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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532130/effect-of-systematic-control-of-pd-thickness-and-annealing-temperature-on-the-fabrication-and-evolution-of-palladium-nanostructures-on-si-111-via-the-solid-state-dewetting
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Sundar Kunwar, Puran Pandey, Mao Sui, Quanzhen Zhang, Ming-Yu Li, Jihoon Lee
Si-based optoelectronic devices embedded with metallic nanoparticles (NPs) have demonstrated the NP shape, size, spacing, and crystallinity dependent on light absorption and emission induced by the localized surface plasmon resonance. In this work, we demonstrate various sizes and configurations of palladium (Pd) nanostructures on Si (111) by the systematic thermal annealing with the variation of Pd thickness and annealing temperature. The evolution of Pd nanostructures are systematically controlled by the dewetting of thin film by means of the surface diffusion in conjunction with the surface and interface energy minimization and Volmer-Weber growth model...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532025/new-tetrahedral-zinc-halide-schiff-base-complexes-synthesis-crystal-structure-theoretical-3d-hirshfeld-surface-analyses-antimicrobial-and-thermal-studies
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L Taghizadeh, M Montazerozohori, A Masoudiasl, S Joohari, J M White
A new bidentate Schiff base ligand named as N,N'-bis((E)-3-phenylallylidene)butane-1,4-diamine (L) and three its zinc halide complexes were synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The crystal structure of zinc bromide and iodide complexes were characterized using single crystal X-ray diffraction. The two structures are isomorphous, crystallizing in the monoclinic crystal system with space group C2/c with closely similar unit cell dimensions. In these complexes, the Zn(II) ion is in the center of a distorted tetrahedral environment completed by two iminic nitrogen atoms of Schiff base ligand and two halide anions...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532024/the-effect-of-pore-size-and-porosity-on-mechanical-properties-and-biological-response-of-porous-titanium-scaffolds
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C Torres-Sanchez, F R A Al Mushref, M Norrito, K Yendall, Y Liu, P P Conway
The effect of pore size and porosity on elastic modulus, strength, cell attachment and cell proliferation was studied for Ti porous scaffolds manufactured via powder metallurgy and sintering. Porous scaffolds were prepared in two ranges of porosities so that their mechanical properties could mimic those of cortical and trabecular bone respectively. Space-holder engineered pore size distributions were carefully determined to study the impact that small changes in pore size may have on mechanical and biological behaviour...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532021/nanosecond-laser-ablation-enhances-cellular-infiltration-in-a-hybrid-tissue-scaffold
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S Jahnavi, N Arthi, S Pallavi, C Selvaraju, G S Bhuvaneshwar, T V Kumary, R S Verma
Hybrid tissue engineered (HTE) scaffolds constituting polymeric nanofibers and biological tissues have attractive bio-mechanical properties. However, they suffer from small pore size due to dense overlapping nanofibers resulting in poor cellular infiltration. In this study, using nanosecond (ns) laser, we fabricated micro-scale features on Polycaprolactone (PCL)-Chitosan (CH) nanofiber layered bovine pericardium based Bio-Hybrid scaffold to achieve enhanced cellular adhesion and infiltration. The laser energy parameters such as fluence of 25J/cm(2), 0...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531918/protective-effect-of-ethanolic-extract-of-urtica-urens-l-against-the-toxicity-of-imidacloprid-on-bone-remodeling-in-rats-and-antioxidant-activities
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Massara Mzid, Riadh Badraoui, Sameh Ben Khedir, Zouheir Sahnoun, Tarek Rebai
Imidacloprid (IMI) is very harmful to human health and cause problems. Recently, plants have been considered as potential agents for protection against these disorders. Urtica urens L. (UU) is very useful for relieving rheumatic pains and there is no scientific evidence justifying its use, which lets us think of its direct effect on the bone. This study aimed to investigate the protective effect of UU against toxicity effects of IMI in female rat. Rats were divided into control group, 3 groups treated with IMI at 50, 200 or 300mg/kg/day and 3 groups co-treated with IMI (50, 200 or 300mg/kg/day)+100mg/kg/day of UU...
May 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531866/bilateral-peritonsillar-abscess-a-case-report-and-pertinent-literature-review
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Ibrahim AlAwadh, Turki Aldrees, Saleh AlQaryan, Sami Alharethy, Hassan AlShehri
INTRODUCTION: The peritonsillar space is defined as the area between the palatine tonsillar capsule medially and the superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle laterally. Unilateral peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is more common than the bilateral condition. To the best of our knowledge, only 13 cases of bilateral PTA have been reported worldwide; this is the first case reported from Saudi Arabia. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present a case involving a 16-year-old boy who presented to the emergency department with a5-day history of sore throat, dysphagia, trismus, drooling, and a muffled "hot-potato" voice, but with no symptoms of airway compromise...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531806/standard-body-space-relationships-fingers-hold-spatial-information
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Daniele Romano, Francesco Marini, Angelo Maravita
The representation of the body in the brain is constantly updated to allow optimal sensorimotor interactions with the external world. In addition to dynamic features, body representation holds stable features that are still largely unknown. In the present work we explored the hypothesis that body parts have preferential associations with relative spatial locations. Specifically, in three experiments, we found consistent preferential associations between the index finger and the top position, and between the thumb and the bottom position...
