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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528301/selective-laser-sintering-scaffold-with-hierarchical-architecture-and-gradient-composition-for-osteochondral-repair-in-rabbits
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Yingying Du, Haoming Liu, Qin Yang, Shuai Wang, Jianglin Wang, Jun Ma, Insup Noh, Antonios G Mikos, Shengmin Zhang
Osteochondral defects cannot be adequately self-repaired due to the presence of the sophisticated hierarchical structure and the lack of blood supply in cartilage. Thus, one of the major challenges remaining in this field is the structural design of a biomimetic scaffold that satisfies the specific requirements for osteochondral repair. To address this hurdle, a bio-inspired multilayer osteochondral scaffold that consisted of the poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and the hydroxyapatite (HA)/PCL microspheres, was constructed via selective laser sintering (SLS) technique...
May 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528263/influences-of-land-use-and-antecedent-dry-weather-period-on-pollution-level-and-ecological-risk-of-heavy-metals-in-road-deposited-sediment
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Jin Zhang, Pei Hua, Peter Krebs
Road-deposited sediment and its adsorbed pollutants have been regarded as significant sources of urban diffuse pollution. In this study, the solid-phase concentrations (mg/g), surface load (mg/m(2)) and chemical fractionation of zinc (Zn), copper (Cu) and cadmium (Cd) were determined. Geo-accumulation (Igeo) and ecological risk (RI) indexes were employed for metal risk assessment. Results show that the highest solid-phase concentrations of Zn and Cu were usually found at an industrial area. However, Cd had the highest solid-phase concentrations at a rural area, followed by a commercial area...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527949/microproteome-of-dentoalveolar-tissues
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Cristiane R Salmon, Ana Paula O Giorgetti, Adriana F Paes Leme, Romênia R Domingues, Tamara N Kolli, Brian L Foster, Francisco H Nociti
Proteomic analysis of extracellular matrices (ECM) of dentoalveolar tissues can provide insights into developmental, pathological, and reparative processes. However, targeted dissection of mineralized tissues, dental cementum (DC), alveolar bone (AB), and dentin (DE), presents technical difficulties. We demonstrate an approach combining EDTA decalcification and laser capture microdissection (LCM), followed by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), to analyze proteome profiles of these tissues...
May 17, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527328/living-in-violence-neighborhood-domestic-violence-and-small-for-gestational-age-births
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Erica Felker-Kantor, Maeve Wallace, Katherine Theall
OBJECTIVES: To determine the association between neighborhood domestic violence and small-for-gestational-age (SGA) birth and to examine if there is a differential impact of neighborhood domestic violence on SGA births by race in a high crime community. METHODS: This analysis includes all birth records issued in New Orleans, Louisiana from 2011 to 2012 geocoded by census tract (N=177 census tracts, N=8322 women). Hierarchical modeling and ecologic spatial analysis were used to examine the area-effect of neighborhood domestic violence on SGA births, independent of individual-level predictors and accounting for the propensity to live in high domestic violence neighborhoods...
May 17, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526536/trastuzumab-emtansine-versus-capecitabine-plus-lapatinib-in-patients-with-previously-treated-her2-positive-advanced-breast-cancer-emilia-a-descriptive-analysis-of-final-overall-survival-results-from-a-randomised-open-label-phase-3-trial
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Véronique Diéras, David Miles, Sunil Verma, Mark Pegram, Manfred Welslau, José Baselga, Ian E Krop, Kim Blackwell, Silke Hoersch, Jin Xu, Marjorie Green, Luca Gianni
BACKGROUND: The antibody-drug conjugate trastuzumab emtansine is indicated for the treatment of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer previously treated with trastuzumab and a taxane. Approval of this drug was based on progression-free survival and interim overall survival data from the phase 3 EMILIA study. In this report, we present a descriptive analysis of the final overall survival data from that trial. METHODS: EMILIA was a randomised, international, open-label, phase 3 study of men and women aged 18 years or older with HER2-positive unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer previously treated with trastuzumab and a taxane...
May 16, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526477/increasing-intention-to-cook-from-basic-ingredients-a-randomised-controlled-study
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Fiona Lavelle, Lynsey Hollywood, Martin Caraher, Laura McGowan, Michelle Spence, Dawn Surgenor, Amanda McCloat, Elaine Mooney, Monique Raats, Moira Dean
The promotion of home cooking is a strategy used to improve diet quality and health. However, modern home cooking typically includes the use of processed food which can lead to negative outcomes including weight gain. In addition, interventions to improve cooking skills do not always explain how theory informed their design and implementation. The Behaviour Change Technique (BCT) taxonomy successfully employed in other areas has identified essential elements for interventions. This study investigated the effectiveness of different instructional modes for learning to cook a meal, designed using an accumulating number of BCTs, on participant's perceived difficulty, enjoyment, confidence and intention to cook from basic ingredients...
