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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549323/investigation-of-submicron-aerosol-characteristics-in-changzhou-china-composition-source-and-comparison-with-co-collected-pm2-5
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Zhaolian Ye, Qing Li, Jiashu Liu, Shipeng Luo, Quanfa Zhou, Chenglu Bi, Shuaishuai Ma, Yanfang Chen, Hui Chen, Ling Li, Xinlei Ge
Mass concentrations and chemical compositions of submicron particles (PM1) collected during July 2015 to April 2016 in Changzhou, a city in the Yangtze River Delta region, were systematically investigated for the first time. Specifically, an Aerodyne soot particle aerosol mass spectrometer (SP-AMS) was employed to characterize the water-soluble organic matter (WSOM). The average concentration of PM1 was 63.6 μg m(-3), occupying ∼60% of co-collected PM2.5 mass. Water soluble inorganic ions (WSIIs) was the most abundant component with secondary ions (SO4(2-), NO3(-) and NH4(+)) as the dominant species...
May 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548888/an-interdisciplinary-intervention-for-fear-of-falling-lessons-learned-from-two-case-studies
#2
James B Robinson, Julie Loebach Wetherell
This article describes two case studies using an interdisciplinary intervention for homebound older adults who experience fear of falling, resulting in debility and isolation. The patients discussed received separate home visits from a physical therapist (two and four visits) and psychologist (six and eight visits) and intervention components included an initial assessment of physical ability, prescription of home exercise program, exposure therapy, and cognitive restructuring. Both patients reported satisfaction with the fear of falling intervention and showed improved ability to walk, both in distance and in requiring less assistance...
May 12, 2017: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548535/enhanced-chiral-discriminatory-van-der-waals-interactions-mediated-by-chiral-surfaces
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Pablo Barcellona, Hassan Safari, A Salam, Stefan Yoshi Buhmann
We predict a discriminatory interaction between a chiral molecule and an achiral molecule which is mediated by a chiral body. To achieve this, we generalize the van der Waals interaction potential between two ground-state molecules with electric, magnetic, and chiral response to nontrivial environments. The force is evaluated using second-order perturbation theory with an effective Hamiltonian. Chiral media enhance or reduce the free interaction via many-body interactions, making it possible to measure the chiral contributions to the van der Waals force with current technology...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548455/liminality-in-the-occupational-identity-of-mental-health-peer-support-workers-a-qualitative-study
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Alan Simpson, Candice Oster, Eimear Muir-Cochrane
Peer support is increasingly provided as a component of mental health care, where people in recovery from mental health problems use their lived experiences to provide support to those experiencing similar difficulties. In the present study, we explored the evolution of peer support workers' (PSW) occupational identities. A qualitative study was undertaken alongside a pilot randomized, controlled trial of peer support for service users discharged from a mental hospital in London, UK. Two focus groups were conducted with eight PSW...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546643/decomposition-of-regional-convergence-in-population-aging-across-europe
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Ilya Kashnitsky, Joop de Beer, Leo van Wissen
In the face of rapidly aging population, decreasing regional inequalities in population composition is one of the regional cohesion goals of the European Union. To our knowledge, no explicit quantification of the changes in regional population aging differentiation exist. We investigate how regional differences in population aging developed over the last decade and how they are likely to evolve in the coming three decades, and we examine how demographic components of population growth contribute to the process...
2017: Genus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546436/quantifying-wheat-sensitivities-to-environmental-constraints-to-dissect-g-x-e-in-the-field
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Boris Parent, Julien Bonneau, Lance Maphosa, Alex Kovalchuk, Peter Langridge, Delphine Fleury
Yield is subject to strong Genotype by Environment interactions (G x E) in the field, especially under abiotic constraints such as soil water deficit (Drought, D) and high temperature (Heat, H). Since environmental conditions show strong fluctuations during the whole crop cycle, geneticists usually do not consider the environmental measures as quantitative variables, but rather as factors in multi-environment analyses. Based on 11 experiments in a field platform with contrasted temperature and soil water deficit, we determined the periods of sensitivity to drought and heat constraints in wheat (Triticum aestivum L...
