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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821657/fronto-parietal-structural-connectivity-in-childhood-predicts-development-of-functional-connectivity-and-reasoning-ability-a-large-scale-longitudinal-investigation
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Carter Wendelken, Emilio Ferrer, Simona Ghetti, Stephen Bailey, Laurie Cutting, Silvia A Bunge
Prior research points to a positive concurrent relationship between reasoning ability and both fronto-parietal structural connectivity, as measured by diffusion tensor imaging (e.g. Tamnes et al., 2010), and fronto-parietal functional connectivity, as measured by fMRI (e.g. Cocchi et al., 2014). Further, recent research demonstrates a link between reasoning ability and functional connectivity of two brain regions in particular: rostrolateral prefrontal cortex (RLPFC) and the inferior parietal lobe (IPL) (Wendelken et al...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819697/mechanistic-understanding-of-crystal-violet-dye-sorption-by-woody-biochar-implications-for-wastewater-treatment
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Awanthi Wathukarage, Indika Herath, M C M Iqbal, Meththika Vithanage
Dye-based industries, particularly small and medium scale, discharge their effluents into waterways without treatment due to cost considerations. We investigated the use of biochars produced from the woody tree Gliricidia sepium at 300 °C (GBC300) and 500 °C (GBC500) in the laboratory and at 700 °C from a dendro bioenergy industry (GBC700), to evaluate their potential for sorption of crystal violet (CV) dye. Experiments were conducted to assess the effect of pH reaction time and CV loading on the adsorption process...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819240/nature-and-characteristics-of-temperature-background-effect-for-interactive-respiration-process
#3
Guangcai Gong, Xiaorui Deng
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is much more crucial to human health than its atmospheric air quality counterpart. Improving indoor air environment requires investigating how different indoor air stability affects airflow trajectory. By presenting both manikin experiment and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation, we find that temperature background effect, i.e., indoor air stability, which is a measure of the nature or attribute of the capacity to keep the original or initial inertia force or inertia transmission state instead of turbulence diffusion or transmission restraining state, i...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818544/trends-in-antimicrobial-resistance-in-bloodstream-infection-isolates-at-a-large-urban-hospital-in-malawi-1998-2016-a-surveillance-study
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Patrick Musicha, Jennifer E Cornick, Naor Bar-Zeev, Neil French, Clemens Masesa, Brigitte Denis, Neil Kennedy, Jane Mallewa, Melita A Gordon, Chisomo L Msefula, Robert S Heyderman, Dean B Everett, Nicholas A Feasey
BACKGROUND: Bacterial bloodstream infection is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, yet few facilities are able to maintain long-term surveillance. The Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme has done sentinel surveillance of bacteraemia since 1998. We report long-term trends in bloodstream infection and antimicrobial resistance from this surveillance. METHODS: In this surveillance study, we analysed blood cultures that were routinely taken from adult and paediatric patients with fever or suspicion of sepsis admitted to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi from 1998 to 2016...
August 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812873/ultrathin-manganese-based-metal-organic-framework-nanosheets-low-cost-and-energy-dense-lithium-storage-anodes-with-the-coexistence-of-metal-and-ligand-redox-activities
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Chao Li, Xiaoshi Hu, Wei Tong, Wensheng Yan, Xiaobing Lou, Ming Shen, Bingwen Hu
We herein demonstrate the fabrication of Mn- and Ni-based ultrathin metal-organic framework nanosheets with the same coordination mode (defined as 'Mn-UMOFNs' and 'Ni-UMOFNs', respectively) through an expedient and versatile ultrasonic approach, and scrutinize their electrochemical properties as anode materials for rechargeable lithium battery for the first time. The obtained Mn-UMOFNs with structure advantages over Ni-UMOFNs (thinner nanosheets, smaller metal-ion radius, higher specific surface area) exhibit high reversible capacity (1187 mAh g-1 at 100 mA g-1 for 100 cycles), excellent rate capability (701 mAh g-1 even at 2 A g-1), rapid Li+ diffusion coefficient (2...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809972/ab-initio-study-of-li-mg-and-al-insertion-into-rutile-vo2-fast-diffusion-and-enhanced-voltages-for-multivalent-batteries
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Vadym V Kulish, Daniel Koch, Sergei Manzhos
Vanadium oxides are among the most promising materials that can be used as electrodes in rechargeable metal-ion batteries. In this work, we systematically investigate thermodynamic, electronic, and kinetic properties associated with the insertion of Li, Mg and Al atoms into rutile VO2. Using first-principles calculations, we systematically study the structural evolution and voltage curves of LixVO2, MgxVO2 and AlxVO2 (0 < x < 1) compounds. The calculated lithium intercalation voltage starts at 3.50 V for single-atom insertion and decreases to 2...
