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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161796/-small-bowel-perforation-caused-by-press-through-package
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Jung Seok Kim, Jae Myung Cha, Min Seob Kwak, Jin Young Yoon, Jung Won Jeon, Hyun Phil Shin, Kwang Ro Joo, Joung Il Lee, Hye Young Kim
With an increased use of the press-through package (PTP) tablet, there has also been an increase in mis-swallowing cases, especially in elderly patients. We report a rare case of PTP-induced small bowel perforation and fistula formation with adjacent small bowel in a healthy elderly patient, who experienced persistent abdominal pain of unknown cause. A 62-year-old healthy man was admitted to our hospital with left abdominal pain that started one month ago. Neither abdominal tenderness nor rebound tenderness was present on physical examination...
November 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161779/micronuclei-assay-in-exfoliated-buccal-cells-of-radiation-treated-oral-cancer-patients
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Gayathri Ramesh, Smriti Chaubey, Amrita Raj, Ravi Kumar Seth, Anuradha Katiyar, Amit Kumar
BACKGROUND: Micronuclei are suitable internal dosimeters for revealing tissue-specific genotoxic damage in individuals exposed to carcinogenic mixtures. Evaluation of radiation-induced cellular changes to predict radiosensitivity has invested many investigators since such changes were first found in biopsy material. AIM: The aim of the present study was to assess the relationship of with histopathological grade and number of radiation therapy sittings with the frequency of micronuclei and nuclear anomalies among oral cancer patients...
November 2017: Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161751/the-jellyfish-sign-a-new-sonographic-cervical-marker-to%C3%A2-predict-maternal-morbidity-in-abnormally-invasive-placenta-previa
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Emma Bertucci, Filomena Giulia Sileo, Giovanni Grandi, Valentina Fenu, Carlotta Cani, Luciano Mancini, Ema Mataca, Fabio Facchinetti
Purpose To investigate the value of a new cervical sonographic sign, called the jellyfish sign (JS), for predicting the risk of maternal morbidity in cases of abnormally invasive placenta (AIP) previa totalis. Materials and Methods Retrospective evaluation of transvaginal (TV) and transabdominal (TA) scans performed in all singleton pregnancies with placenta previa totalis. JS, i. e. the absence of the normal linear demarcation between the placenta previa and the cervix, was evaluated by TV scans. The presence/severity of AIP and outcomes of maternal morbidity were related to this sign...
November 21, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161720/development-of-ostqol-a-measure-of-quality-of-life-for-patients-in-opioid-substitution-treatment
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Lisa Strada, Gabriele Helga Franke, Bernd Schulte, Jens Reimer, Uwe Verthein
BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QOL) of patients in opioid substitution treatment (OST) is increasingly being addressed in research. However, no disease- or treatment-specific instrument is available to assess the QOL of this target population. The purpose of this project was to develop the first QOL instrument for OST patients. METHODS: Focus groups with 60 OST patients were analyzed using thematic analysis to elicit key QOL themes as perceived by patients. Identified themes were developed into items and refined through pilot testing and cognitive debriefing...
November 21, 2017: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161676/hydrophilic-and-positively-charged-polyethylenimine-functionalized-mesoporous-magnetic-clusters-for-highly-efficient-removal-of-pb-ii-and-cr-vi-from-wastewater
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Min Young Lee, Ji Hwan Lee, Jae Woo Chung, Seung-Yeop Kwak
We develop mesoporous magnetic clusters (MMCs) functionalized with hydrophilic branched polyethylenimine (b-PEI), later called b-MG, and MMCs functionalized with positively charged b-PEI (p-MG). These materials efficiently remove Pb(II) and Cr(VI) from wastewater. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis results clearly indicate that hydrophilic b-PEI and positively charged b-PEI are successfully attached to the MMC surfaces...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161646/antimicrobial-colloidal-hydrogels-assembled-by-graphene-oxide-and-thermo-sensitive-nanogels-for-cell-encapsulation
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Wenhua Cheng, Yunhua Chen, Lijing Teng, Bingheng Lu, Li Ren, Yingjun Wang
Hydrogels are promising 3D materials that have demonstrated increasing applications in the encapsulation and delivery of drugs and cells. Herein we report an injectable colloidal hydrogel that directly assembled by graphene oxide (GO) and thermo-sensitive nanogels (tNG). The pH dependent hydrogen bonding interactions between the carboxyl and oxethyl groups induce the reversible assembly of GO and nanogels. The hydrogel is mouldable and can be shaped into different macroscopic objects, and the mechanical strengths are tunable with pH and temperature adjustment...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161602/gravel-beaches-nourishment-modelling-the-equilibrium-beach-profile
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I López, L Aragonés, Y Villacampa, F J Navarro-González
The erosion of the world's coasts and the shortage of sand to mitigate beach erosion are leading to the increasingly common use of gravel for coastal protection and beach nourishment. Therefore, in order to determine the amount of gravel required for such actions, it is important to know perfectly the equilibrium profile of gravel beaches. However, at present, this profile is obtained from formulas obtained mainly after channel tests, and therefore most of them do not adapt to the real profiles formed by gravel beaches in nature...