May 16, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526460/semi-supervised-medical-entity-recognition-a-study-on-spanish-and-swedish-clinical-corpora
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Alicia Pérez, Rebecka Weegar, Arantza Casillas, Koldo Gojenola, Maite Oronoz, Hercules Dalianis
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study is to investigate entity recognition within Electronic Health Records (EHRs) focusing on Spanish and Swedish. Of particular importance is a robust representation of the entities. In our case, we utilized unsupervised methods to generate such representations. METHODS: The significance of this work stands on its experimental layout. The experiments were carried out under the same conditions for both languages. Several classification approaches were explored: maximum probability, CRF, Perceptron and SVM...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525976/the-adaptation-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-when-forming-metastases-in-the-liver-expression-of-associated-genes-and-pathways-in-a-mouse-model
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Derya Bocuk, Alexander Wolff, Petra Krause, Gabriela Salinas, Annalen Bleckmann, Christina Hackl, Tim Beissbarth, Sarah Koenig
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women. Systemic disease with metastatic spread to distant sites such as the liver reduces the survival rate considerably. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in gene expression that occur on invasion and expansion of CRC cells when forming metastases in the liver. METHODS: The livers of syngeneic C57BL/6NCrl mice were inoculated with 1 million CRC cells (CMT-93) via the portal vein, leading to the stable formation of metastases within 4 weeks...
May 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525607/rna-moip-prediction-of-rna-secondary-structure-and-local-3d-motifs-from-sequence-data
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Jason Yao, Vladimir Reinharz, François Major, Jérôme Waldisphül
RNA structures are hierarchically organized. The secondary structure is articulated around sophisticated local three-dimensional (3D) motifs shaping the full 3D architecture of the molecule. Recent contributions have identified and organized recurrent local 3D motifs, but applications of this knowledge for predictive purposes is still in its infancy. We recently developed a computational framework, named RNA-MoIP, to reconcile RNA secondary structure and local 3D motif information available in databases. In this paper, we introduce a web service using our software for predicting RNA hybrid 2D-3D structures from sequence data only...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525355/does-body-fat-percentage-predict-post-exercise-heart-rate-response-in-non-obese-children-and-adolescents
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Tatjana Jezdimirovic, Valdemar Stajer, Sasa Semeredi, Julio Calleja-Gonzalez, Sergej M Ostojic
BACKGROUND: A correlation between adiposity and post-exercise autonomic regulation has been established in overweight and obese children. However, little information exists about this link in non-obese youth. The main purpose of this cross-sectional study was to describe the relationship between body fat percentage (BFP) and heart rate recovery after exercise [post-exercise heart rate (PEHR)], a marker of autonomic regulation, in normal-weight children and adolescents. METHODS: We evaluated the body composition of 183 children and adolescents (age 15...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525300/regulation-of-cell-polarity-in-motility-and-cell-division-in-myxococcus-xanthus
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Dominik Schumacher, Lotte Søgaard-Andersen
Rod-shaped Myxococcus xanthus cells are polarized with proteins asymmetrically localizing to specific positions. This spatial organization is important for regulation of motility and cell division and changes over time. Dedicated protein modules regulate motility independent of the cell cycle, and cell division dependent on the cell cycle. For motility, a leading-lagging cell polarity is established that is inverted during cellular reversals. Establishment and inversion of this polarity are regulated hierarchically by interfacing protein modules that sort polarized motility proteins to the correct cell poles or cause their relocation between cell poles during reversals akin to a spatial toggle switch...
May 19, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525273/directional-fluid-gating-by-janus-membranes-with-heterogeneous-wetting-properties-for-selective-oil-water-separation
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Prashant Gupta, Balasubramanian Kandasubramanian
The rising oil seepage accidents evolved into a global issue necessitating immediate counter measure to abridge its catastrophic repercussions on sensitive marine ecosystem urging innovative techniques for effective oil/water separation. Here, we report surface tailored wettability modified superhydrophobic/superoleophilic Janus membrane by impregnating non-ionic surfactant stabilized nano-sized polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) dispersion polymerized via non-fluorinated processing aid onto cotton substrate using Meyer rod coating technique, exhibiting excellent separation efficiency up to 98% with various petroleum products and retaining its intrinsic properties for at least 30 recurrences...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524653/benzoate-acid-dependent-lattice-dimension-of-co-mofs-and-mof-derived-cos2-cnts-with-tunable-pore-diameters-for-supercapacitors
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Kang-Yu Zou, Yi-Chen Liu, Yi-Fan Jiang, Cheng-Yan Yu, Man-Li Yue, Zuo-Xi Li
Herein three novel cobalt metal-organic frameworks (Co-MOFs) with similar ingredients, [Co(bib)(o-bdc)]∞ (1), [Co2(bib)2(m-bdc)2]∞ (2), and {[Co(bib)(p-bdc)(H2O)](H2O)0.5}∞ (3), have been synthesized from the reaction of cobalt nitrate with 1,4-bis(imidazol-1-yl)benzene (bib) and structure-related aromatic acids (1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid = o-bdc, 1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid = m-bdc, and 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid = p-bdc) by the solvothermal method. It is aimed to perform systematic research on the relationship among the conformation of benzoate acid, lattice dimension of Co-MOF, and pore diameter of MOF-derived carbon composite...
