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Eric Seiti Yamanaka, Luis A Tortajada-Genaro, Nuria Pastor, Ángel Maquieira
The genotyping of a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is addressed through methods based on loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) combined with user-friendly optical read-outs to cover the current demand for point-of-care DNA biomarker detection. The modification of primer design and reaction composition improved the assay selectivity yielding allele-specific results and reducing false-positive frequency. Furthermore, the reduced cost, ease of use and effectiveness of colorimetric detection (solution and hybridisation chip formats) were availed for the image capture by a smartphone, reching high sensitivity...
March 8, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Allan McGroarty, Rebecca McCartan
PURPOSE: Although considerable efforts have been made to investigate the effectiveness of pharmacological treatments for stuttering, little is known about how the stuttering community perceives these treatments. This study aimed to assess and quantify beliefs regarding pharmacotherapy for adults who stutter and to establish whether behavioural intentions to undertake treatment were related to these beliefs. METHOD: An adapted version of the Beliefs about Medicine Questionnaire was completed by adults who stutter...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Communication Disorders
Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz, Bogusław Pawłowski
AIM: Hand grip strength (HGS) is a non-invasive measure of physical strength, overall health, and nutritional status. The aim of the study was to test if HGS and its changes in pregnancy are related with offspring sex and birth weight. METHODS: We conducted longitudinal study on 95 healthy pregnant women (mean age 29.57 ± 3.43). HGS was measured in each trimester. A woman's height and changes in weight in pregnancy were also measured. The information on a child's sex, birth weight and the pregnancy week at delivery were derived from hospital records...
March 17, 2018: Early Human Development
Konstantinos Daskalakis, Aaro Ilmari Väkeväinen, Jani-Petri Martikainen, Tommi K Hakala, Päivi Törmä
Nanoscale coherent light sources offer potentially ultrafast modulation speeds which could be utilized for novel sensors and optical switches. Plasmonic periodic structures combined with organic gain materials have emerged as promising candidates for such nanolasers. Their plasmonic component provides high intensity and ultrafast nanoscale-confined electric fields, while organic gain materials offer fabrication flexibility and low acquisition cost. Despite reports on lasing in plasmonic arrays, lasing dynamics in these structures has not been experimentally studied yet...
March 20, 2018: Nano Letters
Peter J Carr, Niall S Higgins, Marie L Cooke, Gabor Mihala, Claire M Rickard
BACKGROUND: Most people admitted to hospitals worldwide require a vascular access device (VAD). Hundreds of millions of VADs are inserted annually in the USA with reports of over a billion peripheral intravenous catheters used annually worldwide. Numerous reports suggest that a team approach for the assessment, insertion, and maintenance of VADs improves clinical outcomes, the patient experience, and healthcare processes. OBJECTIVES: To compare the use of the vascular access specialist team (VAST) for VAD insertion and care to a generalist model approach for hospital or community participants requiring a VAD in terms of insertion success, device failure, and cost-effectiveness...
March 20, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
T W Pike, F Mushtaq, R P Mann, P Chambers, G Hall, J E Tomlinson, R Mir, R M Wilkie, M Mon-Williams, J P A Lodge
BACKGROUND: Recent reviews suggest that the way in which surgeons prepare for a procedure (warm up) can affect performance. Operating lists present a natural experiment to explore this phenomenon. The aim was to use a routinely collected large data set on surgical procedures to understand the relationship between case list order and operative performance. METHOD: Theatre lists involving the 35 procedures performed most frequently by senior surgeons across 38 private hospitals in the UK over 26 months were examined...
