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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325021/evaluation-of-lung-ventilation-distribution-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-patients-using-the-global-inhomogeneity-index
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F Trenk, L Mendes, P Carvalho, R P Paiva, J Henriques, N Maglaveras, I Chouvarda, V Tsara, C A Teixeira
The global inhomogeneity (GI) index is a electrical impedance tomography (EIT) parameter that quantifies the tidal volume distribution within the lung. In this work the global inhomogeneity index was computed for twenty subjects in order to evaluate his potential use in the detection and follow up of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. EIT data of 17 subjects were acquired: 14 patients with the main diagnoses of COPD and 3 healthy subjects which served as a control group. Two or three datasets of around 30 seconds were acquired at 33 scans/s and analysed for each subject...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324967/a-data-model-to-support-the-evaluation-of-coordinating-care-eu-programmes-in-the-context-of-the-act-programme
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P Natsiavas, D Filos, I Chouvarda, C Maramis, R van der Heijden, H Schonenberg, S Pauws, C Bescos, N Maglaveras
Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment (ACT) is a European Union (EU) project, completed last October, which has developed a framework for evaluating and improving pioneering health care programs regarding coordinating care and telehealth (CC & TH) across specific EU regions. In this paper we present the key design decisions of the project's data model and the challenges faced. We focus on the definition of the multi-dimensional indicators in order to overcome data incompleteness and heterogeneity issues...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324949/muscle-synergy-analysis-in-transtibial-amputee-during-ramp-ascending-activity
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P Mehryar, M S Shourijeh, H F Maqbool, M Torabi, A A Dehghani-Sanij
In developed countries, the highest number of amputees are elderly with transtibial amputation. Walking on inclined surfaces is difficult for amputees due to loss of muscle volume and strength thereby transtibial amputees (TA) rely on the intact limb to maintain stability. The aim of this study was to use the concatenated non-negative matrix factorization (CNMF) technique to calculate muscle synergy components and compare the difference in muscle synergies and their associated activation profiles in the healthy and amputee groups during ramp ascending (RA) activity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324940/use-of-local-field-potentials-of-dissociated-cultures-grown-on-multi-electrode-arrays-for-pharmacological-assays
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G D C Mendis, E Morrisroe, C A Reid, S K Halgamuge, S Petrou
In vitro Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEA) are an extracellular recording technology that enables the analysis of networks of neurons in vitro. Neurons in culture exhibit a range of behavioral dynamics, which can be measured in terms of individual action potentials, network-wide synchronized firing and a host of other features that characterize network activity. MEA data analysis was historically focused on high frequency spike data forgoing the low frequency content of the signal. In this study, we use local field potentials, which are low frequency components of MEA signals, to differentiate between two types of antiepileptic drugs (p<;0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324919/victorian-trabeculectomy-audit
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Jennifer C Fan Gaskin, Sukhpal S Sandhu, Mark J Walland
IMPORTANCE: This study highlights the efficacy and safety of trabeculectomy in Victoria, Australia. BACKGROUND: Trabeculectomy is currently the gold- standard in glaucoma surgery. However, its role has been increasingly questioned due to its associated risks and complications. This audit aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of trabeculectomy surgery in the state of Victoria, Australia. DESIGN: A cross-sectional, retrospective, and voluntary state- wide audit of trabeculectomy surgery by individual surgeons in 2012 with 24-months follow-up...
