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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098495/psychometric-characteristics-of-the-insomnia-severity-index-in-veterans-with-history-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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Christopher N Kaufmann, Henry J Orff, Raeanne C Moore, Lisa Delano-Wood, Colin A Depp, Dawn M Schiehser
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: The Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) is a widely used self-report measure of insomnia symptoms. However, to date this measure has not been validated or well-characterized in veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study assessed the psychometric properties and convergent, divergent, construct, and discriminate validity of the ISI in veterans with a history of TBI. PARTICIPANTS: Eighty-three veterans with history of TBI were seen in the VA San Diego Healthcare System as part of a research protocol...
January 18, 2017: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098287/second-harmonic-phase-determination-by-real-time-in-situ-interferometry
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Bason Clancy, Joshua Salafsky
Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) has emerged as a highly sensitive probe of protein conformation. SHG can also be used to determine the tilt angle of an SHG-active moiety bound to a surface-adsorbed protein through polarization-dependent measurements. However, due to the coherent nature of SHG, interference occurs between the SHG produced by the SHG-active moieties and background sources at a solid-liquid interface, obscuring the signal of interest. In order to separate the protein-specific signal from the background signal, the phase difference between these two different sources of SHG must be determined...
January 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098166/inferring-centrality-from-network-snapshots
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Haibin Shao, Mehran Mesbahi, Dewei Li, Yugeng Xi
The topology and dynamics of a complex network shape its functionality. However, the topologies of many large-scale networks are either unavailable or incomplete. Without the explicit knowledge of network topology, we show how the data generated from the network dynamics can be utilised to infer the tempo centrality, which is proposed to quantify the influence of nodes in a consensus network. We show that the tempo centrality can be used to construct an accurate estimate of both the propagation rate of influence exerted on consensus networks and the Kirchhoff index of the underlying graph...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097836/validation-of-the-argentine-spanish-version-of-transition-readiness-assessment-questionnaire-for-adolescents-with-chronic-conditions
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Florencia González, Mariana Roizen, María de Las Mercedes Rodríguez Celin, Carmen De Cunto, Alfredo Eymann, Roberto Mato, Patricia García Arrigoni, Raquel Staciuk, Florencia Ugo, Virginia Fano
INTRODUCTION: The transition of adolescents with chronic conditions to adult follow-up care is an increasingly complex process. Patients need to acquire knowledge and skills that ensure continuity of their care. The goal of this study was to validate the Argentinian Spanish version of the Transition Readiness Assessment Questionnaire (TRAQ) 5.0 tool in adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions. POPULATION AND METHODS: Descriptive, crosssectional, quantitative study...
February 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097606/colorado-medical-students-attitudes-and-beliefs-about-marijuana
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Michael H Chan, Christopher E Knoepke, Madeline L Cole, James McKinnon, Daniel D Matlock
BACKGROUND: Over the past two decades, state and local governments across the U.S. have been increasingly reforming marijuana laws. Despite growing support for marijuana as a medical treatment, little is known about medical students' perceptions of marijuana use. OBJECTIVE: To assess Colorado medical students' personal and professional opinions on current and future marijuana use in a healthcare setting. DESIGN: A voluntary, anonymous, online cross-sectional survey...
January 17, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097069/italian-and-swedish-adolescents-differences-and-associations-in-subjective-well-being-and-psychological-well-being
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Danilo Garcia, Elisabetta Sagone, Maria Elvira De Caroli, Ali Al Nima
BACKGROUND: One important aspect of subjective judgments about one's well-being (i.e., subjective well-being: life satisfaction, positive affect, and negative affect) is that cultural features, such as, nationality seem to shape cognitive judgments about the "the ideal life." In this comparative study we examined differences in subjective well-being and psychological well-being between Italian and Swedish adolescents and tested if the relationship between the three constructs of subjective well-being (i...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096869/short-term-psychiatric-rehabilitation-in-major-depressive-and-bipolar-disorders-neuropsychological-psychosocial-outcomes
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Giampaolo Perna, Silvia Daccò, Ferdinando Sacco, Wilma Micieli, Paolo Cavedini, Daniela Caldirola
OBJECTIVE: Our pilot study aims to investigate the efficacy of a Short-Term (4 weeks) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (S-T PsyRP), without specific cognitive remediation trainings, on the neuropsychological performance and psychosocial functioning of inpatients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or Bipolar Disorder (BD). Published studies with similar aims are lacking. METHODS: Fifty-three inpatients with MDD and 27 with BD (type I/II) were included. The S-T PsyRP was usually performed as clinical practice at Villa San Benedetto Menni Hospital and included a variety of activities aimed at promoting personal autonomies, interpersonal/social skills, and self-care...