November 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161515/potential-profile-of-stabilized-field-induced-lateral-p-n-junction-in-transition-metal-dichalcogenides
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Yijin Zhang, Ryuji Suzuki, Yoshihiro Iwasa
Electric field-induced p-n junctions are often used to realize peculiar functionalities in various materials. This method can be applied not only to conventional semiconductors but also to carbon nanotubes, graphene, and organic semiconductors to which the conventional chemical doping method is difficult to be applied. Transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are one of such materials where the field-induced p-n junctions play crucial roles in realizing solar cell and light-emitting diode operations as well as circularly polarized electroluminescence...
November 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161507/development-of-spiroligomer-peptoid-hybrids
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Justin D Northrup, Giulia Mancini, Claire R Purcell, Christian E Schafmeister
Creating functional macromolecules that possess the diversity and functionality of proteins poses an enormous challenge, as this requires large, preorganized macromolecules to facilitate interactions. Peptoids have been shown to interact with proteins, and combinatorial libraries of peptoids have been useful in discovering new ligands for protein binding. We have created spiroligomer-peptoid hybrids that have a spirocyclic core that preorganizes functional groups in three-dimensional space. By utilizing spiroligomers, we can reduce the number of rotatable bonds between functional groups, while increasing the stereochemical diversity of the molecules...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161489/effect-of-the-type-and-number-of-washes-in-the-efficacy-of-long-lasting-insecticidal-nets-for-aedes-aegypti-control-in-girardot-colombia
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Diana García, Lucas Alcalá, Juliana Quintero, Sebastián Cortés, Helena Brochero, Gabriel Carrasquilla
INTRODUCTION: The use of long lasting insecticidal materials has shown promising results in the control of Aedes aegypti. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of long-lasting insecticidal nets (PermaNet®) for Aedes aegypti control after three washing treatments in the city of Girardot, Colombia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Standard bioassays were conducted with the nets following the World Health Organization protocols using wild A. aegypti after three washing treatments: (1) Detergent powder, (2) detergent powder and bleach, and (3) bar soap, until completing 20 washes...
March 29, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161461/ruthenium-crosslinked-hydrogels-with-rapid-visible-light-degradation
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Teresa Rapp, Chris Highley, Brian Manor, Jason Burdick, Ivan J Dmochowski
Incorporation of photoresponsive molecules within soft materials can provide spatiotemporal control over bulk properties, and address challenges in targeted delivery and mechanical variability. However, the kinetics of in situ photochemical reactions are often slow and typically employ ultraviolet wavelengths. Here, we present a novel photoactive crosslinker Ru(bipyridine)2(3-pyridinaldehyde)2 (RuAldehyde), which was reacted with hydrazide-functionalized hyaluronic acid to form hydrogels capable of encapsulating protein cargo...
November 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161405/quantifying-infective-endocarditis-risk-in-patients-with-predisposing-cardiac-conditions
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Martin H Thornhill, Simon Jones, Bernard Prendergast, Larry M Baddour, John B Chambers, Peter B Lockhart, Mark J Dayer
Aims: There are scant comparative data quantifying the risk of infective endocarditis (IE) and associated mortality in individuals with predisposing cardiac conditions. Methods and results: English hospital admissions for conditions associated with increased IE risk were followed for 5 years to quantify subsequent IE admissions. The 5-year risk of IE or dying during an IE admission was calculated for each condition and compared with the entire English population as a control...
