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Applied behavioral analysis

F G A Silva, M F S F de Moura, N Dourado, J Xavier, F A M Pereira, J J L Morais, M I R Dias, P J Lourenço, F M Judas
Fracture characterization of human cortical bone under mode II loading was analyzed using a miniaturized version of the end-notched flexure test. A data reduction scheme based on crack equivalent concept was employed to overcome uncertainties on crack length monitoring during the test. The crack tip shear displacement was experimentally measured using digital image correlation technique to determine the cohesive law that mimics bone fracture behavior under mode II loading. The developed procedure was validated by finite element analysis using cohesive zone modeling considering a trapezoidal with bilinear softening relationship...
October 25, 2016: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Samra Khalid, Rumeza Hanif, Samar H K Tareen, Amnah Siddiqa, Zurah Bibi, Jamil Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer (BC) is one of the leading cause of death among females worldwide. The increasing incidence of BC is due to various genetic and environmental changes which lead to the disruption of cellular signaling network(s). It is a complex disease in which several interlinking signaling cascades play a crucial role in establishing a complex regulatory network. The logical modeling approach of René Thomas has been applied to analyze the behavior of estrogen receptor-alpha (ER-α) associated Biological Regulatory Network (BRN) for a small part of complex events that leads to BC metastasis...
2016: PeerJ
Karin Törne, Andreas Örnberg, Jonas Weissenrieder
: During implantation load-bearing devices experience stress that may influence its mechanical and corrosion profile and potentially lead to premature rupture. The susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of the Mg-Al alloy AZ61 and Zn was studied in simulated body fluid (m-SBF) and whole blood by slow strain rate (SSR) testing in combination with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and further ex-situ analysis including scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
October 22, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Manuel Gonzalez-Navarrete
We study an alternative approach to model the dynamical behaviors of biological feedback loop, that is, a type-dependent spin system, this class of stochastic models was introduced by Fernández et. al [13], and are useful since take account to inherent variability of gene expression. We analyze a non-symmetric feedback module being an extension for the repressilator, the first synthetic biological oscillator, invented by Elowitz and Leibler [7]. We consider a mean-field dynamics for a type-dependent Ising model, and then study the empirical-magnetization vector representing concentration of molecules...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Angie L Cradock, Jessica L Barrett, Erica L Kenney, Catherine M Giles, Zachary J Ward, Michael W Long, Stephen C Resch, Andrea A Pipito, Emily R Wei, Steven L Gortmaker
Participation in recommended levels of physical activity promotes a healthy body weight and reduced chronic disease risk. To inform investment in prevention initiatives, we simulate the national implementation, impact on physical activity and childhood obesity and associated cost-effectiveness (versus the status quo) of six recommended strategies that can be applied throughout childhood to increase physical activity in US school, afterschool and childcare settings. In 2016, the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) systematic review process identified six interventions for study...
October 20, 2016: Preventive Medicine
Tamilselvan Abiraman, Ethirajan Ramanathan, Ganapathy Kavitha, Ramasamy Rengasamy, Sengottuvelan Balasubramanian
The synthesis of chitosan capped copper oxide nanoleaves (CCCO NLs) was carried out under three different reaction conditions viz. 1) room temperature, 2) 70°C and 3) high intensity ultrasound (30kHz) sonication method and it has been found that the high intensity ultrasound (30kHz) sonication is the best method when compared to other two methods. The advantages of the present synthetic method are: i) easy one step process, ii) lesser reaction time, iii) good yield, iv) reproducible and v) calcination is not required...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Chengning Xu, Wenying Dong, Junfen Wan, Xuejun Cao
Aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS) have the potential application in bioseparation and biocatalysis engineering. In this paper, a recyclable ATPS was developed by two thermo-responsive copolymers, PVBAm and PN. Copolymer PVBAm was copolymerized using N-vinylcaprolactam, Butyl methacrylate and Acrylamide as monomers, and PN was synthesized by N-isopropylacrylamide. The lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PVBAm and PN were 45.0°C and 33.5°C, respectively. The recoveries of both polymers could achieve over 95...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Marcelo Ribeiro Bergamini, Fernanda Kabadayan, Maria Martha Bernardi, Ivana Barbosa Suffredini, Marcia Tonetti Ciaramicoli, Ricardo Matsura Kodama, Cintia Helena Coury Saraceni
INTRODUCTION: The perception of pain varies individually. Chronic stress leads to analgesia. The use of animal chronic mild stress model to mimic human condition was previously developed and now applied in the evaluation of pain perception in rats with dentin hypersensitivity (DH). AIMS: Using DH model induced by dentin erosion (DE) mediated by acidic solution, the present study aimed the evaluation of the interaction of chronic stress and pain induced by DH in rats with DE...