March 21, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324911/synthesis-of-two-c-14-labeled-cathepsin-c-inhibitors-the-use-of-a-cyanide-to-displace-a-benzotriazole
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Lee Kingston, Jonas Bergare, Hans Lönn, Cecilia Ericsson, Gunnar Grönberg, Song Chen, Charles S Elmore
In support of the development of a new treatment for COPD, two C-14 labeled compounds were required for in vitro animal studies. The synthesis of nitrile [(14) C]-1 was completed in 3 steps from C-14 labeled 4-bromobenzonitrile in accord with the previously developed medicinal chemistry route. The second compound, 2, did not possess an arylnitrile as did 1 which made the synthetic design more complex. An advanced, unlabeled benzotriazole containing intermediate, 10, was synthesized in low yield over 3 steps and was subsequently reacted with K(14) CN to give a mixture of diastereomers 12...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324854/accounting-for-urban-biogenic-fluxes-in-regional-carbon-budgets
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Brady S Hardiman, Jonathan A Wang, Lucy R Hutyra, Conor K Gately, Jackie M Getson, Mark A Friedl
Many ecosystem models incorrectly treat urban areas as devoid of vegetation and biogenic carbon (C) fluxes. We sought to improve estimates of urban biomass and biogenic C fluxes using existing, nationally available data products. We characterized biogenic influence on urban C cycling throughout Massachusetts, USA using an ecosystem model that integrates improved representation of urban vegetation, growing conditions associated with urban heat island (UHI), and altered urban phenology. Boston's biomass density is 1/4 that of rural forests, however 87% of Massachusetts' urban landscape is vegetated...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324826/nitrogen-removal-by-the-enhanced-floating-treatment-wetlands-from-the-secondary-effluent
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Lei Gao, Weili Zhou, Jungchen Huang, Shengbing He, Yijia Yan, Wenying Zhu, Suqing Wu, Xu Zhang
Three novel floating treatment wetlands, including autotrophic enhanced floating treatment wetland (AEFTW), heterotrophic enhanced floating treatment wetland (HEFTW) and enhanced floating treatment wetland (EFTW) were developed to remove nitrogen from the secondary effluent. Results showed that the analogously excellent nitrogen removal performance was achieved in AEFTW and HEFTW. About 89.4% of the total nitrogen (TN) was removed from AEFTW at a low S/N of 0.9 and 88.5% from HEFTW at a low C/N of 3.5 when the hydraulic retention time (HRT) was 1d in summer...
March 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324813/among-patients-with-unhealthy-alcohol-use-those-with-hiv-are-less-likely-than-those-without-to-receive-evidence-based-alcohol-related-care-a-national-va-study
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Emily C Williams, Gwen T Lapham, Susan M Shortreed, Anna D Rubinsky, Jennifer F Bobb, Kara M Bensley, Sheryl L Catz, Julie E Richards, Katharine A Bradley
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use has important adverse effects on people living with HIV (PLWH). This study of patients with recognized unhealthy alcohol use estimated and compared rates of alcohol-related care received by PLWH and HIV- patients. METHODS: Outpatients from the Veterans Health Administration who had one or more positive screen(s) for unhealthy alcohol use (AUDIT-C≥5) documented in their medical records 10/2009-5/2013 were eligible. Primary and secondary outcomes were brief intervention documented ≤14days after a positive alcohol screen, and a composite measure of any alcohol-related care (brief intervention, specialty addictions treatment or pharmacotherapy documented ≤365 days), respectively...
March 6, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324686/biosorption-of-the-strontium-ion-by-irradiated-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-under-culture-conditions
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Liang Qiu, Jundong Feng, Yaodong Dai, Shuquan Chang
As a new-emerging method for strontium disposal, biosorption has shown advantages such as high sorption capacity; low cost. In this study, we investigated the potential of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) in strontium disposal under culture conditions and the effects of irradiation on their biosorption capabilities. We found that S. cerevisiae can survive irradiation and grow. Pre-exposure to irradiation rendered S. cerevisiae resistant to further irradiation. Surprisingly, the pre-exposure to irradiation can increase the biosorption capability of S...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324680/somatic-complications-of-epilepsy-surgery-over-25-years-at-a-single-center
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Inuka K Gooneratne, Shahidul Mannan, Jane de Tisi, Juan C Gonzalez, Andrew W McEvoy, Anna Miserocchi, Beate Diehl, Tim Wehner, Gail S Bell, Josemir W Sander, John S Duncan
INTRODUCTION: Epilepsy surgery is an effective treatment for refractory focal epilepsy. Risks of surgery need to be considered when advising individuals of treatment options. We describe the frequency and nature of physical adverse events associated with epilepsy surgery in a single center. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We reviewed the prospectively maintained records of adults who underwent epilepsy surgery at our center between 1990 and 2014 to identify peri/postsurgical adverse events...
