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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539002/from-in-vivo-to-in-vitro-the-medical-device-testing-paradigm-shift
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Dayna Kerecman Myers, Alan M Goldberg, Albrecht Poth, Michael F Wolf, Joseph Carraway, James McKim, Kelly P Coleman, Richard Hutchinson, Ronald Brown, Harald F Krug, Anthony Bahinski, Thomas Hartung
Amid growing efforts to advance the replacement, reduction, and refinement of the use of animals in research, there is a growing recognition that in vitro testing of medical devices can be more effective, both in terms of cost and time, and also more reliable than in vivo testing. Although the technological landscape has evolved rapidly in support of these concepts, regulatory acceptance of alternative testing methods has not kept pace. Despite the acceptance by regulators of some in vitro tests (cytotoxicity, gene toxicity, and some hemocompatibility assays), many toxicity tests still rely on animals (irritation, sensitization, acute toxicity, reproductive/developmental toxicity), even where other industrial sectors have already abandoned them...
May 25, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538814/maize-dry-matter-production-and-macronutrient-extraction-model-as-a-new-approach-for-fertilizer-rate-estimation
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Karla V Martins, Durval Dourado-Neto, Klaus Reichardt, José L Favarin, Felipe F Sartori, Guilherme Felisberto, Simone C Mello
Decision support for nutrient application remains an enigma if based on soil nutrient analysis. If the crop could be used as an auxiliary indicator, the plant nutrient status during different growth stages could complement the soil test, improving the fertilizer recommendation. Nutrient absorption and partitioning in the plant are here studied and described with mathematical models. The objective of this study considers the temporal variation of the nutrient uptake rate, which should define crop needs as compared to the critical content in soil solution...
May 22, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538758/same-tt2r2-score-in-the-outpatient-anticoagulation-clinic-to-predict-time-in-therapeutic-range-and-adverse-events
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Fernando Pivatto, Rafael Selbach Scheffel, Lucas Ries, Ricardo Roitman Wolkind, Roberta Marobin, Sabrina Sigal Barkan, Luís Carlos Amon, Andréia Biolo
Background: The SAMe-TT2R2 score was developed to predict which patients on oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) will reach an adequate time in therapeutic range (TTR) (> 65%-70%). Studies have reported a relationship between this score and the occurrence of adverse events. Objective: To describe the TTR according to the score, in addition to relating the score obtained with the occurrence of adverse events in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) on oral anticoagulation with VKAs...
April 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538738/solid-phase-synthesis-cyclization-and-site-specific-functionalization-of-aziridine-containing-tetrapeptides
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Benjamin K W Chung, Christopher J White, Andrei K Yudin
Cyclic tetrapeptides comprise a potent and selective class of molecules with a wide range of biological activities, including the phytotoxic activity of tentoxin and the histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitory effects of chlamydocin. The incorporation of a functional aziridine group within cyclic peptides enables their conformational control and allows for late-stage and site-selective functionalization of these molecules, thereby creating the potential for covalent protein labeling. This protocol describes the solid-phase synthesis, cyclization, and site-specific structural modification of aziridine-containing tetrapeptides...
June 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538724/applying-systems-level-spectral-imaging-and-analysis-to-reveal-the-organelle-interactome
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Alex M Valm, Sarah Cohen, Wesley R Legant, Justin Melunis, Uri Hershberg, Eric Wait, Andrew R Cohen, Michael W Davidson, Eric Betzig, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
The organization of the eukaryotic cell into discrete membrane-bound organelles allows for the separation of incompatible biochemical processes, but the activities of these organelles must be coordinated. For example, lipid metabolism is distributed between the endoplasmic reticulum for lipid synthesis, lipid droplets for storage and transport, mitochondria and peroxisomes for β-oxidation, and lysosomes for lipid hydrolysis and recycling. It is increasingly recognized that organelle contacts have a vital role in diverse cellular functions...
May 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538704/climate-change-and-its-impact-on-the-yield-of-major-food-crops-evidence-from-pakistan
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Sajjad Ali, Ying Liu, Muhammad Ishaq, Tariq Shah, Abdullah, Aasir Ilyas, Izhar Ud Din
Pakistan is vulnerable to climate change, and extreme climatic conditions are threatening food security. This study examines the effects of climate change (e.g., maximum temperature, minimum temperature, rainfall, relative humidity, and the sunshine) on the major crops of Pakistan (e.g., wheat, rice, maize, and sugarcane). The methods of feasible generalized least square (FGLS) and heteroscedasticity and autocorrelation (HAC) consistent standard error were employed using time series data for the period 1989 to 2015...
May 24, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538684/magnetic-nanoparticles-for-antibiotics-detection
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Cecilia Cristea, Mihaela Tertis, Ramona Galatus
Widespread use of antibiotics has led to pollution of waterways, potentially creating resistance among freshwater bacterial communities. Microorganisms resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics (superbug) have dramatically increased over the last decades. The presence of antibiotics in waters, in food and beverages in both their un-metabolized and metabolized forms are of interest for humans. This is due to daily exposure in small quantities, that, when accumulated, could lead to development of drug resistance to antibiotics, or multiply the risk of allergic reaction...
