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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087990/the-modification-of-onsager-reaction-field-and-its-application-on-spectral-parameters
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Xinyu Wang, Rina Dao, Jia Yao, De Peng, Haoran Li
Solvent polarity is an important solvent property. The Onsager's theory of reaction field was the most classic model to describe the solvent effects and was widely used in relating dielectric constant and other solvent polarity parameters. In this study, a modified semi-empirical reaction field was presented to relate electron transition energies or hyperfine coupling constants with the dielectric constants of solvents. In previous works, this relationship was well established by traditional Onsager reaction field for non-hydrogen bonding systems but failed for hydrogen bonding systems...
January 14, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081527/enhanced-microalgal-biomass-and-lipid-production-from-a-consortium-of-indigenous-microalgae-and-bacteria-present-in-municipal-wastewater-under-gradually-mixotrophic-culture-conditions
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Hyun Uk Cho, Young Mo Kim, Jong Moon Park
The goal of this study was to investigate the influences of gradually mixotrophic culture conditions on microalgal biomass and lipid production by a consortium of indigenous microalgae and bacteria present in raw municipal wastewater. Lab-scale photobioreactors containing the consortium were operated in repeated batch mode. Initial cultivation (phase I) was performed using only the municipal wastewater, then 10% and 25% of the reactor volumes were replaced with the effluent from a sewage sludge fermentation system producing volatile fatty acids (SSFV) at the beginnings of phase II and phase III, respectively...
December 25, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078708/blood-vessel-formation-during-tail-regeneration-in-the-leopard-gecko-eublepharis-macularius-the-blastema-is-not-avascular
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Samantha L Payne, Hanna M Peacock, Matthew K Vickaryous
Unique among amniotes, many lizards are able to self-detach (autotomize) their tail and then regenerate a replacement. Tail regeneration involves the formation of a blastema, an accumulation of proliferating cells at the site of autotomy. Over time, cells of the blastema give rise to most of the tissues in the replacement tail. In non-amniotes capable of regenerating (such as urodeles and some teleost fish), the blastema is reported to be essentially avascular until tissue differentiation takes place. For tail regenerating lizards less is known...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077884/chemical-vs-physical-acceleration-of-cement-hydration
#4
Dale P Bentz, Franco Zunino, Didier Lootens
Cold weather concreting often requires the use of chemical accelerators to speed up the hydration reactions of the cement, so that setting and early-age strength development will occur in a timely manner. While calcium chloride (dihydrate - CaCl2·2H2O) is the most commonly used chemical accelerator, recent research using fine limestone powders has indicated their high proficiency for physically accelerating early-age hydration and reducing setting times. This paper presents a comparative study of the efficiency of these two approaches in accelerating hydration (as assessed via isothermal calorimetry), reducing setting times (Vicat needle), and increasing early-age mortar cube strength (1 d and 7 d)...
November 2016: Concr Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076618/aortic-valve-replacement-treatment-by-sternotomy-versus-minimally-invasive-approach
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Renata Tosoni Rodrigues Ferreira, Roberto Rocha E Silva, Evaldo Marchi
Objective: To compare the results of aortic valve replacement with access by sternotomy or minimally invasive approach. Methods: Retrospective analysis of medical records of 37 patients undergoing aortic valve replacement by sternotomy or minimally invasive approach, with emphasis on the comparison of time of cardiopulmonary bypass and aortic clamping, volume of surgical bleeding, time of mechanical ventilation, need for blood transfusion, incidence of atrial fibrillation, length of stay in intensive care unit, time of hospital discharge, short-term mortality and presence of surgical wound infection...
November 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076295/convolutive-blind-source-separation-of-surface-emg-measurements-of-the-respiratory-muscles
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Eike Petersen, Herbert Buchner, Marcus Eger, Philipp Rostalski
Electromyography (EMG) has long been used for the assessment of muscle function and activity and has recently been applied to the control of medical ventilation. For this application, the EMG signal is usually recorded invasively by means of electrodes on a nasogastric tube which is placed inside the esophagus in order to minimize noise and crosstalk from other muscles. Replacing these invasive measurements with an EMG signal obtained non-invasively on the body surface is difficult and requires techniques for signal separation in order to reconstruct the contributions of the individual respiratory muscles...
January 11, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073791/rapid-deployment-aortic-replacement-radar-registry-in-spain-a-protocol
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Victor Bautista-Hernandez, Natalia Cal-Purriños, Jose M Arribas-Leal, Manuel Carnero-Alcazar, Jose F Gutierrez-Diez, Jose J Cuenca-Castillo
INTRODUCTION: Rapid deployment valves (RDV) represent a newly introduced approach to aortic valve replacement which facilitates surgical implantation and minimally invasive techniques, shortens surgical times and shows excellent haemodynamic performance. However, evidence on their safety, efficacy and potential complications is mostly fitted with small-volume and retrospective studies. Moreover, no current guidelines exist. To improve our knowledge on this technology, The Rapid Deployment Aortic Replacement (RADAR) Registry will be established across Spain with the aim of assessing RDV outcomes in the real-world setting...
