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Amy L Donaldson, Mariella Nolfo, Marissa Montejano
Children with autism may perceive friendship in a qualitatively different manner than their neurotypical peers. Yet, these friendships have been reported as satisfying to the child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although many studies have identified lower quality of friendship in ASD, reduced reciprocity, and increased loneliness and depression, perhaps it is time to take a closer look at the perspective of autistic individuals and to identify how the broader community influences development of relationships and friendship...
April 2018: Seminars in Speech and Language
Morteza Karimzadeh, Neda Manouchehri, Dariush Saberi, Khodabakhsh Niknam
All 66 conformers of guanylurea were optimized and frequency calculations were performed at M06-2X/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory. Theses conformers were categorized into five tautomers, and the most stable conformer of each tautomer were found. Geometrical parameters indicated that these tautomers have almost planar structure. Complete stepwise tautomerism were studied through both intramolecular proton transfer routs and internal rotations. Results indicated that the proton transfer routs involving four-membered heterocyclic structures were rate-determining steps...
March 6, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Mohammad Reza Miri, Mitra Moodi, Gholam-Reza Sharif-Zadeh, Hakimeh Malaki Moghadam, Maryam Miri, Ensiyeh Norozi
INTRODUCTION: The uptake of Pap smear among Iranian women is low, resulting in a high rate of casualties from cervical cancer in Iran. The present study used the Health Belief Model (HBM) and the Stages of Change theory as theoretical frameworks for understanding the predictors of the behaviour of Iranian Women Health Volunteers (WHVs) with respect to cervical cancer screening. METHODS: Data from the 1,253 WHVs were analyzed using path analysis to assess the effects of cognitive factors (including knowledge, perceived susceptibility to cervical cancer, perceived severity of cervical cancer, Pap smear benefits, Pap smear barriers, and Pap smear self-efficacy) on the stages of change for Pap-smear behaviour...
2018: PloS One
Stevenson K Chea, Tabitha W Mwangi, Kennedy K Ndirangu, Osman A Abdullahi, Patrick K Munywoki, Amina Abubakar, Amin S Hassan
BACKGROUND: Home delivery, referring to pregnant women giving birth in the absence of a skilled birth attendant, is a significant contributor to maternal mortality, and is encouragingly reported to be on a decline in the general population in resource limited settings. However, much less is known about home delivery amongst HIV-infected women in sub-Saharan Africa (sSA). We described the prevalence and correlates of home delivery among HIV-infected women attending care at a rural public health facility in Kilifi, Coastal Kenya...
2018: PloS One
Antonio Lopalco, Annalisa Cutrignelli, Nunzio Denora, Angela Lopedota, Massimo Franco, Valentino Laquintana
The transport of dopamine across the blood brain barrier represents a challenge for the management of Parkinson's disease. The employment of central nervous system targeted ligands functionalized nanocarriers could be a valid tactic to overcome this obstacle and avoid undesirable side effects. In this work, transferrin functionalized dopamine-loaded liposomes were made by a modified dehydration-rehydration technique from hydrogenated soy phosphatidylcoline, cholesterol and 1,2-stearoyl- sn -glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine- N -[carboxy(poly(ethylene glycol)-2000)]...
March 20, 2018: Nanomaterials
Mathias Kranz, Ralf Bergmann, Torsten Kniess, Birgit Belter, Christin Neuber, Zhengxin Cai, Gang Deng, Steffen Fischer, Jiangbing Zhou, Yiyun Huang, Peter Brust, Winnie Deuther-Conrad, Jens Pietzsch
Sigma-1 receptors (Sig1R) are highly expressed in various human cancer cells and hence imaging of this target with positron emission tomography (PET) can contribute to a better understanding of tumor pathophysiology and support the development of antineoplastic drugs. Two Sig1R-specific radiolabeled enantiomers ( S )-(-)- and ( R )-(+)-[18 F]fluspidine were investigated in several tumor cell lines including melanoma, squamous cell/epidermoid carcinoma, prostate carcinoma, and glioblastoma. Dynamic PET scans were performed in mice to investigate the suitability of both radiotracers for tumor imaging...
