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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793209/effect-of-thermal-pretreatment-on-chemical-composition-physical-structure-and-biogas-production-kinetics-of-wheat-straw
#1
Asad Ayub Rajput, Zeshan, Chettiyappan Visvanathan
Hard lignocellulosic structure of wheat straw is the main hindrance in its anaerobic digestion. Thus, a laboratory scale batch experiment was conducted to study the effect of thermal pretreatment on anaerobic digestion of wheat straw. For this purpose, different thermal pretreatment temperatures of 120, 140, 160 and 180 °C were studied and the results were compared with raw wheat straw. Significant differences in biogas production were observed at temperature higher than 160 °C. Highest biogas yield of 615 Nml/gVS and volatile solids reduction of 69% was observed from wheat straw pretreated at 180 °C...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793195/alcohol-and-drugs-use-among-drivers-injured-in-road-accidents-in-campania-italy-a-8-years-retrospective-analysis
#2
Anna Carfora, Carlo Pietro Campobasso, Paola Cassandro, Raffaella Petrella, Renata Borriello
A recent update of the Italian Road Traffic Law (RTL 41/2016), established severe penal sanctions when drivers, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or drugs (DUID), are involved in road accident that results in death or injuries. A study was carried out to assess the trends of consumption of alcohol, illicit drugs or pharmaceutical among injured drivers suspected for DUI or DUID from 2009 to 2016 in the region of Campania (Italy). Confirmation toxicological analyses were performed on 780 blood samples and 1017 urine samples collected from 1797 injured drivers...
May 9, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793183/environmental-radionuclides-as-contaminants-of-hpge-gamma-ray-spectrometers-monte-carlo-simulations-for-modane-underground-laboratory
#3
R Breier, V B Brudanin, P Loaiza, F Piquemal, P P Povinec, E Rukhadze, N Rukhadze, I Štekl
The main limitation in the high-sensitive HPGe gamma-ray spectrometry has been the detector background, even for detectors placed deep underground. Environmental radionuclides such as 40 K and decay products in the 238 U and 232 Th chains have been identified as the most important radioactive contaminants of construction parts of HPGe gamma-ray spectrometers. Monte Carlo simulations have shown that the massive inner and outer lead shields have been the main contributors to the HPGe-detector background, followed by aluminum cryostat, copper cold finger, detector holder and the lead ring with FET...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793151/effect-of-two-months-whole-body-vibration-on-hoof-growth-rate-in-the-horse-a-pilot-study
#4
Bart Tom Halsberghe
Hoof problems are commonly seen in veterinary practice and manipulation of hoof growth rate can be practical and beneficial for that matter. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the effect of whole body vibration (WBV) on hoof growth rate of front feet in the horse. The study was an experimental, single subject, repeated measure design, with all horses serving as control and treatment. Ten horses were subject to WBV, 30 min, twice daily, five days a week, for 60 days in addition to their regular exercise routine...
May 16, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793108/manganese-contamination-affects-the-motor-performance-of-wild-northern-quolls-dasyurus-hallucatus
#5
Ami Fadhillah Amir Abdul Nasir, Skye F Cameron, Amanda C Niehaus, Christofer J Clemente, Frank A von Hippel, Robbie S Wilson
Neuromotor deficits are an important sign of manganese (Mn) toxicity in humans and laboratory animals. However, the impacts of Mn exposure on the motor function of wild animals remains largely unknown. Here, we assessed the impact of chronic exposure to Mn from active mining operations on Groote Eylandt, Australia on the motor function of the semi-arboreal northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), an endangered species. The three motor tests conducted-maximum sprint speed on a straight run, manoeuvrability around a corner, and motor control on a balance beam-showed that elevated Mn body burden did not diminish performance of these traits...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793096/segmentation-of-histological-images-and-fibrosis-identification-with-a-convolutional-neural-network
#6
Xiaohang Fu, Tong Liu, Zhaohan Xiong, Bruce H Smaill, Martin K Stiles, Jichao Zhao
Segmentation of histological images is one of the most crucial tasks for many biomedical analyses involving quantification of certain tissue types, such as fibrosis via Masson's trichrome staining. However, challenges are posed by the high variability and complexity of structural features in such images, in addition to imaging artifacts. Further, the conventional approach of manual thresholding is labor-intensive, and highly sensitive to inter- and intra-image intensity variations. An accurate and robust automated segmentation method is of high interest...
May 16, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793082/atmospheric-impacts-of-a-natural-gas-development-within-the-urban-context-of-morgantown-west-virginia
#7
Philip J Williams, Matthew Reeder, Natalie J Pekney, David Risk, John Osborne, Michael McCawley
The Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory (MSEEL) in West Virginia provides a unique opportunity in the field of unconventional energy research. By studying near-surface atmospheric chemistry over several phases of a hydraulic fracturing event, the project will help evaluate the impact of current practices, as well as new techniques and mitigation technologies. A total of 10 mobile surveys covering a distance of approximately 1500 km were conducted through Morgantown. Our surveying technique involved using a vehicle-mounted Los Gatos Research gas analyzer to provide geo-located measurements of methane (CH4 ) and carbon dioxide (CO2 )...
