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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914366/rapid-and-low-cost-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#1
Ghadeer A R Y Suaifan, Sahar Alhogail, Mohammed Zourob
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is one of the most common etiological agents in hospital-acquired infections and food-borne illness. S. aureus toxins and virulence proteases often circulate in host blood vessels leading to life-threatening diseases. Standard identification approaches include bacterial culturing method, which takes several days. Other nucleic acid-based methods were expensive and required trained personnel. To surmount these limitations, a paper-based biosensor was developed. The sensing mechanism was based on the proteolytic activity of S...
November 21, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914355/characterisation-of-fine-grained-tailings-from-a-marble-processing-plant-and-their-acute-effects-on-the-copepod-calanus-finmarchicus
#2
Julia Farkas, Dag Altin, Karen M Hammer, Kaja C Hellstrøm, Andy M Booth, Bjørn Henrik Hansen
Submarine tailing disposal (STD) of mining waste is practiced as an alternative to land fill disposal in several countries. Knowledge regarding the environmental implications of STD on fjord and other marine ecosystems, including the pelagic environment, is scarce. In this study, we characterised the particle shape, size and metal content of the fine-grained fraction of tailings (FGT) from a Norwegian marble processing plant and investigated their acute toxicity and impact on feeding rate in adult Calanus finmarchicus...
November 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914349/effects-of-clay-minerals-hydroxides-and-timing-of-dissolved-organic-matter-addition-on-the-competitive-sorption-of-copper-nickel-and-zinc-a-column-experiment
#3
Yasser Refaey, Boris Jansen, John R Parsons, Pim de Voogt, Simone Bagnis, Adriaan Markus, Abdel-Hamid El-Shater, Abdel-Aziz El-Haddad, Karsten Kalbitz
Infiltration of heavy metal (HM) polluted wastewater can seriously compromise soil and groundwater quality. Interactions between mineral soil components (e.g. clay minerals) and dissolved organic matter (DOM) play a crucial role in determining HM mobility in soils. In this study, the influence of the timing of addition of DOM, i.e. concurrent with or prior to HMs, on HM mobility was explored in a set of continuous flow column experiments using well defined natural soil samples amended with goethite, birnessite and/or smectite...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914348/favorable-minimal-invasive-surgery-in-the-treatment-of-superior-mesenteric-artery-syndrome-case-report
#4
Leandro Cardoso Barchi, Aline Marcílio Alves, Carlos Eduardo Jacob, Claudio José Caldas Bresciani, Osmar Kenji Yagi, Tarsila Gasparotto Nogueira, Ivan Cecconello, Bruno Zilberstein
INTRODUCTION: The Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMAS) is a rare form of intestinal obstruction. The diagnosis is based on findings from imaging studies, including vascular compression of the duodenum by the SMA and can be associated with duodenal dilatation. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of a patient with SMAS and recurrent episodes of intestinal obstruction, which was successfully treated by laparoscopic duodenojejunostomy. DISCUSSION: The initial treatment is usually conservative for patient's clinical improvement...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914343/fluorescence-and-drug-loading-properties-of-znse-mn-zns-paclitaxel-sio2-nanocapsules-templated-by-f127-micelles
#5
Tingting Zhao, Xin Liu, Yuebin Li, Mingguang Zhang, Jian He, Xuewen Zhang, Hui Liu, Xingguo Wang, Haoshuang Gu
Hydrophobic ZnSe:Mn/ZnS core-shell fluorescence quantum dots (QDs) and anticancer drug paclitaxel (PTX) have been co-loaded into folate conjugated hybrid silica nanocapsules via F127 micelles based soft-template method in a mild aqueous environment at room temperature. The encapsulation of QDs shows a F127: QDs mass ratio dependent behavior, which impact much on the morphology and optical properties of composite nanocapsules. These as prepared composite nanocapsules also exhibit good photoluminescence stability under the temperature ranges from 19°C to 49°C...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914342/cu3-btc-2-catalyzed-dehydrogenative-coupling-of-dimethylphenylsilane-with-phenol-and-homocoupling-of-dimethylphenylsilane-to-disiloxane
#6
Nagaraj Anbu, Amarajothi Dhakshinamoorthy
Cu3(BTC)2 (BTC: 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid) showed to be an efficient and reusable heterogeneous solid catalyst for the formation of SiO bond through dehydrogenative coupling of dimethylphenylsilane (1) with phenol under mild reaction conditions. It is observed that Fe(BTC), MIL-101(Cr) and UiO-66(Zr) are not able to promote this cross coupling between 1 and phenol. Cu3(BTC)2 exhibits higher stability and activity compared to other MOFs studied here. Furthermore, Cu3(BTC)2 is reused for three consecutive cycles with a slight decay in its activity...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914337/restrain-recombination-by-spraying-pyrolysis-tio2-on-nio-film-for-quinoxaline-based-p-type-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
#7
Ying Yu, Xing Li, Zhongjin Shen, Xiaoyu Zhang, Peng Liu, Yuting Gao, Tao Jiang, Jianli Hua
