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Markus Köhler, Patrick Oßwald, Dominik Krueger, Ryan Whitside
This manuscript describes a high-temperature flow reactor experiment coupled to the powerful molecular beam mass spectrometry (MBMS) technique. This flexible tool offers a detailed observation of chemical gas-phase kinetics in reacting flows under well-controlled conditions. The vast range of operating conditions available in a laminar flow reactor enables access to extraordinary combustion applications that are typically not achievable by flame experiments. These include rich conditions at high temperatures relevant for gasification processes, the peroxy chemistry governing the low temperature oxidation regime or investigations of complex technical fuels...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Riti Sharan, Hee-Jeong Yang, Preeti Sule, Jeffrey D Cirillo
Reporter enzyme fluorescence (REF) utilizes substrates that are specific for enzymes present in target organisms of interest for imaging or detection by fluorescence or bioluminescence. We utilize BlaC, an enzyme expressed constitutively by all M. tuberculosis strains. REF allows rapid quantification of bacteria in lungs of infected mice. The same group of mice can be imaged at many time points, greatly reducing costs, enumerating bacteria more quickly, allowing novel observations in host-pathogen interactions, and increasing statistical power, since more animals per group are readily maintained...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Mads Gilbert
BACKGROUND: The atrocities in Syria have been covered in the four general medical weekly journals in the USA and the UK. Medical journal articles addressing political determinants of public health have rightly described and criticised the international community's failure to enforce humanitarian law while urging global bodies of power to ensure protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure and medical services. Discussions of the political influences on health of people in the occupied Palestinian territory (West Bank and Gaza Strip) seem to be considered politically out-of-bounds by some medical journals...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Natasha A Lannin, Louise Ada, Coralie English, Julie Ratcliffe, Maria Crotty
Rationale Although clinical practice guidelines recommend that management of moderate to severe spasticity include the use of botulinum toxin-A in conjunction with therapy, there is currently no evidence to support the addition of therapy. Aims To determine the effect and cost-benefit of adding evidence-based movement training to botulinum toxin-A. Sample size estimate A total of 136 participants will be recruited in order to be able to detect a between-group difference of seven points on the Goal Attainment Scale T-score with 80% power at a two-tailed significance level of 0...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Tambri Housen, Annick Lenglet, Cono Ariti, Shabnum Ara, Showkat Shah, Maqbool Dar, Arshad Hussain, Altaf Paul, Zahoor Wagay, Kerri Viney, Simon Janes, Giovanni Pintaldi
The present study aimed to culturally adapt, translate, and validate the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 (HSCL-25) and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire-Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms Checklist (HTQ-16) prior to use in a cross-sectional mental health population survey in the Kashmir Valley. Cultural adaptation and translation of the HSCL-25 and the HTQ-16 employed multiple forms of transcultural validity check. The HSCL-25 and HTQ-16 were compared against a "gold standard" structured psychiatric interview, the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI)...
January 1, 2018: Transcultural Psychiatry
Hannah Crawford, Heather Wilkinson
Life grids have been used in qualitative studies for the last two decades. They provide an activity which researcher and participant can focus their attention on, help build rapport, and reduce the control the researcher may hold within a session. Here we describe the novel use of life grids at the end of a data collection phase. Used in this previously unreported way, life grids assisted the closure of the data collection phase by summarizing the data collection and marking departure from the field. Creation of a life grid produced a tangible outcome, evidencing the work undertaken within the data collection period...
March 1, 2018: Qualitative Health Research
Hyun Ju, Dabin Park, Jooheon Kim
The fabrication of dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid (DBSA)-doped polyaniline (PANI)-coated SnSe0.8S0.2 (PANI-SnSeS) nanosheets and their application to flexible thermoelectric composite films are demonstrated. The thermoelectric power factor of PANI-SnSeS nanosheets was optimized by manipulating the number of PANI coating cycles, and changes in their electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient were investigated and analyzed by considering carrier transport properties. An optimized, solution-based procedure for introducing inorganic nanoparticles comprising PANI-SnSeS nanosheets into a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) matrix maximized the power factor...
