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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214904/rs10719-polymorphism-located-within-drosha-3-untranslated-region-is-responsible-for-development-of-primary-hypertension-by-disrupting-binding-with-microrna-27b
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Yabing Zhang, Ai-Lin Cao, Chun Dong
BACKGROUND MiR-27b is reportedly involved with many diseases (e.g., gastric cancer) by acting on different signaling pathways. In this study, we aimed at understanding the relationship between miR-27b and hypertension and its underlying molecular mechanism. MATERIAL AND METHODS Peripheral blood was collected from patients with hypertension, and statistical analysis was performed to study the association between rs10719 and risk of hypertension. Tissue samples were collected from patients with lung cancer, and the expression of miR-27b and DROSHA was determined using Western blot analysis and real-time PCR...
February 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214903/risks-and-benefits-of-multimodal-esophageal-cancer-treatments-a-meta-analysis
#2
Lei Sun, Fen Zhao, Yan Zeng, Cheng Yi
BACKGROUND Esophageal cancer has traditionally been associated with very poor outcomes. A number of therapies are available for the treatment and palliation of esophageal cancer, but little systematic evidence compares the efficacy of different treatment strategies. This meta-analysis aimed to investigate whether treatments in addition to radiotherapy could provide better efficacy and safety. MATERIAL AND METHODS We identified a total of 12 eligible studies with 18 study arms by searching PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and Clinical Trials...
February 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214602/impact-of-fill-level-in-twin-screw-granulation-on-critical-quality-attributes-of-granules-and-tablets
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Robin Meier, Klaus-Peter Moll, Markus Krumme, Peter Kleinebudde
In a previous study a change of the fill-level in the barrel exerted a huge influence on the twin-screw granulation (TSG) process of a high drug loaded, simplified formulation. The present work investigated this influence systematically. The specific feed load (SFL) indicating the mass per revolution as surrogate parameter for the fill-level was applied and the correlation to the real volumetric fill level of an extruder could be demonstrated by a newly developed method. A design of experiments was conducted to examine the combined influence of SFL and screw speed on the process and on critical quality attributes of granules and tablets...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214350/upregulation-of-microrna-15a-contributes-to-pathogenesis-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-aaa-by-modulating-the-expression-of-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-2b-cdkn2b
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Peng Gao, Jiyuan Si, Bin Yang, Jixiang Yu
BACKGROUND The objective of the present study was to identify the association between miR-15a-5p and CDKN2B, and their roles in regulating the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). MATERIAL AND METHODS We searched the miRNA database online (www.mirdb.org) and used a luciferase reporter assay system to study the regulatory relationship between miR-15a-5p and CDKN2B. We also conducted real-time PCR and Western blot analysis to study the mRNA and protein expression level of CDKN2B among different patient groups (participants with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and normal controls) or cells treated with scramble control, miR-15a-5p mimics, CDKN2B siRNA, and miR-15a-5p inhibitors...
February 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214018/assessment-of-root-canal-filling-removal-effectiveness-using-micro-computed-tomography-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Giampiero Rossi-Fedele, Hany Mohamed Aly Ahmed
INTRODUCTION: The removal of obturation materials from the root canal system is a primary objective in root canal retreatment procedures. This systematic review aims to discuss the effectiveness of different instrumentation procedures in removing root-canal filling materials assessed by micro-computed tomography. METHODS: An electronic search in PubMed and major endodontic journals was conducted using appropriate key words to identify investigations that examined the effectiveness of obturation material removal assessed by micro-computed tomography...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213818/acceptability-of-an-internet-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-program-for-people-with-early-stage-cancer-and-cancer-survivors-with-depression-and-or-anxiety-thematic-findings-from-focus-groups
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A Karageorge, M J Murphy, J M Newby, L Kirsten, G Andrews, K Allison, S Loughnan, M Price, J Shaw, H Shepherd, J Smith, P Butow
PURPOSE: We developed an eight-lesson internet-delivered CBT (iCBT) program targeting anxiety and depression in early-stage cancer and cancer survivors. To explore the acceptability of the program, we showed volunteers the first two lessons and asked for their views. METHODS: Focus groups (n = 3) and individual interviews (n = 5) were undertaken with 15 participants (11 survivors) with mainly breast (11 of the 15) cancer, who had reviewed intervention materials...
February 18, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213797/long-term-outcomes-of-tot-and-tvt-procedures-for-the-treatment-of-female-stress-urinary-incontinence-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Umberto Leone Roberti Maggiore, Enrico Finazzi Agrò, Marco Soligo, Vincenzo Li Marzi, Alex Digesu, Maurizio Serati
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESES: One of the most relevant topics in the field of pelvic floor dysfunction treatment is the long-term efficacy of surgical procedures, in particular, the use of prosthesis. Hence, a systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate the long-term effectiveness and safety of midurethral sling (MUS) procedures for stress urinary incontinence (SUI), as reported in randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and non-randomised studies. METHODS: This systematic review is based on material searched and obtained via PubMed/Medline, Scopus, and the Cochrane Library between January 2000 and October 2016...