March 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324675/arterial-stiffness-in-hiv-infected-youth-and-associations-with-hiv-related-variables
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Allison Ross Eckard, Paolo Raggi, Joshua H Ruff, Mary Ann O'Riordan, Julia C Rosebush, Danielle Labbato, Julie E Daniels, Monika Uribe-Leitz, Christopher T Longencker, Grace A McComsey
Children and young adults infected with HIV are at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, scarce data exist on the utility of non-invasive methods to diagnose subclinical CVD, such as pulse wave velocity (PWV), a non-invasive measure of arterial stiffness. The objectives of this study were to assess the relationship of carotid-femoral PWV with subclinical atherosclerosis measured by carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), compare measurements to healthy controls, and evaluate variables associated with PWV in HIV-infected youth...
March 21, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324661/improved-risk-stratification-in-pediatric-septic-shock-using-both-protein-and-mrna-biomarkers-persevere-xp
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Hector R Wong, Natalie Z Cvijanovich, Nick Anas, Geoffrey L Allen, Neal J Thomas, Michael T Bigham, Scott L Weiss, Julie C Fitzgerald, Paul A Checchia, Keith Meyer, Michael Quasney, Mark Hall, Rainer Gedeit, Robert J Freishtat, Jeffrey Nowak, Shekhar S Raj, Shira Gertz, Jocelyn R Grunwell, Christopher J Lindsell
RATIONALE: We previously derived and validated the Pediatric Sepsis Biomarker Risk Model (PERSEVERE) to estimate baseline mortality risk in children with septic shock. The PERSEVERE biomarkers are serum proteins, selected from among the proteins directly related to 80 mortality risk assessment genes. The initial approach to selecting the PERSEVERE biomarkers left 68 genes unconsidered. OBJECTIVE: Determine if the 68 previously unconsidered genes can improve upon the performance of PERSEVERE and provide biological information regarding the pathophysiology of septic shock...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324643/unsymmetrical-iron-p-nh-p-catalysts-for-the-asymmetric-pressure-hydrogenation-of-aryl-ketones
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Robert Harold Morris, Samantha Alizabeth Michelle Smith, Paraskevi Olympia Lagaditis, Alan J Lough, Anne Lüpke
The reductive amination of -dialkylphosphine acetaldehydes with enantiopure -aminophosphines is a new, versatile route to unsymmetrical tridentate (pincer) ligands P-NH-P'. Four new ligands PR2CH2CH2NHCHR'CHR''PPh2 (R = iPr, Cy, R' = Ph, CH(CH3)2, R'' = Ph, H) prepared in this way are used to make the iron(II) complexes mer-FeCl2(CO)(P-NH-P') and mer-FeCl(H)(CO)(P-NH-P'). The hydride complex with the rigid ligand with R'= R''= Ph is an efficient and highly enantioselective homogeneous asymmetric pressure hydrogenation (APH) catalyst...
