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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449548/vibration-induced-property-change-in-the-melting-and-solidifying-process-of-metallic-nanoparticles
#1
Yonggang Zheng, Liquan Ding, Hongfei Ye, Zhen Chen
Tuning material properties in the 3-D printing process of metallic parts is a challenging task of current interests. Much research has been conducted to understand the effects of controlling parameters such as the particle geometry (size and shape), heating, and cooling ways on the outcome of the printing process. However, nothing has been done to explore the system vibration effect. This letter reports our findings on the vibration-induced property change in the melting and solidifying process of silver nanoparticles with the use of molecular dynamics simulation...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449541/nanoscale-observation-of-dehydration-process-in-phema-hydrogel-structure
#2
Kordian Chamerski, Witold Korzekwa, Jacek Filipecki, Olha Shpotyuk, Marcin Stopa, Piotr Jeleń, Maciej Sitarz
One of the most important field of interest in respect to hydrogel materials is their capability to water storage. The problem mentioned above plays an important role regarding to diffusion of fluid media containing nanoparticles, what is very useful in biomedical applications, such as artificial polymeric implants, drug delivery systems or tissue engineering.In presented work, dehydration process in hydrogels used in ophthalmology as intraocular lenses was observed. Before measurements studied materials were immersed in deionized water and saline solution to obtain equilibrium swelling state...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449485/prognostic-effects-of-preoperative-obstructive-pneumonitis-or-atelectasis-and-comparison-with-tumor-size-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#3
Zhaofei Pang, Nan Ding, Wei Dong, Yang Ni, Tiehong Zhang, Xiao Qu, Jiajun Du, Qi Liu
BACKGROUND: In the eighth TNM staging system proposal, lung cancer with part or complete obstructive pneumonitis/atelectasis was classified to T2 category, and dividing lines of T category were changed. We conducted this study to search prognostic effect of preoperative obstructive pneumonitis/atelectasis and its comparison with tumor size. METHODS: We collected clinical characteristics, preoperative hematological indicators, follow-up information of 1,313 lung cancer patients...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449388/unobserved-health-care-expenditures-how-important-is-censoring-in-register-data
#4
Christian Philipp Rudolf Schmid
Accurate information on individuals' health service use is important for evaluating health policies and analyzing health care demand. Although register data are considered to be more reliable than survey data, little is known about the extent and effect of censoring of the expenditure distribution in register data. We exploit a recent change in the health provider remuneration system in several Swiss cantons to empirically investigate whether censoring occurs when individuals do not have to disclose their health service use below their deductible level...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449283/physiological-responses-of-reared-sea-bream-sparus-aurata-linnaeus-1758-to-an-amyloodinium-ocellatum-outbreak
#5
M Moreira, D Schrama, F Soares, T Wulff, P Pousão-Ferreira, P Rodrigues
Amyloodiniosis represents a major bottleneck for semi-intensive aquaculture production in Southern Europe, causing extremely high mortalities. Amyloodinium ocellatum is a parasitic dinoflagellate that can infest almost all fish, crustacean and bivalves that live within its ecological range. Fish mortalities are usually attributed to anoxia, associated with serious gill hyperplasia, inflammation, haemorrhage and necrosis in heavy infestations; or with osmoregulatory impairment and secondary microbial infections due to severe epithelial damage in mild infestation...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449261/exploring-uncertainty-of-amazon-dieback-in-a-perturbed-parameter-earth-system-ensemble
#6
Chris A Boulton, Ben B B Booth, Peter Good
The future of the Amazon rainforest is unknown due to uncertainties in projected climate change and the response of the forest to this change (forest resiliency). Here we explore the effect of some uncertainties in climate and land surface processes on the future of the forest, using a perturbed physics ensemble of HadCM3C. This is the first time Amazon forest changes are presented using an ensemble exploring both land vegetation processes and physical climate feedbacks in a fully coupled modelling framework...
