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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441776/gold-nanoparticles-for-modulating-neuronal-behavior
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Chiara Paviolo, Paul R Stoddart
Understanding the detailed functioning and pathophysiology of the brain and the nervous system continues to challenge the scientific community, particularly in terms of scaling up techniques for monitoring and interfacing with complex 3D networks. Nanotechnology has the potential to support this scaling up, where the eventual goal would be to address individual nerve cells within functional units of both the central and peripheral nervous system. Gold nanoparticles provide a variety of physical and chemical properties that have attracted attention as a light-activated nanoscale neuronal interface...
April 24, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441607/toxicity-assessment-of-zno-decorated-au-nanoparticles-in-the-mediterranean-clam-ruditapes-decussatus
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Badreddine Sellami, Amine Mezni, Abdelhafidh Khazri, Imen Bouzidi, Wiem Saidani, David Sheehan, Hamouda Beyrem
The synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials has greatly increased in recent years due to their special physical and chemical properties. However, information regarding the environmental toxicity associated with these chemicals is limited, in particular in the aquatic environment. In the present study, an experiment was performed in which the marine bivalve (Ruditapes decussatus) was exposed for 14days to 2 concentrations of zinc oxide-decorated Au nanoparticles (Au-ZnONPs: Au-ZnONP50=50μg/L; Au-ZnONP100=100μg/L)...
April 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441092/self-evaluation-of-quality-of-life-among-patients-receiving-home-parenteral-nutrition-a-validation-study
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Miriam Theilla, Ilya Kagan, Karina Chernov, Jonathan Cohen, Ilya Kagan, Pierre Singer
BACKGROUND: Home parenteral nutrition (HPN) can increase survival and quality of life (QOL) in cases of chronic intestinal failure. The present study compares a gold standard-a validated QOL assessment by Baxter et al (hereafter, HPN-QOL)-with a shorter questionnaire for QOL evaluation (hereafter, New QOL). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Both questionnaires were completed by 58 patients attending the nutrition clinic of the Rabin Medical Center (Israel). A z score was used to equate means and variances...
April 1, 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441014/chemistry-inspired-adaptable-framework-structures
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Zhiguo Xia, Kenneth R Poeppelmeier
Adaptable crystalline frameworks are important in modern solid-state chemistry as they are able to accommodate a wide range of elements, oxidation states, and stoichiometries. Owing to this ability, such adaptable framework structures are emerging as the prototypes for technologically important advanced functional materials. In this Account, the idea of cosubstitution is explored as a useful "pairing" concept that can potentially lead to the creation of many new members of one particular framework structure...
April 25, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440662/step-tracking-with-goals-increases-children-s-weight-loss-in-behavioral-intervention
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Amanda E Staiano, Robbie A Beyl, Daniel S Hsia, Amber R Jarrell, Peter T Katzmarzyk, Savarra Mantzor, Robert L Newton, Patrice Tyson
BACKGROUND: This study examined the influence of step goals with pedometers to improve children's weight loss, physical activity, and psychosocial health during obesity treatment. METHODS: Overweight and obese children ages 8-17 years (n = 105) participated in a 10-week family-based weight management intervention, including physical activity, nutrition, and behavioral modification. A quasi-experimental design was used to group eight cohorts into three conditions: no pedometer (n = 24), pedometer only (n = 25), and pedometer with step goals (i...
April 25, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439845/a-systematic-review-of-the-clinical-presentation-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-small-bowel-obstruction
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REVIEW
Srinivas R Rami Reddy, Mitchell S Cappell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aimed to systematically review small bowel obstruction (SBO), focusing on recent changes in diagnosis/therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: SBO incidence is about 350,000/annum in the USA. Etiologies include adhesions (65%), hernias (10%), neoplasms (5%), Crohn's disease (5%), and other (15%). Bowel dilatation occurs proximal to obstruction primarily from swallowed air and secondarily from intraluminal fluid accumulation. Dilatation increases mural tension, decreases mucosal perfusion, causes bacterial proliferation, and decreases mural tensile strength that increases bowel perforation risks...
