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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445803/jetvalve-rapid-manufacturing-of-biohybrid-scaffolds-for-biomimetic-heart-valve-replacement
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Andrew K Capulli, Maximillian Y Emmert, Francesco S Pasqualini, Debora Kehl, Etem Caliskan, Johan U Lind, Sean P Sheehy, Sung Jin Park, Seungkuk Ahn, Benedikt Weber, Josue A Goss, Simon P Hoerstrup, Kevin Kit Parker
Tissue engineered scaffolds have emerged as a promising solution for heart valve replacement because of their potential for regeneration. However, traditional heart valve tissue engineering has relied on resource-intensive, cell-based manufacturing, which increases cost and hinders clinical translation. To overcome these limitations, in situ tissue engineering approaches aim to develop scaffold materials and manufacturing processes that elicit endogenous tissue remodeling and repair. Yet despite recent advances in synthetic materials manufacturing, there remains a lack of cell-free, automated approaches for rapidly producing biomimetic heart valve scaffolds...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445744/nmrbox-a-resource-for-biomolecular-nmr-computation
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Mark W Maciejewski, Adam D Schuyler, Michael R Gryk, Ion I Moraru, Pedro R Romero, Eldon L Ulrich, Hamid R Eghbalnia, Miron Livny, Frank Delaglio, Jeffrey C Hoch
Advances in computation have been enabling many recent advances in biomolecular applications of NMR. Due to the wide diversity of applications of NMR, the number and variety of software packages for processing and analyzing NMR data is quite large, with labs relying on dozens, if not hundreds of software packages. Discovery, acquisition, installation, and maintenance of all these packages is a burdensome task. Because the majority of software packages originate in academic labs, persistence of the software is compromised when developers graduate, funding ceases, or investigators turn to other projects...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445419/embedded-spherical-localization-for-micro-underwater-vehicles-based-on-attenuation-of-electro-magnetic-carrier-signals
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Daniel-André Duecker, A René Geist, Michael Hengeler, Edwin Kreuzer, Marc-André Pick, Viktor Rausch, Eugen Solowjow
Self-localization is one of the most challenging problems for deploying micro autonomous underwater vehicles ( μ AUV) in confined underwater environments. This paper extends a recently-developed self-localization method that is based on the attenuation of electro-magnetic waves, to the μ AUV domain. We demonstrate a compact, low-cost architecture that is able to perform all signal processing steps present in the original method. The system is passive with one-way signal transmission and scales to possibly large μ AUV fleets...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445398/consensus-based-cooperative-control-based-on-pollution-sensing-and-traffic-information-for-urban-traffic-networks
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Antonio Artuñedo, Raúl M Del Toro, Rodolfo E Haber
Nowadays many studies are being conducted to develop solutions for improving the performance of urban traffic networks. One of the main challenges is the necessary cooperation among different entities such as vehicles or infrastructure systems and how to exploit the information available through networks of sensors deployed as infrastructures for smart cities. In this work an algorithm for cooperative control of urban subsystems is proposed to provide a solution for mobility problems in cities. The interconnected traffic lights controller (TLC) network adapts traffic lights cycles, based on traffic and air pollution sensory information, in order to improve the performance of urban traffic networks...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444864/dose-reduction-and-alternatives-to-the-phenol-pheromone-in-monitoring-and-management-of-the-grass-grub-costelytra-zealandica
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Aimee R Harper, C Rikard Unelius, Richard J Townsend, David Maxwell Suckling
BACKGROUND: Endemic New Zealand grass grub Costelytra zealandica is a pest of introduced pasture that uses phenol as a sex pheromone. The pheromone could be used to monitor and manage grass grub populations, but the irritating properties and toxicity of phenol for human handlers, as well as the possible ecotoxicological effects, pose obstacles to the deployment of the pheromone. This study aimed to limit the use of phenol by dose-response studies and investigation into alternative attractants and synergists to phenol...
