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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320154/advances-in-assessing-myotonia-can-sensor-engineered-glove-have-a-role
#1
Simona Portaro, Margherita Russo, Antonino Naro, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti, Carmelo Rodolico, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
Non-dystrophic (NDMs) and Dystrophic Myotonias (DMs) are diseases characterized by the presence of myotonia with or without muscle weakness. A standardized myotonia assessment is important to more objectively quantify the handgrip myotonia. We screened 10 patients affected by NDM and 10 patients with DM, using the sensor-engineered glove (SEG). The time required to perform a complete finger extension (grip myotonia time, GMT) at maximum velocity (MV) after maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) was evaluated through an ad hoc protocol including rest, exercise, and ice effects on handgrip myotonia...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316346/invasion-trajectory-of-pacific-oysters-in-the-northern-wadden-sea
#2
Karsten Reise, Christian Buschbaum, Heike Büttger, Johannes Rick, K Mathias Wegner
Invasion trajectories of introduced alien species usually begin with a long establishment phase of low abundance, often followed by exponential expansion and subsequent adjustment phases. We review the first 26 years of feral Pacific oysters Crassostrea gigas around the island of Sylt in the Wadden Sea (North Sea, NE Atlantic), and reveal causal conditions for the invasion phases. Sea-based oyster farming with repeated introductions made establishment of feral oysters almost inevitable. Beds of mussels Mytilus edulis on mud flats offered firm substrate for attachment and ideal growth conditions around low tide level...
2017: Marine Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315320/controlled-ice-nucleation-using-freeze-dried-pseudomonas-syringae-encapsulated-in-alginate-beads
#3
Lindong Weng, Shannon N Tessier, Anisa Swei, Shannon L Stott, Mehmet Toner
The control of ice nucleation is of fundamental significance in many process technologies related to food and pharmaceutical science and cryobiology. Mechanical perturbation, electromagnetic fields and ice-nucleating agents (INAs) have been known to induce ice nucleation in a controlled manner. But these ice-nucleating methods may suffer from cumbersome manual operations, safety concerns of external fields, and biocompatibility and recovery issues of INA particles, especially when used in living systems. Given the automatic ice-seeding nature of INAs, a promising solution to overcome some of the above limitations is to engineer a biocomposite that accommodates the INA particles but minimizes their interactions with biologics, as well as enabling the recovery of used particles...
March 14, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314695/a-systematic-review-of-cost-effective-treatment-of-postoperative-rotator-cuff-repairs
#4
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Rebecca N Dickinson, John E Kuhn, Jamie L Bergner, Katherine H Rizzone
OBJECTIVE: The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative combines payment of multiple services for episodes of care into 1 bundle. Rotator cuff repair is a likely candidate for future inclusion. The objective of this study was to determine cost-effective, high-quality postoperative rehabilitation dosing and cryotherapy for patients undergoing rotator cuff repair based on systematic review of the literature. METHODS: Systematic review of level I and level II articles was performed in PubMed, Cochrane Databases, and PEDro...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314231/sea-salt-sodium-record-from-talos-dome-east-antarctica-as-a-potential-proxy-of-the-antarctic-past-sea-ice-extent
#5
M Severi, S Becagli, L Caiazzo, V Ciardini, E Colizza, F Giardi, K Mezgec, C Scarchilli, B Stenni, E R Thomas, R Traversi, R Udisti
Antarctic sea ice has shown an increasing trend in recent decades, but with strong regional differences from one sector to another of the Southern Ocean. The Ross Sea and the Indian sectors have seen an increase in sea ice during the satellite era (1979 onwards). Here we present a record of ssNa(+) flux in the Talos Dome region during a 25-year period spanning from 1979 to 2003, showing that this marker could be used as a potential proxy for reconstructing the sea ice extent in the Ross Sea and Western Pacific Ocean at least for recent decades...
