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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719742/integrated-smartphone-app-chip-system-for-on-site-ppb-level-colorimetric-quantitation-of-aflatoxins
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Xiaochun Li, Fan Yang, Jessica X H Wong, Hua-Zhong Yu
We demonstrate herein an integrated, smartphone-app-chip (SPAC) system for on-site quantitation of food toxins, as demonstrated with aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), at parts-per-billion (ppb) level in food products. The detection is based on an indirect competitive immunoassay fabricated on a transparent plastic chip with the assistance of a microfluidic channel plate. A 3D-printed optical accessory attached to a smartphone is adapted to align the assay chip and to provide uniform illumination for imaging, with which high-quality images of the assay chip are captured by the smartphone camera and directly processed using a custom-developed Android app...
July 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719494/hockey-fans-in-training-a-pilot-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial
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Robert J Petrella, Dawn P Gill, Guangyong Zou, Ashleigh De Cruz, Brendan Riggin, Cassandra Bartol, Karen Danylchuk, Kate Hunt, Sally Wyke, Cindy M Gray, Christopher Bunn, Merrick Zwarenstein
INTRODUCTION: Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) is a gender-sensitized weight loss and healthy lifestyle program. We investigated: 1) feasibility of recruiting and retaining overweight and obese men into a pilot pragmatic randomized controlled trial; and 2) potential for Hockey FIT to lead to weight loss and improvements in other outcomes at 12 weeks and 12 months. METHODS: Male fans of 2 ice hockey teams (35-65 years; body-mass index ≥28 kg/m) located in Ontario (Canada) were randomized to intervention (Hockey FIT) or comparator (Wait-list Control)...
July 17, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719493/validity-and-reliability-of-assessing-body-composition-using-a-mobile-application
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Elizabeth Z MacDonald, Pat R Vehrs, Gilbert W Fellingham, Dennis Eggett, James D George, Ronald Hager
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the validity and reliability of the LeanScreen (LS) mobile application that estimates percent body fat (%BF) using estimates of circumferences from photographs. METHODS: The %BF of 148 weight-stable adults was estimated once using DXA. Each of two administrators assessed the %BF of each subject twice using the LS app and manually measured circumferences. A mixed model ANOVA and Bland-Altman analyses were used to compare the estimates of %BF obtained from each method...
July 17, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718223/self-management-of-stress-urinary-incontinence-via-a-mobile-app-2-year-follow-up-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Victoria Hoffman, Lars Söderström, Eva Samuelsson
We investigated the long-term effects of using a mobile app to treat stress urinary incontinence with a focus on pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) MATERIAL AND METHODS: A previous randomized controlled trial of 123 women aged 27-72 years found that 3 months of self-managing stress urinary incontinence with support from the Tät(®) app was effective. We followed-up the women in the app group (n=62) two years after the initial trial with the same primary outcomes for symptom severity (International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire Short Form [ICIQ-UI SF]) and condition-specific quality of life (ICIQ-Lower Urinary Tract Symptom Quality of Life [ICIQ-LUTSqol]) and compared the scores with those at baseline RESULTS: Of the 62 women, 61 and 46 (75...
July 17, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717569/histogram-analysis-for-smartphone-based-rapid-hematocrit-determination
#5
Uddin M Jalal, Sang C Kim, Joon S Shim
A novel and rapid analysis technique using histogram has been proposed for the colorimetric quantification of blood hematocrits. A smartphone-based "Histogram" app for the detection of hematocrits has been developed integrating the smartphone embedded camera with a microfluidic chip via a custom-made optical platform. The developed histogram analysis shows its effectiveness in the automatic detection of sample channel including auto-calibration and can analyze the single-channel as well as multi-channel images...
July 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715792/smartphone-based-cyclic-voltammetry-system-with-graphene-modified-screen-printed-electrodes-for-glucose-detection
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Daizong Ji, Lei Liu, Shuang Li, Chen Chen, Yanli Lu, Jiajia Wu, Qingjun Liu
Smartphone-based electrochemical devices have such advantages as the low price, miniaturization, and obtaining the real-time data. As a popular electrochemical method, cyclic voltammetry (CV) has shown its great practicability for quantitative detection and electrodes modification. In this study, a smartphone-based CV system with a simple method of electrode modification was constructed to perform electrochemical detections. The system was composed of these main portions: modified electrodes, portable electrochemical detector and smartphone...
July 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715617/ionophore-based-anion-selective-optode-printed-on-cellulose-paper
#7
Xuewei Wang, Qi Zhang, Changwoo Nam, Michael Hickner, Mollie Mahoney, Mark Meyerhoff
We report a general anion sensing platform based on a portable and cost-effective ion-selective optode and a smartphone detector equipped with a color analysis app. In contrast to traditional anion-selective optodes using a hydrophobic polymer and/or plasticizer to dissolve hydrophobic sensing elements, the new optode relies on hydrophilic cellulose paper. The anion ionophore and a lipophilic pH indicator are inkjet-printed and adsorbed on paper and form a "dry" hydrophobic sensing layer. Porous cellulose sheets also allow the sensing site to be modified with dried buffer that prevents any sample pH dependence of the observed color change...
