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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645849/thermal-management-in-closed-incubators-new-software-for-assessing-the-impact-of-humidity-on-the-optimal-incubator-air-temperature
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Stéphane Delanaud, Pauline Decima, Amandine Pelletier, Jean-Pierre Libert, Estelle Durand, Erwan Stephan-Blanchard, Véronique Bach, Pierre Tourneux
BACKGROUND: Low-birth-weight (LBW) neonates are nursed in closed incubators to prevent transcutaneous water loss. The RH's impact on the optimal incubator air temperature setting has not been studied. METHODS: On the basis of a clinical cohort study, we modelled all the ambient parameters influencing body heat losses and gains. The algorithm quantifies the change in RH on the air temperature, to maintain optimal thermal conditions in the incubator. RESULTS: Twenty-three neonates (gestational age (GA): 30...
June 20, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645510/the-nonlinear-flexural-response-of-a-whole-teleost-fish-contribution-of-scales-and-skin
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Lawrence Szewciw, Deju Zhu, Francois Barthelat
The scaled skin of fish is an intricate system that provides mechanical protection against hard and sharp puncture, while maintaining the high flexural compliance required for unhindered locomotion. This unusual combination of local hardness and global compliance makes fish skin an interesting model for bioinspired protective systems. In this work we investigate the flexural response of whole teleost fish, and how scales may affect global flexural stiffness. A bending moment is imposed on the entire body of a striped bass (Morone saxatilis)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636337/thermal-annealing-to-modulate-the-shape-memory-behavior-of-a-biobased-and-biocompatible-triblock-copolymer-scaffold-in-the-human-body-temperature-range
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Andrea Merlettini, Matteo Gigli, Martina Ramella, Chiara Gualandi, Michelina Soccio, Francesca Boccafoschi, Andrea Munari, Nadia Lotti, Maria Letizia Focarete
A biodegradable and biocompatible electrospun scaffold with shape memory behavior in the physiological temperature range is here presented. It was obtained starting from a specifically designed, biobased PLLA-based triblock copolymer, where the central block is poly(propylene azelate-co-propylene sebacate), (P(PAz60PSeb40)) random copolymer. Shape memory properties are determined by the contemporary presence of the low melting crystals of the P(PAz60PSeb40) block, acting as switching segment, and of the high melting crystal phase of PLLA blocks, acting as physical network...
June 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633833/recent-advances-in-ultrasonic-treatment-challenges-and-field-applications-for-controlling-harmful-algal-blooms-habs
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Jungsu Park, Jared Church, Younggyu Son, Keug-Tae Kim, Woo Hyoung Lee
Algal blooms are a naturally occurring phenomenon which can occur in both freshwater and saltwater. However, due to excess nutrient loading in water bodies (e.g. agricultural runoff and industrial activities), harmful algal blooms (HABs) have become an increasing issue globally, and can even cause health effects in humans due to the release of cyanotoxins. Among currently available treatment methods, sonication has received increasing attention for algal control because of its low impact on ecosystems and the environment...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631944/clinical-significance-of-repeat-blood-cultures-during-febrile-neutropenia-in-adult-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-patients-undergoing-intensive-chemotherapy
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Shun-Ichi Kimura, Ayumi Gomyo, Jin Hayakawa, Masaharu Tamaki, Yu Akahoshi, Naonori Harada, Tomotaka Ugai, Machiko Kusuda, Kazuaki Kameda, Hidenori Wada, Yuko Ishihara, Koji Kawamura, Kana Sakamoto, Miki Sato, Kiriko Terasako-Saito, Misato Kikuchi, Hideki Nakasone, Shinichi Kako, Aki Tanihara, Yoshinobu Kanda
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the clinical significance of repeat blood cultures in persistent and recurrent fever during neutropenia in adult acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the chemotherapy cycles at our centre between January 2007 and December 2015. Blood cultures obtained within three days after initial febrile neutropenia (FN) were defined as initial blood cultures and those obtained on or after day 4 were defined as repeat blood cultures...
