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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161770/twin-models-of-environmental-and-genetic-influences-on-pubertal-development-salivary-testosterone-and-estradiol-in-adolescence
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Andrew D Grotzinger, Frank D Mann, Megan W Patterson, Kathrin Herzhoff, Jennifer L Tackett, Elliot M Tucker-Drob, K Paige Harden
OBJECTIVE: Research on sources of variation in adolescent's gonadal hormone levels is limited. We sought to decompose individual differences in adolescent testosterone, estradiol and pubertal status, into genetic and environmental components. DESIGN: A sample of male and female adolescent twins from the greater Austin and Houston areas provided salivary samples, with a subset of participants providing longitudinal data at two waves. PARTICIPANTS: The sample included 902 adolescent twins, 49% female, ages 13-20 years (M = 15...
November 21, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161663/quantifying-the-flow-efficiency-in-constant-current-capacitive-deionization
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Steven A Hawks, Jennifer M Knipe, Patrick G Campbell, Colin K Loeb, McKenzie A Hubert, Juan G Santiago, Michael Stadermann
Here we detail a previously unappreciated loss mechanism inherent to capacitive deionization (CDI) cycling operation that has a substantial role determining performance. This mechanism reflects the fact that desalinated water inside a cell is partially lost to re-salination if desorption is carried out immediately after adsorption. We describe such effects by a parameter called the flow efficiency, and show that this efficiency is distinct from and yet multiplicative with other highly-studied adsorption efficiencies...
November 11, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161329/comparative-metabolomics-profiling-of-engineered-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-lead-to-a-strategy-that-improving-%C3%AE-carotene-production-by-acetate-supplementation
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Xiao Bu, Liang Sun, Fei Shang, Guoliang Yan
A comparative metabolomic analysis was conducted on recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain producing β-carotene and the parent strain cultivated with glucose as carbon source using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS) and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) based approach. The results showed that most of the central intermediates associated with amino acids, carbohydrates, glycolysis and TCA cycle intermediates (acetic acid, glycerol, citric acid, pyruvic acid and succinic acid), fatty acids, ergosterol and energy metabolites were produced in a lower amount in recombinant strain, as compared to the parent strain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160854/biomass-derived-oxygen-and-nitrogen-co-doped-porous-carbon-with-hierarchical-architecture-as-sulfur-hosts-for-high-performance-lithium-sulfur-batteries
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Yan Zhao, Li Wang, Lanyan Huang, Maxim Yu Maximov, Mingliang Jin, Yongguang Zhang, Xin Wang, Guofu Zhou
In this work, a facile strategy to synthesize oxygen and nitrogen co-doped porous carbon (ONPC) is reported by one-step pyrolysis of waste coffee grounds. As-prepared ONPC possesses highly rich micro/mesopores as well as abundant oxygen and nitrogen co-doping, which is applied to sulfur hosts as lithium/sulfur batteries' appropriate cathodes. In battery testing, the sulfur/oxygen and nitrogen co-doped porous carbon (S/ONPC) composite materials reveal a high initial capacity of 1150 mAh·g(-1) as well as a reversible capacity of 613 mAh·g(-1) after the 100th cycle at 0...
November 21, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160402/effect-of-a-bioactive-glass-ceramic-on-the-control-of-enamel-and-dentin-erosion-lesions
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Michelle Alexandra Chinelatti, Camila Tirapelli, Silmara Aparecida Milori Corona, Renato Goulart Jasinevicius, Oscar Peitl, Edgar Dutra Zanotto, Fernanda de Carvalho Panzeri Pires-de-Souza
This study evaluated the effect of a bioactive glass ceramic for the control of erosion and caries lesions. Fragments (n=10) of bovine enamel and root dentin received daily application of different treatments (Biosilicate; Acidulated Phosphate Fluoride- APF; Untreated - control) during the performance of erosive cycles. Surfaces were analyzed with 3D optical profilometry to quantify the superficial loss in four periods (1, 7, 14 and 21 days), as well as the lesion depth with confocal laser scanning microscopy...
July 2017: Brazilian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160401/fluoride-varnishes-against-dental-erosion-caused-by-soft-drink-combined-with-pediatric-liquid-medicine
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Adílis Kalina Alexandria, Ana Maria Gondim Valença, Lúcio Mendes Cabral, Lucianne Cople Maia
The present study evaluated the effect of NaF and CPP-ACP/NaF varnishes to reduce erosion produced by soft drink (SD) combined or not with pediatric liquid medicine. Enamel specimens were pre-treated with fluoride varnish, according to the following groups: NaF varnish (Duraphat®) or CPP-ACP/NaF varnish (MI varnishTM). Two types of erosive cycles were made: by soft drink erosion (SDE) or by pediatric liquid medicine plus soft drink erosion (PLM/SDE). Bovine enamel specimens were randomly assigned in six groups (n=10): G1=NaF + SDE; G2=CPP-ACP/NaF + SDE; G3=Distilled and deionized (DD) water + SDE; G4=NaF + PLM/SDE; G5=CPP-ACP/NaF + PLM/SDE and G6=DD water + PLM/SDE...