June 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439103/brain-age-predicts-mortality
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J H Cole, S J Ritchie, M E Bastin, M C Valdés Hernández, S Muñoz Maniega, N Royle, J Corley, A Pattie, S E Harris, Q Zhang, N R Wray, P Redmond, R E Marioni, J M Starr, S R Cox, J M Wardlaw, D J Sharp, I J Deary
Age-associated disease and disability are placing a growing burden on society. However, ageing does not affect people uniformly. Hence, markers of the underlying biological ageing process are needed to help identify people at increased risk of age-associated physical and cognitive impairments and ultimately, death. Here, we present such a biomarker, 'brain-predicted age', derived using structural neuroimaging. Brain-predicted age was calculated using machine-learning analysis, trained on neuroimaging data from a large healthy reference sample (N=2001), then tested in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 (N=669), to determine relationships with age-associated functional measures and mortality...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438715/impact-of-physical-exercise-on-visceral-adipose-tissue-fatty-acid-profile-and-inflammation-in-response-to-a-high-fat-diet-regimen
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Sílvia Rocha-Rodrigues, Amaia Rodríguez, Inês O Gonçalves, Ana Moreira, Elisabete Maciel, Sónia Santos, Maria R Domingues, Gema Frühbeck, António Ascensão, José Magalhães
PURPOSE: Studies associate specific fatty-acids (FA) with the pathophysiology of inflammation. We aimed to analyze the impact of exercise on adipose tissue FA profile in response to a high-fat diet (HFD) and to ascertain whether these exercise-induced changes in specific FA have repercussions on obesity-related inflammation. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were assigned into sedentary, voluntary physical-activity (VPA) and endurance training (ET) groups fed a standard (S, 35kcal% fat) or high-fat (71kcal% fat) diets...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438466/the-effect-of-n-acetylcysteine-nac-on-human-cognition-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
David R Skvarc, Olivia M Dean, Linda K Byrne, Laura Gray, Stephen Lane, Matthew Lewis, Brisa S Fernandes, Michael Berk, Andrew Marriott
Oxidative stress, neuroinflammation and neurogenesis are commonly implicated as cognitive modulators across a range of disorders. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a glutathione precursor with potent antioxidant, pro-neurogenesis and anti-inflammatory properties and a favourable safety profile. A systematic review of the literature specifically examining the effect of NAC administration on human cognition revealed twelve suitable articles for inclusion: four examining Alzheimer's disease; three examining healthy participants; two examining physical trauma; one examining bipolar disorder, one examining schizophrenia, and one examining ketamine-induced psychosis...
April 21, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438171/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-moderate-to-vigorous-physical-activity-levels-in-secondary-school-physical-education-lessons
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REVIEW
Jenna L Hollis, Rachel Sutherland, Amanda J Williams, Elizabeth Campbell, Nicole Nathan, Luke Wolfenden, Philip J Morgan, David R Lubans, Karen Gillham, John Wiggers
BACKGROUND: Schools play an important role in physical activity promotion for adolescents. The systematic review aimed to determine the proportion of secondary (middle and high) school physical education (PE) lesson time that students spend in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and to assess if MVPA was moderated by school level (middle and high school), type of physical activity measurement and type of PE activities. METHODS: A systematic search of nine electronic databases was conducted (PROSPERO2014:CRD42014009649)...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438135/a-passive-mutualistic-interaction-promotes-the-evolution-of-spatial-structure-within-microbial-populations
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Marie Marchal, Felix Goldschmidt, Selina N Derksen-Müller, Sven Panke, Martin Ackermann, David R Johnson
BACKGROUND: While mutualistic interactions between different genotypes are pervasive in nature, their evolutionary origin is not clear. The dilemma is that, for mutualistic interactions to emerge and persist, an investment into the partner genotype must pay off: individuals of a first genotype that invest resources to promote the growth of a second genotype must receive a benefit that is not equally accessible to individuals that do not invest. One way for exclusive benefits to emerge is through spatial structure (i...
April 24, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438072/facial-expressions-as-performances-in-mime
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Mahsa Ershadi, Thalia R Goldstein, Joseph Pochedly, James A Russell
That facial expressions are universal emotion signals has been supported by observers agreeing on the emotion mimed by actors. We show that actors can mime a diverse range of states: emotions, cognitions, physical states, and actions. English, Hindi, and Malayalam speakers (N = 1200) viewed 25 video clips and indicated the state conveyed. Within each language, at least 23 of the 25 clips were recognised above chance and base rate. Facial expressions of emotions are not special in their recognisability, and it is miming that may be the universal human ability...