June 20, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630253/cold-induced-thermogenesis-and-inflammation-associated-cold-seeking-behavior-are-represented-by-different-dorsomedial-hypothalamic-sites-a-three-dimensional-functional-topography-study-in-conscious-rats
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Samuel P Wanner, M Camila Almeida, Yury P Shimansky, Daniela L Oliveira, Justin R Eales, Cândido C Coimbra, Andrej A Romanovsky
In the past, we showed that large electrolytic lesions of the dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH) promoted hypothermia in cold-exposed restrained rats, but attenuated hypothermia in rats challenged with a high dose of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in a thermogradient apparatus. The goal of this study was to identify the thermoeffector mechanisms and DMH representation of the two phenomena and, hence, understand how the same lesion could produce two opposite effects on body temperature. We found that the permissive effect of large electrolytic DMH lesions on cold-induced hypothermia was due to suppressed thermogenesis...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613976/temperature-influence-on-myocardial-cell-cytotoxicity-of-the-extracellular-photosensitization-reaction-with-talaporfin-sodium-and-serum-proteins-at-17-37%C3%A2-c
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Emiyu Ogawa, Hiromi Takenoya, Tsunenori Arai
BACKGROUND: We investigated the binding of talaporfin sodium with albumin and its photocytotoxicity during temperature changes by measuring absorbance spectra. The targeted tissue temperature differs according to the procedure. The photocytotoxicity efficiency should be investigated quantitatively because efficiency changes arising from temperature changes are expected. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The temperature dependence of talaporfin sodium binding with human serum albumin (0-20 mg/mL), high-density lipoprotein (0-0...
June 15, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613308/on-chip-cryo-anesthesia-of-drosophila-larvae-for-high-resolution-in-vivo-imaging-applications
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Amrita Ray Chaudhury, Ryan Insolera, Ran-Der Hwang, Yih-Woei Fridell, Catherine Collins, Nikos Chronis
We present a microfluidic chip for immobilizing Drosophila melanogaster larvae for high resolution in vivo imaging. The chip creates a low-temperature micro-environment that anaesthetizes and immobilizes the larva in under 3 minutes. We characterized the temperature distribution within the chip and analyzed the resulting larval body movement using high resolution fluorescence imaging. Our results indicate that the proposed method minimizes submicron movements of internal organs and tissue without affecting the larva physiology...
June 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612235/bio-logging-new-technologies-to-study-conservation-physiology-on-the-move-a-case-study-on-annual-survival-of-himalayan-vultures
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Sherub Sherub, Wolfgang Fiedler, Olivier Duriez, Martin Wikelski
Bio-logging, the on-animal deployment of miniaturised electronic data recorders, allows for the study of location, body position, and physiology of individuals throughout their ontogeny. For terrestrial animals, 1 Hz GPS-position, 3D-body acceleration, and ambient temperature provide standard data to link to the physiology of life histories. Environmental context is added at ever finer scales using remote sensing earth observation data. Here we showcase the use of such bio-logging approaches in a conservation physiology study on endangered Himalayan vultures (Gyps himalayensis)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595340/ability-to-discriminate-between-sustainable-and-unsustainable-heat-stress-exposures-part-2-physiological-indicators
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Ximena P Garzón-Villalba, Yougui Wu, Candi D Ashley, Thomas E Bernard
Objectives: There are times when it is not practical to assess heat stress using environmental metrics and metabolic rate, and heat strain may provide an alternative approach. Heat strain indicators have been used for decades as tools for monitoring physiological responses to work in hot environments. Common indicators of heat strain are body core temperature (assessed here as rectal temperature Tre), heart rate (HR), and average skin temperature (Tsk). Data collected from progressive heat stress trials were used to (1) demonstrate if physiological heat strain indicators (PHSIs) at the upper limit of Sustainable heat stress were below generally accepted limits; (2) suggest values for PHSIs that demonstrate a Sustainable level of heat stress; (3) suggest alternative PHSIs; and (4) determine if metabolic rate was an effect modifier...