May 19, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524255/enablers-and-barriers-to-the-use-of-antibiotic-guidelines-in-the-assessment-and-treatment-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-a-qualitative-study-of-clinicians-perspectives
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Antoine Sedrak, Mahesan Anpalahan, Karen Luetsch
BACKGROUND: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common condition and a number of guidelines have been developed for its assessment and treatment. Adherence to guidelines by clinicians varies and particularly the prescribing of antibiotics often remains suboptimal. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to elucidate potential barriers and enablers to the adherence to antibiotic guidelines by clinicians treating CAP in an Australian hospital. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with purposively recruited senior prescribers who regularly treat CAP in an Australian hospital...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523932/repeated-recall-as-an-intervention-to-improve-memory-performance-in-heart-failure-patients
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Jennifer Viveiros, Kristen Sethares, Amy Shapiro
BACKGROUND: Up to 50% of heart failure patients demonstrate aspects of cognitive impairment, including memory deficit. Novel interventions are needed to address memory deficit among heart failure patients. AIM: The goal of this study was to evaluate the testing effect as an intervention to improve memory performance in heart failure patients. METHODS: This was a randomized controlled clinical trial ( N=84) comparing the memory performance of heart failure patients with and without mild cognitive impairment after a repeated testing intervention...
May 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523616/the-effect-of-multiple-contamination-of-soil-on-lmw-and-mmw-pahs-accumulation-in-the-roots-of-rubus-fruticosus-l-naturally-growing-near-the-copper-mining-and-smelting-complex-bor-east-serbia
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Slađana Č Alagić, Vesna P Stankov Jovanović, Violeta D Mitić, Jelena S Nikolić, Goran M Petrović, Snežana B Tošić, Gordana S Stojanović
Samples of roots and spatial soils of native Rubus fruticosus L. were collected from the spots positioned at different distances from the copper smelter and city heating plants in the industrial zone of the town of Bor (Serbia) and subjected to chemical analyses in order to determine the content of several heavy metals, and 15 priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In this study, the results for 9 low and medium molecular weight PAHs (LMW and MMW PAHs) are represented and processed using the calculation of bio-concentration factors and statistical methods such as hierarchical cluster analysis and Pearson's correlation study with the aim of investigating the plant capabilities for their uptake from the soil and later accumulation into the root tissue, under the hostile circumstances of multiple contamination...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523503/hierarchical-cluster-analysis-to-aid-diagnostic-image-data-visualization-of-ms-and-other-medical-imaging-modalities
#17
Arul N Selvan, Laura M Cole, Lynne Spackman, Sarah Naylor, Chris Wright
Perceiving abnormal regions in the images of different medical modalities plays a crucial role in diagnosis and subsequent treatment planning. In medical images to visually perceive abnormalities' extent and boundaries requires substantial experience. Consequently, manually drawn region of interest (ROI) to outline boundaries of abnormalities suffers from limitations of human perception leading to inter-observer variability. As an alternative to human drawn ROI, it is proposed the use of a computer-based segmentation algorithm to segment digital medical image data...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522359/a-novel-specialized-single-linkage-clustering-algorithm-for-taxonomically-ordered-data
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Markus Schmidt, Arne Kutzner, Klaus Heese
Similarities among ortholog genes for a given set of species S can be expressed by alignment matrices, where each matrix cell results from aligning a gene transcript against the genome of a species within S. Gene clusters can be computed by using single-linkage clustering in time n*m, where n denotes the number of ortholog genes and m denotes the number of inspected assemblies. Our approach can break the O(n*m) complexity of single-linkage clustering by exploiting an order among species that results from an in-order traversal of a given phylogenetic tree...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522235/a-review-of-terrestrial-aerial-and-aquatic-keratins-the-structure-and-mechanical-properties-of-pangolin-scales-feather-shafts-and-baleen-plates
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Bin Wang, Tarah N Sullivan
Keratinous materials, omnipresent as the hard and durable epidermal appendages of animals, are one of the toughest biological materials. They exhibit diverse morphologies and structures that serve a variety of amazing and inspiring mechanical functions. In this work, we provide a review of representative terrestrial, aerial and aquatic keratinous materials, pangolin scales, feather shafts and baleen plates, and correlate their hierarchical structures to respective functions of dermal armor, flight material and undersea filter...
May 8, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522083/relationships-between-potentially-traumatic-events-sleep-disturbances-and-symptoms-of-ptsd-and-alcohol-use-disorder-in-a-young-adult-sample
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Mackenzie J Lind, Allison Baylor, Cassie M Overstreet, Sage E Hawn, Bruce D Rybarczyk, Kenneth S Kendler, Danielle M Dick, Ananda B Amstadter
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic events, particularly those that are interpersonal in nature, are associated with increased risk for co-occurring sequelae, including sleep disturbances, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and alcohol use disorder (AUD). However, the associations between these phenotypes have not been explored among college students. METHODS: We examined relationships between type of potentially traumatic event (PTE) exposure (pre-college) and sleep disturbances, as well as mediating effects of lifetime PTSD and AUD symptoms on these relationships, in a large undergraduate sample (N = 1599, 64...
June 2017: Sleep Medicine
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