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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351119/biotechnology-and-consumer-decision-making
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Joanna K Sax
Society is facing major challenges in climate change, health care and overall quality of life. Scientific advances to address these areas continue to grow, with overwhelming evidence that the application of highly tested forms of biotechnology is safe and effective. Despite scientific consensus in these areas, consumers appear reluctant to support their use. Research that helps to understand consumer decision-making and the public’s resistance to biotechnologies such as vaccines, fluoridated water programs and genetically engineered food, will provide great social value...
2017: Seton Hall Law Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351037/impact-of-laser-power-and-firing-angle-on-coagulation-efficiency-in-laser-treatment-for-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-an-ex-vivo-placenta-study
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Joost Akkermans, Loes van der Donk, Suzanne H P Peeters, Sjoerd van Tuijl, Johanna M Middeldorp, Enrico Lopriore, Dick Oepkes
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of laser power and firing angle on coagulation efficiency for closing placental anastomoses in the treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome. METHODS: We used an ex vivo blood-perfused human placenta model to compare time to complete coagulation using 30 vs. 50 W of neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser power and using a firing angle of 90° vs. 45°. Placentas were perfused with pig blood at 5 mL/min. Differences were analyzed using independent-samples t test, Mann-Whitney U test, or χ2 test as appropriate...
March 29, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350902/the-role-of-stewardship-in-addressing-antibacterial-resistance-stewardship-and-infection-control-committee-of-the-antibacterial-resistance-leadership-group
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Deverick J Anderson, Timothy C Jenkins, Scott R Evans, Anthony D Harris, Robert A Weinstein, Pranita D Tamma, Jennifer H Han, Ritu Banerjee, Robin Patel, Theoklis Zaoutis, Ebbing Lautenbach
Antibacterial resistance is increasing globally and has been recognized as a major public health threat. Antibacterial stewardship is the coordinated effort to improve the appropriate use of antibiotics with the aim to decrease selective pressure for multidrug-resistant organisms in order to preserve the utility of antibacterial agents. This article describes the activities of the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) in the area of antibacterial stewardship. To date, the ARLG has focused intensely on development of rapid diagnostic tests, which (when coupled with educational and institutional initiatives) will enable the robust stewardship that is needed to address the current crisis of antibacterial resistance...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350826/expression-purification-of-metallothionein-genes-from-freshwater-crab-sinopotamon-yangtsekiense-and-development-of-an-anti-metallothionein-elisa
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Jian Yang, Hui Sun, Hao Zhang, Hui Zhou
Using the phoA-fusion technology, the recombinant metallothionein (MT) from freshwater crab (Sinopotamon yangtsekiense) has been successfully produced in Escherichia coli. MT purified from the bacterial suspension showed one polypeptide with a molecular weight of 7 kDa by tricine-sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (Tricine-SDS-PAGE). Western-blotting confirmed the polypeptides had a specific reactivity with mouse polyclonal MT anti-serum. Based on the purified MT and MT anti-serum, the reaction parameters for an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) were developed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350777/understanding-brain-reorganization-in-infants-with-perinatal-stroke-through-neuroexcitability-and-neuroimaging
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Chao-Ying Chen, Michael Georgieff, Jed Elison, Mo Chen, James Stinear, Bryon Mueller, Raghavendra Rao, Kyle Rudser, Bernadette Gillick
PURPOSE: The primary aim of this proposed study is to evaluate brain reorganization patterns in infants with perinatal stroke between 3 and 5 months of age using transcranial magnetic stimulation and magnetic resonance imaging, with the addition of the General Movements Assessment. A secondary aim is to demonstrate feasibility and safety of infant-appropriate brain assessment protocols. METHODS: Ten infants with perinatal stroke will be enrolled. In this exploratory study, infants will first receive magnetic resonance imaging scanning during natural sleep to examine their corticospinal tract integrity...
April 2017: Pediatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350707/a-useful-gadget-to-reduce-the-radiation-dose-of-interventionist-s-hands
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Banafsheh Zeinali-Rafsanjani, Alireza Rasekhi, Mahdi Saeedi-Moghadam, Fariba Zarei, Reza Jalli, Sepideh Sefidbakht, Parisa Pishdad
Increased demand for interventional radiology techniques has interventionists performing a large number of these procedures. Measurements and calculations have shown that the radiation doses received by these specialists can exceed the threshold of radiation-induced deterministic effects unless radiation protection procedures and devices are used. Proper usage of radiation protection devices can protect them from radiation-induced effects, even with a high workload. Occupational radiation protection entails proper training of interventionists to increase their awareness about available appropriate protection tools and equipment, and devices that can be used to minimize exposure, such as needle holders, tubing extensions, and injectors...
