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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918550/advance-care-planning-challenges-at-the-emergency-department-of-a-cancer-care-center
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Maria T Cruz-Carreras, Patrick Chaftari, Jayne Viets-Upchurch
INTRODUCTION: Code status discussions form an important part of advance care planning (ACP) as it enables physicians to respect the patient's wishes for end-of-life care. However, in some cases, code status discussions can be challenging causing the physician to go against the patient's wishes and the code of medical ethics. This is especially true in an emergency setting. In this paper, we will discuss three cases of advanced cancer patients, where code status discussions posed challenges to healthcare providers...
September 16, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918464/what-s-next-in-complex-networks-capturing-the-concept-of-attacking-play-in-invasive-team-sports
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REVIEW
João Ramos, Rui J Lopes, Duarte Araújo
The evolution of performance analysis within sports sciences is tied to technology development and practitioner demands. However, how individual and collective patterns self-organize and interact in invasive team sports remains elusive. Social network analysis has been recently proposed to resolve some aspects of this problem, and has proven successful in capturing collective features resulting from the interactions between team members as well as a powerful communication tool. Despite these advances, some fundamental team sports concepts such as an attacking play have not been properly captured by the more common applications of social network analysis to team sports performance...
September 16, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918460/effects-of-cadmium-exposure-on-metal-accumulation-and-energy-metabolism-of-silver-carp-hypophthalmichthys-molitrix
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Deliang Li, Jie Pi, Jianping Wang, Pengfei Zhu, Deming Liu, Ting Zhang
Effects of cadmium (Cd) exposure on metal accumulation and energy metabolism of silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) were studied during 14 days. The results showed that Cd accumulated in tissues of silver carp significantly with time and Cd concentration, as the order: liver > kidney > gill > muscle. The levels of muscle glycogen, triglyceride, and plasma triglyceride decreased significantly (p < 0.05). The levels of muscle protein, plasma glucose and lactate significantly increased during the first 8 days, and then all significantly decreased (p < 0...
September 16, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918356/what-is-the-price-for-the-duchenne-gait-pattern-in-patients-with-cerebral-palsy
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Firooz Salami, Mirjam Niklasch, Britta K Krautwurst, Thomas Dreher, Sebastian I Wolf
Duchenne gait is characterized by trunk lean towards the affected stance limb with the pelvis stable or elevated on the swinging limb side during single limb stance phase. We assessed the relationship between hip abduction moments and trunk kinetics in patients with cerebral palsy showing excessive lateral trunk motion. Data of 18 subjects with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) and 20 aged matched typically developing subjects (TD) were collected retrospectively. Criteria for patient selection were barefoot walking without aid presenting with excessive lateral trunk motion...
September 7, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918257/pathways-of-the-inferior-frontal-occipital-fasciculus-in-overt-speech-and-reading
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Claire Rollans, Kulpreet Cheema, George K Georgiou, Jacqueline Cummine
In this study, we examined the relationship between tractography-based measures of white matter integrity (ex. fractional anisotropy [FA]) from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and five reading-related tasks, including rapid automatized naming (RAN) of letters, digits, and objects, and reading of real words and nonwords. Twenty university students with no reported history of reading difficulties were tested on all five tasks and their performance was correlated with diffusion measures extracted through DTI tractography...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918113/regulation-of-mitochondrial-bioenergetics-by-the-non-canonical-roles-of-mitochondrial-dynamics-proteins-in-the-heart
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REVIEW
Wang Wang, Celia Fernandez-Sanz, Shey-Shing Sheu
Recent advancement in mitochondrial research has significantly extended our knowledge on the role and regulation of mitochondria in health and disease. One important breakthrough is the delineation of how mitochondrial morphological changes, termed mitochondrial dynamics, are coupled to the bioenergetics and signaling functions of mitochondria. In general, it is believed that fusion leads to an increased mitochondrial respiration efficiency and resistance to stress-induced dysfunction while fission does the contrary...
September 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918080/the-tail-of-two-models-impact-of-circularity-and-biomass-non-homogeneity-on-uv-disinfection-of-wastewater-flocs
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Y Azimi, Y Liu, T C Tan, D G Allen, R R Farnood
The effects of floc structural characteristics, i.e. shape and dense biomass distribution, were evaluated on ultraviolet (UV) disinfection resistance, represented by the tailing level of the UV dose response curve (DRC). Ellipsoid-shaped flocs of similar volume and different projected circularities were constructed in-silico and a mathematical model was developed to compare their UV DRC tailing levels (indicative of UV-resistance). It was found that floc shape can significantly influence tailing level, and rounder flocs (i...
September 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918077/membrane-electro-oxidizer-a-new-hybrid-membrane-system-with-electrochemical-oxidation-for-enhanced-organics-and-fouling-control
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Naresh Mameda, Hyung-June Park, Kwang-Ho Choo
The synergistic combination of membrane filtration with advanced oxidation is of particular interest for next-generation wastewater treatment technologies. A membrane electro-oxidizer (MEO) hybridizing a submerged microfilter and an electrochemical cell was developed and investigated for tertiary treatment of secondary industrial (textile) wastewater effluent. Laboratory- and pilot-scale MEO systems were designed and evaluated for treatment efficiency and membrane fouling control. The MEO achieved substantial removal of color (50-90%), turbidity (>90%), and bacteria (>4 log) as well as chemical oxygen demand (13-31%) and 1,4-dioxane (∼25-53%)...
