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Ana Mladenovič, Sandra Hamler, Nina Zupančič
The environmental acceptability of geotechnical composites made of treated municipal sewage sludge (SwS) and paper ash (PA) after two different curing periods has been investigated. The mineral composition of such composites, including their content of major oxides, is mainly influenced by the PA. The content of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) in the initial materials and in the composites varies considerably. In the SwS the Ba, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni and Zn contents are above the legally permitted limits. The PTE content of PA are lower, but still somewhat above the permitted values for Ba and Cu...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Chao Tan, Jun Wang, Yifang Hu, Peng Wang, Lili Zou
Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis are two of the most significant opportunistic human pathogens, causing medical implant and nosocomial infections worldwide. These bacteria contain surface proteins that play crucial roles in multiple biological processes. It has become apparent that they have evolved a number of unique mechanisms by which they can immobilise proteins on their surface. Notably, a conserved cell membrane-anchored enzyme, sortase A (SrtA), can catalyse the covalent attachment of precursor bacterial cell wall-attached proteins to peptidoglycan...
October 18, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Mueez Waqar, Dmitri Van-Popta, Damiano G Barone, Zaid Sarsam
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this systematic review was to compare the halo and hard collar in the management of adult odontoid fractures. METHODS: Systematic and independent searches on MEDLINE (PubMed) and the Cochrane database. INCLUSION CRITERIA: (1) clinical outcomes, (2) in adults (≥18), (3) with odontoid fractures, (4) immobilised using a halo or hard collar, (5) in multiple (>5) patients. Treatment failure rates were calculated as the proportion requiring operative intervention...
October 15, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Ting Zhang, Xuan Ban, Xuelei Wang, Xiaobin Cai, Enhua Li, Zhi Wang, Chao Yang, Qing Zhang, Xiaorong Lu
A two-dimensional (2D) water quality model was established to determine the response of water quality variables and submerged aquatic vegetation biomass to load reduction from watershed inflows and enclosure aquaculture in Honghu Lake in China. Results showed that the total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) loads from upstream discharge were the major external loads in the lake, accounting for 70% and 63% of the total loads, respectively. Scenario simulation results indicated that 93.2% of the lake area in summer (August) and 89...
October 14, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Ala'a O Oteir, Karen Smith, Johannes U Stoelwinder, Shelley Cox, James W Middleton, Paul A Jennings
BACKGROUND: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury (TSCI) is relatively uncommon, yet a devastating and costly condition. Despite the human and social impacts, studies describing patients with potential TSCI in the pre-hospital setting are scarce. This paper aims to describe the epidemiology of patients potentially at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI by paramedics, with a view to providing a better understanding of factors associated with potential TSCI. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of all adult patients managed and transported by Ambulance Victoria (AV) between 01 January 2007 and 31 December 2012 who, based on meeting pre-hospital triage protocols and criteria for spinal clearance, paramedic suspicion or spinal immobilisation, were classified to be at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
Cheng-Guang Lin, Sen-Kui Xu, Wen-Yan Yao, Yu-Qi Wu, Jian-Lan Fang, Vincent W C Wu
INTRODUCTION: In intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients, an effective immobilisation system is important to minimise set up deviation. This study evaluated the effectiveness of three immobilisation systems by assessing their set up deviations. METHODS: Patients were randomly assigned to one of the three immobilisation systems: (1) supine on head rest and base plate (HB); (2) supine with alpha cradle supporting the head and shoulder (AC); (3) supine with vacuum bag supporting the head and shoulder (VB)...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Ka Wai Fung, David W Wright, Jayesh Gor, Marcus J Swann, Stephen J Perkins
During the activation of complement C4 to C4b, the exposure of its thioester domain (TED) is crucial for the attachment of C4b to activator surfaces. In the C4b crystal structure, TED forms an Arg(104)-Glu(1032) salt bridge to tether its neighbouring macroglobulin (MG1) domain. Here, we examined the C4b domain structure to test whether this salt bridge affects its conformation. Dual polarisation interferometry of C4b immobilised at a sensor surface showed that the maximum thickness of C4b increased by 0.46 nm with increase in NaCl concentration from 50 mM to 175 mM NaCl...