July 2017: Brazilian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160226/annealing-cycles-and-the-self-organization-of-functionalized-colloids
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Cristóvão S Dias, Nuno A M Araujo, Margarida M Telo da Gama
The self-assembly of functionalized (patchy) particles with directional interactions into target structures is still a challenge, despite the significant experimental advances on their synthesis. The self-assembly pathways are typically characterized by high energy barriers that hinder the access to stable (equilibrium) structures. A possible strategy to tackle this challenge is to perform annealing cycles. By periodically switching on and off the inter-particle bonds, one expects to smooth-out the kinetic pathways and favor the assembly of targeted structures...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159989/general-phase-regularized-reconstruction-using-phase-cycling
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Frank Ong, Joseph Y Cheng, Michael Lustig
PURPOSE: To develop a general phase regularized image reconstruction method, with applications to partial Fourier imaging, water-fat imaging and flow imaging. THEORY AND METHODS: The problem of enforcing phase constraints in reconstruction was studied under a regularized inverse problem framework. A general phase regularized reconstruction algorithm was proposed to enable various joint reconstruction of partial Fourier imaging, water-fat imaging and flow imaging, along with parallel imaging (PI) and compressed sensing (CS)...
November 21, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159476/the-impact-of-skeletal-muscle-on-the-pharmacokinetics-and-toxicity-of-5-fluorouracil-in-colorectal-cancer
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Grant R Williams, Allison M Deal, Shlomit Strulov Shachar, Christine M Walko, Jai N Patel, Bert O'Neil, Howard L McLeod, Marc S Weinberg, Seul Ki Choi, Hyman B Muss, Hanna K Sanoff
PURPOSE: Great heterogeneity exists in the ability of adults with cancer to tolerate chemotherapy. Variability in body composition may affect rates of metabolism of cytotoxic agents and contribute to the variable chemotherapy toxicity observed. The objective of this exploratory study was to examine the association of low skeletal muscle, commonly known as sarcopenia, on the pharmacokinetics (PKs) of 5-fluorouracil (5FU) in patients receiving FOLFOX for colorectal cancer. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of a completed multicenter trial that investigated PK-guided 5FU dosing in patients receiving mFOLFOX6 +/- bevacizumab for colorectal cancer...
November 20, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159361/ultraflexible-and-tailorable-all-solid-state-supercapacitors-using-polyacrylamide-based-hydrogel-electrolyte-with-high-ionic-conductivity
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Huili Li, Tian Lv, Ning Li, Yao Yao, Kai Liu, Tao Chen
Hydrogels with high ionic conductivity consisting of a cross-linked polymer network swollen in water are very promising to be used as an electrolyte for all-solid-state supercapacitors. However, there are rather few flexible supercapacitors using ionic conducting hydrogel electrolytes reported to date. In this work, highly flexible and ionic conducting polyacrylamide hydrogels were synthesized through a simple approach. On using the ionic hydrogels as the electrolyte, the resulting supercapacitors not only exhibited a high specific capacitance but also showed a long self-discharge time (over 10 hours to the half of original open-circuit voltage) and a low leakage current...
November 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159352/improved-li-storage-performance-with-pedot-decorated-mno2-nanoboxes
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Xiaoqiao Chen, Zhiguang Cao, Lidan Xing, Youhao Liao, Yongcai Qiu, Weishan Li
In this paper, MnO2 nanoboxes coated with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) film (denoted as MnO2@PEDOT) are investigated as an anode material in lithium-ion batteries. The MnO2 nanoboxes are developed through the surface chemical oxidation decomposition of MnCO3 cubes and the subsequent removal of their remaining cores. PEDOT is coated on the surface of MnO2 nanoboxes via in situ polymerization of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene. The charge-discharge tests demonstrate that this special configuration endows the resulting MnO2@PEDOT with remarkable electrochemical performances, that is a reversible capacity of 628 mA h g(-1) after 850 cycles at a current density of 1000 mA g(-1) and a rate capacity of 367 mA h g(-1) at 3000 mA g(-1)...
November 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159178/zinc-containing-hydroxyapatite-enhances-cold-light-activated-tooth-bleaching-treatment-in-vitro
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Yi Li, Xinchang Shi, Wei Li
Cold-light bleaching treatment has grown to be a popular tooth whitening procedure in recent years, but its side effect of dental enamel demineralization is a widespread problem. The aim of this study was to synthesize zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite as an effective biomaterial to inhibit demineralization or increase remineralization. We synthesized zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite containing different zinc concentrations and analysed the product using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158915/parafoveolar-retinoblastoma-regression-with-foveal-preservation-following-intra-arterial-chemotherapy-documented-on-hand-held-optical-coherence-tomography-in-a-newborn
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Vera Yarovaya, Kareem Sioufi, Carol L Shields
Background: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become an invaluable tool in retinoblastoma management, providing submillimeter visualization of tumor control following treatment. Herein, we document OCT-detection of a subtle tumor recurrence, allowing early intervention and achieving foveal microanatomy preservation. Case presentation: A 3-week-old girl was diagnosed with bilateral familial retinoblastoma, classified as group D in the right eye (OD) and group B in the left eye (OS), and treated with intravenous chemoreduction...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158908/dairy-production-practices-and-associated-risks-for-bovine-vaccinia-exposure-in-cattle-brazil
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I A Borges, A M McCollum, J M Mehal, D Haberling, L A L Dutra, F N Vieira, L A O Andrade, E G Kroon, R C Holman, M G Reynolds, G S Trindade
A cross-sectional serosurvey was performed to identify environmental features or practices of dairy farms associated with risk for exposure to vaccinia-like viruses in dairy cattle in Brazil. Sera from 103 cows from 18 farms in Minas Gerais state were examined for Orthopoxvirus-neutralizing antibodies. A database of 243 binary or multiple-selection categorical variables regarding the physical features and surrounding ecology of each property was obtained. Thirteen of 46 presumptive predictor variables were found to be significantly associated with Orthopoxvirus serostatus by univariate logistic regression methods...
