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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432379/high-resolution-tomography-based-quantification-of-cortical-porosity-and-cortical-thickness-at-the-surgical-neck-of-the-humerus-during-aging
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Tobias Helfen, Christoph M Sprecher, Ursula Eberli, Boyko Gueorguiev, Peter E Müller, Robert G Richards, Florian Schmidutz
Fractures of the proximal humerus are highly related to age and osteoporotic bone remodeling. Previous studies have highlighted the cortex as a major side of the bone loss, but the microstructural changes of the humerus have not been evaluated entirely. Sixty-four (n = 64) humeri of a representative collective (18-100 years) were scanned with high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (82 µm). Bone mineral density (BMD), trabecular bone volume fraction (Tb.BV/TV), cortical thickness (Ct...
April 21, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431459/direct-growth-of-al2o3-on-black-phosphorus-by-plasma-enhanced-atomic-layer-deposition
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B B Wu, H M Zheng, Y Q Ding, W J Liu, H L Lu, P Zhou, L Chen, Q Q Sun, S J Ding, David W Zhang
Growing high-quality and uniform dielectric on black phosphorus is challenging since it is easy to react with O2 or H2O in ambient. In this work, we have directly grown Al2O3 on BP using plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD). The surface roughness of BP with covered Al2O3 film can reduce significantly, which is due to the removal of oxidized bubble in BP surface by oxygen plasma. It was also found there is an interfacial layer of PO x in between amorphous Al2O3 film and crystallized BP, which is verified by both X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431378/development-of-novel-alternative-biodiesel-fuels-for-reducing-pm-emissions-and-pm-related-genotoxicity
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Po-Ming Yang, Chia-Chi Wang, Ying-Chi Lin, Syu-Ruei Jhang, Li-Jung Lin, Yuan-Chung Lin
This paper intend to investigate the effects of biodiesel fuel blends comprising of waste-cooking oil and butanol-diesel (B10W10-B10W40) under steady-state conditions. Both particulate organic carbon (OC) and PM including PM2.5 and PM10 significantly decreased with the increasing percentage of biodiesel fuel blends. The fuel blend of B10W40 also demonstrated the most effective function in reducing the emissions of PM10 and PM2.5 in the volume by 59.4% and 57.7%, respectively. Moreover, the emissions of nitrogen oxides decreased with the blending of B10W10-B10W40 (13...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426815/using-controlled-attenuation-parameter-combined-with-ultrasound-to-survey-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Yi-Hao Yen, Jin-Bor Chen, Ben-Chung Cheng, Jung-Fu Chen, Kuo-Chin Chang, Po-Lin Tseng, Cheng-Kun Wu, Ming-Chao Tsai, Ming-Tsung Lin, Tsung-Hui Hu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) is a non-invasive method for measuring hepatic steatosis (HS). Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is closely related to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). CVDs are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in hemodialysis patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of NAFLD in hemodialysis patients. METHOD: We prospectively enrolled patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis, as well as patients with normal renal function who served as controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426699/anti-il-20-monoclonal-antibody-inhibited-inflammation-and-protected-against-cartilage-destruction-in-murine-models-of-osteoarthritis
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Yu-Hsiang Hsu, Ya-Yu Yang, Man-Hsiang Huwang, Yun-Han Weng, I-Ming Jou, Po-Tin Wu, Tain-Yu Lin, Li-Wha Wu, Ming-Shi Chang
