bone augmentation procedures, material's physicochemical characteristics can influence the cellular inflammatory pattern and therefore the integration in the host tissue. Histological, histomorphometrical, and clinical analyses of the integration of the biomaterial in the surrounding tissue are well established methodologies; however, they do not make a statement on volume and density changes of the augmented biomaterial...
July 2016: Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297463/technical-note-out-of-field-dose-measurement-at-near-surface-with-plastic-scintillator-detector
#15
Alexandra Bourgouin, Nicolas Varfalvy, Louis Archambault
Out-of-field dose depends on multiple factors, making peripheral dosimetry complex. Only a few dosimeters have the required features for measuring peripheral dose. Plastic scintillator dosimeters (PSDs) offer numerous dosimetric advantages as required for out-of-field dosimetry. The purpose of this study is to determine the potential of using PSD as a surface peripheral dosimeter. Measurements were performed with a parallel-plate ion chamber, a small volume ion chamber, and with a PSD. Lateral-dose measurements (LDM) at 0...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297462/surface-dose-variations-in-6-and-10-mv-flattened-and-flattening-filter-free-fff-photon-beams
#16
Jason Cashmore
As the use of linear accelerators operating in flattening filter-free (FFF) modes becomes more widespread, it is important to have an understanding of the surface doses delivered to patients with these beams. Flattening filter removal alters the beam quality and relative contributions of low-energy X-rays and contamination electrons in the beam. Having dosimetric data to describe the surface dose and buildup regions under a range of conditions for FFF beams is important if clinical decisions are to be made...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297461/clinical-experience-with-planning-quality-assurance-and-delivery-of-burst-mode-modulated-arc-therapy
#17
Kristofer Kainz, Douglas Prah, Ergun Ahunbay, X Allen Li
"Burst-mode" modulated arc therapy (hereafter referred to as "mARC") is a form of volumetric-modulated arc therapy characterized by variable gantry rotation speed, static MLCs while the radiation beam is on, and MLC repositioning while the beam is off. We present our clinical experience with the planning techniques and plan quality assurance measurements of mARC delivery. Clinical mARC plans for five representative cases (prostate, low-dose-rate brain, brain with partial-arc vertex fields, pancreas, and liver SBRT) were generated using a Monte Carlo-based treatment planning system...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297460/a-noise-power-spectrum-study-of-a-new-model-based-iterative-reconstruction-system-veo-3-0
#18
Guang Li, Xinming Liu, Cristina T Dodge, Corey T Jensen, X John Rong
The purpose of this study was to evaluate performance of the third generation of model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) system, Veo 3.0, based on noise power spectrum (NPS) analysis with various clinical presets over a wide range of clinically applicable dose levels. A CatPhan 600 surrounded by an oval, fat-equivalent ring to mimic patient size/shape was scanned 10 times at each of six dose levels on a GE HD 750 scanner. NPS analysis was performed on images reconstructed with various Veo 3.0 preset combinations for comparisons of those images reconstructed using Veo 2...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297459/on-the-use-of-a-convolution-superposition-algorithm-for-plan-checking-in-lung-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
#19
Nicholas Hardcastle, Bradley M Oborn, Annette Haworth
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) aims to deliver a highly conformal ablative dose to a small target. Dosimetric verification of SBRT for lung tumors presents a challenge due to heterogeneities, moving targets, and small fields. Recent software (M3D) designed for dosimetric verification of lung SBRT treatment plans using an advanced convolution-superposition algorithm was evaluated. Ten lung SBRT patients covering a range of tumor volumes were selected. 3D CRT plans were created using the XiO treatment planning system (TPS) with the superposition algorithm...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297458/translucent-poly-vinyl-alcohol-cryogel-dosimeters-for-simultaneous-dose-buildup-and-monitoring-during-chest-wall-radiation-therapy
#20
Molham M Eyadeh, Mark A Weston, Janos Juhasz, Kevin R Diamond
Chest wall radiation therapy treatment delivery was monitored using a 5 mm thick radiochromic poly(vinyl alcohol) cryogel that also provided buildup material. The cryogels were used to detect positioning errors and measure the impact of shifts for a chest wall treatment that was delivered to a RANDO phantom. The phantom was shifted by ±2,±3, and ±5 mm from the planned position in the anterior/posterior (A/P) direction; these shifts represent setup errors and the uncertainty associated with lung filling during breath-hold...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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