July 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714389/a-peptide-based-pro-drug-ameliorates-amyloid-%C3%AE-induced-neuronal-apoptosis-in-in-vitro-sh-sy5y-cells
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Sourav Kumar, Ashim Paul, Sourav Kalita, Awanish Kumar, Saurabh Srivastav, Somoday Hazra, Anup Kumar Ghosh, Bhubaneswar Mandal, Amal Chandra Mondal
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD), a common protein misfolding neurodegenerative disorder, is one of the most common forms of dementia. Amyloid precursor protein (APP) derived amyloid-β (Aβ) proteins accumulated into interneuronal spaces and plays a crucial role in the disease progression and its pathology. The aggregated Aβ exerts its neurotoxic effects by inducing apoptosis and oxidative damage in neuronal cells. OBJECTIVES: We have investigated the effects of a synthesized Pro-Drug peptide (PDp) on Aβ1-40 induced cytotoxicity in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells, represents one of the most effective strategies in combating human AD...
July 13, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713250/impaired-in-vivo-gamma-oscillations-in-the-medial-entorhinal-cortex-of-knock-in-alzheimer-model
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Tomoaki Nakazono, Travis N Lam, Ayushi Y Patel, Masashi Kitazawa, Takashi Saito, Takaomi C Saido, Kei M Igarashi
The entorhinal cortex (EC) has bidirectional connections with the hippocampus and plays a critical role in memory formation and retrieval. EC is one of the most vulnerable regions in the brain in early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disease with progressive memory impairments. Accumulating evidence from healthy behaving animals indicates gamma oscillations (30-100 Hz) as critical for mediating interactions in the circuit between EC and hippocampus. However, it is still unclear whether gamma oscillations have causal relationship with memory impairment in AD...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713158/amyloid-beta-structure-biology-and-structure-based-therapeutic-development
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Guo-Fang Chen, Ting-Hai Xu, Yan Yan, Yu-Ren Zhou, Yi Jiang, Karsten Melcher, H Eric Xu
Amyloid beta peptide (Aβ) is produced through the proteolytic processing of a transmembrane protein, amyloid precursor protein (APP), by β- and γ-secretases. Aβ accumulation in the brain is proposed to be an early toxic event in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common form of dementia associated with plaques and tangles in the brain. Currently, it is unclear what the physiological and pathological forms of Aβ are and by what mechanism Aβ causes dementia. Moreover, there are no efficient drugs to stop or reverse the progression of Alzheimer's disease...
July 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712802/efficacy-of-a-pelvic-lateral-positioner-with-a-mechanical-cup-navigator-based-on-the-anatomical-pelvic-plane-in-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Kentaro Iwakiri, Akio Kobayashi, Yoichi Ohta, Yukihide Minoda, Kunio Takaoka, Hiroaki Nakamura
BACKGROUND: The acetabular component orientation in total hip arthroplasty (THA) is of critical importance to the good clinical results. However, traditional widely used cup alignment guides for cup placement are reported to be relatively unreliable. The present study aims at comparing a novel cup alignment guide, which can be attached to our anatomical pelvic plane (APP) pelvic lateral positioner for reducing discrepancies in sagittal pelvic tilt and indicate a targeted cup angle based on the APP, with a conventional cup alignment guide...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711506/sodium-selenate-activated-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-and-repressed-amyloid-%C3%AE-formation-in-a-triple-transgenic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Na Jin, Huazhang Zhu, Xiao Liang, Wei Huang, Qingguo Xie, Peng Xiao, Jiazuan Ni, Qiong Liu
Accumulating evidences show that selenium dietary intake is inversely associated with the mortality of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Sodium selenate has been reported to reduce neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) in the tauopathic mouse models, but its effects on the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway and APP processing remain unknown during AD formation. In this paper, triple transgenic AD mice (3×Tg-AD) had been treated with sodium selenate in drinking water for 10month before the detection of hippocampal pathology...
July 12, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711277/use-of-a-midstream-clean-catch-mobile-application-did-not-lower-urine-contamination-rates-in-an-emergency-department
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Mary S Jacob, Paige Kulie, Cameron Benedict, Alexander J Ordoobadi, Neal Sikka, Erika Steinmetz, Melissa L McCarthy
OBJECTIVES: Urine microscopy is a common test performed in emergency departments (EDs). Urine specimens can easily become contaminated by different factors, including the collection method. The midstream clean-catch (MSCC) collection technique is commonly used to reduce urine contamination. The urine culture contamination rate from specimens collected in our ED is 30%. We developed an instructional application (app) to show ED patients how to provide a MSCC urine sample. We hypothesized that ED patients who viewed our instructional app would have significantly lower urine contamination rates compared to patients who did not...