May 25, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546312/prefrontal-dopamine-d1-and-d2-receptors-regulate-dissociable-aspects-of-decision-making-via-distinct-ventral-striatal-and-amygdalar-circuits
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Nicole L Jenni, Joshua D Larkin, Stan B Floresco
Mesocortical dopamine (DA) regulates a variety of cognitive functions via actions on D1 and/or D2 receptors. For example, risk/reward decision making is differentially modulated by these two receptors within the prefrontal cortex (PFC), with D2 receptors enabling flexible decision making and D1 receptors promoting persistence in choice biases. Yet, it is unclear how DA mediates opposing patterns of behavior by acting on different receptors within the same terminal region. We explored the possibility that DA may act on separate networks of PFC neurons that are modulated by D1 or D2 receptors and in turn interface with divergent downstream structures, such as the basolateral amygdala (BLA) or nucleus accumbens (NAc)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545071/characterization-of-the-urinary-microbiome-in-healthy-dogs
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Erin N Burton, Leah A Cohn, Carol N Reinero, Hans Rindt, Stephen G Moore, Aaron C Ericsson
The urinary bladder in healthy dogs has dogmatically been considered free of bacteria. This study used culture independent techniques to characterize the healthy canine urinary microbiota. Urine samples collected by antepubic cystocentesis from dogs without urinary infection were used for DNA extraction. Genital tract and rectal samples were collected simultaneously from the same dogs. The V4 hypervariable region of the 16S rRNA bacterial gene was amplified and compared against Greengenes database for OTU assignment and relative abundance for urine, genital, and rectal samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544938/sex-steroids-and-metabolic-responses-in-mussels-mytilus-galloprovincialis-exposed-to-drospirenone
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Tiziana Cappello, Denise Fernandes, Maria Maisano, Andrea Casano, Marta Bonastre, Maria João Bebianno, Angela Mauceri, Salvatore Fasulo, Cinta Porte
Drospirenone (DRO) is a synthetic progestin derived from 17α-spironolactone with a pharmacological mechanism of action similar to progesterone. Despite its wide use as pharmaceutical and consequent continuous release into the aquatic environment, DRO effects have been poorly investigated on aquatic biota. In order to unravel the toxicity mechanisms of DRO, mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis were exposed for 7 days to different concentrations of DRO, namely 20ng/L (Low; L), 200ng/L (Medium; M), 2000ng/L (High; H) and 10μg/L (Super High; SH) nominal doses...
May 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544623/amphoteric-ion-exchange-membranes-with-significantly-improved-vanadium-barrier-properties-for-all-vanadium-redox-flow-batteries
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Olga Nibel, Tomasz Rojek, Thomas J Schmidt, Lorenz Gubler
All-vanadium redox flow batteries (VRBs) have attracted considerable interest as promising energy storage devices which can allow the efficient utilization of renewable energy sources. The membrane, which separates the porous electrodes in a redox flow cell, is one of the key components in VRBs. High rates of cross-over of vanadium ions and water through the membrane impair the efficiency and capacity of a VRB. Thus, membranes with low permeation rate of vanadium species and water are required, also characterized by low resistance and stability in the VRB environment...
May 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544528/micellar-electrokinetic-capillary-chromatography-fingerprints-combined-with-multivariate-statistical-analyses-to-evaluate-the-quality-consistency-and-predict-the-fingerprint-efficacy-relationship-of-salviae-miltiorrhizae-radix-et-rhizoma-danshen
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Yujing Zhang, Lanping Yang, Jing Zhang, Min Shi, Guoxiang Sun
Micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography fingerprinting combined with quantification was successfully established and applied to evaluate the quality consistency of Danshen, which is a medicinal herb used to treat various diseases, especially coronary cerebrovascular diseases. A background electrolyte composed of 20 mmol/L sodium tetraborate, 90 mmol/L orthoboric acid, 25 mmol/L sodium phosphate monobasic dehydrate and 65 mmol/L sodium dodecyl sulfate was used to separate compounds. To optimize micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography conditions, a response surface strategy was set up for orthogonal experimental design...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544323/mass-spectrometric-evidence-for-the-modification-of-small-molecules-in-a-cobalt-60-irradiated-rodent-diet
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J K Prasain, L S Wilson, A Arabshahi, C Grubbs, S Barnes
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of radiation on the content of animal diet constituents using global metabolomics. Aqueous methanolic extracts of control and cobalt-60 irradiated NIH 7001 diets were comprehensively analyzed using nanoLC-MS/MS. Among the over two thousand ions revealed by XCMS followed by data preprocessing, 94 positive and 143 negative metabolite ions had greater than 1.5 fold changes and p-values <0.01. Use of Metaboanalyst statistical software demonstrated complete separation of the irradiated and non-radiated diets in unsupervised principal components analysis and supervised partial least squares discriminant analysis...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544154/floral-nectar-of-the-obligate-outcrossing-canavalia-gladiata-jacq-dc-fabaceae-contains-only-one-predominant-protein-a-class-iii-acidic-chitinase
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Xue-Long Ma, Richard I Milne, Hong-Xia Zhou, Jiang-Yu Fang, Hong-Guang Zha
Floral nectar can affect the fitness of insect-pollinated plants, through both attraction and manipulation of pollinators. Self-incompatible insect-pollinated plants receive more insect visits than their self-compatible relatives, and the nectar of such species might face more risk to be infested by the pathogens carried by pollinators than self-compatible plants. Proteins in nectar (nectarins) play an important role in the protection of nectar, but little is known regarding nectarins in self-incompatible species...
May 20, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544141/assessing-the-pre-and-postpeak-phases-in-a-swallow-using-esophageal-pressure-topography
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Y Xiao, D A Carlson, Z Lin, N Rinella, D Sifrim, J E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: The current paradigm of measuring esophageal contractile vigor assesses the entirety of a pressure wave using a single measurement, the distal contractile integral (DCI). We hypothesize that an assessment identifying separate phases of the contractile pressure wave before and after the pressure peak may help distinguish abnormalities in patients presenting with chest pain and dysphagia. The aim of the present study was to develop a technique to assess the individual phases and report on the values in healthy controls...
