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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915056/gigahertz-optomechanical-modulation-by-split-ring-resonator-nanophotonic-meta-atom-arrays
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Yuta Imade, Ronald Ulbricht, Motonobu Tomoda, Osamu Matsuda, Gediminas Seniutinas, Saulius Juodkazis, Oliver B Wright
Using polarization-resolved transient reflection spectroscopy, we investigate the ultrafast modulation of light interacting with a metasurface consisting of coherently vibrating nanophotonic meta-atoms in the form of U-shaped split-ring resonators, that exhibit co-localized optical and mechanical resonances. With a two-dimensional square-lattice array of these resonators formed of gold on a glass substrate, we monitor the visible-pump-pulse induced gigahertz oscillations in intensity of reflected linearly-polarized infrared probe light pulses, modulated by the resonators effectively acting as miniature tuning forks...
September 15, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904907/microdissection-testicular-sperm-extraction
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Ryan Flannigan, Phil V Bach, Peter N Schlegel
Microdissection testicular sperm extraction (microTESE) is considered the gold standard method for surgical sperm retrieval among patients with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA). In this review, we will discuss the optimal evaluation of NOA patients and strategies to medically optimize NOA patients prior to microTESE. In addition, we will also discuss technical principles and pearls to maximize the chances of successful sperm retrieval, sperm retrieval rates (SRR) based upon testicular histology, predictors of successful sperm retrieval, gonadal recovery following microTESE, and potential complications...
August 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900248/high-extinction-ratio-electromagnetically-induced-transparency-analogue-based-on-the-radiation-suppression-of-dark-modes
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JingYa Xie, Xi Zhu, XiaoFei Zang, QingQing Cheng, YangYang Ye, YiMing Zhu
A high extinction ratio (ER) electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) analogue based on single-layer metamaterial is designed and experimentally demonstrated in this paper. This design involves four mirror-like symmetrically coupled split ring resonators (SRRs) that exhibit a bright-dark-dark-bright mode configuration. The EIT-like effect is realized by coupling between the bright resonators and dark resonators. The high ER feature is achieved from the suppression of radiative losses, due to opposite directions of electric and magnetic dipoles of two dark modes in the unit cell...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887646/cancer-in-first-nations-people-living-in-british-columbia-canada-an-analysis-of-incidence-and-survival-from-1993-to-2010
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Colleen E McGahan, Kevin Linn, Preston Guno, Harmony Johnson, Andrew J Coldman, John J Spinelli, Nadine R Caron
BACKGROUND: For First Nations (FN) peoples living in British Columbia (BC), little is known regarding cancer in the population. The aim of this study was to explore cancer incidence and survival in the FN population of BC and compare it to the non-FN population. METHODS: All new cancers diagnosed from 1993 to 2010 were linked to the First Nations Client File (FNCF). Age-standardized incidence rates (ASIR) and rate ratios, and 1- and 5-year cause-specific survival estimates and hazard ratios were calculated...
September 8, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874876/an-ultra-compact-rejection-filter-based-on-spoof-surface-plasmon-polaritons
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Shumin Zhao, Hao Chi Zhang, Jiahao Zhao, Wen Xuan Tang
In this paper, we propose a scheme to construct a new type of ultra-compact rejection filter by loading split-ring resonators (SRRs) on the transmission line of spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). From the dispersion analysis of the spoof SPP transmission line with and without the SRR loading, we clearly reveal the mechanism of the rejection characteristic for this compact filter. Meanwhile, we fabricate two spoof SPPs waveguides loaded with different amounts of metamaterials particles, and experimentally test them using an Agilent Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) and a homemade near-field scanning system...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859547/fast-start-up-of-anammox-process-with-mixed-activated-sludge-and-settling-option
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Lihong Ye, Dong Li, Jie Zhang, Huiping Zeng
In this study, successful start-up of the anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) process in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) was achieved by seeding mixed activated sludge which included aerobic sludge, anaerobic sludge, simultaneous partial nitrification, anammox and denitrification (SNAD) sludge and anammox sludge with low activity at a 2200: 2100: 5: 2 volume ratio. On day 15, the effective anammox activity was attained in SBR, with the specific total nitrogen removal rate (SRR) of 0.214 gNg(-1)VSS d(-1)...
