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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528491/high-resolution-manometry-evaluation-of-pressures-at-the-pharyngo-upper-esophageal-area-in-patients-with-oropharyngeal-dysphagia-due-to-vagal-paralysis
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Bruno Rezende Pinna, Fernando A M Herbella, Noemi de Biase, Thays C G Vaiano, Marco G Patti
The motility of the pharynx, upper esophageal sphincter (UES), and proximal esophagus in patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia is still not entirely understood. High-resolution manometry (HRM) was recently added to the armamentarium for the study of this area. This study aims to describe HRM findings in patients with vagal paralysis. Sixteen patients (mean age 54 years, 69% females) with oropharyngeal dysphagia due to unilateral vagal paralysis were prospectively studied. All patients underwent HRM. Motility of the UES and at the topography of the velopharynx and epiglottis were recorded...
May 20, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528429/myocardial-edema-in-acute-myocarditis-relationship-of-t2-relaxometry-and-late-enhancement-burden-by-using-dual-contrast-turbo-spin-echo-mri
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A Mayr, G Klug, H J Feistritzer, S J Reinstadler, M Reindl, R Esterhammer, G Feuchtner, B Metzler, M F Schocke
To quantify myocardial edema by using a T2 relaxometry approach with a dual-contrast turbo spin-echo (dcTSE) sequence in patients with acute myocarditis regarding focal late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) burden. CMR T2 relaxometry was performed in 39 patients (age 41 ± 19 years; 36% women) with LGE in a typical myocarditis pattern and in ten healthy volunteers (age 46 ± 12; 60% woman). dcTSE sequence (echo time 29 and 75 ms, respectively) was used for T2 mapping, analysis were performed on the basis of region of interest (ROI)...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528099/investigation-on-water-status-and-distribution-in-broccoli-and-the-effects-of-drying-on-water-status-using-nmr-and-mri-methods
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Fangfang Xu, Xin Jin, Lu Zhang, Xiao Dong Chen
Many quality attributes of food products are influenced by the water status and the microstructure. Low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods are applied to non-destructively monitor the water status and structure of food. The aim of this study is to investigate the water status and distribution inside broccoli tissues and the effects of hot-air drying on the water status by using NMR and MRI methods. Transverse relaxation times (T2) provide the information of water status and water distribution...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528092/structural-strength-analysis-of-amorphous-trehalose-maltodextrin-systems
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V A Maidannyk, B Nurhadi, Y H Roos
Fundamental knowledge of physical state of materials gives practically important information for food, biological and pharmaceutical industry. Based on Williams-Landel-Ferry (WLF) equation, the strength concept was introduced. This concept provides a simple parameter, S, to express resistance of solids to flow above the glass transition temperature. To develop this approach, miscible trehalose-maltodextrin (0:100; 20:80; 40:60; 60:40; 80:20 and 100:0) systems with different ratios of components were used in the present study...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527950/the-building-blocks-of-drinking-experience-across-men-and-women-a-case-study-with-craft-and-industrial-beers
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Carlos Gómez-Corona, Héctor B Escalona-Buendía, Sylvie Chollet, Dominique Valentin
In today's market, every product seems to be marked by the label of "experience". It is expected that successful products give the consumer "extraordinary experiences". The research in consumption experience is growing, but much work still needs to be done to understand the food and beverage experience. A qualitative study was conducted using contextual focus groups to explore the building blocks of consumers' drinking experience of industrial and craft beers. The results show that drinking experience is shaped by our cognitive, sensory or affective systems, especially during the core consumption experience...
May 17, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527876/short-term-exposure-of-erythropoietin-impairs-endothelial-function-through-inhibition-of-nitric-oxide-production-and-enos-mrna-expression-in-the-rat-pulmonary-artery
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Faheem Sultan, Thakur Uttam Singh, Tarun Kumar, Soya Rungsung, Dipankar Jyoti Rabha, Anamika Vishwakarma, Susanth V Sukumaran, Arunvikram Kandasamy, Subhashree Parida
BACKGROUND: Administration of recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO) is often associated with systemic and pulmonary arterial hypertension in animals and human. The present study was conducted to determine whether one-week rEPO-treatment can produce any effect on pulmonary vasomotor function. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were injected with rEPO (400IU/kg sc) or saline every other day for one week. Tension, biochemical and Real-Time PCR experiments were conducted on left and right branches of pulmonary artery and main pulmonary artery isolated from the rats...
