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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340523/nanostructured-co-mn-3o4-for-high-capacitive-supercapacitor-applications
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Qinghua Tian, Xiang Wang, Guoyong Huang, Xueyi Guo
Nanostructured Co doped Mn3O4 spinel structure ((Co, Mn)3O4) were prepared by co-precipitation under O3 oxidizing conditions and post-heat treatment. The product was composed of nanogranules with a diameter of 20-60 nm. The electrochemical performance of (Co, Mn)3O4 electrode was tested by cyclic voltammetry, impedance, and galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements. A maximum specific capacitance value of 2701.0 F g(-1) at a current density of 5 A g(-1) could be obtained within the potential range from 0...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340498/academic-difficulties-in-children-with-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-presence-profile-and-neural-correlates
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Leila Glass, Eileen M Moore, Natacha Akshoomoff, Kenneth Lyons Jones, Edward P Riley, Sarah N Mattson
BACKGROUND: Academic achievement was evaluated in children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure to determine potential strengths and weaknesses, evaluate the utility of different definitions for identifying low academic performance, and explore the neural correlates that may underlie academic performance. METHODS: Children (8 to 16 years) were assessed using the WIAT-II. Patterns of performance were examined in 2 subject groups: children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure (n = 67) and controls (n = 61)...
March 24, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340399/metacognition-in-the-classroom-the-association-between-students-exam-predictions-and-their-desired-grades
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Gabriel D Saenz, Lisa Geraci, Tyler M Miller, Robert Tirso
Students are overconfident when making grade predictions, and worse, the lowest-performing students are generally the most overconfident. Because metacognitive accuracy is associated with academic performance, multiple studies have attempted to improve metacognitive accuracy with mixed results. However, these studies may be of limited use because we do not understand the types of information university students use to make performance predictions. The current studies examined the possibility that university students' predictions are associated with their desires-the grade they want to receive...
March 21, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340395/a-quint-wavelength-uv-spectroscopy-for-simultaneous-determination-of-dichlorobenzene-chlorobenzene-and-benzene-in-simulated-water-reduced-by-nanoscale-zero-valent-fe-ni-bimetal
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Xiaofang Wan, Yu Liu, Xin-Sheng Chai, Youming Li, Congbao Guo
A quint-wavelength UV spectroscopy for rapid determination of dichlorobenzene (DCB), chlorobenzene (CB) and benzene (B) was developed for the dechlorination process of DCB reduced by nanoscale zero-valent Fe/Ni bimetal. Based on the absorbance measurements at 260, 269, 277, 290 and 300nm, the equations for calculating the concentration of DCB and CB and B were established, in which the spectral interference from the nanoparticles could be effectively minimized. The results show that the present method has a good measurement precision (the relative standard deviations are within 2...
March 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340390/the-association-of-eating-performance-and-environmental-stimulation-among-older-adults-with-dementia-in-nursing-homes-a-secondary-analysis
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Wen Liu, Ying-Ling Jao, Kristine Williams
BACKGROUND: Nursing home residents with dementia experience increased risk for compromised eating performance due to intrapersonal, interpersonal, and environmental factors. Environmental stimulation is physical, social, and/or sensory stimulation present in the environment that can potentially trigger individuals' emotion or motivate physical reactions. Beyond the personal factors, there is a lack of evidence on how environmental stimulation influences individuals' eating performance at mealtimes...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340371/walking-adaptability-assessments-with-the-interactive-walkway-between-systems-agreement-and-sensitivity-to-task-and-subject-variations
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Daphne J Geerse, Bert H Coolen, Melvyn Roerdink
The ability to adapt walking to environmental circumstances is an important aspect of walking, yet difficult to assess. The Interactive Walkway was developed to assess walking adaptability by augmenting a multi-Kinect-v2 10-m walkway with gait-dependent visual context (stepping targets, obstacles) using real-time processed markerless full-body kinematics. In this study we determined Interactive Walkway's usability for walking-adaptability assessments in terms of between-systems agreement and sensitivity to task and subject variations...
March 2, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340320/protective-effects-of-alpha-lipoic-acid-on-methotrexate-induced-oxidative-lung-injury-in-rats
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Huseyin Arpag, Mehmet Gül, Yusuf Aydemir, Nurhan Atilla, Birgül Yiğitcan, Tugrul Cakir, Cemal Polat, Özer Þehirli, Muhammet Sayan
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress is one of the major causes of methotrexate induced lung injury (MILI). Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), which occurs naturally in human food, has antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. The aim of this study was to research the potential protective role of ALA on MILI in rats. METHODS: Twenty one rats were randomly subdivided into three groups: control (group I), methotrexate (MTX) treated (group II), and MTX+ALA treated (group III). Lung injury was performed with a single dose of MTX (20 mg/kg) to groups 2 and 3...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340315/systematic-behavioural-observation-of-executive-performance-after-brain-injury
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Mark W Lewis, Duncan R Babbage, Janet M Leathem
OBJECTIVE: To develop an ecologically valid measure of executive functioning (i.e. Planning and Organization, Executive Memory, Initiation, Cognitive Shifting, Impulsivity, Sustained and Directed Attention, Error Detection, Error Correction and Time Management) during a functional chocolate brownie cooking task. METHODS: In Study 1, the inter-rater reliability of a novel behavioural observation assessment method was assessed with 10 people with traumatic brain injury (TBI)...
