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Tahereh Zargar, Taghi Khayamian, Mohammad T Jafari
A selective thin-film microextraction based on aptamer immobilized on cellulose paper was used as a paper spray ionization source for ion mobility spectrometry (PSI-IMS), for the first time. In this method, the paper is not only used as an ionization source but also it is utilized for the selective extraction of analyte, based on immobilized aptamer. This combination integrates both sample preparation and analyte ionization in a Whatman paper. To that end, an appropriate sample introduction system with a novel design was constructed for the paper spray ionization source...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Espen Mariussen, Lene Sørlie Heier, Hans Christian Teien, Marit Nandrup Pettersen, Tor Fredrik Holth, Brit Salbu, Bjørn Olav Rosseland
An environmental survey was performed in Lake Kyrtjønn, a small lake within an abandoned shooting range in the south of Norway. In Lake Kyrtjønn the total water concentrations of Pb (14µg/L), Cu (6.1µg/L) and Sb (1.3µg/L) were elevated compared to the nearby reference Lake Stitjønn, where the total concentrations of Pb, Cu and Sb were 0.76, 1.8 and 0.12µg/L, respectively. Brown trout (Salmo trutta) from Lake Kyrtjønn had very high levels of Pb in bone (104mg/kg w.w.), kidney (161mg/kg w.w.) and the gills (137mg/kg d...
October 19, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Shanyuanye Guan, Hans A Gray, Anthony G Schache, Julian Feller, Richard de Steiger, Marcus G Pandy
No data are available to describe six-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) knee-joint kinematics for one complete cycle of overground walking subsequent to total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The aims of this study were firstly, to measure 6-DOF knee-joint kinematics and condylar motion for overground walking following TKA; and secondly, to determine whether such data differed between overground and treadmill gait when participants walked at the same speed during both tasks. A unique mobile biplane X-ray imaging system enabled accurate measurement of 6-DOF TKA knee kinematics during overground walking by simultaneously tracking and imaging the joint...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
T Koiava, D Gonçalves, J Palmeira, K Arobelidze, M Tediashvili, L Akhvlediani, H Ferreira
Research describing the epidemiology of antibiotic resistant microbes is vital to the proactive development of new antimicrobial agents. In the last years, CTX-M extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) have emerged worldwide and have replaced classical TEM and SHV-type ESBLs in many countries. CTX-M-15 is currently the most frequent, with a pandemic distribution, and its rapid spread is facilitated by incorporation of resistance genes in mobile genetic elements. The ESBL is efficacious in Gram-negative bacteria and thus closely associated with nosocomial environments, often colonizing the intestines, particularly in older and dependent patients...
September 2016: Georgian Medical News
William T Obremskey, Norele Cutrera, Christopher M Kidd
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine optimal treatment of stable tibial shaft fractures using intramedullary nailing (IMN) or casting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a multi-center prospective study cohort. Patients with stable tibia shaft fractures meeting Sarmiento's criteria (isolated closed fractures with less than 12 mm of shortening and 10° of angulation) were enrolled prospectively and treated with either a reamed IMN with static interlocking screws or closed reduction followed by long-leg casting...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
J Slieker, P Frauche, J Jurt, V Addor, C Blanc, Nicolas Demartines, M Hübner
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway includes recovery goals requiring active participation of the patients; this may be perceived as "aggressive" care in older patients. The aim of the present study was to assess whether ERAS was feasible and beneficial in older patients. METHODS: Since June 2011, all consecutive colorectal patients were included in an ERAS pathway and documented in a dedicated prospective database. This retrospective analysis included 513 patients, 311 younger patients (<70 years) and 202 older patients (≥70 years)...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Sarath Kumar Narayanan, Jagadeesh N Puthenvariath, Prathap Somnath, Arun Mohanan
BACKGROUND: Undescended testis is a common problem, which is prevalent in 3 % of male infants. This study aimed to determine the effect of leaving the deep inguinal ring (DIR) without closure during laparoscopic orchiopexy (LO), with regard to post-operative hernia formation and other outcomes. METHODS: From 2012 to 2014, 63 testicular units were managed with laparoscopy for non-palpable testis (NPT). Diagnostic laparoscopy was performed for all NPTs, and when they were intra-abdominal (42 testicular units), the DIR was left open after mobilization of the testis into the scrotum medial to the inferior epigastric vessels (Prentiss manoeuvre)...
