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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106362/dibenzothiophene-s-s-dioxide-and-bispyridinium-based-cationic-polyfluorene-derivative-as-an-efficient-cathode-modifier-for-polymer-solar-cells
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Guiting Chen, Sha Liu, Jin Xu, Ruifeng He, Zhicai He, Hongbin Wu, Wei Yang, Bin Zhang, Yong Cao
A novel n-type conjugated polymer containing dibenzothiophene-S,S-dioxide (FSO), bispyridinium, and fluorene scaffolds in the backbone (PFSOPyCl) was synthesized and used in the cathode interfacial layers (CILs) of conventional polymer solar cells (PSCs). The high electron affinities and large planar structures of the FSO and bispyridinium units endowed this polymer with good energy level alignments with [6,6]-phenyl-C71 butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) and metal cathode, and excellent electron transport and extraction properties...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104240/serum-and-follicular-fluid-monocyte-chemotactic-protein-1-levels-are-elevated-in-obese-women-and-are-associated-with-poorer-clinical-pregnancy-rate-after-in%C3%A2-vitro-fertilization-a%C3%A2-pilot-study
#2
Erkan Buyuk, Obehi A Asemota, Zaher Merhi, Maureen J Charron, Dara S Berger, Athena Zapantis, Sangita K Jindal
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), a proinflammatory chemokine important in ovulation, is abnormally elevated in obese women undergoing IVF and whether serum and follicular fluid (FF) levels of MCP-1 are associated with IVF outcome. DESIGN: Prospective pilot study. SETTING: Academic center. PATIENT(S): Women undergoing IVF. INTERVENTION(S): Serum and FF were collected from women undergoing IVF...
January 16, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102108/readiness-to-change-as-a-moderator-of-therapy-outcome-in-patients-with-somatoform-disorders
#3
Jens Heider, Katharina Köck, Matthias Sehlbrede, Annette Schröder
OBJECTIVE: A considerable amount of patients with somatoform disorders do not benefit from psychotherapy as much as expected. Our aim was to explore whether readiness to change moderates the relationship between the intensity of symptoms and therapy outcome in the early stages of psychotherapy. METHOD: 144 patients with somatoform disorders received an outpatient cognitive-behavioural intervention. Symptom intensity was measured with the Screening for Somatoform Disorders (SOMS-7)...
January 19, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101884/lung-microdialysis-study-of-florfenicol-in-pigs-after-single-intramuscular-administration
#4
B Yang, J D Gao, X Y Cao, Q Y Wang, G Z Sun, J J Yang
For most bacterial lung infections, the concentration of unbound antimicrobial agent in lung interstitial fluid has been considered as the gold standard for estimating the antibacterial efficacy. In this study, the pharmacokinetics of florfenicol (FF) in porcine lung interstitial fluid was investigated after single intramuscular administration at two different doses (20 and 50 mg/kg). Twelve pigs underwent thoracotomy under general anesthesia. Then, the CMA/30 probe was implanted into the lung and perfused at 1 μL/min...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100483/electrophysiological-changes-in-12-year-old-children-born-mlp-reduced-vep-amplitude-in-mlp-children
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Lina H Raffa, Josefin Nilsson, Jovanna Dahlgren, Marita Andersson Grönlund
AIM: To study the electrophysiological changes in relation to fundus morphology in moderate-to-late preterm (MLP) children with no previous history of retinopathy of prematurity. METHODS: Visual acuity (VA), refraction and fundus variables measured by optical coherence tomography, pattern reversal visual evoked potentials and full-field electroretinography (ff-ERG) were obtained from 22 twelve-year-old MLP children (11 male, 11 female) and 21 full-term controls...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095314/cloning-and-expression-characterization-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptors-ppars-with-their-agonists-dietary-lipids-and-ambient-salinity-in-rabbitfish-siganus-canaliculatus
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Cuihong You, Danli Jiang, Qinghao Zhang, Dizhi Xie, Shuqi Wang, Yewei Dong, Yuanyou Li
Rabbitfish Siganus canaliculatus is the first marine teleost reported to have the ability of biosynthesizing C20-22 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) from C18 precursors, and thus provides us a model for studying the regulatory mechanisms of LC-PUFA biosynthesis in teleosts. To investigate the possible roles of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), critical transcription factors involved in the regulation of lipid metabolism, in the regulation of LC-PUFA biosynthesis in rabbitfish, the PPAR genes were cloned and their expression characterization with PPAR agonists, dietary lipid resource, and ambient salinity were examined...
