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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931331/impact-of-contact-investigation-and-tuberculosis-screening-among-high-risk-groups-in-denmark
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S G Jensen, T Lillebaek, T Wilcke, M K Pedersen, P H S Andersen, N W Olsen, N Seersholm
SETTING: The objective of tuberculosis (TB) screening in low-incidence countries is to identify TB patients earlier, ideally to improve health outcomes and reduce Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission. In this retrospective study, we compare hospitalisation (morbidity) and smear positivity rates (infectiousness) in TB patients identified through active case finding (ACF) with patients identified through passive case finding (PCF). METHODS: ACF patients were identified by screening socially marginalised persons or through contact investigation...
December 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930528/vitamin-d-and-retinal-microvascular-damage-the-rotterdam-study
#2
Unal Mutlu, M Arfan Ikram, Albert Hofman, Paulus T V M de Jong, Andre G Uitterlinden, Caroline C W Klaver, M Kamran Ikram
Vitamin D has been linked to various cardiovascular risk factors including indices of large-vessel disease. However, it remains unclear whether vitamin D is also associated with microvascular damage. In a community-dwelling population, we studied associations between vitamin D serum levels and retinal microvascular damage defined as retinopathy signs, narrower arterioles, and wider venules.From the population-based Rotterdam Study, we included 5675 participants (age ≥45 years) with vitamin D data and gradable retinal photographs...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929483/a-dosimetric-evaluation-of-knowledge-based-vmat-planning-with-simultaneous-integrated-boosting-for-rectal-cancer-patients
#3
Hao Wu, Fan Jiang, Haizhen Yue, Sha Li, Yibao Zhang
RapidPlan, a commercial knowledge-based optimizer, has been tested on head and neck, lung, esophageal, breast, liver, and prostate cancer patients. To appraise its performance on VMAT planning with simultaneous integrated boosting (SIB) for rectal cancer, this study configured a DVH (dose-volume histogram) estimation model consisting 80 best-effort manual cases of this type. Using the model-generated objectives, the MLC (multileaf collimator) sequences of other 70 clinically approved plans were reoptimized, while the remaining parameters, such as field geometry and photon energy, were maintained...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928401/idiopathic-acquired-temporal-wedge-visual-field-defects
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Michael J Gilhooley, Clare L Fraser, Sui Wong, Simon J Hickman, Gordon T Plant
Our aim is to report 13 unusual cases of acquired, temporal sectoral scotomas. Such stationary "wedge" field defects have been reported previously in cases of presumed congenital nasal hypoplasia of the optic disc and as a complication of vitreoretinal surgery. To our knowledge, the literature provides no reports of similar defects occurring spontaneously. This is a descriptive clinical case series of 13 patients presenting with sub-acute monocular temporal visual field loss. All were clinically assessed and investigated with Goldmann perimetry, automated Humphrey visual fields, retinal optical coherence tomography, orbital ultrasound, and standard and multi-focal electroretinography...
August 2016: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925752/emergent-structural-mechanisms-for-high-density-collective-motion-inspired-by-human-crowds
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Arianna Bottinelli, David T J Sumpter, Jesse L Silverberg
Collective motion of large human crowds often depends on their density. In extreme cases like heavy metal concerts and black Friday sales events, motion is dominated by physical interactions instead of conventional social norms. Here, we study an active matter model inspired by situations when large groups of people gather at a point of common interest. Our analysis takes an approach developed for jammed granular media and identifies Goldstone modes, soft spots, and stochastic resonance as structurally driven mechanisms for potentially dangerous emergent collective motion...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924986/a-nasba-on-microgel-tethered-molecular-beacon-microarray-for-real-time-microbial-molecular-diagnostics
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Y Ma, X Dai, T Hong, G B Munk, M Libera
Despite their many advantages and successes, molecular beacon (MB) hybridization probes have not been extensively used in microarray formats because of the complicating probe-substrate interactions that increase the background intensity. We have previously shown that tethering to surface-patterned microgels is an effective means for localizing MB probes to specific surface locations in a microarray format while simultaneously maintaining them in as water-like an environment as possible and minimizing probe-surface interactions...