November 2017: New Microbes and New Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158725/nutritional-supplement-practices-of-professional-ugandan-athletes-a-cross-sectional-study
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Haruna Muwonge, Robert Zavuga, Peninnah Aligawesa Kabenge, Timothy Makubuya
Background: The use of nutritional supplements (NS) places athletes at great risk for inadvertent doping. Due to the paucity of data on supplement use, this study aimed to determine the proportion of Ugandan athletes using nutritional supplements and to investigate the athletes' motivation to use these supplements. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in which an interviewer-administered questionnaire was used to collect data from 359 professional athletes participating in individual (boxing, cycling, athletics) and team (basketball, rugby, football, netball, and volleyball) sports...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158619/the-effect-of-mineral-based-alkaline-water-on-hydration-status-and-the-metabolic-response-to-short-term-anaerobic-exercise
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Jakub Chycki, Tomasz Zając, Adam Maszczyk, Anna Kurylas
Previously it was demonstrated that mineralization and alkalization properties of mineral water are important factors influencing acid-base balance and hydration in athletes. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of drinking different types of water on urine pH, specific urine gravity, and post-exercise lactate utilization in response to strenuous exercise. Thirty-six male soccer players were divided into three intervention groups, consuming around 4.0 l/day of different types of water for 7 days: HM (n=12; highly mineralized water), LM (n=12; low mineralized water), and CON (n=12; table water)...
September 2017: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158517/disentangling-physical-and-biological-drivers-of-phytoplankton-dynamics-in-a-coastal-system
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Daniela Cianelli, Domenico D'Alelio, Marco Uttieri, Diana Sarno, Adriana Zingone, Enrico Zambianchi, Maurizio Ribera d'Alcalà
This proof-of-concept study integrates the surface currents measured by high-frequency coastal radars with plankton time-series data collected at a fixed sampling point from the Mediterranean Sea (MareChiara Long Term Ecological Research site in the Gulf of Naples) to characterize the spatial origin of phytoplankton assemblages and to scrutinize the processes ruling their dynamics. The phytoplankton community generally originated from the coastal waters whereby species succession was mainly regulated by biological factors (life-cycle processes, species-specific physiological performances and inter-specific interactions)...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158288/time-dependent-testing-evaluation-and-modeling-for-rubber-stopper-seal-performance
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Qingyu Zeng, Xia Zhao
Sufficient rubber stopper sealing performance throughout the entire sealed product life cycle is essential for maintaining container closure integrity (CCI) in the parenteral packaging industry. However, prior publications have lacked systematic considerations for the time-dependent influence on sealing performance that results from the viscoelastic characteristics of the rubber stoppers. In this paper, we report results of an effort to study these effects, by applying both compression stress relaxation (CSR) testing and residual seal force (RSF) testing for time-dependent experimental data collection...
November 20, 2017: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157870/cost-utility-of-empagliflozin-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-at-high-cardiovascular-risk
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Elaine Nguyen, Craig I Coleman, Suresh Nair, Erin R Weeda
AIMS: In the Empagliflozin, Cardiovascular Outcomes, and Mortality in Type 2 Diabetes (EMPA-REG) trial, empagliflozin reduced cardiovascular and all-cause mortality in type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients at high cardiovascular risk. We sought to estimate the cost-effectiveness of empagliflozin versus standard treatment for the prevention of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with T2D. METHODS: A Markov model was developed to assess the cost-effectiveness of empagliflozin (versus standard treatment) for the prevention of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with T2D using a 3-month cycle length and a lifetime horizon...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157605/extraction-of-essential-oil-from-bunium-persicum-boiss-by-instant-controlled-pressure-drop-dic
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Elnaz Feyzi, Mohammad H Eikani, Fereshteh Golmohammad, Bahram Tafaghodinia
Essential oils extraction from Bunium Persicum (Boiss) was performed using instant controlled pressure drop (in French: Détente Instantanée Contrôlée or DIC) thechnology and optimum extraction conditions were obtained. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to determine the optimal conditions and the results were 20s heating time, 3.5bar pressure, 0.44mm particle diameter and 9 cycles. Essential oils extraction was also compared with Hydrodistillation (HD), ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE) and Soxhlet (SOX) extraction...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
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