March 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306315/hard-two-photon-contribution-to-elastic-lepton-proton-scattering-determined-by-the-olympus-experiment
#6
B S Henderson, L D Ice, D Khaneft, C O'Connor, R Russell, A Schmidt, J C Bernauer, M Kohl, N Akopov, R Alarcon, O Ates, A Avetisyan, R Beck, S Belostotski, J Bessuille, F Brinker, J R Calarco, V Carassiti, E Cisbani, G Ciullo, M Contalbrigo, R De Leo, J Diefenbach, T W Donnelly, K Dow, G Elbakian, P D Eversheim, S Frullani, Ch Funke, G Gavrilov, B Gläser, N Görrissen, D K Hasell, J Hauschildt, Ph Hoffmeister, Y Holler, E Ihloff, A Izotov, R Kaiser, G Karyan, J Kelsey, A Kiselev, P Klassen, A Krivshich, I Lehmann, P Lenisa, D Lenz, S Lumsden, Y Ma, F Maas, H Marukyan, O Miklukho, R G Milner, A Movsisyan, M Murray, Y Naryshkin, R Perez Benito, R Perrino, R P Redwine, D Rodríguez Piñeiro, G Rosner, U Schneekloth, B Seitz, M Statera, A Thiel, H Vardanyan, D Veretennikov, C Vidal, A Winnebeck, V Yeganov
The OLYMPUS Collaboration reports on a precision measurement of the positron-proton to electron-proton elastic cross section ratio, R_{2γ}, a direct measure of the contribution of hard two-photon exchange to the elastic cross section. In the OLYMPUS measurement, 2.01 GeV electron and positron beams were directed through a hydrogen gas target internal to the DORIS storage ring at DESY. A toroidal magnetic spectrometer instrumented with drift chambers and time-of-flight scintillators detected elastically scattered leptons in coincidence with recoiling protons over a scattering angle range of ≈20° to 80°...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302989/bacterial-microbiota-associated-with-the-glacier-ice-worm-is-dominated-by-both-worm-specific-and-glacier-derived-facultative-lineages
#7
Takumi Murakami, Takahiro Segawa, Roman Dial, Nozomu Takeuchi, Shiro Kohshima, Yuichi Hongoh
The community structure of bacteria associated with the glacier ice worm Mesenchytraeus solifugus was analyzed by amplicon sequencing of 16S rRNA genes and their transcripts. Ice worms were collected from two distinct glaciers in Alaska, Harding Icefield and Byron Glacier, and glacier surfaces were also sampled for comparison. Marked differences were observed in bacterial community structures between the ice worm and glacier surface samples. Several bacterial phylotypes were detected almost exclusively in the ice worms, and these bacteria were phylogenetically affiliated with either animal-associated lineages or, interestingly, clades mostly consisting of glacier-indigenous species...
March 9, 2017: Microbes and Environments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302790/complete-genome-and-methylome-analysis-of-psychrotrophic-bacterial-isolates-from-lake-untersee-in-antarctica
#8
Alexey Fomenkov, Vladimir N Akimov, Lina V Vasilyeva, Dale T Andersen, Tamas Vincze, Richard J Roberts
This paper describes the complete genome sequences and methylome analysis of six psychrotrophic strains isolated from perennially ice-covered Lake Untersee in Antarctica.
March 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301759/ice-surfaces
#9
Mary Jane Shultz
Ice is a fundamental solid with important environmental, biological, geological, and extraterrestrial impact. The stable form of ice at atmospheric pressure is hexagonal ice, Ih Despite its prevalence, Ih remains an enigmatic solid, in part due to challenges in preparing samples for fundamental studies. Surfaces of ice present even greater challenges. Recently developed methods for preparation of large single-crystal samples make it possible to reproducibly prepare any chosen face to address numerous fundamental questions...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298529/deep-sea-coral-evidence-for-lower-southern-ocean-surface-nitrate-concentrations-during-the-last-ice-age
#10
Xingchen Tony Wang, Daniel M Sigman, Maria G Prokopenko, Jess F Adkins, Laura F Robinson, Sophia K Hines, Junyi Chai, Anja S Studer, Alfredo Martínez-García, Tianyu Chen, Gerald H Haug
The Southern Ocean regulates the ocean's biological sequestration of CO2 and is widely suspected to underpin much of the ice age decline in atmospheric CO2 concentration, but the specific changes in the region are debated. Although more complete drawdown of surface nutrients by phytoplankton during the ice ages is supported by some sediment core-based measurements, the use of different proxies in different regions has precluded a unified view of Southern Ocean biogeochemical change. Here, we report measurements of the (15)N/(14)N of fossil-bound organic matter in the stony deep-sea coral Desmophyllum dianthus, a tool for reconstructing surface ocean nutrient conditions...
