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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437998/specific-distribution-of-the-light-captured-by-silver-nanowire
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Yingfeng Li, Younan Luo, Wenjian Liu, Mengqi Cui, Jerry Kumar, Bing Jiang, Lihua Chu, Meicheng Li
The silver nanowire (AgNW) has excellent light capture ability, showing great prospects in many fields. Based on discrete dipole approximation simulations, it is found that the captured light can be subdivided into three parts: the near-field light occupies ~27.3%, mainly confined around the nanowire with a distance <20nm; the far-field part occupies ~59.6%, showing a dramatic conical distribution; and ~13.1% is ohmically absorbed. These insights are helpful to estimate the limited performance of AgNW-based device utilizing each subdivision, and locate the functional zone...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437952/real-time-observation-of-round-trip-resolved-spectral-dynamics-in-a-stabilized-fs-fiber-laser
#2
Bowen Li, Ying Yu, Xiaoming Wei, Yiqing Xu, Kevin K Tsia, Kenneth K Y Wong
Fiber-stretcher based phase-lock loop (PLL) is a mature technique in fiber mode-locked lasers for repetition-rate stabilization. However, undesired side effects may be induced if not properly handled, which is easily overlooked owing to the lack of single-shot spectral analyzers. Thanks to the ultrafast spectral analyzing capability of optical time-stretch, an intriguing spectral dynamics is observed in a repetition-rate-stabilized nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) mode-locked laser. Under the dynamic state, the optical spectra of pulses undergo dramatic evolution in every round trip while the pulse energy is relatively constant...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437929/robust-overlay-metrology-with-differential-mueller-matrix-calculus
#3
Xiuguo Chen, Honggang Gu, Hao Jiang, Chuanwei Zhang, Shiyuan Liu
Overlay control is of vital importance to good device performances in semiconductor manufacturing. In this work, the differential Mueller matrix calculus is introduced to investigate the Mueller matrices of double-patterned gratings with overlay displacements, which helps to reveal six elementary optical properties hidden in the Mueller matrices. We find and demonstrate that, among these six elementary optical properties, the linear birefringence and dichroism, LB' and LD', along the ± 45° axes show a linear response to the overlay displacement and are zero when the overlay displacement is absent at any conical mounting...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437908/ionization-degree-measurement-in-the-gain-medium-of-a-hydrocarbon-free-rubidium-vapor-laser-operating-in-pulsed-and-cw-modes
#4
Xiaofan Zhao, Zining Yang, Weihong Hua, Hongyan Wang, Xiaojun Xu
Although the diode pumped alkali laser (DPAL) works in a three-level scheme, higher energy-state excitation and ionization processes exist during operation, which may lead to deleterious effects on laser performance. In this paper, we report the ionization degree measurement in the gain medium of an operational hydrocarbon-free Rb DPAL by using the optogalvanic method. The results show that, at the pulsed mode with a duration of ~1 ms, a maximal ionization degree of ~0.06% is obtained at a pump power of 140 W...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437900/model-and-reconstruction-of-a-k-edge-contrast-agent-distribution-with-an-x-ray-photon-counting-detector
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Bo Meng, Wenxiang Cong, Yan Xi, Bruno De Man, Jian Yang, Ge Wang
Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) helps enhance the visibility for tumor imaging. When a high-Z contrast agent interacts with X-rays across its K-edge, X-ray photoelectric absorption would experience a sudden increment, resulting in a significant difference of the X-ray transmission intensity between the left and right energy windows of the K-edge. Using photon-counting detectors, the X-ray intensity data in the left and right windows of the K-edge can be measured simultaneously. The differential information of the two kinds of intensity data reflects the contrast-agent concentration distribution...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437818/-towards-a-rehabilitation-and-participation-oriented-psychotherapy
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Beate Muschalla, Jürgen Bengel, Matthias Morfeld, Ulrike Worringen
Mental disorders (such as recurrent mood disorders, personality disorders, or psychotic disorders) come along with enduring impairment in daily life activities. Therefore psychotherapeutic actions in inpatient or outpatient settings require a life-span and participation-oriented treatment perspective. Participation-oriented treatment aims at social and vocational integration in general life despite enduringly recurring or resting symptoms. According to the model of health problems offered by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, ICF (WHO, 2001), disability can be defined as context-dependent activity impairment due to illness...
