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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532064/encapsulation-of-lactobacillus-kefiri-in-alginate-microbeads-using-a-double-novel-aerosol-technique
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Christian Demitri, Leonardo Lamanna, Egidio De Benedetto, Fabrizio Damiano, Maria Stella Cappello, Luisa Siculella, Alessandro Sannino
Alginate micro beads containing Lactobacillus kefiri (the principal bacteria present in the kefir probiotic drink) were produced by a novel technique based on dual aerosols spaying of alginate based solution and CaCl2 as cross linking agent. Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) has been also added to the alginate in order to change the physic-chemical properties (viscosity and permeability) of the microbeads. Calcium alginate and CMC are biopolymers that can be used for developing oral drug-delivery systems. These biopolymers have been reported to show a pH-dependent swelling behaviour...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531871/echinococcosis-mimicking-liver-malignancy-a-case-report
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Radek Pohnan, Miroslav Ryska, Vladislav Hytych, Radek Matej, Petr Hrabal, Jiri Pudil
INTRODUCTION: Human Alveolar Echinococcosis - Alveolar Hydatid disease (AE) is an omitted zoonotic infection presenting with focal liver lesions. Cause of AE is a larval stage of Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworms. CASE PRESENTATION: In this report an extraordinary case of a 38 year-old female examined due to 2 liver tumors and 2 pulmonary nodules is described. The patient underwent pulmonary and liver surgery for suspected advanced cholangiocellular carcinoma and surprisingly AE was found...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531193/raman-microscopy-investigation-of-vitrification-induced-structural-damages-in-mature-bovine-oocytes
#3
Giulia Rusciano, Carolina De Canditiis, Gianluigi Zito, Marcello Rubessa, Maria Serena Roca, Rosa Carotenuto, Antonio Sasso, Bianca Gasparrini
Although oocyte cryopreservation has great potentials in the field of reproductive technologies, it still is an open challenge in the majority of domestic animals and little is known on the biochemical transformation induced by this process in the different cellular compartments. Raman micro-spectroscopy allows the non-invasive evaluation of the molecular composition of cells, based on the inelastic scattering of laser photons by vibrating molecules. The aim of this work was to assess the biochemical modifications of both the zona pellucida and cytoplasm of vitrified/warmed in vitro matured bovine oocytes at different post-warming times...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530605/screening-of-passiflora-l-mineral-content-using-principal-component-analysis-and-kohonen-self-organizing-maps
#4
Cleber Galvão Novaes, Ivana Lago da Silva Romão, Berlane Gomes Santos, Jéssica Palhares Ribeiro, Marcos Almeida Bezerra, Erik Galvão Paranhos da Silva
A method using digestion with diluted nitric acid and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry was applied to determine metal ions in the peel, pulp, and seed of Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa and Passiflora cincinnata cultivated in the Bahia state, Brazil. Plasma parameters (radio frequency power and argon flow rates) were optimized. The quantification limits (µg g(-1)) were: Ca (43.0); Co (1.3); Cu (10.0); Fe (10.0); K (20.0); Mg (26.6); Mn (0.33); Na (56.6) and Zn (10.0). The accuracy of the method was evaluated by the analysis of certified reference materials (NIST 1567a Wheat Flour and NIST 1577b Bovine Liver)...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530460/unravelling-motor-learning-processes-in-theatre-performers
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Emmanuel Jacobs, Ann Hallemans, Jan Gielen, Luc Van den Dries, Annouk Van Moorsel, Jonas Rutgeerts, Nathalie Roussel
Theatre performers, more than common actors, experience high physical loadings. This study aimed at analysing the motor behaviour ofnovice performers (dancers/actors who were introduced to the acting method of Jan Fabre), by investigating the kinematics of a physical acting exercises in a prospective study. Two measurement sessions were organised, before and after the novice performers (n = 13) took part in seven workshops. Total body kinematics were registered using a 3D motion capture system. By using a Principal Component Analysis (PCA), six factors were disseminated out of 30 kinematic parameters: Pelvic Motion, Speed of Progression, Lower Limb Position, Foot Motion, Lower Limb Motion and Trunk Position...
May 22, 2017: Motor Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530077/-the-illegal-synthetic-cannabinoid-drug-market-in-israel-evolution-and-new-challenges
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Barak Shapira, Alina Poperno, Ronny Berkovitz
This article represents a short review of the current knowledge on the abuse of synthetic cannabinoids from the perspective of the Division of Enforcement and Inspection of the Israeli Ministry of Health - a body in charge of providing professional assistance to law enforcement bodies in the fields of drug abuse. We describe the principal changes observed in the synthetic cannabinoid market and the Israeli legislators' and enforcement bodies' attempts to cope with these phenomena. These changes relate to the types of synthetic cannabinoids being trafficked, with many structural variations between substances, and a new legal framework which allows for the rapid, temporary scheduling of synthetic cannabinoids using both individual and generic definitions...
