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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782675/hierarchical-micro-nanostructures-from-human-hair-for-biomedical-applications
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Di-Wei Zheng, Sheng Hong, Lu Xu, Chu-Xin Li, Ke Li, Si-Xue Cheng, Xian-Zheng Zhang
With the prominent progress of biomedical engineering, materials with high biocompatibility and versatile functions are urgently needed. So far, hierarchical structures in nature have shed some light on the design of high performance materials both in concept and implementation. Inspired by these, the hierarchical micro-/nanostructures of human hair are explored and human hair is further broken into hierarchical microparticles (HMP) and hierarchical nanoparticles (HNP) with top-down procedures. Compared with commercialized carriers, such as liposomes or albumin nanoparticles, the obtained particles exhibit high hemocompatibility and negligible immunogenicity...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782575/refining-the-maritime-foundations-of-andean-civilization-how-plant-fiber-technology-drove-social-complexity-during-the-preceramic-period
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David Beresford-Jones, Alexander Pullen, George Chauca, Lauren Cadwallader, Maria García, Isabel Salvatierra, Oliver Whaley, Víctor Vásquez, Susana Arce, Kevin Lane, Charles French
Moseley's (1975) Maritime Foundations of Andean Civilization hypothesis challenges, in one of humanity's few pristine hearths of civilization, the axiom that agriculture is necessary for the rise of complex societies. We revisit that hypothesis by setting new findings from La Yerba II (7571-6674 Cal bp) and III (6485-5893 Cal bp), Río Ica estuary, alongside the wider archaeological record for the end of the Middle Preceramic Period on the Peruvian coast. The La Yerba record evinces increasing population, sedentism, and "Broad Spectrum Revolution" features, including early horticulture of Phaseolus and Canavalia beans...
2018: Journal of archaeological method and theory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782142/projection-based-3d-printing-of-cell-patterning-scaffolds-with-multi-scale-channels
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Dai Xue, Yancheng Wang, Jiaxin Zhang, Deqing Mei, Yue Wang, Shaochen Chen
To fully actualize artificial, cell-laden biological models in tissue engineering, such as 3D organoids and organs-on-a-chip systems, cells need to be patterned such that they can precisely mimic natural microenvironments in vitro. Despite increasing interest in this area, patterning cells at multiscales (~10 μm - 10 mm) remains a significant challenge in bioengineering. Here we report a projection-based 3D printing system that achieves rapid and high-resolution fabrication of hydrogel scaffolds featuring intricate channels for multi-scale cell patterning...
May 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781680/provision-of-antiretroviral-therapy-for-children-in-nelson-mandela-bay-health-care-professionals-challenges
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Margaret Williams, Dalena R M Van Rooyen, Esmeralda J Ricks
BACKGROUND:  The human immunodeficiency virus and/or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) pandemic continues to increase in prevalence worldwide, particularly in South Africa, and includes the often overlooked paediatric population. The provision of paediatric antiretroviral treatment (ART) is as essential for children as for adults, and has numerous obstacles, not least of which is lack of decentralisation of facilities to provide essential treatment. Optimising ART, care and support for HIV-positive children, and their caregivers, at public sector primary health care (PHC) clinics is crucial to improve morbidity and mortality rates in children...
March 12, 2018: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781638/a-model-based-test-for-treatment-effects-with-probabilistic-classifications
#5
Daniel R Cavagnaro, Clintin P Davis-Stober
Within modern psychology, computational and statistical models play an important role in describing a wide variety of human behavior. Model selection analyses are typically used to classify individuals according to the model(s) that best describe their behavior. These classifications are inherently probabilistic, which presents challenges for performing group-level analyses, such as quantifying the effect of an experimental manipulation. We answer this challenge by presenting a method for quantifying treatment effects in terms of distributional changes in model-based (i...
May 21, 2018: Psychological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780976/modeling-individual-cyclic-variation-in-human-behavior
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Emma Pierson, Tim Althoff, Jure Leskovec
Cycles are fundamental to human health and behavior. Examples include mood cycles, circadian rhythms, and the menstrual cycle. However, modeling cycles in time series data is challenging because in most cases the cycles are not labeled or directly observed and need to be inferred from multidimensional measurements taken over time. Here, we present Cyclic Hidden Markov Models (CyH-MMs) for detecting and modeling cycles in a collection of multidimensional heterogeneous time series data. In contrast to previous cycle modeling methods, CyHMMs deal with a number of challenges encountered in modeling real-world cycles: they can model multivariate data with both discrete and continuous dimensions; they explicitly model and are robust to missing data; and they can share information across individuals to accommodate variation both within and between individual time series...