May 22, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542801/serum-protein-binding-of-25-antiepileptic-drugs-in-a-routine-clinical-setting-a-comparison-of-free-non-protein-bound-concentrations
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Philip N Patsalos, Miguel Zugman, Charlotte Lake, Anthony James, Neville Ratnaraj, Josemir W Sander
OBJECTIVE: Given that only the free non-protein-bound concentration of an antiepileptic drug (AED) crosses the blood-brain barrier, entering the brain and producing an antiepileptic effect, knowledge and measurement of the free drug fraction is important. Such data are sparse, particularly for newer AEDs, and have arisen from the use of disparate methodologies and settings over the past six decades. We report on the protein binding of 25 AEDs that are available for clinical use, along with two pharmacologically active metabolites (carbamazepine-epoxide and N-desmethyl clobazam), using standardized methodology and under set conditions...
May 24, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542701/two-separate-effects-contribute-to-regulatory-t-cell-defect-in-sle-patients-and-their-unaffected-relatives
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Nuno Costa, Oriana Marques, Sandra I Godinho, Cláudia Carvalho, Barbara Leal, Ana M Figueiredo, Carlos Vasconcelos, António Marinho, Maria F Moraes-Fontes, António Gomes da Costa, Cristina Ponte, Raquel Campanilho-Marques, Telma Cóias, Ana R Martins, João F Viana, Margarida Lima, Berta Martins, Constantin Fesel
FOXP3(+) regulatory T-cells (Tregs) are functionally deficient in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), characterized by reduced surface CD25 (the IL-2 receptor alpha chain). Low-dose IL-2 therapy is a promising current approach to correct this defect. To elucidate the origins of the SLE Treg phenotype, we studied its role through developmentally defined Treg subsets in 45 SLE patients, 103 SLE-unaffected first-degree relatives and 61 unrelated healthy control subjects, and genetic association with the CD25-encoding IL2RA locus...
May 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542495/dna-barcoding-and-lc-ms-metabolite-profiling-of-the-lichen-forming-genus-melanelia-specimen-identification-and-discrimination-focusing-on-icelandic-taxa
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Maonian Xu, Starri Heidmarsson, Margret Thorsteinsdottir, Finnur F Eiriksson, Sesselja Omarsdottir, Elin S Olafsdottir
Taxa in the genus Melanelia (Parmeliaceae, Ascomycota) belong to a group of saxicolous lichens with brown to black foliose thalli, which have recently undergone extensive changes in circumscription. Taxa belonging to Parmeliaceae are prolific producers of bioactive compounds, which have also been traditionally used for chemotaxonomic purposes. However, the chemical diversity of the genus Melanelia and the use of chemical data for species discrimination in this genus are largely unexplored. In addition, identification based on morphological characters is challenging due to few taxonomically informative characters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542362/a-window-dea-based-efficiency-evaluation-of-the-public-hospital-sector-in-greece-during-the-5-year-economic-crisis
#18
Angeliki Flokou, Vassilis Aletras, Dimitris Niakas
The main objective of this study was to apply the non-parametric method of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to measure the efficiency of Greek NHS hospitals between 2009-2013. Hospitals were divided into four separate groups with common characteristics which allowed comparisons to be carried out in the context of increased homogeneity. The window-DEA method was chosen since it leads to increased discrimination on the results especially when applied to small samples and it enables year-by-year comparisons of the results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542353/identification-of-cow-and-buffalo-milk-based-on-beta-carotene-and-vitamin-a-concentration-using-fluorescence-spectroscopy
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Rahat Ullah, Saranjam Khan, Hina Ali, Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Saleem
The current study presents the application of fluorescence spectroscopy for the identification of cow and buffalo milk based on β-carotene and vitamin-A which is of prime importance from the nutritional point of view. All samples were collected from healthy animals of different breeds at the time of lactation in the vicinity of Islamabad, Pakistan. Cow and buffalo milk shows differences at fluorescence emission appeared at band position 382 nm, 440 nm, 505 nm and 525 nm both in classical geometry (right angle) setup as well as front face fluorescence setup...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542317/systematic-review-of-dietary-salt-reduction-policies-evidence-for-an-effectiveness-hierarchy
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Lirije Hyseni, Alex Elliot-Green, Ffion Lloyd-Williams, Chris Kypridemos, Martin O'Flaherty, Rory McGill, Lois Orton, Helen Bromley, Francesco P Cappuccio, Simon Capewell
BACKGROUND: Non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention strategies now prioritise four major risk factors: food, tobacco, alcohol and physical activity. Dietary salt intake remains much higher than recommended, increasing blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stomach cancer. Substantial reductions in salt intake are therefore urgently needed. However, the debate continues about the most effective approaches. To inform future prevention programmes, we systematically reviewed the evidence on the effectiveness of possible salt reduction interventions...
2017: PloS One
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