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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319786/lower-cardiorespiratory-fitness-is-associated-with-more-time-spent-sedentary-in-first-episode-psychosis-a-pilot-study
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Davy Vancampfort, Marc De Hert, Inez Myin-Germeys, Ruud van Winkel, Joseph Firth, Tine Van Damme, Michel Probst
Patients with a psychotic disorder show lower cardiorespiratory fitness and higher mortality rates compared to healthy individuals. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to explore whether in patients with first-episode psychosis a low cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with decreased physical activity and increased sedentary levels. Twenty-nine outpatients (21 men; 22.8±5.1 years) performed a maximal exercise test to assess their maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max), wore a Senswear armband for five consecutive days and were assessed with the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale...
March 14, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317341/metal-doping-for-enhancing-the-photoelectrochemical-behavior-of-lafeo3-photocathodes
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María Isabel Díez-García, Roberto Gómez
The development of tandem devices for water photosplitting requires finding photocathodic materials based on earth-abundant elements and showing long-term stability in aqueous electrolytes. Ternary metal oxides seem to be a viable option, among which perovskites stand out. In this context, transparent and compact LaFeO3 thin film electrodes have been prepared by sol-gel, both undoped and doped with metals (M) such as magnesium or zinc. Pristine electrodes support the development of cathodic photocurrents in 0...
March 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302967/fluorescence-determination-of-glutathione-using-tissue-paper-derived-carbon-dots-as-fluorophores
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Unni Sivasankaran, Sirijagan Jesny, Ammu Rosin Jose, Krishnapillai Girish Kumar
Glutathione is an important antioxidant found in body fluids and tissues, which inhibit damage to essential cellular constituents caused by reactive oxygen species. The analysis of glutathione levels in biological systems is important in early clinical diagnosis. A novel, cost-effective synthetic strategy has been developed for the fluorescent probe ethylenediamine passivated carbon dots. Tissue paper was chosen as the carbon source for this "green one pot" synthesis. Glutathione could induce quenching of the fluorescence intensity of ethylenediamine passivated carbon dots through surface interactions, resulting from their aggregation...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300256/anisotropic-ion-diffusion-in-%C3%AE-cr2o3-an-atomistic-simulation-study
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Penghui Cao, Daniel Wells, Michael Philip Short
Chromia (α-Cr2O3) is one of the most technologically important oxides, as it is the basis behind the passivation of many structural materials like stainless steel. It both resists oxygen ingress and slows the release of metals from its substrate by its high density and very low diffusivities. Were any further improvement to the protectiveness of chromia to be realized, no matter how small, it would have an enormous impact due to its ubiquitousness. Here we use molecular dynamics (MD) in conjunction with nudged elastic band (NEB) calculations to study the diffusion mechanisms of oxygen and chromium ions in α-Cr2O3...
March 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299924/improvement-of-electrical-characteristics-and-stability-of-amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide-thin-film-transistors-using-nitrocellulose-passivation-layer
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Kwan Yup Shin, Young Jun Tak, Won-Gi Kim, Seonghwan Hong, Hyun Jae Kim
In this research, nitrocellulose is proposed as a new material for the passivation layers of amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin film transistors (a-IGZO TFTs). The a-IGZO TFTs with nitrocellulose passivation layers (NC-PVLs) demonstrate improved electrical characteristics and stability. The a-IGZO TFTs with NC-PVLs exhibit improvements in field-effect mobility (μFE) from 11.72 ± 1.14 to 20.68 ± 1.94 cm2/Vs, threshold voltage (Vth) from 1.85 ± 1.19 to 0.56 ± 0.35 V, and on/off current ratio (Ion/off) from (5...
March 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272529/flash-memory-featuring-low-voltage-operation-by-crystalline-zrtio4-charge-trapping-layer
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Yung-Shao Shen, Kuen-Yi Chen, Po-Chun Chen, Teng-Chuan Chen, Yung-Hsien Wu
Crystalline ZrTiO4 (ZTO) in orthorhombic phase with different plasma treatments was explored as the charge-trapping layer for low-voltage operation flash memory. For ZTO without any plasma treatment, even with a high k value of 45.2, it almost cannot store charges due the oxygen vacancies-induced shallow-level traps that make charges easy to tunnel back to Si substrate. With CF4 plasma treatment, charge storage is still not improved even though incorporated F atoms could introduce additional traps since the F atoms disappear during the subsequent thermal annealing...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272031/passive-neutralization-of-acid-mine-drainage-using-basic-oxygen-furnace-slag-as-neutralization-material-experimental-and-modelling
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John N Zvimba, Njabulo Siyakatshana, Matlhodi Mathye
This study investigated passive neutralization of acid mine drainage using basic oxygen furnace slag as neutralization material over 90 days, with monitoring of the parameters' quality and assessment of their removal kinetics. The quality was observed to significantly improve over time with most parameters removed from the influent during the first 10 days. In this regard, removal of acidity, Fe(II), Mn, Co, Ni and Zn was characterized by fast kinetics while removal kinetics for Mg and SO4(2-) were observed to proceed slowly...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266830/effects-of-nitrogen-and-hydrogen-codoping-on-the-electrical-performance-and-reliability-of-ingazno-thin-film-transistors
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Ablat Abliz, Qingguo Gao, Da Wan, Xingqiang Liu, Lei Xu, Chuansheng Liu, Changzhong Jiang, Xuefei Li, Huipeng Chen, Tailiang Guo, Jin-Chai Li, Lei Liao
Despite intensive research on improvement in electrical performances of ZnO-based thin-film transistors (TFTs), the instability issues have limited their applications in since for complementary electronics. Herein, we have investigated the effect of nitrogen and hydrogen (N/H) codoping on the electrical performance and reliability of amorphous InGaZnO (α-IGZO) TFTs. The performance and bias stress stability of α-IGZO device were simultaneously improved by N/H plasma treatment with a high field-effect mobility of 45...