February 17, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213715/the-influence-of-sc-doping-on-structural-electronic-and-optical-properties-of-be12o12-mg12o12-and-ca12o12-nanocages-a-dft-study
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Masoomeh Omidi, Hamid Reza Shamlouei, Motahareh Noormohammadbeigi
Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were used to study the effect of scandium doping on the structural, energetic, electronic, linear and nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of Be12O12, Mg12O12 and Ca12O12 nanoclusters. Scandium (Sc) doping on nanoclusters leads to narrowing of their E g, which enhances their conductance greatly. Also, the polarizability (α) and first hyperpolarizability (β0) of nanoclusters were dramatically increased as Be, Mg or Ca atoms are substituted with a Sc atom. Among all clusters, α and β0 values for Sc-doped Ca12O12 were the largest...
March 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213322/study-of-processes-influencing-bioavailability-of-pesticides-in-wood-soil-systems-effect-of-different-factors
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J M Marín-Benito, E Herrero-Hernández, M S Rodríguez-Cruz, M Arienzo, M J Sánchez-Martín
Lignocellulosic wastes and by-products containing lignin are now available in large amounts from forestry and industrial activities, and could be promising organic materials for the biosorption of pesticides by soils in order to reduce point-source pollution. Adding these materials to soil requires understanding the process of pesticide sorption-desorption by wood-soils, as sorption capacity could increase, with changes in pesticide bioavailability and final fate. The objective of this work was to study the effect that pine and oak wood added to soils had on the sorption/desorption of the pesticides linuron, alachlor, and metalaxyl...
February 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212998/what-factors-do-patients-consider-most-important-in-making-lung-cancer-screening-decisions-findings-from-a-demonstration-project-conducted-in-the-veterans-health-administration
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Sarah E Lillie, Steven S Fu, Angela E Fabbrini, Kathryn L Rice, Barbara Clothier, David B Nelson, Elizabeth A Doro, M Anas Moughrabieh, Melissa R Partin
INTRODUCTION: The National Lung Screening Trial recently reported that annual low-dose computed tomography screening is associated with decreased lung cancer mortality in high-risk smokers. This study sought to identify the factors patients consider important in making lung cancer screening (LCS) decisions, and explore variations by patient characteristics and LCS participation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This observational survey study evaluated the Minneapolis VA LCS Clinical Demonstration Project in which LCS-eligible Veterans (N=1388) were randomized to either Direct LCS Invitation (mailed with decision aid, N=926) or Usual Care (provider referral, N=462)...
February 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212978/a-systematic-review-of-the-survival-and-complication-rates-of-inlay-retained-fixed-dental-prostheses
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REVIEW
Junyu Chen, He Cai, Lai Suo, Yiyuan Xue, Jian Wang, Qianbing Wan
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review was to investigate the survival and complication rates of inlay-retainer fixed dental prostheses (IRFDPs). DATA/SOURCES: A systematic search was conducted in the PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases in English and time filters (articles published from 1960) were used. STUDY SELECTION: Randomized controlled trails (RCTs), controlled clinical trials (CCTs) and prospective cohort studies on IRFDPs with a mean follow-up period of at least 2 years were included...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212636/experimental-hut-evaluation-of-a-novel-long-lasting-non-pyrethroid-durable-wall-lining-for-control-of-pyrethroid-resistant-anopheles-gambiae-and-anopheles-funestus-in-tanzania
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Robert Malima, Basiliana Emidi, Louisa A Messenger, Richard M Oxborough, Bernard Batengana, Wema Sudi, Sophie Weston, George Mtove, Joseph P Mugasa, Franklin W Mosha, Mark W Rowland, William Kisinza
BACKGROUND: A novel, insecticide-treated, durable wall lining (ITWL), which mimics indoor residual spraying (IRS), has been developed to provide prolonged vector control when fixed to the inner walls of houses. PermaNet(®) ITWL is a polypropylene material containing non-pyrethroids (abamectin and fenpyroximate) which migrate gradually to the surface. METHODS: An experimental hut trial was conducted in an area of pyrethroid-resistant Anopheles gambiae s.l. and Anopheles funestus s...
