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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208297/label-free-lspr-detection-of-trace-lead-ii-ions-in-drinking-water-by-synthetic-poly-mpd-co-asa-nanoparticles-on-gold-nanoislands
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Guangyu Qiu, Siu Pang Ng, Xiongyi Liang, Ning Ding, Xiangfeng Chen, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu
Using self-assembly gold nanoislands (SAM-AuNIs) functionalized by poly(m-phenylenediamine-co-aniline-2-sulfonic acid) (poly(mPD-co-ASA)) copolymer nanoparticles as specific receptors, a highly sensitive localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) optochemical sensor is demonstrated for detection of trace lead cation (Pb(II)) in drinking water. The copolymer receptor is optimized in three aspects: (1) mole ratio of mPD:ASA monomers, (2) size of copolymer nanoparticles, and (3) surface density of the copolymer...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197377/pd-l1-cd274-promoter-methylation-predicts-survival-in-colorectal-cancer-patients
#2
Diane Goltz, Heidrun Gevensleben, Jörn Dietrich, Dimo Dietrich
This study evaluates promoter methylation of the programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) as a biomarker in a cohort of 383 colorectal cancer patients. PD-L1 methylation (mPD-L1) was inversely correlated with PD-L1 mRNA expression (p = 0.001) and was associated with significantly shorter overall survival (OS, p = 0.003) and recurrence-free survival (RFS, p < 0.001). In age-stratified multivariate Cox proportional hazards analyses including sex, tumor, nodal, distant metastasis categories, microsatellite instability (MSI)-status, and PD-L1 mRNA, mPD-L1 is classified as an independent prognostic factor (OS: p = 0...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190422/cyclists
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Kristiann C Heesch, Amy Schramm, Ashim Kumar Debnath, Narelle Haworth
Issues addressed: Cyclists' perceptions of harassment from motorists discourages cycling. This study examined changes in cyclists' reporting of harassment pre- to post-introduction of the Queensland trial of the minimum passing distance road rule amendment (MPD-RRA).Methods: Cross-sectional online surveys of cyclists in Queensland, Australia were conducted in 2009 (pre-trial; n=1758) and 2015 (post-trial commencement; n=1997). Cyclists were asked about their experiences of harassment from motorists while cycling...
February 9, 2017: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160264/impact-of-data-driven-cardiac-respiratory-motion-correction-on-the-extent-and-severity-of-myocardial-perfusion-defects-with-free-breathing-czt-spect
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Doumit Daou, Rémy Sabbah, Carlos Coaguila, Hatem Boulahdour
BACKGROUND: We previously reported the clinical feasibility and positive impact on image characteristics of a data-driven cardiac respiratory motion (RM) correction method (REGAT) applicable to CZT SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). Here, we evaluate its impact on the extent and severity of myocardial perfusion defects (MPD). METHODS: We included 25 patients having a 1-day (99m)Tc-Tetrofosmin stress/rest MPI acquired with multi-pinhole CZT SPECT. Acquisitions were processed with REGAT to generate mean RM gated SPECT...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158088/launch-light-dependency-of-step-index-multimode-fiber-connections-analyzed-by-modal-power-distribution-using-encircled-angular-flux
#5
Shigeru Kobayashi, Manabu Yasukawa, Okihiro Sugihara
The propagating modal power distribution (MPD) of step-index multimode fibers (SI-MMFs), which strongly influences the performance of systems and components composed of these fibers, has not often been discussed, because, until recently, there has been no definition to show the MPD. Encircled angular flux (EAF) is a newly developed metric for defining the MPD in step-index multimode waveguides including fibers standardized by the International Electrotechnical Commission. Using the combined analysis of EAF and insertion loss, we studied the launch light dependency of SI-MMF connections...
