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Hui Zhao, Nainan Hei, Yiling Wu, Winston Chan, Xiudong Lei, Carrie Cameron, Shine Chang, Mariana Chavez-MacGregor, Sharon H Giordano
BACKGROUND: The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project B35 and International Breast Cancer Intervention Studies II Ductal Carcinoma In Situ trials showed similar treatment effects of anastrozole and tamoxifen in reducing cancer recurrence risk among ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) patients. Studies have shown low levels of hormone therapy drug initiation for DCIS patients, but the current body of literature lacks information on the 5-year adherence rates for these drugs from population-based studies...
October 25, 2016: Cancer
Alessandra Gasior, Giulia Brisighelli, Karen Diefenbach, Victoria Alison Lane, Carlos Reck, Richard J Wood, Marc Levitt
Introduction Functional constipation is a common problem in children. It usually can be managed with laxatives but a small subset of patients develop intolerable cramps and need to be temporarily treated with enemas. The senior author has previously reported: 1) open sigmoid resection as a surgical option, but this did not sufficiently reduce the laxative need, then 2) a transanal approach (with resection of rectosigmoid), but this led to a high rate of soiling due to extensive stretching of the anal canal and loss of the rectal reservoir...
October 25, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
H U Brauer, W Walther, M Dick
Background: Legal expert opinions are a crucial instrument of professional self-control in medicine. To give impulses for further development, focus groups were initiated to reflect upon the perspective of legal dental experts. Methods: 5 focus group discussions on the topic "Professionalization of legal dental experts" were conducted. A total of 32 experienced legal dental experts participated in the discussions. The results were evaluated by qualitative content analysis. Results: A catalogue of 68 ideas was generated for improvement and divided into 15 categories...
October 25, 2016: Das Gesundheitswesen
Núria Rovira-Graells, Sara Aguilera-Simón, Elisabet Tintó-Font, Alfred Cortés
The growth phenotype of asexual blood stage malaria parasites can influence their virulence and also their ability to survive and achieve transmission to the next host, but there are few methods available to characterise parasite growth parameters in detail. We developed a new assay to measure growth rates at different starting parasitaemias in a 96-well format and applied it to characterise the growth of Plasmodium falciparum lines 3D7-A and 3D7-B, previously shown to have different invasion rates and to use different invasion pathways...
2016: PloS One
Jordi Solé-Casals, Karmele López-de-Ipiña Pena, Cesar F Caiafa
This paper proposes a new method for blind inversion of a monotonic nonlinear map applied to a sum of random variables. Such kinds of mixtures of random variables are found in source separation and Wiener system inversion problems, for example. The importance of our proposed method is based on the fact that it permits to decouple the estimation of the nonlinear part (nonlinear compensation) from the estimation of the linear one (source separation matrix or deconvolution filter), which can be solved by applying any convenient linear algorithm...
2016: PloS One
Joice Sophia Ponraj, Zai-Quan Xu, Sathish Chander Dhanabalan, Haoran Mu, Yusheng Wang, Jian Yuan, Pengfei Li, Siddharatha Thakur, Mursal Ashrafi, Kenneth Mccoubrey, Yupeng Zhang, Shaojuan Li, Han Zhang, Qiaoliang Bao
Apart from conventional materials, the study of two-dimensional (2D) materials has emerged as a significant field of study for a variety of applications. Graphene-like 2D materials are important elements of potential optoelectronics applications due to their exceptional electronic and optical properties. The processing of these materials towards the realization of devices has been one of the main motivations for the recent development of photonics and optoelectronics. The recent progress in photonic devices based on graphene-like 2D materials, especially topological insulators (TIs) and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) with the methodology level discussions from the viewpoint of state-of-the-art designs in device geometry and materials are detailed in this review...
