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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454043/vacuum-scanning-capillary-photoemission-microscopy
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S A Aseyev, A P Cherkun, B N Mironov, V V Petrunin, S V Chekalin
We demonstrate the use of a conical capillary in a scanning probe microscopy for surface analysis. The probe can measure photoemission from a substrate by transmitting photoelectrons along the capillary as a function of probe position. The technique is demonstrated on a model substrate consisting of a gold reflecting layer on a compact disc which has been illuminated by an unfocused laser beam with a wavelength 400nm, from a femtosecond laser with a beam size of 4mm. A quartz capillary with a 2-µm aperture has been used in the experiments...
April 19, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453969/reducing-intrusive-traumatic-memories-after-emergency-caesarean-section-a-proof-of-principle-randomized-controlled-study
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Antje Horsch, Yvan Vial, Céline Favrod, Mathilde Morisod Harari, Simon E Blackwell, Peter Watson, Lalitha Iyadurai, Michael B Bonsall, Emily A Holmes
Preventative psychological interventions to aid women after traumatic childbirth are needed. This proof-of-principle randomized controlled study evaluated whether the number of intrusive traumatic memories mothers experience after emergency caesarean section (ECS) could be reduced by a brief cognitive intervention. 56 women after ECS were randomized to one of two parallel groups in a 1:1 ratio: intervention (usual care plus cognitive task procedure) or control (usual care). The intervention group engaged in a visuospatial task (computer-game 'Tetris' via a handheld gaming device) for 15 min within six hours following their ECS...
April 6, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453956/molecular-imaging-of-activated-platelets-via-antibody-targeted-ultra-small-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-displaying-unique-dual-mri-contrast
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Hang T Ta, Zhen Li, Christoph E Hagemeyer, Gary Cowin, Shaohua Zhang, Jathushan Palasubramaniam, Karen Alt, Xiaowei Wang, Karlheinz Peter, Andrew K Whittaker
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a powerful and indispensable tool in medical research, clinical diagnosis, and patient care due to its high spatial resolution and non-limited penetration depth. The simultaneous use of positive and negative MRI imaging that employs the same contrast agents will significantly improve detection accuracy. Here we report the development of functional multimodal iron oxide nanoparticles for targeted MRI of atherothrombosis using a combination of chemical and biological conjugation techniques...
April 22, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453897/clinical-outcome-of-childhood-chronic-immune-thrombocytopenia-a-38-year-experience-from-a-single-tertiary-center-in-thailand
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Thirachit Chotsampancharoen, Pornpun Sripornsawan, Sarapee Duangchoo, Malai Wongchanchailert, Edward McNeil
BACKGROUND: There is limited information on long-term follow-up and prognostic factors for remission among children diagnosed with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). The aim of this study was to determine clinical outcomes and factors influencing remission in childhood chronic ITP. STUDY DESIGN: The hospital records of children aged 0-15 years diagnosed with chronic ITP were retrospectively reviewed. Kaplan-Meier curves were fit to estimate the median time to complete remission with 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
April 28, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453792/triple-valve-surgery-through-a-less-invasive-approach-early-and-mid-term-results
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Petar Risteski, Nadejda Monsefi, Aleksandra Miskovic, Tanja Josic, Sherife Bala, Razan Salem, Andreas Zierer, Anton Moritz
OBJECTIVES: A partial upper sternotomy has become established as a less invasive approach mainly for single and double valve surgery. This report evaluates the clinical outcomes of triple valve surgery performed through a partial upper sternotomy. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 37 consecutive patients (28 men, 76%) who underwent triple valve surgery through a partial upper sternotomy between 2005 and 2015. The patients' mean age was 67 ± 17 years; 27 (73%) were in New York Heart Association Class III or IV...
May 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453639/perioperative-morbidity-and-mortality-of-octogenarians-treated-by-radical-cystectomy-a-multi-institutional-retrospective-study-in-japan
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Takashige Abe, Norikata Takada, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Ryuji Matsumoto, Takahiro Osawa, Sachiyo Murai, Naoto Miyajima, Satoru Maruyama, Nobuo Shinohara
Objective: To determine the characteristics of 90-day morbidity and mortality after radical cystectomy in Japanese octogenarians. Methods: A retrospective multi-institutional study. We reviewed the records of 834 patients treated by open radical cystectomy between 1997 and 2010. All complications within 90 days after surgery were sorted into the 11 categories proposed by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and graded according to the modified Clavien-Dindo system...
