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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228408/-biomechanical-evaluation-of-rehabilitation-after-surgical-repair-of-achilles-tendon-ruptures
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Marlene Mauch, Markus Ulrich, Xaver Kaelin, Bernhard Segesser, Jochen Paul
Background Muscles and tendons are subjected to a high level of stress in everyday life and sports. This often leads to injuries and is associated with training failure and reduced performance as well as with high costs for treatment and rehabilitation. Fast and successful treatment is therefore very important, both from an athletic and economic point of view. This study aims to demonstrate the relevance of biomechanical procedures for the objective monitoring of rehabilitation. At the same time, the results are to be used to establish progress and evaluation criteria for an efficient and controlled rehabilitation...
December 2017: Sportverletzung Sportschaden: Organ der Gesellschaft Für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227948/points-of-attention-in-designing-tools-for-regional-brownfield-prioritization
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Elsa Limasset, Lisa Pizzol, Corinne Merly, Annette M Gatchett, Cécile Le Guern, Stanislav Martinát, Petr Klusáček, Stephan Bartke
The regeneration of brownfields has been increasingly recognized as a key instrument in sustainable land management, since free developable land (or so called "greenfields") has become a scare and more expensive resource, especially in densely populated areas. However, the complexity of these sites requires considerable efforts to successfully complete their revitalization projects, thus requiring the development and application of appropriate tools to support decision makers in the selection of promising sites where efficiently allocate the limited financial resources...
December 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227801/an-efficient-and-cost-effective-tri-functional-electrocatalyst-based-on-cobalt-ferrite-embedded-nitrogen-doped-carbon
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Saad M Alshehri, Ameen N Alhabarah, Jahangeer Ahmed, Mu Naushad, Tansir Ahamad
The development of efficient, cost-effective and long-lived electro-catalyst is necessary for the realization of practically viable water-splitting systems. A trifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting (hydrogen evolution, oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reaction, HER/ORR/OER) was designed via eco-friendly and facial way. CoFe2O4 nanoparticles embedded in nitrogen doped mesoporous carbon were prepared using chicken egg white/albumin after pyrolysis at different temperatures, 700, 800, 900 and 1000 °C...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227728/use-of-low-level-laser-therapy-in-treatment-of-the-androgenic-alopecia-the-first-systematic-review
#4
Ibrahim Najem, Hongxiang Chen
Alopecia is a common disease affecting more than half of the world total number of people. Alopecia exists in different types, but one of the most common of these types is the Androgenic Alopecia which has affected approximately 51% of the total number of males ranging between the age bracket of 40 years and 75 years. This type of alopecia is more common in females who are above the age of 65 years and above. Despite this widespread effect, much has not been done regarding identifying the possible drugs for treating this disease...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226294/kinase-loaded-magnetic-beads-for-sequential-in-vitro-phosphorylation-of-peptides-and-proteins
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Lenka Hromadkova, Rudolf Kupcik, Marie Vajrychova, Petr Prikryl, Andrea Charvatova, Barbora Jankovicova, Daniela Ripova, Zuzana Bilkova, Marcela Slovakova
Post-translational modifications, including phosphorylation, greatly impact the physiological function of proteins, especially those that are natively unfolded and implicated in many neurodegenerative diseases. However, structural and functional studies of such proteins require fully defined phosphorylation, including those that are not physiological. Thus, the kinases ERK2 and GSK-3β were immobilized to various superparamagnetic beads with carboxylic, aldehyde, Ni2+, or Co3+ functional groups, with a view to efficiently phosphorylate peptides and proteins in vitro...
December 11, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226119/substitution-of-formal-and-informal-home-care-service-use-and-nursing-home-service-use-health-outcomes-decision-making-preferences-and-implications-for-a-public-health-policy
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Chia-Ching Chen, Tetsuji Yamada, Taeko Nakashima, I-Ming Chiu
Objectives: The purposes of this study are: (1) to empirically identify decision-making preferences of long-term health-care use, especially informal and formal home care (FHC) service use; (2) to evaluate outcomes vs. costs based on substitutability of informal and FHC service use; and (3) to investigate health outcome disparity based on substitutability. Methodology and data: The methods of ordinary least squares, a logit model, and a bivariate probit model are used by controlling for socioeconomic, demographic, and physical/mental health factors to investigate outcomes and costs based substitutability of informal and formal health-care use...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226036/heat-treated-stainless-steel-felt-as-a-new-cathode-material-in-a-methane-producing-bioelectrochemical-system
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Dandan Liu, Tianye Zheng, Cees Buisman, Annemiek Ter Heijne
Methane-producing bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) are a promising technology to convert renewable surplus electricity into the form of storable methane. One of the key challenges for this technology is the search for suitable cathode materials with improved biocompatibility and low cost. Here, we study heat-treated stainless steel felt (HSSF) for its performance as biocathode. The HSSF had superior electrocatalytic properties for hydrogen evolution compared to untreated stainless steel felt (SSF) and graphite felt (GF), leading to a faster start-up of the biocathodes...
