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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550728/quantification-of-nitrous-oxide-in-wastewater-based-on-salt-induced-stripping
#1
Pascal Kosse, Manfred Lübken, Torsten C Schmidt, Marc Wichern
Monitoring nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from wastewater treatment plants has attracted much attention in recent years demanding accurate and rapid quantification methods. In the present study a salt-assisted methodology is proposed by which N2O is chemically stripped out from wastewater and quantified by gas chromatography (GC-TCD) subsequently. Eight different inorganic salts have been evaluated for this purpose, likewise the application of ultrasound. By addition of sodium bromide (NaBr) the best recovery rate of about 98% (=1...
May 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550650/single-breath-hold-3-d-cine-imaging-of-the-left-ventricle-using-cartesian-sampling
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Jens Wetzl, Michaela Schmidt, François Pontana, Benjamin Longère, Felix Lugauer, Andreas Maier, Joachim Hornegger, Christoph Forman
OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to evaluate a single-breath-hold approach for Cartesian 3-D CINE imaging of the left ventricle with a nearly isotropic resolution of [Formula: see text] and a breath-hold duration of [Formula: see text]19 s against a standard stack of 2-D CINE slices acquired in multiple breath-holds. Validation is performed with data sets from ten healthy volunteers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A Cartesian sampling pattern based on the spiral phyllotaxis and a compressed sensing reconstruction method are proposed to allow 3-D CINE imaging with high acceleration factors...
May 26, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550603/development-of-novel-high-density-gastroretentive-multiparticulate-pulsatile-tablet-of-clopidogrel-bisulfate-using-quality-by-design-approach
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Nilesh Desai, Ravindra Purohit
Myocardial infarction, i.e., heart attack, is a fatal condition which is on the increase all over the world. It is reported that a large number of heart attack occur in morning hours which are attributable to platelet aggregation. Chronotherapy at this stage can be crucial. Clopidogrel bisulfate (CLB) is an antiplatelet agent and has become a drug of choice for prevention of heart attack. It is soluble in acidic pH and has a narrow absorption window. So, its long residence time in stomach is desirable. Therefore, a novel high density tablet was developed comprising multiparticulate pellets with pulsatile release necessary to maintain chronotherapy of heart attack...
May 26, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550602/optimizing-the-modification-of-wood-waste-biochar-via-metal-oxides-to-remove-and-recover-phosphate-from-human-urine
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Kangning Xu, Chuke Zhang, Xiaomin Dou, Weifang Ma, Chengwen Wang
The recovery of phosphate from human urine has been considered as one of the most attractive benefits of urine source separation because P is an essential but limited macronutrient. This study investigated the approach to modify wood waste biochar via metal oxides aiming to recover phosphate from human urine to produce a value-added biochar. Results showed the phosphate removal ability was enhanced for the modified biochar pre-treated in modification solutions of MgCl2, AlCl3, CaCl2 and FeCl3, respectively, while natural biochar released phosphate to urine...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550592/certolizumab-pegol-for-treating-rheumatoid-arthritis-following-inadequate-response-to-a-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibitor-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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Iñigo Bermejo, Matt Stevenson, Rachel Archer, John W Stevens, Edward Goka, Mark Clowes, David L Scott, Adam Young
As part of its single technology appraisal (STA) process, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the manufacturer (UCB Pharma) of certolizumab pegol (CZP; Cimzia(®)) to submit evidence of its clinical and cost effectiveness for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) following inadequate response to a tumour necrosis factor-α inhibitor (TNFi). The School of Health and Related Research Technology Appraisal Group at the University of Sheffield was commissioned to act as the independent Evidence Review Group (ERG)...
May 26, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550499/systematic-review-of-fmri-compatible-devices-design-and-testing-criteria
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REVIEW
V Hartwig, N Carbonaro, A Tognetti, N Vanello
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is at present one of the most used methodologies for functional brain exploration, both in clinical and research settings. fMRI can noninvasively measure neural activity by using specific experimental paradigms. Often, these paradigms require the stimulation of the subject to perform sensorimotor tasks: in the past, the stimuli have been administered manually for investigating fundamental aspects of tactile perception and somatosensory processing. Nowadays, the use of mechatronic devices to stimulate the subject during fMRI studies is growing, also to assure reproducibility, control, and monitoring of task performances...