January 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096085/improved-orthology-inference-with-hieranoid-2
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Mateusz Kaduk, Erik Sonnhammer
MOTIVATION: The initial step in many orthology inference methods is the computationally demanding establishment of all pairwise protein similarities across all analysed proteomes. The quadratic scaling with proteomes has become a major bottleneck. A remedy is offered by the Hieranoid algorithm which reduces the complexity to linear by hierarchically aggregating ortholog groups from InParanoid along a species tree. RESULTS: We have further developed the Hieranoid algorithm in many ways...
January 17, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096026/clinical-validation-of-the-nursing-outcome-falls-prevention-behavior-in-people-with-stroke
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Alice G de Sousa Costa, Thelma Leite de Araujo, Tahissa Frota Cavalcante, Marcos V Oliveira Lopes, Ana R de Souza Oliveira-Kumakura, Francisca B Chaves Costa
PURPOSE: To review the nursing outcome, Fall Prevention Behavior, and clinically validate its indicators in people with stroke. METHODS: A methodological study performed with 106 patients in two outpatient clinics, from July to September of 2013. Two pairs of trained nurses applied the NOC scale, one with and one without the use of operational definitions. The internal consistency, stability and difference between the medians obtained by nurses were compared within and between pairs...
February 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096003/psychometric-properties-of-the-critical-care-family-needs-inventory-emergency-department
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Gülten Sucu Dağ, Aklime Dicle, Mehmet Ziya Firat
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to test the reliability and validity of the Turkish version of the Critical Care Family Needs Inventory-Emergency Department (CCFNI-ED) in Turkey. METHODS: This study used a cross-sectional survey design. The questionnaire was administered to 400 family members of patients with a critical illness in an emergency department. The 40-item English version of the CCFNI-ED was translated into Turkish following the standard back-translation methodology...
February 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095853/crispri-mediated-metabolic-engineering-of-e-coli-for-o-methylated-anthocyanin-production
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Brady F Cress, Quentin D Leitz, Daniel C Kim, Teresita D Amore, Jon Y Suzuki, Robert J Linhardt, Mattheos A G Koffas
BACKGROUND: Anthocyanins are a class of brightly colored, glycosylated flavonoid pigments that imbue their flower and fruit host tissues with hues of predominantly red, orange, purple, and blue. Although all anthocyanins exhibit pH-responsive photochemical changes, distinct structural decorations on the core anthocyanin skeleton also cause dramatic color shifts, in addition to improved stabilities and unique pharmacological properties. In this work, we report for the first time the extension of the reconstituted plant anthocyanin pathway from (+)-catechin to O-methylated anthocyanins in a microbial production system, an effort which requires simultaneous co-option of the endogenous metabolites UDP-glucose and S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM or AdoMet)...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094152/use-of-3d-printer-technology-to-facilitate-surgical-correction-of-a-complex-vascular-anomaly-with-esophageal-entrapment-in-a-dog
#12
A Dundie, G Hayes, P Scrivani, L Campoy, D Fletcher, K Ash, E Oxford, N S Moïse
A 10 week old female intact Staffordshire terrier was presented with a total of five congenital cardio-thoracic vascular anomalies consisting of a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) with an aneurysmic dilation, pulmonic stenosis, persistent right aortic arch, aberrant left subclavian artery and persistent left cranial vena cava. These abnormalities were identified with a combination of echocardiogram and computed tomography angiography (CTA). The abnormalities were associated with esophageal entrapment, regurgitation, and volume overload of the left heart with left atrial and ventricular enlargement...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093986/antimicrobial-polymers-mimicking-amino-acid-functionality-sequence-control-and-three-dimensional-structure-of-host-defense-peptides
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Matthias Hartlieb, Elizabeth G L Williams, Agnès Kuroki, Sébastien Perrier, Katherine E S Locock
Peptides and proteins control and direct all aspects of cellular function and communication. Having been honed by nature for millions of years, they also typically display an unsurpassed specificity for their biological targets. This underlies the continued focus on peptides as promising drug candidates. However, the development of peptides into viable drugs is hampered by their lack of chemical and pharmacokinetic stability and the cost of large scale production. One method to overcome such hindrances is to develop polymer systems that are able to retain the important structural features of these biologically active peptides, while being cheaper and easier to produce and manipulate chemically...
January 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093648/predicting-cell-viability-within-tissue-scaffolds-under-equiaxial-strain-multi-scale-finite-element-model-of-collagen-cardiomyocytes-constructs
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Mostafa Elsaadany, Karen Chang Yan, Eda Yildirim-Ayan
Successful tissue engineering and regenerative therapy necessitate having extensive knowledge about mechanical milieu in engineered tissues and the resident cells. In this study, we have merged two powerful analysis tools, namely finite element analysis and stochastic analysis, to understand the mechanical strain within the tissue scaffold and residing cells and to predict the cell viability upon applying mechanical strains. A continuum-based multi-length scale finite element model (FEM) was created to simulate the physiologically relevant equiaxial strain exposure on cell-embedded tissue scaffold and to calculate strain transferred to the tissue scaffold (macro-scale) and residing cells (micro-scale) upon various equiaxial strains...
