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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156591/plasmonic-spectral-splitting-in-ring-rod-metasurface
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Naseer Muhammad, Adnan Daud Khan, Zi-Lan Deng, Karim Khan, Ashish Yadav, Qiang Liu, Zhengbiao Ouyang
We report spectral splitting behaviors based on Fano resonances in a novel simple planar metasurface composed of gold nanobars and nanorings. Multiple plasmonic modes and sharp Fano effects are achieved in a broadband transmittance spectrum by exploiting the rotational symmetry of the metasurface. The transmission properties are effectively modified and tuned by modulating the structural parameters. The highest single side Q-factor and FoM which reaches 196 and 105 are observed at Fano resonances. Our proposed design is relatively simple and can be applied for various applications such as multi-wavelength highly sensitive plasmonic sensors, switching, and slow light devices...
November 19, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156124/definition-of-free-o-h-groups-of-water-at-the-air-water-interface
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Fujie Tang, Tatsuhiko Ohto, Taisuke Hasegawa, Wen Jun Xie, Limei Xu, Mischa Bonn, Yuki Nagata
Free O-H groups of water are often found at the water-hydrophobic medium interface, e.g. for water contact with hydrophobic protein residues, or at the water-air interface. In surface-specific vibrational spectroscopic studies using sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy, free O-H groups are experimentally well characterized in the O-H stretch region by a sharp 3700 cm(-1) peak. Although these free O-H groups are often defined as the O-H groups which are not hydrogen-bonded to other water molecules, a direct correlation between such non-hydrogen-bonded O-H group and the 3700 cm(-1) SFG response has been lacking...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155834/measuring-the-microbiome-of-chronic-wounds-with-use-of-a-topical-antimicrobial-dressing-a-feasibility-study
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Lindsay Kalan, Mi Zhou, Michele Labbie, Benjamin Willing
BACKGROUND: Polymicrobial communities colonize all wounds, and biofilms are hypothesized to be a key link to the chronic state and stalled healing. Molecular methods offer greater insight when studying microbial ecology in chronic wounds, as only a small fraction of wound bacteria are cultured by currently available methods and studies have shown little agreement between culture and molecular based approaches. Some interventions, like dressings with oxidized silver, are reported to help the stalled wounds move to a normal healing trajectory but the underlying mechanisms are difficult to measure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154513/propensity-score-matched-comparison-between-complete-mesocolic-excision-and-classic-right-hemicolectomy-for-colon-cancer-an-italian-and-egyptian-experience
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Eva Lieto, Mohamed Abdelkhalek, Michele Orditura, Adel Denewer, Paolo Castellano, Tamer F Youssef, Annamaria Auricchio, Ahmed Setit, Gennaro Galizia
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of right colon cancer remains disappointing. Complete mesocolic excision (CME) with central vascular ligation (CVL), based on the same oncological principles of total mesorectal excision, has been speculated to result in a better outcome. To evaluate the oncological adequacy of CME with CVL, we carried out a comparative study with propensity score-matched analysis between two different surgical procedures performed at Italian and Egyptian University cancer centers...
November 20, 2017: Minerva Chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154048/hydrochemical-controls-on-reservoir-nutrient-and-phytoplankton-dynamics-under-storms
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Nengwang Chen, Qiongli Mo, Yi-Ming Kuo, Yuping Su, Yanping Zhong
Eutrophication and undesired algal blooms in surface water are common and have been linked to increasing nutrient loading. Effects of extreme events such as storms on reservoir nutrient and phytoplankton remain unclear. Here we carried out continuous high-frequency measurements in a long and narrow dam reservoir in southeast China during a storm period in June-July 2015. Our results show a strong nutrient-phytoplankton relationship as well as a very rapid response to storm runoff. We observed an increase in total suspended matter (TSM), ammonium (NH4-N), and dissolved reactive phosphate (DRP), with a sharp decline in chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) in the high flow periods...
November 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152884/economic-impacts-of-avian-influenza-outbreaks-in-kerala-india
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G Govindaraj, R Sridevi, S N Nandakumar, R Vineet, P Rajeev, M K Binu, V Balamurugan, H Rahman
This study assessed the short-run impact to poultry farmers, duck hatcheries, control costs, compensation paid to stakeholders (transfer payments) and market reactions on own and substitute product prices and backwater tourism (boat operators) due to avian influenza (AI) outbreaks in Kuttanad region of Kerala, India, during 2014. The primary data from 91 poultry farms (duck farms, broiler chicken and backyard poultry), four hatcheries and 90 backwater boat owners were collected through pre-tested schedules...
