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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231339/limits-of-use-of-social-media-for-monitoring-biosecurity-events
#1
Marijke Welvaert, Omar Al-Ghattas, Mark Cameron, Peter Caley
Compared to applications that trigger massive information streams, like earthquakes and human disease epidemics, the data input for agricultural and environmental biosecurity events (ie. the introduction of unwanted exotic pests and pathogens), is expected to be sparse and less frequent. To investigate if Twitter data can be useful for the detection and monitoring of biosecurity events, we adopted a three-step process. First, we confirmed that sightings of two migratory species, the Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa) and the Common Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) are reported on Twitter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230566/the-effect-of-preoperative-phenazopyridine-on-urinary-retention-following-midurethral-sling
#2
Omar Felipe Dueñas-Garcia, Tania Sierra, Erica Nicasio, Katherine Leung, Cynthia D Hall, Michael K Flynn
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of preoperative oral phenazopyridine on short-term voiding dysfunction in patients undergoing a retropubic midurethral sling. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study in subjects undergoing a retropubic midurethral sling comparing those who received preoperative oral phenazopyridine with those who did not. We included all women who underwent a retropubic midurethral sling without concomitant procedures under general anesthesia at our institution...
February 23, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230264/isolated-aneurysms-of-the-membranous-ventricular-septum-without-residual-shunts-systematic-review-and-description-of-3-cases-in-adults
#3
REVIEW
Ali Abdul Jabbar, Omar Mufti, Wojciech Mazur, Muhammad Bilal Quraishi, Bal K Srivastava, Vijay Tivakaran
A ventricular septal defect is the most common congenital cardiac abnormality encountered in infants and children. Many of them survive through adulthood before diagnosis. Two-thirds of the cases involve the membranous part of the septum. In the absence of an interventricular shunt or concomitant cardiac surgery, guidelines for surgical intervention or resection of isolated aneurysms of the membranous septum are not well established. In this report, we discuss a multi-imaging modality approach for the diagnosis and assessment of membranous ventricular septal aneurysms and review the experts' consensuses for follow-up and treatment strategies...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230058/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-is-subjected-to-glucose-modification-and-oxidation-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#4
Omar Kassaar, Marta Pereira Morais, Suying Xu, Emily L Adam, Rosemary C Chamberlain, Bryony Jenkins, Tony James, Paul T Francis, Stephen Ward, Robert J Williams, Jean van den Elsen
Glucose and glucose metabolites are able to adversely modify proteins through a non-enzymatic reaction called glycation, which is associated with the pathology of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and is a characteristic of the hyperglycaemia induced by diabetes. However, the precise protein glycation profile that characterises AD is poorly defined and the molecular link between hyperglycaemia and AD is unknown. In this study, we define an early glycation profile of human brain using fluorescent phenylboronate gel electrophoresis and identify early glycation and oxidation of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in AD brain...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229567/repeated-sprint-training-in-the-fasted-state-during-ramadan-morning-or-evening-training
#5
Asma Aloui, Tarak Driss, Hana Baklouti, Hamdi Jaafar, Omar Hammouda, Karim Chamari, Nizar Souissi
BACKGROUND: The present study assessed the optimal moment-of-day for repeated-sprint training in the fasted state during Ramadan. METHODS: Thirty amateur soccer players were randomly assigned to a morning training group (MTG, training at ~08:00 a.m., n = 10), an evening training group (ETG, training at ~06:00 p.m., n = 10), and a control group (n = 10). Training sessions, conducted on alternate days, consisted of 3 sets of 6 × 40-m shuttle sprints (2 × 20 m with 180° direction changes)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229452/expression-levels-of-transcription-factor-pu-1-and-interleukin-9-in-atopic-dermatitis-and-their-relation-to-disease-severity-and-eruption-types
#6
Ashraf M Hamza, Salma S Omar, Reham A H Abo El-Wafa, Marwa J Elatrash
BACKGROUND: The role of immunological factors in atopic dermatitis (AD) pathogenesis is well established. T-helper (TH) cells are central in AD pathogenesis. A relatively new subset of T cells, Th9 cells, was shown to be involved in the development of allergic asthma and allergic rhinitis, while its role in AD is still to be investigated. This study aimed to measure gene expression levels of interleukin-9 (IL-9) and PU.1, and to examine relationships with disease severity, serum IgE, and eruption types in AD patients...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228924/prevalence-of-muscular-sarcosporidiosis-in-slaughtered-domestic-pigs-in-perak-peninsular-malaysia
#7
Fazly Ann Zainalabidin, Muhamad Syamsul Naim Noorazmi, Wan Normaziah Wan Omar Bakri, Geethamalar Sathaya, Mohd Iswadi Ismail
Sarcosporidiosis is a disease caused by intracellular protozoan parasites, namely, Sarcocystis spp. In pigs, three species of Sarcocystis spp. have been recognised, including Sarcocystis meischeriana, Sarcocystis porcifelis and Sarcocystis suihominis. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of muscular sarcosporidiosis in pigs using the pepsin digestion technique. A total of 150 fresh heart, oesophagus and thigh muscle samples from 50 Yorkshire and Landrace pigs were collected from two local abattoirs in Perak from May to August 2014...