April 26, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442231/case-control-vaccine-effectiveness-studies-preparation-design-and-enrollment-of-cases-and-controls
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Jennifer R Verani, Abdullah H Baqui, Claire V Broome, Thomas Cherian, Cheryl Cohen, Jennifer L Farrar, Daniel R Feikin, Michelle J Groome, Rana A Hajjeh, Hope L Johnson, Shabir A Madhi, Kim Mulholland, Katherine L O'Brien, Umesh D Parashar, Manish M Patel, Laura C Rodrigues, Mathuram Santosham, J Anthony Scott, Peter G Smith, Halvor Sommerfelt, Jacqueline E Tate, J Chris Victor, Cynthia G Whitney, Anita K Zaidi, Elizabeth R Zell
Case-control studies are commonly used to evaluate effectiveness of licensed vaccines after deployment in public health programs. Such studies can provide policy-relevant data on vaccine performance under 'real world' conditions, contributing to the evidence base to support and sustain introduction of new vaccines. However, case-control studies do not measure the impact of vaccine introduction on disease at a population level, and are subject to bias and confounding, which may lead to inaccurate results that can misinform policy decisions...
April 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441330/real-time-telemetry-system-for-monitoring-motion-of-ships-based-on-inertial-sensors
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José M Núñez, Marta G Araújo, I García-Tuñón
A telemetry system for real-time monitoring of the motions, position, speed and course of a ship at sea is presented in this work. The system, conceived as a subsystem of a radar cross-section measurement unit, could also be used in other applications as ships dynamics characterization, on-board cranes, antenna stabilizers, etc. This system was designed to be stand-alone, reliable, easy to deploy, low-cost and free of requirements related to stabilization procedures. In order to achieve such a unique combination of functionalities, we have developed a telemetry system based on redundant inertial and magnetic sensors and GPS (Global Positioning System) measurements...
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441226/patient-satisfaction-with-pas-in-the-netherlands
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Koos Meijer, Luppo Kuilman
Physician assistants (PAs) were introduced in the Netherlands in 2002 and are now widely deployed. However, little is known about patient satisfaction with Dutch PAs. A comparative study of patient satisfaction was undertaken in the primary care setting. Patients seen by general practitioners (GPs) and PAs were surveyed using the Consumer Quality Index, a European quality survey instrument. Quality of performance indicators included patient satisfaction, effectiveness of treatment, and safety of treatment. The results found that few differences emerged, and Dutch patients appear to be as satisfied with the care received by PAs as with GPs...
May 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441099/the-comprehensive-female-soldier-support-model
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Daniel L Roberts, Joann Kovacich, Melvin J Rivers
Women represent a small minority in the U.S. military and an even smaller minority in the military chaplaincy. Prior to this study, the U.S. Army chaplaincy did not have a gender-specific model for providing support to women soldiers. In this Delphi research project, wounded women soldiers and female military chaplains provided expert opinions to develop the comprehensive female soldier support model (CFS2). Ten military women and 11 female chaplains who had been deployed overseas contributed to the body of knowledge related to the understanding of the emotional and spiritual support needs of wounded female soldiers...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440643/field-calibration-of-xad-based-passive-air-sampler-on-the-tibetan-plateau-wind-influence-and-configuration-improvement
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Ping Gong, Xiao-Ping Wang, Xiande Liu, Frank Wania
The passive air sampler based on XAD-2 resin (XAD-PAS) has proven useful for collecting atmospheric persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in remote regions. Whereas laboratory studies have shown that, due to the open bottom of its housing, the passive sampling rate (PSR) of the XAD-PAS is susceptible to wind and other processes causing air turbulence, the sampler has not been calibrated in the field at sites experiencing high winds. In this study, the PSRs of the XAD-PAS were calibrated at three sites on the Tibetan Plateau, covering a wide range in temperature (T), pressure (P) and wind speed (v)...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440615/monolith-supported-amine-functionalized-mg2-dobpdc-adsorbents-for-co2-capture
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Lalit A Darunte, Yuri Terada, Christopher R Murdock, Krista S Walton, David S Sholl, Christopher W Jones