March 7, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262007/muscle-oxygen-saturation-increases-during-head-up-tilt-induced-pre-syncope
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A Lund, H Sørensen, T W Jensen, M J Niemann, N D Olesen, H B Nielsen, N V Olsen, N H Secher
AIM: To evaluate whether muscle vasodilatation plays a role for hypotension developed during central hypovolaemia, muscle oxygenation (Sm O2 ) was examined during (pre)syncope induced by head-up tilt (HUT). Skin blood flow (SkBF) and oxygenation (Sskin O2 ) were determined because evaluation of Sm O2 may be affected by superficial tissue oxygenation. Furthermore, we evaluated cerebral oxygenation (Sc O2 ) and middle cerebral artery mean blood flow velocity (MCAvmean ). METHODS: Twenty healthy male volunteers (median age 24 years; range 19-38) were subjected to passive 50° HUT for 1 hour or until (pre)syncope...
March 6, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255448/effects-of-different-early-rehabilitation-techniques-on-haemodynamic-and-metabolic-parameters-in-sedated-patients-protocol-for-a-randomised-single-bind-cross-over-trial
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Clément Medrinal, Yann Combret, Guillaume Prieur, Aurora Robledo Quesada, Tristan Bonnevie, Francis Edouard Gravier, Éric Frenoy, Olivier Contal, Bouchra Lamia
INTRODUCTION: Early rehabilitation has become widespread practice for patients in intensive care; however, the prevalence of intensive care unit-acquired weakness remains high and the majority of physiotherapy is carried out in bed. Several inbed rehabilitation methods exist, but we hypothesise that techniques that provoke muscle contractions are more effective than passive techniques. METHODS: A randomised, controlled cross-over study will be carried out to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of early rehabilitation techniques on cardiac output (CO) in sedated patients in intensive care...
2017: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238951/oral-administration-of-the-nitroxide-radical-tempol-exhibits-immunomodulatory-and-therapeutic-properties-in-multiple-sclerosis-models
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Sarah Neil, Jaebong Huh, Victoria Baronas, Xinhui Li, Henry F McFarland, Murali Cherukuri, James B Mitchell, Jacqueline A Quandt
Therapies with both immunomodulatory and neuroprotective properties are thought to have the greatest promise in reducing the severity and progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Several reactive oxygen (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) are implicated in inflammatory-mediated damage to the central nervous system (CNS) in MS and its animal model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). TEMPOL (4-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-N-oxyl) is a stable nitroxide radical with potent antioxidant activity...
February 23, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223092/obestatin-improves-oxidative-brain-damage-and-memory-dysfunction-in-rats-induced-with-an-epileptic-seizure
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Türkan Koyuncuoğlu, Caner Vızdıklar, Doğan Üren, Hakan Yılmaz, Çağan Yıldırım, Sefa Semih Atal, Dilek Akakın, Elif Kervancıoğlu Demirci, Meral Yüksel, Berrak Ç Yeğen
Obestatin was shown to alleviate renal, gastrointestinal and haemorrhage-induced brain injury in rats. In order to investigate the neuroprotective effects of obestatin on seizure-induced oxidative brain injury, an epileptic seizure was induced with a single intraperitoneal (i.p.) dose of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ, 45mg/kg) in male Wistar rats. Thirty minutes before the PTZ injection, rats were treated with either saline or obestatin (1μg/kg, i.p.). Seizure was video-taped and then evaluated by using Racine's scoring (0-5)...
February 20, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208249/flexible-passive-near-field-communication-tag-for-multigas-sensing
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P Escobedo, M M Erenas, N López-Ruiz, M A Carvajal, S Gonzalez-Chocano, I de Orbe-Payá, L F Capitán-Valley, A J Palma, A Martínez-Olmos
In this work we present a full-passive flexible multigas sensing tag for the determination of oxygen, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and relative humidity readable by a smartphone. This tag is based on near field communication (NFC) technology for energy harvesting and data transmission to a smartphone. The gas sensors show an optic response that is read through high-resolution digital color detectors. A white LED is used as the common optical excitation source for all the sensors. Only a reduced electronics with very low power consumption is required for the reading of the optical responses and data transmission to a remote user...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199243/intraabdominal-surgery-and-anesthesia-management
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John Hedley-Whyte
Inspired Oxygenation in Surgical Patients During General Anesthesia With Controlled Ventilation: A Concept of Atelectasis. By Bendixen HH, Hedley-Whyte J, and Laver MB. New Engl J Med 1963; 269:991-996. Reprinted with permission. ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine if the pattern of ventilation, by itself, influences oxygenation during anesthesia and surgery and examine the hypothesis that progressive pulmonary atelectasis may occur during constant ventilation whenever periodic hyperventilation is lacking, but is reversible by passive hyperinflation of the lungs...