April 25, 2017: Cognition & Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438070/creation-of-a-novel-simulator-for-minimally-invasive-neurosurgery-fusion-of-3d-printing-and-special-effects
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Peter Weinstock, Roberta Rehder, Sanjay P Prabhu, Peter W Forbes, Christopher J Roussin, Alan R Cohen
OBJECTIVE Recent advances in optics and miniaturization have enabled the development of a growing number of minimally invasive procedures, yet innovative training methods for the use of these techniques remain lacking. Conventional teaching models, including cadavers and physical trainers as well as virtual reality platforms, are often expensive and ineffective. Newly developed 3D printing technologies can recreate patient-specific anatomy, but the stiffness of the materials limits fidelity to real-life surgical situations...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437992/a-large-airborne-survey-of-earth-s-visible-infrared-spectral-dimensionality
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David R Thompson, Joseph W Boardman, Michael L Eastwood, Robert O Green
The intrinsic spectral dimensionality indicates the observable degrees of freedom in Earth's solar-reflected light field, quantifying the diversity of spectral content accessible by visible and infrared remote sensing. The solar-reflected regime spans the 0.38 - 2.5 μm interval, and is captured by a wide range of current and planned instruments on both airborne and orbital platforms. To date there has been no systematic study of its spectral dimensionality as a function of space, time, and land cover. Here we report a multi-site, multi-year statistical survey by NASA's "Classic" Airborne Visible Near InfraRed Spectrometer (AVIRIS-C)...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437753/p-gp-modulatory-acetyl-11-keto-%C3%AE-boswellic-acid-based-nanoemulsified-carrier-system-for-augmented-oral-chemotherapy-of-docetaxel
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Gitu Pandey, Naresh Mittapelly, Guru Raghavendra Valicherla, Ravi Prakash Shukla, Shweta Sharma, Venkatesh Teja Banala, Sandeep Urandur, Arun Kumar Jajoriya, Kalyan Mitra, D P Mishra, J R Gayen, P R Mishra
In spite of being a very potent and promising drug against many types of cancer, docetaxel suffers the disadvantage of low solubility and poor bioavailability rendering it unsuitable for oral administration. Also, the available marketed formulation for intravenous administration has its inherent drawbacks owing to the presence of polysorbate 80. Here, we exploited the anticancer and P-gp inhibitory potential of naturally occurring frankincense oil to fabricate a stable docetaxel loaded nanoemulsified carrier system for oral delivery...
April 15, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437614/engineering-highly-interconnected-neuronal-networks-on-nanowire-scaffolds
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Vini Gautam, Shagufta Naureen, Naeem Shahid, Qian Gao, Yi Wang, David R Nisbet, Chennupati Jagadish, Vincent R Daria
Identifying the specific role of physical guidance cues in the growth of neurons is crucial for understanding the fundamental biology of brain development and for designing scaffolds for tissue engineering. Here, we investigate the structural significance of nanoscale topographies as physical cues for neurite outgrowth and circuit formation by growing neurons on semiconductor nanowires. We monitored neurite growth using optical and scanning electron microscopy, and evaluated the spontaneous neuronal network activity using functional calcium imaging...
April 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437597/weight-loss-in-weight-watchers-online-with-and-without-an-activity-tracking-device-compared-to-control-a-randomized-trial
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J Graham Thomas, Hollie A Raynor, Dale S Bond, Anna K Luke, Chelsi C Cardoso, Gary D Foster, Rena R Wing
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a commercial online weight loss program and activity tracker, which are popular but have unknown efficacy. METHODS: Two hundred seventy-nine participants with BMI 27 to 40 kg/m(2) were randomized to 12 months of the Weight Watchers Online program alone (WWO) or with the ActiveLink(®) activity tracking device (WWO+AL) or an online newsletter (Control). RESULTS: Weight losses at 3 months were significantly greater in WWO (2...
April 24, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437317/dementia-comorbidity-and-physical-function-in-the-program-of-all-inclusive-care-for-the-elderly
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Jason R Falvey, Allison M Gustavson, Lisa Price, Lucine Papazian, Jennifer E Stevens-Lapsley
BACKGROUND: Participants in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are a unique clinical population of medically complex and highly disabled older adults who qualify for nursing home level care but receive services in the community. A main goal of PACE programs is to prevent further declines in physical function that may necessitate costly institutionalization. This study evaluates how multimorbidity and dementia impact both self-selected gait speed and Timed Up and Go (TUG) in this population...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437144/framingham-risk-score-and-estimated-10-year-cardiovascular-disease-risk-reduction-by-a-short-term-yoga-based-life-style-intervention
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Rashmi Yadav, Raj Kumar Yadav, Kumar Sarvottam, Ritesh Netam
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a short-term yoga-based life-style intervention program in lowering Framingham Risk Score (FRS) and estimated 10-year cardiovascular risk. METHODS: This was a single-arm, pre-post interventional study including data from a historical cohort with low to moderate risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). It was conducted in a tertiary-care hospital. Participants with low (0 or 1 CVD risk factors) to moderately high risk (10-year risk between 10% and 20% and two or more CVD risk factors) were included...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437002/dentists-restorative-decision-making-and-implications-for-an-amalgamless-profession-part-4-clinical-factors
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G Alexander, Hopcraft, M J Tyas, R H K Wong
BACKGROUND: The Minamata Convention embodies a world-wide reduction in the production and use of mercury and mercury-containing products and processes, including a phase-down of dental amalgam. This will change the approach to the use of direct restorative materials in the near future. There is little research as to the influence of clinical factors on dentists' decision-making which may be of use when determining the impact of any change. METHODS: An online survey relating to aspects of and attitudes to the use of direct restorative materials was distributed to all dentists who were members of the Australian Dental Association and/or Members or Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons...
April 24, 2017: Australian Dental Journal
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