September 5, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917992/securing-extraocular-muscles-in-strabismus-surgery-biomechanical-analysis-of-knot-tying-technique
#9
Steven E Brooks
BACKGROUND: The safe and precise reattachment of extraocular muscles requires a technical approach that minimizes any opportunity for the muscle to slip intraoperatively or postoperatively while minimizing surgical risk. Biomechanical testing can provide important quantitative information about the tensile properties of different knot configurations that may inform surgical technique. METHODS: A precision digital force gauge was used to assess the tensile strength created by different knot tying techniques and configurations in human sclera using 6-0 polyglactin 910 suture...
September 13, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917970/how-do-enzymes-meet-nanoparticles-and-nanomaterials
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REVIEW
Ming Chen, Guangming Zeng, Piao Xu, Cui Lai, Lin Tang
Enzymes are fundamental biological catalysts responsible for biological regulation and metabolism. The opportunity for enzymes to 'meet' nanoparticles and nanomaterials is rapidly increasing due to growing demands for applications in nanomaterial design, environmental monitoring, biochemical engineering, and biomedicine. Therefore, understanding the nature of nanomaterial-enzyme interactions is becoming important. Since 2014, enzymes have been used to modify, degrade, or make nanoparticles/nanomaterials, while numerous nanoparticles/nanomaterials have been used as materials for enzymatic immobilization and biosensors and as enzyme mimicry...
September 13, 2017: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917860/carbon-materials-derived-from-chitosan-cellulose-cryogel-supported-zeolite-imidazole-frameworks-for-potential-supercapacitor-application
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Zehui Li, Lan Yang, Hongbin Cao, Yu Chang, Kexin Tang, Zhiqin Cao, Junjun Chang, Youpeng Cao, Wenbo Wang, Meng Gao, Chenming Liu, Dagang Liu, He Zhao, Yi Zhang, Mingjie Li
In order to promote sustainable development, green and renewable clean energy technologies continue to be developed to meet the growing demand for energy, such as supercapacitor, fuel cells and lithium-ion battery. It is urgent to develop appropriate nanomaterials for these energy technologies to reduce the volume of the device, improve the efficiency of energy conversion and enlarge the energy storage capacity. Here, chitosan/cellulose carbon cryogel (CCS/CCL) were designed and synthesized. Through the introduction of zeolite imidazole frameworks (ZIFs) into the chitosan/cellulose cryogels, the obtained materials showed a microstructure of ZIF-7 (a kind of ZIFs) coated chitosan/cellulose fibers (CS/CL)...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917780/quantifying-biodegradable-organic-matter-in-polluted-water-on-the-basis-of-coulombic-yield
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Yuan Liu, Ai-Xue Tuo, Xiao-Jun Jin, Xiang-Zhong Li, Hong Liu
Biodegradable organic matter (BOM) in polluted water plays a key role in various biological purification technologies. The five-day biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) index is often used to determine the amount of BOM. However, standard BOD5 assays, centering on dissolved oxygen detection, have long testing times and often show severe deviation (error ≥ 15%). In the present study, the coulombic yield (Q) of a bio-electrochemical degradation process was determined, and a new index for BOM quantification was proposed...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917779/-on-off-switchable-tool-for-food-sample-preparation-merging-molecularly-imprinting-technology-with-stimuli-responsive-blocks-current-status-challenges-and-highlighted-applications
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REVIEW
Raquel Garcia, Marco D R Gomes da Silva, Maria João Cabrita
Sample preparation still remains a great challenge in the analytical workflow representing the most time-consuming and laborious step in analytical procedures. Ideally, sample pre-treatment procedures must be more selective, cheap, quick and environmental friendly. Molecular imprinting technology is a powerful tool in the development of highly selective sample preparation methodologies enabling to preconcentrate the analytes from a complex food matrix. Actually, the design and development of molecularly imprinted polymers-based functional materials that merge an enhancement of selectivity with a controllable and switchable mode of action by means of specific stimulus constitutes a hot research topic in the field of food analysis...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917770/applicability-of-the-direct-injection-liquid-chromatographic-tandem-mass-spectrometric-analytical-approach-to-the-sub-ngl-1-determination-of-perfluoro-alkyl-acids-in-waste-surface-ground-and-drinking-water-samples
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Lorenzo Ciofi, Lapo Renai, Daniele Rossini, Claudia Ancillotti, Alida Falai, Donatella Fibbi, Maria Concetta Bruzzoniti, José Juan Santana-Rodriguez, Serena Orlandini, Massimo Del Bubba
The applicability of a direct injection UHPLC-MS/MS method for the analysis of several perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) in a wide range of water matrices was investigated. The method is based on the direct injection of 100µL of centrifuged water sample, without any other sample treatment. Very good method detection limits (0.014-0.44ngL(-1)) and excellent intra and inter-day precision (RSD% values in the range 1.8-4.4% and 2.7-5.7%, respectively) were achieved, with a total analysis time of 20min per sample. A high number of samples - i...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917748/selectivity-improvement-of-positive-photoionization-ion-mobility-spectrometry-for-rapid-detection-of-organophosphorus-pesticides-by-switching-dopant-concentration