October 21, 2016: International Urology and Nephrology
Matthijs H Spaan, Aline H Vrieling, Pim van de Berg, Pieter U Dijkstra, Helco G van Keeken
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. BACKGROUND: Persons with a lower limb amputation can regain mobility using a prosthetic device. For fast and adequate prescription of prosthetic components, it is necessary to predict the mobility outcome early in rehabilitation. Currently, prosthetic prescription is primarily based on empirical knowledge of rehabilitation professionals. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we explored motor ability tests, to be completed without a prosthetic device, which have predictive value for mobility outcome at the end of rehabilitation...
October 20, 2016: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Jianhua Zhu, Jing Luo, Yongchao Li, Min Jia, Yueqin Wang, Yan Huang, Shuhong Ke
High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a ubiquitous nuclear protein with multi-functions and plays an important role in tumorigenesis and metastasis in various human cancers. In the present study, we found that HMGB1 induced migration of in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells by up-regulating integrin αvβ3 expression. Further investigation evidenced that HMGB1 activated Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and NF-κB, which was responsible for αvβ3 up-regulation. Furthermore, HMGB1-induced integrin αvβ3 expression led to focal adhesion kinase (FAK) phosphorylation and increased paxillin and talin mRNA expression...
October 18, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Piotr Nowakowski
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), also known as e-waste, is one of the most important waste streams with high recycling potential. Materials used in these products are valuable, but some of them are hazardous. The urban mining approach attempts to recycle as many materials as possible, so efficiency in collection is vital. There are two main methods used to collect WEEE: stationary and mobile, each with different variants. The responsibility of WEEE organizations and waste collection companies is to assure all resources required for these activities - bins, containers, collection vehicles and staff - are available, taking into account cost minimization...
October 18, 2016: Waste Management
Carmen Tejada-Casado, Maykel Hernández-Mesa, Monsalud Del Olmo-Iruela, Ana M García-Campaña
A novel method for the analysis of benzimidazole residues in water samples by capillary electrochromatography-UV detection (290nm), using laboratory-made packed columns is presented. Capillaries (25cm packed length×75µm inner diameter, 34cm total length, 25.5cm effective capillary length) were packed with C18 particles (5µm, non-encapped) following a high pressure packing procedure and using a compact steel unit designed for packing capillary columns. Acetone was employed as solvent to carry the particles through the capillary and pack it under a pressure of 42MPa...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Yi Zhang, Yan Zhang, Guan Wang, Wujuan Chen, Pingang He, Qingjiang Wang
A capillary column was prepared by continuously packing ostadecylsilane (ODS) and taurine derivatized silica (TDS) in one column without interface. This continuously packing chromatography (CPC) column is easy to operate, has good stability and shows simultaneously separation of both polar and non-polar compounds. The simultaneous separation of a series of complex samples with highly hydrophobic components (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and PAHs) and highly hydrophilic components (biogenic amines, bases and nucleosides) using this CPC method was investigated...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
D Gallart-Mateu, S Armenta, M de la Guardia
The use of ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) has been evaluated as analytical methodology to detect and evaluate the occupational exposure to pesticides. The developed IMS methodology was used, in positive and negative modes, to determine the presence of pesticides in air and to evaluate possible inhalation exposures of workers and users based on active sampling on Teflon membranes and direct thermal desorption IMS. The negative IMS mode was used to determine bensulfuron, clorpyrifos, diniconazole, diuron, flutolanil and imidacloprid, while the positive mode was employed to evaluate formetanate, metalaxyl, metamitrone, metribuzin, paclobutrazol and pirimicarb...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Noemí León-Roque, Mohamed Abderrahim, Luis Nuñez-Alejos, Silvia M Arribas, Luis Condezo-Hoyos