August 31, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827841/o-acetylation-of-the-serine-rich-repeat-glycoprotein-gspb-is-coordinated-with-accessory-sec-transport
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Ravin Seepersaud, David Sychantha, Barbara A Bensing, Anthony J Clarke, Paul M Sullam
The serine-rich repeat (SRR) glycoproteins are a family of adhesins found in many Gram-positive bacteria. Expression of the SRR adhesins has been linked to virulence for a variety of infections, including streptococcal endocarditis. The SRR preproteins undergo intracellular glycosylation, followed by export via the accessory Sec (aSec) system. This specialized transporter is comprised of SecA2, SecY2 and three to five accessory Sec proteins (Asps) that are required for export. Although the post-translational modification and transport of the SRR adhesins have been viewed as distinct processes, we found that Asp2 of Streptococcus gordonii also has an important role in modifying the SRR adhesin GspB...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813001/dual-band-band-pass-filter-with-fixed-low-band-and-fluidically-tunable-high-band
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Eiyong Park, Daecheon Lim, Sungjoon Lim
In this work, we present a dual-band band-pass filter with fixed low-band resonant frequency and tunable high-band resonant frequency. The proposed filter consists of two split-ring resonators (SRRs) with a stub and microfluidic channels. The lower resonant frequency is determined by the length of the SRR alone, whereas the higher resonant frequency is determined by the lengths of the SRR and the stub. Using this characteristic, we fix the lower resonant frequency by fixing the SRR length and tune the higher resonant frequency by controlling the stub length by injecting liquid metal in the microfluidic channel...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812900/single-reactant-replacement-approach-of-passerini-reaction-one-pot-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-acyloxyamides-and-phthalides
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Yangyong Shen, Bo Huang, Linwei Zeng, Sunliang Cui
The Passerini reaction is a classical and well-known multicomponent reaction for accessing α-acyloxy amides. A single reactant replacement (SRR) approach of Passerini reaction is described, which involves aldehydes, carboxylic acids, and ynamides to constitute a one-pot synthesis of β-acyloxy amides in a convergent manner. When this method was subject to intramolecular reaction, the process would produce phthalide products. The scalability was demonstrated, and a crossover reaction was conducted to elucidate a plausible mechanism...
August 16, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804071/iatrogenic-injury-among-the-aboriginal-and-total-populations-of-british-columbia-canada-1991-2010-inequities-associated-with-ethnicity-and-socioeconomic-status
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Andrew Jin, Mariana Brussoni, M Anne George, Christopher E Lalonde, Rod McCormick
PURPOSE: Measure population health impact, and socioeconomic, geographic, and ethnic predictors of iatrogenic injury. METHODS: Within three groups (total population, Aboriginal off-reserve, and Aboriginal on-reserve) in each of 16 Health Service Delivery Areas (HSDAs) of British Columbia, Canada we calculated crude incidence and Standardized Relative Risk (SRR) of hospitalization for iatrogenic injury. We tested hypothesized associations between HSDA census characteristics and SRR, by multivariable regression...
2017: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799634/effectiveness-of-highly-purified-urofollitropin-treatment-in-patients-with-idiopathic-azoospermia-before-testicular-sperm-extraction
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Andrea Cocci, Gianmartin Cito, Giorgio I Russo, Marco Falcone, Marco Capece, Massimiliano Timpano, Pier Andrea Della Camera, Simone Morselli, Giovanni Tasso, Girolamo Morelli, Giuseppe Morgia, Andrea Minervini, Sergio Serni, Marco Carini, Alessandro Natali, Mauro Gacci
INTRODUCTION: Recent evidences demonstrated that male factor alone is responsible for about 30% cases of infertility. Human follicle-stimulating hormone (hFSH) has been introduced to increase sperm concentration, spermatogonial population, or both natural or assisted pregnancy rates (PRs) in oligozoospermic subjects with normal concentrations of gonadotropins. METHODS: Fifty infertile men affected by idiopathic azoospermia were enrolled in this study, after undergoing medical history, physical and clinical examination, baseline semen parameters and hormonal plasma concentrations...
August 7, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789649/intentional-injury-among-the-indigenous-and-total-populations-in-british-columbia-canada-trends-over-time-and-ecological-analyses-of-risk
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M Anne George, Andrew Jin, Mariana Brussoni, Christopher E Lalonde, Rod McCormick
BACKGROUND: Our objective was to explore intentional injury disparity between Indigenous populations and the total population in the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada. We focus on hospitalizations, including both self-inflicted injuries and injuries inflicted by others. METHODS: We used data from BC's universal health care insurance plan, 1991 to 2010, linked to Vital Statistics databases. Indigenous people were identified through the insurance premium group, and birth and death records...
August 8, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734979/rumination-interacts-with-life-stress-to-predict-depressive-symptoms-an-ecological-momentary-assessment-study
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Samantha L Connolly, Lauren B Alloy
Rumination is a well-established vulnerability factor for depression that may exert deleterious effects both independently and in interaction with stress. The current study examined momentary ruminative self-focus (MRS) and stress-reactive rumination (SRR) as predictors of depressive symptoms utilizing a smartphone ecological momentary assessment (EMA) design. 121 undergraduates responded to four text message alerts per day for one week in which they indicated the occurrence of life stress, rumination, and depressed mood...