May 21, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793039/antimicrobial-resistance-in-the-context-of-the-syrian-conflict-drivers-before-and-after-the-onset-of-conflict-and-key-recommendations
#8
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Aula Abbara, Timothy M Rawson, Nabil Karah, Wael El-Amin, James Hatcher, Bachir Tajaldin, Osman Dar, Omar Dewachi, Ghassan Abu Sitta, Bernt Eric Uhlin, Annie Sparrow
Current evidence describing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the context of the Syrian conflict is of poor quality and sparse in nature. In this paper we explore and report the major drivers of AMR that were present in Syria pre-conflict and those that have emerged since its onset in March 2011. Drivers which existed before the conflict included a lack of enforcement of existing legislation to regulate over the counter antibiotics and notification of communicable diseases. This contributed to a number of drivers of AMR after the onset of conflict which were also compounded by the exodus of trained staff, the increase in overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, the increase in injuries and economic sanctions limiting the availability of required laboratory medical materials and equipment...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793034/a-case-control-study-about-foetal-trauma-during-cesarean-delivery
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Enora Dolivet, Cécile Delesalle, Rémi Morello, Marie Blouet, Corinne Bronfen, Michel Dreyfus, Guillaume Benoist
OBJECTIVE: The caesarean section rate is gradually increasing in most countries. The frequency of occurrence of foetal injury per birth is estimated to 1%. The majority of these injuries presents a low functional impact, but remains responsible for a significant neonatal morbidity. Even though the foetal risk factors are well documented in cases of vaginal birth, they have not been accurately identified for cesarean section. The aim of this study is to identify the risk factors for neonatal fracture during caesarean section...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792942/optimisation-of-decontamination-method-and-influence-of-culture-media-on-the-recovery-of-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-paratuberculosis-from-spiked-water-sediments
#10
G Aboagye, M T Rowe
The recovery of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (Map) from the environment can be a laborious process - owing to Map being fastidious, its low number, and also high numbers of other microbial populations in such settings. Protocols i.e. filtration, decontamination and modified elution were devised to recover Map from spiked water sediments. Three culture media: Herrold's Egg Yolk Media (HEYM), Middlebrook 7H10 (M-7H10) and Bactec 12B were then employed to grow the organism following its elution...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792886/t-grasp-a-targeted-grasp-for-assessing-neuronal-connectivity
#11
Harold K Shearin, Casey D Quinn, Robert D Mackin, Ian S Macdonald, R Steven Stowers
BACKGROUND: Understanding how behaviors are generated by neural circuits requires knowledge of the synaptic connections between the composite neurons. Methods for mapping synaptic connections, such as electron microscopy and paired recordings, are labor intensive and alternative methods are thus desirable. NEW METHOD: Development of a targeted GFP Reconstitution Across Synaptic Partners(GRASP) method, t-GRASP, for assessing neural connectivity is described. RESULTS: Numerous different pre-synaptic and post-synaptic/dendritic proteins were tested for enhancing the specificity of GRASP signal to synaptic regions...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792808/eradication-of-established-tumors-by-chemically-self-assembled-nanoring-csan-targeted-t-cells
#12
Jacob Petersburg, Jingjing Shen, Clifford M Csizmar, Katherine A Murphy, Justin Spanier, Kari Gabrielse, Thomas S Griffith, Brian Fife, Carston R Wagner
Our laboratory has developed chemically self-assembled nanorings (CSANs) as prosthetic antigen receptors (PARs) for the non-genetic modification of T-cell surfaces. PARs have been successfully employed in vitro to activate T cells for the selective killing of leukemia cells. However, PAR efficacy has yet to be evaluated in vivo or against solid tumors. Therefore, we developed bispecific PARs that selectively target the human CD3 receptor and human Epithelial Cell Adhesion Molecule (EpCAM), which is overexpressed on multiple carcinomas and cancer stem cells...
May 24, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792776/prevalence-of-inadequate-immunity-to-measles-mumps-rubella-and-varicella-in-mlb-and-nba-athletes
#13
Justin J Conway, Brett G Toresdahl, Daphne I Ling, Nicole T Boniquit, Lisa R Callahan, James J Kinderknecht
BACKGROUND: Multiple outbreaks of vaccine-preventable viral diseases have occurred in professional sports in recent years. Currently, there is no established protocol for vaccination or immunity screening for professional athletes. HYPOTHESIS: There are significant differences in the prevalence of inadequate immunity dependent on age, sport, country of birth, and participation in collegiate sports. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional cohort study...
