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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535452/highly-sensitive-uhplc-ms-ms-method-for-the-simultaneous-estimation-of-propafenone-and-its-metabolites-5-hydroxypropafenone-and-n-depropylpropafenone-on-human-dried-blood-spots-technique-and-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study
#1
Adinarayana Andy, Raja Reddy Kallem, Ramesh Mullangi, Divya Andy, J V L N Seshagiri Rao
A highly sensitive, rapid and selective UHPLC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for quantification of the propafenone (PF), 5-hydroxypropafenone (5-OHPF) and N-depropylpropafenone (N-DPF) on human dried blood spot (DBS). The assay procedure involves a solid-liquid extraction of PF, 5-OHPF and N-DPF and amlodipine (internal standard, I.S.) from dried human DBS cards using water and acetonitrile. The chromatographic resolution was achieved on a BEH C18 column using a gradient mobile phase consisting of 0...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535355/effect-of-composition-asymmetry-on-the-phase-separation-and-crystallization-in-double-crystalline-binary-polymer-blends-a-dynamic-monte-carlo-simulation-study
#2
Ashok Kumar Dasmahapatra
Polymer blends offer an exciting material for various potential applications due to their tunable properties by varying constituting components and their relative composition. Our simulation results unravel an intrinsic relationship between crystallization behavior and composition asymmetry. We report simulation results for non-isothermal and isothermal crystallization with weak and strong segregation strength to elucidate the composition dependent crystallization behavior. With increasing composition of low melting B-polymer, macrophase separation temperature changes non-monotonically, which is attributed to the non-monotonic change in diffusivity of both the polymers...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535343/tuning-adsorption-duration-to-control-the-diffusion-of-a-nanoparticle-in-adsorbing-polymers
#3
Xuezheng Cao, Holger Merlitz, Chen-Xu Wu
Controlling the nanoparticle (NP) diffusion in polymers is a prerequisite to obtain polymer nanocomposites (PNCs) with desired dynamical and rheological properties, and to achieve targeted delivery of nanomedicine in biological systems. Here we determinate the suppression mechanism of direct NP-polymer attraction to hamper the NP mobility in adsorbing polymers, and then quantify the dependence of the effective viscosity \eta_{eff} felt by the NP on the adsorption duration \tau_{ads} of polymers on the NP, using scaling theory analysis and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535331/computer-and-mobile-technology-interventions-for-self-management-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#4
REVIEW
Catherine McCabe, Margaret McCann, Anne Marie Brady
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by airflow obstruction due to an abnormal inflammatory response of the lungs to noxious particles or gases, for example, cigarette smoke. The pattern of care for people with moderate to very severe COPD often involves regular lengthy hospital admissions, which result in high healthcare costs and an undesirable effect on quality of life. Research over the past decade has focused on innovative methods for developing enabling and assistive technologies that facilitate patient self-management...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535037/hybrid-doping-of-few-layer-graphene-via-a-combination-of-intercalation-and-surface-doping
#5
Ahmed E Mansour, Ahmad R Kirmani, Stephen Barlow, Seth R Marder, Aram Amassian
Surface molecular doping of graphene has been shown to modify its work function and increase its conductivity. However, the associated shifts in work function and increases in carrier concentration are highly coupled and limited by the surface coverage of dopant molecules on graphene. Here we show that few-layer graphene (FLG) can be doped using a hybrid approach, effectively combining surface doping by larger (metal-)organic molecules, while smaller molecules, such as Br2 and FeCl3, intercalate into the bulk...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534909/engineering-band-gap-and-electronic-transport-in-organic-inorganic-halide-perovskites-by-superlattices
#6
Rahul Singh, Ranjith Kottokkaran, Vikram L Dalal, Ganesh Balasubramanian
Organic/inorganic lead and tin halide perovskites (CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3SnI3) have been promising for photovoltaics because of their high charge carrier mobility, and large absorption coefficient and diffusion length. Both these perovskites also have a notable Seebeck coefficient, depending on the doping level, indicating their potential as thermoelectrics. We create superlattices of these hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites and investigate electronic transport through them using first principles computations and experiments...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534848/development-and-design-of-next-generation-head-mounted-ambulatory-microdose-positron-emission-tomography-am-pet-system
#7
Samantha Melroy, Christopher Bauer, Matthew McHugh, Garret Carden, Alexander Stolin, Stan Majewski, Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, Thorsten Wuest
Several applications exist for a whole brain positron-emission tomography (PET) brain imager designed as a portable unit that can be worn on a patient's head. Enabled by improvements in detector technology, a lightweight, high performance device would allow PET brain imaging in different environments and during behavioral tasks. Such a wearable system that allows the subjects to move their heads and walk-the Ambulatory Microdose PET (AM-PET)-is currently under development. This imager will be helpful for testing subjects performing selected activities such as gestures, virtual reality activities and walking...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534606/standardized-reporting-of-functioning-information-on-icf-based-common-metrics
#8
Birgit Prodinger, Alan Tennant, Gerold Stucki
BACKGROUND: In clinical practice and research a variety of clinical data collection tools are used to collect information on people's functioning for clinical practise and research and National Health Information Systems. Reporting on ICF-based common metrics enables standardized documentation of functioning information in national health information systems. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this methodological note on applying the ICF in rehabilitation is to demonstrate how to report functioning information collected with a data collection tool on ICF-based common metrics...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533604/a-quasi-experimental-study-on-the-effects-of-instrument-assisted-soft-tissue-mobilization-on-mechanosensitive-neurons
#9
Weiqing Ge, Emily Roth, Alyssa Sansone
[Purpose] Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a form of manual therapy. Despite its growing popularity and an increasing number of patients receiving IASTM each year, there is a lack of high-level evidence to elucidate its therapeutic mechanisms and to support its clinical applications. The purpose of this research project was to determine the effects of IASTM on activities of mechanosensitive neurons in skin. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-three subjects, 9 females and 14 males, mean age 25...