May 24, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538623/impact-of-a-novel-pi3-kinase-inhibitor-in-preventing-mitochondrial-dna-damage-and-damage-associated-molecular-pattern-accumulation-results-from-the-biochronicity-project
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George E Black, Kyle K Sokol, Donald M Moe, Jon Simmons, David Muscat, Victor Pastukh, Gina Capley, Olena Gorodnya, Mykhalo Ruchko, Mark B Roth, Mark Gillespie, Matthew J Martin
BACKGROUND: Despite improvements in the management of severely injured patients, development of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) remains a morbid complication of traumatic shock. One of the key attributes of MODS is a profound bioenergetics crisis, for which the mediators and mechanisms are poorly understood. We hypothesized that metabolic uncoupling using an experimental PI3-kinase inhibitor, LY294002 (LY), may prevent mitochondrial abnormalities that lead to the generation of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage and the release of mtDNA damage associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) METHODS: 16 swine were studied using LY294002 (LY), a non-selective PI3-KI: Animals were assigned to Trauma only (TO, N=3); LY drug only (LYO, N=3); and Experimental (N=10), trauma + drug (LY+T) groups...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538580/what-s-new-in-cleft-palate-and-velopharyngeal-dysfunction-management
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Sanjay Naran, Matthew Ford, Joseph E Losee
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Have a clear understanding of the evolution of concepts of velopharyngeal dysfunction, especially as it relates to patients with a cleft palate. 2. Explain the subjective and objective evaluation of speech in children with velopharyngeal dysfunction. 3. On the basis of these diagnostic findings, be able to classify types of velopharyngeal dysfunction. 4. Develop a safe, evidence-based, patient-customized treatment plan for velopharyngeal dysfunction founded on objective considerations...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538446/coaching-the-debriefer-peer-coaching-to-improve-debriefing-quality-in-simulation-programs
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Adam Cheng, Vincent Grant, James Huffman, Gavin Burgess, Demian Szyld, Traci Robinson, Walter Eppich
Formal faculty development programs for simulation educators are costly and time-consuming. Peer coaching integrated into the teaching flow can enhance an educator's debriefing skills. We provide a practical guide for the who, what, when, where, why, and how of peer coaching for debriefing in simulation-based education. Peer coaching offers advantages such as psychological safety and team building, and it can benefit both the educator who is receiving feedback and the coach who is providing it. A feedback form for effective peer coaching includes the following: (1) psychological safety, (2) framework, (3) method/strategy, (4) content, (5) learner centeredness, (6) co-facilitation, (7) time management, (8) difficult situations, (9) debriefing adjuncts, and (10) individual style and experience...
May 20, 2017: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538419/magnetic-resonance-imaging-evaluation-of-the-labrum-to-predict-acetabular-development-in-developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip-a-strobe-compliant-study
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Yasuhiro Shirai, Kenjiro Wakabayashi, Ikuo Wada, Yoshiaki Tsuboi, Myongsu Ha, Takanobu Otsuka
Recently, more attention has been paid to the role of the acetabular labrum. Therefore, we designed a retrospective cohort study of patients with residual hip dysplasia (RHD) who underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The objective of this study was to investigate an association between the MRI appearance of the labrum before school age and the natural history of RHD.We retrospectively investigated 45 hips of 40 patients who underwent MRI at about 3 and 4 years of age for RHD and were conservatively followed up with until 6 years of age or older...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538229/treatment-outcome-in-patients-with-primary-central-nervous-system-germ-cell-tumour-clinical-experience-from-a-regional-cancer-centre-in-north-india
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Ahitagni Biswas, Pramod Kumar Julka, Sameer Bakhshi, Manmohan Singh, Goura Kishor Rath
BACKGROUND: Primary intracranial germ cell tumour is a rare entity and constitutes 2-3% of all paediatric brain tumours in Western countries. We herein intend to report the clinical features and treatment outcome of patients with primary central nervous system germ cell tumour treated at our institute. METHODS: Clinical data were collected by retrospective chart review from 2006 to 2012. Histopathology slides were reviewed and relevant immunohistochemistry stains were done...