April 27, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449243/pathologic-features-of-mycobacteriosis-in-naturally-infected-syngnathidae-and-novel-transcriptome-assembly-in-association-with-disease
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S B Fogelson, M D Fast, J Leary, A C Camus
Syngnathidae (seahorses, seadragons and pipefish) suffer significant losses from non-tuberculous mycobacteria. However, they produce markedly different lesions in response to the disease compared to other teleost species, notably infrequent granuloma formation. This study evaluated 270 syngnathid fish, from which 92 were diagnosed with mycobacteriosis by histopathology, culture or both. Microscopic lesions variably consisted of random foci of coagulative necrosis in multiple organs, containing high numbers of free bacteria and large aggregates or sheets of macrophages with cytoplasm laden with acid-fast bacilli...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448941/geochemistry-and-microbial-diversity-of-cave-waters-in-the-gypsum-karst-aquifers-of-emilia-romagna-region-italy
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Ilenia M D'Angeli, Diana I Serrazanetti, Chiara Montanari, Lucia Vannini, Fausto Gardini, Jo De Waele
Fifty-seven control points of waters (sinking streams, rivers in caves, and resurgences) hosted in gypsum karst areas in Emilia Romagna region (N-Italy) were sampled in the framework of a Project LIFE+08NAT/IT/000369 "Gypsum" in the period 2010-2014. The microbiology and chemistry of these waters have been analyzed to evaluate the impact of human activities or natural factors, in the gypsum karst systems. Waters have been analyzed for major chemistry (Ca, Mg, Na, K, SO4, HCO3, Cl, NO3) and some minor constituents (F, Br, NH4 and PO4), measuring pH, electric conductivity (EC), total dissolved solids (TDS) and temperature (T) in situ...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448938/choice-modeling-of-system-wide-or-large-scale-environmental-change-in-a-developing-country-context-lessons-from-the-para%C3%A3-ba-do-sul-river
#9
James R Kahn, William F Vásquez, Carlos Eduardo de Rezende
The Rio Paraiba do Sul is a highly polluted river in south central Brazil, that is contaminated by industrial, agricultural and municipal wastes, as well as being impacted by dams, water withdrawals and deforestation in the watershed. Since only very intensive and farreaching environmental policies could result in water quality improvements, valuing the restoration of the river presents many unique challenges. We develop a choice-modeling approach to valuation of the restoration of this river, with general tightening of environmental policy as the policy, and an increase in prices as the payment vehicle...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448928/potential-environmental-impact-of-bioethanol-production-chain-from-fiber-sorghum-to-be-used-in-passenger-cars
#10
Annachiara Forte, Amalia Zucaro, Massimo Fagnano, Angelo Fierro
A life cycle assessment (LCA) was applied to assess the environmental load of a prospective local bioethanol (EtOH) production system in Southern Italy by using lignocellulosic Fiber sorghum (FS) feedstock. A two steps analysis was carried out considering: (i) a "cradle-to-farm gate" LCA to investigate thoroughly the FS cultivation on hilly marginal land and (ii) a "cradle-to-wheels" system boundary encompassing the environmental pressure of the whole EtOH supply-use chain. Primary data related to lignocellulosic biomass production were combined with experimental feedstock conversion processes through advanced second generation technology...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448927/time-varying-sensitivity-analysis-of-hydrologic-and-sediment-parameters-at-multiple-timescales-implications-for-conservation-practices
#11
Hui Xie, Zhenyao Shen, Lei Chen, Jiali Qiu, Jianwei Dong
Environmental models can be used to better understand the hydrologic and sediment behavior in a watershed system. However, different processes may dominate at different time periods and timescales, which highly complicate the model interpretation. The related parameter uncertainty may be significant and needs to be addressed to avoid bias in the watershed management. In this study, we used the time-varying and multi-timescale (TVMT) method to characterize the temporal dynamics of parameter sensitivity at different timescales in hydrologic and sediment modeling...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448912/effects-of-low-levels-of-ultraviolet-radiation-on-antioxidant-mechanisms-of-japanese-medaka-oryzias-latipes
#12
Wilson F Ramírez-Duarte, Tomofumi Kurobe, Swee J Teh
Extreme weather events like drought are expected to increase with climate change, which will increase exposure of freshwater fish to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Compared to fully grown adult fish, fish in early life stages are more susceptible to UV radiation due to the lack of well-developed pigmentation. Even though several studies have described affectation of fish health after exposure to UV radiation, most of the studies have used intensities that are only found on the surface of the earth crust or at shallow depths in water bodies, and little is known about impacts of weaker UV radiation, which can be found in deep water...
April 20, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448868/protective-effects-of-teucrium-polium-aqueous-extract-and-ascorbic-acid-on-hematological-and-some-biochemical-parameters-against-carbon-tetrachloride-ccl4-induced-toxicity-in-rats
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Fatma Rahmouni, Latifa Hamdaoui, Riadh Badraoui, Tarek Rebai
Herbal drugs play a crucial function to protect organisms from the toxic effect of some compounds. The present study was designed to evaluate the protective effects of Teucrium Polium (TP) aqueous extract and vitamin C (Vit C) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) which induced toxicity in rats. Male albino Wistar rats were divided into six groups: group I was used as controls, group II received CCl4 in olive oil (0.5ml/kg) by gavage, and group III received CCl4 in olive oil (0.5ml/kg) by gavage after three days of receiving TP (5g/l), orally, for seven days; Group IV received TP (5g/l) alone, orally, for seven days, Group V received CCl4 in olive oil (0...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448789/development-of-pre-implantation-porcine-blastocysts-cultured-within-alginate-hydrogel-systems-either-supplemented-with-secreted-phosphoprotein-1-or-conjugated-with-arg-gly-asp-peptide
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Taylor D Laughlin, Jeremy R Miles, Elane C Wright-Johnson, Lea A Rempel, Clay A Lents, Angela K Pannier
Although deficiencies in porcine blastocyst elongation play a significant role in early embryonic mortality and establishment of within-litter developmental variation, the exact mechanisms of elongation are poorly understood. Secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1) is increased within the uterine milieu during early porcine pregnancy and contains an Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptide sequence that binds to cell surface integrins on the uterine endometrium and trophectoderm, promoting cell adhesion and migration. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the development of preimplantation porcine blastocysts encapsulated and cultured within alginate hydrogels either supplemented with SPP1 or conjugated with RGD...