October 13, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Paul Hasler, Stavros Giaglis, Sinuhe Hahn
Polymorphonuclear neutrophil granulocytes are the first responders of the immune system to threats by invading microorganisms. In the traditional view, they combat the intruders by phagocytosis and externalisation of granules containing lytic and microbicidal factors. A dozen years ago, this concept was expanded by the observation that neutrophils may react to bacteria by extruding their nuclear chromosomal DNA with attached nuclear and cytoplasmic constituents to form extracellular reticular structures. Since they trapped and immobilised the microbes, they were designated neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), and their ensuing cell death NETosis...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
Emma L C J Blundell, Laura J Mayne, Michael Lickorish, Steven D R Christie, Mark Platt
We present the first comparison between assays that use resistive pulses or rectification ratios on a tunable pore platform. We compare their ability to quantify the cancer biomarker Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). The first assay measures the electrophoretic mobility of aptamer modified nanoparticles as they traverse the pore. By controlling the aptamer loading on the particle surface, and measuring the speed of each translocation event we are able to observe a change in velocity as low as 18 pM...
September 16, 2016: Faraday Discussions
Urh Černigoj, Jernej Gašperšič, Andreas Fichtenbaum, Nika Lendero Krajnc, Jana Vidič, Goran Mitulović, Aleš Štrancar
Metal oxide affinity chromatography has been one of the approaches for specific enrichment of phosphopeptides from complex samples, based on specific phosphopeptide adsorption forming bidentate chelates between phosphate anions and the surface of a metal oxide, such as TiO2, ZrO2, Fe2O3, and Al2O3. Due to convective mass transfer, flow-independent resolution and high dynamic binding capacity, monolith chromatographic supports have become important in studies where high resolution and selectivity are required...
October 26, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Irene Braithwaite, Bernadette De Ruyter, Alex Semprini, Stefan Ebmeier, Grant Kiddle, Nigel Willis, John Carter, Mark Weatherall, Richard Beasley
OBJECTIVES: To determine the likely enrolment rate of eligible participants into a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in which a within-cast intermittent pneumatic compression device using Jet Impulse Technology (IPC/JIT) is 1 of 3 possible interventions in a RCT for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the clinical setting of isolated lower limb cast immobilisation. DESIGN: A prospective, open-label feasibility study of the IPC/JIT device placed within a lower limb cast...
October 4, 2016: BMJ Open
Stefan J Schaller, Matthew Anstey, Manfred Blobner, Thomas Edrich, Stephanie D Grabitz, Ilse Gradwohl-Matis, Markus Heim, Timothy Houle, Tobias Kurth, Nicola Latronico, Jarone Lee, Matthew J Meyer, Thomas Peponis, Daniel Talmor, George C Velmahos, Karen Waak, J Matthias Walz, Ross Zafonte, Matthias Eikermann
BACKGROUND: Immobilisation predicts adverse outcomes in patients in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU). Attempts to mobilise critically ill patients early after surgery are frequently restricted, but we tested whether early mobilisation leads to improved mobility, decreased SICU length of stay, and increased functional independence of patients at hospital discharge. METHODS: We did a multicentre, international, parallel-group, assessor-blinded, randomised controlled trial in SICUs of five university hospitals in Austria (n=1), Germany (n=1), and the USA (n=3)...
October 1, 2016: Lancet
Karen Moore, Claire Paterson, Jonathan Hicks, Stephen Harrow, Mark McJury
OBJECTIVES: A clinical evaluation of the intrafraction and interfraction set up accuracy of a novel thermoplastic mould immobilisation device and patient position in early stage lung cancer being treated with stereotactic radiotherapy at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. METHODS: 35 patients were immobilised in a novel, arms-down position, with a 4 point Klarity clear thermoplastic mould fixed to a SinMed head and neck board. A knee support was also used for patient comfort and support...