April 24, 2017: Die Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437813/presenting-symptoms-of-pituitary-apoplexy
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Efstratios-Stylianos Pyrgelis, Ioannis Mavridis, Maria Meliou
The classical term "pituitary apoplexy" (PA) describes a clinical syndrome usually characterized by abrupt onset of headache accompanied by neurologic and/or endocrinologic deterioration due to sudden expansion of a mass within the sella turcica as a result of hemorrhage or infarction within a pituitary tumor and adjacent pituitary gland. PA is a medical emergency and a difficult diagnosis to establish. Thus this article reviews the presenting symptoms of PA patients to help clinicians recognize or at least suspect this critical condition early on...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437794/hepatitis-b-virus-reactivation-associated-with-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-a-review-of-cases-reported-to-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration-adverse-event-reporting-system
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Susan J Bersoff-Matcha, Kelly Cao, Mihaela Jason, Adebola Ajao, S Christopher Jones, Tamra Meyer, Allen Brinker
Background: Direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) are used increasingly to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Reports were published recently on hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation (HBV-R) in patients with HBV-HCV co-infection. Hepatitis B virus reactivation, defined as an abrupt increase in HBV replication in patients with inactive or resolved HBV infection, may result in clinically significant hepatitis. Objective: To assess whether HBV-R is a safety concern in patients receiving HCV DAAs...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437786/the-effect-of-retraining-on-treatment-success-life-quality-and-metabolic-parameters-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-using-insulin-pump
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Basak Ozgen Saydam, Fatma Yilmazmis, Nalan Aydin, Belgin Bektas, Simge Yilmaz, Umit Cavdar, Secil Ozisik, Baris Akinci
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of insulin pump user retraining on treatment success, quality of life, and metabolic parameters of patients with type 1 diabetes using continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 35 subjects participated in this prospective study. All patients were given insulin pump user retraining. Their knowledge level and application skills, metabolic parameters, life qualities and satisfaction from treatment were evaluated at baseline and after 6 months...
April 23, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437783/evacuation-of-a-tertiary-neonatal-centre-lessons-from-the-2016-kumamoto-earthquakes
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Osuke Iwata, Akihiko Kawase, Masanori Iwai, Kazuko Wada
BACKGROUND: Newborn infants hospitalised in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are vulnerable to natural disasters. However, publications on evacuation from NICUs are sparse. The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes caused serious damage to Kumamoto City Hospital and its level III regional core NICU. Local/neighbour NICU teams and the disaster-communication team of a neonatal academic society cooperated to evacuate 38 newborn infants from the ward. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to highlight potential key factors to improve emergency NICU evacuation and coordination of hospital transportation following natural disasters...
April 25, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437767/building-integrated-agriculture-a-first-assessment-of-aerobiological-air-quality-in-rooftop-greenhouses-i-rtgs
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Mireia Ercilla-Montserrat, Rebeca Izquierdo, Jordina Belmonte, Juan Ignacio Montero, Pere Muñoz, Concepción De Linares, Joan Rieradevall
Building-integrated rooftop greenhouse (i-RTG) agriculture has intensified in recent years, due to the growing interest in the development of new agricultural spaces and in the promotion of food self-sufficiency in urban areas. This paper provides a first assessment of the indoor dynamics of bioaerosols in an i-RTG, with the aim of evaluating biological air quality in a tomato greenhouse near Barcelona. It evaluates the greenhouse workers' exposure to airborne pollen and fungal spores in order to prevent allergy problems associated with occupational tasks...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437766/cyanobacterial-lectins-characteristics-and-their-role-as-antiviral-agents
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REVIEW
Ram Sarup Singh, Amandeep Kaur Walia, Jasvirinder Singh Khattar, Davinder Pal Singh, John F Kennedy
Lectins are ubiquitous proteins/glycoproteins of non-immune origin that bind reversibly to carbohydrates in non-covalent and highly specific manner. These lectin-glycan interactions could be exploited for establishment of novel therapeutics, targeting the adherence stage of viruses and thus helpful in eliminating wide spread viral infections. Here the review focuses on the haemagglutination activity, carbohydrate specificity and characteristics of cyanobacterial lectins. Cyanobacterial lectins exhibiting high specificity towards mannose or complex glycans have potential role as anti-viral agents...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437762/public-attitudes-toward-depression-and-help-seeking-impact-of-the-ospi-europe-depression-awareness-campaign-in-four-european-regions
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Elisabeth Kohls, Evelien Coppens, Juliane Hug, Eline Wittevrongel, Chantal Van Audenhove, Nicole Koburger, Ella Arensman, András Székely, Ricardo Gusmão, Ulrich Hegerl
BACKGROUND: Public attitudes toward depression and help-seeking behaviour are important factors influencing depressed people to obtain professional help and adequate treatment. OSPI-Europe is a multi-level suicide prevention programme including a public awareness campaign. It was implemented in four regions of four European countries (Germany, Hungary, Ireland and Portugal). This paper reports the results of the evaluation of the campaign, including its visibility and effects of the campaign on stigma associated with depression and help-seeking behaviour...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437752/dna-repair-and-damage-pathways-in-breast-cancer-development-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Maryam Majidinia, Bahman Yousefi
DNA damage/repair constitutes several key pathways working in concert to eliminate DNA lesions and maintain genome stability and integrity. Defective components in DNA damage and repair machinery are an underlying cause for the development and progression of different types of cancers, and breast cancer is no exception. In this paper, we will briefly explain the importance of DNA damage and repair, introduce the current classification schemes for breast cancer, and review the known defects in the repair machinery that have been associated with the risk of breast cancer...