February 4, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527457/role-of-quantum-coherence-in-shaping-the-line-shape-of-an-exciton-interacting-with-a-spatially-and-temporally-correlated-bath
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Rajesh Dutta, Kaushik Bagchi, Biman Bagchi
Kubo's fluctuation theory of line shape forms the backbone of our understanding of optical and vibrational line shapes, through such concepts as static heterogeneity and motional narrowing. However, the theory does not properly address the effects of quantum coherences on optical line shape, especially in extended systems where a large number of eigenstates are present. In this work, we study the line shape of an exciton in a one-dimensional lattice consisting of regularly placed and equally separated optical two level systems...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527447/nanoscopic-length-scale-dependence-of-hydrogen-bonded-molecular-associates-dynamics-in-methanol
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C E Bertrand, J L Self, J R D Copley, A Faraone
In a recent paper [C. E. Bertrand et al., J. Chem. Phys. 145, 014502 (2016)], we have shown that the collective dynamics of methanol shows a fast relaxation process related to the standard density-fluctuation heat mode and a slow non-Fickian mode originating from the hydrogen bonded molecular associates. Here we report on the length scale dependence of this slow relaxation process. Using quasielastic neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulations, we show that the dynamics of the slow process is affected by the structuring of the associates, which is accessible through polarized neutron diffraction experiments...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527300/feasibility-of-a-relaxation-guided-imagery-intervention-to-reduce-maternal-stress-in-the-nicu
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Lois C Howland, Nancy Jallo, Cynthia D Connelly, Rita H Pickler
OBJECTIVE: To test the feasibility of a relaxation guided imagery (RGI) intervention for mothers of hospitalized preterm infants and to explore the biobehavioral effects of RGI on their distress, responsiveness, and physiological stress. DESIGN: Single sample, pretest-posttest design. SETTING: A large Level III NICU in Southern California. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty mothers of hospitalized preterm infants (24-32 weeks gestational age)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527236/a-weighted-difference-of-l1-and-l2-on%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-gradient-minimization-based-on%C3%A2-alternating-direction-method-for%C3%A2-circular%C3%A2-computed-tomography
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Wanli Lu, Lei Li, Ailong Cai, Hanming Zhang, Linyuan Wang, Bin Yan
Iterative reconstruction algorithms for computed tomography (CT) through total variation (TV) regularization can provide accurate and stable reconstruction results. TV minimization is the L1-norm of gradient-magnitude images and can be regarded as a convex relaxation method to replace the L0 norm. In this study, a fast and efficient algorithm, which is named a weighted difference of L1 and L2 (L1 - αL2) on the gradient minimization, was proposed and investigated. The new algorithm provides a better description of sparsity for the optimization-based algorithms than TV minimization algorithms...
May 15, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527163/pharmacotherapy-of-insomnia-and-current-updates
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Arup Kumar Misra, Pramod Kumar Sharma
Insomnia is highly prevalent and is associated with a range of psychological, psychiatric, and medical conditions. Insomnia affects health by influencing cognitive, emotional and social functioning. Circadian and sleep homeostatic processes play an important role in insomnia development and its maintenance. Several efficacious treatments, both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic, exist for the management of insomnia. Among non-pharmacologic treatments including stimulus control therapy, sleep restriction, relaxation, sleep hygiene and cognitive therapy have been shown to be efficacious...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526857/room-temperature-soft-mode-and-ferroelectric-like-polarization-in-srtio3-ultrathin-films-infrared-and-ab-initio-study
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Wei-Wei Peng, Robert Tétot, Gang Niu, Emilie Amzallag, Bertrand Vilquin, Jean-Blaise Brubach, Pascale Roy
Due to the remarkable possibilities of epitaxially growing strontium titanate (SrTiO3 or STO) on silicon, this oxide is widely used as a buffer layer for integrating other perovskite oxides which allows for the development of various functional electronic devices on silicon. Moreover, STO is known to be an incipient ferroelectric in bulk but may become ferroelectric when in the form of strained ultrathin films. Given the importance of the potential applications for electronics if this property is demonstrated, we performed a spectroscopic study of STO on Si(001) templates coupling experimental and ab initio investigations...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526431/measurement-of-apt-using-a-combined-cert-arex-approach-with-varying-duty-cycles
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Zhongliang Zu, Hua Li, Junzhong Xu, Xiao-Yong Zhang, Moritz Zaiss, Ke Li, Mark D Does, John C Gore, Daniel F Gochberg
The goal is to develop an imaging method where contrast reflects amide-water magnetization exchange, with minimal signal contributions from other sources. Conventional chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) imaging of amides (often called amide proton transfer, or APT, and quantified by the metric MTRasym) is confounded by several factors unrelated to amides, such as aliphatic protons, water relaxation, and macromolecular magnetization transfer. In this work, we examined the effects of combining our previous chemical exchange rotation (CERT) approach with the non-linear AREX method while using different duty cycles (DC) for the label and reference scans...
May 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526252/determinants-of-sleep-behavior-in-adolescents-a-pilot-study
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Reut Gruber, Gail Somerville, Soukaina Paquin, Johanne Boursier
PURPOSE: To identify determinants of sleep behavior in adolescents of middle to high socioeconomic status. METHODS: Eighteen students (9 boys, 9 girls) with a mean age of 14.9±1.5years were interviewed using a standardized script inspired by the theory of planned behavior. Interviews were audio-recorded and anonymously transcribed verbatim. In addition, participants completed a survey assessing demographic and health characteristics and their sleep duration was measured using actigraphy...
