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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651385/enhancement-of-catalytic-activity-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-via-transition-metal-doping-strategy
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Hangil Lee, Jung A Hong
To compare the catalytic oxidation activities of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and rGO samples doped with five different transition metals (TM-rGO), we determine their effects on the oxidation of L-cysteine (Cys) in aqueous solution by performing electrochemistry (EC) measurements and on the photocatalytic oxidation of Cys by using high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy (HRPES) under UV illumination. Our results show that Cr-, Fe-, and Co-doped rGO with 3+ charge states (stable oxide forms: Cr(3+), Fe(3+), and Co(3+)) exhibit enhanced catalytic activities that are due to the charge states of the doped metal ions as we compare them with Cr-, Fe-, and Co-doped rGO with 2+ charge states...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651341/plasma-concentrations-of-atovaquone-given-to-immunocompromised-patients-to-prevent-pneumocystis-jirovecii
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Christine Robin, Minh Patrick Lê, Giovanna Melica, Laurent Massias, Rabah Redjoul, Nihel Khoudour, Mathieu Leclerc, Florence Beckerich, Sébastien Maury, Anne Hulin, Catherine Cordonnier
Objectives: Atovaquone is one of the alternatives to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole for prophylaxis of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) in immunocompromised patients. In volunteers, there was wide inter-individual variability in atovaquone bioavailability. The aim of this study was to assess the plasma concentrations of atovaquone in immunocompromised patients under PCP prophylaxis. Methods: Adult haematology or HIV-positive patients receiving atovaquone (750 mg oral suspension twice a day) for PCP prophylaxis were included...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651340/linking-quality-indicators-to-clinical-trials-an-automated-approach
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Enrico Coiera, Miew Keen Choong, Guy Tsafnat, Peter Hibbert, William B Runciman
Objective: Quality improvement of health care requires robust measurable indicators to track performance. However identifying which indicators are supported by strong clinical evidence, typically from clinical trials, is often laborious. This study tests a novel method for automatically linking indicators to clinical trial registrations. Design: A set of 522 quality of care indicators for 22 common conditions drawn from the CareTrack study were automatically mapped to outcome measures reported in 13 971 trials from ClinicalTrials...
June 23, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651324/preparation-of-activated-carbon-from-molasses-to-ethanol-process-waste-vinasse-and-its-performance-as-adsorbent-material
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Omer Kazak, Yasin Ramazan Eker, Haluk Bingol, Ali Tor
Herein, the preparation of activated carbon from waste vinasse by using hydrothermal H2O2 oxidation combined with a two-step pyrolysis process has been described for the first time as a new utilization approach for the waste vinasse. The characterization studies were performed by TGA, FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, SEM-EDX and gas adsorption measurements. The approach generated a microporous activated carbon with high specific surface area (989m(2)/g) from waste vinasse. After simple experiments on various dye solutions, adsorption performance of the activated carbon was specifically studied on the methylene blue solution as functions of solution pH, contact time, adsorbent amount and reusability...
June 13, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651316/a-permeation-controlled-formaldehyde-reference-source-for-application-in-environmental-test-chambers
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Tunga Salthammer, Ruth Giesen, Tobias Schripp
In a wide range of indoor air pollutants, formaldehyde is one of the most-used and best-known substances. In order to protect human health, many countries have established threshold values for the release of formaldehyde from miscellaneous products and revise them constantly. Compliance with these regulations is usually assessed by emission test chamber measurements or derived methods. To control and improve the mechanisms of an emission test chamber, a reliable reference source with sample mimicking emission properties is required but not available so far...
June 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651300/noninvasive-assessment-of-advanced-fibrosis-based-on-hepatic-volume-in-patients-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Tatsuya Hayashi, Satoshi Saitoh, Kei Fukuzawa, Yoshinori Tsuji, Junji Takahashi, Yusuke Kawamura, Norio Akuta, Masahiro Kobayashi, Kenji Ikeda, Takeshi Fujii, Tosiaki Miyati, Hiromitsu Kumada
Background/Aims: Noninvasive liver fibrosis evaluation was performed in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We used a quantitative method based on the hepatic volume acquired from gadoxetate disodium-enhanced (Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for diagnosing advanced fibrosis in patients with NAFLD. Methods: A total of 130 patients who were diagnosed with NAFLD and underwent Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI were retrospectively included...
June 27, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651276/white-paper-interventional-mri-current-status-and-potential-for-development-considering-economic-perspectives-part-1-general-application
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Jörg Barkhausen, Thomas Kahn, Gabriele A Krombach, Christiane K Kuhl, Joachim Lotz, David Maintz, Jens Ricke, Stefan O Schönberg, Thomas J Vogl, Frank K Wacker
Background MRI is attractive for the guiding and monitoring of interventional procedures due to its high intrinsic soft tissue contrast and the possibility to measure physiologic parameters like flow and cardiac function. Method The current status of interventional MRI for the clinical routine was analyzed. Results The effort needed for the development of MR-safe monitoring systems and instruments initially resulted in the application of interventional MRI only for procedures that could not be performed by other means...