March 20, 2018: British Journal of Surgery
David Perez-Diaz-de-Cerio, Ángela Hernández-Solana, Antonio Valdovinos, Jose Luis Valenzuela
Timing points used in running races and other competition events are generally based on radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. Athletes' times are calculated via passive RFID tags and reader kits. Specifically, the reader infrastructure needed is complex and requires the deployment of a mat or ramps which hide the receiver antennae under them. Moreover, with the employed tags, it is not possible to transmit additional and dynamic information such as pulse or oximetry monitoring, alarms, etc. In this paper we present a system based on two low complex schemes allowed in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE): the non-connectable undirected advertisement process and a modified version of scannable undirected advertisement process using the new capabilities present in Bluetooth 5...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Ali Al-Naji, Javaan Chahl
Monitoring of cardiopulmonary activity is a challenge when attempted under adverse conditions, including different sleeping postures, environmental settings, and an unclear region of interest (ROI). This study proposes an efficient remote imaging system based on a Microsoft Kinect v2 sensor for the observation of cardiopulmonary-signal-and-detection-related abnormal cardiopulmonary events (e.g., tachycardia, bradycardia, tachypnea, bradypnea, and central apnoea) in many possible sleeping postures within varying environmental settings including in total darkness and whether the subject is covered by a blanket or not...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Arnaldo Leal-Junior, Anselmo Frizera-Neto, Carlos Marques, Maria José Pontes
This paper presents a system capable of measuring temperature and relative humidity with polymer optical fiber (POF) sensors. The sensors are based on variations of the Young's and shear moduli of the POF with variations in temperature and relative humidity. The system comprises two POFs, each with a predefined torsion stress that resulted in a variation in the fiber refractive index due to the stress-optic effect. Because there is a correlation between stress and material properties, the variation in temperature and humidity causes a variation in the fiber's stress, which leads to variations in the fiber refractive index...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Brendan A Andres, Benjamin R Childs, Heather A Vallier
OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of hypovitaminosis D and to evaluate a supplementation intervention. We hypothesized that patients would exhibit high adherence with a free sample, and levels would become sufficient. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Level 1 trauma center. PATIENTS: One hundred forty-four consecutive, skeletally mature patients treated for acute fractures. INTERVENTION: All were provided 600 mg calcium and 800 IU vitamin D3 capsules twice daily...
April 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Sean M Murphy, Jared A Leff, Benjamin P Linas, Jake R Morgan, Kathryn McCollister, Bruce R Schackman
BACKGROUND: Health economic evaluation findings assist stakeholders in improving the quality, availability, scalability, and sustainability of evidence-based services, and in maximizing the efficiency of service delivery. The Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorders, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) is a NIDA-funded multi-institutional center of excellence whose mission is to develop and disseminate health-economic research on healthcare utilization, health outcomes, and health-related behaviors that informs substance use disorder treatment policy, and HCV and HIV care of people who use substances...
March 20, 2018: Substance Abuse
Yoshio Okiyama, Tatsuya Nakano, Chiduru Watanabe, Kaori Fukuzawa, Shigenori Tanaka
In this study, an ab initio fragment molecular orbital (FMO) methodology was developed to evaluate the solvent effects on electrostatic interactions, which make a significant contribution to the physical and chemical processes occurring in biological systems. Here, a fully polarizable solute consisting of the FMO electron density was electrostatically coupled with an implicit solvent based on the Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) equation; in addition, the nonpolar contributions empirically obtained from the molecular surface area (SA) were added...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Catarina S H Jesus, Pedro Fernandes Cruz, Luis G Arnaut, Rui M M Brito, Carlos Serpa
The understanding of fast folding dynamics of single α-helices comes mostly from studies on rationally designed peptides displaying sequences with high helical propensity. The folding/unfolding dynamics and energetics of α-helix conformations in naturally occurring peptides remains largely unexplored. Here we report the study of a protein fragment analogue of the C-peptide from bovine pancreatic ribonuclease-A, RN80, a 13-amino acid residue peptide that adopts a highly populated helical conformation in aqueous solution...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Lan Hui, Dianzeng Jia, Huidi Yu, Yurui Xue, Yuliang Li
