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Judy Tan, Anita Mehrotra, Girish N Nadkarni, John Cijiang He, Erik Langhoff, James Post, Carlos Galvao-Sobrinho, Henry C Thode, Rajeev Rohatgi
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients who live far (>30 miles) from their nephrologist experience lower rates of clinic visit adherence, limited access to treatment, and higher rates of hospitalization and mortality than patients who live in close proximity to their nephrologist. Strategies to minimize disparities between urban and remotely located CKD patients are needed. The purpose of this study was to determine whether adherence to clinic visits and clinical outcomes in the remote management of CKD via telenephrology is comparable to in-person conventional care...
March 20, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
Eric Seiti Yamanaka, Luis A Tortajada-Genaro, Nuria Pastor, Ángel Maquieira
The genotyping of a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is addressed through methods based on loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) combined with user-friendly optical read-outs to cover the current demand for point-of-care DNA biomarker detection. The modification of primer design and reaction composition improved the assay selectivity yielding allele-specific results and reducing false-positive frequency. Furthermore, the reduced cost, ease of use and effectiveness of colorimetric detection (solution and hybridisation chip formats) were availed for the image capture by a smartphone, reching high sensitivity...
March 8, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Min Cheng, Guangming Zeng, Danlian Huang, Cui Lai, Yang Liu, Chen Zhang, Jia Wan, Liang Hu, Chengyun Zhou, Weiping Xiong
The presence of antibiotics in aquatic environments has attracted global concern. Fenton process is an attractive yet challenging method for antibiotics degradation, especially when such a reaction can be conducted at neutral pH values. In this study, a novel composite Fe/Co catalyst was synthesized via the modification of steel converter slag (SCS) by salicylic acid-methanol (SAM) and cobalt nitrate (Co(NO3 )2 ). The catalysts were characterized by N2 -Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS)...
March 10, 2018: Water Research
Xiao Huang, Megan A Rippy, Andrew S Mehring, Brandon K Winfrey, Sunny C Jiang, Stanley B Grant
Constructed stormwater wetlands provide a host of ecosystem services, including potentially pathogen removal. We present results from a multi-wetland study that integrates across weather, chemical, microbiological and engineering design variables in order to identify patterns of microbial contaminant removal from inlet to outlet within wetlands and key drivers of those patterns. One or more microbial contaminants were detected at the inlet of each stormwater wetland (Escherichia coli and Enterococcus > Bacteroides HF183 > adenovirus)...
March 12, 2018: Water Research
T W Pike, F Mushtaq, R P Mann, P Chambers, G Hall, J E Tomlinson, R Mir, R M Wilkie, M Mon-Williams, J P A Lodge
BACKGROUND: Recent reviews suggest that the way in which surgeons prepare for a procedure (warm up) can affect performance. Operating lists present a natural experiment to explore this phenomenon. The aim was to use a routinely collected large data set on surgical procedures to understand the relationship between case list order and operative performance. METHOD: Theatre lists involving the 35 procedures performed most frequently by senior surgeons across 38 private hospitals in the UK over 26 months were examined...
March 20, 2018: British Journal of Surgery
Elisa Banchi, Claudio Gennaro Ametrano, David Stanković, Pierluigi Verardo, Olga Moretti, Francesca Gabrielli, Stefania Lazzarin, Maria Francesca Borney, Francesca Tassan, Mauro Tretiach, Alberto Pallavicini, Lucia Muggia
Fungal spores and mycelium fragments are particles which become and remain airborne and have been subjects of aerobiological studies. The presence and the abundance of taxa in aerobiological samples can be very variable and impaired by changeable climatic conditions. Because many fungi produce mycotoxins and both their mycelium fragments and spores are potential allergens, monitoring the presence of these taxa is of key importance. So far data on exposure and sensitization to fungal allergens are mainly based on the assessment of few, easily identifiable taxa and focused only on certain environments...
2018: PloS One
Geoff A Christensen, JiWon Moon, Allison M Veach, Jennifer J Mosher, Ann M Wymore, Joy D van Nostrand, Jizhong Zhou, Terry C Hazen, Adam P Arkin, Dwayne A Elias
Using in-field bioreactors, we investigated the influence of exogenous microorganisms in groundwater planktonic and biofilm microbial communities as part of the Integrated Field Research Challenge (IFRC). After an acclimation period with source groundwater, bioreactors received either filtered (0.22 μM filter) or unfiltered well groundwater in triplicate and communities were tracked routinely for 23 days after filtration was initiated. To address geochemical influences, the planktonic phase was assayed periodically for protein, organic acids, physico-/geochemical measurements and bacterial community (via 16S rRNA gene sequencing), while biofilms (i...