March 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jesus Idigoras, Francisco Javier Aparicio, Lidia Contreras-Bernal, Susana Ramos-Terrón, María Alcaire, Juan R Sanchez-Valencia, Ana Borras, Angel Barranco, Juan Antonio Anta
A compromise between high power conversion efficiency and long-term stability of hybrid organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells is necessary for their outdoor photovoltaic application and commercialization. Herein, a method to improve the stability of perovskite solar cells under water and moisture exposure consisting in the encapsulation of the cell with an ultrathin plasma polymer is reported. The deposition of the polymer is carried out at room temperature by the remote plasma vacuum deposition of adamantane powder...
March 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Julia Ae Walters, Daniel J Tan, Clinton J White, Richard Wood-Baker
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend that patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should be treated with systemic corticosteroid for seven to 14 days. Intermittent systemic corticosteroid use is cumulatively associated with adverse effects such as osteoporosis, hyperglycaemia and muscle weakness. Shorter treatment could reduce adverse effects. OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy of short-duration (seven or fewer days) and conventional longer-duration (longer than seven days) systemic corticosteroid treatment of adults with acute exacerbations of COPD...
March 19, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Nao Yoshida, Shintaro Yamazaki, Masahiko Sugitani, Tadatoshi Takayama
Energy devices can cause significant thermal damage to surrounding tissues causing unanticipated organ trauma. To evaluate the safety and feasibility of a novel electric device (DD1) for soft tissue dissection. Three series of measurements were performed in a pig model. First, macro- and microscopic tissue damage was compared between the DD1 and an electric scalpel (ES). Second, the time course of tissue temperature was measured for the DD1 and three other energy devices (ES, Harmonic and LigaSure). Third, the time required for mobilization of a peripheral artery of the intestine was compared between the DD1 and manual, non-energized forceps...
2018: Bioscience Trends
Cuirong Zhao, Chao Wang, Chengwu Shen, Qian Wang
China has undertaken waves of healthcare reforms to keep pace with its rapid economic growth. By 2011, universal health insurance coverage was successfully achieved through the creation of a basic social medical insurance system. Growing economic power, extensive government subsidies, and strategies for program implementation are critical to that achievement. However, the breadth and depth of coverage varies considerably across insurance schemes and localities. The disjointed insurance scheme led to inequality in coverage, accessibility, and affordability of medical services, lopsided allocation of health resources, and increasing medical expenditures, and these remain crucial challenges for healthcare insurance coverage...
2018: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
James E Bennett, Chris Brickell
'Medicalisation' of same sex relations is a phenomenon that reached its peak in the 1950s and 1960s. The rise of gay liberation produced a divisive political contest with the psychiatric profession and adherents of the orthodox 'medical model' in the United States and - to a lesser extent - in the United Kingdom. This socio-historical process occurred throughout the English-speaking world, but much less is known about its dynamics in smaller countries such as New Zealand where the historiography on this issue is very sparse...
April 2018: Medical History
Hetty Rooth, Ulla Forinder, Maja Söderbäck, Eija Viitasara, Katarina Piuva
AIM: The aim of this study was to analyse discourses of parenting training in official inquires in Sweden that explicitly deal with the bringing up of children and parental education and how the representations of the problems and their solutions affect parental subject positions in the early welfare state and at the onset of the 21st century. METHOD: We carried out a discourse analysis of two public inquiries of 1947 and 2008, drawing on theories about governmentality and power regimes...
February 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
John A Calarco, Adam D Norris
Genetic interaction screens are a powerful methodology to establish novel roles for genes and elucidate functional connections between genes. Such studies have been performed to great effect in single-cell organisms such as yeast and E. coli (Schuldiner et al ., 2005; Butland et al ., 2008; Costanzo et al ., 2010), but similar large-scale interaction studies using targeted reverse-genetic deletions in multi-cellular organisms have not been feasible. We developed a CRISPR/Cas9-based method for deleting genes in C...