December 7, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924731/improved-immunogenicity-against-a-her2-neu-derived-peptide-by-employment-of-a-pan-hla-dr-binding-epitope-and-cpg-in-a-balb-c-mice-model
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Sahar Tahaghoghi-Hajghorbani, Jalil Tavakkol-Afshari, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Haniyeh Ghaffari-Nazari, Elham Masoumi, Seyed Amir Jalali
BACKGROUND: An efficient strategy to improve the immunogenicity of peptide vaccines is the use of a synthetic peptide containing cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) epitopes with T-helper (Th) inducing-epitopes. OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to determine the use of human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (Her2/neu)-specific CTL epitopes plus the pan HLA DR-binding epitope (PADRE) and CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) to induce antitumor effects in vaccinated mice. METHOD: Female BALB/c mice were immunized with subcutaneously the different vaccines...
December 6, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920496/fabrication-of-anti-vitiligo-ointment-containing-psoralea-corylifolia-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-characterization
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Irshad Hussain, Nisar Hussain, Abdul Manan, Abdur Rashid, Barkat Khan, Sattar Bakhsh
BACKGROUND: Vitiligo is a repugnant and odious dermatological malady of the time. It has an detrimental impact on the pigmentation of the human skin as a result of the destruction of cutaneous melanocytes. It affects 1%-2% of the population worldwide. Different therapeutic regimens have been deployed to treat vitiligo, but none of them could stand alone to be stated as a perfect cure. Recently, a change has been observed through novel experimental-designed optimization leading to the development of an anti-vitiligo ointment containing Psoralea corylifolia (PC) seed powder...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916705/newborn-screening-for-severe-combined-immunodeficiency-using-a-novel-and-simplified-method-to-measure-t-cell-excision-circles-trec
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Laura Tagliaferri, Joachim B Kunz, Margit Happich, Susanna Esposito, Thomas Bruckner, Daniel Hübschmann, Jürgen G Okun, Georg F Hoffmann, Ansgar Schulz, Judit Kappe, Carsten Speckmann, Martina U Muckenthaler, Andreas E Kulozik
The prognosis of children with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) depends on a presymptomatic diagnosis and early treatment before complications occur. We established and tested a simplified, practical and economic newborn screening method based on the quantification of T-cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) on dried blood spots (DBSs) through qPCR. Our method was validated by the analysis of 11 positive controls, which all showed an absence of TRECs, thus yielding a sensitivity of 100%. Further, we analyzed 6034 anonymized newborns of whom 6031 (99,95%) showed a normal TREC qPCR with a median of 600 estimated TREC copies/1...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913109/protein-profiles-of-taenia-solium-cysts-obtained-from-skeletal-muscles-and-the-central-nervous-system-of-pigs-search-for-tissue-specific-proteins
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José Navarrete-Perea, Bárbara Moguel, Raúl José Bobes, Nelly Villalobos, Julio César Carrero, Edda Sciutto, Xavier Soberón, Juan Pedro Laclette
Taeniasis/cysticercosis caused by the tapeworm Taenia solium is a parasite disease transmitted among humans and pigs, the main intermediate host. The larvae/cysts can lodge in several tissues of the pig, i.e. skeletal muscles and different locations of the central nervous system. The molecular mechanisms associated to tissue preferences of the cysts remain poorly understood. The major public health concern about this zoonosis is due to the human infections by the larval form in the central nervous system, causing a highly pleomorphic and debilitating disease known as neurocysticercosis...