August 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809428/a-critical-role-of-catalyst-morphology-in-low-temperature-synthesis-of-carbon-nanotube-transition-metal-oxide-nanocomposite
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Xiaoyan Jin, Joohyun Lim, Yoonhoo Ha, Nam Hee Kwon, Hyeyoung Shin, In Young Kim, Nam-Suk Lee, Myung Hwa Kim, Hyungjun Kim, Seong-Ju Hwang
The effect of the catalyst morphology on the growth of carbon nanotubes (CNT) on nanostructured transition metal oxides was investigated to study a novel low-temperature synthetic route to functional CNT-transition metal oxide nanocomposites. Among several nanostructured manganese oxides with various morphologies and structures, only exfoliated 2D nanosheets of layered MnO2 acted as an effective catalyst for the chemical vapor deposition of CNT at low temperatures of 400-500 °C, which emphasizes the critical role of the catalyst morphology in CNT growth...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808493/pulmonary-consequences-of-hypothyroidism
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Samiaa Hamdy Sadek, Walaa Anwar Khalifa, Ahmad Metwally Azoz
BACKGROUND: Although hypothyroidism has an insidious onset and relatively asymptomatic, exertional dyspnea and fatigue can be the presenting complaints. OBJECTIVES: The aim is to assess functional lung impairment in hypothyroid patients both at rest and during exercise. METHODS: A case-control study was carried out on 42 patients with newly diagnosed hypothyroidism and 12 control subjects. Hypothyroidism was diagnosed based on high value of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) ≥6 μIU/ml, and low value of free thyroxin (FT4) ≤0...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807589/differences-in-texture-analysis-parameters-between-active-alveolitis-and-lung-fibrosis-in-chest-ct-of-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-a-feasibility-study
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Christopher Kloth, Anya C Blum, Wolfgang M Thaiss, Heike Preibsch, Hendrik Ditt, Rainer Grimmer, Jan Fritz, Konstantin Nikolaou, Hans Bösmüller, Marius Horger
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the diagnostic aid of computed tomography (CT) features for the differentiation of active alveolitis and fibrosis using a CT texture analysis (CTTA) prototype and CT densitometry in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) using ancillary high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) features and their longitudinal course as standard of reference. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed thin-slice noncontrast chest CT image data of 43 patients with SSc (18 men, mean age 51...