April 2018: Proceedings of the International World-Wide Web Conference
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780848/controlled-human-hookworm-infection-accelerating-human-hookworm-vaccine-development
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David Diemert, Doreen Campbell, Jill Brelsford, Caitlyn Leasure, Guangzhao Li, Jin Peng, Maria Zumer, Naji Younes, Maria Elena Bottazzi, Rojelio Mejia, David I Pritchard, John M Hawdon, Jeffrey M Bethony
Background: Controlled human hookworm infection (CHHI) is a central component of a proposed hookworm vaccination-challenge model (HVCM) to test the efficacy of candidate vaccines. Critical to CHHI is the manufacture of Necator americanus infective larvae ( Na L3) according to current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and the determination of an inoculum of Na L3 that is safe and reliably induces patent infection. Methods: cGMP-grade Na L3 were produced for a phase 1 trial in 20 healthy, hookworm-naïve adults in the United States, who received either 25 or 50 Na L3...
May 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780668/impact-of-front-range-sources-on-reactive-nitrogen-concentrations-and-deposition-in-rocky-mountain-national-park
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Katherine B Benedict, Anthony J Prenni, Amy P Sullivan, Ashley R Evanoski-Cole, Emily V Fischer, Sara Callahan, Barkley C Sive, Yong Zhou, Bret A Schichtel, Jeffrey L Collett
Human influenced atmospheric reactive nitrogen (RN) is impacting ecosystems in Rocky Mountain National Park (ROMO). Due to ROMO's protected status as a Class 1 area, these changes are concerning, and improving our understanding of the contributions of different types of RN and their sources is important for reducing impacts in ROMO. In July-August 2014 the most comprehensive measurements (to date) of RN were made in ROMO during the Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Éxperiment (FRAPPÉ). Measurements included peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN), C1 -C5 alkyl nitrates, and high-time resolution NOx , NOy , and ammonia...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780309/generation-of-individual-whole-brain-atlases-with-resting-state-fmri-data-using-simultaneous-graph-computation-and-parcellation
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J Wang, Z Hao, H Wang
The human brain can be characterized as functional networks. Therefore, it is important to subdivide the brain appropriately in order to construct reliable networks. Resting-state functional connectivity-based parcellation is a commonly used technique to fulfill this goal. Here we propose a novel individual subject-level parcellation approach based on whole-brain resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. We first used a supervoxel method known as simple linear iterative clustering directly on resting-state fMRI time series to generate supervoxels, and then combined similar supervoxels to generate clusters using a clustering method known as graph-without-cut (GWC)...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779923/a-viral-vectored-rsv-vaccine-induces-long-lived-humoral-immunity-in-cotton-rats
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Jessica L Grieves, Zhiwei Yin, Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, Ignacio Mena, Mark E Peeples, Heidi P Risman, Hannah Federman, Marvin J Sandoval, Russell K Durbin, Joan E Durbin
Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of lower airway disease in infants worldwide and repeatedly infects immunocompetent individuals throughout life. Severe lower airway RSV infection during infancy can be life-threatening, but is also associated with important sequelae including development of asthma and recurrent wheezing in later childhood. The basis for the inadequate, short-lived adaptive immune response to RSV infection is poorly understood, but it is widely recognized that RSV actively antagonizes Type I interferon (IFN) production...
May 17, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779896/all-optical-electrophysiology-for-high-throughput-functional-characterization-of-a-human-ipsc-derived-motor-neuron-model-of-als
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Evangelos Kiskinis, Joel M Kralj, Peng Zou, Eli N Weinstein, Hongkang Zhang, Konstantinos Tsioras, Ole Wiskow, J Alberto Ortega, Kevin Eggan, Adam E Cohen
Human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived neurons are an attractive substrate for modeling disease, yet the heterogeneity of these cultures presents a challenge for functional characterization by manual patch-clamp electrophysiology. Here, we describe an optimized all-optical electrophysiology, "Optopatch," pipeline for high-throughput functional characterization of human iPSC-derived neuronal cultures. We demonstrate the method in a human iPSC-derived motor neuron (iPSC-MN) model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)...
May 11, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779890/high-throughput-screening-enhances-kidney-organoid-differentiation-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-enables-automated-multidimensional-phenotyping
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Stefan M Czerniecki, Nelly M Cruz, Jennifer L Harder, Rajasree Menon, James Annis, Edgar A Otto, Ramila E Gulieva, Laura V Islas, Yong Kyun Kim, Linh M Tran, Timothy J Martins, Jeffrey W Pippin, Hongxia Fu, Matthias Kretzler, Stuart J Shankland, Jonathan Himmelfarb, Randall T Moon, Neal Paragas, Benjamin S Freedman
Organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells are a potentially powerful tool for high-throughput screening (HTS), but the complexity of organoid cultures poses a significant challenge for miniaturization and automation. Here, we present a fully automated, HTS-compatible platform for enhanced differentiation and phenotyping of human kidney organoids. The entire 21-day protocol, from plating to differentiation to analysis, can be performed automatically by liquid-handling robots, or alternatively by manual pipetting...