March 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324453/analysis-of-the-main-risk-factors-for-gestational-diabetes-diagnosed-with-international-association-of-diabetes-and-pregnancy-study-groups-iadpsg-criteria-in-multiple-pregnancies
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M Cozzolino, C Serena, L Maggio, M P Rambaldi, S Simeone, G Mello, L Pasquini, M Di Tommaso, F Mecacci
INTRODUCTION: The aim is to investigate the proportion of multiple pregnancies with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) diagnosed using the International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG) criteria and to identify the impact of age, body mass index (BMI), and mode of conception on incidence of GDM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a single center, retrospective cohort study on 656 multiple pregnancies screened for GDM with 75-g, 2-h oral glucose tolerance test at 24-28 weeks of gestation, between January 2010 and January 2016...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324256/legacy-effects-of-simulated-short-term-climate-change-on-ammonia-oxidisers-denitrifiers-and-nitrous-oxide-emissions-in-an-acid-soil
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Xiaoya Xu, Xiaorui Liu, Yong Li, Yu Ran, Yapeng Liu, Qichun Zhang, Zheng Li, Yan He, Jianming Xu, Hongjie Di
Although the effect of simulated climate change on nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and on associated microbial communities has been reported, it is not well understood if these effects are short-lived or long-lasting. Here, we conducted a field study to determine the interactive effects of simulated warmer and drier conditions on nitrifier and denitrifier communities and N2O emissions in an acidic soil and the longevity of the effects. A warmer (+2.3 °C) and drier climate (-7.4% soil moisture content) was created with greenhouses...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324178/complete-genome-sequence-analysis-of-a-novel-staphylococcus-phage-stap1-and-proposal-of-a-new-species-in-the-genus-silviavirus
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Amal Senevirathne, Kuntal Ghosh, Eunjung Roh, Kwang-Pyo Kim
Bacteriophage StAP1 was isolated from a soil sample infecting Staphylococcus aureus and S. xylosus. Its genome was found to be 135,502 base pairs (bp) long with 30.00 mol% G+C content and 192 open reading frames. While no tRNA encoding genes were identified, 7 mobile elements were found to interrupt five StAP1 open reading frames. Comparative genomic and proteomic analysis consistently supports the establishment of a new species in the genus Silviavirus.
March 21, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324162/reduction-of-relative-centrifugal-forces-increases-growth-factor-release-within-solid-platelet-rich-fibrin-prf-based-matrices-a-proof-of-concept-of-lscc-low-speed-centrifugation-concept
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K El Bagdadi, A Kubesch, X Yu, S Al-Maawi, A Orlowska, A Dias, P Booms, E Dohle, R Sader, C J Kirkpatrick, J Choukroun, S Ghanaati
Purpose The present study evaluated the platelet distribution pattern and growth factor release (VEGF, TGF-β1 and EGF) within three PRF (platelet-rich-fibrin) matrices (PRF, A-PRF and A-PRF+) that were prepared using different relative centrifugation forces (RCF) and centrifugation times. Materials and methods immunohistochemistry was conducted to assess the platelet distribution pattern within three PRF matrices. The growth factor release was measured over 10 days using ELISA. Results The VEGF protein content showed the highest release on day 7; A-PRF+ showed a significantly higher rate than A-PRF and PRF...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324158/the-influence-of-sex-and-diet-on-the-characteristics-of-hibernation-in-syrian-hamsters
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Marie Trefna, Maaike Goris, Cynthia M C Thissen, Vera A Reitsema, Jojanneke J Bruintjes, Edwin L de Vrij, Hjalmar R Bouma, Ate S Boerema, Robert H Henning
Research on deep hibernators almost exclusively uses species captured from the wild or from local breeding. An exception is Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus auratus), the only standard laboratory animal showing deep hibernation. In deep hibernators, several factors influence hibernation quality, including body mass, sex and diet. We examined hibernation quality in commercially obtained Syrian hamsters in relation to body mass, sex and a diet enriched in polyunsaturated fatty acids. Animals (M/F:30/30, 12 weeks of age) were obtained from Harlan (IN, USA) and individually housed at 21 °C and L:D 14:10 until 20 weeks of age, followed by L:D 8:16 until 27 weeks...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324148/comparative-efficacy-and-tolerability-of-sarilumab-150-and-200%C3%A2-mg-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-a%C3%A2-bayesian-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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S-C Bae, Y H Lee
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the relative efficacy and tolerability of every other week (q2w) dosing of sarilumab 150 and 200 mg in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: In this network meta-analysis, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) examining the efficacy and tolerability of sarilumab in patients with active RA were included. A Bayesian network meta-analysis was conducted to combine the direct and indirect evidence from the RCTs...
March 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
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