January 14, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092935/alloying-strategy-in-cu-in-ga-se-quantum-dots-for-high-efficiency-quantum-dot-sensitized-solar-cells
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Wenxiang Peng, Jun Du, Zhenxiao Pan, Naoki Nakazawa, Jiankun Sun, Zhonglin Du, Gencai Shen, Juan Yu, Jin-Song Hu, Qing Shen, Xinhua Zhong
I-III-VI2 group "green" quantum dots (QDs) are attracting increasing attentions in photoelectronic conversion applications. Herein, based on the "simultaneous nucleation and growth" approach, Cu-In-Ga-Se (CIGSe) QDs with light harvesting range about 1000 nm were synthetized and used as sensitizer to construct quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs). Inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), wild-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses demonstrate that the Ga element was alloyed in the Cu-In-Se (CISe) host...
January 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089717/persistent-organic-pollutants-pops-in-human-follicular-fluid-and-in-vitro-fertilization-outcomes-a-pilot-study
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Michael S Bloom, Victor Y Fujimoto, Robin Storm, Li Zhang, Celeste D Butts, Diana Sollohub, Robert L Jansing
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are ubiquitously distributed among the U.S. population and adversely impact human reproduction. These compounds have been detected in human ovarian follicular fluid (FF), where they directly contact a developing oocyte. As a pilot investigation, we measured 43 polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners, p,p'-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), and its persistent metabolite p,p'-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) in residual FF collected from 32 women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)...
January 9, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079979/a-general-strategy-to-enhance-the-performance-of-dye-sensitized-solar-cells-by-incorporating-light-harvesting-dye-with-hydrophobic-polydiacetylene-electrolyte-blocking-layer
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Shih-Sheng Sun, Mekonnen Abebayehu Desta, Chia-Wei Liao
A unique strategy for effectively suppressing charge recombination and enhancing light harvesting in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is demonstrated by designing a new dipolar organic dye functionalized with a diacetylene unit, which is capable of undergoing photoinduced cross-linking reaction to generate a hydrophobic polydiacetylene layer. The polydiacetylene layer serves as not only an electrolyte-blocking layer to effectively block the approaching of the oxidized redox mediator and supress the dark current but also light-harvesting role by efficient energy transfer to the dipolar dyes...
January 12, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079210/probing-nonlinear-optical-coefficients-in-self-assembled-peptide-nanotubes
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Soma Khanra, Kartik Ghosh, Fabio F Ferreira, Wendel A Alves, Francesco Punzo, Ping Yu, Suchismita Guha
Self-assembled l,l-diphenylalanine (FF) peptide micro/nanotubes represent a class of biomimetic materials with a non-centrosymmetric crystal structure and strong piezoelectricity. The peptide nanotubes synthesized by a liquid phase method yield tube lengths in the hundreds of micron range, inner diameters in the few hundred nanometer range, and outer diameters in the 5-15 μm range. Second harmonic generation (SHG) polarimetry from individual self-assembled FF nanotubes is used to obtain the nonlinear (NLO) optical coefficients as a function of the tube diameter and thermal treatment...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078172/gastric-rupture-in-pregnancy-case-series-from-a-tertiary-institution-in-rwanda-and-review-of-the-literature
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David Ntirushwa, Stephen Rulisa, Febronie Muhorakeye, Lisa Bazzett-Matabele, Theogene Rurangwa, Maria Small
Background Gastric rupture is a rare, life-threatening condition during pregnancy. Case study We present three cases of gastric perforation during pregnancy and the puerperium. The first patient presented with gastric perforation 4 days following an uncomplicated cesarean delivery for obstetric indications. She initially complained of epigastric pain; however, those symptoms resolved. She later demonstrated worsening abdominal distension, intra-abdominal free fluid, and signs of peritonitis. At laparotomy, an ascariasis-associated gastric rupture was diagnosed...