March 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164693/hexagonal-arrays-of-cylindrical-nickel-microstructures-for-improved-oxygen-evolution-reaction
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Michael T Y Paul, Brenden B Yee, David R Bruce, Byron D Gates
Fuel-cell systems are of interest for a wide range of applications, in part for their utility in power generation from nonfossil-fuel sources. However, the generation of these alternative fuels, through electrochemical means, is a relatively inefficient process due to gas passivation of the electrode surfaces. Uniform microstructured nickel surfaces were prepared by photolithographic techniques as a systematic approach to correlating surface morphologies to their performance in the electrochemically driven oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline media...
March 1, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140400/further-support-for-association-between-gwas-variant-for-positive-emotion-and-reward-systems
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T M Lancaster, N Ihssen, L M Brindley, D E J Linden
A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) identified a significant single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) for trait-positive emotion at rs322931 on chromosome 1, which was also associated with brain activation in the reward system of healthy individuals when observing positive stimuli in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study. In the current study, we aimed to further validate the role of variation at rs322931 in reward processing. Using a similar fMRI approach, we use two paradigms that elicit a strong ventral striatum (VS) blood oxygen-level dependency (BOLD) response in a sample of young, healthy individuals (N=82)...
January 31, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113346/control-and-evaluation-of-a-powered-transfemoral-prosthesis-for-stair-ascent
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Elissa D Ledoux, Michael Goldfarb
This paper assesses the metabolic effort exerted by three transfemoral amputees when using a powered knee and ankle prosthesis for stair ascent, relative to ascending stairs with passive knee and ankle prostheses. The paper describes a controller that provides step-over stair ascent behavior reflective of healthy stair ascent biomechanics, and describes its implementation in a powered prosthesis prototype. Stair ascent experiments were performed with three unilateral transfemoral amputee subjects, comparing the oxygen consumption required to ascend stairs using the powered prosthesis (with a step-over gait), relative to using their daily-use energetically passive prostheses (with a step-to gait)...
January 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079401/hemo2life-as-a-protective-additive-to-celsior-solution-for-static-storage-of-donor-hearts-prior-to-transplantation
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Elaine S Teh, Franck Zal, Valérie Polard, Philippe Menasché, David J Chambers
BACKGROUND: Prior to heart transplantation, static storage of donor hearts is currently limited to 4-5 h, despite profound hypothermia (4-8 °C). Because heart transplantation is an emergency procedure, improved protection to extend safe storage duration would be advantageous. We investigated whether the naturally respiratory pigment HEMO2life(®), which is effective at hypothermia for the passive release of oxygen via oxygen gradient, could improve long-term preservation. METHODS: Isolated Langendorff-perfused rat hearts (n = 12/group) were equilibrated (20 min) and function (left ventricular developed pressure: LVDP) measured by intraventricular balloon before arrest with cold (7...
January 12, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078611/hyperbaric-oxygen-prevents-cognitive-impairments-in-mice-induced-by-d-galactose-by-improving-cholinergic-and-anti-apoptotic-functions
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Chunxia Chen, Luying Huang, Zhihuan Nong, Yaoxuan Li, Wan Chen, Jianping Huang, Xiaorong Pan, Guangwei Wu, Yingzhong Lin
Our previous study demonstrated that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) improved cognitive impairments mainly by regulating oxidative stress, inflammatory responses and aging-related gene expression. However, a method for preventing cognitive dysfunction has yet to be developed. In the present study, we explored the protective effects of HBO on the cholinergic system and apoptosis in D-galactose (D-gal)-treated mice. A model of aging was established via systemic intraperitoneal injection of D-gal daily for 8 weeks. HBO was administered during the last 2 weeks of D-gal injection...
January 11, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076368/functional-laterality-of-task-evoked-activation-in-sensorimotor-cortex-of-preterm-infants-an-optimized-3-t-fmri-study-employing-a-customized-neonatal-head-coil
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Lukas Scheef, Jurek A Nordmeyer-Massner, Adam Pr Smith-Collins, Nicole Müller, Gaby Stegmann-Woessner, Jacob Jankowski, Jürgen Gieseke, Mark Born, Hermann Seitz, Peter Bartmann, Hans H Schild, Klaas P Pruessmann, Axel Heep, Henning Boecker
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in neonates has been introduced as a non-invasive method for studying sensorimotor processing in the developing brain. However, previous neonatal studies have delivered conflicting results regarding localization, lateralization, and directionality of blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) responses in sensorimotor cortex (SMC). Amongst the confounding factors in interpreting neonatal fMRI studies include the use of standard adult MR-coils providing insufficient signal to noise, and liberal statistical thresholds, compromising clinical interpretation at the single subject level...
2017: PloS One
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