November 18, 2016: Nanotechnology
Mehrdad Namdari, Ali Eatemadi
Heart valves are currently under thorough investigation in tissue engineering (TE) research. Mechanical and biological heart valve prostheses which are recently used have several shortcomings. While allogenic and xenogenic biological prostheses are related to graft rejection, degeneration and thrombosis, resulting in a high rate of reoperation. Mechanical prostheses on the other hand are based on metallic, carbon, and polymeric components, and require continuous treatment with anticoagulant, which result in adverse reactions, e...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Liyan Kong, Jiaming Zhu, Wen Wang, Lehe Jin, Yanjiao Fu, Bohui Duan, Liang Tan
As an integral glycoprotein on the surface of endothelial cells, thrombomodulin (TM) has very high affinity for thrombin. TM has been regarded to be a marker of endothelial damage since it can be released during endothelial cell injury. In this work, a highly sensitive fluorescence method for the quantitative detection of TM was developed. TM antibody (Ab) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were bound on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to construct BSA-AuNPs-Ab nanocomposites and they were characterized by transmission electron microscope and UV-vis spectrophotometry...
October 17, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Nicholas P Vyleta, Carolina Borges-Merjane, Peter Jonas
Mossy fiber synapses on CA3 pyramidal cells are 'conditional detonators' that reliably discharge postsynaptic targets. The 'conditional' nature implies that burst activity in dentate gyrus granule cells is required for detonation. Whether single unitary excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) trigger spikes in CA3 neurons remains unknown. Mossy fiber synapses exhibit both pronounced short-term facilitation and uniquely large post-tetanic potentiation (PTP). We tested whether PTP could convert mossy fiber synapses from subdetonator into detonator mode, using a recently developed method to selectively and noninvasively stimulate individual presynaptic terminals in rat brain slices...
October 25, 2016: ELife
Ashkan Moazzez, Christian de Virgilio
With constant changes in health-care laws and payment methods, profitability, and financial sustainability of hospitals are of utmost importance. The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between surgical services and hospital profitability. The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development annual financial databases for the years 2009 to 2011 were used for this study. The hospitals' characteristics and income statement elements were extracted for statistical analysis using bivariate and multivariate linear regression...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Blanka Bucsella, Antoine Fornage, Catherine Le Denmat, Franka Kálmán
In biotechnological processes the intracellular level of nucleotides and nucleotide sugars have a direct impact on the post-translational modification (glycosylation) of the therapeutic protein products and on the exopolysaccharide pattern of the cells. Thus, they are precursors and also key components in the production of glycoproteins and glycolipids. All four nucleotides (at different phosphorylation stages) and their natural sugar derivatives coexist in biological samples. Their relative ratios depend on the actual conditions under which the cells are grown...
October 2016: Chimia
Claire S Allardyce, Paul J Dyson, Michael Grätzel
Undoubtedly, reducing vector populations or their interactions with hosts below a critical level is a practical and proven method of disease control. Introduction of insecticide-treated bed nets has significantly reduced malaria in some parts of the world. However, for many reasons, implementation of such strategies is challenging and the protection offered by particular products limited: bed nets are only effective during sleep. Other methods have been launched, but low customer appeal, high cost, low specificity, and lack of sustainability and effectiveness are often reasons for failure...