January 2017: Tropical Life Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228921/scuttle-flies-diptera-phoridae-inhabiting-rabbit-carcasses-confined-to-plastic-waste-bins-in-malaysia-include-new-records-and-an-undescribed-species
#8
Raja M Zuha, See Huong-Wen, R Henry L Disney, Baharudin Omar
Scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae) are small-sized insects of forensic importance. They are well known for diversified species and habitats, but in the context of forensic entomology, scuttle flies' inhabitance of corpses remains inadequately explored. With recent reports indicating the existence of more scuttle fly species possibly inhabiting these environments, a decomposition study using animal carcasses in enclosed environments was conducted. The aim was to record the occurrence of scuttle flies on rabbit carcasses placed in sealed plastic waste bins for a 40-day period...
January 2017: Tropical Life Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228256/first-breath-induced-type-2-pathways-shape-the-lung-immune-environment
#9
Simona Saluzzo, Anna-Dorothea Gorki, Batika M J Rana, Rui Martins, Seth Scanlon, Philipp Starkl, Karin Lakovits, Anastasiya Hladik, Ana Korosec, Omar Sharif, Joanna M Warszawska, Helen Jolin, Ildiko Mesteri, Andrew N J McKenzie, Sylvia Knapp
From birth onward, the lungs are exposed to the external environment and therefore harbor a complex immunological milieu to protect this organ from damage and infection. We investigated the homeostatic role of the epithelium-derived alarmin interleukin-33 (IL-33) in newborn mice and discovered the immediate upregulation of IL-33 from the first day of life, closely followed by a wave of IL-13-producing type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s), which coincided with the appearance of alveolar macrophages (AMs) and their early polarization to an IL-13-dependent anti-inflammatory M2 phenotype...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227997/an-autoclavable-wireless-palpation-instrument-for-minimally-invasive-surgery
#10
Anish S Naidu, Abelardo Escoto, Omar Fahmy, Rajni V Patel, Michael D Naish, Anish S Naidu, Abelardo Escoto, Omar Fahmy, Rajni V Patel, Michael D Naish, Abelardo Escoto, Omar Fahmy, Michael D Naish, Anish S Naidu, Rajni V Patel
Minimally invasive surgery prevents surgeons from manually palpating organs to locate subsurface tumors and other structures. One solution is to use ultrasound; however, it is not always reliable. Various minimally invasive surgery instruments that provide tactile feedback have been proposed to augment ultrasound sensing for tumor localization; however, current designs have limitations such as cumbersome wiring, difficulty in manipulation, lack of sterilizability and high cost. This paper presents a novel, autoclavable, wireless, hand-held palpation instrument that uses a custom, low-cost, disposable tactile sensor to provide tactile and kinesthetic force feedback...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227928/pca-criterion-for-svm-mlp-classifier-for-flavivirus-biomarker-from-salivary-sers-spectra-at-febrile-stage
#11
A R M Radzol, Khuan Y Lee, W Mansor, I S Omar, A R M Radzol, Khuan Y Lee, W Mansor, I S Omar, Khuan Y Lee, A R M Radzol, I S Omar, W Mansor
Non-structural protein (NS1) has been conceded as one of the biomarkers for flavivirus that causes diseases with life threatening consequences. NS1 is an antigen that allows detection of the illness at febrile stage, mostly from blood samples currently. Our work here intends to define an optimum model for PCA-SVM with MLP kernel for classification of flavivirus biomarker, NS1 molecule, from SERS spectra of saliva, which to the best of our knowledge has never been explored. Since performance of the model depends on the PCA criterion and MLP parameters, both are examined in tandem...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227635/identifying-the-number-and-location-of-body-worn-sensors-to-accurately-classify-walking-transferring-and-sedentary-activities