May 19, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531767/the-standard-joint-unit
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Cristina Casajuana Kögel, María Mercedes Balcells-Olivero, Hugo López-Pelayo, Laia Miquel, Lídia Teixidó, Joan Colom, David John Nutt, Jürgen Rehm, Antoni Gual
OBJECTIVE: Reliable data on cannabis quantities is required to improve assessment of cannabis consumption for epidemiological analysis and clinical assessment, consequently a Standard Joint Unit (SJU) based on quantity of 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (9-THC) has been established. METHODOLOGY: Naturalistic study of a convenience sample recruited from February 2015-June 2016 in universities, leisure spaces, mental health services and cannabis clubs in Barcelona. Adults, reporting cannabis use in the last 60 days, without cognitive impairment or language barriers, answered a questionnaire on cannabis use and were asked to donate a joint to further determine their 9-THC and Cannabidiol (CBD) content...
May 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531341/intra-observer-reliability-and-agreement-of-manual-and-digital-orthodontic-model-analysis
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Vasiliki Koretsi, Linda Tingelhoff, Peter Proff, Christian Kirschneck
Background and aim: Digital orthodontic model analysis is gaining acceptance in orthodontics, but its reliability is dependent on the digitalisation hardware and software used. We thus investigated intra-observer reliability and agreement / conformity of a particular digital model analysis work-flow in relation to traditional manual plaster model analysis. Materials and methods: Forty-eight plaster casts of the upper/lower dentition were collected. Virtual models were obtained with orthoX®scan (Dentaurum) and analysed with ivoris®analyze3D (Computer konkret)...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531134/improving-video-segmentation-by-fusing-depth-cues-and-the-visual-background-extractor-vibe-algorithm
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Xiaoqin Zhou, Xiaofeng Liu, Aimin Jiang, Bin Yan, Chenguang Yang
Depth-sensing technology has led to broad applications of inexpensive depth cameras that can capture human motion and scenes in three-dimensional space. Background subtraction algorithms can be improved by fusing color and depth cues, thereby allowing many issues encountered in classical color segmentation to be solved. In this paper, we propose a new fusion method that combines depth and color information for foreground segmentation based on an advanced color-based algorithm. First, a background model and a depth model are developed...
May 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531125/characterizing-dynamic-walking-patterns-and-detecting-falls-with-wearable-sensors-using-gaussian-process-methods
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Taehwan Kim, Jeongho Park, Seongman Heo, Keehoon Sung, Jooyoung Park
By incorporating a growing number of sensors and adopting machine learning technologies, wearable devices have recently become a prominent health care application domain. Among the related research topics in this field, one of the most important issues is detecting falls while walking. Since such falls may lead to serious injuries, automatically and promptly detecting them during daily use of smartphones and/or smart watches is a particular need. In this paper, we investigate the use of Gaussian process (GP) methods for characterizing dynamic walking patterns and detecting falls while walking with built-in wearable sensors in smartphones and/or smartwatches...