August 11, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805996/what-can-we-learn-from-pulmonary-function-testing-in-heart-failure
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Helgo Magnussen, Marco Canepa, Peter Emilio Zambito, Vito Brusasco, Thomas Meinertz, Stephan Rosenkranz
Pulmonary diseases frequently coexist in heart failure (HF), thus posing diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to cardiologists evaluating patients with overlapping symptoms and implementing recommended HF treatments. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that pulmonary function testing might provide useful information for the best management of these patients. The availability of portable devices, allowing the measurement of spirometry and lung diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide outside of hospital-based pulmonary lung function laboratories, provides an opportunity for a more widespread use of these measures in the cardiology community, but their interpretation can be challenging...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804812/predominance-of-comorbidities-in-the-detriment-of-daily-activity-in-sarcoidosis-patients
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S Kostorz, D Jastrzębski, M Sikora, A Zebrowska, A Margas, D Stepanik, H Swinder, D Ziora
Sarcoidosis may affect lung function, working ability, overall mobility, and daily activity. In the present study we performed an analysis of clinical settings in patients with sarcoidosis to disentangle its influence on daily physical activity (PA). PA assessment (number of steps per day, daily energy expenditure) was performed by accelerometry during consecutive 7 days after discharge from hospital. Thirty patients with sarcoidosis, aged 46.4 ± 10.5, were enrolled in the study. Clinical data (age, gender, steroid consumption, weight, and comorbidities), lung function tests (forced expiratory volume in one second - FEV1, forced vital capacity - FVC, and lung diffusion for carbon monoxide - DLCO), mobility (6-minute walk test- 6MWT) and physical performance (oxygen consumption at anaerobic threshold - VO2/AT) were estimated...
August 15, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802892/the-spatial-dynamics-of-ecosystem-engineers
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Caroline Franco, José F Fontanari
The changes on abiotic features of ecosystems have rarely been taken into account by population dynamics models, which typically focus on trophic and competitive interactions between species. However, understanding the population dynamics of organisms that must modify their habitats in order to survive, the so-called ecosystem engineers, requires the explicit incorporation of abiotic interactions in the models. Here we study a model of ecosystem engineers that is discrete both in space and time, and where the engineers and their habitats are arranged in patches fixed to the sites of regular lattices...
August 9, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802004/comparison-of-antimicrobial-peptide-purification-via-free-flow-electrophoresis-and-gel-filtration-chromatography
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Zhi-Jun Xia, Zhen Liu, Fan-Zhi Kong, Liu-Yin Fan, Hua Xiao, Cheng-Xi Cao
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are usually small and cationic biomolecules with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities against pathogens. Purifying them from complex samples is essential to study their physiochemical properties. In this work, free-flow zone electrophoresis (FFZE) was utilized to purify antimicrobial peptides from yeast fermentation broth. Meanwhile, gel filtration chromatography (GFC) was conducted for comparison. The separation efficiency was evaluated by SDS-PAGE analysis of the fractions from both methods...
August 12, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799490/neurotransplantation-therapy-and-cerebellar-reserve
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Jan Cendelin, Hiroshi Mitoma, Mario Manto
Neurotransplantation has been recently the focus of interest as a promising therapy to substitute lost cerebellar neurons and improve cerebellar ataxias. However, since cell differentiation and synaptic formation are required to obtain a functional circuitry, highly integrated reproduction of cerebellar anatomy is not a simple process. Rather than a genuine replacement, recent studies have shown that grafted cells rescue surviving cells from neurodegeneration by exerting trophic effects, supporting mitochondrial function, modulating neuroinflammation, stimulating endogenous regenerative processes, and facilitating cerebellar compensatory properties thanks to neural plasticity...
August 10, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797964/enhancing-biodegradation-of-c16-alkyl-quaternary-ammonium-compounds-using-an-oxygen-based-membrane-biofilm-reactor
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YenJung Sean Lai, Aura Ontiveros-Valencia, Zehra Esra Ilhan, Yun Zhou, Evelyn Miranda, Juan Maldonado, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Bruce E Rittmann
Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) (e.g., hexadecyltrimethyl-ammonium bromide, CTAB) are emerging contaminants with widespread use as surfactants and disinfectants. Because the initial step of QAC biodegradation is mono-oxygenation, QAC degraders require O2, but normal aeration leads to serious foaming. Here, we developed and tested an oxygen-based membrane biofilm reactor (O2-MBfR) that delivers O2 by diffusion through the walls of hollow-membranes to a biofilm accumulating on the outer surface of membranes...