March 24, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340292/combined-spiroergometry-and-31-p-mrs-of-human-calf-muscle-during-high-intensity-exercise
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K Moll, A Gussew, C Hein, N Stutzig, J R Reichenbach
Simultaneous measurements of pulmonary oxygen consumption (VO2 ), carbon dioxide exhalation (VCO2 ) and phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((31) P-MRS) are valuable in physiological studies to evaluate muscle metabolism during specific loads. Therefore, the aim of this study was to adapt a commercially available spirometric device to enable measurements of VO2 and VCO2 whilst simultaneously performing (31) P-MRS at 3 T. Volunteers performed intense plantar flexion of their right calf muscle inside the MR scanner against a pneumatic MR-compatible pedal ergometer...
March 24, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340285/the-six-minute-walk-test-in-patients-with-al-amyloidosis-a-single-centre-case-series
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Vina Pulido, Gheorghe Doros, John L Berk, Vaishali Sanchorawala
The six-minute walk test (6MWT) has been widely used as an objective evaluation of functional exercise capacity and response to medical intervention in cardiopulmonary diseases. However, little is known about the 6MWT in evaluating patients with AL amyloidosis. We performed a retrospective study of 120 adults with systemic AL amyloidosis (60 with cardiac involvement and 60 without cardiac involvement) who had their initial evaluation at the Amyloidosis Center between 2013 and 2015 and had undergone 6MWT as a measure of functional exercise capacity...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340261/effect-of-a-high-concentrate-diet-on-milk-components-and-mammary-health-in-holstein-dairy-cows
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Z L Xie, J Zhang, D M Zhang, J F Li, Y H Lin
In order to evaluate the milk yield, milk quality, and health of dairy cows fed a high-concentrate (HC) diet, eight lactating Holstein dairy cattle were randomly assigned to HC or low-concentrate (LC) diet groups and fed for 50 days, and the auto-control studying before and after treatment with the two diets was used. During the experiment, plasma and milk samples were collected and measured. With regard to milk component, HC feeding led to higher milk production (P < 0.05), but significantly lower milk protein percentage (P < 0...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340256/sleep-disturbance-of-adults-with-a-brain-tumor-and-their-family-caregivers-a-systematic-review
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Megan Soohwa Jeon, Haryana M Dhillon, Meera R Agar
The high incidence and psychophysiological morbidities of sleep disturbance in cancer have been increasingly recognized. Yet, more detailed understanding of sleep disturbance and options for management have been neglected areas in both clinical care and research. Brain tumor patients have been particularly overlooked. A systematic search of the literature from 1990 to 2015 was performed to review sleep disturbance in adults with primary or secondary brain tumor and their family caregivers. Fifty eligible studies were identified, of which 12 focused on sleep, 37 reported sleep items within a health-related quality of life measure and 1 reported caregivers' sleep...
March 15, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340237/pain-and-cognition-in-multiple-sclerosis
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R Scherder, N Kant, E Wolf, A C M Pijnenburg, E Scherder
Objective. : The goal of the present study was to examine the relationship between pain and cognition in patients with multiple sclerosis. Design. : Cross-sectional. Setting. : Nursing home and personal environment of the investigators. Subjects. : Two groups of participants were included: 91 patients with multiple sclerosis and 80 matched control participants. Methods. : The level of pain was measured by the following pain scales: Number of Words Chosen-Affective, Colored Analogue Scale for pain intensity and suffering from pain, and the Faces Pain Scale...
March 15, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340236/diet-density-during-the-first-week-of-life-effects-on-energy-and-nitrogen-balance-characteristics-of-broiler-chickens
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D M Lamot, D Sapkota, P J A Wijtten, I van den Anker, M J W Heetkamp, B Kemp, H van den Brand
This study aimed to determine effects of diet density on growth performance, energy balance, and nitrogen balance characteristics of broiler chickens during the first wk of life. Effects of diet density were studied using a dose-response design consisting of 5 dietary fat levels (3.5, 7.0, 10.5, 14.0, and 17.5%). The relative difference in dietary energy level was used to increase amino acid levels, mineral levels, and the premix inclusion level at the same ratio. Chickens were housed in open-circuit climate respiration chambers from d 0 to 7 after hatch...