June 2017: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525515/lidocaine-prevents-oxidative-stress-induced-endothelial-dysfunction-of-the-systemic-artery-in-rats-with-intermittent-periodontal-inflammation
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Takumi Saito, Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Guo-Gang Feng, Yoshiaki Kazaoka, Yoshihiro Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Kinoshita
BACKGROUND: Periodontal inflammation causes endothelial dysfunction of the systemic artery. However, it is unknown whether the use of local anesthetics during painful dental procedures alleviates periodontal inflammation and systemic endothelial function. This study was designed to examine whether the gingival or systemic injection of lidocaine prevents oxidative stress-induced endothelial dysfunction of the systemic artery in rats with intermittent periodontal inflammation caused by lipopolysaccharides (LPS)...
June 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525334/influence-of-%C3%AE-2-and-%C3%AE-3-adrenoceptor-agonists-on-contractile-activity-of-the-porcine-myometrium-in-the-luteal-phase-and-the-first-days-of-pregnancy
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W Markiewicz, J J Jaroszewski
This study analysed the relaxant properties of salbutamol (β2-adrenoceptors agonist) and BRL 37344 (β3-adrenoceptors agonist) regarding the contractility of porcine myometrium on days 10-14 of the oestrous cycle (cyclic group; n = 10) and on days 3-5 of pregnancy (early pregnant group; n = 6). The activity of myometrial strips (tension, frequency and amplitude) was recorded under isometric conditions using force transducers. The contractility was assessed further following the administration of increasing concentrations of the agonists (10-9-10-4 M), both with and without β-adrenoceptor antagonists (butaxamine - a selective β2- adrenoceptor antagonist, propranolol- a non-selective β1- and β2-adrenoceptor antagonist and bupranolol - a non-selective β1-, β2- and β3-adrenoceptor antagonist) at a concentration of 10-4 M...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525271/electron-spin-relaxation-and-biochemical-characterization-of-the-hydrogenase-maturase-hydf-insights-into-2fe-2s-and-4fe-4s-cluster-communication-and-hydrogenase-activation
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Eric M Shepard, Amanda S Byer, Priyanka Aggarwal, Jeremiah N Betz, Anna G Scott, Krista Shisler, Robert J Usselman, Gareth R Eaton, Sandra S Eaton, Joan B Broderick
Nature utilizes [FeFe]-hydrogenase enzymes to catalyze the interconversion between H2 and protons and electrons. Catalysis occurs at the H-cluster, a carbon monoxide, cyanide, and dithiomethylamine-coordinated 2Fe subcluster bridged via a cysteine to a [4Fe-4S] cluster. Biosynthesis of this unique metallocofactor is accomplished by three maturase enzymes denoted HydE, HydF, and HydG. HydE and HydG belong to the radical S-adenosylmethionine superfamily of enzymes and synthesize the nonprotein ligands of the H-cluster...
May 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524879/energy-landscape-driven-non-equilibrium-evolution-of-inherent-structure-in-disordered-material
#18
Yue Fan, Takuya Iwashita, Takeshi Egami
Complex states in glasses can be neatly expressed by the potential energy landscape (PEL). However, because PEL is highly multi-dimensional it is difficult to describe how the system moves around in PEL. Here we demonstrate that it is possible to predict the evolution of macroscopic state in a metallic glass, such as ageing and rejuvenation, through a set of simple equations describing excitations in the PEL. The key to this simplification is the realization that the step of activation from the initial state to the saddle point in PEL and the following step of relaxation to the final state are essentially decoupled...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524718/placental-protein-13-pp13-induced-vasodilation-of-resistance-arteries-from-pregnant-and-nonpregnant-rats-occurs-via-endothelial-signaling-pathways
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Tijana Drobnjak, Sveinbjörn Gizurarson, Natalia I Gokina, Hamutal Meiri, Maurizio Mandalá, Berthold Huppertz, George Osol
Placental protein 13 (PP13) induces hypotension in rats. This study aims to evaluate PP13 effects on isolated uterine arteries from nonpregnant and mid-pregnant rats. Vessels were isolated, cannulated, and pressurized to 50 mmHg within an arteriograph, preconstricted and exposed to increasing PP13 concentrations (10(-13)-10(-8) M). PP13 elicited 38-50% arterial vasodilation with half-maximum response (EC50) = 1 pM. The relaxation was mediated by activating the endothelial-signaling pathways of prostaglandin and nitric oxide (NO)...
May 19, 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524687/observation-of-oscillatory-radial-electric-field-relaxation-in-a-helical-plasma
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J A Alonso, E Sánchez, I Calvo, J L Velasco, K J McCarthy, A Chmyga, L G Eliseev, T Estrada, R Kleiber, L I Krupnik, A V Melnikov, P Monreal, F I Parra, S Perfilov, A I Zhezhera
Measurements of the relaxation of a zonal electrostatic potential perturbation in a nonaxisymmetric magnetically confined plasma are presented. A sudden perturbation of the plasma equilibrium is induced by the injection of a cryogenic hydrogen pellet in the TJ-II stellarator, which is observed to be followed by a damped oscillation in the electrostatic potential. The waveform of the relaxation is consistent with theoretical calculations of zonal potential relaxation in a nonaxisymmetric magnetic geometry. The turbulent transport properties of a magnetic confinement configuration are expected to depend on the features of the collisionless damping of zonal flows, of which the present Letter is the first direct observation...
May 5, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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