January 16, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093085/gene-design-fusion-technology-and-tev-cleavage-conditions-influence-the-purification-of-oxidized-disulphide-rich-venom-peptides-in-escherichia-coli
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Ana Filipa Sequeira, Jeremy Turchetto, Natalie J Saez, Fanny Peysson, Laurie Ramond, Yoan Duhoo, Marilyne Blémont, Vânia O Fernandes, Luís T Gama, Luís M A Ferreira, Catarina I P I Guerreiro, Nicolas Gilles, Hervé Darbon, Carlos M G A Fontes, Renaud Vincentelli
BACKGROUND: Animal venoms are large, complex libraries of bioactive, disulphide-rich peptides. These peptides, and their novel biological activities, are of increasing pharmacological and therapeutic importance. However, recombinant expression of venom peptides in Escherichia coli remains difficult due to the significant number of cysteine residues requiring effective post-translational processing. There is also an urgent need to develop high-throughput recombinant protocols applicable to the production of reticulated peptides to enable efficient screening of their drug potential...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092988/measurement-invariance-of-the-prodromal-questionnaire-brief-among-white-asian-hispanic-and-multiracial-populations
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David C Cicero, Alexander Krieg, Elizabeth A Martin
The Prodromal Questionnaire-Brief is a scale that is used to screen individuals for risk for the development of psychosis. It has promising psychometric properties in clinical and nonclinical populations, including undergraduates. However, the measurement invariance of the scale has not been examined in Asian, White, Hispanic, and Multiracial samples. A total of 2,767 undergraduates at two large public U.S. universities completed the Prodromal Questionnaire-Brief. The Total scores had configural and scalar invariance, while the Distress scores displayed configural, metric, and partial scalar invariance...
January 1, 2017: Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092953/sub-10-nm-nanopatterns-architecture-for-2d-materials-field-effect-transistors
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Kai Xu, Dongxue Chen, Fengyou Yang, Zhenxing Wang, Lei Yin, Feng Wang, Ruiqing Cheng, Kaihui Liu, Jie Xiong, Qian Liu, Jun He
Two-dimensional materials (2DMs) are competitive candidates in replacing or supplementing conventional semiconductors owing to their atomically uniform thickness. However, current conventional micro/nano fabrication technologies realize hardly ultrashort channel and integration, especially for sub-10 nm. Meanwhile, experimental device performance associated with the scaling of dimension needs to be investigated, due to the short channel effects. Here, we show a novel and universal technological method to fabricate sub-10 gaps with sharp edges and steep sidewalls...
January 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092503/propagation-modeling-and-analysis-of-molecular-motors-in-molecular-communication
#18
Youssef Chahibi, Ian F Akyildiz, Ilangko Balasingham
Molecular motor networks (MMNs) are networks constructed from molecular motors to enable nanomachines to perform coordinated tasks of sensing, computing, and actuation at the nano- and micro- scales. Living cells are naturally enabled with this same mechanism to establish point-to-point communication between different locations inside the cell. Similar to a railway system, the cytoplasm contains an intricate infrastructure of tracks, named microtubules, interconnecting different internal components of the cell...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092321/dexmedetomidine-disrupts-the-local-and-global-efficiencies-of-large-scale-brain-networks
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Javeria A Hashmi, Marco L Loggia, Sheraz Khan, Lei Gao, Jieun Kim, Vitaly Napadow, Emery N Brown, Oluwaseun Akeju
BACKGROUND: A clear understanding of the neural basis of consciousness is fundamental to research in clinical and basic neuroscience disciplines and anesthesia. Recently, decreased efficiency of information integration was suggested as a core network feature of propofol-induced unconsciousness. However, it is unclear whether this finding can be generalized to dexmedetomidine, which has a different molecular target. METHODS: Dexmedetomidine was administered as a 1-μg/kg bolus over 10 min, followed by a 0...
January 16, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091988/genotoxicity-and-cytotoxicity-reduction-of-the-polluted-urban-river-after-ecological-restoration-a-field-scale-study-of-jialu-river-in-northern-china
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Jie Sun, Rui Zhang, Long Qin, Haixiao Zhu, Yu Huang, Yingang Xue, Shuqing An, Xianchuan Xie, Aimin Li
To further treat the reclaimed municipal wastewater and rehabilitate the aquatic ecosystem of polluted urban rivers, an 18.5-km field-scale ecological restoration project was constructed along Jialu River, a polluted urban river which receives only reclaimed municipal wastewater from Zhengzhou City without natural upland water dilution. This study investigated the potential efficiency of water quality improvement, as well as genotoxicity and cytotoxicity reduction along the ecological restoration project of this polluted urban river...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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