March 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297866/transient-effects-in-ice-nucleation-of-a-water-drop-impacting-onto-a-cold-substrate
#11
Markus Schremb, Ilia V Roisman, Cameron Tropea
The impact of water drops onto a solid surface at subfreezing temperatures has been experimentally studied. Drop nucleation has been observed using a high-speed video system. The statistics of nucleation allows the estimation of the average number of nucleation sites per unit area of the wetted part of the substrate. We have discovered that the nucleation rate in the impacting drop is not constant. The observed significant increase of the nucleation rate at small times after impact t<50 ms can be explained by the generation of nanobubbles at early times of drop impact...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296897/ice-cover-is-the-principal-driver-of-ecological-change-in-high-arctic-lakes-and-ponds
#12
Katherine Griffiths, Neal Michelutti, Madeline Sugar, Marianne S V Douglas, John P Smol
Recent climate change has been especially pronounced in the High Arctic, however, the responses of aquatic biota, such as diatoms, can be modified by site-specific environmental characteristics. To assess if climate-mediated ice cover changes affect the diatom response to climate, we used paleolimnological techniques to examine shifts in diatom assemblages from ten High Arctic lakes and ponds from Ellesmere Island and nearby Pim Island (Nunavut, Canada). The sites were divided a priori into four groups ("warm", "cool", "cold", and "oasis") based on local elevation and microclimatic differences that result in differing lengths of the ice-free season, as well as about three decades of personal observations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294982/cubozoan-sting-site-seawater-rinse-scraping-and-ice-can-increase-venom-load-upending-current-first-aid-recommendations
#13
Angel Anne Yanagihara, Christie L Wilcox
Cnidarian envenomations are the leading cause of severe and lethal human sting injuries from marine life. The total amount of venom discharged into sting-site tissues, sometimes referred to as "venom load", has been previously shown to correlate with tentacle contact length and sequelae severity. Since <1% of cnidae discharge upon initial tentacle contact, effective and safe removal of adherent tentacles is of paramount importance in the management of life-threatening cubozoan stings. We evaluated whether common rinse solutions or scraping increased venom load as measured in a direct functional assay of venom activity (hemolysis)...
March 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294118/ground-state-selection-under-pressure-in-the-quantum-pyrochlore-magnet-yb2ti2o7
#14
E Kermarrec, J Gaudet, K Fritsch, R Khasanov, Z Guguchia, C Ritter, K A Ross, H A Dabkowska, B D Gaulin
A quantum spin liquid is a state of matter characterized by quantum entanglement and the absence of any broken symmetry. In condensed matter, the frustrated rare-earth pyrochlore magnets Ho2Ti2O7 and Dy2Ti2O7, so-called spin ices, exhibit a classical spin liquid state with fractionalized thermal excitations (magnetic monopoles). Evidence for a quantum spin ice, in which the magnetic monopoles become long range entangled and an emergent quantum electrodynamics arises, seems within reach. The magnetic properties of the quantum spin ice candidate Yb2Ti2O7 have eluded a global understanding and even the presence or absence of static magnetic order at low temperatures is controversial...
March 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292905/computational-investigation-of-surface-freezing-in-a-molecular-model-of-water
#15
Amir Haji-Akbari, Pablo G Debenedetti
Water freezes in a wide variety of low-temperature environments, from meteors and atmospheric clouds to soil and biological cells. In nature, ice usually nucleates at or near interfaces, because homogenous nucleation in the bulk can only be observed at deep supercoolings. Although the effect of proximal surfaces on freezing has been extensively studied, major gaps in understanding remain regarding freezing near vapor-liquid interfaces, with earlier experimental studies being mostly inconclusive. The question of how a vapor-liquid interface affects freezing in its vicinity is therefore still a major open question in ice physics...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292707/significance-of-in-situ-dry-ice-blasting-on-the-microstructure-crystallinity-and-bonding-strength-of-plasma-sprayed-hydroxyapatite-coatings
#16
Shujuan Dong, Jinyan Zeng, Lifen Li, Junbin Sun, Xiong Yang, Hanlin Liao
To obtain hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings with high crystallinity which have long-term stability in clinical applications, coarse powders were usually injected to less energetic plasma. However, the HA coatings accumulated by partly melted particles usually have high porosity and poor mechanical properties, especially poor bonding strength. In this work, by profiting its quenching and mechanical impact, dry-ice blasting was in-situ employed during plasma spray process to improve the microstructure characterization and bonding strength of HA coatings...