November 29, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910634/the-upgrade-of-the-thomson-scattering-system-for-measurement-on-the-c-2-c-2u-devices
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K Zhai, T Schindler, J Kinley, B Deng, M C Thompson
The C-2/C-2U Thomson scattering system has been substantially upgraded during the latter phase of C-2/C-2U program. A Rayleigh channel has been added to each of the three polychromators of the C-2/C-2U Thomson scattering system. Onsite spectral calibration has been applied to avoid the issue of different channel responses at different spots on the photomultiplier tube surface. With the added Rayleigh channel, the absolute intensity response of the system is calibrated with Rayleigh scattering in argon gas from 0...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910621/a-synthetic-diagnostic-for-beam-emission-spectroscopy-in-the-helically-symmetric-experiment-stellarator
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T J Dobbins, S T A Kumar, D T Anderson
The Helically Symmetric Experiment (HSX) has a number of active spectroscopy diagnostics. Due to the relatively large beam width compared to the plasma minor radius, it is difficult to achieve good spatial resolution at the core of the HSX plasma. This is due to the fact that the optical sightline cuts through many flux surfaces with varying field vectors within the beam. In order to compare the experimental results with theoretical models it is important to accurately model the beam width effects. A synthetic diagnostic has been developed for this purpose...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910566/hotspot-electron-temperature-from-x-ray-continuum-measurements-on-the-nif
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L C Jarrott, L R Benedetti, H Chen, N Izumi, S F Khan, T Ma, S R Nagel, O L Landen, A Pak, P K Patel, M Schneider, H A Scott
We report on measurements of the electron temperature in the hotspot of inertially confined, layered, spherical implosions on the National Ignition Facility using a differential filtering diagnostic. Measurements of the DT and DD ion temperatures using neutron time-of-flight detectors are complicated by the contribution of hot spot motion to the peak width, which produce an apparent temperature higher than the thermal temperature. The electron temperature is not sensitive to this non-thermal velocity and is thus a valuable input to interpreting the stagnated hot spot conditions...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910489/resolving-hot-spot-microstructure-using-x-ray-penumbral-imaging-invited
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B Bachmann, T Hilsabeck, J Field, N Masters, C Reed, T Pardini, J R Rygg, N Alexander, L R Benedetti, T Döppner, A Forsman, N Izumi, S LePape, T Ma, A G MacPhee, S Nagel, P Patel, B Spears, O L Landen
We have developed and fielded x-ray penumbral imaging on the National Ignition Facility in order to enable sub-10 μm resolution imaging of stagnated plasma cores (hot spots) of spherically shock compressed spheres and shell implosion targets. By utilizing circular tungsten and tantalum apertures with diameters ranging from 20 μm to 2 mm, in combination with image plate and gated x-ray detectors as well as imaging magnifications ranging from 4 to 64, we have demonstrated high-resolution imaging of hot spot plasmas at x-ray energies above 5 keV...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910429/automated-analysis-of-hot-spot-x-ray-images-at-the-national-ignition-facility
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S F Khan, N Izumi, S Glenn, R Tommasini, L R Benedetti, T Ma, A Pak, G A Kyrala, P Springer, D K Bradley, R P J Town
At the National Ignition Facility, the symmetry of the hot spot of imploding capsules is diagnosed by imaging the emitted x-rays using gated cameras and image plates. The symmetry of an implosion is an important factor in the yield generated from the resulting fusion process. The x-ray images are analyzed by decomposing the image intensity contours into Fourier and Legendre modes. This paper focuses on the additional protocols for the time-integrated shape analysis from image plates. For implosions with temperatures above ∼4 keV, the hard x-ray background can be utilized to infer the temperature of the hot spot...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910306/a-high-speed-two-frame-1-2-ns-gated-x-ray-cmos-imager-used-as-a-hohlraum-diagnostic-on-the-national-ignition-facility-invited