2018: PloS One
Christina Pedersen, Trine Porsgaard, Maria Thomsen, Mette Marie Rosenkilde, Nikolaj Kulahin Roed
Insulin is a vital part of diabetes treatment, whereas glucagon is primarily used to treat insulin-induced hypoglycemia. However, glucagon is suggested to have a central role in the regulation of body weight, which would be beneficial for diabetic patients. Since the glucagon effect on blood glucose is known to be transient, it is relevant to investigate the pharmacodynamics of glucagon after repeated dosing. In the present study, we used telemetry to continuously measure blood glucose in streptozotocin induced diabetic Sprague-Dawley rats...
2018: PloS One
Roberto Pizzolotto, Antonio Mazzei, Teresa Bonacci, Stefano Scalercio, Nino Iannotta, Pietro Brandmayr
The impact of agricultural practices and soil management on the communities of arthropods living in the agricultural landscape is acknowledged as a critical issue by the literature, and it needs to be better investigated to improve the ecological sustainability of agriculture. In the present study, we aimed to study how soil management affect carabid species distribution in one of the most typical agroecosystem of the Mediterranean region, i.e. the olive grove. In South Italy olive plantations feature different types of soil management, from tillage to half- or full-cover cropping...
2018: PloS One
Tomasz Tański, Wiktor Matysiak
The purpose of this paper was to produce SiO₂ and TiO₂ nanowires via the electrospinning process from a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)/Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS)/Titanium (IV) butoxide (TNBT)/dimethylformamide (DMF) and ethanol (EtOH) solution. The as-obtained nanofibers were calcined at temperatures ranging from 400 °C to 600 °C in order to remove the organic phase. The one-dimensional ceramic nanostructures were studied using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a transmission electron microscope (TEM) to analyze the influence of the used temperature on the morphology and structures of the obtained ceramic nanomaterials...
March 20, 2018: Nanomaterials
Nanako Sato, Koji Takahashi
The aim of this study was to clarify the effects of micro surface defects introduced by the focused ion beam (FIB) technique on the fracture strength of ceramics. Three-point bending tests on alumina-silicon carbide (Al₂O₃/SiC) ceramic composites containing crack-like surface defects introduced by FIB were carried out. A surface defect with area in the range 19 to 35 µm was introduced at the center of each specimen. Test results showed that the fracture strengths of the FIB-defect specimens depended on area...
March 20, 2018: Materials
Georg Jäger, Sebastian Zug, António Casimiro
The advent of cooperative systems entails a dynamic composition of their components. As this contrasts current, statically composed systems, new approaches for maintaining their safety are required. In that endeavor, we propose an integration step that evaluates the failure model of shared information in relation to an application's fault tolerance and thereby promises maintainability of such system's safety. However, it also poses new requirements on failure models, which are not fulfilled by state-of-the-art approaches...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Flavio Esposito, Rajeev Ranjan, Stefania Campopiano, Agostino Iadicicco
In this work, we report about our recent results concerning the fabrication of Long Period Grating (LPG) sensors in several optical fibers, through the Electric Arc Discharge (EAD) technique. In particular, the following silica fibers with both different dopants and geometrical structures are considered: standard Ge-doped, photosensitive B/Ge codoped, P-doped, pure-silica core with F-doped cladding, Panda type Polarization-maintaining, and Hollow core Photonic crystal fiber. An adaptive platform was developed and the appropriate "recipe" was identified for each fiber, in terms of both arc discharge parameters and setup arrangement, for manufacturing LPGs with strong and narrow attenuation bands, low insertion losses, and short length...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Chunxue Hao, Bochong Wang, Fusheng Wen, Congpu Mu, Jianyong Xiang, Lei Li, Zhongyuan Liu
Through a facile self-assembled process, an ultralight reduced graphene oxide/black phosphorus (rGO/BP) composite aerogel was successfully fabricated. The BP nanosheets were homogeneously distributed throughout the rGO 3D framework, and the interfaces between rGO and BP possessed four kinds of interconnections, such as wrapping, wearing, bridging and weak linking. As an ultralight composite, the rGO/BP aerogel could easily stand on the stamen of a flower. Compared with pure rGO aerogel, the rGO/BP composite aerogel exhibited enhanced microwave absorption ability...