March 7, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290630/common-superficial-bursitis
#17
Morteza Khodaee
Superficial bursitis most often occurs in the olecranon and prepatellar bursae. Less common locations are the superficial infrapatellar and subcutaneous (superficial) calcaneal bursae. Chronic microtrauma (e.g., kneeling on the prepatellar bursa) is the most common cause of superficial bursitis. Other causes include acute trauma/hemorrhage, inflammatory disorders such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis, and infection (septic bursitis). Diagnosis is usually based on clinical presentation, with a particular focus on signs of septic bursitis...
February 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290325/assessing-the-effects-of-different-prebiotic-dietary-oligosaccharides-in-sheep-milk-ice-cream
#18
C F Balthazar, H L A Silva, A H Vieira, R P C Neto, L P Cappato, P T Coimbra, J Moraes, M M Andrade, V M A Calado, D Granato, M Q Freitas, M I B Tavares, R S L Raices, M C Silva, A G Cruz
The objective of this study was to assess the effects of different prebiotic dietary oligosaccharides (inulin, fructo-oligosaccharide, galacto-oligossacaride, short-chain fructo-oligosaccharide, resistant starch, corn dietary oligosaccharide and polydextrose) in non-fat sheep milk ice cream processing through physical parameters, water mobility and thermal analysis. Overall, the fat replacement by dietary prebiotic oligosaccharides significantly decreased the melting time, melting temperature and the fraction and relaxation time for fat and bound water (T22) while increased the white intensity and glass transition temperature...
January 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289836/prokaryotic-abundance-and-activity-in-permafrost-of-the-northern-victoria-land-and-upper-victoria-valley-antarctica
#19
Rosabruna La Ferla, Maurizio Azzaro, Luigi Michaud, Gabriella Caruso, Angelina Lo Giudice, Rodolfo Paranhos, Anderson S Cabral, Antonella Conte, Alessandro Cosenza, Giovanna Maimone, Maria Papale, Alessandro Ciro Rappazzo, Mauro Guglielmin
Victoria Land permafrost harbours a potentially large pool of cold-affected microorganisms whose metabolic potential still remains underestimated. Three cores (BC-1, BC-2 and BC-3) drilled at different depths in Boulder Clay (Northern Victoria Land) and one sample (DY) collected from a core in the Dry Valleys (Upper Victoria Valley) were analysed to assess the prokaryotic abundance, viability, physiological profiles and potential metabolic rates. The cores drilled at Boulder Clay were a template of different ecological conditions (different temperature regime, ice content, exchanges with atmosphere and with liquid water) in the same small basin while the Dry Valleys site was very similar to BC-2 conditions but with a complete different geological history and ground ice type...
March 13, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289733/correcting-for-microbial-blooms-in-fecal-samples-during-room-temperature-shipping
#20
Amnon Amir, Daniel McDonald, Jose A Navas-Molina, Justine Debelius, James T Morton, Embriette Hyde, Adam Robbins-Pianka, Rob Knight
The use of sterile swabs is a convenient and common way to collect microbiome samples, and many studies have shown that the effects of room-temperature storage are smaller than physiologically relevant differences between subjects. However, several bacterial taxa, notably members of the class Gammaproteobacteria, grow at room temperature, sometimes confusing microbiome results, particularly when stability is assumed. Although comparative benchmarking has shown that several preservation methods, including the use of 95% ethanol, fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and FTA cards, and Omnigene-GUT kits, reduce changes in taxon abundance during room-temperature storage, these techniques all have drawbacks and cannot be applied retrospectively to samples that have already been collected...
March 2017: MSystems
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