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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922830/connectivity-neurofeedback-training-can-differentially-change-functional-connectivity-and-cognitive-performance
#1
Ayumu Yamashita, Shunsuke Hayasaka, Mitsuo Kawato, Hiroshi Imamizu
Advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging have made it possible to provide real-time feedback on brain activity. Neurofeedback has been applied to therapeutic interventions for psychiatric disorders. Since many studies have shown that most psychiatric disorders exhibit abnormal brain networks, a novel experimental paradigm named connectivity neurofeedback, which can directly modulate a brain network, has emerged as a promising approach to treat psychiatric disorders. Here, we investigated the hypothesis that connectivity neurofeedback can induce the aimed direction of change in functional connectivity, and the differential change in cognitive performance according to the direction of change in connectivity...
October 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922539/structural-characterization-of-a-covalent-monolayer-sheet-obtained-by-two-dimensional-polymerization-at-an-air-water-interface
#2
Vivian Müller, Feng Shao, Milos Baljozovic, Mina Moradi, Yao Zhang, Thomas Jung, William B Thompson, Benjamin T King, Renato Zenobi, A Dieter Schlüter
This work describes a two-dimensional polymerization at an air/water interface and provides, for the first time, direct spectroscopic evidence for the kind of cross-links formed and for the conversion reached in a covalently bonded monolayer sheet. This is achieved by a combination of a variety of monolayer characterization techniques before and after transfer onto solid substrates in particular by tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) and TERS mapping after transfer of both the monomer and polymer monolayer onto Au(111)...
September 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922486/conducting-polymer-based-materials-for-electrochemical-energy-conversion-and-storage
#3
REVIEW
Jianfeng Wang, Jinrong Wang, Zhuang Kong, Kuilin Lv, Chao Teng, Ying Zhu
To alleviate the current energy crisis and environmental pollution, sustainable and ecofriendly energy conversion and storage systems are urgently needed. Due to their high conductivity, promising catalytic activity, and excellent electrochemical properties, conducting polymers have been attracting intense attention for use in electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Here, the latest advances regarding the utilization of conducting polymers for fuel cells and supercapacitors are introduced. The strategies employed to improve the electrocatalytic and electrochemical performances of conducting-polymer-based materials are presented...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922412/walker-occupancy-has-an-impact-on-changing-airborne-bacterial-communities-in-an-underground-pedestrian-space-as-small-dust-particles-increased-with-raising-both-temperature-and-humidity
#4
Torahiko Okubo, Takako Osaki, Eriko Nozaki, Akira Uemura, Kouhei Sakai, Mizue Matushita, Junji Matsuo, Shinji Nakamura, Shigeru Kamiya, Hiroyuki Yamaguchi
Although human occupancy is a source of airborne bacteria, the role of walkers on bacterial communities in built environments is poorly understood. Therefore, we visualized the impact of walker occupancy combined with other factors (temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, dust particles) on airborne bacterial features in the Sapporo underground pedestrian space in Sapporo, Japan. Air samples (n = 18; 4,800L/each sample) were collected at 8:00 h to 20:00 h on 3 days (regular sampling) and at early morning / late night (5:50 h to 7:50 h / 22:15 h to 24:45 h) on a day (baseline sampling), and the number of CFUs (colony forming units) OTUs (operational taxonomic units) and other factors were determined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922405/assessment-on-induced-genetic-variability-and-divergence-in-the-mutagenized-lentil-populations-of-microsperma-and-macrosperma-cultivars-developed-using-physical-and-chemical-mutagenesis
#5
Rafiul Amin Laskar, Samiullah Khan
Induced mutagenesis was employed to create genetic variation in the lentil cultivars for yield improvement. The assessments were made on genetic variability, character association, and genetic divergence among the twelve mutagenized populations and one parent population of each of the two lentil cultivars, developed by single and combination treatments with gamma rays and hydrazine hydrates. Analysis of variance revealed significant inter-population differences for the observed quantitative phenotypic traits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922054/economic-burden-of-pneumococcal-infections-in-children-under-5%C3%A2-years-of-age
#6
Mehmet Ceyhan, Yasemin Ozsurekci, Kubra Aykac, Basak Hacibedel, Egemen Ozbilgili
The present study aimed to determine the cost of childhood pneumococcal infections under 5 years of age and to provide further data for future health economy studies. Electronic medical records of children diagnosed with meningitis caused by S. pneumoniae and all-cause pneumonia, and acute otitis media (AOM) between January 2013-April 2014 were retrospectively evaluated. Direct costs for the treatments of hospitalized patients (pneumonia and pneumococcal meningitis) including costs of healthcare services consisted of costs of hospital bed, examination, laboratory analyses, scanning methods, consultation, vascular access procedures, and infusion and intravenous treatments...