July 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651256/the-cardiovascular-and-perceptual-response-to-very-low-load-blood-flow-restricted-exercise
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Matthew B Jessee, Scott J Dankel, Samuel L Buckner, J Grant Mouser, Kevin T Mattocks, Jeremy P Loenneke
This study sought to compare cardiovascular and perceptual responses to blood flow restriction (BFR) exercise using various pressure and load combinations. Fourteen participants completed four sets of BFR elbow flexion using 10, 15 and 20% 1RM with 40 and 80% arterial occlusion pressure (AOP). AOP was measured before and after exercise. Perceived exertion (RPE) and discomfort were assessed before exercise and after each set. Data presented as mean (95% CI), except for RPE and discomfort: 25(th), 50(th), 75(th) percentiles...
June 26, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651206/an-investigation-of-the-role-of-defect-levels-on-the-radiation-response-of-synthetic-diamond-crystals-when-used-as-sensors-for-the-detection-of-mammography-x-rays
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Nicholas Ade
This study evaluates the role of defects on the performances of synthetic diamond sensors on exposure to mammography X-rays. Through systematic investigations, the main cause of instability of response of examined sensors necessitating pre-irradiation was isolated and ascribed to the presence of ambient light which has the effect of emptying shallow trapping levels. The changes in response between measurements in light and dark conditions varied from 2.8 ± 1.2% to 63.0 ± 0.3%. Sensitivities between 0.4 and 6...
June 17, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651204/iron-tannin-framework-complex-modified-pes-ultrafiltration-membranes-with-enhanced-filtration-performance-and-fouling-resistance
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Xiaofeng Fang, Jiansheng Li, Xin Li, Shunlong Pan, Xiuyun Sun, Jinyou Shen, Weiqing Han, Lianjun Wang, Bart Van der Bruggen
In this work, an iron-tannin-framework (ITF) complex was introduced to a poly (ether sulfone) (PES) casting solution as a hydrophilic additive to fabricate ITF/PES ultrafiltration (UF) membranes via non-solvent-induced phase separation (NIPS). The structure and performance of the PES membranes with ITF concentrations ranging from 0 to 0.9wt.% were systematically investigated by scanning electron microscopy, water contact angle, permeability, protein rejection and fouling resistance measurements. The results indicate that the pore structure and surface properties of PES UF membranes can be regulated by incorporating the ITF complex...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651190/temporal-dynamics-of-the-compositions-and-activities-of-soil-microbial-communities-post-application-of-the-insecticide-chlorantraniliprole-in-paddy-soils
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Meng Wu, Jia Liu, Weitao Li, Ming Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Zhongpei Li
Chlorantraniliprole (CAP) is a newly developed insecticide widely used in rice fields in China. There has been few studies evaluating the toxicological effects of CAP on soil-associated microbes. An 85-day microcosm experiment was performed to reveal the dissipation dynamics of CAP in three types of paddy soils in subtropical China. The effects of CAP on microbial activities (microbial biomass carbon-MBC, basal soil respiration-BSR, microbial metabolic quotient-qCO2, acid phosphatase and sucrose invertase activities) in the soils were periodically evaluated...
June 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651171/the-relevance-of-inter-and-intrastrain-differences-in-mice-and-rats-and-their-implications-for-models-of-seizures-and-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Wolfgang Löscher, Russell J Ferland, Thomas N Ferraro
It is becoming increasingly clear that the genetic background of mice and rats, even in inbred strains, can have a profound influence on measures of seizure susceptibility and epilepsy. These differences can be capitalized upon through genetic mapping studies to reveal genes important for seizures and epilepsy. However, strain background and particularly mixed genetic backgrounds of transgenic animals need careful consideration in both the selection of strains and in the interpretation of results and conclusions...
June 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651166/air-quality-inside-subway-metro-indoor-environment-worldwide-a-review
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REVIEW
Bin Xu, Jinliang Hao
The air quality in the subway metro indoor microenvironment has been of particular public concern. With specific reference to the growing demand of green transportation and sustainable development, subway metro systems have been rapidly developed worldwide in last decades. The number of metro commuters has continuously increased over recent years in metropolitan cities. In some cities, metro system has become the primary public transportation mode. Although commuters typically spend only 30-40min in metros, the air pollutants emitted from various interior components of metro system as well as air pollutants carried by ventilation supply air are significant sources of harmful air pollutants that could lead to unhealthy human exposure...