January 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071024/effect-of-barley-%C3%AE-glucan-addition-as-a-fat-replacer-on-muffin-quality
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Sylwia Onacik-Gür, Anna Żbikowska, Ewa Kapler, Hanna Kowalska
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to perform the partial replacement of bakery fat with barley β-glucan in muffins and to determine its effect on the physical properties of products. Most shortenings used in the industry are solid fats rich in saturated fatty acids and often trans fatty isomers, which are nutritionally unfavorable. METHODS: Dough and baked muffins were used as the research material. Five muffin recipes were prepared: control (K0%) with 16% fat content in the total dough weight, with fat content decreased by 10% (PG10%), 15% (PG15%), 20% (PG20%) and 25% (PG25%)...
July 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070229/novel-device-for-removal-of-blot-clot-obstructions-in-drainage-tubes
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Scott M Thompson, Cornelius A Thiels, Johnathon M Aho
Medical drains frequently become obstructed requiring removal or re-intervention. Currently, there is no widely accepted practice for maintaining drain patency. A simple device to remove obstructions from medical drains may have significant benefit. We manufactured a prototype drain clot extractor (DCE) for extracting obstructions. Fresh nonanticoagulated swine blood was instilled within drainage tubes of 16, 20, and 32 French (n = 2 for each size) to generate a 4 cm blood clot. The operator was then equipped with a 0...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069851/less-intense-postacute-care-better-outcomes-for-enrollees-in-medicare-advantage-than-those-in-fee-for-service
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Peter J Huckfeldt, José J Escarce, Brendan Rabideau, Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Neeraj Sood
Traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare's prospective payment systems for postacute care provide little incentive to coordinate care or control costs. In contrast, Medicare Advantage plans pay for postacute care out of monthly capitated payments and thus have stronger incentives to use it efficiently. We compared the use of postacute care in skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation facilities by enrollees in Medicare Advantage and FFS Medicare after hospital discharge for three high-volume conditions: lower extremity joint replacement, stroke, and heart failure...
January 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068488/side-streams-of-plant-food-processing-as-a-source-of-valuable-compounds-selected-examples
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Andreas Schieber
Industrial processing of plant-derived raw materials generates enormous amounts of by-products. On one hand, these by-products constitute a serious disposal issue because they often emerge seasonally and are prone to microbial decay. On the other hand, they are an abundant source of valuable compounds, in particular secondary plant metabolites and cell wall materials, which may be recovered and used to functionalize foods and replace synthetic additives with ingredients of natural origin. This review covers 150 references and presents select studies performed between 2001 and 2016 on the recovery, characterization, and application of valuable constituents from grape pomace, apple pomace, potato peels, tomato pomace, carrot pomace, onion peels, by-products of citrus, mango, banana, and pineapple processing, side streams of olive oil production, and cereal by-products...
January 4, 2017: Annual Review of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068316/scalable-whole-genome-single-cell-library-preparation-without-preamplification
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Hans Zahn, Adi Steif, Emma Laks, Peter Eirew, Michael VanInsberghe, Sohrab P Shah, Samuel Aparicio, Carl L Hansen
Single-cell genomics is critical for understanding cellular heterogeneity in cancer, but existing library preparation methods are expensive, require sample preamplification and introduce coverage bias. Here we describe direct library preparation (DLP), a robust, scalable, and high-fidelity method that uses nanoliter-volume transposition reactions for single-cell whole-genome library preparation without preamplification. We examined 782 cells from cell lines and triple-negative breast xenograft tumors. Low-depth sequencing, compared with existing methods, revealed greater coverage uniformity and more reliable detection of copy-number alterations...
January 9, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067250/promotion-of-natural-tooth-repair-by-small-molecule-gsk3-antagonists
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Vitor C M Neves, Rebecca Babb, Dhivya Chandrasekaran, Paul T Sharpe
The restoration of dentine lost in deep caries lesions in teeth is a routine and common treatment that involves the use of inorganic cements based on calcium or silicon-based mineral aggregates. Such cements remain in the tooth and fail to degrade and thus normal mineral volume is never completely restored. Here we describe a novel, biological approach to dentine restoration that stimulates the natural formation of reparative dentine via the mobilisation of resident stem cells in the tooth pulp. Biodegradable, clinically-approved collagen sponges are used to deliver low doses of small molecule glycogen synthase kinase (GSK-3) antagonists that promote the natural processes of reparative dentine formation to completely restore dentine...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066690/high-power-365-nm-uv-led-mercury-arc-lamp-replacement-for-photochemistry-and-chemical-photolithography
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K Hölz, J Lietard, M M Somoza
Ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV LEDs) have become widespread in chemical research as highly efficient light sources for photochemistry and photopolymerization. However, in more complex experimental setups requiring highly concentrated light and highly spatially resolved patterning of the light, high-pressure mercury arc lamps are still widely used because they emit intense UV light from a compact arc volume that can be efficiently coupled into optical systems. Advances in the deposition and p-type doping of gallium nitride have recently permitted the manufacture of UV LEDs capable of replacing mercury arc lamps also in these applications...