October 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074957/high-efficiency-perovskite-solar-cells-prepared-by-using-a-sandwich-structure-mai-pbi2-mai-precursor-film
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Xuhui Zhang, Jiajiu Ye, Liangzheng Zhu, Haiying Zheng, Guozhen Liu, Xuepeng Liu, Bin Duan, Xu Pan, Songyuan Dai
Two-step deposition has been widely used in the perovskite layer preparation for perovskite solar cells due to its attractive morphology controllability. However, the limited diffusivity of CH3NH3I (MAI) might cause some PbI2 to remain in the perovskite film. The residual PbI2 in the perovskite film would lead to inferior performance of devices, such as, low power conversion efficiency (PCE), poor reproducibility and weak air stability. In this work, we developed a sandwich structure MAI-PbI2-MAI precursor film to prepare a PbI2-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite film...
January 11, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073037/amino-acid-chelated-iron-versus-an-iron-salt-in-the-treatment-of-iron-deficiency-anemia-with-pregnancy-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Ghada Abdel Fattah Abdel Moety, Ahmed Mahmoud Ali, Reham Fouad, Wafaa Ramadan, Doaa Shafie Belal, Hisham Mamdouh Haggag
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and tolerability of iron amino acid chelate (IAAC) and ferrous fumarate (FF) in treatment of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) with pregnancy. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 150 pregnant women having iron deficiency anemia (IDA) were randomized to receive either IAAC or FF for 12 weeks. Hemoglobin, red cell indices, serum iron, and serum ferritin were measured at baseline and then 4, 8, and 12 weeks after treatment...
January 3, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069418/splenic-artery-aneurysm-rupture-in-pregnancy
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Joshua Jacobson, Chad Gorbatkin, Stacey Good, Scott Sullivan
CASE PRESENTATION: A pregnant woman at 22+5/7weeks gestation presented to the emergency department (ED) from an outpatient clinic, hypotensive after experiencing a syncopal episode. On arrival to the ER she was tachycardic, tachypneic and complaining of abdominal pain. A bedside FAST was performed and noted free fluid in the abdomen. Subsequent CT obtained noted the rare but life-threatening diagnosis of ruptured splenic artery aneurysm that resulted in emergent transfer to the operating room with OB/GYN and general surgery...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065679/acute-cardiovascular-safety-of-two-formulations-of-beclometasone-dipropionate-formoterol-fumarate-in-copd-patients-a-single-dose-randomised-placebo-controlled-crossover-study
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Dave Singh, Giorgia Ciurlia, Annalisa Piccinno, Annamaria Muraro, Maria Bocchi, Mario Scuri
INTRODUCTION: An extrafine combination of beclometasone dipropionate (BDP) and formoterol fumarate (FF) via a pressurised metered-dose inhaler (pMDI) has been commercially available for some years for the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A dry powder inhaler (DPI) formulation of extrafine BDP/FF is now also available. This study evaluated the cardiovascular safety of BDP/FF DPI in comparison to BDP/FF pMDI and placebo. METHODS: Single-dose, partially-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, 5-period crossover study...