March 20, 2018: Nanotechnology
Teresa Małecka-Massalska, Aleksandra Majdan
Chronic inflammatory status in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) due to metabolic changes has an effect on body composition. Up to two thirds of patients may be affected by the loss of body cell mass and, thereby, malnutrition including its most severe form - cachexia. Among patients with RA and malnutrition, the total body weight is not reduced and the muscle loss is partially compensated by an increase in body fat. The excess of visceral and trunk adipose tissue is the main factor of increased prevalence of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome in RA patients...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
André Bonadias Gadelha, Silvia Gonçalves Ricci Neri, Ricardo Jacó de Oliveira, Martim Bottaro, Ana Cristina de David, Baruch Vainshelboim, Ricardo M Lima
Background/Study context: Falls represent the leading cause of accidental deaths in the elderly. Sarcopenia is a geriatric syndrome defined as the loss of muscle mass and strength. However, the association between falls and sarcopenia is still unclear. Thus, the aim of the present study was to investigate the association between different stages of sarcopenia and postural balance, risk of falls, and fear of falling in community-dwelling older women. METHODS: A total of 196 women (68.6 ± 6...
March 20, 2018: Experimental Aging Research
Gerard K Nguyen, Vincent M Mellnick, Aldrin Kay-Yuen Yim, Amber Salter, Joseph E Ippolito
Purpose To determine if sex differences in abdominal visceral fat composition, measured by using computed tomography (CT), and tumor glucose metabolism, measured by gene expression, can help predict outcomes in patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Materials and Methods This retrospective cohort study included 222 patients with clear cell RCC from The Cancer Imaging Atlas. By using CT, body fat was segmented into subcutaneous fat and visceral fat areas (VFAs) and normalized to total fat to obtain the relative VFA (rVFA) and relative subcutaneous fat area...
March 20, 2018: Radiology
Namita Maharjan, Naoki Nomoto, Tadashi Tagawa, Tsutomu Okubo, Shigeki Uemura, Nadeem Khalil, Masashi Hatamoto, Takashi Yamaguchi, Hideki Harada
This paper assesses the technical and economic sustainability of a combined system of an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB)- down-flow hanging sponge (DHS) for sewage treatment. Additionally, this study compares UASB-DHS with current technologies in India like trickling filters (TF), sequencing batch reactor (SBR), moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR), and other combinations of UASB with post-treatment systems such as final polishing ponds (FPU) and extended aeration sludge process (EASP). The sustainability of the sewage treatment plants (STPs) was evaluated using a composite indicator, which incorporated environmental, societal and economic dimensions...
March 20, 2018: Environmental Technology
Ming Li Wang, Charles Y Chen, Brandon Tonnis, David Pinnow, Jerry Davis, Y Q An, Phat Dang
The level of oleic acid in peanut seed is one of the most important factors in determining seed quality and is controlled by two pairs of homeologous genes (FAD2A and FAD2B). The genotypes of eight F8 breeding lines were determined as AABB, aaBB, AAbb, and aabb by real-time PCR and sequencing. Fresh seeds were collected from five seed developmental stages and, after drying, were used for chemical analysis. Our results showed (1) as seeds developed, seed weight, oil content, and oleic acid level significantly increased, whereas four other fatty acid levels decreased, but protein content and another four fatty acid levels did not significantly change...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Jiwen Jian, Shu-Xian Hu, Wan-Lu Li, Michael J van Stipdonk, Jonathan Martens, Giel Berden, Jos Oomens, Jun Li, John K Gibson
The following gas-phase uranyl/12-crown-4 (12C4) complexes were synthesized by electrospray ionization: [UO2 (12C4)2 ]2+ and [UO2 (12C4)2 (OH)]+ . Collision-induced dissociation (CID) of the dication resulted in [UO2 (12C4-H)]+ (12C4-H is a 12C4 that has lost one H), which spontaneously adds water to yield [UO2 (12C4-H)(H2 O)]+ . The latter has the same composition as complex [UO2 (12C4)(OH)]+ produced by CID of [UO2 (12C4)2 (OH)]+ but exhibits different reactivity with water. The postulated structures as isomeric [UO2 (12C4-H)(H2 O)]+ and [UO2 (12C4)(OH)]+ were confirmed by comparison of infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD) spectra with computed spectra...
March 20, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
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