May 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350699/rapid-analysis-of-239-238pu-241am-and-90sr-for-nasal-smear-samples-in-radiation-emergency-and-evaluation-of-intake-retention-fraction
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Seokwon Yoon, Wi-Ho Ha, Sunhoo Park, Seung-Sook Lee, Young-Woo Jin
The efficiency of the nasal smear method was reviewed to perform a method of sample collection, analysis and initial dose estimation. The screening method of alpha-emitting radionuclides using chemical separation and alpha spectrometry was also studied. To rapidly conduct the appropriate response to victims, special monitoring for Pu, Am, and Sr using sequential analysis was established, and the method was successfully validated through participation in an international inter-comparison program. The duration of the analysis method was evaluated with regard to application in emergency situations because of its relatively rapid treatment and counting time...
May 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350674/a-new-microtia-reconstruction-method-using-delayed-postauricular-skin-flap
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Gaofeng Li, Fan Zhang, Wei Ding, Zihan Wu, Yigao Hu, Tao Luo, Bo Zhang, Xia Jiang
BACKGROUND: This article presents a new microtia reconstruction method using a delayed postauricular skin flap. METHODS: The surgery is scheduled in three stages, the first of which delays the postauricular skin flap and deals with the remnant auricle. Three weeks later, the second stage is carried out. An erect, three-dimensional ear framework fabricated from autogenous rib cartilage is inserted between two flaps. The anterior auricular surface of the framework is draped with the delayed skin flap, and the postauricular surface is draped with postauricular fascia and overlying grafted skin...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350664/human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-labeled-with-plasmonic-gold-nanostars-for-cellular-tracking-and-photothermal-cancer-cell-ablation
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Ronnie L Shammas, Andrew M Fales, Bridget M Crawford, Amy J Wisdom, Gayathri R Devi, David A Brown, Tuan Vo-Dinh, Scott T Hollenbeck
BACKGROUND: Gold nanostars are unique nanoplatforms that can be imaged in real time and transform light energy into heat to ablate cells. Adipose-derived stem cells migrate toward tumor niches in response to chemokines. The ability of adipose-derived stem cells to migrate and integrate into tumors makes them ideal vehicles for the targeted delivery of cancer nanotherapeutics. METHODS: To test the labeling efficiency of gold nanostars, undifferentiated adipose-derived stem cells were incubated with gold nanostars and a commercially available nanoparticle (Qtracker), then imaged using two-photon photoluminescence microscopy...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350659/first-female-to-male-facial-confirmation-surgery-with-description-of-a-new-procedure-for-masculinization-of-the-thyroid-cartilage-adam-s-apple
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Jordan C Deschamps-Braly, Caitlin L Sacher, Jennifer Fick, Douglas K Ousterhout
Although male-to-female transgender patients commonly seek facial feminization surgery, facial masculinization surgery in the female-to-male transgender population is unreported in the literature. This report documents the first known female-to-male facial masculinization surgery, including a new technique for creating an "Adam's apple" to enhance the facial masculine appearance of a natal female. The authors "reversed" the methods typically used to feminize male facial features, and modified the forehead, nose, and chin to masculinize the patient's natal female facial features...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350476/initial-experience-with-honoring-choices-wisconsin-implementation-of-an-advance-care-planning-pilot-in-a-tertiary-care-setting
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Wendy L Peltier, Faiz Gani, Jennifer Blissitt, Katherine Walczak, Kristi Opper, Arthur R Derse, Fabian M Johnston
BACKGROUND: Although previous research on advance care planning (ACP) has associated ACP with improved quality of care at the end of life, the appropriate use of ACP remains limited. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a pilot program using the "Honoring Choices Wisconsin" (HCW) model for ACP in a tertiary care setting, and to understand barriers to system-wide implementation. DESIGN: Retrospective review of prospectively collected data. SETTING/SUBJECTS: Patients who received medical or surgical oncology care at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346991/an-integrated-assessment-framework-for-the-analysis-of-multiple-pressures-in-aquatic-ecosystems-and-the-appraisal-of-management-options
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A Pistocchi, A Udias, B Grizzetti, E Gelati, P Koundouri, R Ludwig, A Papandreou, I Souliotis
The contribution illustrates an integrated assessment framework aimed at evaluating the relationships between multiple pressures and water body status for the purposes of river basin management. The framework includes the following steps. (1) Understanding how the different pressures affect the status of water bodies. This entails the characterization of biophysical state variables and the definition of a causal relationship between pressures and status. Therefore this step involves interaction between experts bearing ecological understanding and experts providing models to represent the effect of pressures...
January 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346980/ecological-intensification-to-mitigate-impacts-of-conventional-intensive-land-use-on-pollinators-and-pollination
#13
REVIEW
Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, Anahí Espíndola, Adam J Vanbergen, Josef Settele, Claire Kremen, Lynn V Dicks
Worldwide, human appropriation of ecosystems is disrupting plant-pollinator communities and pollination function through habitat conversion and landscape homogenisation. Conversion to agriculture is destroying and degrading semi-natural ecosystems while conventional land-use intensification (e.g. industrial management of large-scale monocultures with high chemical inputs) homogenises landscape structure and quality. Together, these anthropogenic processes reduce the connectivity of populations and erode floral and nesting resources to undermine pollinator abundance and diversity, and ultimately pollination services...