April 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532898/toughening-of-fibrous-scaffolds-by-mobile-mineral-deposits
#10
Justin Lipner, John J Boyle, Younan Xia, Victor Birman, Guy M Genin, Stavros Thomopoulos
Partially mineralized fibrous tissue situated between tendon and bone is believed to be tougher than either tendon or bone, possibly serving as a compliant, energy absorptive, protective barrier between the two. This tissue does not reform following surgical repair (e.g., rotator cuff tendon-to-bone re-attachment) and might be a factor in the poor outcomes following such surgeries. Towards our long-term goal of tissue engineered solutions to functional tendon-to-bone re-attachment, we tested the hypotheses that partially mineralized fibrous matrices can derive toughness from mobility of mineral along their fibers, and that in such cases toughness is maximized at levels of mineralization sufficiently low to allow substantial mobility...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532047/porous-chitosan-microspheres-for-application-as-quick-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-hemostat
#11
Jixiang Li, Xiaowei Wu, Yanqing Wu, Zonghao Tang, Xun Sun, Meng Pan, Yufeng Chen, Juanjuan Li, Rongdong Xiao, Zhengchao Wang, Haiqing Liu
Controlling massive hemorrhage is of great importance to lower transfusional medical cost, and to reduce death and mobility rate in battlefield and civilian accidents. We reported the fabrication of porous chitosan microspheres (CSMS) with tunable surface pore size by microemulsion combined with thermally induced phase separation technique, and its application as a quick hemostat. Their hemostatic property was characterized by blood clotting kinetics, adherence interaction between red blood cells/platelets and CSMS, in vitro and in vivo hemostasis by rat tail amputation and liver laceration models, and histological analysis...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531844/development-of-an-uplc-ms-ms-method-for-simultaneous-quantitation-of-11-d-amino-acids-in-different-regions-of-rat-brain-application-to-a-study-on-the-associations-of-d-amino-acid-concentration-changes-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#12
Zhe Li, Yuping Xing, Xingjie Guo, Yan Cui
There are significant differences in d-amino acid concentrations between healthy people and Alzheimer's disease patients. In order to investigate the potential correlation between d-amino acids and Alzheimer's disease, a simple and sensitive ultra high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method has been developed. The method was applied to simultaneous determination of 11 d-amino acids in different regions of rat brain. Rat brain homogenates were firstly pretreated with protein precipitation procedure and then derivatized with (S)-N-(4-nitrophenoxycarbonyl) phenylalanine methoxyethyl ester [(S)-NIFE]...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531159/a-family-of-aco-routing-protocols-for-mobile-ad-hoc-networks
#13
Delfín Rupérez Cañas, Ana Lucila Sandoval Orozco, Luis Javier García Villalba, Tai-Hoon Kim
In this work, an ACO routing protocol for mobile ad hoc networks based on AntHocNet is specified. As its predecessor, this new protocol, called AntOR, is hybrid in the sense that it contains elements from both reactive and proactive routing. Specifically, it combines a reactive route setup process with a proactive route maintenance and improvement process. Key aspects of the AntOR protocol are the disjoint-link and disjoint-node routes, separation between the regular pheromone and the virtual pheromone in the diffusion process and the exploration of routes, taking into consideration the number of hops in the best routes...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530388/microfluidic-capillary-electrophoresis-mass-spectrometry-for-analysis-of-monosaccharides-oligosaccharides-and-glycopeptides
#14
Kshitij Khatri, Joshua A Klein, John Haserick, Deborah R Leon, Catherine E Costello, Mark E McComb, Joseph Zaia
Glycomics and glycoproteomics analyses by mass spectrometry require efficient front-end separation methods to enable deep characterization of heterogeneous glycoform populations. Chromatography methods are generally limited in their ability to resolve glycoforms using mobile phases that are compatible with online liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). The adoption of capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry methods (CE-MS) for glycomics and glycoproteomics is limited by the lack of convenient interfaces for coupling the CE devices to mass spectrometers...