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease characterized by progressive destruction of articular cartilage. Interleukin (IL)-20 is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. We investigated the role of IL-20 in OA and evaluated whether anti-IL-20 antibody (7E) treatment attenuates disease severity in murine models of surgery-induced OA. Immunohistochemical staining was used to detect IL-20 and its receptors expression in synovial tissue and cartilage from OA patients, and in OA synovial fibroblasts (OASFs) and chondrocytes (OACCs) from rodents with surgery-induced OA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425504/suv39h1-reduction-is-implicated-in-abnormal-inflammation-in-copd
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Tzu-Tao Chen, Sheng-Ming Wu, Shu-Chuan Ho, Hsiao-Chi Chuang, Chien-Ying Liu, Yao-Fei Chan, Lu-Wei Kuo, Po-Hao Feng, Wen-Te Liu, Kuan-Yuan Chen, Ta-Chih Hsiao, Jer-Nan Juang, Kang-Yun Lee
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD) is characterized by enhanced chronic inflammation in the airways, lung parenchyma, and circulation. We investigated whether SUV39H1, a histone methyltransferase, is causatively implicated in the abnormal inflammation observed in COPD. The SUV39H1 and H3K9me3 levels were reduced in peripheral blood mononuclear cells(PBMCs), primary human small airway epithelial cells(HSAEpCs) and lung tissues from COPD patients, which were correlated with poor lung function and the serum IL-8 and IL-6 levels...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425493/characterization-of-different-microbubbles-in-assisting-focused-ultrasound-induced-blood-brain-barrier-opening
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Sheng-Kai Wu, Po-Chun Chu, Wen-Yen Chai, Shih-Tsung Kang, Chih-Hung Tsai, Ching-Hsiang Fan, Chih-Kuang Yeh, Hao-Li Liu
Microbubbles (MBs) serve as a critical catalyst to amplify local cavitation in CNS capillary lumen to facilitate focused ultrasound (FUS) to transiently open the blood-brain barrier (BBB). However, limited understanding is available regarding the effect of different microbubbles to induce BBB opening. The aim of this study is to characterize different MBs on their effect in FUS-induced BBB opening. Three MBs, SonoVue, Definity, and USphere, were tested, with 0.4-MHz FUS exposure at 0.62-1.38 of mechanical index (MI) on rats...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425483/a-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-six-novel-risk-loci-for-primary-biliary-cholangitis
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Fang Qiu, Ruqi Tang, Xianbo Zuo, Xingjuan Shi, Yiran Wei, Xiaodong Zheng, Yaping Dai, Yuhua Gong, Lan Wang, Ping Xu, Xiang Zhu, Jian Wu, Chongxu Han, Yueqiu Gao, Kui Zhang, Yuzhang Jiang, Jianbo Zhou, Youlin Shao, Zhigang Hu, Ye Tian, Haiyan Zhang, Na Dai, Lei Liu, Xudong Wu, Weifeng Zhao, Xiaomin Zhang, Zhidong Zang, Jinshan Nie, Weihao Sun, Yi Zhao, Yuan Mao, Po Jiang, Hualiang Ji, Qing Dong, Junming Li, Zhenzhong Li, Xinli Bai, Li Li, Maosong Lin, Ming Dong, Jinxin Li, Ping Zhu, Chan Wang, Yanqiu Zhang, Peng Jiang, Yujue Wang, Rohil Jawed, Jing Xu, Yu Zhang, Qixia Wang, Yue Yang, Fan Yang, Min Lian, Xiang Jiang, Xiao Xiao, Yanmei Li, Jingyuan Fang, Dekai Qiu, Zhen Zhu, Hong Qiu, Jianqiong Zhang, Wenyan Tian, Sufang Chen, Ling Jiang, Bing Ji, Ping Li, Guochang Chen, Tianxue Wu, Yan Sun, Jianjiang Yu, Huijun Tang, Michun He, Min Xia, Hao Pei, Lihua Huang, Zhuye Qing, Jianfang Wu, Qinghai Huang, Junhai Han, Wei Xie, Zhongsheng Sun, Jian Guo, Gengsheng He, M Eric Gershwin, Zhexiong Lian, Xiang Liu, Michael F Seldin, Xiangdong Liu, Weichang Chen, Xiong Ma
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is an autoimmune liver disease with a strong hereditary component. Here, we report a genome-wide association study that included 1,122 PBC cases and 4,036 controls of Han Chinese descent, with subsequent replication in a separate cohort of 907 PBC cases and 2,127 controls. Our results show genome-wide association of 14 PBC risk loci including previously identified 6p21 (HLA-DRA and DPB1), 17q12 (ORMDL3), 3q13.33 (CD80), 2q32.3 (STAT1/STAT4), 3q25.33 (IL12A), 4q24 (NF-κB) and 22q13...