March 5, 2018: Bio-protocol
A Leoni Swart, Christopher F Harrison, Ludwig Eichinger, Michael Steinert, Hubert Hilbi
Environmental bacteria of the genus Legionella naturally parasitize free-living amoebae. Upon inhalation of bacteria-laden aerosols, the opportunistic pathogens grow intracellularly in alveolar macrophages and can cause a life-threatening pneumonia termed Legionnaires' disease. Intracellular replication in amoebae and macrophages takes place in a unique membrane-bound compartment, the Legionella -containing vacuole (LCV). LCV formation requires the bacterial Icm/Dot type IV secretion system, which translocates literally hundreds of "effector" proteins into host cells, where they modulate crucial cellular processes for the pathogen's benefit...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Hardaway Chun-Kwan Chan, Weeraya Ka-Yan Ho, Patrick Shu-Hang Yung
Background/Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the effect of sprint cycling training on the intermittent run performance, sprinting speed, and change of direction (COD) ability of recreational intermittent sports athletes. Methods: Sixteen participants participated in the study. The experimental group (EG, n = 8) received a total of 12 sessions of sprint cycling training in a 4-week period and the control group (CG, n = 8) received no training. Both EG and CG were instructed to maintain their daily activity during the 4-week period...
January 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology
Victor Ortiz-Declet, Brian Mu, Austin W Chen, Jody Litrenta, Leslie C Yuen, Stephanie M Rabe, Benjamin G Domb
Arthroscopic acetabuloplasty involves trimming of bone from the acetabular rim. Although early techniques often involved detachment of the labrum prior to bone resection, recent studies have reported on acetabuloplasty without labral detachment. This method has the benefit of preserving the labro-osseous junction, but visualization of the acetabular rim may be more difficult. Compromised visualization can lead to incomplete resection and residual impingement. We describe an arthroscopic perspective called the "bird's eye" and "upper deck" views that facilitates optimal visualization of the acetabuloplasty without labral detachment...
January 2018: Arthroscopy Techniques
Abdul-Amir Yassine, William Kingsford, Yiwen Xu, Jeffrey Cassidy, Lothar Lilge, Vaughn Betz
Finding a high-quality treatment plan is an essential, yet difficult, stage of Photodynamic therapy (PDT) as it will determine the therapeutic efficacy in eradicating malignant tumors. A high-quality plan is patient-specific, and provides clinicians with the number of fiber-based spherical diffusers, their powers, and their interstitial locations to deliver the required light dose to destroy the tumor while minimizing the damage to surrounding healthy tissues. In this work, we propose a general convex light source power allocation algorithm that, given light source locations, guarantees optimality of the resulting solution in minimizing the over/under-dosage of volumes of interest...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Seung Won Jun, Junyoung Kwon, Soo Kyung Chun, Hyun Ah Lee, Jaebeom Lee, Dae Youn Hwang, Chen-Yuan Dong, Chang-Seok Kim
Owing to its near infrared (NIR) absorption, graphene oxide (GO) is promising for both photothermal (PT) therapy and multiphoton (MP) imaging. Novel therapy/imaging modality switching is proposed here based on the selected excitation wavelength of femtosecond (FS) laser. GO-based destruction of cancer cells is demonstrated when the laser power of 800-nm-wavelength FS laser is increased above 7 mW. However, GO-based imaging is mainly monitored without damaging the sample when using 1200-nm wavelength FS laser in the same laser power range...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Riccardo Rizzo, Maria Alvaro, Norbert Danz, Lucia Napione, Emiliano Descrovi, Stefan Schmieder, Alberto Sinibaldi, Subinoy Rana, Rona Chandrawati, Peter Munzert, Thomas Schubert, Emmanuel Maillart, Aleksei Anopchenko, Paola Rivolo, Alessandro Mascioletti, Erik Förster, Frank Sonntag, Molly M Stevens, Federico Bussolino, Francesco Michelotti
Quantitative detection of angiogenic biomarkers provides a powerful tool to diagnose cancers in early stages and to follow its progression during therapy. Conventional tests require trained personnel, dedicated laboratory equipment and are generally time-consuming. Herein, we propose our developed biosensing platform as a useful tool for a rapid determination of Angiopoietin-2 biomarker directly from patient plasma within 30 minutes, without any sample preparation or dilution. Bloch surface waves supported by one dimensional photonic crystal are exploited to enhance and redirect the fluorescence arising from a sandwich immunoassay that involves Angiopoietin-2...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
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