June 23, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651163/ex-vivo-assessment-of-valve-thickness-calcification-of-patients-with-calcific-aortic-stenosis-in-relation-to-in-vivo-clinical-outcomes
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Ching-Li Cheng, Hsiao-Huang Chang, Pei-Jung Huang, Wei-Chen Wang, Shan-Yang Lin
Calcific aortic stenosis (AS) plays a critical role in the risk of cardiovascular disease. This preliminary study examined the relationship between the ex vivo valve thickness/calcification and in vivo clinical outcomes of Chinese patients with calcific AS. Six Chinese patients (3 patients with tricuspid aortic valves (TAV)) and 3 patients with. bicuspid aortic valves (BAV) with calcific AS undergoing heart valve replacement were initially chosen for this study. In vivo medical imaging of these calcific AS patients was evaluated using computed tomography and echocardiography...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651150/cognitive-remediation-improves-executive-functions-self-regulation-and-quality-of-life-in-residents-of-a-substance-use-disorder-therapeutic-community
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Ely M Marceau, Jamie Berry, Joanne Lunn, Peter J Kelly, Nadia Solowij
BACKGROUND: Executive dysfunction is common in substance use disorder (SUD) populations and hinders treatment. We previously found that 50% of residents in SUD therapeutic communities had been hospitalized for head injuries; this was a significant determinant of cognitive impairment. The current study aimed to establish whether cognitive remediation improves executive functions (EFs) and self-regulation in an ecologically valid sample of female residents attending SUD therapeutic community treatment, including those with past head injuries and psychiatric comorbidities...
June 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651119/experimental-ultrasonic-characterization-of-polyester-based-materials-for-cultural-heritage-applications
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Andres Arciniegas, Loic Martinez, Arnaud Briand, Sophie Prieto, Stéphane Serfaty, Nicolas Wilkie-Chancellier
For several years, the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand-Palais has produced polyester resin reproductions in order to replace marble sculptures that have weakened by outdoor exposure. These objects are made of a complex multilayered polyester composite material including reinforcements to ensure the mechanical strength of the final structure and mineral fillers that allow to imitate the original aesthetics. However, the final structure also weakens because of constant outdoor exposure and ageing. This observation leads today to conduct research related to the structural health monitoring of reproductions for preventive conservation of cultural heritage...
June 17, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651061/modelling-of-optimal-training-load-patterns-during-the-11-weeks-preceding-major-competition-in-elite-swimmers
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Philippe Hellard, Charlotte Scordia, Marta Avalos, Inigo Mujika, David B Pyne
Periodization of swim training in the final training phases prior to competition and its effect on performance have been poorly described. PURPOSE: We modelled the relationships between the final 11 weeks of training and competition performance in 138 elite sprint, middle-distance and distance swimmers over 20 competitive seasons. METHODS: Total training load (TTL), strength training (ST), low-to medium and high-intensity training variables were monitored. Training loads were scaled as a percentage of the maximal volume measured at each intensity level...
June 26, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651021/natural-immune-response-to-plasmodium-vivax-alpha-helical-coiled-coil-protein-motifs-and-its-association-with-the-risk-of-p-vivax-malaria
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Nora Céspedes, Connie S N Li Wai Suen, Cristian Koepfli, Camila T França, Ingrid Felger, Issa Nebie, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Ivo Mueller, Giampietro Corradin, Sócrates Herrera
Protein α-helical coiled coil structures are known to induce antibodies able to block critical functions in different pathogens. In a previous study, a total of 50 proteins of Plasmodium vivax erythrocytic asexual stages containing α-helical coiled coil structural motifs were identified in silico, and the corresponding peptides were chemically synthesized. A total of 43 peptides were recognized by naturally acquired antibodies in plasma samples from both Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Colombian adult donors. In this study, the association between IgG antibodies to these peptides and clinical immunity was further explored by measuring total IgG antibody levels to 24 peptides in baseline samples from a longitudinal study of children aged 1-3 years (n = 164) followed for 16 months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651006/application-of-laboratory-and-portable-attenuated-total-reflectance-infrared-spectroscopic-approaches-for-rapid-quantification-of-alpaca-serum-immunoglobulin-g
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Ibrahim Elsohaby, Jennifer B Burns, Christopher B Riley, R Anthony Shaw, J Trenton McClure
The objective of this study was to develop and compare the performance of laboratory grade and portable attenuated total reflectance infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopic approaches in combination with partial least squares regression (PLSR) for the rapid quantification of alpaca serum IgG concentration, and the identification of low IgG (<1000 mg/dL), which is consistent with the diagnosis of failure of transfer of passive immunity (FTPI) in neonates. Serum samples (n = 175) collected from privately owned, healthy alpacas were tested by the reference method of radial immunodiffusion (RID) assay, and laboratory grade and portable ATR-IR spectrometers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650982/seroprevalence-and-risk-factors-of-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-among-pregnant-women-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Meseret Abebe, Ibrahim Ali, Samuel Ayele, Johakim Overbo, Abraham Aseffa, Adane Mihret
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is highly endemic in several African countries with high mortality rate among pregnant women. The prevalence of antibodies to HEV in Ethiopian pregnant women is not known. The study was conducted to investigate the prevalence of anti-HEV IgG and anti-HEV IgM among pregnant women. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 386 serum samples were collected from pregnant women between April 2014 to January 2015 in Gandhi Memorial Hospital and four selected Health centers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
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