The potential of using an amine-functionalized MOF, mmen-M2(dobpdc) (M = Mg, Mn), supported on a structured monolith contactor for CO2 capture from simulated flue gas is explored. The stability of the unsupported MOF powders under humid conditions is explored using nitrogen physisorption and X-ray diffraction analysis before and after exposure to humidity. Based on its superior stability to humidity, mmen-Mg2(dobpdc) is selected for further growth on a honeycomb cordierite monolith that is washcoated with α-alumina...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440550/political-drivers-of-epidemic-response-foreign-healthcare-workers-and-the-2014-ebola-outbreak
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Daniel Nohrstedt, Erik Baekkeskov
This study demonstrates that countries responded quite differently to calls for healthcare workers (HCWs) during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014. Using a new dataset on the scale and timing of national pledges and the deployment of HCWs to states experiencing outbreaks of the virus disease (principally, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone), it shows that few foreign nations deployed HCWs early, some made pledges but then fulfilled them slowly, and most sent no HCWs at all. To aid understanding of such national responses, the paper reviews five theoretical perspectives that offer potentially competing or complementary explanations of foreign government medical assistance for international public health emergencies...
April 25, 2017: Disasters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440300/insecticide-induced-leg-loss-does-not-eliminate-biting-and-reproduction-in-anopheles-gambiae-mosquitoes
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Alison T Isaacs, Amy Lynd, Martin J Donnelly
Recent successes in malaria control have been largely attributable to the deployment of insecticide-based vector control tools such as bed nets and indoor residual spraying. Pyrethroid-treated bed nets are acutely neurotoxic to mosquitoes, inducing symptoms such as loss of coordination, paralysis, and violent spasms. One result of pyrethroid exposure often seen in laboratory tests is mosquito leg loss, a condition that has thus far been assumed to equate to mortality, as females are not expected to blood feed...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439558/crispr-cpf1-correction-of-muscular-dystrophy-mutations-in-human-cardiomyocytes-and-mice
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Yu Zhang, Chengzu Long, Hui Li, John R McAnally, Kedryn K Baskin, John M Shelton, Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Eric N Olson
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), caused by mutations in the X-linked dystrophin gene (DMD), is characterized by fatal degeneration of striated muscles. Dilated cardiomyopathy is one of the most common lethal features of the disease. We deployed Cpf1, a unique class 2 CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) effector, to correct DMD mutations in patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and mdx mice, an animal model of DMD. Cpf1-mediated genomic editing of human iPSCs, either by skipping of an out-of-frame DMD exon or by correcting a nonsense mutation, restored dystrophin expression after differentiation to cardiomyocytes and enhanced contractile function...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438993/air-quality-health-and-climate-implications-of-china-s-synthetic-natural-gas-development
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Yue Qin, Fabian Wagner, Noah Scovronick, Wei Peng, Junnan Yang, Tong Zhu, Kirk R Smith, Denise L Mauzerall
Facing severe air pollution and growing dependence on natural gas imports, the Chinese government plans to increase coal-based synthetic natural gas (SNG) production. Although displacement of coal with SNG benefits air quality, it increases CO2 emissions. Due to variations in air pollutant and CO2 emission factors and energy efficiencies across sectors, coal replacement with SNG results in varying degrees of air quality benefits and climate penalties. We estimate air quality, human health, and climate impacts of SNG substitution strategies in 2020...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438917/disease-ecology-health-and-the-environment-a-framework-to-account-for-ecological-and-socio-economic-drivers-in-the-control-of-neglected-tropical-diseases
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A Garchitorena, S H Sokolow, B Roche, C N Ngonghala, M Jocque, A Lund, M Barry, E A Mordecai, G C Daily, J H Jones, J R Andrews, E Bendavid, S P Luby, A D LaBeaud, K Seetah, J F Guégan, M H Bonds, G A De Leo
Reducing the burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is one of the key strategic targets advanced by the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite the unprecedented effort deployed for NTD elimination in the past decade, their control, mainly through drug administration, remains particularly challenging: persistent poverty and repeated exposure to pathogens embedded in the environment limit the efficacy of strategies focused exclusively on human treatment or medical care. Here, we present a simple modelling framework to illustrate the relative role of ecological and socio-economic drivers of environmentally transmitted parasites and pathogens...
