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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431465/photovoltaic-properties-and-ultrafast-plasmon-relaxation-dynamics-of-diamond-like-carbon-nanocomposite-films-with-embedded-ag-nanoparticles
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Šarūnas Meškinis, Domantas Peckus, Andrius Vasiliauskas, Arvydas Čiegis, Rimantas Gudaitis, Tomas Tamulevičius, Iryna Yaremchuk, Sigitas Tamulevičius
Ultrafast relaxation dynamics of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films with embedded Ag nanoparticles (DLC:Ag) and photovoltaic properties of heterojunctions consisting of DLC:Ag and crystalline silicon (DLC:Ag/Si) were investigated by means of transient absorption (TAS) spectroscopy and photovoltaic measurements. The heterojunctions using both p type and n type silicon were studied. It was found that TAS spectra of DLC:Ag films were dependent on the used excitation wavelength. At wavelengths where Ag nanoparticles absorbed light most intensively, only DLC signal was registered...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431449/peripheral-and-central-glucocorticoid-signaling-contributes-to-positive-energy-balance-in-rats
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Tássia Karin Borba, Lígia Cristina Monteiro Galindo, Kelli Nogueira Ferraz-Pereira, Raquel da Silva Aragão, Ana Elisa Toscano, Omar Guzmán-Quevedo, Raul Manhães-de-Castro
The obesity epidemic has been the target of several studies to understand its etiology. The pathophysiological processes that take to obesity generally relate to the rupture of energy balance. This imbalance can result from environmental and/or endogenous events. Among the endogenous events, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which promotes stress response via glucocorticoid activity, is considered a modulator of energy balance. However, it remains controversial whether the increase in plasma levels of glucocorticoids results in a positive or negative energy balance...
April 21, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431410/gravity-stress-radiographs-and-the-effect-of-ankle-position-on-deltoid-ligament-integrity-and-medial-clear-space-measurements
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Ali Ashraf, Jacob Murphree, Eric Wait, Travis Winston, Adam Wooldridge, Matthew Meriwether, Joshua Wilson, Jerry S Grimes
INTRODUCTION: External rotation and gravity stress radiographs have been described to distinguish stable supination-external rotation-II (SER-II) ankle fractures from unstable SER-IV fractures. It has been previously shown that both external rotation and gravity stress views are equivalent in their ability to diagnose deltoid ligament injury. It has also been shown that the position of the ankle influences the external rotation stress radiograph. However, no data of ankle position exist for gravity stress radiographs...
May 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431406/erk-expression-and-its-correlation-with-stat1-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Hu Wang, Ying Zhang, Hailong Yun, Shubiao Chen, Yelong Chen, Zhaoyong Liu
BACKGROUND: Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is one of leading causes of cancer-related deaths in Chaoshan region a high-risk region for esophageal cancer. Extracellular regulated protein kinases (ERK) usually play an important role in cell proliferation and differentiation. However, accumulating evidence has shown that the ERK was aberrantly expressed in cancers and correlated with STAT1 depression. RESULTS: The activated ERK downregulates STAT1 expression in ESCC cell lines and U0126 increases expression of STAT1...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431401/combined-efficacy-of-c-reactive-protein-and-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-in-prognosis-of-patients-with-culture-negative-infective-endocarditis
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Xue-Biao Wei, Yuan-Hui Liu, Peng-Cheng He, Ying-Ling Zhou, Ning Tan, Ji-Yan Chen, Dan-Qing Yu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the combined effect of C-reactive protein (CRP) and red blood cell distribution width (RDW) on the prediction of in-hospital and long-term poor outcomes in patients with blood culture-negative infective endocarditis (BCNE). RESULTS: Patients with high CRP and high RDW has the highest incidence of in-hospital death (2.3% vs. 7.8% vs. 5.6% vs. 17.5%, P < 0.001). CRP > 17.8 mg/L (odds ratio [OR]=2.41, 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.06-5...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431379/the-effects-of-maternal-and-children-phthalate-exposure-on-the-neurocognitive-function-of-6-year-old-children
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Johanna Inhyang Kim, Yun-Chul Hong, Choong Ho Shin, Young Ah Lee, Youn-Hee Lim, Bung-Nyun Kim