April 21, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437750/becoming-comfortable-with-my-epilepsy-strategies-that-patients-use-in-the-journey-from-diagnosis-to-acceptance-and-disclosure
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Sinead Pembroke, Agnes Higgins, Niall Pender, Naomi Elliott
OBJECTIVE: Proponents of resilience theory have highlighted the importance of understanding the processes of resilience. The objective of the study was to explore how people with epilepsy reach a stage of being comfortable with their epilepsy. Identifying the processes used is important to developing effective self-management for people who are newly diagnosed with epilepsy. METHOD: A grounded theory approach involving forty-nine consenting adult people with epilepsy (18 years and over), was used to explore their first-hand experiences of coming to terms with their epilepsy...
April 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437749/epilepsy-awareness-and-emergency-rescue-training-ignorance-is-bliss
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Rohit Shankar, Caryn Jory, Brendan McLean, Phil Tittensor, Matthew Walker
Status epilepticus (SE) has a high mortality rate and is associated with complications such as neurological deficit and cognitive decline. Buccal midazolam is the recommended emergency rescue medication in the UK to reduce the duration of a seizure and SE. It should be administered by an appropriately trained person. There are agreed guidelines on training standards for its administration in the UK produced by the Joint Epilepsy Council of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Training should provide an overview of epilepsy to facilitate safe, person-centered care and appropriate administration of rescue medication to people with epilepsy (PWE)...
April 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437726/mercury-correlates-with-altered-corticosterone-but-not-testosterone-or-estradiol-concentrations-in-common-loons
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Melinda D Franceschini, David C Evers, Kevin P Kenow, Michael W Meyer, Mark Pokras, L Michael Romero
We investigated the relation between environmental mercury exposure and corticosterone concentrations in free-living adult common loons (Gavia immer). We determined blood and feather mercury concentrations and compared them to testosterone, estradiol, and stress-induced plasma corticosterone concentrations. Although neither testosterone nor estradiol correlated with Hg levels, there was a robust positive relation between blood Hg and stress-induced corticosterone concentrations in males, but not in females...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437693/an-assessment-of-the-social-cognitive-predictors-of-exclusive-breastfeeding-behavior-using-the-health-action-process-approach
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J L Martinez-Brockman, F M Shebl, N Harari, R Pérez-Escamilla
RATIONALE: In the United States rates of exclusive breastfeeding duration remain exceedingly low. Exclusive breastfeeding is a complex learned behavior that is influenced by social cognitive, interpersonal, and structural factors. Interventions are needed that address factors at multiple levels of the social-ecological model. This study was designed to examine the social cognitive predictors of exclusive breastfeeding behavior in a sample of low-income women attending the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) breastfeeding peer counseling program and enrolled in the Lactation Advice Through Texting Can Help (LATCH) study...
April 12, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437631/age-independent-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-amh-standard-deviation-scores-to-estimate-ovarian-function
#19
Josef van Helden, Ralf Weiskirchen
OBJECTIVIES: To determine single year age-specific anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) standard deviation scores (SDS) for women associated to normal ovarian function and different ovarian disorders resulting in sub- or infertility. DESIGN AND METHODS: Determination of particular year median and mean AMH values with standard deviations (SD), calculation of age-independent cut off SDS for the discrimination between normal ovarian function and ovarian disorders. RESULTS: Single-year-specific median, mean, and SD values have been evaluated for the Beckman Access AMH immunoassay...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437620/american-association-of-clinical-endocrinologists-and-american-college-of-endocrinology-guidelines-for-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Paul S Jellinger, Yehuda Handelsman, Paul D Rosenblit, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Vivian A Fonseca, Alan J Garber, George Grunberger, Chris K Guerin, David S H Bell, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Rachel Pessah-Pollack, Kathleen Wyne, Donald Smith, Eliot A Brinton, Sergio Fazio, Michael Davidson
OBJECTIVE: The development of these guidelines is mandated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Board of Trustees and adheres with published AACE protocols for the standardized production of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). METHODS: Recommendations are based on diligent reviews of the clinical evidence with transparent incorporation of subjective factors, according to established AACE/ACE guidelines for guidelines protocols...
April 2017: Endocrine Practice
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