April 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425430/dose-assessment-from-chronic-exposure-to-industrial-norm-in-iron-ore-processing
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Franck Dal-Molin, Raymond Fisher, David Frost, David R Anderson, David Read
Radiological exposures due to naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) can occur during a wide range of work-related activities in the mineral processing and chemical industries. However, evaluation of such exposures in industrial settings remains a difficult exercise owing inter alia to the large number of personnel, operations and plants affected; assumptions that often have to be made concerning the actual duration and frequency of exposures; the complex chemistry and radioactive disequilibria involved and typically, the paucity of historical data...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425145/prevalence-of-gastroesophageal-reflux-in-cats-during-anesthesia-and-effect-of-omeprazole-on-gastric-ph
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R S Garcia, P C Belafsky, A Della Maggiore, J M Osborn, B H Pypendop, T Pierce, V J Walker, A Fulton, S L Marks
BACKGROUND: Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is poorly characterized in anesthetized cats, but can cause aspiration pneumonia, esophagitis, and esophageal stricture formation. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether pre-anesthetic orally administered omeprazole increases gastric and esophageal pH and increases serum gastrin concentrations in anesthetized cats, and to determine the prevalence of GER using combined multichannel impedance and pH monitoring. ANIMALS: Twenty-seven healthy cats undergoing elective dental procedures...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423123/n-acetylcysteine-versus-dopamine-to-prevent-acute-kidney-injury-after-cardiac-surgery-in-patients-with-preexisting-moderate-renal-insufficiency
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Omer Faruk Savluk, Fusun Guzelmeric, Yasemin Yavuz, Deniz Cevirme, Emre Gurcu, Halide Ogus, Tulay Orki, Tuncer Kocak
Objective: Acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery is associated with mortality and morbidity. Therefore, strategies to prevent acute kidney injury are very important. The aim of this placebo-controlled randomized double-blind study was to compare the prophylactic efficacy of N-Acetylcysteine and dopamine administration in patients with pre-existing moderate renal insufficiency who were undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass. Methods: This study included 135 patients with pre-existing moderate renal insufficiency who were scheduled for coronary artery bypass grafting surgery...
January 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422955/low-cholesterol-level-associated-with-severity-and-outcome-of-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage-results-from-taiwan-stroke-registry
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Yu-Wei Chen, Chen-Hua Li, Chih-Dong Yang, Chung-Hsiang Liu, Chih-Hung Chen, Jau-Jiuan Sheu, Shinn-Kuang Lin, An-Chih Chen, Ping-Kun Chen, Po-Lin Chen, Chung-Hsin Yeh, Jiunn-Rong Chen, Yu-Jen Hsiao, Ching-Huang Lin, Shih-Pin Hsu, Tsang-Shan Chen, Sheng-Feng Sung, Shih-Chieh Yu, Chih-Hsin Muo, Chi Pang Wen, Fung-Chang Sung, Jiann-Shing Jeng, Chung Y Hsu
The relationship between cholesterol level and hemorrhagic stroke is inconclusive. We hypothesized that low cholesterol levels may have association with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) severity at admission and 3-month outcomes. This study used data obtained from a multi-center stroke registry program in Taiwan. We categorized acute spontaneous ICH patients, based on their baseline levels of total cholesterol (TC) measured at admission, into 3 groups with <160, 160-200 and >200 mg/dL of TC. We evaluated risk of having initial stroke severity, with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) >15 and unfavorable outcomes (modified Rankin Scale [mRS] score >2, 3-month mortality) after ICH by the TC group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422933/nursing-informatics-competency-assessment-for-the-nurse-leader-instrument-refinement-validation-and-psychometric-analysis
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Po-Yin Yen, Andrew Phillips, Mary K Kennedy, Sarah Collins
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to refine and validate a new instrument, Nursing Informatics Competency Assessment for the Nurse Leader (NL). BACKGROUND: Because health information technology rapidly advances, the NL requires greater levels of informatics knowledge. METHODS: Item reduction and psychometric analysis methodology RESULTS: A total of 357 national NLs completed the survey. Exploratory factor analysis resulted in a final 6-factor solution that contained 26 items: (1) strategic implementation management, (2) advanced information management and education, (3) executive planning, (4) ethical and legal concepts, (5) information systems concepts, and (6) requirements and system selection...