November 19, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152435/a-full-blown-case-of-bronchiectasis-kartagener-syndrome-without-infertility-diagnosed-later-in-life
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Madeeha Subhan, Waleed Sadiq
Kartagener syndrome (KS) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic ciliary disorder characterized by situs inversus, chronic sinusitis, bronchiectasis, and infertility. KS is associated with ultrastructural anomalies of the cilia in epithelial cells covering the upper and lower respiratory tracts and spermatozoa flagella. This case describes a patient with KS with situs inversus and sudden onset bronchiectasis with a sharp decline in respiratory function presenting later in life but without sinusitis or infertility...
September 11, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152407/fecal-microbiota-transplantation-against-irritable-bowel-syndrome-rigorous-randomized-clinical-trials-are-required
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Amin Talebi Bezmin Abadi
Halkjær et al searched systematically nine articles including 48 patients, and concluded that fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) can be an ideal treatment option for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) subjects. Regardless of the few successes in current traditional therapies (change in diet, herbal medicine and antibiotics) in IBS, a sharp increase in interests in the FMT option has been reported in the current century. However, there is a long list of unclear issues concerning the application of FMT for the treatment of IBS...
November 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151708/sharp-bounds-for-a-special-quasi-arithmetic-mean-in-terms-of-arithmetic-and-geometric-means-with-two-parameters
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Wei-Mao Qian, Yu-Ming Chu
In the article, we present the best possible parameters [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] on the interval [Formula: see text] such that the double inequality [Formula: see text] holds for any [Formula: see text] and all [Formula: see text] with [Formula: see text], where [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] are the arithmetic, geometric and special quasi-arithmetic means of a and b, respectively.
2017: Journal of Inequalities and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151196/oral-cancer-radiotherapy-affects-enamel-microhardness-and-associated-indentation-pattern-morphology
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R Seyedmahmoud, Y Wang, G Thiagarajan, J P Gorski, R Reed Edwards, J D McGuire, M P Walker
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to determine the effects of in vitro and in vivo high-dose radiotherapy on microhardness and associated indentation pattern morphology of enamel. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The inner, middle, and outer microhardness of enamel was evaluated using three experimental groups: control (non-radiated); in vitro irradiated; in vivo irradiated. In vitro specimens were exposed to simulated radiotherapy, and in vivo specimens were extracted teeth from oral cancer patients previously treated with radiotherapy...
November 18, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150999/focus-on-focus-lack-of-coherence-between-systemic-and-microvascular-indices-of-edema-formation
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Birkitt Ten Tusscher, Corien Gudden, Suus van Vliet, Bob Smit, Can Ince, E Christiaan Boerma, Harm-Jan S de Grooth, Paul W G Elbers
BACKGROUND: Fluid therapy remains a cornerstone of therapy in shock states. However, fluid overloading ultimately results in edema formation which is related to excess morbidity and mortality. Handheld microscopes are now frequently used to study the sublingual microcirculation. As a corollary, these devices measure focal distance, or surface to capillary distance. Physiologically, this could represent a microvascular index of edema formation and could have the potential to guide fluid therapy...
November 18, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150714/stochastic-lotka-volterra-food-chains
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Alexandru Hening, Dang H Nguyen
We study the persistence and extinction of species in a simple food chain that is modelled by a Lotka-Volterra system with environmental stochasticity. There exist sharp results for deterministic Lotka-Volterra systems in the literature but few for their stochastic counterparts. The food chain we analyze consists of one prey and [Formula: see text] predators. The jth predator eats the [Formula: see text]th species and is eaten by the [Formula: see text]th predator; this way each species only interacts with at most two other species-the ones that are immediately above or below it in the trophic chain...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149260/an-aorto-oesophageal-fistula-caused-by-a-fish-bone-resulting-in-an-accidental-discovery-of-an-invasive-adenocarcinoma-in-the-lung
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Bao Long Zhang, Ji Ning Sun, Na Na Liu, Fu Zhi Cao
An aorto-oesophageal fistula is a rare, life-threatening complication caused by sharp foreign bodies in the oesophagus. We report an aorto-oesophageal fistula in the inferior segment of thoracic oesophagus caused by a fish bone. Multiplanar reconstruction of computed tomography and computed tomography angiography demonstrated that a foreign body had pierced from the left posterior wall of the oesophagus into the descending aortic wall. These computed tomography images can help radiologists make the correct diagnosis and provide precise evidence for clinicians to perform a timely surgical intervention...
November 15, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148596/transition-metal-catalyzed-selective-cage-b-h-functionalization-of-o-carboranes
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Zuowei Xie, Yangjian Quan, Zaozao Qiu
Carboranes are a class of carbon-boron molecular clusters with unusual thermal and chemical stabilities. They have been proved as very useful building blocks in supramolecular design, optoelectronics, nanomaterials, boron neutron capture therapy agents and organometallic/coordination chemistry. Thus, the functionalization of o-carboranes has received growing interests. Over the past decades, most of the works in this area have been focused on cage carbon functionalization as the weakly acidic cage C-H proton can be readily deprotonated by strong bases...