May 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530803/red-phosphorus-nano-dots-on-reduced-graphene-oxide-as-a-flexible-and-ultra-fast-anode-for-sodium-ion-batteries
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Yihang Liu, Anyi Zhang, Chenfei Shen, Qingzhou Liu, Xuan Cao, Yuqiang Ma, Liang Chen, Christian Lau, Tian-Chi Chen, Fei Wei, Chongwu Zhou
Sodium-ion batteries offer an attractive option for potential low cost and large scale energy storage due to the earth abundance of sodium. Red phosphorus is considered as a high capacity anode for sodium-ion batteries with a theoretical capacity of 2596 mAh/g. However, similar to silicon in lithium-ion batteries, several limitations such as large volume expansion upon sodiation/de-sodiation and low electronic conductance have severely limited the performance of red phosphorus anodes. In order to address the above challenges, we have developed a method to deposit red phosphorus nano-dots densely and uniformly onto reduced graphene oxide sheets (P@RGO) to minimize the sodium ion diffusion length and the sodiation/de-sodiation stresses, and the RGO network also serves as electron pathway and creates free space to accommodate the volume variation of phosphorus particles...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530750/first-principles-study-of-the-structural-stability-and-electrochemical-properties-of-na2msio4-m-mn-fe-co-and-ni-polymorphs
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F Bianchini, H Fjellvåg, P Vajeeston
Sodium orthosilicates Na2MSiO4 (M = Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) have attracted much attention due to the possibility of exchanging two electrons per formula unit. They are also found to exhibit great structural stability due to a diamond-like arrangement of tetrahedral groups. In this work, we have systematically studied the possible polymorphism of these compounds by means of density functional theory, optimising the structure of a number of systems with different group symmetries. The ground state is found to be Pc-symmetric for all the considered M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and several similar structures exhibiting different symmetries coexist within a 0...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530729/what-are-the-key-factors-governing-the-nucleation-of-co2-hydrate
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Zhongjin He, Praveen Linga, Jianwen Jiang
Microsecond molecular dynamics simulations were performed to provide molecular insights into the nucleation of CO2 hydrate. The adsorption of sufficient CO2 molecules around CO2 hydration shells is revealed to be crucial to effectively stabilize the hydrogen bonds formed therein, catalyzing the hydration shells into hydrate cages and inducing the nucleation. Moreover, a high aqueous CO2 concentration is found to be another key factor governing the nucleation of CO2 hydrate, and only above a critical concentration can the nucleation of CO2 hydrate occur...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530708/engineering-rgb-color-vision-into-escherichia-coli
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Jesus Fernandez-Rodriguez, Felix Moser, Miryoung Song, Christopher A Voigt
Optogenetic tools use colored light to rapidly control gene expression in space and time. We designed a genetically encoded system that gives Escherichia coli the ability to distinguish between red, green, and blue (RGB) light and respond by changing gene expression. We use this system to produce 'color photographs' on bacterial culture plates by controlling pigment production and to redirect metabolic flux by expressing CRISPRi guide RNAs.
May 22, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530495/workplace-responses-and-psychologists-needs-following-client-suicide
#16
Melissa Finlayson, Janette Simmonds
This research aimed to explore the role of workplace responses in psychologists' adaptation to client suicides. Participants were 178 psychologists who completed an online self-report questionnaire which included both open and closed questions yielding qualitative and quantitative data. Fifty-six (31.5%) participants reported one or more client suicides. Mixed results were found in terms of perceived support from the workplace following a client suicide. Psychologists reported a need for more open communication in the workplace, peer supports, space to grieve, as well as opportunities to engage in a learning process...
January 1, 2017: Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530469/rapid-bacterial-detection-during-endodontic-treatment
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D B Herzog, N A Hosny, S A Niazi, G Koller, R J Cook, F Foschi, T F Watson, F Mannocci, F Festy
Bacteria present in the root canal (RC) space following an RC treatment (RCT) can lead to persistent infections, resulting in treatment failure and the need for reintervention or extraction. Currently, there are no standardized methods in use to clinically detect bacterial presence within RC spaces. The use of paper point sampling and fluorescence staining was shown to be a rapid method, able to detect residual bacteria following treatment. The study demonstrated that Calcein acetoxymethyl (AM) proved to be a suitable dye for detecting vital bacteria within mature endodontic biofilms, with an improved sensitivity over colony-forming unit counting in a stressed biofilm model...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530389/bio-inspired-structural-colors-fabricated-with-zno-quasi-ordered-nanostructures
#18
Geon Hwee Kim, Taechang An, Geunbae Lim
Despite their advantages in different applications, structural colors are difficult to use due to the inability to change a structural color once it is implemented, as well as their high fabrication costs; implementing multiple structural colors simultaneously on one substrate is a challenge as well. In this study, structural colors were reproduced using quasi-ordered scattering to mitigate these issues. To this end, a ZnO flower-like structure having unimodal distributions of size and spacing was fabricated by ZnO hydrothermal growth...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530276/focus-a-metaheuristic-algorithm-for-computing-knockouts-from-genome-scale-models-for-strain-optimization
#19
Sarma Mutturi
Although handful tools are available for constraint-based flux analysis to generate knockout strains, most of these are either based on bilevel-MIP or its modifications. However, metaheuristic approaches that are known for their flexibility and scalability have been less studied. Moreover, in the existing tools, sectioning of search space to find optimal knocks has not been considered. Herein, a novel computational procedure, termed as FOCuS (Flower-pOllination coupled Clonal Selection algorithm), was developed to find the optimal reaction knockouts from a metabolic network to maximize the production of specific metabolites...
May 22, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530261/a-rare-case-of-embryonal-rhabdomyosarcoma-of-the-parapharyngeal-space
#20
G Iannella, M De Vincentiis, A Corsi, A Greco, G Magliulo
A 24-year-old man was admitted to our Otolaryngology Department following a head and neck CT scan performed for cranial trauma that showed a bulky neoformation in the right parapharyngeal space. Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the presence of an oval formation with sharp margins and colliquative areas of necrosis involving the right parapharyngeal space. The mass was completely excised by a latero-cervical approach. Based on histological features and immunohistochemical analysis, a diagnosis of embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma of the parapharyngeal space was made...
May 22, 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
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