The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of phthalate exposure on the intelligence and attentional performance of 6-year old children when adjusting each other as covariates. We also investigated the differential effects of phthalate exposure on the intelligence and attention according to exposure period (maternal or children). Urine concentrations of mono-(2-ethyl-5-hydroxyhexyl) phthalate (MEHHP), mono-(2-ethyl-5-oxohexyl) phthalate (MEOHP), and mono-n-butyl phthalate (MBP) were analyzed...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431368/correlates-of-perceived-stigma-for-people-living-with-epilepsy-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Ying Shi, Shouqi Wang, Jie Ying, Meiling Zhang, Pengcheng Liu, Huanhuan Zhang, Jiao Sun
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy, one of the most common, serious chronic neurological diseases, is accompanied by different levels of perceived stigma that affects people in almost all age groups. This stigma can negatively impact the physical and mental health of people living with epilepsy (PLWE). Good knowledge of perceived stigma for PLWE is important. In this study, we conducted a meta-analysis to identify the correlates of perceived stigma for PLWE. METHODS: Studies on factors associated with perceived stigma for PLWE, including sociodemographic, psychosocial, and disease-related variables, were searched in PubMed, PsychINFO, EMBASE, and Web of Science...
April 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431365/attitudes-towards-people-with-epilepsy-in-moscow
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Alla Guekht, Anna Gersamiya, Igor Kaimovskiy, Maria Mizinova, Alexander Yakovlev, Alexander Shpak
PURPOSE: To assess the knowledge and attitudes in Moscow towards people with epilepsy (PWE). METHODS: Data were collected from 1167 adults, permanent residents of Moscow, who were interviewed. A 10-item questionnaire was used addressing three major domains: familiarity with epilepsy (2 questions), understanding of epilepsy (5 questions), and attitude towards the PWE (3 questions). Results were standardized to the Moscow population. RESULTS: The study population was generally well informed about epilepsy...
April 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431364/the-humanistic-and-economic-burden-of-dravet-syndrome-on-caregivers-and-families-implications-for-future-research
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REVIEW
Mark P Jensen, Andreas Brunklaus, Liam Dorris, Sameer M Zuberi, Kelly G Knupp, Bradley S Galer, Arnold R Gammaitoni
We reviewed the current literature with respect to the humanistic and financial burdens of Dravet Syndrome (DS) on the caregivers of children with DS, in order to (1) identify key unanswered questions or gaps in knowledge that need to be addressed and then, based on these knowledge gaps, (2) propose a research agenda for the scientific community to address in the coming decade. The findings support the conclusion that caring for a child with DS is associated with significant humanistic burden and direct costs...
April 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431345/insights-into-targeting-young-male-drivers-with-anti-speeding-advertising-an-application-of-the-step-approach-to-message-design-and-testing-satmdt
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I Lewis, K M White, B Ho, B Elliott, B Watson
In Australia, young drivers aged 17-25 years comprise 13% of the population yet account for 22% of all road deaths with young males over-represented in such trauma. Speeding represents a major contributing factor and advertising campaigns have long focused on promoting anti-speeding messages in the effort to reduce drivers' speeds. Positioned within a larger program of research aimed at developing, piloting, and evaluating a range of theoretically-informed anti-speeding messages, the current study reports results relating to the final phase of the research, the evaluation...
April 18, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431310/characterization-of-bacterial-communities-of-donkey-milk-by-high-throughput-sequencing
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Maria de Los Dolores Soto Del Rio, Alessandra Dalmasso, Tiziana Civera, Maria Teresa Bottero
The interest in donkey milk (DM) is growing because of its functional properties and nutritional value, especially for children with allergies and food intolerances. However, most of the available reports of DM microbiota are based on culture-dependent methods to investigate food safety issues and the presence of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). The aim of this study was to determine the composition of DM bacterial communities using a high-throughput sequencing (HTS) approach. Bulk milk samples from Italian donkey dairy farms from two consecutive years were analysed using the MiSeq Illumina platform...