#12
Omar Aziz, Stephen N Robinovitch, Edward J Park, Omar Aziz, Stephen N Robinovitch, Edward J Park, Omar Aziz, Edward J Park, Stephen N Robinovitch
In order to perform fall risk assessments using wearable inertial sensors in older adults in their natural settings where falls are likely to occur, a first step is to automatically segment and classify sensor signals of human movements into the known `activities of interest'. Sensor data from such activities can later be used through quantitative and qualitative analysis for differentiating fallers from non-fallers. In this study, ten young adults participated in experimental trials involving several variations of walking, transferring and sedentary activities...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227514/preparation-of-a-neural-electrode-implantation-device-for-in-vivo-surgical-use
#13
Omar Tawakol, Samuel D Bredeson, Philip R Troyk, Omar Tawakol, Samuel D Bredeson, Philip R Troyk, Samuel D Bredeson, Omar Tawakol, Philip R Troyk
An instrument designed for the implantation of neural electrode array devices has been refined in preparation for use in cortical implantation procedures in non-human primates. This instrument has undergone extensive testing to ensure its successful first use in a live surgical setting. This work describes the modifications made to the instrument and the testing performed on it during that preparatory period as well as planned future modifications and augmentations.
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226893/reducing-the-effect-of-parasitic-capacitance-on-implantable-passive-resonant-sensors
#14
John F Drazan, Omar T Abdoun, Michael T Wassick, George A Marcus, Reena Dahle, Luke A Beardslee, Nathaniel C Cady, Eric H Ledet, John F Drazan, Omar T Abdoun, Michael T Wassick, George A Marcus, Reena Dahle, Luke A Beardslee, Nathaniel C Cady, Eric H Ledet, John F Drazan, Reena Dahle, Eric H Ledet, George A Marcus, Omar T Abdoun, Luke A Beardslee, Michael T Wassick, Nathaniel C Cady
Passive, LC resonators have the potential to serve as small, robust, low cost, implantable sensors to wirelessly monitor implants following orthopedic surgery. One significant barrier to using LC sensors is the influence on the sensor's resonance of the surrounding conductive high permittivity media in vivo. The surrounding media can detune the resonant frequency of the LC sensor resulting in a bias. To mitigate the effects of the surrounding media, we added a "capping layer" to LC sensors to isolate them from the surrounding media...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226335/repeated-quantitative-urine-toxicology-analysis-may-improve-chronic-pain-patient-compliance-with-opioid-therapy
#15
Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, Omar M Khan, Afsaneh Beiranvand, Kenneth D Candido
BACKGROUND: Even though serious efforts have been undertaken by different medical societies to reduce opioid use for treating chronic benign pain, many Americans continue to seek pain relief through opioid consumption. Assuring compliance of these patients may be a difficult aspect of proper management even with regular behavioral monitoring. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to accurately assess the compliance of chronic opioid-consuming patients in an outpatient setting and evaluate if utilizing repeated urine drug testing (UDT) could improve compliance...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225610/intramolecular-energy-and-electron-transfer-within-a-diazaperopyrenium-based-cyclophane
#16
Xirui Gong, Ryan M Young, Karel J Hartlieb, Claire Miller, Yilei Wu, Hai Xiao, Peng Li, Nema Hafezi, Jiawang Zhou, Lin Ma, Tao Cheng, William A Goddard, Omar K Farha, Joseph T Hupp, Michael R Wasielewski, J Fraser Stoddart