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Hui Chen, N Palmer, M Dayton, A Carpenter, M B Schneider, P M Bell, D K Bradley, L D Claus, L Fang, T Hilsabeck, M Hohenberger, O S Jones, J D Kilkenny, M W Kimmel, G Robertson, G Rochau, M O Sanchez, J W Stahoviak, D C Trotter, J L Porter
A novel x-ray imager, which takes time-resolved gated images along a single line-of-sight, has been successfully implemented at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). This Gated Laser Entrance Hole diagnostic, G-LEH, incorporates a high-speed multi-frame CMOS x-ray imager developed by Sandia National Laboratories to upgrade the existing Static X-ray Imager diagnostic at NIF. The new diagnostic is capable of capturing two laser-entrance-hole images per shot on its 1024 × 448 pixels photo-detector array, with integration times as short as 1...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910191/tintelnotia-a-new-genus-in-phaeosphaeriaceae-harbouring-agents-of-cornea-and-nail-infections-in-humans
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S A Ahmed, W Hofmüller, M Seibold, G S de Hoog, H Harak, I Tammer, A D van Diepeningen, W Behrens-Baumann
Phaeosphaeriaceae is a family in the order Pleosporales containing numerous plant pathogens, endophytes, lichenised fungi, and environmental saprobes. A novel genus, Tintelnotia is introduced containing two species, one of which caused an eye infection and several nail infections in humans. All species of Tintelnotia produce conidia in soft pycnidia with a wide ostiole. The generic type species is T. opuntiae causing necrotic spots on cactus plants. The isolates of the human opportunist T. destructans showed variable susceptibility pattern to a panel of common antifungal agents...
December 1, 2016: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909917/strength-training-prior-to-muscle-injury-potentiates-low-level-laser-therapy-lllt-induced-muscle-regeneration
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Samuel Rodrigues Lourenço Morais, Alexandre Ginei Goya, Úrsula Urias, Paulo Roberto Jannig, Aline Villa Nova Bacurau, Wagner Garcez Mello, Paula Lazilha Faleiros, Sandra Helena Penha Oliveira, Valdir Gouveia Garcia, Edilson Ervolino, Patricia Chakur Brum, Rita Cássia Menegati Dornelles
We evaluated whether strength training (ST) performed prior to skeletal muscle cryolesion would act as a preconditioning, improving skeletal muscle regeneration and responsiveness to low-level laser therapy (LLLT). Wistar rats were randomly assigned into non-exercised (NE), NE plus muscle lesion (NE + LE), NE + LE plus LLLT (NE + LE + LLLT), strength training (ST), ST + LE, and ST + LE + LLLT. The animals performed 10 weeks of ST (climbing ladder; 3× week; 80% overload). Forty-eight hours after the last ST session, tibialis anterior (TA) cryolesion was induced and LLLT (InGaAlP, 660 nm, 0...
December 1, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909706/out-of-plane-integration-of-a-multimode-optical-fiber-for-single-particle-cell-detection-at-multiple-points-on-a-microfluidic-device-with-applications-to-particle-cell-counting-velocimetry-size-discrimination-and-the-analysis-of-single-cell-lysate-injections
#19
Jalal Sadeghi, Damith E W Patabadige, Anne H Culbertson, Hamid Latifi, Christopher T Culbertson
In this paper a single particle/cell-tracking microfluidic device that integrates an out-of-plane multimode optical fiber (OP-MMF) is reported. This OP-MMF is used to generate three excitation light-lines and three detection spots using only one excitation source and one detector. It takes advantage of an optical tunneling mode to create two excitation lines in a microfluidic channel emanating from a single fiber end. This method was used to accurately count particles/cells and perform velocity measurements and size discrimination...
December 2, 2016: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906228/holographic-imaging-with-a-hard-x-ray-nanoprobe-ptychographic-versus-conventional-phase-retrieval
#20
A-L Robisch, J Wallentin, A Pacureanu, P Cloetens, T Salditt
We have performed near-field x-ray imaging with simultaneous object and probe reconstruction. By an advanced ptychographic algorithm based on longitudinal and lateral translations, full-field images of nanoscale objects are reconstructed with quantitative contrast values, along with the extended wavefronts used to illuminate the objects. The imaging scheme makes idealizing assumptions on the probe obsolete, and efficiently disentangles phase shifts related to the object from the imperfections in the illumination...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
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