December 4, 2017: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225927/institutionalising-health-technology-assessment-establishing-the-medical-technology-assessment-board-in-india
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REVIEW
Laura E Downey, Abha Mehndiratta, Ashoo Grover, Vijay Gauba, Kabir Sheikh, Shankar Prinja, Ravinder Singh, Francoise A Cluzeau, Saudamini Dabak, Yot Teerawattananon, Sanjiv Kumar, Soumya Swaminathan
India is at crossroads with a commitment by the government to universal health coverage (UHC), driving efficiency and tackling waste across the public healthcare sector. Health technology assessment (HTA) is an important policy reform that can assist policy-makers to tackle inequities and inefficiencies by improving the way in which health resources are allocated towards cost-effective, appropriate and feasible interventions. The equitable and efficient distribution of health budget resources, as well as timely uptake of good value technologies, are critical to strengthen the Indian healthcare system...
2017: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225061/crowdsourcing-disease-biomarker-discovery-research-the-ip4ic-study
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Michael B Chancellor, Sarah N Bartolone, Andrew Veerecke, Laura E Lamb
PURPOSE: Biomarker discovery is limited by readily assessable, cost efficient, human samples available in large numbers that represent the entire heterogeneity of the disease. We developed a novel active participation crowdsourcing method to develop a Bladder Permeability Defect Risk Score (BP-RS) based on non-invasive urinary cytokines to discriminate Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) with Hunner's lesion (UIC) patients from controls and IC patients without Hunner's lesions...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224872/greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-liquid-dairy-manure-prediction-and-mitigation
#10
Søren O Petersen
The handling and use of manure on livestock farms contributes to emissions of the greenhouse gases (GHG) CH4 and N2O, especially with liquid manure management. Dairy farms are diverse with respect to manure management, with practices ranging from daily spreading to long-term storage for more efficient recycling of manure nutrients for crop production. Opportunities for GHG mitigation will depend on the baseline situation with respect to handling and storage, and therefore prediction and mitigation at the farm level requires a dynamic description of housing systems and storage conditions, and use of treatment technologies...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224359/a-reduced-transcriptome-approach-to-assess-environmental-toxicants-using-zebrafish-embryo-test
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Pingping Wang, Pu Xia, Jianghua Yang, Zhihao Wang, Ying Peng, Wei Shi, Daniel L Villeneuve, Hongxia Yu, Xiaowei Zhang
Omics approaches can monitor responses and alterations of biological pathways at genome-scale, which are useful to predict potential adverse effects by environmental toxicants. However, high throughput application of transcriptomics in chemical assessment is limited due to the high cost and lack of "standardized" toxicogenomic methods. Here, a reduced zebrafish transcriptome (RZT) approach was developed to represent the whole transcriptome and to profile bioactivity of chemical and environmental mixtures in zebrafish embryo...
December 11, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224169/multiplexing-for-oxidative-bisulfite-sequencing-oxbs-seq
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Kristina Kirschner, Felix Krueger, Anthony R Green, Tamir Chandra
DNA modifications, especially methylation, are known to play a crucial part in many regulatory processes in the cell. Recently, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) was discovered, a DNA modification derived as an intermediate of 5-methylcytosine (5mC) oxidation. Efforts to gain insights into function of this DNA modification are underway and several methods were recently described to assess 5hmC levels using sequencing approaches. Here we integrate adaptation based multiplexing and high-efficiency library prep into the oxidative Bisulfite Sequencing (oxBS-seq) workflow reducing the starting amount and cost per sample to identify 5hmC levels genome-wide...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224166/dna-methylation-analysis-from-blood-spots-increasing-yield-and-quality-for-genome-wide-and-locus-specific-methylation-analysis
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Akram Ghantous, Hector Hernandez-Vargas, Zdenko Herceg
Blood represents an easily accessible human tissue for numerous research and clinical applications, including surrogate roles for biomarkers of other tissues. Dried blood spots (DBS) are space- and cost-efficient storage forms of blood while stably retaining many of its chemical constituents. Consequently, neonatal DBS are routinely collected in many countries, and their biobanks represent gold mines for research. However, the utility of DBS is restricted by the limited amount and quality of extractable biomolecules (including DNA), especially for genome-wide profiling...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224068/hi-plex-for-simple-accurate-and-cost-effective-amplicon-based-targeted-dna-sequencing
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Bernard J Pope, Fleur Hammet, Tu Nguyen-Dumont, Daniel J Park
Hi-Plex is a suite of methods to enable simple, accurate, and cost-effective highly multiplex PCR-based targeted sequencing (Nguyen-Dumont et al., Biotechniques 58:33-36, 2015). At its core is the principle of using gene-specific primers (GSPs) to "seed" (or target) the reaction and universal primers to "drive" the majority of the reaction. In this manner, effects on amplification efficiencies across the target amplicons can, to a large extent, be restricted to early seeding cycles. Product sizes are defined within a relatively narrow range to enable high-specificity size selection, replication uniformity across target sites (including in the context of fragmented input DNA such as that derived from fixed tumor specimens (Nguyen-Dumont et al...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223891/fallen-leaves-derived-honeycomb-like-porous-carbon-as-a-metal-free-and-low-cost-counter-electrode-for-dye-sensitized-solar-cells-with-excellent-tri-iodide-reduction