February 1, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144718/diagnostic-performance-and-imaging-features-for-predicting-the-malignant-potential-of-intraductal-papillary-mucinous-neoplasm-of-the-pancreas-a-comparison-of-eus-contrast-enhanced-ct-and-mri
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Seo-Youn Choi, Jung Hoon Kim, Mi Hye Yu, Hyo Won Eun, Hae Kyung Lee, Joon Koo Han
PURPOSE: To compare diagnostic performance for prediction of malignant potential in IPMNs between EUS, contrast-enhanced CT and MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 76 patients with IPMN (benign = 37, malignant = 39) underwent EUS, contrast-enhanced CT, and MRI. EUS was analyzed based on formal reports and contrast-enhanced CT and MRI were retrospectively analyzed by two radiologists according to the consensus guidelines 2012. Diagnostic performance and imaging features of malignant IPMNs were analyzed using ROC analysis and multivariate analyses...
January 31, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140616/associations-between-food-insecurity-and-the-severity-of-psychological-distress-among-african-americans
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Nickolas L Allen, Benjamin J Becerra, Monideepa B Becerra
BACKGROUND: Little research exists on the association between food insecurity and mild to moderate psychological distress (MPD) among Black/African-Americans. In this study, we assess the relationship between food insecurity with and without hunger to that of both MPD and serious psychological distress (SPD) among this population. METHODS: 2009 and 2011/2012 adult public-use data from African-American respondents of the California Health Interview Survey were utilized for this study (n = 4003)...
January 31, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133320/-a-case-of-multiple-pancreatic-metastases-from-renal-cell-carcinoma-diagnosed-using-eus-fna
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Chikato Koga, Masahiro Murakami, Junzo Shimizu, Akinobu Yasuyama, Tae Matsumura, Chizu Kameda, Ryohei Kawabata, Naofumi Oda, Masaki Hirota, Masato Yoshikawa, Hirotaka Morishima, Shingo Noura, Nobuki Matsunami, Junichi Hasegawa
The patient was a 79-year-old man, who underwent left nephrectomy for left renal cell carcinoma in 2007. In March 2015, he complained ofthirst, polydipsia, and polyuria. A slight elevation ofamylase levels was detected following laboratory testing. Abdominal CT revealed well-enhanced tumors in the pancreatic head and tail. MPD was dilated in the pancreatic body and tail. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration(EUS-FNA)was used to obtain additional pathological findings. We diagnosed multiple pancreatic metastases from renal cell carcinoma using cell block sections from EUS-FNA ofthe pancreatic head tumor...
November 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131797/a-solid-pseudopapillary-neoplasm-of-the-pancreas-in-a-man-presenting-with-acute-pancreatitis-a-case-report
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Emi Chikuie, Saburo Fukuda, Hirofumi Tazawa, Toshihiro Nishida, Hideto Sakimoto
INTRODUCTION: A solid pseudopapillary neoplasm (SPN) of the pancreas is rare neoplasm that occurs predominantly in young women. The clinical presentation of SPNs is nonspecific, but acute pancreatitis is rare in the reported literature. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 36-year-old man was referred to our hospital because of upper abdominal pain and elevation of serum amylase. A computed tomography (CT) scan showed swelling of the pancreas body and a poorly enhanced and indistinct mass in the pancreas body...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129231/specific-radiological-imaging-findings-in-patients-with-hereditary-pancreatitis-during-a-long-follow-up-of-disease
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Aura A J van Esch, Joost P H Drenth, John J Hermans
OBJECTIVES: Hereditary pancreatitis (HP) is characterized by recurrent episodes of inflammation of the pancreas. Radiological imaging is used to diagnose HP and to monitor complications. The aim of this study was to describe specific imaging findings in HP. METHODS: We retrospectively collected data of HP patients with serial imaging and reviewed all radiological imaging studies (transabdominal ultrasonography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging)...