February 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212003/tip2o7-and-expanded-graphite-nanocomposite-as-anode-material-for-aqueous-lithium-ion-batteries
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Yunping Wen, Long Chen, Ying Pang, Zhaowei Guo, Duan Bin, Yong-Gang Wang, Congxiao Wang, Yongyao Xia
This paper reports a facile sol-gel synthesis method to successfully prepare the TiP2O7/expanded graphite (EG) nanocomposite as an advanced anode material for aqueous lithium-ion batteries. The constructed TiP2O7 nanocomposite (50-100 nm) are in-situ encapsulated in the pore and layer structure of expanded graphite with good conductivity and high specific surface area. As a consequence, the resulting TiP2O7/EG electrode exhibits a reversible capacity of 66 mAh g-1 at 0.1 A g-1 with an appropriate potential of -0...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211998/nanojoint-formation-between-ceramic-titanate-nanowires-and-spot-melting-of-metal-nanowires-with-electron-beam
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Arixin Bo, Jose Alarco, Huaiyong Zhu, Eric R Waclawik, Haifei Zhan, YuanTong Gu
Construction of nano-architectures requires techniques like joint formation and trimming. For ceramic materials, however, it is extremely difficult to form nanojoints by conventional methods like merging. In this work, we demonstrate that ceramic titanate nanowires (NWs) can be joined by spot melting under electron beam (e-beam) irradiation (EBI). The irradiation fuses the contacted spot of titanate NWs yielding an intact nanojoint. Nanojoints with different morphologies can be produced. The joint structures consist of titanium dioxide (TiO2) rutile, anatase and titanate phases in direction away from the e-beam melting spot...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211934/a-computational-assessment-of-the-electronic-thermoelectric-and-defect-properties-of-bournonite-cupbsbs3-and-related-substitutions
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Alireza Faghaninia, Guodong Yu, Umut Aydemir, Max Wood, Wei Chen, Gian-Marco Rignanese, G Jeffrey Snyder, Geoffroy Hautier, Anubhav Jain
Bournonite (CuPbSbS3) is an earth-abundant mineral with potential thermoelectric applications. This material has a complex crystal structure (space group Pmn21 #31) and has previously been measured to exhibit a very low thermal conductivity (κ < 1 W m(-1) K(-1) at T ≥ 300 K). In this study, we employ high-throughput density functional theory calculations to investigate how the properties of the bournonite crystal structure change with elemental substitutions. Specifically, we compute the stability and electronic properties of 320 structures generated via substitutions {Na-K-Cu-Ag}{Si-Ge-Sn-Pb}{N-P-As-Sb-Bi}{O-S-Se-Te} in the ABCD3 formula...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211931/the-dynamic-conductance-response-and-mechanics-modulated-memristive-behavior-of-the-azurin-monolayer-under-cyclic-loads
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Xiaoyue Zhang, Jian Shao, Yun Chen, Weijin Chen, Jing Yu, Biao Wang, Yue Zheng
Azurin (Az) has been considered as the research hotspot in molecular electronics, as well as a promising material for building functional devices on the molecular scale because of its special electrical properties and force-dependent conductance effects. Here we carry out an in-depth investigation combined with molecular scale experiments, molecular dynamics simulations, first-principles calculations and theoretical models to reveal the dynamic conductance response of the Az monolayer under cyclic mechanical loading...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211919/high-performance-regular-perovskite-solar-cells-employing-low-cost-poly-ethylenedioxythiophene-as-a-hole-transporting-material
#17
Xiaoqing Jiang, Ze Yu, Yuchen Zhang, Jianbo Lai, Jiajia Li, Gagik G Gurzadyan, Xichuan Yang, Licheng Sun
Herein, we successfully applied a facile in-situ solid-state synthesis of conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) as a HTM, directly on top of the perovskite layer, in conventional mesoscopic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) (n-i-p structure). The fabrication of the PEDOT film only involved a very simple in-situ solid-state polymerisation step from a monomer 2,5-dibromo-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (DBEDOT) made from a commercially available and cheap starting material. The ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) demonstrated that the as-prepared PEDOT film possesses the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level of -5...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211622/mri-guided-focused-ultrasound-robotic-system-for-animal-experiments
#18
Marinos Yiannakou, Georgios Menikou, Christos Yiallouras, Cleanthis Ioannides, Christakis Damianou
BACKGROUND: In this paper an MRI-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) robotic system was developed that can be used for conducting experiments in small animals.The target for this robotic system regarding motion was to move a therapeutic ultrasound transducer in two Cartesian axes. METHODS: A single element spherically focused transducer of 3 cm diameter, focusing at 7 cm and operating at 0.4 MHz was used. The positioning device incorporates only MRI compatible materials...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211260/low-temperature-anharmonicity-in-cesium-chloride-cscl
#19
Mattia Sist, Karl Frederik Faerch Fischer, Hidetaka Kasai, Bo Brummerstedt Iversen
Anharmonic lattice vibrations govern heat transfer in materials, and anharmonicity is commonly assumed to be dominant at high temperature. The textbook cubic ionic defect-free crystal CsCl is shown to have an unexplained low thermal conductivity at room temperature (ca. 1 W/(m K)), which increases to around 13  W/(m K) at 25 K. Through high-resolution X-ray diffraction it is unexpectedly shown that the Cs atomic displacement parameter becomes anharmonic at 20 K.
February 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211056/targeted-mass-media-interventions-promoting-healthy-behaviours-to-reduce-risk-of-non-communicable-diseases-in-adult-ethnic-minorities
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REVIEW
Annhild Mosdøl, Ingeborg B Lidal, Gyri H Straumann, Gunn E Vist
BACKGROUND: Physical activity, a balanced diet, avoidance of tobacco exposure, and limited alcohol consumption may reduce morbidity and mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Mass media interventions are commonly used to encourage healthier behaviours in population groups. It is unclear whether targeted mass media interventions for ethnic minority groups are more or less effective in changing behaviours than those developed for the general population. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of mass media interventions targeting adult ethnic minorities with messages about physical activity, dietary patterns, tobacco use or alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of NCDs...
February 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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