March 30, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431302/quality-of-life-in-survivors-of-oropharyngeal-cancer-a%C3%A2-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-1366-patients
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REVIEW
Sanne Høxbroe Michaelsen, Christian Grønhøj, Jacob Høxbroe Michaelsen, Jeppe Friborg, Christian von Buchwald
Human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) is rapidly increasing in incidence and has a favourable prognosis compared with HPV-negative disease. Current combined therapies include significant risks of morbidity for the growing group of survivors. This systematic review and meta-analysis investigates how treatment affects quality of life (QoL) in survivors of oropharyngeal cancer. PubMed, EMBASE and the Cochrane Library were systematically searched for all studies reporting patient-assessed QoL at least 1 year after treatment for OPC...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431281/dengue-virus-replicates-and-accumulates-in-aedes-aegypti-salivary-glands
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Vincent Raquin, Louis Lambrechts
Dengue virus (DENV) is an RNA virus transmitted among humans by mosquito vectors, mainly Aedes aegypti. DENV transmission requires viral dissemination from the mosquito midgut to the salivary glands. During this process the virus undergoes several population bottlenecks, which are stochastic reductions in population size that restrict intra-host viral genetic diversity and limit the efficiency of natural selection. Despite the implications for virus transmission and evolution, DENV replication in salivary glands has not been directly demonstrated...
April 18, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431278/intranasal-oxytocin-does-not-modulate-jumping-to-conclusions-in-schizophrenia-potential-interactions-with-caudate-volume-and-baseline-social-functioning
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Fernando Caravaggio, Philip Gerretsen, Wanna Mar, Jun Ku Chung, Eric Plitman, Shinichiro Nakajima, Julia Kim, Yusuke Iwata, Raihaan Patel, M Mallar Chakravarty, Gary Remington, Ariel Graff-Guerrero, Mahesh Menon
BACKGROUND: Patients with schizophrenia (SCZ) tend to sample less information when making a decision, jumping to conclusions (JTC) without sufficient evidence. This "JTC bias" may be a trait marker of the disease and may not improve with antipsychotic treatment. We conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to test whether intranasal oxytocin could reduce JTC in stable, medicated patients with SCZ and healthy controls (HCs). We also explored whether striatal volume, clinical symptoms, and baseline social functioning (SF) was related to JTC performance...
March 31, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431275/learning-non-rigid-deformations-for-robust-constrained-point-based-registration-in-image-guided-mr-trus-prostate-intervention
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John A Onofrey, Lawrence H Staib, Saradwata Sarkar, Rajesh Venkataraman, Cayce B Nawaf, Preston C Sprenkle, Xenophon Papademetris
Accurate and robust non-rigid registration of pre-procedure magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to intra-procedure trans-rectal ultrasound (TRUS) is critical for image-guided biopsies of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. TRUS-guided biopsy is the current clinical standard for prostate cancer diagnosis and assessment. State-of-the-art, clinical MR-TRUS image fusion relies upon semi-automated segmentations of the prostate in both the MR and the TRUS images to perform non-rigid surface-based registration of the gland...