June 8, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595332/ability-to-discriminate-between-sustainable-and-unsustainable-heat-stress-exposures-part-1-wbgt-exposure-limits
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Ximena P Garzón-Villalba, Yougui Wu, Candi D Ashley, Thomas E Bernard
Objectives: Heat stress exposure limits based on wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT) were designed to limit exposures to those that could be sustained for an 8-h day using limited data from Lind in the 1960s. In general, Sustainable exposures are heat stress levels at which thermal equilibrium can be achieved, and Unsustainable exposures occur when there is a steady increase in core temperature. This paper addresses the ability of the ACGIH® Threshold Limit Value (TLV®) to differentiate between Sustainable and Unsustainable heat exposures, to propose alternative occupational exposure limits, and ask whether an adjustment for body surface area improves the exposure decision...
June 8, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592820/one-dimensional-transport-in-silicon-nanowire-junction-less-field-effect-transistors
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Muhammad M Mirza, Felix J Schupp, Jan A Mol, Donald A MacLaren, G Andrew D Briggs, Douglas J Paul
Junction-less nanowire transistors are being investigated to solve short channel effects in future CMOS technology. Here we demonstrate 8 nm diameter silicon nanowire junction-less transistors with metallic doping densities which demonstrate clear 1D electronic transport characteristics. The 1D regime allows excellent gate modulation with near ideal subthreshold slopes, on- to off-current ratios above 10(8) and high on-currents at room temperature. Universal conductance scaling as a function of voltage and temperature similar to previous reports of Luttinger liquids and Coulomb gap behaviour at low temperatures suggests that many body effects including electron-electron interactions are important in describing the electronic transport...
June 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592320/infectivity-transmission-and-pathogenicity-of-h5-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-clade-2-3-4-4-h5n8-and-h5n2-united-states-index-viruses-in-pekin-ducks-and-chinese-geese
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Mary J Pantin-Jackwood, Mar Costa-Hurtado, Kateri Bertran, Eric DeJesus, Diane Smith, David E Swayne
In late 2014, a H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus, clade 2.3.4.4, spread by migratory waterfowl into North America reassorting with low pathogenicity AI viruses to produce a H5N2 HPAI virus. Since domestic waterfowl are common backyard poultry frequently in contact with wild waterfowl, the infectivity, transmissibility, and pathogenicity of the United States H5 HPAI index viruses (H5N8 and H5N2) was investigated in domestic ducks and geese. Ducks infected with the viruses had an increase in body temperature but no or mild clinical signs...
June 7, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590735/peptidyl-prolyl-model-study-how-does-the-electronic-effect-influence-the-amide-bond-conformation
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Pavel K Mykhailiuk, Vladimir Kubyshkin, Thorsten Bach, Nediljko Budisa
The triple-helical structure of collagen, the most abundant protein in animal bodies, owes its stability to post-translationally installed hydroxyl groups at position 4 of prolyl residues. To shed light on the nature of this phenomenon, we have examined the influence of the 4-substituent on the amide isomerism in peptidyl-prolyl analogues. The rigid bicyclic skeleton of 2,4-methanoprolines allowed us to follow the through-bond impact of the substituent group (electronic effect) without the side-chain conformation being affected by a stereoelectronic effect...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590512/tissue-specific-turnover-and-diet-tissue-discrimination-factors-of-carbon-and-nitrogen-isotopes-of-a-common-forage-fish-held-at-two-temperatures
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S F Colborne, A T Fisk, T B Johnson
RATIONALE: The application of stable isotopes to foraging ecology is dependent on understanding life-history and environmental factors unrelated to diet that may influence isotopic composition. Diet-tissue discrimination factors (DTDFs) and turnover rates will increase the accuracy of isotope-based studies. Furthermore, little consideration has been given to the effects of temperature or life-history stage on isotopic ratios despite the prevalence of variation in temperature and growth rates throughout life...