#15
Qinghua Zhou, Jia Li, Bin Wang, Shuang Wang, Haiyang Li, Jinyuan Chen
Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) opened a potential avenue for the rapid detection of organophosphorus pesticides (OPPs), though an improved selectivity of stand-alone IMS was still in high demand. In this study, a stand-alone positive photoionization ion mobility spectrometry (PP-IMS) apparatus was constructed for the rapid detection of OPPs with acetone as dopant. The photoionization of acetone molecules was induced by the ultraviolet irradiation to produce the reactant ions (Ac)2H(+), which were employed to ionize the OPPs including fenthion, imidan, phosphamidon, dursban, dimethoate and isocarbophos via the proton transfer reaction...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917622/does-gender-matter-an-analysis-of-men-s-and-women-s-accounts-of-responding-to-symptoms-of-lung-cancer
#16
Alice MacLean, Kate Hunt, Sarah Smith, Sally Wyke
Men are often portrayed - in research studies, 'common-sense' accounts and popular media - as reluctant users of health services. They are said to avoid going to the GP whenever possible, while women are portrayed, in presumed opposition, as consulting more readily, more frequently and with less serious complaints. Such stereotypes may inadvertently encourage doctors to pay greater heed to men's symptoms in 'routine' consultations. Although previous research has challenged this view with evidence, and suggested that links between gender identities and help-seeking are complex and fluid, gender comparative studies remain uncommon, and particularly few studies (either qualitative or quantitative) compare men and women with similar morbidity...
September 8, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917598/matrix-effect-free-quantitative-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-analysis-in-complex-matrices-using-nanoflow-lc-with-integrated-emitter-tip-and-high-dilution-factors
#17
David Moreno-González, Jaime Alcántara-Durán, Bienvenida Gilbert-López, Juan F García-Reyes, Antonio Molina-Díaz
Matrix effects are probably the Achilles heel of most quantitative liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) methods based on electrospray ionization. This work reports the evaluation of matrix effects in challenging matrices such as food extracts, human urine or wastewater at different dilution factors using nanoflow liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-MS). For this purpose, a suite of representative low-molecular weight compounds such as pesticides, drugs of abuse, sport drugs or environmental contaminants were selected...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917535/selective-manipulation-of-superparamagnetic-nanoparticles-for-product-purification-and-microfluidic-diagnostics
#18
REVIEW
Johannes Gädke, Jan-Wilhelm Thies, Lennart Kleinfeldt, Torben Schulze, Rebekka Biedendieck, Ingo Rustenbeck, Georg Garnweitner, Rainer Krull, Andreas Dietzel
The needs of scalable product purification as well as the demand for sensitive diagnostics for highly dilute entities can be addressed with the utilization of tailored superparamagnetic nanoparticles. Recent developments have led to more efficient fluidic systems at different scales with suspended nanoparticles or nanoparticle aggregates. However, magnetic nanoparticle systems differ widely in properties and their applications are characterized by very specific challenges. This review summarizes advances in the synthesis of superparamagnetic particles and displays states and trends in research making use of these particles in biotechnological downstream processing and in biosensing...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917434/quantitative-analysis-of-four-protein-biomarkers-an-automated-microfluidic-cartridge-based-method-and-its-comparison-to-colorimetric-elisa
#19
REVIEW
Mark Dysinger, Greg Marusov, Stephanie Fraser
Biomarker quantitation with ligand binding assays has matured greatly in recent years. This maturation has been partly in response to demands for more data points from fewer samples or less available sample volume. Multiplexing offers opportunities to acquire data for multiple analytes from single sample assay iterations, but has its own unique challenges and limitations. ProteinSimple has developed Simple Plex™, an automated immunoassay platform consisting of microfluidic cartridge-based assays run on the Ella instrument...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917431/results-of-toccata-%C3%A2-resurfacing-pip-joint-arthroplasty-a-series-of-32%C3%A2-cases-at-a-mean-follow-up-of-5-9%C3%A2-years
#20
W Kim, B Renaud, P Dumontier, J-L Condamine
The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term results of proximal interphalangeal (PIP) resurfacing arthroplasty for treating osteoarthritis: the PIP Toccata implant(®). This was a retrospective study of 32 out of 33 PIP arthroplasty cases performed with a dorsolateral or a Chamay approach by two surgeons after a minimum follow-up of 24 months. Patients were reviewed using a standardized assessment of pain, function, mobility and radiological changes. The average follow-up was 5.9 years. The mean active range of motion was 67° (15-95)...
September 13, 2017: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
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