November 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148569/exome-sequence-analysis-and-follow-up-genotyping-implicates-rare-ulk1-variants-to-be-involved-in-susceptibility-to-schizophrenia
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Mariam M Al Eissa, Alessia Fiorentino, Sally I Sharp, Niamh L O'Brien, Kate Wolfe, Giovanni Giaroli, David Curtis, Nicholas J Bass, Andrew McQuillin
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a severe, highly heritable psychiatric disorder. Elucidation of the genetic architecture of the disorder will facilitate greater understanding of the altered underlying neurobiological mechanisms. The aim of this study was to identify likely aetiological variants in subjects affected with SCZ. Exome sequence data from a SCZ cas-control sample from Sweden was analysed for likely aetiological variants using a weighted burden test. Suggestive evidence implicated the UNC-51-like kinase (ULK1) gene, and it was observed that four rare variants that were more common in the Swedish SCZ cases were also more common in UK10K SCZ cases, as compared to obesity cases...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148078/soluble-tam-receptor-tyrosine-kinases-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-correlation-with-disease-activity-and-bone-destruction
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Liling Xu, Fanlei Hu, Huaqun Zhu, Xu Liu, Lianjie Shi, Yun Li, Hua Zhong, Su Yin
The TAM receptor tyrosine kinases (TAM RTK) are a subfamily of receptor tyrosine kinases, the role of which in autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus has been well-explored, while their functions in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) remain largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the role of soluble TAM receptor tyrosine kinases (sAxl/sMer/sTyro3) in the patients with RA. 306 RA patients, 100 osteoarthritis (OA) patients and 120 healthy controls (HCs) were enrolled in this study. The serum concentrations of sAxl/sMer/sTyro3 were measured by ELISA, then the associations between sAxl/sMer/sTyro3 levels and clinical features of RA patients were analyzed...
November 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147669/cervical-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-and-low-cervical-extension-independently-associated-with-a-history-of-stinger-syndrome
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Takayoshi Hakkaku, Koichi Nakazato, Koji Koyama, Karina Kouzaki, Kenji Hiranuma
Background: Stinger syndrome frequently occurs in athletes who compete in collision sports. Sharp pain and impairment of neck motion are major symptoms. Cervical intervertebral disc degeneration (CIDD) is also frequently observed in those who compete in collision sports. Purpose/Hypothesis: To investigate whether CIDD and neck functionality are related to a history of stinger syndrome. The hypothesis was that a significant relationship exists between CIDD and neck motion and a history of stinger syndrome in Japanese collegiate football players...
November 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146960/assessing-species-biomass-contributions-in-microbial-communities-via-metaproteomics
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Manuel Kleiner, Erin Thorson, Christine E Sharp, Xiaoli Dong, Dan Liu, Carmen Li, Marc Strous
Microbial community structure can be analyzed by quantifying cell numbers or by quantifying biomass for individual populations. Methods for quantifying cell numbers are already available (e.g., fluorescence in situ hybridization, 16-S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing), yet high-throughput methods for assessing community structure in terms of biomass are lacking. Here we present metaproteomics-based methods for assessing microbial community structure using protein abundance as a measure for biomass contributions of individual populations...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146694/spatiotemporal-distribution-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-in-alzheimer-s-disease-results-from-heterogeneous-regional-carrying-capacities
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Alex Whittington, David J Sharp, Roger N Gunn
β-amyloid (Aβ) accumulation in the brain is one of two pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and its spatial distribution has been studied extensively ex vivo. We apply mathematical modelling to Aβ in vivo PET imaging data in order to investigate competing theories of Aβ spread in AD. Our results provide evidence that Aβ accumulation starts in all brain regions simultaneously and that its spatiotemporal distribution is a result of heterogeneous regional carrying capacities (regional maximum possible concentration of Aβ) for the aggregated protein rather than longer term spreading from seed regions...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146277/lowering-ldl-cholesterol-reduces-cardiovascular-risk-independently-of-presence-of-inflammation
#20
Benjamin C Storey, Natalie Staplin, Richard Haynes, Christina Reith, Jonathan Emberson, William G Herrington, David C Wheeler, Robert Walker, Bengt Fellström, Christoph Wanner, Martin J Landray, Colin Baigent
Markers of inflammation, including plasma C-reactive protein (CRP), are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and it has been suggested that this association is causal. However, the relationship between inflammation and cardiovascular disease has not been extensively studied in patients with chronic kidney disease. To evaluate this, we used data from the Study of Heart and Renal Protection (SHARP) to assess associations between circulating CRP and LDL cholesterol levels and the risk of vascular and non-vascular outcomes...
November 14, 2017: Kidney International
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