April 28, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448782/amcp-partnership-forum-driving-value-and-outcomes-in-oncology
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Innovation in cancer treatment has provided a wealth of recently available therapeutic agents and a healthy drug pipeline that promises to change the way we approach this disease and the lives of those affected in the years to come. However, the majority of these new agents, many of which are targeted to specific genomic features of various tumors, may challenge the health care system's ability to afford cancer care. This innovation drives the need to focus on the value of the treatments provided to patients with cancer and on methods to optimize the efficiency of the dollars we spend, in addition to the clinical value itself...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448781/assessment-of-clinical-pharmacy-interventions-to-reduce-outpatient-use-of-high-risk-medications-in-the-elderly
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Sarah C Weddle, A Shaun Rowe, Julie W Jeter, Rachel C Renwick, Shaunta' M Chamberlin, Andrea S Franks
BACKGROUND: Use of high-risk medications in the elderly (HRME) and drug-disease (Rx-DIS) interactions in the elderly, as defined by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Measures, are significantly associated with mortality, hospital admission, and need for emergency care. No published studies to date evaluate interventions to reduce the use of HEDIS-defined HRME, although many studies have postulated a beneficial effect of such interventions. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of pharmacist interventions on use of HRME and Rx-DIS interactions in the outpatient elderly population...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448740/sequencing-on-the-solid-5500xl-system-in-depth-characterization-of-the-gc-bias
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Simone Roeh, Peter Weber, Monika Rex-Haffner, Jan M Deussing, Elisabeth B Binder, Mira Jakovcevski
Different types of sequencing biases have been described and subsequently improved for a variety of sequencing systems, mostly focusing on the widely used Illumina systems. Similar studies are missing for the SOLiD 5500xl system, a sequencer which produced many data sets available to researchers today. Describing and understanding the bias is important to accurately interpret and integrate these published data in various ongoing research projects. We report a particularly strong GC bias for this sequencing system when analyzing a defined gDNA mix of five microbes with a wide range of different GC contents (20-72%) when comparing to the expected distribution and Illumina MiSeq data from the same DNA pool...
April 27, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448719/use-of-native-aquatic-macrophytes-in-the-reduction-of-organic-matter-from-dairy-effluents
#18
Rita de Cássia Souza de Queiroz Lopes, Rodrigo Santos Andrade, Isadora Rosário Dantas, Vinícius de Souza Ribeiro, Luciano Brito Rodrigues Neto, José Adolfo de Almeida Neto
Considering the diversity and the unexplored potential of regional aquatic flora, this study aimed to identify and analyze the potential of native aquatic macrophytes to reduce the organic matter of dairy wastewater using experimental constructed wetlands. The dairy wastewater had an initial average COD of 7,414.63 mg/L and then was diluted to 3,133.16 mg/L (D1) and to 2,506.53 mg/L (D2). Total solids, COD, temperature, and pH analyses were performed, and the BOD was estimated from the COD values. The best performance in the reduction of the organic matter was observed for Polygonum sp...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448686/plasma-cytokines-associated-with-febrile-status-epilepticus-in-children-a-potential-biomarker-for-acute-hippocampal-injury
#19
William B Gallentine, Shlomo Shinnar, Dale C Hesdorffer, Leon Epstein, Douglas R Nordli, Darrell V Lewis, L Matthew Frank, Syndi Seinfeld, Ruth C Shinnar, Karen Cornett, Binyi Liu, Solomon L Moshé, Shumei Sun
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to explore the association between plasma cytokines and febrile status epilepticus (FSE) in children, as well as their potential as biomarkers of acute hippocampal injury. METHODS: Analysis was performed on residual samples of children with FSE (n = 33) as part of the Consequences of Prolonged Febrile Seizures in Childhood study (FEBSTAT) and compared to children with fever (n = 17). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was obtained as part of FEBSTAT within 72 h of FSE...
April 27, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448638/a-minimal-model-of-burst-noise-induced-bistability
#20
Johannes Falk, Marc Mendler, Barbara Drossel
We investigate the influence of intrinsic noise on stable states of a one-dimensional dynamical system that shows in its deterministic version a saddle-node bifurcation between monostable and bistable behaviour. The system is a modified version of the Schlögl model, which is a chemical reaction system with only one type of molecule. The strength of the intrinsic noise is varied without changing the deterministic description by introducing bursts in the autocatalytic production step. We study the transitions between monostable and bistable behavior in this system by evaluating the number of maxima of the stationary probability distribution...
2017: PloS One
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