May 26, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550450/abcc4-functional-snp-in-the-3-splice-acceptor-site-of-exon-8-g912t-is-associated-with-unfavorable-clinical-outcome-in-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Hamzeh Mesrian Tanha, Soheila Rahgozar, Marjan Mojtabavi Naeini
OBJECTIVES: ATP-binding cassette subfamily C member 4 (ABCC4) encoding MRP4 protein is involved in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) drug resistance. The nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs2274407 (G912T; K304N) is located in the 3' splice acceptor site of exon 8 of ABCC4 pre-mRNA. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of rs2274407 in childhood ALL and its possible functional effect on MRP4. METHODS: ABCC4 G912T SNP was genotyped in 145 Iranian Philadelphia-negative (Ph(-)) children with ALL using modified tetra-primer ARMS PCR and evaluated for possible association with 3-year disease-free survival (3DFS)...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550377/acceptability-of-and-adherence-to-an-antiretroviral-based-vaginal-microbicide-among-pregnant-women-in-the-united-states
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Elizabeth T Montgomery, Lisa M Noguchi, James Y Dai, Jason Pan, Joseph Biggio, Craig Hendrix, Karen Isaacs, D Heather Watts, Jill L Schwartz, Jeanna Piper, Richard Beigi
The MTN-008 trial was the first multi-dose study conducted to evaluate the safety of a microbicide gel (2:1 randomized to tenofovir 1% or hydroxycellulose (HEC) placebo gel) during pregnancy. The study aim was to evaluate safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of the study products. Procedures included daily gel administration, with Day 0 and Day 6 in clinic, and Days 1-5 at home. Because pregnancy may pose unique challenges to consistent gel use and acceptability, evaluation of adherence and acceptability was a secondary objective of the trial...
May 26, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550275/detection-of-small-bowel-tumor-in-wireless-capsule-endoscopy-images-using-an-adaptive-neuro-fuzzy-inference-system
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Alizadeh Mahdi, Haji Maghsoudi Omid, Sharzehi Kaveh, Reza Hemati Hamid, Kamali Asl Alireza, Talebpour Alireza
Automatic diagnosis tool helps physicians to evaluate capsule endoscopic examinations faster and more accurate. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the validity and reliability of an automatic post-processing method for identifying and classifying wireless capsule endoscopic images, and investigate statistical measures to differentiate normal and abnormal images. The proposed technique consists of two main stages, namely, feature extraction and classification. Primarily, 32 features incorporating four statistical measures (contrast, correlation, homogeneity and energy) calculated from co-occurrence metrics were computed...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550171/%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-stimulation-inhibits-proarrhythmic-alternans-in-post-infarction-border-zone-cardiomyocytes-a-computational-analysis
#10
Jakub Tomek, Blanca Rodriguez, Gil Bub, Jordi Heijman
The border zone (BZ) of viable myocardium adjacent to an infarct undergoes extensive autonomic and electrical remodelling and is prone to repolarisation alternans-induced cardiac arrhythmias. BZ remodelling processes may promote or inhibit calcium and/or repolarisation alternans and may differentially affect ventricular arrhythmogenesis. Here, we employed a detailed computational model of the canine ventricular cardiomyocyte to study the determinants of alternans in the BZ and their regulation by β-adrenergic receptor (βAR) stimulation...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550101/a-novel-experimental-rat-model-of-peripheral-nerve-scarring-reliably-mimicking-post-surgical-complications-and-recurring-adhesions
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Angela Lemke, Carina Penzenstadler, James Ferguson, Dominika Lidinsky, Rudolf Hopf, Monika Bradl, Heinz Redl, Susanne Wolbank, Thomas Hausner
Inflammation, fibrosis and perineural adhesions with the surrounding tissue are common pathological processes following nerve injury and surgical interventions on peripheral nerves in human patients. Furthermore, these signs can reoccur following external neurolysis, currently the most common surgical treatment, thus leading to renewed nerve function impairment and chronic pain. To enable a successful evaluation of new therapeutic approaches, it is crucial to use a reproducible animal model that mimics the main clinical symptoms occurring in human patients...
May 26, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549972/quality-by-design-approach-for-studying-the-impact-of-formulation-and-process-variables-on-product-quality-of-oral-disintegrating-films
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Sonal Mazumder, Naresh Pavurala, Prashanth Manda, Xiaoming Xu, Celia N Cruz, Yellela S R Krishnaiah
The present investigation was carried out to understand the impact of formulation and process variables on the quality of oral disintegrating films (ODF) using Quality by Design (QbD) approach. Lamotrigine (LMT) was used as a model drug. Formulation variable was plasticizer to film former ratio and process variables were drying temperature, air flow rate in the drying chamber, drying time and wet coat thickness of the film. A Definitive Screening Design: of Experiments (DoE) was used to identify and classify the critical formulation and process variables impacting critical quality attributes (CQA)...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549966/lentivirus-mediated-inhibition-of-aqp4-accelerates-motor-function-recovery-associated-with-ngf-in-spinal-cord-contusion-rats
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Jianmin Chen, Xi Zeng, Shengnan Li, Zhanqiong Zhong, Xi Hu, Hongyu Xiang, Ying Rao, Lixin Zhang, Xiuya Zhou, Qingjie Xia, Tinghua Wang, Xiao Zhang
Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is a water channel protein in spinal cord and plays a critical role in the pathophysiological process of spinal cord injury (SCI). However, little is known about the molecular mechanism of AQP4 involved in SCI. The present study was performed to investigate the possible molecules regulated by AQP4 after SCI by use of lentiviral-mediated RNA interference (RNAi). First, the motor function was evaluated by Basso, Beattie, Bresnahan (BBB) scale and the expression of AQP4 was measured by western blot, immunohistochemical staining and immunofluorescence in rats after contusion spinal cord injury (cSCI)...