July 8, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710429/the-a2v-mutation-as-a-new-tool-for-hindering-a%C3%AE-aggregation-a-neutron-and-x-ray-diffraction-study
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Laura Cantu', Laura Colombo, Tatiana Stoilova, Bruno Demé, Hideyo Inouye, Rachel Booth, Valeria Rondelli, Giuseppe Di Fede, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Elena Del Favero, Daniel A Kirschner, Mario Salmona
We have described a novel C-to-T mutation in the APP gene that corresponds to an alanine to valine substitution at position 673 in APP (A673V), or position 2 of the amyloid-β (Aβ) sequence. This mutation is associated with the early onset of AD-type dementia in homozygous individuals, whereas it has a protective effect in the heterozygous state. Correspondingly, we observed differences in the aggregation properties of the wild-type and mutated Aβ peptides and their mixture. We have carried out neutron diffraction (ND) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments on magnetically-oriented fibers of Aβ1-28WT and its variant Aβ1-28A2V...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710249/amyloid-precursor-protein-in-pancreatic-islets
#15
Joshua Kulas, Kendra Puig, Colin K Combs
The amyloid precursor protein (APP) has been extensively investigated for its role in the production of amyloid beta (Aβ), a plaque forming peptide in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Epidemiological evidence suggests type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for AD. The pancreas is an essential regulator of blood glucose levels through the secretion of the hormones insulin and glucagon. Pancreatic dysfunction is a well characterized consequence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In this study we have examined the expression and processing of pancreatic APP to test the hypothesis that APP may play a role in pancreatic function and the pathophysiology of diabetes...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710057/images-of-little-cigars-and-cigarillos-on-instagram-identified-by-the-hashtag-swisher-thematic-analysis
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Jon-Patrick Allem, Patricia Escobedo, Kar-Hai Chu, Tess Boley Cruz, Jennifer B Unger
BACKGROUND: Little cigar and cigarillo use is becoming more prevalent in the United States and elsewhere, with implications for public health. As little cigar and cigarillo use grows in popularity, big social media data (eg, Instagram, Google Web Search, Twitter) can be used to capture and document the context in which individuals use, and are marketed, these tobacco products. Big social media data may allow people to organically demonstrate how and why they use little cigars and cigarillos, unprimed by a researcher, without instrument bias and at low costs...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709856/developing-smartphone-apps-for-behavioural-studies-the-alcorisk-app-case-study
#17
Anthony Smith, Kristy de Salas, Ian Lewis, Benjamin Schüz
Advances in mobile technology and significantly increasing utilization of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have resulted in a paradigm shift from PC-centric computing to mobile computing. The results of careful analysis conducted of this mobile landscape indicate that there is a growing demand for smart, user-centric, situation-aware mobile software. Invariably, concomitant with this demand is the need for methodologies that can provide support the development of this type of software. In this paper, we propose a semantic framework, called the mobile situation-aware framework, which supports efficient modeling, construction, processing, management, and inference of mobile situation information...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707894/vitamin-d-receptor-regulates-amyloid-beta-1-42-production-with-protein-disulfide-isomerase-a3
#18
Duygu Gezen-Ak, Irem L Atasoy, Esin Candas, Merve Alaylioglu, Selma Yilmazer, Erdinc Dursun
The challenge of understanding the biology of neuronal amyloid processing could provide a basis for understanding the amyloid pathology in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Based on our previous studies we have suggested that AD might be the consequence of a hormonal imbalance in which the critical hormone is vitamin D. The present study primarily focused on the creation of a condition that prevents the genomic or non-genomic action of vitamin D by disrupting vitamin D receptors (VDR or PDIA3/1,25MARRS); the effects of these disruptions on the series of proteins involved in secretases that play a crucial role in amyloid pathology and on amyloid beta (Aβ) production in primary cortical neurons were observed...
July 14, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707634/mobile-learning-app-a-novel-method-to-teach-clinical-decision-making-in-prosthodontics
#19
Saee Deshpande, Jaishree Chahande, Akhil Rathi
BACKGROUND: Prosthodontics involves replacing lost dentofacial structures using artificial substitutes. Due to availability of many materials and techniques, clinician's clinical decision-making regarding appropriate selection of prosthesis requires critical thinking abilities and is demanding. Especially during graduate training years, learners do not receive the exposure to a variety of cases, thus their clinical reasoning skills are not developed optimally. Therefore, using the trend of incorporating technology in education, we developed a mobile learning app for this purpose...
January 2017: Education for Health: Change in Training & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707599/designing-of-selective-%C3%AE-secretase-inhibitory-benzenesulfonamides-through-comparative-in-vitro-and-in-silico-analysis
#20
Neeraj Masand, Satya P Gupta, Ratan Lal Khosa
BACKGROUND: In Alzheimer's disease (AD), the gene mutations have been identified in the amyloid precursor protein (APP), the presenilin-1 (PS1) and -2 (PS2) genes. APP is a transmembrane protein which gets cleaved by α- and β-secretase enzymes and releases Aβ peptides which forms senile plaques in brain tissue. It contributes for local inflammatory response, subsequent oxidative stress, biochemical changes and neuronal death. Targeting the development of Aβ aggregates in the senile plaques is an important strategy in the treatment of AD...
July 13, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
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