March 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Nicoletta Colombo, Gloria Huang, Giovanni Scambia, Eva Chalas, Sandro Pignata, James Fiorica, Linda Van Le, Sharad Ghamande, Santiago González-Santiago, Isabel Bover, Begoña Graña Suárez, Andrew Green, Philippe Huot-Marchand, Yann Bourhis, Sudeep Karve, Christopher Blakeley
Purpose There is a growing demand for BRCA1/ 2 mutation ( BRCAm) testing in patients with ovarian cancer; however, the limited number of genetic counselors presents a potential barrier. To facilitate more widespread BRCAm testing in ovarian cancer, pretest counseling by the oncology team could shorten testing turnaround times and ease the pressure on genetic counselors. Patients and Methods The prospective, observational Evaluating a Streamlined Onco-genetic BRCA Testing and Counseling Model Among Patients With Ovarian Cancer (ENGAGE) study evaluated a streamlined, oncologist-led BRCAm testing pathway...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Patricia Sobradillo Ecenarro, Marta Inchausti Iguiñiz, Sandra Pedrero Tejada, Nuria Marina Malanda, María Alfonso Imizcoz, Laura Ansola Marlasca, Bernardino Alcázar Navarrete
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is progressive and in its advanced stage is associated with major disability. Previous studies suggest that patients with this disease receive little palliative care, even in very advanced stages. Given this, our objectives were to describe the clinical practice of Spanish pulmonologists in the care of patients with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, to identify potential barriers to implementing palliative care in these patients and to correlate these responses with doctor's years of experience...
March 20, 2018: COPD
Sally Lindsay, Elaine Cagliostro, Joanne Leck, Winny Shen, Jennifer Stinson
PURPOSE: Many youths with disabilities find it challenging to disclose their medical condition and request workplace accommodations. Our objective was to explore when and how young people with disabilities disclose their condition and request workplace accommodations. METHODS: We conducted 17 in-depth interviews (11 females, six males) with youth with disabilities aged 15-34 (mean age 26). We analyzed our data using an interpretive, qualitative, and thematic approach...
March 20, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Jakob Petersen, Eli Pollak
The time it takes a particle to tunnel through the asymmetric Eckart barrier potential is investigated using Gaussian wavepackets, where the barrier serves as a model for the potential along a chemical reaction coordinate. We have previously shown that the, in principle experimentally measurable, tunneling flight time, which determines the time taken by the transmitted particle to traverse the barrier, vanishes for symmetric potentials like the Eckart and square barrier.[Petersen, J.; Pollak, E. Tunneling Flight Time, Chemistry, and Special Relativity...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Lukas Zeininger, Maggie He, Stephen T Hobson, Timothy M Swager
We report γ-ray dosimeters using carbon nanotubes wrapped with metastable poly(olefin sulfone)s (POSs) that readily depolymerize when exposed to ionizing radiation. New POSs, designed for wrapping single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), are synthesized and characterized. The resulting POS-SWCNT composites serve as the active transducer in a novel class of γ-ray dosimeters. In our devices, polymer degradation results in immediate changes in the electronic potential of the POS-SWCNT active layers by decreasing the electron tunneling barriers between individualized tubes and by creating enhanced cofacial π-π electron contacts...
March 20, 2018: ACS Sensors
Vincent A Spata, Emily A Carter
Nanoparticles synthesized from plasmonic metals can absorb low-energy light, producing an oscillation/excitation of their valence electron density that can be utilized in chemical conversions. For example, heterogeneous photocatalysis can be achieved within heterometallic antenna-reactor complexes (HMARCs), by coupling a reactive center at which a chemical reaction occurs to a plasmonic nanoparticle that acts as a light-absorbing antenna. For example, HMARCs composed of aluminum antennae and palladium (Pd) reactive centers have been demonstrated recently to catalyze selective hydrogenation of acetylene to ethylene...