October 6, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Nicole E Weckman, Cassey McRae, Paul Ko Ferrigno, Ashwin A Seshia
To enable multiplexed protein analysis through the use of microarrays, reliable molecules capable of specifically binding to a protein of interest with high affinity are required. Further, this specificity and affinity must be retained upon immobilization to the microarray surface. This study investigates the performance of surface bound Affimer proteins, comparing the affinity and specificity of different binders for closely related immunoglobulin molecules using the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D)...
September 26, 2016: Analyst
Hélène Jumeau, Philippe Lechien, Florence Dupriez
Posterior carpometacarpal (CMC) dislocation is a rare condition. Treatment is usually surgical though no strict consensus can be found upon literature review. If diagnosed early and no associated fractures are found, CMC dislocation could benefit from conservative treatment comprising closed reduction and splint immobilisation. We report the case of a 26-year-old man diagnosed with a posterior dislocation of the third, fourth, and fifth CMC joints after a fall of 1.5 meters, treated by external reduction under procedural sedation and immobilisation with a cast for 6 weeks...
2016: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Bo Yuan, Xù-Qin Yang, Ling-Wei Xue, Yan-Nan Feng, Ji-Hong Jiang
Fruit and vegetable waste (FVW) is become a serious problem in developing countries. Enzymolysis is a potentially useful method for the treatment of FVW. In the present study, novel recycled magnetic molecular imprinting immobilised cellulases were prepared based on magnetic modified chitosan (MCTS) and Fe3O4. The properties of obtained were characterised by IR and grain-size measurements. Evaluation of a single factor affecting the loading efficiency of supports and the mixed immobilised enzymes showed better capacity than single immobilised, or free, enzymes...
September 28, 2016: Bioresource Technology
R W Jordan, R Naeem, S Jadoon, K Srinivas, G Shyamalan
The aim of this study was to report the success of maintaining reduced distal radius fractures with cast immobilisation and analyse risk factors for redisplacement. A retrospective analysis of distal radius fracture manipulated between April 2011 and 2013 was conducted. Age, gender, fracture classification, ulna fracture, dorsal comminution and volar alignment were recorded. Reduction and redisplacement were measured using Sarmiento's modification of Lidstrom's system. 110 patients were included ; mean age 62...
August 2016: Acta Orthopaedica Belgica
Hamid Reza Rostami, Malahat Akbarfahimi, Afsoon Hassani Mehraban, Ali Reza Akbarinia, Susan Samani
OBJECTIVE: To investigate effect of practice type during modified constraint-induced movement therapy on hand function in patients with chronic median and ulnar nerve injuries. DESIGN: A prospective, single-blinded, randomized controlled clinical trial. SETTING: Participants' private home. SUBJECTS: A convenience sample of 36 outpatient participants allocated randomly to three equal groups. INTERVENTIONS: Intervention groups underwent 3-hour intensive training of affected hand each day, 3-day a week, 4-week in association with immobilisation of healthy hand: occupation-based group practiced meaningful occupations while rote exercise-based group performed rote exercises during constraint-induced movement therapy...
September 28, 2016: Clinical Rehabilitation
Robin Chatterjee, Jay Vyas
Wrist pain due to repetitive motion or overuse is a common presentation in primary care. This case reports the rare condition of intersection syndrome as the cause of the wrist pain in an amateur tennis player. This is a non-infectious, inflammatory process that occurs where tendons in the first extensor compartment intersect the tendons in the second extensor compartment. Suitable history and examination provided the diagnosis, which was confirmed by MRI. Management consisted of early involvement of the multidisciplinary team, patient education, workplace and sporting adaptations, rest, analgesia, reduction of load, protection and immobilisation of the affected joint followed by a period of rehabilitation...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Laila Ismail Sakhnini, Anja Kallesøe Pedersen, Haleh Ahmadian, Jens-Jacob Hansen, Leif Bülow, Maria Dainiak
Monoclonal antibody (mAb) based affinity resins usually suffer from low binding capacity, most probably as a result of steric hindrance by the large 150kDa size of the mAb and a random immobilisation approach. The present work investigates the influence of a variety of factors on dynamic binding capacity (DBC) such as pore/ligand size ratio, accessibility of ligand and ligand density. The effect of pore/ligand size ratio was investigated using Fab and scFv fragments on various resins with different pore sizes...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
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