October 15, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
Michelle Hadjiconstantinou, Jo Byrne, Danielle H Bodicoat, Noelle Robertson, Helen Eborall, Kamlesh Khunti, Melanie J Davies
BACKGROUND: Poor diabetes self-care can have a negative impact on psychological well-being and quality of life. Given the scarcity of traditional psychological support and the barriers to uptake of and attendance at face-to-face education programs, Web-based interventions are becoming a popular approach to provide an additional platform for psychological support in long-term conditions. However, there is limited evidence to assess the effect of Web-based psychological support in people with type 2 diabetes...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Eduardo Galdón, Marta Casas, Manuel Gayango, Isidoro Caraballo
The deep understanding of products and processes has become a requirement for pharmaceutical industries to follow the Quality by Design principles promoted by the regulatory authorities. With this aim, SeDeM expert system was developed as a useful preformulation tool to predict the likelihood to process drugs and excipients through direct compression. SeDeM system is a step forward in the rational development of a formulation, allowing the normalisation of the rheological parameters and the identification of the weaknesses and strengths of a powder or a powder blend...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Qian Lu, Jihong Wang, Junshu Jiang, Shengnan Wang, Qilan Jia, Yue Wang, Weiping Li, Qin Zhou, Li Lv, Qingwei Li
BACKGROUND: The RGD-toxin protein Lj-RGD3 is a naturally occurring 118 amino acid peptide that can be obtained from the salivary gland of the Lampetra japonica fish. This unique peptide contains 3 RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) motifs in its primary structure. Lj-RGD3 is available in recombinant form (rLj-RGD3) and can be produced in large quantities using DNA recombination techniques. The pharmacology of the three RGD motif-containing peptides has not been studied. This study investigated the protective effects of rLj-RGD3, a novel polypeptide, against ischemia/reperfusion-induced damage to the brain caused by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in a rat stroke model...
2016: PloS One
Eric C Honert, Karl E Zelik
INTRODUCTION: Inverse dynamics joint kinetics are often used to infer contributions from underlying groups of muscle-tendon units (MTUs). However, such interpretations are confounded by multiarticular (multi-joint) musculature, which can cause inverse dynamics to over- or under-estimate net MTU power. Misestimation of MTU power could lead to incorrect scientific conclusions, or to empirical estimates that misguide musculoskeletal simulations, assistive device designs, or clinical interventions...