Molecules capable of performing highly efficient energy transfer and ultrafast photo-induced electron transfer in well-defined multichromophoric structures are indispensable to the development of artificial photosynthetic systems. Herein, we report on the synthesis, characterization and photophysical properties of a rationally designed multichromophoric tetracationic cyclophane, DAPPBox(4+), containing a diazaperopyrenium (DAPP(2+)) unit and an extended viologen (ExBIPY(2+)) unit, which are linked together by two p-xylylene bridges...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225256/analysis-and-control-of-chain-mobility-in-protein-hydrogels
#17
Peter B Rapp, Ahmad K Omar, Jeff J Shen, Maren E Buck, Zhen-Gang Wang, David A Tirrell
Coiled-coil domains can direct the assembly of protein block copolymers into physically crosslinked, viscoelastic hydrogels. Here we describe the use of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) to probe chain mobility in reversible hydrogels assembled from engineered proteins bearing terminal coiled-coil domains. We show that chain mobility can be related to the underlying dynamics of the coiled-coil domains by application of a 3-state "hopping" model of chain migration. We further show that genetic programming allows the effective mobility of network chains to be varied 500-fold through modest changes in protein sequence...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225216/the-multiple-consultant-report-new-assessment-same-old-problems
#18
Omar Mukhtar, Jessica Griffin, Salma Naheed, Catherine Bryant
BACKGROUND: In December 2013 the Multiple Consultant Report (MCR) was introduced as an assessment tool for junior doctors (i.e. doctors below specialist status) in the UK, including those undertaking core medical training (CMT). It aims to capture the views of consultant supervisors about a doctor's clinical performance. OBJECTIVE: Despite the mandatory nature of the MCR there is no published academic evaluation of this tool as an assessment of, or for, learning...
February 22, 2017: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225207/ultrahigh-carrier-mobility-achieved-in-photoresponsive-hybrid-perovskite-films-via-coupling-with-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes
#19
Feng Li, Hong Wang, Dominik Kufer, Liangliang Liang, Weili Yu, Erkki Alarousu, Chun Ma, Yangyang Li, Zhixiong Liu, Changxu Liu, Nini Wei, Fei Wang, Lang Chen, Omar F Mohammed, Andrea Fratalocchi, Xiaogang Liu, Gerasimos Konstantatos, Tom Wu
Organolead trihalide perovskites have drawn substantial interest for photovoltaic and optoelectronic applications due to their remarkable physical properties and low processing cost. However, perovskite thin films suffer from low carrier mobility as a result of their structural imperfections such as grain boundaries and pinholes, limiting their device performance and application potential. Here we demonstrate a simple and straightforward synthetic strategy based on coupling perovskite films with embedded single-walled carbon nanotubes...
February 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224792/patterned-polymer-coatings-increase-the-efficiency-of-dew-harvesting
#20
Omar Al-Khayat, Jun Ki Hong, David M Beck, Andrew I Minett, Chiara Neto
Micro-patterned polymer surfaces, possessing both topographical and chemical characteristics, were used to capture atmospheric water. The micro-patterns mimic the structure on the back of a desert beetle that condenses water from air in a very dry environment. The patterned coatings were prepared by the dewetting of thin films of poly-4-vinylpyridine (P4VP) on top of polystyrene films (PS) films, upon solvent annealing, and consist of raised hydrophilic bumps on a hydrophobic background. The size and density distribution of the hydrophilic bumps could be tuned widely by tuning the initial thickness of the P4VP films: the diameter of the produced bumps and their height could be varied by almost two order of magnitude (1 µm - 80 µm, and 40 nm - 9000 nm, respectively), and their distribution density could be varied by 5 orders of magnitude...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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