May 1, 2018: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792721/-use-of-viscoelastic-methods-in-surgery
#14
D Šmíd, J Zatloukal, T Kural, J Fichtl, V Opatrný, J Moláček
INTRODUCTION: Major liver resections are associated with high morbidity and mortality. The main causes of this fact include a significant blood loss which may be associated with this surgical procedure. Hemocoagulation disorder, diagnosed by standard laboratory tests, is very frequent in the postoperative period and often requires the administration of blood derivatives. Several recent studies, however, have questioned the presence of such coagulopathy when viscoelastic methods are used to assess the coagulation process...
2018: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792716/options-to-improve-the-quality-of-kidney-grafts-from-expanded-criteria-donors-experimental-study
#15
J Molacek, V Opatrný, V Treska, R Matejka, O Hes
INTRODUCTION: There is a worldwide discrepancy between the number of donors and the number of organs needed for transplantation, leading to certain expansion of criteria, resulting in acceptance of donor organs. This means that organs with worse parenchymal qualities may be harvested for transplantation. One possibility, how to ameliorate the quality of these organs, is to change the concept of their preservation during cold ischemia or even after sudden circulatory arrest, prior to the collection of the organ itself...
2018: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792520/changes-in-the-neurovascular-anatomy-of-the-shoulder-after-an-open-latarjet-procedure-defining-a-surgical-safe-zone
#16
Christopher M LaPrade, Andrew S Bernhardson, Zachary S Aman, Gilbert Moatshe, Jorge Chahla, Grant J Dornan, Robert F LaPrade, Matthew T Provencher
BACKGROUND: Although previous literature has described the relevant anatomy for an open anterior Bankart approach of the shoulder, there is little known regarding the anatomic relationship changes in the neurovascular structures after an open Latarjet procedure. PURPOSE: To define the neurovascular anatomy of the native shoulder in relation to the coracoid and to define the anatomy after the Latarjet procedure in relation to the glenoid to determine distances to these neurovascular structures with and without neurolysis of the musculocutaneous nerve (MCN) from the conjoint tendon...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792518/it-is-the-family-context-that-matters-concurrent-and-predictive-effects-of-aspects-of-parent-child-interaction-on-video-gaming-related-problems
#17
Angel Yee-Lam Li, Barbara Chuen-Yee Lo, Cecilia Cheng
Studies have shown that children frequently experiencing poor parent-child interaction are prone to video gaming-related problems, but it is unclear which specific aspects of such an interaction play a predictive role in the problems. To extend previous research that relies primarily on the self-report method to assess parent-child interaction, we conducted a longitudinal, mixed-methods study. In a laboratory setting, three major aspects of interaction (i.e., affectivity, cohesiveness, and parental behavior) were observed in 241 parent-child dyads (Children: 43 percent female, age range = 8-15, Mage  = 12...
May 24, 2018: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792508/effects-of-tgf-%C3%AE-overexpression-via-raav-gene-transfer-on-the-early-repair-processes-in-an-osteochondral-defect-model-in-minipigs
#18
Magali Cucchiarini, Ann-Kathrin Asen, Lars Goebel, Jagadeesh K Venkatesan, Gertrud Schmitt, David Zurakowski, Michael D Menger, Matthias W Laschke, Henning Madry
BACKGROUND: Application of the chondrogenic transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) is an attractive approach to enhance the intrinsic biological activities in damaged articular cartilage, especially when using direct gene transfer strategies based on the clinically relevant recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) vectors. PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of an rAAV-TGF-β construct to modulate the early repair processes in sites of focal cartilage injury in minipigs in vivo relative to control (reporter lacZ gene) vector treatment...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792371/biologics-monitoring-incongruity-between-recommendations-and-clinician-monitoring-trends
#19
Anish Nadkarni, Kimberly Hyde, Leah A Cardwell, Steven R Feldman
BACKGROUND: Biologics are a commonly used treatment for moderate to severe psoriasis. Monitoring laboratory test overuse provide little definitive benefit to patients. OBJECTIVE: We aim to query a Humana database to gain insight regarding current dermatologist laboratory monitoring practices for psoriasis patients on biologics. METHODS: Data were obtained from the Humana database. Our cohort included 333 patients with primary ICD-9 diagnosis of psoriasis (696...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792286/-prevalence-of-hydroxychloroquine-induced-side-effects-in-dermatology-patients-a-retrospective-survey-of-102-patients
#20
P Tétu, A Hamelin, B Lebrun-Vignes, A Soria, A Barbaud, C Francès, F Chasset
AIM: Our aim was to assess the prevalence of adverse effects (AEs) pertaining to the use and withdrawal of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in dermatological outpatients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study between January 2013 and June 2014 that included consecutive patients currently or previously receiving HCQ seen in our department. AEs were collated using a standardized questionnaire and validated by clinical and laboratory examination. Drug causality was evaluated using the updated French drug reaction causality assessment method...
May 20, 2018: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
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