In this work, we reported two new quinoxaline-based sensitizers (BQI and BQII) for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (p-DSSCs) featuring carboxylic acid and pyridine as anchoring groups, respectively, in combination with triphenylamine donor. The optical, electrochemical and photovoltaic properties of BQI and BQII were investigated. Results showed that BQI-based p-DSSC with carboxylic acid anchoring group obtained higher photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.140%. To further optimize the device performance, we added a layer of TiO2 on the surface of NiO film as a barrier layer, which contributed to the improvement of the photocurrent density from 3...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914324/development-and-validation-of-species-specific-molecular-diagnostic-tool-for-opisthorchis-felineus-digenea-opisthorchiidae-metacercariae
#8
Monica Caffara, Laura Serracca, Andrea Gustinelli, Walter Vencia, Irene Rossini, Marino Prearo, Maria L Fioravanti
Opisthorchis felineus (family Opisthorchiidae) is a parasitic flatworm representing a serious threat to humans in some countries. Opisthorchiasis occurs after consumption of raw or undercooked cyprinid fish infected by the metacercarial stage of the parasite. Due to its small size, detection of the parasite in fish fillet is time-consuming and difficult. Furthermore, isolated metacercariae can be identified to genus but not to species level using morphological features and molecular techniques are necessary...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914318/older-adults-attentional-deployment-differential-gaze-patterns-for-different-negative-mood-states
#9
Ineke Demeyer, Alvaro Sanchez, Rudi De Raedt
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Older adults are characterized by an attentional preference for positive over negative information. Since this positivity effect is considered to be an emotion regulation strategy, it should be more pronounced when emotion regulation is needed. In contrast to previous studies that focused on the effects of sad mood on attention, we used a stressor to activate emotion regulation and evaluate the effects of different types of mood state changes. Moreover, we evaluated mood effects on attentional processes using a paradigm that allows disentangling between different attentional engagement and disengagement processes...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914316/does-the-proportion-of-pay-linked-to-performance-affect-the-job-satisfaction-of-general-practitioners
#10
Thomas Allen, William Whittaker, Matt Sutton
There is concern that pay-for-performance (P4P) can negatively affect general practitioners (GPs) by reducing their autonomy, increasing their wage dispersion or eroding their intrinsic motivation. This is especially a concern for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), a highly powered P4P scheme for UK GPs. The QOF affected all GPs but the exposure of their income to P4P varied. GPs did not know their level of exposure before the QOF was introduced and could not choose or manage it. We examine whether changes in GPs' job satisfaction before and after the introduction of the QOF in 2004 were correlated with the proportion of their income that became exposed to P4P...
November 24, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914312/today-is-tomorrow-s-yesterday-children-s-acquisition-of-deictic-time-words
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Katharine A Tillman, Tyler Marghetis, David Barner, Mahesh Srinivasan
Deictic time words like "yesterday" and "tomorrow" pose a challenge to children not only because they are abstract, and label periods in time, but also because their denotations vary according to the time at which they are uttered: Monday's "tomorrow" is different than Thursday's. Although children produce these words as early as age 2 or 3, they do not use them in adult-like ways for several subsequent years. Here, we explored whether children have partial but systematic meanings for these words during the long delay before adult-like usage...
November 30, 2016: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914309/unique-approach-to-sensorimotor-training-with-a-new-device-combining-air-cushion-with-stochastic-translations-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Christian Mittermaier, Maximilian Schindler, Benjamin Loader, Thomas Waldhoer, Clemens Ambrozy, Richard Crevenna, Karin Pieber
Sensorimotor training with a wide variety of available devices represents an important component in rehabilitation and prevention of different sports injuries and chronic diseases. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a sensorimotor training with a newly developed device, which consists of an instable platform moving on an air cushion, providing dynamic balance training by tilting and unanticipated stochastic translations on postural control. Seventy-two healthy young subjects were included in this prospective, randomized, controlled, and observer-blinded study...
November 25, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914305/effectiveness-of-a-cross-circuit-exercise-training-program-in-improving-the-fitness-of-overweight-or-obese-adolescents-with-intellectual-disability-enrolled-in-special-education-schools
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Wen-Lan Wu, Yu-Fen Yang, I-Hua Chu, Hsiu-Tao Hsu, Feng-Hua Tsai, Jing-Min Liang
This study assessed the effects of a cross-circuit training intervention program on the body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, balance, and muscular strength endurance of overweight or obese students with intellectual disability. A total of 43 students with intellectual disability (aged 13-19 years) were enrolled in this program; 28 overweight/obese students were assigned to either an obesity-control group (n=14) or obesity-exercise group (n=14), and those with normal weight were assigned to a normal weight group (n=15)...