October 2016: Chimia
Nicolas Sotto, Clément Cazorla, Carole Villette, Muriel Billamboz, Christophe Len
The first continuous flow pinacol coupling reaction of carbonyl compounds was successfully achieved within only 2 minutes during a single-pass through a cartridge filled with zinc(0). The optimized method allowed the efficient production of gramm-scale value-added compounds with high productivity. The developed methodology is efficient for aromatic or alpha,beta-unsaturated aldehydes but give moderate results for much stable acetophenone derivatives. Moreover, the flow method displayed better results in terms of yield and selectivity than the corresponding batch methodology...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Richard D Scheffe, Madeleine Strum, James Thurman, Sharon B Phillips, Alison Eyth, Steve Fudge, Mark Morris, Ted Palma, Richard Cook
A hybrid air quality model has been developed and applied to estimate annual concentrations of 40 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) across the continental United States (CONUS) to support the 2011 calendar year National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA). By combining a chemical transport model (CTM) with a Gaussian dispersion model, both reactive and non-reactive HAPs are accommodated across local to regional spatial scales, through a multiplicative technique designed to improve mass conservation relative to previous additive methods...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Dian Su, Carl K Ng, Mehraban Khosraviani, Shang-Fan Yu, Ely Cosino, Surinder Kaur, Keyang Xu
Affinity capture liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) intact antibody assay has been widely used for direct drug-to-antibody ratio (DAR) and catabolite characterization of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). However, the intact mass spectra of new ADCs, which incorporate new types of linkers and/or payloads other than maytansines and auristatins, are more complex than those examined previously. The current method has showed some limitations in elucidating certain structural modifications. Herein, we report an alternative analytical approach for ADCs, such as THIOMABTM antibody-drug conjugates (TDCs), where the linker-drugs are site-specifically conjugated in the Fab region...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Kevin D Clark, Cheng Zhang, Jared L Anderson
Biological and pharmaceutical samples represent formidable challenges in sample preparation that hold important consequences for bioanalysis and genotoxic impurity quantification. This Feature will emphasize significant advances toward the development of rapid, sensitive, and selective sample preparation methods.
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Christiane Kiske, Svenja Noerenberg, Miriam Ecker, Xingyue Ma, Tohru Taniguchi, Kenji Monde, Wolfgang Eisenreich, Karl-Heinz Engel
The absolute configurations of chiral β-mercaptoalkanones had been previously assigned on the basis of the 1H NMR anisotropy method using (S)-2-methoxy-2-(1-naphthyl)propionic acid ((S)-MαNP) as chiral auxiliary. This study presents a reinvestigation of the configurations of 4-mercapto-2-pentanone, 1, 4-mercapto-2-heptanone, 2, and 2-mercapto-4-heptanone, 3. Enantiomers of 1, 2 and 3 were obtained by lipase-catalyzed hydrolyses of the respective acetylthioalkanones. Upon derivatization with (S)-MαNP, the configurations of the reaction products were deduced on the basis of the order of the HPLC-elution of the diastereoisomeric thioesters assuming that the sector rule previously developed for secondary alcohols is also valid for thiols...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Patrick Corrigan, Georg Schomerus, Valery Shuman, Dana Kraus, Debbie Perlick, Autumn Harnish, Magdalena Kulesza, Kathleen Kane-Willis, Sang Qin, David Smelson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Although advocates and providers identify stigma as a major factor in confounding the recovery of people with SUDs, research on addiction stigma is lacking, especially when compared to the substantive literature examining the stigma of mental illness. METHODS: A review of key studies from the stigma literature that yielded empirically supported concepts and methods from the mental health arena was contrasted with the much smaller and mostly descriptive findings from the addiction field...
October 25, 2016: American Journal on Addictions
Carolyn Talbott, Lynn Watson, Joseph Tariman, Matthew Sorenson
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the acceptability and usability of a standardized communication tool for nurses. BACKGROUND AND SIGNIFICANCE: Communication is key in healthcare. On a daily, if not hourly, basis, nursing staff is inundated with new information regarding tools and resources, practice changes and the work environment. However, there is currently no standardized messaging or delivery method to effectively communicate new information...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Simone A Winkler, Paul A Picot, Michael M Thornton, Brian K Rutt
PURPOSE: To develop a new method capable of directly measuring specific absorption rate (SAR) deposited in tissue using the thermoacoustic signal induced by short radiofrequency (RF) pulse excitation. THEORY: A detailed model based on the thermoacoustic wave generation and propagation is presented. METHODS: We propose a new concept for direct measurement of SAR, to be used as a safety assessment/monitoring tool for MRI. The concept involves the use of short bursts of RF energy and the measurement of the resulting thermoacoustic excitation pattern by an array of ultrasound transducers, followed by image reconstruction to yield the 3D SAR distribution...
October 25, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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