June 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438722/propagation-of-meandering-rotors-surrounded-by-high-dominant-frequency-areas-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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João Salinet, Fernando S Schlindwein, Peter Stafford, Tiago P Almeida, Xin Li, Frederique J Vanheusden, María S Guillem, G André Ng
BACKGROUND: identification of arrhythmogenic regions remains a challenge in persistent atrial fibrillation (persAF). Frequency and phase analysis allows identification of potential ablation targets. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the spatiotemporal association between dominant frequency (DF) and re-entrant phase activation areas. METHODS: Eight persAF patients undergoing first-time catheter ablation procedure were enrolled. A non-contact array catheter was deployed into the left atrium (LA) and 2048 AF electrograms (AEG) were acquired for 15 seconds following ventricular far-field cancellation...
April 21, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438646/assessment-of-a-revised-wartime-experiences-scale-for-vietnam-era-women-the-health-of-vietnam-era-women-s-study-healthviews
#18
Lisa Marie Sternke, Tracey Serpi, Avron Spiro, Rachel Kimerling, Amy M Kilbourne, Yasmin Cypel, Susan M Frayne, Joan Furey, Grant D Huang, Matthew J Reinhard, Kathryn Magruder
PURPOSE: Few wartime experiences scales capture unique issues related to women's service, address their military roles, or have been validated with women. The Women's Wartime Stressor Scale was developed for use with women who served during the Vietnam era, primarily as nurses in Vietnam. We revised this measure by modifying existing items, adding new items, and revising response formats to create a scale less nursing specific and nondeployment specific, and conducted a preliminary assessment of the revised scale...
April 21, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438513/rapid-response-impulsivity-predicts-depression-and-ptsd-symptomatology-at-1-year-follow-up-in-blast-exposed-service-members
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James M Bjork, Thomas K Burroughs, Laura M Franke, Treven C Pickett, Sade E Johns, F Gerard Moeller, William C Walker
OBJECTIVE: To determine if elevated rapid-response impulsivity following blast exposure (as a putative marker of ventral prefrontal cortex (vPFC) damage) is predictive of future elevated affective symptomatology in blast-exposed service members. DESIGN: Longitudinal design with neurocognitive testing at initial assessment and one-year follow-up assessment of psychiatric symptomatology by telephone interview. SETTING: Veterans Administration medical centers and post-deployment assessment centers at military bases...
April 21, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438193/pathos-a-decision-support-system-for-reporting-high-throughput-sequencing-of-cancers-in-clinical-diagnostic-laboratories
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Kenneth D Doig, Andrew Fellowes, Anthony H Bell, Andrei Seleznev, David Ma, Jason Ellul, Jason Li, Maria A Doyle, Ella R Thompson, Amit Kumar, Luis Lara, Ravikiran Vedururu, Gareth Reid, Thomas Conway, Anthony T Papenfuss, Stephen B Fox
BACKGROUND: The increasing affordability of DNA sequencing has allowed it to be widely deployed in pathology laboratories. However, this has exposed many issues with the analysis and reporting of variants for clinical diagnostic use. Implementing a high-throughput sequencing (NGS) clinical reporting system requires a diverse combination of capabilities, statistical methods to identify variants, global variant databases, a validated bioinformatics pipeline, an auditable laboratory workflow, reproducible clinical assays and quality control monitoring throughout...
April 24, 2017: Genome Medicine
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