July 2, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796011/the-nature-and-natural-history-of-posterior-cortical-atrophy-syndrome-a-variant-of-early-onset-alzheimer-disease
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Peter K Panegyres, Judy Goh, Michael McCarthy, Andrew I Campbell
A prospective longitudinal evaluation of 12 patients over a 16-year interval using clinical neurological and imaging data to determine whether posterior cortical atrophy syndrome (PCA) related to early-onset Alzheimer disease (AD) and to examine its natural history. Our 12 patients had a median age of onset of 56 years (range, 48 to 63 y) and were followed for a median of 6 years (range, 3 to 9 y). Patients either presented with complex visual phenomena or developed them with time. Six patients underwent flurodeoxyglucose and Pittsburgh investigational compound B imaging which showed a mismatch between metabolic activity and amyloid deposition with reduced metabolism in parieto-occipital regions on flurodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and diffuse neocortical uptake of amyloid without occipital predominance...
August 8, 2017: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795793/an-unprecedented-case-a-low-specific-surface-area-anatase-n-doped-carbon-nanocomposite-derived-from-a-new-single-source-precursor-affords-fast-and-stable-lithium-storage
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Man Gao, Kaixiang Zou, Yuanfu Deng, Zhenxia Zhao, Yingwei Li, Guohua Chen
A nanocomposite of ultra-fine anatase nanoparticles (< 5 nm) embedded N-doped carbon (TiO2-NPs/NC) with a relatively low specific surface area was successfully synthesized by in-situ pyrolysis of a new and cheap single source precursor of (H2en)3[Ti4(O2)4(Hcit)2(cit)2]∙12H2O (en = ethylenediamine and H4cit = citric acid) under 550 oC and inert atmosphere. The precursor in crystalline state was isolated from an aqueous solution containing of titanium butoxide, citric acid, hydrogen peroxide and ethylenediamine and was characterized...
August 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795573/hierarchical-structured-cu-ni-tio2-nanocomposites-as-electrodes-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#18
Yuan Yue, Daniel Juarez-Robles, Yan Chen, Lian Ma, Winson C H Kuo, Partha P Mukherjee, Hong Liang
The electrochemical performance of anodes made of transition metal oxides (TMOs) in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) often suffers from their chemical and mechanical instability. In this research, a novel electrode with a hierarchical current collector for TMO active materials is successfully fabricated. It consists porous nickel as current collector on a copper substrate. The copper has vertically-aligned micro-channels. Anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles of ~100 nm are directly synthesized and casted on the porous Ni using a one-step process...
August 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793192/sulfonic-membrane-sorption-and-permeation-properties-complementary-approaches-to-select-a-membrane-for-pervaporation
#19
Corinne Chappey, Kateryna Yu Fatyeyeva, Edyta Rynkowska, Wojciech Kujawski, Larisa Vasil Evna Karpenko-Jereb, Anne-Marie Kelterer, Stéphane Marais
In this contribution the physical and chemical properties of the dense sulfonic membrane IonClad R4010 in the lithium form were studied to evaluate its potential application in pervaporation. To develop new membrane materials it is necessary to know the influence of the membrane structure on the membrane equilibrium and transport properties. For this purpose, the sorption and permeation measurements of water and methanol in the liquid and vapor states were performed and correlated to the ion pairs/solvent interactions analyzed by the infrared spectroscopy...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792960/response-of-posidonia-oceanica-seagrass-and-its-epibiont-communities-to-ocean-acidification
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Katja Guilini, Miriam Weber, Dirk de Beer, Matthias Schneider, Massimiliano Molari, Christian Lott, Wanda Bodnar, Thibaud Mascart, Marleen De Troch, Ann Vanreusel
The unprecedented rate of CO2 increase in our atmosphere and subsequent ocean acidification (OA) threatens coastal ecosystems. To forecast the functioning of coastal seagrass ecosystems in acidified oceans, more knowledge on the long-term adaptive capacities of seagrass species and their epibionts is needed. Therefore we studied morphological characteristics of Posidonia oceanica and the structure of its epibiont communities at a Mediterranean volcanic CO2 vent off Panarea Island (Italy) and performed a laboratory experiment to test the effect of OA on P...
2017: PloS One
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