January 3, 2017: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064036/effects-of-specimen-size-and-mix-ratio-on-the-nickel-migration-behavior-of-landfill-waste-mixed-mortar
#15
M Aminul Haque
Landfill solid waste management system poses the potential source of silent wide-spread heavy metals like nickel poisoning in the entire ecosystem of nearby environment. Nickel containing demolish solid wastes are disposed at landfill zones to a great extent from where nickel migrate into the food chain through the surface water body as well as groundwater. Consequently, nickel exposure may cause different environmental problems. From this sense, it may be an attractive proposal to recycle the waste as a sustainable product...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063033/reproducibility-issues-avoiding-pitfalls-in-animal-inflammation-models
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Jon D Laman, Susanne M Kooistra, Björn E Clausen
In light of an enhanced awareness of ethical questions and ever increasing costs when working with animals in biomedical research, there is a dedicated and sometimes fierce debate concerning the (lack of) reproducibility of animal models and their relevance for human inflammatory diseases. Despite evident advancements in searching for alternatives, that is, replacing, reducing, and refining animal experiments-the three R's of Russel and Burch (1959)-understanding the complex interactions of the cells of the immune system, the nervous system and the affected tissue/organ during inflammation critically relies on in vivo models...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060961/pilot-study-estimation-of-stroke-volume-and-cardiac-output-from-pulse-wave-velocity
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Yurie Obata, Maki Mizogami, Daniel Nyhan, Dan E Berkowitz, Jochen Steppan, Viachaslau Barodka
BACKGROUND: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is increasingly replacing thermodilution pulmonary artery catheters to assess hemodynamics in patients at high risk for cardiovascular morbidity. However, one of the drawbacks of TEE compared to pulmonary artery catheters is the inability to measure real time stroke volume (SV) and cardiac output (CO) continuously. The aim of the present proof of concept study was to validate a novel method of SV estimation, based on pulse wave velocity (PWV) in patients undergoing cardiac surgery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060125/massive-mesenteric-lymphadenopathy-causing-protein-losing-enteropathy-in-gaucher-disease
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Ewan A Simpson, Matthew R F Jaring, Savvas Andronikou
Protein-losing enteropathy due to massive mesenteric lymphadenopathy is a rare complication of Gaucher disease which is generally refractory to treatment with enzyme replacement and substrate reduction therapies. It is postulated that lymph nodes may act as a "sanctuary site" into which these treatments cannot penetrate. We present the case of a male child with Gaucher disease who developed massive mesenteric lymph nodes despite otherwise successful treatment with enzyme replacement therapy, and subsequently developed protein-losing enteropathy...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059581/hot-and-cold-drugs-national-park-service-medication-stability-at-the-extremes-of-temperature
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Patil Armenian, Danielle Campagne, Geoff Stroh, Crystal Ives Tallman, William Z D Zeng, Thomas Lin, Roy R Gerona
STUDY OBJECTIVE: National Park Service (NPS) Parkmedics provide medical care in austere environments. The objective of this study was to evaluate the stability of specific medications used by Parkmedics at extremes of temperatures likely to be faced in the field. METHODS: This is a bench research study conducted in the laboratory setting over a 4-week period. Parenteral medications were separated into 4 temperature exposure groups: A) 45°C (hot); B) -20°C (cold); C) hot then cold temperatures alternating weekly; and D) cold then hot temperatures alternating weekly...
January 6, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058547/effect-of-thyroid-remnant-volume-on-the-risk-of-hypothyroidism-after-hemithyroidectomy-a-prospective-study
#20
Brian Hung-Hin Lang, Carlos K H Wong, Kai Pun Wong, Kelvin Ka-Wan Chu, Tony W H Shek
BACKGROUND: Hypothyroidism is a common sequel after a hemithyroidectomy. Although various risk factors leading to hypothyroidism have been reported, the effect of the contralateral lobe's volume has been understudied. This study aimed to examine the association between the preoperative contralateral lobe's volume and the risk of postoperative hypothyroidism. METHODS: During a 2-year period, 150 eligible patients undergoing a hemithyroidectomy were evaluated. The volume of the contralateral nonexcised lobe was estimated preoperatively by independent assessors on ultrasonography using the following formula: width (in cm) × depth (in cm) × length (in cm) × (π/6), adjusted for the body surface area (BSA)...
January 5, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
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