March 20, 2018: ACS Nano
Rashi I Mehta, Rupal I Mehta
Hydrophilic polymers are ubiquitously applied as surface coatings on catheters and intravascular medical technologies. Recent clinical literature has heightened awareness on the complication of hydrophilic polymer embolism, the phenomenon wherein polymer coating layers separate from catheter and device surfaces, and may be affiliated with a range of unanticipated adverse reactions. Significant system barriers have limited and delayed reporting on this iatrogenic complication, the full effects of which remain underrecognized by healthcare providers and manufacturers of various branded devices...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
Rachel Kania, Jesse Cale
The concept of bystander intervention is gaining popularity in universities as a mechanism to prevent sexual violence. Prior research has focused on correlates of bystanders' intentions to intervene and intervention behaviors in situations where there is a risk of sexual violence. The current study builds on this literature by exploring the nature of missed opportunities, including perceived barriers to intervention. In all, 380 Australian undergraduate university students completed an online survey. Measures included a rape myth acceptance scale, bystander intentions to intervene, actual intervention behaviors, missed opportunities for intervention, and perceived barriers for missed opportunities...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Sungsik Lee, Arokia Nathan, Jack Alexander-Webber, Philipp Braeuninger-Weimer, Abhay A Sagade, Haichang Lu, David Hasko, John Robertson, Stephan Hofmann
A positive shift in the Dirac point in graphene field-effect transistors was observed with Hall-effect measurements coupled with Kelvin-probe measurements at room temperature. This shift can be explained by the asymmetrical behavior of the contact resistance by virtue of the electron injection barrier at the source contact. As an outcome, an intrinsic resistance is given to allow a retrieval of an intrinsic carrier mobility found to be decreased with increasing gate bias, suggesting the dominance of short-range scattering in a single-layer graphene field-effect transistor...
March 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Amanda R Jimenez, Arielle Shaeffer Weiss, Anthony C Campagna
Lung Cancer is the primary cause of cancer-related death in the United States. We have recognized a need for novel methods of identification and consideration of enrollment into a lung cancer screening program for those at the highest risk of lung cancer. Our primary goal was to determine if pulmonary function test (PFT) demographic data would be useful in identifying patients for lung cancer screening. We retrospectively reviewed PFTs performed at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC) January 2012 through January 2013 and found that of patients identified as high risk of lung cancer, 89% had passed through our PFT lab but had not yet been screened...
February 19, 2018: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
David Pitskhelauri, Elina Kudieva, Dmitrii Moshchev, Evgeny Ananev, Michail Shifrin, Gleb Danilov, Tatiana Melnikova-Pitskhelauri, Igor Kachkov, Andrey Bykanov, Alexander Sanikidze
OBJECTIVE: A pseudomeningocele and an incisional cerebrospinal fluid leak are considered frequent complications following neurosurgical operations. The rate of these complications especially increases following neurosurgical procedures on the posterior cranial fossae. According to some publications, the rate of pseudomeningoceles has been reported as high as 40%, whereas that of incisional cerebrospinal fluid leaks is up to 17%. For the purposes of reducing the risk of these complications after a midline suboccipital craniotomy, we propose suturing the arachnoid membrane of the cisterna magna...
March 20, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Naif E Al Omairi, Omyma K Radwan, Yahea A Alzahrani, Rami B Kassab
Due to the high ability of cadmium to cross the blood-brain barrier, cadmium (Cd) causes severe neurological damages. Hence, the purpose of this study was to investigate the possible protective effect of Mangifera indica leaf extract (MLE) against Cd-induced neurotoxicity. Rats were divided into eight groups. Group 1 served as vehicle control group, groups 2, 3 and 4 received MLE (100, 200, 300 mg /kg b.wt, respectively). Group 5 was treated with CdCl2 (5 mg/kg b.wt). Groups 6, 7 and 8 were co-treated with MLE and CdCl2 using the same doses...
March 20, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Gonzalo A Jaña, Fernanda Mendoza, Manuel I Osorio, Joel B Alderete, Pedro A Fernandes, Maria J Ramos, Verónica A Jiménez
In this work, QM/MM calculations were employed to examine the catalytic mechanism of the retaining glucosyltransferase GTF-SI enzyme, which participates in the process of caries formation. Our goal was to characterize, with atomistic details, the mechanism of sucrose hydrolysis and the catalytic factors that modulate this reaction. Our results suggest a concerted mechanism for sucrose hydrolysis in which the first event corresponds to the glycosidic bond breakage assisted by Glu515, followed by the nucleophilic attack of Asp477, leading to the formation of the Covalent Glycosyl Enzyme (CGE) intermediate...
March 20, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
D J Medeiros, M A Blitz, P W Seakins
Ab initio theory has been used to identify the pre-reaction complex in the atmospherically important reaction between OH + SO2, (R1), where the binding energy of the pre-reaction complex was determined to be 7.2 kJ mol-1. Using reaction rate theory, implemented with the master equation package MESMER, the effects of this complex on the kinetics of R1 at temperatures above 250 K have been investigated. From simulations and fitting to the experimental kinetic data, it is clear that the influence of this pre-reaction complex is negligible and that the kinetics are controlled by the inner transition-state that leads to the product, HOSO2...
March 20, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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