2016: PloS One
Cercis Morera-Boado, Marco Martínez González, Ramon Alain Miranda-Quintana, Margarita Suarez, Roberto Martinez-Alvarez, Nazario Martín, Jose M Garcia de la Vega
The retro-cycloaddition thermal reaction of isoxazolino[4,5:1,2][60]fullerenes to pristine fullerene seems to be guided by the electronic nature of the substituted nitrile oxide 1,3-dipole in the isoxazoline ring. Trapping experiments proved that the reaction mechanism occurs by thermal removal of the nitrile oxide 1,3-dipole in a process that is favored in the presence of a big excess of a highly efficient dipolarophile, such as maleic anhydride. Theoretical gas phase calculations carried out at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) and M06-2X/6-31G(d) levels of theory underpin the experimental findings and predict that compound 1c, bearing the p-(CH3)2N-Ph substituent on the isoxazoline ring and with an experimental remarkable conversion efficiency in just 12 hours, showed the lowest activation energies...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Jie Zhang, Jiao Peng, Xiaoyong Chen, Yajun Gong, Lesheng Wan, Fei Gao, Suran Gan, Feng Wei, Shuangcheng Ma, Jiachun Chen, Jing Nie
Snake bile, a precious traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), was used as the major ingredient of some Chinese patent drugs, such as Shedan Chuanbei powder and Shedan Chenpi powder for hundred years. However, there is still requirement for the comprehensive and definite composition of bile acids in snake bile. In order to rapidly identify the bile acids constituents in snake bile to avoid the adulteration, ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI-QTOF-MS/MS) has been applied to conduct a qualitative analysis on snake bile acids...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Hiroshi Isono, Shinnosuke Hirata, Tadashi Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki Hachiya
PURPOSE: Chronic liver disease requires careful follow-up during long-term treatment, and development of a quantitative diagnosis method for liver fibrosis based on an ultrasonic imaging system is highly desired. METHODS: Texture analysis using a co-occurrence matrix was applied to both clinical and simulated ultrasonic images of fibrotic livers. A sequence of matrices was generated for pixel-pair distance, r, and texture feature contrast was chosen to examine the response to r in combination with statistical analysis of echo amplitude distribution using a multi-Rayleigh model...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
Susann Weihrauch-Blüher, Stefanie Koormann, Jana Brauchmann, Susanna Wiegand
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence of childhood obesity is - amongst other factors - due to changed leisure time habits with decreased physical activity and increased media consumption. However, electronic media such as tablets and smartphones might also provide a novel intervention approach to prevent obesity in childhood and adolescence. OBJECTIVES: A summary of interventions applying electronic media to prevent childhood obesity is provided to investigate short term effects as well as long term results of these interventions...
October 18, 2016: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Katie A Cychosz, Rémy Guillet-Nicolas, Javier García-Martínez, Matthias Thommes
This review focuses on important aspects of applying physisorption for the pore structural characterization of hierarchical materials such as mesoporous zeolites. During the last decades major advances in understanding the adsorption and phase behavior of fluids confined in ordered nanoporous materials have been made, which led to major progress in the physisorption characterization methodology (summarized in the 2015 IUPAC report on physisorption characterization). Here we discuss progress and challenges for the physisorption characterization of nanoporous solids exhibiting various levels of porosity from micro- to macropores...
October 19, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
Ling He, Deli Li, Jiwu Zhang, Xiucheng Li, Songhe Lu, Zhihui Tang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate cross-sectional area of the abutments, strain distribution in the periimplant bone, stress in the abutments and dental root-analog implant by different abutment design under different loading conditions, through three-dimensional finite element analysis. METHODS: Two three-dimensional finite element models were established. Two types of abutments, oval cross section abutment (OCSA) and circular cross section abutment (CCSA) were designed, keeping the size of the thinnest implant wall 0...
October 13, 2016: Implant Dentistry
Chun Chang, Qingqi Zeng, Ying Ji, Xinying Sun, Yuhui Shi, Yanlin Wang, Chengcheng Han, Xiuqin Wen
OBJECTIVE: To exam whether health literacy mediated the association between intervention and blood pressure control and to better understand the relationship between health literacy and health outcome for hypertensive. DESIGN AND METHOD: A before-after designed one-year community-based intervention program including patient education and patient-centered goal support were conducted in a primary care setting. A face-to-face interview were completed among 468 hypertensives before intervention and 406 after intervention...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sashka Krumova, Svetla Todinova, Deyan Mavrov, Pencho Marinov, Vassia Atanassova, Krassimir Atanassov, Stefka G Taneva
BACKGROUND: Biological microcalorimetry has entered into a phase where its potential for disease diagnostics is readily recognized. A wide variety of oncological and immunological disorders have been characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and characteristic thermodynamic profiles were reported. Now the challenge before DSC is not the experimental data collection but the development of analysis protocols for reliable data stratification/classification and discrimination of disease specific features (calorimetric markers)...
October 15, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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