October 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730615/vulvar-cancer-in-high-income-countries-increasing-burden-of-disease
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Yoon-Jung Kang, Megan Smith, Ellen Barlow, Kate Coffey, Neville Hacker, Karen Canfell
The aim of this study was to assess trends in the age-specific incidence of vulvar cancer in 13 high-income countries satisfying a priori conditions regarding the availability of cancer registry data over a 20 year period; these were Canada, USA, 9 European countries, Australia and Japan. Five-yearly incidence and population at risk were obtained from Cancer Incidence in Five Continents for the years 1988-1992 (Volume 7) to 2003-2007 (Volume 10). The 5-yearly average percent change (AvPC) over the 20-year period and standardised rate ratios (SRRs) for 2003-2007 vs...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720879/microwave-tunable-metamaterial-based-on-semiconductor-to-metal-phase-transition
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Guanqiao Zhang, He Ma, Chuwen Lan, Rui Gao, Ji Zhou
A microwave tunable metamaterial utilizing the semiconductor-to-metal transition of vanadium dioxide (VO2) is proposed, experimentally demonstrated and theoretically scrutinized. Basic concept of the design involves the combination of temperature-dependent hysteresis in VO2 with resonance induced heating, resulting in a nonlinear response to power input. A lithographically prepared gold split-rings resonator (SRR) array deposited with VO2 thin film is fabricated. Transmission spectra analysis shows a clear manifestation of nonlinearity, involving power-dependence of resonant frequency as well as transmitted intensity at both elevated and room temperature...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719849/selective-cathodic-microbial-biofilm-retention-allows-a-high-current-to-sulfide-efficiency-in-sulfate-reducing-microbial-electrolysis-cells
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Guillermo Pozo, Yang Lu, Sebastien Pongy, Jürg Keller, Pablo Ledezma, Stefano Freguia
Selective microbial retention is of paramount importance for the long-term performance of cathodic sulfate reduction in microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) due to the slow growth rate of autotrophic sulfate-reducing bacteria. In this work, we investigate the biofilm retention and current-to-sulfide conversion efficiency using carbon granules (CG) or multi-wall carbon nanotubes deposited on reticulated vitreous carbon (MWCNT-RVC) as electrode materials. For ~2months, the MECs were operated at sulfate loading rates of 21 to 309gSO4 -S/m(2)/d...
December 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695648/three-glycosylated-serine-rich-repeat-proteins-play-a-pivotal-role-in-adhesion-and-colonization-of-the-pioneer-commensal-bacterium-streptococcus-salivarius
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Benoit Couvigny, Nicolas Lapaque, Lionel Rigottier-Gois, Alain Guillot, Sophie Chat, Thierry Meylheuc, Saulius Kulakauskas, Manfred Rohde, Michel-Yves Mistou, Pierre Renault, Joel Doré, Romain Briandet, Pascale Serror, Eric Guédon
Bacterial adhesion is a critical step for colonization of the host. The pioneer colonizer and commensal bacterium of the human gastrointestinal tract, Streptococcus salivarius, has strong adhesive properties but the molecular determinants of this adhesion remain uncharacterized. Serine-rich repeat (SRR) glycoproteins are a family of adhesins that fulfil an important role in adhesion. In general, Gram-positive bacterial genomes have a unique SRR glycoprotein-encoding gene. We demonstrate that S. salivarius expresses three large and glycosylated surface-exposed proteins - SrpA, SrpB and SrpC - that show characteristics of SRR glycoproteins and are secreted through the accessory SecA2/Y2 system...
July 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636536/intake-of-red-and-processed-meat-and-risk-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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Shaojing Zhang, Qingwei Wang, Juanjuan He
BACKGROUND: Findings on the association between intake of red and processed meat with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) risk are mixed. We conducted a meta-analysis to investigate this association. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eligible studies up to August 31, 2016, were identified and retrieved by searching the MEDLINE and Embase databases along with manual review of the reference lists from the retrieved studies. The quality of the included studies was evaluated using the Newcastle-Ottawa Quality Assessment Scale...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616886/cancer-incidence-among-boat-building-workers-exposed-to-styrene
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Avima M Ruder, Stephen J Bertke
BACKGROUND: A cancer incidence analysis was conducted on The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health boat-builders cohort exposed to styrene, a possible carcinogen. METHODS: Standardized incidence ratios (SIR) and standardized rate ratios (SRR) were calculated using national and Washington State rates and a person-years analysis program. RESULTS: Among 3704 workers living in Washington State after 1991, when cancer registry case accrual began, 516 first primary diagnoses occurred through 2007...
July 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580277/expression-and-functional-assessment-of-candidate-type-2-diabetes-susceptibility-genes-identify-four-new-genes-contributing-to-human-insulin-secretion
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Fatou K Ndiaye, Ana Ortalli, Mickaël Canouil, Marlène Huyvaert, Clara Salazar-Cardozo, Cécile Lecoeur, Marie Verbanck, Valérie Pawlowski, Raphaël Boutry, Emmanuelle Durand, Iandry Rabearivelo, Olivier Sand, Lorella Marselli, Julie Kerr-Conte, Vikash Chandra, Raphaël Scharfmann, Odile Poulain-Godefroy, Piero Marchetti, François Pattou, Amar Abderrahmani, Philippe Froguel, Amélie Bonnefond
OBJECTIVES: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified >100 loci independently contributing to type 2 diabetes (T2D) risk. However, translational implications for precision medicine and for the development of novel treatments have been disappointing, due to poor knowledge of how these loci impact T2D pathophysiology. Here, we aimed to measure the expression of genes located nearby T2D associated signals and to assess their effect on insulin secretion from pancreatic beta cells...
June 2017: Molecular Metabolism
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