May 15, 2018: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779747/art-energy-and-the-brain
#13
Robert Pepperell
Recent years have seen a growing interest among neuroscientists and vision scientists in art and aesthetics, exemplifying a more general trend toward interdisciplinary integration in the arts, humanities, and sciences. However, true art-science integration remains a distant prospect due to fundamental differences in outlook and approach between disciplines. I consider two great challenges for any project designed to explain the role of the brain in art appreciation. First, scientists and artists need to identify common ground, common questions, and a shared motivation for inquiry...
2018: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779724/the-emerging-use-of-social-media-for-health-related-purposes-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-scoping-review
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Emily Hagg, V Susan Dahinten, Leanne M Currie
BACKGROUND: Social media allows for instant access to, and dissemination of, information around the globe. Access to social media in low- and middle-income countries has increased exponentially in recent years due to technological advances. Despite this growth, the use of social media in low- and middle-income countries is less well-researched than in high-income countries. OBJECTIVE: To identify, explore and summarize the current state of the literature on the use of social media for health in low- and middle-income countries...
July 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779694/the-effectiveness-of-respiratory-protection-worn-by-communities-to-protect-from-volcanic-ash-inhalation-part-i-filtration-efficiency-tests
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William Mueller, Claire J Horwell, Andrew Apsley, Susanne Steinle, Stephanie McPherson, John W Cherrie, Karen S Galea
During volcanic eruptions and their aftermath, communities may be concerned about the impacts of inhaling volcanic ash. Access to effective respiratory protection (RP) is therefore important for many people in volcanic areas all over the world. However, evidence to support the use of effective RP during such crises is currently lacking. The aim of this study was to build the first evidence base on the effectiveness of common materials used to protect communities from ash inhalation in volcanic crises. We obtained 17 forms of RP, covering various types of cloth through to disposable masks (typically used in occupational settings), which communities are known to wear during volcanic crises...
April 22, 2018: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779554/virtual-mentorship-network-to-address-the-rural-shortage-of-mental-health-providers
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Heidi Keeler, Tara Sjuts, Kosuke Niitsu, Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Paul Force-Emery Mackie, Howard Liu
INTRODUCTION: The process of identifying effective responses to the challenges of placing and retaining a rural behavioral health workforce remains elusive. The Virtual Mentorship Network was developed to test the feasibility of using distance technology to connect rural students interested in mental health careers with mentors. METHODS: In Year 1, college and high school students were virtually mentored using a near-peer approach both live and asynchronously as a cohort over 7 months...
June 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779548/utilization-and-economic-contribution-of-psychiatric-mental-health-nurse-practitioners-in-public-behavioral-health-services
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Susan A Chapman, Bethany J Phoenix, Talia E Hahn, Deborah C Strod
INTRODUCTION: Expanded insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act and parity in behavioral health coverage have increased demand for services. Yet there is a persistent shortage in the behavioral health workforce. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) may be part of the solution to shortages but are not yet fully utilized. The purpose of this study was to describe how PMHNPs are utilized, identify barriers to full utilization, and assess PMHNPs' economic contribution in public behavioral health systems...
June 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779546/state-legislative-approach-to-enumerating-behavioral-health-workforce-shortages-lessons-learned-in-new-mexico
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Deborah B Altschul, Caroline A Bonham, Martha J Faulkner, Amy W Farnbach Pearson, Jessica Reno, Wayne Lindstrom, Shelley M Alonso-Marsden, Annette Crisanti, Julie G Salvador, Richard Larson
Nationally, the behavioral health workforce is in crisis because of a lack of resources, culturally responsive services, quality clinical supervision, sufficient training in evidence-based practices, and targeted recruitment and retention. Disparities in access to behavioral health care are particularly significant in New Mexico, where 25% of the population live in rural areas, and behavioral health shortages are among the highest in the nation. Additionally, as a Medicaid expansion state, New Mexico providers experience increased demand for services at a time when the state is challenged with limited workforce capacity...
June 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779542/improving-data-for-behavioral-health-workforce-planning-development-of-a-minimum-data-set
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Angela J Beck, Phillip M Singer, Jessica Buche, Ronald W Manderscheid, Peter Buerhaus
The behavioral health workforce, which encompasses a broad range of professions providing prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services for mental health conditions and substance use disorders, is in the midst of what is considered by many to be a workforce crisis. The workforce shortage can be attributed to both insufficient numbers and maldistribution of workers, leaving some communities with no behavioral health providers. In addition, demand for behavioral health services has increased more rapidly as a result of federal legislation over the past decade supporting mental health and substance use parity and by healthcare reform...
June 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779058/genetics-of-resistant-hypertension-the-missing-heritability-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Samantha K Teixeira, Alexandre C Pereira, Jose E Krieger
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Blood pressure regulation in humans has long been known to be a genetically determined trait. The identification of causal genetic modulators for this trait has been unfulfilling at the least. Despite the recent advances of genome-wide genetic studies, loci associated with hypertension or blood pressure still explain a very low percentage of the overall variation of blood pressure in the general population. This has precluded the translation of discoveries in the genetics of human hypertension to clinical use...
May 19, 2018: Current Hypertension Reports
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