September 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529761/developing-and-evaluating-a-mobile-driver-fatigue-detection-network-based-on-electroencephalograph-signals
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Jinghai Yin, Jianfeng Hu, Zhendong Mu
The rapid development of driver fatigue detection technology indicates important significance of traffic safety. The authors' main goals of this Letter are principally three: (i) A middleware architecture, defined as process unit (PU), which can communicate with personal electroencephalography (EEG) node (PEN) and cloud server (CS). The PU receives EEG signals from PEN, recognises the fatigue state of the driver, and transfer this information to CS. The CS sends notification messages to the surrounding vehicles...
February 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529467/radiotherapy-for-pertussis-an-historical-assessment
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Edward J Calabrese, Gaurav Dhawan, Rachna Kapoor
X-ray therapy was used to treat pertussis/whooping cough during a 13-year period from 1923 to 1936 in North America and Europe. Twenty studies from clinicians in the United States reported that approximately 1500 cases of pertussis were treated by X-ray therapy usually with less than 0.5 erythema dose. Young children (<3 years) comprised about 70% to 80% of the cases, with the age of cases ranging from as young as 1 month to 50 years. In general, symptoms of severe coughing, vomiting episodes, and spasms were significantly relieved in about 85% of cases following up to 3 treatments, while about 15% of the cases showed nearly full relief after only 1 treatment...
April 2017: Dose-response: a Publication of International Hormesis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529197/applications-of-nmr-to-membrane-proteins
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Stanley J Opella, Francesca M Marassi
Membrane proteins present a challenge for structural biology. In this article, we review some of the recent developments that advance the application of NMR to membrane proteins, with emphasis on structural studies in detergent-free, lipid bilayer samples that resemble the native environment. NMR spectroscopy is not only ideally suited for structure determination of membrane proteins in hydrated lipid bilayer membranes, but also highly complementary to the other principal techniques based on X-ray and electron diffraction...
May 18, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529117/new-markers-for-adult-onset-still-s-disease
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Stéphane Mitrovic, Bruno Fautrel
Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is a rare systemic auto-inflammatory disorder (SAID). Although the pathogenesis of the disease is complex and far from being fully understood, recent progresses in pathophysiological knowledge have paved the way to new diagnostic approaches. Indeed, AOSD diagnosis can be a real challenge, owing to its infrequency, and to the lack of specificity of the principal clinical features (high fever, arthralgia or arthritis, skin rash) and laboratory findings (elevated acute phase reactants, hyperleukocytosis ≥ 10,000 cells/mm(3) with neutrophils ≥80%)...
May 18, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529002/isyqol-a-rasch-consistent-questionnaire-for-measuring-health-related-quality-of-life-in-adolescents-with-spinal-deformities
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Antonio Caronni, Luciana Sciumè, Sabrina Donzelli, Fabio Zaina, Stefano Negrini
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: - Spinal deformities are commonly associated with poor HRQOL. Several questionnaires (e.g. SRS-24 and SRS-22) have been developed to evaluate HRQOL in these conditions. In adults as well as during growth, the HRQOL is considered one of the most relevant outcomes of both conservative and surgical treatment. Rasch analysis is a powerful statistical technique for developing high quality and valid questionnaires. The SRS-24 and SRS-22 have been evaluated using the Rasch analysis, but showed poor measurement properties...
May 18, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528948/multi-functional-activities-of-citrus-flavonoid-narirutin-in-alzheimer-s-disease-therapeutics-an-integrated-screening-approach-and-in-vitro-validation
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Sandipan Chakraborty, Soumalee Basu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex disorder and the disease mechanism is yet to be properly characterized. Over the years, "amyloid cascade" emerges as principal pathogenic event in AD. β-Secretase 1 (BACE1) controls the rate-limiting step in amyloid beta (Aβ) generation and Aβ rapidly aggregates to form neurotoxic amyloid fibrils. Oxidative stress is one of the principal mediators of the observed neurotoxicity of amyloid fibril. The disease pathogenesis involves induction of multiple signaling cascades and the cross-talk therein...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528864/effects-of-collagen-microstructure-and-material-properties-on-the-deformation-of-the-neural-tissues-of-the-lamina-cribrosa
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A P Voorhees, N-J Jan, I A Sigal
It is widely considered that intraocular pressure (IOP)-induced deformation within the neural tissue pores of the lamina cribrosa (LC) contributes to neurodegeneration and glaucoma. Our goal was to study how the LC microstructure and mechanical properties determine the mechanical insult to the neural tissues within the pores of the LC. Polarized light microscopy was used to measure the collagen density and orientation in histology sections of three sheep optic nerve heads (ONH) at both mesoscale (4.4 μm) and microscale (0...