April 27, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453535/plasma-amino-acids-and-metabolic-profiling-of-dairy-cows-in-response-to-a-bolus-duodenal-infusion-of-leucine
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Hassan Sadri, Dirk von Soosten, Ulrich Meyer, Jeannette Kluess, Sven Dänicke, Behnam Saremi, Helga Sauerwein
Leucine (Leu), one of the three branch chain amino acids, acts as a signaling molecule in the regulation of overall amino acid (AA) and protein metabolism. Leucine is also considered to be a potent stimulus for the secretion of insulin from pancreatice β-cells. Our objective was to study the effects of a duodenal bolus infusion of Leu on insulin and glucagon secretion, on plasma AA concentrations, and to do a metabolomic profiling of dairy cows as compared to infusions with either glucose or saline. Six duodenum-fistulated Holstein cows were studied in a replicated 3 × 3 Latin square design with 3 periods of 7 days, in which the treatments were applied at the end of each period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453417/experience-challenges-and-opportunities-of-being-fully-embedded-in-a-user-group
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Lin Wu, Joel Thornton
Embedded librarian models can assume different forms and levels, depending on patron needs and a library's choice of delivery services. An academic health sciences library decided to enhance its service delivery model by integrating a librarian into the College of Pharmacy, approximately 250 miles away from the main library. This article describes the embedded librarian's first-year experience, challenges, and opportunities working as a library faculty in the college. The comparison of one-year recorded statistics on preembedded and postembedded activities demonstrated the effectiveness and impact of such an embedded librarian model...
April 2017: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453341/the-scaphoid-staple-a-systematic-review
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John Dunn, Nicholas Kusnezov, Austin Fares, Justin Mitchell, Miguel Pirela-Cruz
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this systematic review is to analyze the indications, outcomes, and complications of scaphoid fixation with a staple. METHODS: The literature was reviewed for all cases of the scaphoid staple. Five articles including 188 patients, of 77 primary scaphoid fractures and 111 other indications that included delayed union, nonunion, and avascular necrosis, were reviewed. Demographic data, outcomes, and complications were recorded. RESULTS: The union rate of the scaphoid staple is 94...
May 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449351/long-term-plasticity-of-corticostriatal-synapses-is-modulated-by-pathway-specific-co-release-of-opioids-through-kappa-opioid-receptors
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Sarah L Hawes, Armando G Salinas, David M Lovinger, Kim T Blackwell
Synaptic plasticity in striatum adjusts behaviour adaptively during skill learning, or maladaptively in the case of addiction. Just as dopamine plays a critical role in synaptic plasticity underlying normal skill learning and addiction, endogenous and exogenous opiates also modulate learning and addiction-related striatal plasticity. Though the role of opioid receptors in long-term depression in striatum has been characterized, their effect on long-term potentiation (LTP) remains unknown. In particular, direct pathway (Dopamine D1 Receptor containing; D1R) - spiny projection neurons (SPNs) co-release the opioid neuropeptide dynorphin, which acts at presynaptic kappa opioid receptors (KORs) on dopaminergic afferents and can negatively regulate dopamine release...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449330/exploring-the-experience-of-nurse-practitioners-who-have-committed-medical-errors-a-phenomenological-approach
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Romuald Delacroix
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To explore the experience of committing medical error from the perspective of nurse practitioners (NPs). Overall, the purpose of the study is to discern NPs' behaviors, perceptions, and coping mechanisms in response to having made a medical error. METHODS: Qualitative research based on two face-to-face audio-recorded semistructured interviews with 10 NPs who had made medical errors in practice. The analysis was guided by concepts in phenomenology...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449044/vernakalant-does-not-alter-early-repolarization-or-contractility-in-normal-and-electrically-remodelled-atria
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Arne van Hunnik, Hussein Nasrallah, Dennis H Lau, Marion Kuiper, Sander Verheule, Ulrich Schotten
Aims: Besides the inhibition of the sodium inward current, vernakalant also inhibits the ultra rapid rectifier (IKur) and transient outward current (Ito). Inhibition of these currents increases contractility in canine atrial myocytes and goat atria. We investigated the effect of vernakalant on early repolarization and contractility in normal and electrically remodelled atria. Methods and results: Goats were implanted a pressure catheter, piezoelectric crystals, and electrodes to obtain atrial contractility and effective refractory period (ERP)...