March 11, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340204/changes-in-pain-and-muscle-architecture-in-colon-cancer-survivors-after-a-lumbopelvic-exercise-program-a-secondary-analysis-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Irene Cantarero-Villanueva, Antonio I Cuesta-Vargas, Mario Lozano-Lozano, Carolina Fernández-Lao, Antonio Fernández-Pérez, Noelia Galiano-Castillo
Objective.:  To investigate the efficacy of an eight-week lumbopelvic stabilization program (CO-CUIDATE) for colon cancer survivors. Design.:  A secondary analysis of a randomized controlled clinical trial. Settings.:  A blinded, trained researcher performed the end point assessments for pain (Pressure Pain Threshold and Brief Pain Inventory) and muscle architecture (ultrasound imaging measurements). Subjects.:  Forty-six colon cancer survivors who were assigned to the CO-CUIDATE group or usual care group...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340167/factors-influencing-cognitive-impairment-in-neuropathic-and-musculoskeletal-pain-and-fibromyalgia
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Begoña Ojeda, María Dueñas, Alejandro Salazar, Juan Antonio Mico, Luis Miguel Torres, Inmaculada Failde
Objective.:  To assess cognitive performance of chronic pain (CP) patients diagnosed with three types of pain-neuropathic pain (NP), musculoskeletal (MSK), and fibromyalgia (FM)-and to analyze the factors influencing cognitive difficulties in each group. Methods.:  Two hundred fifty-four CP patients-104 NP, 99 MSK, 51 FM-and 72 pain-free subjects were included in the study. The "Test Your Memory" (TYM) scale was used to assess cognitive performance. Pain intensity was measured by means of the visual analog scale (VAS); the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale was used to assess mental status, and the Medical Outcome Study (MOS) sleep scale to assess sleep quality...
March 13, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340146/effect-of-broiler-breeders-fed-with-corn-or-sorghum-diet-and-canthaxanthin-supplementation-on-production-and-reproductive-performance
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C E V Bonilla, A P Rosa, A Londero, C B S Giacomini, C Orso, M O Fernandes, S J Paixão, D V Bonamigo
This study was designed to evaluate the effect of corn or sorghum diet and canthaxanthin (CX) supplementation on performance in broiler breeders. A total of 440 females with similar body weight (BW) (3.71 ± 0.14 kg) and 60 roosters were placed in an open-sided house with 20 pens, randomly distributed in a factorial arrangement (2 × 2). There were 4 diets of 2 ingredients; corn (CO) or sorghum (SO) and 2 levels of CX; 6 mg/kg (CX) and 0 mg/kg (NCX) totaling 5 replicate pens of 22 females and 3 males each, from 42 to 65 wk, divided in 2 periods (from wk 42 to 53 and wk 54 to 65)...
March 4, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340131/interobserver-variability-in-histologic-evaluation-of-liver-fibrosis-using-categorical-and-quantitative-scores
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Michael Pavlides, Jacqueline Birks, Eve Fryer, David Delaney, Nikita Sarania, Rajarshi Banerjee, Stefan Neubauer, Eleanor Barnes, Kenneth A Fleming, Lai Mun Wang
Objectives: The aim of the study was to investigate the interobserver agreement for categorical and quantitative scores of liver fibrosis. Methods: Sixty-five consecutive biopsy specimens from patients with mixed liver disease etiologies were assessed by three pathologists using the Ishak and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network (NASH CRN) scoring systems, and the fibrosis area (collagen proportionate area [CPA]) was estimated by visual inspection (visual-CPA)...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340039/infant-birth-outcomes-are-associated-with-dna-damage-biomarkers-as-measured-by-the-cytokinesis-block-micronucleus-cytome-assay-the-dadhi-study
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Mansi Dass Singh, Philip Thomas, Maryam Hor, Theodora Almond, Julie Owens, William Hague, Michael Fenech
Accumulation of DNA damage in the first 1000 days may increase risk of accelerated ageing and degenerative diseases in adult life such as cancers. The extent of DNA damage in infants and the correlation of maternal factors during pregnancy with neonate birth outcomes and DNA damage is not known in infants born in Australia. Therefore, we performed a prospective cohort study to collect data on DNA damage in lymphocytes of Australian infants (aged 0, 3 and 6 months), using the cytokinesis block micronucleus cytome (CBMN-Cyt) assay...
March 3, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340027/influence-of-long-term-in-vivo-exposure-debris-accumulation-and-archwire-material-on-friction-force-among-different-types-of-brackets-and-archwires-couples
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Uroš Mezeg, Jasmina Primožic
Objective: The aim was to assess the influence of long-term in vivo exposure, debris accumulation and archwire material on static and kinetic friction force among different types of brackets and archwires couples. Material and Methods: Friction testing was performed among four lower incisors' brackets, conventional and self-ligating (SL), coupled with either nickel-titanium or stainless steel archwires, as-received and in vivo exposed in 18 subjects. The friction testing was performed for a sliding distance of 14 mm at a speed of 10 mm/min, with a starting force of 0...
February 28, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
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