March 27, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346878/how-appropriate-are-the-english-language-test-requirements-for-non-uk-trained-nurses-a-qualitative-study-of-spoken-communication-in-uk-hospitals
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Carole Sedgwick, Mark Garner
BACKGROUND: Non-native speakers of English who hold nursing qualifications from outside the UK are required to provide evidence of English language competence by achieving a minimum overall score of Band 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test. OBJECTIVES: To describe the English language required to deal with the daily demands of nursing in the UK. To compare these abilities with the stipulated levels on the language test. DESIGN: A tracking study was conducted with 4 nurses, and focus groups with 11 further nurses...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346803/carbapenemase-producing-aeromonas-veronii-disseminated-in-the-environment-of-an-equine-specialty-hospital
#15
Rachael J Adams, Dimitria A Mathys, Dixie F Mollenkopf, Andrea Whittle, Joshua B Daniels, Thomas E Wittum
The emergence of bacterial resistance to carbapenem antibiotics is an urgent public health threat. Carbapenem drugs are a last resort treatment option for life-threatening infections. The frequent use of broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat hospitalized patients provides significant selection pressure favoring the emergence and dissemination of resistant organisms, including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). CREs have been reported in animal populations, but only rarely in horses. Our objective was to determine the prevalence of CRE in the environment of a referral equine specialty hospital...
March 27, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346791/hydroxy-directed-enantioselective-hydroxyalkylation-in-the-carbocyclic-ring-of-indoles
#16
Marc Montesinos-Magraner, Carlos Vila, Gonzalo Blay, Isabel Fernández, M Carmen Muñoz, José R Pedro
A Cinchona-derived squaramide catalyzes the reaction between hydroxyindoles and isatins leading to enantioenriched indoles substituted in the carbocyclic ring. The reaction proceeds efficiently with differently substituted isatins, yielding the desired products with excellent regioselectivity, good yields, and high enantiocontrol. Moreover, every position of the carbocyclic ring of the indole can be functionalized by using the appropriate starting hydroxyindole. The OH group was removed smoothly upon hydrogenolysis of the corresponding triflate...
March 27, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346691/reproductive-status-affects-the-feeding-ecology-and-social-association-patterns-of-female-squirrel-monkeys-saimiri-collinsi-in-an-amazonian-rainforest
#17
Luana V P Ruivo, Anita I Stone, Matthew Fienup
When making foraging decisions, female primates may follow specific behavioral strategies that reflect their reproductive state. Lactation is considered the most energetically costly phase for females, but we argue that gestation is also energetically expensive for squirrel monkeys. In this study, we examined whether female squirrel monkeys (a seasonally breeding primate) in different reproductive phases showed significant differences in their foraging ecology. We sampled two wild groups of squirrel monkeys (Saimiri collinsi) using the focal animal method, during 12 months (June 2014 to May 2015)...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346519/views-of-senior-health-personnel-about-quality-of-emergency-obstetric-care-a-qualitative-study-in-nigeria
#18
Friday Okonofua, Abdullahi Randawa, Rosemary Ogu, Kingsley Agholor, Ola Okike, Rukayat Adeola Abdus-Salam, Mohammed Gana, Eghe Abe, Adetoye Durodola, Hadiza Galadanci
BACKGROUND: Late arrival in hospital by women experiencing pregnancy complications is an important background factor leading to maternal mortality in Nigeria. The use of effective and timely emergency obstetric care determines whether women survive or die, or become near-miss cases. Healthcare managers have the responsibility to deploy resources for implementing emergency obstetric care. OBJECTIVES: To determine the nature of institutional policies and frameworks for managing obstetric complications and reducing maternal deaths in Nigeria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346515/gender-differences-in-reward-and-punishment-for-monetary-and-social-feedback-in-children-an-erp-study
#19
Ying Ding, Encong Wang, Yuchen Zou, Yan Song, Xue Xiao, Wanyi Huang, Yanfang Li
Gender differences in feedback processing have been observed among adolescents and adults through event-related potentials. However, information on whether and how this feedback processing is affected by feedback valence, feedback type, and individual sensitivity in reward/punishment among children remains minimal. In this study, we used a guessing game task coupled with electroencephalography to investigate gender differences in feedback processing, in which feedback to reward and punishment was presented in the context of monetary and social conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346497/determinants-of-infant-nutritional-status-in-dabat-district-north-gondar-ethiopia-a-case-control-study
#20
Amarech Asratie Wubante
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is the top cause of global burden of disease, disability and mortality among infants. Over two-thirds of deaths of children globally occur during the first year of life (infancy). Malnutrition among infants is substantially high in Ethiopia. Therefore, this study is aimed to assess determinants of infant nutritional status. METHODS: A community based nested case-control study was conducted from February to June 2013 in Dabat district. A total of 80 cases and 320 controls (1:4 ratios) were studied...
2017: PloS One
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