June 7, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589848/factors-related-to-altitudinal-body-size-variation-in-the-earthworm-eating-ground-beetle-carabus-japonicus
#16
Yutaka Okuzaki, Teiji Sota
To understand geographic body size variation in an insect species, various factors including habitat temperature, correlation between life history traits, and food availability must be examined. Carabus (Ohomopterus) japonicus is univoltine, feeds exclusively on earthworms during its larval stage, and shows a clinal body size variation along the habitat temperature gradient in northern Kyushu, Japan. Carabus japonicus occurs at both high and low altitudes; at high altitudes it coexists with a larger species, C...
June 2017: Zoological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584559/schisandrae-fructus-reduces-symptoms-of-4-vinylcyclohexene-diepoxide-induced-ovarian-failure-in-mice
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Dasom Shin, Jinhee Ha, Seong Bin Hong, Geun-Hyung Kang, Deok-Sang Hwang, Hyunsu Bae
Menopause is associated with a decrease in the level of sex hormones such as ovarian estradiol and progesterone and can cause various symptoms such as depression, hot flash, fatigue, heart palpitations, and headache. Furthermore, there is a risk of developing complications such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer's disease, and ovarian cancer. Schisandrae Fructus (SF) is widely used in Korean medicine as a cure for such complications. This study was conducted to evaluate the therapeutic effects of SF against menopause symptoms associated with follicle depletion caused by the industrial chemical 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide (VCD) in mice...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584386/reference-correlation-of-the-thermal-conductivity-of-cyclohexane-from-the-triple-point-to-640-k-and-up-to-175-mpa
#18
A Koutian, M J Assael, M L Huber, R A Perkins
New, wide-range reference equations for the thermal conductivity of cyclohexane as a function of temperature and density are presented. The equations are based in part upon a body of experimental data that has been critically assessed for internal consistency and for agreement with theory whenever possible. We estimate the uncertainty (at the 95% confidence level) for the thermal conductivity of cyclohexane from the triple point (279.86 K) to 650 K at pressures up to 175 MPa to be 4% for the compressed liquid and supercritical phases...
February 2017: Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578851/cold-tolerance-and-biochemical-response-of-unfed-dermacentor-silvarum-ticks-to-low-temperature
#19
Tianhong Wang, Xiaolong Yang, Qingying Jia, Na Dong, Hui Wang, Yonghong Hu, Zhijun Yu, Jingze Liu
The important pathogen vector Dermacentor silvarum is widely distributed in China. However, the tick's adaptation to low winter temperatures remains poorly understood. We therefore investigated the cold hardiness and physiological and biochemical responses of D. silvarum ticks exposed to low temperatures. The results indicated that the lower lethal temperatures (LT50s) for larvae, nymphs, females and males were -16.9°C, -15.8°C, -20.0°C and -20.1°C, respectively. The discriminating temperatures (resulting in 20% survival) for larvae, nymphs, females and males were -18...
May 29, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577964/rp5063-a-novel-multimodal-serotonin-receptor-modulator-prevents-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-rats
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Laxminarayan Bhat, Jon Hawkinson, Marc Cantillon, Dasharatha G Reddy, Seema R Bhat, Charles E Laurent, Annie Bouchard, Marzena Biernat, Dany Salvail
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a condition characterized by pulmonary vasculature constriction and remodeling, involves dysregulation of the serotonin (5-HT) receptors 5-HT2A and 5-HT2B. A rat model of monocrotaline (MCT)-induced PAH was used to examine the potential beneficial effects of RP5063, a 5-HT receptor modulator. After a single 60mg/kg dose of MCT, rats were gavaged twice-daily (b.i.d.) with vehicle, RP5063 (1, 3, or 10mg/kg), or sildenafil (50mg/kg) for 28 days. RP5063 at a dose as low as 1mg/kg, b...
May 31, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
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