January 5, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063291/glucogenic-treatment-creates-an-optimal-metabolic-milieu-for-the-conception-period-in-ewes
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C Porcu, V Pasciu, S Succu, E Baralla, M E Manca, E Serra, G G Leoni, M Dattena, G C Bomboi, G Molle, S Naitana, F Berlinguer
This study determined the influence of a short-term glucogenic nutritional treatment on circulating concentrations of glucose, insulin, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), nonesterified fatty acids (NEFA), and urea, and on their correspondent levels in follicular fluid (FF) collected 12 h after the end of the treatment. After estrous synchronization with intravaginal progestagen-impregnated sponges, 20 Sarda ewes were randomly allocated into two experimental groups (GLU and WAT) and, from day 7 to day 10 (day 0 = day of sponge removal), the GLU group was gavaged with a glycogenic mixture, whereas the WAT group was gavaged with water (control group)...
December 11, 2016: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063264/preimplantation-3d-ultrasound-current-uses-and-challenges
#17
Sushila Arya, Sanja Kupesic Plavsic
The preimplantation ultrasound (US) refers to targeted imaging of the uterus and adnexa prior to assisted reproductive techniques (ART) to optimize the infertility treatment outcomes. After a thorough evidence based literature review, we propose the use of transvaginal three-dimensional (3D) US during the early follicular phase. A systematic approach for 3D US examination consists of a detailed examination of the uterine shape, size and contour, evaluation of the endometrial thickness, volume, pattern and vascularity, and assessment of the junctional zone regularity, echogenicity and thickness...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061907/a-randomized-seven-day-study-to-assess-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-a-glycopyrrolate-formoterol-fumarate-fixed-dose-combination-metered-dose-inhaler-using-novel-co-suspension%C3%A2-delivery-technology-in-patients-with-moderate-to-very-severe-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary
#18
Colin Reisner, Leonardo M Fabbri, Edward M Kerwin, Charles Fogarty, Selwyn Spangenthal, Klaus F Rabe, Gary T Ferguson, Fernando J Martinez, James F Donohue, Patrick Darken, Earl St Rose, Chad Orevillo, Shannon Strom, Tracy Fischer, Michael Golden, Sarvajna Dwivedi
BACKGROUND: Long-acting muscarinic antagonist/long-acting β2-agonist combinations are recommended for patients whose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not managed with monotherapy. We assessed the efficacy and safety of glycopyrrolate (GP)/formoterol fumarate (FF) fixed-dose combination delivered via a Co-Suspension™ Delivery Technology-based metered dose inhaler (MDI) (GFF MDI). METHODS: This was a Phase IIb randomized, multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind, chronic-dosing (7 days), crossover study in patients with moderate-to-very severe COPD ( NCT01085045 )...
January 6, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061793/screening-for-pickiness-a-validation-study
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Silje Steinsbekk, Trude Hamre Sveen, Alison Fildes, Clare Llewellyn, Lars Wichstrøm
Picky eating is prevalent in childhood and is associated with negative health outcomes. Therefore early detection of pickiness is pertinent. Because no psychometric measure of picky/fussy eating has been validated, we aimed to examine the screening efficiency of the 6-item 'Food Fussiness' (FF) scale from the Children's Eating Behavior Questionnaire using structured psychiatric interviews (the Preschool Age Psychiatric Interview), providing meaningful cut-off values based on a large, representative sample of Norwegian 6 year olds (n = 752)...
January 7, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061765/mir-663a-regulates-growth-of-colon-cancer-cells-after-administration-of-antimicrobial-peptides-by-targeting-cxcr4-p21-pathway
#20
Kengo Kuroda, Tomokazu Fukuda, Marija Krstic-Demonacos, Constantinos Demonacos, Kazuhiko Okumura, Hiroshi Isogai, Miwa Hayashi, Kazuki Saito, Emiko Isogai
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) play important roles in the innate immune system of all life forms and recently have been characterized as multifunctional peptides that have a variety of biological roles such as anticancer agents. However, detailed mechanism of antimicrobial peptides on cancer cells is still largely unknown. METHODS: miRNA array and real-time qPCR were performed to reveal the behavior of miRNA in colon cancer HCT116 cells during the growth suppression induced by the AMPs...
January 7, 2017: BMC Cancer
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