May 23, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549956/serum-high-sensitive-c-reactive-protein-hscrp-level-and-crp-genetic-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Zuo Shangwei, Wei Yingqi, Xiong Jiang, Wu Zhongyin, Juan Juan, Chen Dafang, Hu Yonghua, Guo Wei
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) development involves an inflammatory process with a potential genetic background. C-reactive protein (CRP) is an acute phase protein and was elevated in patients with AAA. The aim of this study was to investigate the association among serum high-sensitive CRP (hsCRP) concentration, its CRP genetic polymorphisms and AAA. METHODS: Serum hsCRP concentrations and abdominal aorta diameters were measured, correlation analysis between them were performed in 155 unrelated participants with AAA and 310 non-AAA controls...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549889/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-novel-dual-brd4-hdac-inhibitors
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Seika Amemiya, Takao Yamaguchi, Yuichi Hashimoto, Tomomi Noguchi-Yachide
Epigenetic regulation of gene expression via histone acetylation modulates many cellular processes, including apoptosis, the cell cycle, cell growth and differentiation, and inhibitors are promising drug candidates. We have previously developed inhibitors of BRD4, which recognizes acetylated lysine residue on histones and recruits transcription elongation factor to the transcription start site, while inhibitors of histone deacetylase (HDAC), which catalyzes the removal of acetyl groups on histones, are already in clinical use for cancer treatment...
May 17, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549874/hearing-in-noise-test-hint-brazil-in-normal-hearing-children
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Carolina Verônica Lino Novelli, Nádia Giulian de Carvalho, Maria Francisca Colella Santos
INTRODUCTION: The auditory processing is related to certain skills such as speech recognition in noise. The HINT-Brazil test allows the measurement of the Speech/Noise ratio however there are no studies in the national literature that establish parameters for the child population. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the performance of normal-hearing subjects aged 8-10 years old in tasks for speech recognition in noise using HINT test. METHODS: Sixty schoolchildren were evaluated...
May 9, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549798/whole-brain-connectivity-dynamics-reflect-both-task-specific-and-individual-specific-modulation-a-multitask-study
#17
REVIEW
Hua Xie, Vince Calhoun, Javier Gonzalez-Castillo, Eswar Damaraju, Robyn Miller, Peter Bandettini, Sunanda Mitra
Functional connectivity (FC) has been widely used to study the functional organization of temporally correlated and spatially distributed brain regions. Recent studies of FC dynamics, quantified by windowed correlations, provide new insights to analyze dynamic, context-dependent reconfiguration of brain networks. A set of reoccurring whole-brain connectivity patterns at rest, referred to as FC states, have been identified, hypothetically reflecting underlying cognitive processes or mental states. We posit that the mean FC information for a given subject represents a significant contribution to the group-level FC dynamics...
May 23, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549780/patient-specific-pointer-tool-for-corrective-osteotomy-quality-of-symmetry-based-planning-and-case-study-of-ulnar-reconstruction-surgery
#18
Samuel Mueller, Lueder A Kahrs, Johannes Gaa, Tobias Ortmaier, Jan-Dierk Clausen, Christian Krettek
Malunion after forearm fractures are described to appear in 2% to 10% of cases. Reconstructive surgeries ensure adequate anatomical repositioning. Their importance derives from the fact that malunion can often lead to severe pain as well as deformities causing loss of function and aesthetic issues not only in the forearm, but also the wrist and elbow joint. In this paper a clinical case will be presented using a Patient Specific Instrument (PSI) as navigational aid for reconstructive surgery after malunion of a proximal ulnar fracture combined with allograft surgery of the radial head and radial condyle due to chronic traumatic radial head luxation (Monteggia fracture)...
May 11, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549736/ultrasound-strain-imaging-in-assessment-of-biceps-muscle-stiffness-and-dynamic-motion-in-healthy-adults
#19
Jing Gao, Pai-Chi Li, Johnson Chen, Wen He, Li-Juan Du, Robert Min, Michael O'Dell
We prospectively evaluated the feasibility of using ultrasound strain imaging (USI) to assess biceps brachii muscle (BBM) stiffness and dynamic motion in 10 healthy adults. The BBM axial deformation was produced by external compression with a sandbag (1.0 kg) tied onto the transducer. The BBM lateral movement was produced by manual passive elbow flexion and extension. By use of 2-D speckle tracking, captured 5-s real-time ultrasound data of BBM were processed to estimate axial strain, representing muscle stiffness, and lateral strain and tissue velocity, representing muscle dynamic motion...
May 23, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549648/characterization-of-long-term-gait-deficits-in-mouse-dmcao-using-the-catwalk-system
#20
E Caballero-Garrido, J C Pena-Philippides, Z Galochkina, E Erhardt, T Roitbak
Evaluation of functional outcome is widely used across species to assess the recovery process following various pathological conditions, including spinal cord injury, musculo-skeletal injury, mithochondrial disease, neuropathic cancer, Huntington's disease, chronic pain, cortical lesion, and olivocerebellar degeneration among others. The Stroke Therapy Academic Industry Roundtable (STAIR) recommends multiple endpoints for behavioral studies in pre-clinical stroke research, to demonstrate their clinical relevance...
May 23, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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