September 18, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921668/controlling-molecular-doping-in-organic-semiconductors
#7
REVIEW
Ian E Jacobs, Adam J Moulé
The field of organic electronics thrives on the hope of enabling low-cost, solution-processed electronic devices with mechanical, optoelectronic, and chemical properties not available from inorganic semiconductors. A key to the success of these aspirations is the ability to controllably dope organic semiconductors with high spatial resolution. Here, recent progress in molecular doping of organic semiconductors is summarized, with an emphasis on solution-processed p-type doped polymeric semiconductors. Highlighted topics include how solution-processing techniques can control the distribution, diffusion, and density of dopants within the organic semiconductor, and, in turn, affect the electronic properties of the material...
September 15, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921648/rna-therapeutics-in-oncology-advances-challenges-and-future-directions
#8
A Robert MacLeod, Stanley T Crooke
RNA-based therapeutic technologies represent a rapidly expanding class of therapeutic opportunities with the power to modulate cellular biology in ways never before possible. With RNA-targeted therapeutics, inhibitors of previously undruggable proteins, gene expression modulators, and even therapeutic proteins can be rationally designed based on sequence information alone, something that is not possible with other therapeutic modalities. The most advanced RNA therapeutic modalities are antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) and small interfering RNAs...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921623/one-step-synthesis-of-18-f-cabozantinib-for-use-in-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-of-c-met
#9
Vegard Torp Lien, Jo Klaveness, Dag Erlend Olberg
Cabozantinib is an FDA approved kinase inhibitor for the treatment of medullary thyroid cancer and advanced renal cell carcinoma, which exerts its therapeutic effect by inhibiting, among others, the tyrosine kinase c-Met. Non-invasive imaging techniques are becoming increasingly important clinically to ensure drug efficacy, staging, monitoring and patient stratification. PET isotope labelled tyrosine kinase inhibitors have, for the same reason, potential as PET tracers for imaging of various cancers. Based on cabozantinib, we synthesized the novel boronic acid pinacol ester 4 as a labelling precursor, where the boronic ester moiety replaces the fluorine native to this kinase inhibitor...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920762/measuring-dynamics-of-eukaryotic-transcription-initiation-challenges-insights-and-opportunities
#10
Zhengjian Zhang, Robert Tjian
Transcription of protein-encoding genes in eukaryotic cells is a dynamically coordinated process. Many of the key transcription regulators contain functionally essential intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs), the dynamic nature of which creates extra challenges to traditional biochemical analyses. Recent advances in single-molecule fluorescence imaging technology have enabled direct visualization of these rapid, complex and dynamic molecular interactions in real time.
September 18, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920554/a-pulmonary-embolism-response-team-s-initial-20-month-experience-treating-87-patients-with-submassive-and-massive-pulmonary-embolism
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Akhilesh K Sista, Oren A Friedman, Eda Dou, Brendan Denvir, Gulce Askin, Jamie Stern, Jaclyn Estes, Arash Salemi, Ronald S Winokur, James M Horowitz
Pulmonary Embolism Response Teams (PERTs) have emerged to provide rapid multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of PE patients. However, descriptive institutional experience and preliminary outcomes data from such teams are sparse. PERT activations were identified through a retrospective review. Only confirmed submassive or massive PEs were included in the data analysis. In addition to baseline variables, the therapeutic intervention, length of stay (LOS), in-hospital mortality, and bleeding rate/severity were recorded...
September 1, 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920434/ultralow-temperature-solution-processed-aluminum-oxide-dielectrics-via-local-structure-control-of-nanoclusters
#12
Jeong-Wan Jo, Yong-Hoon Kim, Joohyung Park, Jae Sang Heo, Seongpil Hwang, Won-June Lee, Myung-Han Yoon, Myung-Gil Kim, Sung Kyu Park
Oxide dielectric materials play a key role in a wide range of high-performance solid-state electronics from semiconductor devices to emerging wearable and soft bio-electronic devices. Although lots of previous advances are noteworthy, their typical processing temperature still far exceeds the thermal limitations of soft materials, impeding their wide utilization in these emerging fields. Here, we report an innovative route to form highly reliable aluminum-oxide dielectric films using an ultralow temperature (< 60 ˚C) solution process with a class of oxide nanocluster precursors...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920011/perceived-racial-ethnic-discrimination-and-mental-health-a-review-and-future-directions-for-social-epidemiology
#13
Anissa I Vines, Julia B Ward, Evette Cordoba, Kristin Z Black
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent literature on racial or ethnic discrimination and mental health was reviewed to assess the current science and identify key areas of emphasis for social epidemiology. Objectives of this review were to: 1) Determine whether there have been advancements in the measurement and analysis of perceived discrimination; 2) Identify the use of theories and/or frameworks in perceived discrimination and mental health research; and 3) Assess the extent to which stress buffers are being considered and evaluated in the existing literature...