May 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528765/impact-and-effectiveness-of-childhood-varicella-vaccine-program-in-queensland-australia
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Sarah L Sheridan, Helen E Quinn, Brynley P Hull, Robert S Ware, Keith Grimwood, Stephen B Lambert
BACKGROUND: In November 2005, Australia introduced a publicly funded single dose of varicella vaccine for children aged 18-months. We describe the impact of this program on varicella hospitalisations in Queensland and provide the first assessment of single-dose varicella vaccine effectiveness in Australia since the program commenced. METHODS: Age-standardised varicella hospitalisation rates were calculated for 2000-2014 and pre- and post-public funding period rates compared...
May 18, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528753/healthcare-access-and-quality-index-based-on-mortality-from-causes-amenable-to-personal-health-care-in-195-countries-and-territories-1990-2015-a-novel-analysis-from-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2015
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BACKGROUND: National levels of personal health-care access and quality can be approximated by measuring mortality rates from causes that should not be fatal in the presence of effective medical care (ie, amenable mortality). Previous analyses of mortality amenable to health care only focused on high-income countries and faced several methodological challenges. In the present analysis, we use the highly standardised cause of death and risk factor estimates generated through the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) to improve and expand the quantification of personal health-care access and quality for 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2015...
May 18, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528547/differentiation-of-brazilian-peppertree-schinus-terebinthifolius-raddi-and-peruvian-peppertree-schinus-molle-l-fruits-by-uhplc-ms-analysis-of-their-anthocyanin-and-biflavonoid-profile
#16
Michelle M Feuereisen, Benno F Zimmermann, Nadine Schulze-Kaysers, Andreas Schieber
The objective of this work was to determine the phenolic profile of Schinus terebinthifolius and S. molle fruits and to develop a reliable method for the differentiation of these two similar spices both known as pink pepper. Anthocyanins, biflavonoids and gallotannins, some of which are reported for the first time in these species, were identified by UHPLC-UV/Vis-MS/MS. Consideration of the relative and absolute amounts of phenolics as well as indicator compounds from 18 samples revealed that the relative amounts of anthocyanins and biflavonoids are the most trustworthy parameters...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528124/validation-of-the-security-needs-assessment-profile-for-measuring-the-profiles-of-security-needs-of-chinese-forensic-psychiatric-inpatients
#17
B W M Siu, C C Y Au-Yeung, A W L Chan, L S Y Chan, K K Yuen, H W Leung, C K Yan, K K Ng, A C H Lai, S Davies, M Collins
Mapping forensic psychiatric services with the security needs of patients is a salient step in service planning, audit and review. A valid and reliable instrument for measuring the security needs of Chinese forensic psychiatric inpatients was not yet available. This study aimed to develop and validate the Chinese version of the Security Needs Assessment Profile for measuring the profiles of security needs of Chinese forensic psychiatric inpatients. The Security Needs Assessment Profile by Davis was translated into Chinese...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527949/microproteome-of-dentoalveolar-tissues
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Cristiane R Salmon, Ana Paula O Giorgetti, Adriana F Paes Leme, Romênia R Domingues, Tamara N Kolli, Brian L Foster, Francisco H Nociti
Proteomic analysis of extracellular matrices (ECM) of dentoalveolar tissues can provide insights into developmental, pathological, and reparative processes. However, targeted dissection of mineralized tissues, dental cementum (DC), alveolar bone (AB), and dentin (DE), presents technical difficulties. We demonstrate an approach combining EDTA decalcification and laser capture microdissection (LCM), followed by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), to analyze proteome profiles of these tissues...
May 17, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527745/early-life-protein-intake-food-sources-correlates-and-tracking-across-the-first-5-years-of-life
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Karen J Campbell, Gavin Abbott, Miaobing Zheng, Sarah A McNaughton
BACKGROUND: High consumption of protein has been associated with accelerated growth and adiposity in early childhood. OBJECTIVE: To describe intake, food sources, correlates, and tracking of protein in young children. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT). Dietary data were collected using three 24-hour dietary recalls at ages 9 and 18 months as well as 3.5 and 5 years. PARTICIPANTS/SETTING: First-time mothers and their child (n=542) participated in an 18-month intervention to prevent childhood obesity and the cohort was followed-up with no intervention when children were aged 3...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527613/no-344-opportunistic-salpingectomy-and-other-methods-of-risk-reduction-for-ovarian-fallopian-tube-peritoneal-cancer-in-the-general-population
#20
Shannon Salvador, Stephanie Scott, Julie Ann Francis, Anita Agrawal, Christopher Giede
OBJECTIVE: This guideline reviews the potential benefits of opportunistic salpingectomy to prevent the development of high grade serous cancers (HGSC) of the ovary/fallopian tube/peritoneum based on current evidence supporting the fallopian tube origin of disease. INTENDED USERS: Gynaecologists, obstetricians, family doctors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, and health care providers. TARGET POPULATION: Adult women (18 and older): OPTIONS: Women considering hysterectomy who wish to retain their ovaries in situ have traditionally also retained their fallopian tubes...
June 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
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