May 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422842/the-role-of-renoscintigraphy-and-surgery-in-the-management-of-page-kidney-a-case-report
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Yu-Li Chiu, Chin Hu, Sin-Di Lee, Po-Yin Chen, Cheng-Pin Wang
RATIONALE: Page kidney is an uncommon condition that hypertension occurs secondary to microvascular ischemia and alternation of small-vessel hemodynamics due to external compression of renal parenchyma and activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. There are no specific guidelines for the management of Page kidney in the literatures. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 17-year-old teenager who had Fontan procedure for tricuspid and pulmonary atresia in early childhood suffered from sudden onset of severe left flank pain during cardiac catheterization procedure...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422797/response-to-the-letter-spinal-implants-can-be-inserted-in-patients-with-deep-spine-infection-results-from-a-large-cohort-study
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Hwee Weng Dennis Hey, Nathaniel Li Wen Ng, Chuen-Seng Tan, Dale Fisher, Anupama Vasudevan, Gabriel Ka-Po Liu, Joseph Thambiah, Naresh Kumar, Leok-Lim Lau, Hee-Kit Wong, Paul Anantharajah Tambyah
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422172/transient-elastography-as-a-screening-tool-for-liver-fibrosis-in-a-large-hemodialysis-population
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Ben-Chung Cheng, Yi-Hao Yen, Jung-Fu Chen, Cheng-Kun Wu, Kuo-Chin Chang, Po-Lin Tseng, Ming-Chao Tsai, Ming-Tsung Lin, Jung-Ting Lin, Jin-Bor Chen, Tsung-Hui Hu
Metabolic syndrome, an etiological factor in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is often present in hemodialysis patients. Little is known about the prevalence of, and factors associated with, liver fibrosis in hemodialysis populations. We used transient elastography (TE) to investigate these phenomena. 659 patients treated with chronic hemodialysis were enrolled. We excluded those with excess alcohol intake, liver stiffness measurement (LSM) failure, or unreliable LSM values. LSM ≥8.0 kPa was used as a cutoff suggesting clinically relevant fibrosis...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422117/ultrahigh-responsivity-and-detectivity-graphene-perovskite-hybrid-phototransistors-by-sequential-vapor-deposition
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Po-Han Chang, Shang-Yi Liu, Yu-Bing Lan, Yi-Chen Tsai, Xue-Qian You, Chia-Shuo Li, Kuo-You Huang, Ang-Sheng Chou, Tsung-Chin Cheng, Juen-Kai Wang, Chih-I Wu
In this work, graphene-methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) perovskite hybrid phototransistors fabricated by sequential vapor deposition are demonstrated. Ultrahigh responsivity of 1.73 × 10(7) A W(-1) and detectivity of 2 × 10(15) Jones are achieved, with extremely high effective quantum efficiencies of about 10(8)% in the visible range (450-700 nm). This excellent performance is attributed to the ultra-flat perovskite films grown by vapor deposition on the graphene sheets. The hybrid structure of graphene covered with uniform perovskite has high exciton separation ability under light exposure, and thus efficiently generates photocurrents...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420521/delayed-postcoital-vaginal-cuff-dehiscence-with-small-bowel-evisceration-after-robotic-assisted-staging-surgery
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Yen-Po Lan, Huang-Hui Chen, Wei-Min Liu, Ching-Hui Chen
OBJECTIVE: We report a rare case of vaginal cuff dehiscence with small bowel evisceration at 7 months post robotic-staging surgery. CASE REPORT: A 41-year-old woman was sent to the emergency room with sudden onset of abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, and vaginal protruding mass after sexual activity. She had a history of synchronous uterine and ovarian cancer treated with robotic-staging surgery 7 months before. Then she received six courses of postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy, and the last chemotherapy ended 1 month ago...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419779/validation-of-tg13-severity-grading-in-acute-cholecystitis-japan-taiwan-collaborative-study-for-acute-cholecystitis
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Masamichi Yokoe, Tadahiro Takada, Tsann-Long Hwang, Itaru Endo, Kohei Akazawa, Fumihiko Miura, Toshihiko Mayumi, Rintaro Mori, Miin-Fu Chen, Yi-Yin Jan, Chen-Guo Ker, Hsiu-Po Wang, Takao Itoi, Harumi Gomi, Seiki Kiriyama, Keita Wada, Hiroki Yamaue, Masaru Miyazaki, Masakazu Yamamoto
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The collaborative multicenter retrospective study of acute cholecystitis (AC) was performed in Japan and Taiwan. The aim for this study was evaluation for the clinical value of TG13 severity grading for AC. METHOD: The study was designed as an international multicenter retrospective study of AC from 2011 to 2013. Based on the data, we investigated the TG13 severity grading by analyzing the correlations between grade and prognosis, surgical procedures, histopathology, and organ dysfunction and prognosis...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419764/clinical-application-and-verification-of-the-tg13-diagnostic-and-severity-grading-criteria-for-acute-cholangitis-an-international-multicenter-observational-study
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Seiki Kiriyama, Tadahiro Takada, Tsann-Long Hwang, Kohei Akazawa, Fumihiko Miura, Harumi Gomi, Rintaro Mori, Itaru Endo, Takao Itoi, Masamichi Yokoe, Miin-Fu Chen, Yi-Yin Jan, Chen-Guo Ker, Hsiu-Po Wang, Hiroki Yamaue, Masaru Miyazaki, Masakazu Yamamoto
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The Tokyo Guidelines 2007 (TG07) first presented the diagnostic and severity grading criteria for acute cholangitis. Subsequently updated in 2013, the Tokyo Guidelines (TG13) have been widely adopted throughout the world as global standard guidelines. We set out to verify the efficacy of these TG13 criteria in an international multicenter study. METHODS: We reviewed 6,063 patients who were clinically diagnosed with acute cholangitis in Japan and Taiwan over a 2-year period...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
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