June 2017: Current Epidemiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919706/profile-of-pembrolizumab-in-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-design-development-and-place-in-therapy
#14
REVIEW
Sulsal Haque, Mahender Yellu, Jaskirat Randhawa, Nooshin Hashemi-Sadraei
Head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) is the sixth most common malignancy worldwide, and despite advances in cytotoxic, surgical and radiation techniques, outcomes are still poor in those with both locally advanced and metastatic diseases. The need for development of better therapeutics along with a greater understanding of the relationship between the immune system and malignancies has led to a new therapeutic modality, immune modulators, particularly checkpoint inhibitors in HNSCC. It is now well recognized that HNSCC circumvents crucial pathways utilized by the immune system to escape surveillance...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919656/direct-valorisation-of-waste-cocoa-butter-triglycerides-via-catalytic-epoxidation-ring-opening-and-polymerisation
#15
Dorota D Plaza, Vinzent Strobel, Parminder Kaur Ks Heer, Andrew B Sellars, Seng-Soi Hoong, Andrew J Clark, Alexei A Lapkin
BACKGROUND: Development of circular economy requires significant advances in the technologies for valorisation of waste, as waste becomes new feedstock. Food waste is a particularly important feedstock, containing large variation of complex chemical functionality. Although most food waste sources are complex mixtures, waste from food processing, no longer suitable for the human food chain, may also represent relatively clean materials. One such material requiring valorisation is cocoa butter...
September 2017: Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919300/the-significance-of-cholesterol-and-its-metabolite-27-hydroxycholesterol-in-breast-cancer
#16
REVIEW
Erik R Nelson
Although significant advances in the treatment of breast cancer have been made, in particular in the use of endocrine therapy, de novo and aquired resistance to therapy, and metastatic recurrence continue to be major clinical problems. Given the high prevalence of breast cancer, new life-style or chemotherapeutic approaches are required. In this regard, cholesterol has emerged as a risk factor for the onset of breast cancer, and elevated cholesterol is associated with a poor prognosis. While treatment with cholesterol lowering medication is not associated with breast cancer risk, it does appear to be protective against recurrence...
September 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919188/-contribution-of-multimodal-imaging-in-the-various-stages-of-stargardt-disease
#17
L El Matri, Y Falfoul, M Kortli, A Hassairi, H Charfi, A Turki, F Kort, A Chebil
PURPOSE: To describe the contribution of multimodal imaging in the various stages of Stargardt disease (STGD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 46 eyes of 23 STGD patients with identified ABCA4 mutations. All patients underwent a complete ophthalmic examination, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), fundus autofluorescence (FAF), fluorescein angiography (FA) and Indocyanine green angiography (ICGA). RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 25...
September 14, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918811/future-directions-for-endoscopic-ultrasound-where-are-we-heading
#18
REVIEW
Sahin Coban, Omer Basar, William R Brugge
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) plays an important role as a diagnostic and therapeutic modality in gastroenterology. New developments have emerged, especially in the last decade, and are being introduced to endoscopists. The ability to readily visualize and access organs in the gastrointestinal tract has allowed endoscopists to perform new interventional procedures. EUS procedures have taken the place of conventional approaches for the treatment of various gastrointestinal diseases, including pancreatic cystic lesions...
October 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918806/endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-gastrojejunostomy
#19
REVIEW
Sunil Amin, Amrita Sethi
Gastric outlet obstruction is a common complication of advanced upper gastrointestinal and pancreatic malignancies. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided gastrojejunostomy is a new option that may provide a more durable solution than enteral stenting with shorter recovery time and less cost than surgical gastrojejunostomy. Techniques to perform this procedure include direct EUS-guided puncture and balloon-assisted and free-hand methods. Use of cautery-tipped lumen-apposing metal stent results in higher rates of technical success and shorter procedure times...
October 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918464/what-s-next-in-complex-networks-capturing-the-concept-of-attacking-play-in-invasive-team-sports
#20
REVIEW
João Ramos, Rui J Lopes, Duarte Araújo
The evolution of performance analysis within sports sciences is tied to technology development and practitioner demands. However, how individual and collective patterns self-organize and interact in invasive team sports remains elusive. Social network analysis has been recently proposed to resolve some aspects of this problem, and has proven successful in capturing collective features resulting from the interactions between team members as well as a powerful communication tool. Despite these advances, some fundamental team sports concepts such as an attacking play have not been properly captured by the more common applications of social network analysis to team sports performance...
September 16, 2017: Sports Medicine
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