May 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529761/developing-and-evaluating-a-mobile-driver-fatigue-detection-network-based-on-electroencephalograph-signals
#15
Jinghai Yin, Jianfeng Hu, Zhendong Mu
The rapid development of driver fatigue detection technology indicates important significance of traffic safety. The authors' main goals of this Letter are principally three: (i) A middleware architecture, defined as process unit (PU), which can communicate with personal electroencephalography (EEG) node (PEN) and cloud server (CS). The PU receives EEG signals from PEN, recognises the fatigue state of the driver, and transfer this information to CS. The CS sends notification messages to the surrounding vehicles...
February 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528560/design-and-implementation-of-a-community-health-worker-hiv-treatment-and-prevention-intervention-in-an-hiv-hot-spot-fishing-community-in-rakai-uganda
#16
Amanda Long, Ismail Mbabali, Heidi E Hutton, Alvin G Thomas, Eva Bugos, Jeremiah Mulamba, Kathy Rivet Amico, Fred Nalugoda, Ronald H Gray, Maria J Wawer, Gertrude Nakigozi, Larry W Chang
Innovative approaches are needed to increase engagement in HIV treatment and prevention services, particularly in HIV hot spots. Here, we detail our design, training approach, and early implementation experiences of a community-based HIV intervention called "health scouts." The intervention, utilizing a novel, theory-based approach, trained 10 community residents in an HIV hot spot fishing community to use motivational interviewing strategies and a mobile phone-based counseling application. During the first 3 months, 771 residents (median 82/health scout, range 27-160) were counseled...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528510/immunogenomics-using-genomics-to-personalize-cancer-immunotherapy
#17
Rance C Siniard, Shuko Harada
While the use of genomic data has the potential to revolutionize patient care, there is still much work to be done with regard to the transformation of host-tumor interactions into favorable clinical outcomes for our patients. High-throughput technologies, such as next-generation sequencing (NGS), have rapidly advanced our understanding of oncology, and we are learning that most tumors do not simply possess consistently mutated genes that are responsible for tumorigenesis, facilitating the need for personalized cancer therapy...
May 20, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527504/telehealth-in-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-a-narrative-review
#18
REVIEW
Adam S Tenforde, Jaye E Hefner, Jodi E Kodish-Wachs, Mary A Iaccarino, Sabrina Paganoni
Telehealth refers to health care interactions that leverage telecommunication devices to provide medical care outside the traditional face-to-face, in-person medical encounter. Technology advances and research have expanded use of telehealth in health care delivery. Physical medicine and rehabilitation providers may use telehealth to deliver care to populations with neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions, commonly treated in both acute care and outpatient settings. Patients with impaired mobility and those living in locations with reduced access to care may particularly benefit...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527495/consumer-mobile-health-apps-current-state-barriers-and-future-directions
#19
REVIEW
Cheng-Kai Kao, David M Liebovitz
This paper discusses the current state, barriers, and future directions of consumer-facing applications (apps). There are currently more than 165,000 mobile health apps publicly available in major app stores, the vast majority of which are designed for patients. The top 2 categories are wellness management and disease management apps, whereas other categories include self-diagnosis, medication reminder, and electronic patient portal apps. Apps specific to physical medicine and rehabilitation also are reviewed...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527232/three-dimensional-evaluation-of%C3%A2-postural%C3%A2-stability-in-parkinson-s-disease-with-mobile-technology
#20
Sarah J Ozinga, Mandy Miller Koop, Susan M Linder, Andre G Machado, Tanujit Dey, Jay L Alberts
BACKGROUND: Postural instability is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease. Objective metrics to characterize postural stability are necessary for the development of treatment algorithms to aid in the clinical setting. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this project was to validate a mobile device platform and resultant three-dimensional balance metric that characterizes postural stability. METHODS: A mobile Application was developed, in which biomechanical data from inertial sensors within a mobile device were processed to characterize movement of center of mass in the medial-lateral, anterior-posterior and trunk rotation directions...
May 13, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
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