April 25, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448780/integration-strategies-of-pharmacists-in-primary-care-based-accountable-care-organizations-a-report-from-the-accountable-care-organization-research-network-services-and-education
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Tina Joseph, Genevieve M Hale, Sara M Eltaki, Yesenia Prados, Renee Jones, Matthew J Seamon, Cynthia Moreau, Stephanie A Gernant
BACKGROUND: The accountable care organization (ACO) is an innovative health care delivery model centered on value-based care. ACOs consisting of primary care providers are increasingly becoming commonplace in practice; however, medication management remains suboptimal. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: As experts in medication management, pharmacists perform direct patient care and assist in the transition from one provider to another, which places them in an ideal position to manage multiple aspects of patient care...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448775/exploring-electronic-medical-record-and-self-administered-medication-risk-screening-tools-in-a-primary-care-clinic
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Mark J Makowsky, Ken Cor, Tat Wong
BACKGROUND: Electronic medical record (EMR) screening for indicators of medication risk could improve efficiency in identifying primary care clinic patients in need of clinical pharmacist care compared with patient self-reporting. OBJECTIVES: To (a) compare the performance of an EMR medication risk assessment questionnaire (MRAQ) with a self-administered (SA) MRAQ and (b) explore each tool's ability to predict indicators of health behavior, health status, and health care utilization...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448720/mosaic-neurofibromatosis-type-1-in-children-a-single-institution-experience
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Irene Lara-Corrales, Mitra Moazzami, Maria Teresa García-Romero, Elena Pope, Patricia Parkin, Andrea Shugar, Peter Kannu
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a neurocutaneous disorder caused by loss-of-function mutation in the NF1 gene. Segmental or mosaic NF1 (MNF) is an uncommon presentation of the NF1 result of postzygotic mutations that present with subtle localised clinical findings. OBJECTIVES: Our study's objectives were to describe the clinical characteristics of children with MNF. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of children diagnosed with MNF at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, from January 1992 to September 2012...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448575/speeding-up-profiling-program-s-runtime-characteristics-for-workload-consolidation
#16
Lin Wang, Depei Qian, Zhongzhi Luan, Guang Wei, Rui Wang, Hailong Yang
Workload consolidation is a common method to increase resource utilization of the clusters or data centers while still trying to ensure the performance of the workloads. In order to get the maximum benefit from workload consolidation, the task scheduler has to understand the runtime characteristics of the individual program and schedule the programs with less resource conflict onto the same server. We propose a set of metrics to comprehensively depict the runtime characteristics of programs. The metrics set consists of two types of metrics: resource usage and resource sensitivity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448043/challenges-in-rheological-characterization-of-highly-concentrated-suspensions-a-case-study-for-screen-printing-silver-pastes
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Ceren Yüce, Norbert Willenbacher
A comprehensive rheological characterization of highly concentrated suspensions or pastes is mandatory for a targeted product development meeting the manifold requirements during processing and application of such complex fluids. In this investigation, measuring protocols for a conclusive assessment of different process relevant rheological parameters have been evaluated. This includes the determination of yield stress, viscosity, wall slip velocity, structural recovery after large deformation and elongation at break as well as tensile force during filament stretching...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447967/management-of-colovesical-and-colovaginal-diverticular-fistulas-our-experience-and-literature-reviewed
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Tommaso Marcucci, Sandro Giannessi, Francesco Giudici, Sara Riccadonna, Agnese Gori, Francesco Tonelli
AIM: This study aims evaluate the effectiveness of various surgical techniques in treating diverticular fistulas, and the safety and efficacy of the laparoscopic procedure comparing our results with those of the literature. MATERIAL OF STUDY: This was a prospective and uncontrolled study performed at a general surgery units. Between 2005 and 2011, 16 patients (11 men, 5 women) underwent surgery for diverticular fistulas. The mean age was 70.2 (range, 35-87) years...
2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447930/a-novel-and-simple-method-for-tracheal-intubation-in-a-swine-model-preparing-for-the-era-of-xenotransplantation
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Hyub Huh, Hyong Hwan Lim, Ji Yeong Kim, Hye Won Shin, Hae Ja Lim, Suk Min Yoon, Seung Zhoo Yoon, Hye Won Lee
OBJECTIVES: Organ transplant in humans is an established therapy for a variety of end-stage organ diseases. However, due to organ shortages and lack of donors, the need for xenotransplant has gradually increased. Xenotransplantation has great potential to solve many of the problems facing organ transplantation. Pigs are being developed as xenogeneic organ donors for use in humans. In this study, we propose a novel and simple method for tracheal intubation in a swine model using neuromuscular blocking agents and laryngeal mask airway...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447850/links-between-temporal-acuity-and-multisensory-integration-across-life-span
#20
Ryan A Stevenson, Sarah H Baum, Juliane Krueger, Paul A Newhouse, Mark T Wallace
The temporal relationship between individual pieces of information from the different sensory modalities is one of the stronger cues to integrate such information into a unified perceptual gestalt, conveying numerous perceptual and behavioral advantages. Temporal acuity, however, varies greatly over the life span. It has previously been hypothesized that changes in temporal acuity in both development and healthy aging may thus play a key role in integrative abilities. This study tested the temporal acuity of 138 individuals ranging in age from 5 to 80...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
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