November 17, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161306/comparison-of-methods-for-determining-the-effectiveness-of-antibacterial-functionalized-textiles
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Hajo Haase, Lisa Jordan, Laura Keitel, Claudia Keil, Boris Mahltig
Antimicrobial functionalization of textiles is important for various applications, such as protection of textile materials from decomposition, generation of more effective wound dressings, and the prevention of infections or malodors resulting from bacterial growth. In order to test the efficacy of new products, their antibacterial activity needs to be evaluated. At present, several different procedures are being used for this purpose, hindering comparisons among different studies. The present paper compares five of these assays using a sample panel of different textiles functionalized with copper (Cu) and silver (Ag) as antibacterial agents, and discusses the suitability of these methods for different analytical requirements...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161280/microbial-caddisfly-bioherm-association-from-the-lower-cretaceous-shinekhudag-formation-mongolia-earliest-record-of-plant-armoring-in-fossil-caddisfly-cases
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Tsolmon Adiya, Cari L Johnson, Mark A Loewen, Kathleen A Ritterbush, Kurt N Constenius, Cory M Dinter
Caddisfly larvae construct underwater protective cases using surrounding materials, thus providing information on environmental conditions in both modern and ancient systems. Microbial bioherms associated with caddisfly cases are found in the Berriassian-Hauterivian (~140-130 Ma) Shinekhudag Formation of Mongolia, and yield new insights into aspects of lacustrine paleoecosystems and paleoenvironments. This formation contains the earliest record of plant-armored caddisfly cases and a rare occurrence of microbial-caddisfly association from the Mesozoic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161278/resilience-of-honeybee-colonies-via-common-stomach-a-model-of-self-regulation-of-foraging
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Thomas Schmickl, Istvan Karsai
We propose a new regulation mechanism based on the idea of the "common stomach" to explain several aspects of the resilience and homeostatic regulation of honeybee colonies. This mechanism exploits shared pools of substances (pollen, nectar, workers, brood) that modulate recruitment, abandonment and allocation patterns at the colony-level and enable bees to perform several survival strategies to cope with difficult circumstances: Lack of proteins leads to reduced feeding of young brood, to early capping of old brood and to regaining of already spent proteins through brood cannibalism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161268/nucleic-acid-purification-from-plants-animals-and-microbes-in-under-30-seconds
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Yiping Zou, Michael Glenn Mason, Yuling Wang, Eugene Wee, Conny Turni, Patrick J Blackall, Matt Trau, Jose Ramon Botella
Nucleic acid amplification is a powerful molecular biology tool, although its use outside the modern laboratory environment is limited due to the relatively cumbersome methods required to extract nucleic acids from biological samples. To address this issue, we investigated a variety of materials for their suitability for nucleic acid capture and purification. We report here that untreated cellulose-based paper can rapidly capture nucleic acids within seconds and retain them during a single washing step, while contaminants present in complex biological samples are quickly removed...
November 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161238/downregulation-of-inhibition-of-apoptosis-stimulating-protein-of-p53-iaspp-suppresses-cisplatin-resistant-gastric-carcinoma-in-vitro
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Jianyong Yu, Li Li, Chengsuo Huang
BACKGROUND Gastric cancer (GC) with cisplatin resistance is one of the leading causes of limitations to therapy. Inhibition of apoptosis-stimulating protein of p53 (iASPP) plays a key role in GC. However, the role of iASPP in GC with cisplatin resistance remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate iASPP expression in GC, and the functions of iASPP in cisplatin-resistant cell lines. MATERIAL AND METHODS In this study, the expression of iASPP was investigated in normal GC patients and patients with cisplatin resistance, along with GC cell lines and cell lines with cisplatin resistance...
November 21, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161121/research-design-and-analysis-of-a-low-stiffness-porous-hip-stem
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Ibrahim Eldesouky, Hassan El-Hofy, Ola Harrysson
Two major problems are associated with total hip replacement: 1) stress shielding and 2) the adverse tissue reaction to certain elements of the implant material. In this regard, a porous implant provides lower stiffness and vacancies for bone ingrowth, making it more suitable for the human bone compared with a solid stem. Moreover, second-generation titanium biomedical alloys, such as TNZT (Ti35Nb7Zr5Ta) and TMZF (Ti12Mo6Zr2Fe), have been introduced to prevent the adverse tissue reactions related to aluminum and vanadium elements of the popular Ti6Al4V alloy...
November 2017: Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161051/a-new-avenue-for-limiting-degradation-in-nanoli4ti5o12-for-ultra-fast-charge-lithium-ion-batteries-hybrid-polymer-inorganic-particles
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Jean-Christophe Daigle, Yuichiro Asakawa, Mélanie Beaupré, René Vieillette, Dharminder Laul, Michel L Trudeau, Karim Zaghib
Lithium titanium oxide (Li4Ti5O12)-based cells are a very promising battery technology for ultra-fast charge-discharge and long-life cycle batteries. However, surface reactivity of lithium titanium oxide is still a problem in presence of organic electrolyte which may cause expansion of the pouch cell. In this study, we report on the development of a simple and economical ''grafting onto'' method for forming hybrid polymer-Li4Ti15O12 nanoparticles which can be successfully applied in lithium-ion batteries. This method utilizes a low-cost and scalable hydrophobic polymer which is required for industrial implantation...
November 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161046/heavy-metal-free-tannin-from-bark-for-sustainable-energy-storage
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Alolika Mukhopadhyay, Yucong Jiao, Rui Katahira, Peter N Ciesielski, Michael E Himmel, Hongli Zhu
A novel renewable cathode made from earth-abundant, low-cost materials can contribute to the intermittent storage needs of renewable energy based society. Inspired by Nature, we report for the first-time tannin as a cathode material. Our approach exploits the charge storage mechanism of the redox active quinone moiety. Tannins extracted from tree bark using environmental friendly aqueous solvents has the highest phenol content (5.56 mol g-1) among all the natural phenolic biopolymers, 5000 times higher than lignin...
November 21, 2017: Nano Letters
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