Several procedures are currently used to assess fermentation index (FI) of cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao L.) for quality control. However, all of them present several drawbacks. The aim of the present work was to develop and validate a simple image based quantitative procedure, using color measurement and artificial neural network (ANNs). ANN models based on color measurements were tested to predict fermentation index (FI) of fermented cocoa beans. The RGB values were measured from surface and center region of fermented beans in images obtained by camera and desktop scanner...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Nannan Wang, Ronghua Dai, Weihui Wang, Yan Peng, Xiaoning Zhao, Kaishun Bi
To evaluate the potential relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and arachidonic acid (AA) metabonomics via cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX) pathways, a UPLC-MS/MS method has been developed and validated for simultaneous and quantitative profiling of eicosanoid metabolome in rat plasma. The analytes were extracted from plasma samples by protein precipitation procedure, and then separated on a Shim-pack XR-ODS column with mobile phase A (0.05% formic acid in water, pH=3.3 adjusted with dilute ammonium hydroxide) and mobile phase B [methanol: acetonitrile (20:80, v/v)]...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Mohsen Asadnia, Matthew Myers, N D Akhavan, Kane O'Donnell, Gilberto A Umana-Membreno, U K Mishra, Brett Nener, Murray Baker, Giacinta Parish
This work presents the first polymer approach to detect metal ions using AlGaN/GaN transistor-based sensor. The sensor utilised an AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor-type structure by functionalising the gate area with a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) based ion selective membrane. Sensors based on this technology are portable, robust and typically highly sensitive to the target analyte; in this case Hg(2+). This sensor showed a rapid and stable response when it was introduced to solutions of varying Hg(2+) concentrations...
November 2, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Angkana Sommanustweechai, Weerasak Putthasri, Mya Lay Nwe, Saw Thetlya Aung, Mya Min Theint, Viroj Tangcharoensathien, San Shway Wynn
BACKGROUND: Myanmar is classified as critical shortage of health workforce. In responses to limited number of trained health workforce in the hard-to-reach and remote areas, the MOH trained the Community Health Worker (CHW) as health volunteers serving these communities on a pro bono basis. This study aimed to assess the socio-economic profiles, contributions of CHW to primary health care services and their needs for supports to maintain their quality contributions in rural hard to reach areas in Myanmar...
October 21, 2016: Human Resources for Health
Sayani Mitra, Silke Schicktanz
BACKGROUND: During a commercial surrogacy arrangement, the event of embryo transfer can be seen as the formal starting point of the arrangement. However, it is common for surrogates to undergo a failed attempt at pregnancy conception or missed conception after an embryo transfer. This paper attempts to argue that such failed attempts can be understood as a loss. It aims to reconstruct the experiences of loss and grief of the surrogates and the intended parents as a consequence of their collective failure to conceive a surrogate pregnancy...
September 19, 2016: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine: PEHM
Mahnaz Ashoorkhani, Ali Bozorgi, Reza Majdzadeh, Hamed Hosseini, Ali Yoonessi, Ali Ramezankhani, Hassan Eftekhar
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is one of the most important and well-known risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately, in spite of effective treatments, adherence to the regular use of drugs and other nondrug treatments, such as lifestyle improvement, is often poor. This study evaluates the effectiveness of an educational, supportive intervention - in the form of a Blood Pressure Management Application (BPMAP) - on self-management in patients with primary hypertension on controlling the determinant factors of hypertension, and on adherence to treatment...
October 21, 2016: Trials
Karen H Wang, Joseph L Goulet, Constance M Carroll, Melissa Skanderson, Samah Fodeh, Joseph Erdos, Julie A Womack, Erica A Abel, Harini Bathulapalli, Amy C Justice, Marcella Nunez-Smith, Cynthia A Brandt
BACKGROUND: Healthcare mobility, defined as healthcare utilization in more than one distinct healthcare system, may have detrimental effects on outcomes of care. We characterized healthcare mobility and associated characteristics among a national sample of Veterans. METHODS: Using the Veterans Health Administration Electronic Health Record, we conducted a retrospective cohort study to quantify healthcare mobility within a four year period. We examined the association between sociodemographic and clinical characteristics and healthcare mobility, and characterized possible temporal and geographic patterns of healthcare mobility...
October 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
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