March 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114893/a-case-of-multicentric-pancreatic-mixed-acinar-ductal-carcinoma-diagnosed-by-a-yogurt-like-cell-clump-flowing-from-the-papilla-of-vater
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Yoshihiro Kishida, Hiroyuki Matsubayashi, Keiko Sasaki, Shinsaku Honda, Sunao Uemura, Katsuhiko Uesaka, Akiko Todaka, Hiroyuki Ono
BACKGROUND: Histological confirmation is needed when the pancreatic lesions is uncertain for neoplastic or nonneoplastic. Current case with multicentric pancreatic carcinomas showing indefinite clinical images was successfully diagnosed by a biopsy of a novel object expelled from the papilla. CASE PRESENTATION: A 71-year-old male was referred because of elevated serum pancreatic enzymes. Computed tomography revealed an unclear low-density area in the pancreatic body without evidence of tumor and mild dilation of the upstream main pancreatic duct (MPD)...
January 23, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111275/concomitant-behavioral-and-pfc-neuronal-activity-recorded-following-dose-response-protocol-of-mpd-in-adult-male-rats
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Sidish S Venkataraman, Catherine Claussen, Michael Joseph, Nachum Dafny
The use of methylphenidate (MPD), a commonly prescribed drug to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has steadily increased over the past 25 years. This trend has been accompanied by more MPD abuse by ordinary individuals for its cognitive enhancing effects. Therefore, understanding the effects of MPD on the prefrontal cortex (PFC), a brain area involved in higher cortical processing such as executive function, language, planning, and attention regulation, is of particular importance. The goal of this study is to investigate the effects of acute and chronic dose-response characteristics following MPD exposure on both the PFC neuronal population and behavioral activity in freely behaving animals implanted previously with permanent electrodes within the PFC...
January 19, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106225/co-immobilization-of-glucose-oxidase-and-catalase-for-enhancing-the-performance-of-a-membraneless-glucose-biofuel-cell-operated-under-physiological-conditions
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Marcelinus Christwardana, Yongjin Chung, Yongchai Kwon
Glucose oxidase (GOx)-catalase co-immobilized catalyst (CNT/PEI/(GOx-Cat)) was synthesized, and its catalytic activity and electrical performance were investigated and compared, whereas the amount of immobilized catalase was optochemically inspected by chemiluminescence (CL) assay. With the characterizations, it was confirmed that the catalase was well immobilized on the CNT/PEI surface, whereas both the GOx and catalase play their roles well in the catalyst. According to the measurements of the current density peak of the flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) redox reaction, electron transfer rate, Michaelis-Menten constants and sensitivity, CNT/PEI/(GOx-Cat) shows the best values, and this is attributed to the excellent catalytic activity of GOx and the H2O2 decomposition capability of the catalase...
January 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101719/in-patients-with-a-soft-pancreas-a-thick-parenchyma-a-small-duct-and-fatty-infiltration-are-significant-risks-for-pancreatic-fistula-after-pancreaticoduodenectomy
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Motokazu Sugimoto, Shinichiro Takahashi, Motohiro Kojima, Tatsushi Kobayashi, Naoto Gotohda, Masaru Konishi
BACKGROUND: This study sought to characterize soft and hard pancreatic textures radiologically and histologically, and to identify specific risks in a soft pancreas associated with postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) formation after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). METHODS: Consecutive 145 patients who underwent PD at a single institution between January 2010 and May 2013 were studied. Pancreatic consistency was intraoperatively judged as soft or hard. Pancreatic configuration was assessed using preoperative CT...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095024/pathologic-subtypes-of-ampullary-adenocarcinoma-value-of-ampullary-mdct-for-noninvasive-preoperative-differentiation
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Aleksandar M Ivanovic, Francesco Alessandrino, Ruzica Maksimovic, Marjan Micev, Slavenko Ostojic, Richard M Gore, Koenraad J Mortele
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of ampullary MDCT in the noninvasive, preoperative differentiation of pancreatobiliary and intestinal subtypes of ampullary adenocarcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 32 patients (20 men, 12 women; age range, 41-81 years) with resected ampullary adenocarcinoma who underwent preoperative contrast-enhanced ampullary MDCT. Two radiologists, blinded to pathologic diagnosis of adenocarcinoma subtype, evaluated the presence of seven MDCT features independently...