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Sung Min Cha, Goli Nagaraju, S Chandra Sekhar, L Krishna Bharat, Jae Su Yu
Utilizing carbon-based counter electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have received much attention in recent times, owing to their low cost, good electrochemical activity, natural abundance and eco-friendly nature. Herein, we have facilely prepared quince leaves derived porous carbon (QLPC) using fallen quince leaves (QLs) and it was used as a cost-effective CE for the fabrication of DSSCs. By means of alkali treatment and pyrolysis process (at different temperatures of 700, 800 and 900 °C), the QLs powder undergoes chemical activation and carbonization, which results in a honeycomb-like QLPC with abundant micro/mesopores and large surface area...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223757/recent-advances-in-carbon-nanotube-based-electrochemical-biosensors
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REVIEW
S Gupta, C N Murthy, C Ratna Prabha
There is an increasing need for rapid, low cost, reusable, reliable and sensitive detection systems for diagnosing infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, rapidly advancing cancers and detecting the presence of environmental pollutants. Most traditional methods are invasive, slow, expensive and laborious, requiring highly specialized instruments. Introduction of biosensors with nanomaterials as transducers of signals have helped in removing the disadvantages associated with traditional detectors. The properties of high mechanical strength, better electrical conductivity and ability to serve as efficient signal transducers make carbon nanotubes (CNTs) ideal material for biosensor applications among the gamut of nanomaterials...
December 6, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223580/modeling-hiv-disease-progression-and-transmission-at-population-level-the-potential-impact-of-modifying-disease-progression-in-hiv-treatment-programs
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Jennifer M Ross, Roger Ying, Connie L Celum, Jared M Baeten, Katherine K Thomas, Pamela M Murnane, Heidi van Rooyen, James P Hughes, Ruanne V Barnabas
INTRODUCTION: Mathematical models that incorporate HIV disease progression dynamics can estimate the potential impact of strategies that delay HIV disease progression and reduce infectiousness for persons not on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Suppressive treatment of HIV-positive persons co-infected with herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) with valacyclovir, an HSV-2 antiviral, can lower HIV viral load, but the impact of partially-suppressive valacyclovir relative to fully-suppressive ART on population HIV transmission has not been estimated...
December 5, 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223567/predictive-ability-of-the-evaruci-scale-and-comhon-index-for-pressure-injury-risk-in-critically-ill-patients-a-diagnostic-accuracy-study
#18
M de Los Ángeles Leal-Felipe, M Del Carmen Arroyo-López, M Del Cristo Robayna-Delgado, Ana Gómez-Espejo, Patricia Perera-Díaz, Carmen D Chinea-Rodríguez, Natalia García-Correa, Alejandro Jiménez-Sosa
BACKGROUND: Hospital-acquired pressure injuries are a costly and largely preventable complication occurring in a variety of acute care settings. Patients admitted to the intensive care unit are at greater risk of developing pressure injuries. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the efficiency of scales to measure pressure injury risk increase when a continuously updated 3-day moving average method is used. METHODS: With a retrospective cohort design we recruited 3085 patients treated between June 2011 and February 2015 in the intensive care unit of a tertiary level university hospital...
December 6, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223543/metagenomic-sequencing-of-environmental-dna-reveals-marine-faunal-assemblages-from-the-west-antarctic-peninsula
#19
Dominique A Cowart, Katherine R Murphy, C-H Christina Cheng
The West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) is the fastest warming region in Antarctica where climate impact on the cold-adapted marine ecosystem is already visible. To monitor faunal changes in remote vast bodies of Antarctic waters, efficient and informative tools are essential. High-throughput sequencing of environmental DNA (eDNA) has emerged as one such tool for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystems, as it increases detection sensitivity of taxa, and sampling is often simpler and less costly than traditional collection methods...
December 6, 2017: Marine Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223371/planning-and-prioritizing-direct-acting-antivirals-treatment-for-hcv-patients-in-countries-with-limited-resources-lessons-from-the-egyptian-experience
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Aisha Elsharkawy, Maissa El Raziky, Wafaa El Akel, Kadry El Saeed, Rasha Eletreby, Mohamed Hassany, Manal Hamdy El-Sayed, Khaled Kabil, Sohier A Ismail, Magdy El-Serafy, Ashraf Omar Abdelaziz, Mohamed Kamal Shaker, Ayman Yosry, Wahid Doss, Yehia El Shazly, Gamal Esmat, Imam Waked
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The introduction of direct acting antivirals for HCV in Egypt led to massive treatment uptake to become the largest HCV treatment program worldwide. The aim of this paper is to present the Egyptian experience in planning and prioritizing mass treatment for HCV patients, highlighting the difficulties and limitations of the program as guide to other countries of similar limited resources. METHODS: Baseline data of 337,042 patients who started treatment from October 2014 to March 2016 were grouped into three equal time intervals of 6 months each...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
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