May 25, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538205/a-rapid-microextraction-by-packed-sorbent-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-determination-of-dexamethasone-disodium-phosphate-and-dexamethasone-in-aqueous-humor-of-patients-with-uveitis
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Federica Bianchi, Monica Mattarozzi, Nicolò Riboni, Paolo Mora, Stefano A Gandolfi, Maria Careri
A new method based on microextraction by packed sorbent (MEPS) coupled with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the determination of dexamethasone and dexamethasone disodium phosphate in human aqueous humor. A central composite design was applied to investigate the effects of both loading and eluting cycles in the MEPS procedure; subsequently the multicriteria method of the desirability functions allowed to find the best conditions for the simultaneous extraction of both the analytes...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538203/uhplc-ms-ms-method-with-sample-dilution-to-test-therapeutic-adherence-through-quantification-of-ten-antihypertensive-drugs-in-urine-samples
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Amedeo De Nicolò, Valeria Avataneo, Franco Rabbia, Mauro Sciandra, Francesco Tosello, Jessica Cusato, Elisa Perlo, Paolo Mulatero, Franco Veglio, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Nowadays, hypertension represents an important health problem, particularly in developed countries. In some cases the standard therapeutic approaches are not able to reestablish the normal blood pressure values: this condition is called "resistant hypertension". However, a fraction of cases of resistant hypertension are actually due to poor adherence to the prescribed therapy. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring could represent a direct and useful tool to correctly identify non-compliant patients. Nevertheless, high throughput methods for the simultaneous monitoring of a wide panel of drugs in the same analysis are lacking and, furthermore, there is not a generally acknowledged "standard" matrix for this test (plasma or urine)...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538191/assessment-of-hyperspectral-imaging-system-for-colour-measurement
#15
Damian K Chlebda, Anna Rogulska, Tomasz Łojewski
A novel technique of reflective spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging (HSI), was used to develop a methodology for colour measurement, which is very important in the field of art conservation - especially in the analysis of documents. The major focus of this work is an examination of the repeatability and reproducibility of colour parameters calculated from the hyperspectral data. The study was performed with commercial colour standards and pen ink lines, corresponding to large and small-scale colour areas, respectively...
May 17, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538186/an-engineered-virus-library-as-a-resource-for-the-spectrum-wide-exploration-of-virus-and-vector-diversity
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Wenli Zhang, Jun Fu, Jing Liu, Hailong Wang, Maren Schiwon, Sebastian Janz, Lukas Schaffarczyk, Lukas von der Goltz, Eric Ehrke-Schulz, Johannes Dörner, Manish Solanki, Philip Boehme, Thorsten Bergmann, Andre Lieber, Chris Lauber, Andreas Dahl, Andreas Petzold, Youming Zhang, A Francis Stewart, Anja Ehrhardt
Adenoviruses (Ads) are large human-pathogenic double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viruses presenting an enormous natural diversity associated with a broad variety of diseases. However, only a small fraction of adenoviruses has been explored in basic virology and biomedical research, highlighting the need to develop robust and adaptable methodologies and resources. We developed a method for high-throughput direct cloning and engineering of adenoviral genomes from different sources utilizing advanced linear-linear homologous recombination (LLHR) and linear-circular homologous recombination (LCHR)...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538102/effects-of-wet-blending-on-detection-of-melamine-in-spray-dried-lactose
#17
Betsy Jean Yakes, Marti M Bergana, Peter F Scholl, Magdi M Mossoba, Sanjeewa R Karunathilaka, Luke K Ackerman, Jason D Holton, Boyan Gao, Jeffrey C Moore
During the development of rapid screening methods to detect economic adulteration, spray-dried milk powders prepared by dissolving melamine in liquid milk exhibited an unexpected loss of characteristic melamine features in the NIR and Raman spectra. To further characterize this "wet-blending" phenomenon, spray-dried melamine and lactose samples were produced as a simplified model and investigated by near-infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, 1H NMR, and DART-FTMS. In contrast to dry-blended samples, characteristic melamine bands in NIR and Raman spectra disappeared or shifted in wet-blended lactose-melamine samples...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538045/donor-derived-infections-in-solid-organ-transplant-patients-toward-a-holistic-approach
#18
Esther Benamu, Cameron R Wolfe, Jose G Montoya
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Solid organ demand far exceeds organ supply. Strategies to increase the donor pool include the liberalization of selection criteria without increasing the risk of unexpected donor-derived infection (DDI), a rare complication of transplantation carrying high morbidity and mortality. We review the challenging aspects in the prevention of DDI, focusing on the complexities of data sharing and efficient communication and the role infectious diseases specialists play in the process...
May 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538040/interleukin-10-592c-a-but-not-1082a-g-promoter-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-is-associated-with-a-decreased-risk-of-colorectal-cancer-in-an-ethnic-kashmiri-population-a-case-control-study
#19
Mujeeb Z Banday, Aga S Sameer, Nissar A Chowdri, Ehtishamul Haq
Chronic inflammation influences the development of various cancers including colorectal cancer (CRC). Interleukin-10 (IL-10), an anti-inflammatory cytokine, plays a vital role in several homeostatic physiological processes occurring in the human gastrointestinal tract including intestinal inflammation and is a key regulator of several gastrointestinal tract pathophysiological processes such as inflammatory bowel diseases that are associated with an increased predisposition to CRC. Several studies have reported the association of various polymorphisms in the human IL-10 gene including IL-10 -592C/A and IL-10 -1082A/G single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with various cancers including CRC, but these SNPs are yet to be studied in a Kashmiri population with respect to CRC risk...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538021/global-surgery-current-evidence-for-improving-surgical-care
#20
Jennifer C Fuller, David A Shaye
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The field of global surgery is undergoing rapid transformation, owing to several recent prominent reports positioning it as a cost-effective means of relieving global disease burden. The purpose of this article is to review the recent advances in the field of global surgery. RECENT FINDINGS: Efforts to grow the global surgical workforce and procedural capacity have focused on innovative methods to increase surgeon training, enhance international collaboration, leverage technology, optimize existing health systems, and safely implement task-sharing...
May 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
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