November 30, 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914297/long-term-efficacy-and-safety-of-vildagliptin-add-on-therapy-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-with-insulin-treatment
#14
Ippei Kanazawa, Ken-Ichiro Tanaka, Masakazu Notsu, Sayuri Tanaka, Nobuaki Kiyohara, Sayo Koike, Yuko Yamane, Yuko Tada, Motofumi Sasaki, Mika Yamauchi, Toshitsugu Sugimoto
BACKGROUND: The use of dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitors in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with insulin may be beneficial. However, the long-term efficacy and safety of vildagliptin add-on therapy in these patients remains unclear. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 73 patients with type 2 diabetes treated with insulin were randomly assigned to receive either add-on therapy of vildagliptin (n=37) or conventional therapy without DPP-4 inhibitors (n=36) for glucose control...
November 20, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914294/selective-agonism-of-mglu8-receptors-by-s-3-4-dicarboxyphenylglycine-does-not-affect-sleep-stages-in-the-rat
#15
María Cavas, Gianluigi Scesa, Mercedes Martín-López, José Francisco Navarro
BACKGROUND: Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGlu) play a role in a number of physiological processes and behaviors, as well as in certain pathological conditions and diseases. New drugs targetting mGlu receptors are being developed with treatment purposes. Recent data indicates that glutamate is involved in sleep, and pharmacological manipulation of distinct subtypes of mGlu receptors affect sleep. Here the consequences of selective pharmacological agonism of mGlu8 receptor upon sleep and wakefulness are explored for the first time...
September 22, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914281/stability-of-smokeless-powder-compounds-on-collection-devices
#16
Regina Verena Taudte, Claude Roux, Alison Beavis
The current trend towards the implementation of organic gunshot residue (OGSR) analysis into gunshot residue (GSR) investigation protocols typically involves the sequential analysis of inorganic and organic GSR. However, to allow for the consecutive analysis of inorganic and organic GSR, specimens will often be stored for different lengths of time which may result in compounds of interest degrading. In order to optimise storage conditions, it is important to consider compound degradation on collection devices during storage...
November 24, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914271/individual-exposure-estimates-may-be-erroneous-when-spatiotemporal-variability-of-air-pollution-and-human-mobility-are-ignored
#17
Yoo Min Park, Mei-Po Kwan
This study aims to empirically demonstrate the necessity to consider both the spatiotemporal variability of air pollution and individual daily movement patterns in exposure and health risk assessment. It compares four different types of exposure estimates generated by using (1) individual movement data and hourly air pollution concentrations; (2) individual movement data and daily average air pollution data; (3) residential location and hourly pollution levels; and (4) residential location and daily average pollution data...
November 30, 2016: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914265/automated-quantification-of-three-dimensional-organization-of-fiber-like-structures-in-biological-tissues
#18
Zhiyi Liu, Dimitra Pouli, Disha Sood, Aswin Sundarakrishnan, Carrie K Hui Mingalone, Lisa M Arendt, Carlo Alonzo, Kyle P Quinn, Charlotte Kuperwasser, Li Zeng, Thomas Schnelldorfer, David L Kaplan, Irene Georgakoudi
Fiber-like structures are prevalent in biological tissues, yet quantitative approaches to assess their three-dimensional (3D) organization are lacking. We develop 3D directional variance, as a quantitative biomarker of truly 3D fibrillar organization by extending the directional statistics formalism developed for describing circular data distributions (i.e. when 0° and 360° are equivalent) to axial ones (i.e. when 0° and 180° are equivalent). Significant advantages of this analysis include its time efficiency, sensitivity and ability to provide quantitative readouts of organization over different size scales of a given data set...
November 25, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914263/positive-effects-of-low-intensity-recorded-maternal-voice-on-physiologic-reactions-in-premature-infants
#19
Negar Sajjadian, Mahboobeh Mohammadzadeh, Peymaneh Alizadeh Taheri, Mamak Shariat
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of low intensity recorded maternal voice on the physiologic reactions of healthy premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). METHODS: Physiologic responses of 20 healthy preterm infants in the NICU of Shariati Hospital, Tehran, were obtained during a 15min intervention including three 5min periods (no-sound control, audio recorded playback of mother's voice, no-sound post-voice). The intervention was presented three times a day for three consecutive days...
November 30, 2016: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914262/a-new-switching-control-for-finite-time-synchronization-of-memristor-based-recurrent-neural-networks
#20
Jie Gao, Peiyong Zhu, Ahmed Alsaedi, Fuad E Alsaadi, Tasawar Hayat
In this paper, finite-time synchronization (FTS) of memristor-based recurrent neural networks (MNNs) with time-varying delays is investigated by designing a new switching controller. First, by using the differential inclusions theory and set-valued maps, sufficient conditions to ensure FTS of MNNs are obtained under the two cases of 0<α<1 and α=0, and it is derived that α=0 is the critical value of 0<α<1. Next, it is discussed deeply on the relation between the parameter α and the synchronization time...
November 4, 2016: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
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