January 17, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072819/testing-the-efficacy-of-dna-barcodes-for-identifying-the-vascular-plants-of-canada
#16
Thomas W A Braukmann, Maria L Kuzmina, Jesse Sills, Evgeny V Zakharov, Paul D N Hebert
Their relatively slow rates of molecular evolution, as well as frequent exposure to hybridization and introgression, often make it difficult to discriminate species of vascular plants with the standard barcode markers (rbcL, matK, ITS2). Previous studies have examined these constraints in narrow geographic or taxonomic contexts, but the present investigation expands analysis to consider the performance of these gene regions in discriminating the species in local floras at sites across Canada. To test identification success, we employed a DNA barcode reference library with sequence records for 96% of the 5108 vascular plant species known from Canada, but coverage varied from 94% for rbcL to 60% for ITS2 and 39% for matK...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057701/a-prospective-10-year-follow-up-dental-cast-study-of-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-snoring-who-use-a-mandibular-protruding-device
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Anette M C Fransson, Agata Kowalczyk, Göran Isacsson
OBJECTIVES: This 10-year prospective study aimed to measure and evaluate the teeth position and occlusion following 10-year nocturnal use of a mandibular protruding device (MPD) in subjects with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) or snoring. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-seven consecutive patients diagnosed with OSA/snoring were treated with an MPD. Fabrication of dental casts with jaw registration indexes in the intercuspal position was carried out at baseline and at follow-up, a construction bite was made, and an MPD was fitted...
January 5, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056760/mpd-multiplex-primer-design-for-next-generation-targeted-sequencing
#18
Thomas S Wingo, Alex Kotlar, David J Cutler
BACKGROUND: Targeted resequencing offers a cost-effective alternative to whole-genome and whole-exome sequencing when investigating regions known to be associated with a trait or disease. There are a number of approaches to targeted resequencing, including microfluidic PCR amplification, which may be enhanced by multiplex PCR. Currently, there is no open-source software that can design next-generation multiplex PCR experiments that ensures primers are unique at a genome-level and efficiently pools compatible primers...
January 5, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048072/su-f-t-259-gpr-tables-for-the-estimation-of-mid-plane-dose-using-epid
#19
Gopiraj Annamalai, Yoichi Watanabe
PURPOSE: To develop a simple method for estimating the mid-plane dose (MPD) of a patient using Electronic Portal imaging Device (EPID). METHODS: A Varian TrueBeam with aSi100 EPID was used in this study. The EPID images were acquired for a 30 cm × 30 cm homogeneous slab phantom and a 30 cm diameter 20 cm thick cylindrical phantom in the continuous dosimetry mode. The acquired EPID images in XIM format were imported into in-house MATLAB program for the data analysis...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042814/in-situ-real-time-monitoring-of-glutamate-and-electrophysiology-from-cortex-to-hippocampus-in-mice-based-on-a-microelectrode-array
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Xinyi Fan, Yilin Song, Yuanlin Ma, Song Zhang, Guihua Xiao, Lili Yang, Huiren Xu, Dai Zhang, Xinxia Cai
Changes in the structure and function of the hippocampus contribute to epilepsy, schizophrenia and other neurological or mental disorders of the brain. Since the function of the hippocampus depends heavily on the glutamate (Glu) signaling pathways, in situ real-time detection of Glu neurotransmitter release and electrophysiological signals in hippocampus is of great significance. To achieve the dual-mode detection in mouse hippocampus in vivo, a 16-channel implantable microelectrode array (MEA) was fabricated by micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) technology...
December 30, 2016: Sensors
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