We employed a two-step strategy for preparing ultrathin graphdiyne-wrapped iron carbonate hydroxide nanosheets on nickel foam (FeCH@GDY/NF) as the efficient catalysts toward the electrical splitting water. The introduction of naturally porous GDY nanolayers on FeCH surface endows the pristine catalyst with structural advantages for boosting catalytic performances. Benefited from the protection of robust GDY nanolayers with intimate contact between GDY and FeCH, the combined material exhibits high long-term durability of 10 000 cycles for oxygen-evolution reaction (OER) and 9000 cycles for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in 1...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Olga Dergachyova, Yulong Zhao, Claire Haegelen, Pierre Jannin, Caroline Essert
PURPOSE: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a procedure requiring accurate targeting and electrode placement. The two key elements for successful planning are preserving patient safety by ensuring a safe trajectory and creating treatment efficacy through optimal selection of the stimulation point. In this work, we present the first approach of computer-assisted preoperative DBS planning to automatically optimize both the safety of the electrode's trajectory and location of the stimulation point so as to provide the best clinical outcome...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Boris F Prahl, Markus Boettle, Luís Costa, Jürgen P Kropp, Diego Rybski
The economic assessment of the impacts of storm surges and sea-level rise in coastal cities requires high-level information on the damage and protection costs associated with varying flood heights. We provide a systematically and consistently calculated dataset of macroscale damage and protection cost curves for the 600 largest European coastal cities opening the perspective for a wide range of applications. Offering the first comprehensive dataset to include the costs of dike protection, we provide the underpinning information to run comparative assessments of costs and benefits of coastal adaptation...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Data
Jennifer Bido, Roya Ghazinouri, Jamie E Collins, Desirée Diez Portela, Luis Alcantara, Thomas S Thornhill, Jeffrey N Katz
BACKGROUND: Medical missions to low and middle-income countries are increasingly frequent, with an estimated 6,000 trips sponsored by U.S. organizations accounting for approximately 200,000 surgical cases and $250 million in costs annually. However, these missions have received little critical evaluation. This paper describes the research program Operation Walk (Op-Walk) Boston, and proposes an evaluation model for similar surgical missions. METHODS: We propose an evaluation model, borrowing from the work of Donabedian and enriched by evidence from our research program...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Samrat Yeramaneni, Jeffrey L Gum, Leah Y Carreon, Eric O Klineberg, Justin S Smith, Amit Jain, Richard A Hostin
BACKGROUND: Readmissions following adult spinal deformity surgical procedures frequently occur, placing a substantial burden on patients and providers. Existing literature on readmission costs, including reason-specific readmission costs, is limited. The purposes of this study were to determine the most expensive reasons for readmission, to assess the impact of reasons and timing on readmission costs, and to estimate the drivers of total costs associated with adult spinal deformity surgical procedures...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Sean S Rajaee, Joshua C Campbell, James Mirocha, Guy D Paiement
BACKGROUND: This study provides a comprehensive analysis of total hip arthroplasty (THA) revisions in the U.S. from 2007 to 2013. METHODS: International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes were used to identify all THA revisions in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) from 2007 to 2013. The diagnoses leading to the revisions, types of revisions, major inpatient complications, and hospital and patient characteristics were compared between 2007 and 2013...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Sergio Torres-Rueda, Mwita Wambura, Helen A Weiss, Marya Plotkin, Katharine Kripke, Joseph Chilongani, Hally Mahler, Evodius Kuringe, Maende Makokha, Augustino Hellar, Carl Schutte, Kokuhumbya J Kazaura, Daimon Simbeye, Gerry Mshana, Natasha Larke, Gissenge Lija, John Changalucha, Anna Vassall, Richard Hayes, Jonathan M Grund, Fern Terris-Prestholt
BACKGROUND: Although voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) reduces the risk of HIV acquisition, demand for services is lower among men in most at-risk age groups (ages 20-34 years). A randomised controlled trial was conducted to assess the effectiveness of locally-tailored demand creation activities (including mass media, community mobilisation and targeted service delivery) in increasing uptake of campaign-delivered VMMC among men aged 20-34 years. We conducted an economic evaluation to understand the intervention's cost and cost-effectiveness...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
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