April 12, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431271/investigation-of-pathology-malpractice-claims-in-china-from-2002-2015
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Yuan Li, Dong Gao, Meng Tu, Ying-Zhen Luo, Zhen-Hua Deng
OBJECTIVE: To examine pathology-related medical claims in China and identify the most common errors to result in such claims. METHOD: A retrospective analysis was performed of 71 forensic evaluation reports carried out in two Chinese institutes of forensic medicine between 2002 and 2015 due to suspicion of medical malpractice. The judicial outcomes of each case were also reviewed when available. RESULTS: Of 71 cases, 54 cases had judicial outcomes...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431267/mir-19-targeting-of-gsk3%C3%AE-mediates-sulforaphane-suppression-of-lung-cancer-stem-cells
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Jianyun Zhu, Shijia Wang, Yue Chen, Xiaoting Li, Ye Jiang, Xue Yang, Yuan Li, Xiaoqian Wang, Yu Meng, Mingming Zhu, Xiao Ma, Cong Huang, Rui Wu, Chunfeng Xie, Shanshan Geng, Jieshu Wu, Caiyun Zhong, Hongyu Han
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play a central role in the development of cancer. The canonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway is critical for maintaining stemness of CSCs. Phytochemicals from dietary compounds possess anti-CSCs properties and have been characterized as promising therapeutic agents for the prevention and treatment of many cancers. To date, the involvement and function of miR-19, a key oncogenic miRNA, in regulating Wnt/β-catenin pathway and lung CSCs has not been defined. Meanwhile, the effect of sulforaphane (SFN) on lung CSCs also remains to be elucidated...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431249/macrophages-facilitate-electrical-conduction-in-the-heart
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Maarten Hulsmans, Sebastian Clauss, Ling Xiao, Aaron D Aguirre, Kevin R King, Alan Hanley, William J Hucker, Eike M Wülfers, Gunnar Seemann, Gabriel Courties, Yoshiko Iwamoto, Yuan Sun, Andrej J Savol, Hendrik B Sager, Kory J Lavine, Gregory A Fishbein, Diane E Capen, Nicolas Da Silva, Lucile Miquerol, Hiroko Wakimoto, Christine E Seidman, Jonathan G Seidman, Ruslan I Sadreyev, Kamila Naxerova, Richard N Mitchell, Dennis Brown, Peter Libby, Ralph Weissleder, Filip K Swirski, Peter Kohl, Claudio Vinegoni, David J Milan, Patrick T Ellinor, Matthias Nahrendorf
Organ-specific functions of tissue-resident macrophages in the steady-state heart are unknown. Here, we show that cardiac macrophages facilitate electrical conduction through the distal atrioventricular node, where conducting cells densely intersperse with elongated macrophages expressing connexin 43. When coupled to spontaneously beating cardiomyocytes via connexin-43-containing gap junctions, cardiac macrophages have a negative resting membrane potential and depolarize in synchrony with cardiomyocytes. Conversely, macrophages render the resting membrane potential of cardiomyocytes more positive and, according to computational modeling, accelerate their repolarization...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431220/contribution-of-ankle-foot-orthosis-moment-in-regulating-ankle-and-knee-motions-during-gait-in-individuals-post-stroke
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Toshiki Kobayashi, Michael S Orendurff, Madeline L Singer, Fan Gao, K Bo Foreman
BACKGROUND: Ankle-foot orthosis moment resisting plantarflexion has systematic effects on ankle and knee joint motion in individuals post-stroke. However, it is not known how much ankle-foot orthosis moment is generated to regulate their motion. The aim of this study was to quantify the contribution of an articulated ankle-foot orthosis moment to regulate ankle and knee joint motion during gait in individuals post-stroke. METHODS: Gait data were collected from 10 individuals post-stroke using a Bertec split-belt instrumented treadmill and a Vicon 3-dimensional motion analysis system...
April 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431217/reduced-graphene-oxide-as-an-effective-adsorbent-for-removal-of-malachite-green-dye-plausible-adsorption-pathways
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Kanika Gupta, Om P Khatri
Efficient removal of malachite green (MG) dye from simulated wastewater is demonstrated using high surface area reduced graphene oxide (rGO). The plausible interaction pathways between MG dye and rGO are deduced from nanostructural features (HRTEM) of rGO and spectroscopic analyses (FTIR and Raman). The high surface area (931m(2)⋅gm(-1)) of rGO, π-π interaction between the aromatic rings of MG dye and graphitic skeleton, and electrostatic interaction of cationic centre of MG dye with π-electron clouds and negatively charged residual oxygen functionalities of rGO collectively facilitate the adsorption of MG dye on the rGO...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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