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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929924/the-search-for-a-subtype-selective-pet-imaging-agent-for-the-gabaa-receptor-complex-evaluation-of-the-radiotracer-11-c-ado-in-nonhuman-primates
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Shu-Fei Lin, Frederic Bois, Daniel Holden, Nabeel Nabulsi, Richard Pracitto, Hong Gao, Michael Kapinos, Jo-Ku Teng, Anupama Shirali, Jim Ropchan, Richard E Carson, Charles S Elmore, Neil Vasdev, Yiyun Huang
The myriad physiological functions of γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) are mediated by the GABA-benzodiazepine receptor complex comprising of the GABAA, GABAB, and GABAC groups. The various GABAA subunits with region-specific distributions in the brain subserve different functional and physiological roles. For example, the sedative and anticonvulsive effects of classical benzodiazepines are attributed to the α1 subunit, and the α2 and α3 subunits mediate the anxiolytic effect. To optimize pharmacotherapies with improved efficacy and devoid of undesirable side effects for the treatment of anxiety disorders, subtype-selective imaging radiotracers are required to assess target engagement at GABA sites and determine the dose-receptor occupancy relationships...
January 2017: Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929903/predictors-of-hearing-aid-outcomes
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Enrique A Lopez-Poveda, Peter T Johannesen, Patricia Pérez-González, José L Blanco, Sridhar Kalluri, Brent Edwards
Over 360 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss. Most of them can be treated with hearing aids. Unfortunately, performance with hearing aids and the benefit obtained from using them vary widely across users. Here, we investigate the reasons for such variability. Sixty-eight hearing-aid users or candidates were fitted bilaterally with nonlinear hearing aids using standard procedures. Treatment outcome was assessed by measuring aided speech intelligibility in a time-reversed two-talker background and self-reported improvement in hearing ability...
January 2017: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929631/accelerated-wound-healing-on-skin-by-electrical-stimulation-with-a-bioelectric-plaster
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Hiroyuki Kai, Takeshi Yamauchi, Yudai Ogawa, Ayaka Tsubota, Takahiro Magome, Takeo Miyake, Kenshi Yamasaki, Matsuhiko Nishizawa
Wound healing on skin involves cell migration and proliferation in response to endogenous electric current. External electrical stimulation by electrical equipment is used to promote these biological processes for the treatment of chronic wounds and ulcers. Miniaturization of the electrical stimulation device for wound healing on skin will make this technology more widely available. Using flexible enzymatic electrodes and stretchable hydrogel, a stretchable bioelectric plaster is fabricated with a built-in enzymatic biofuel cell (EBFC) that fits to skin and generates ionic current along the surface of the skin by enzymatic electrochemical reactions for more than 12 h...
September 20, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927443/towards-achieving-semantic-interoperability-of-clinical-study-data-with-fhir
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Hugo Leroux, Alejandro Metke-Jimenez, Michael J Lawley
BACKGROUND: Observational clinical studies play a pivotal role in advancing medical knowledge and patient healthcare. To lessen the prohibitive costs of conducting these studies and support evidence-based medicine, results emanating from these studies need to be shared and compared to one another. Current approaches for clinical study management have limitations that prohibit the effective sharing of clinical research data. METHODS: The objective of this paper is to present a proposal for a clinical study architecture to not only facilitate the communication of clinical study data but also its context so that the data that is being communicated can be unambiguously understood at the receiving end...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924505/greater-reproductive-investment-but-shorter-lifespan-in-agrosystem-than-in-natural-habitat-toads
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Francisco Javier Zamora-Camacho, Mar Comas
Global amphibian decline is due to several factors: habitat loss, anthropization, pollution, emerging diseases, and global warming. Amphibians, with complex life cycles, are particularly susceptible to habitat alterations, and their survival may be impaired in anthropized habitats. Increased mortality is a well-known consequence of anthropization. Life-history theory predicts higher reproductive investment when mortality is increased. In this work, we compared age, body size, and different indicators of reproductive investment, as well as prey availability, in natterjack toads (Epidalea calamita) from agrosystems and adjacent natural pine groves in Southwestern Spain...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922699/vision-assessment-in-persons-with-intellectual-disabilities
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Werner Eisenbarth
PURPOSE: To investigate the degree of visual acuity in workers with intellectual disabilities and the impact of vision on their working conditions. METHODS: We recruited 224 workers (mean age 43.77 years, SD ± 12.96; range, 19-72 years) from a workshop for those with intellectual disabilities, to participate in a vision examination program. The assessment consisted of objective refraction, visual acuity, ocular motility, near-point of convergence, cover/uncover test, stereo acuity and colour perception...
September 18, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921977/photoinduced-bimolecular-electron-transfer-in-ionic-liquids
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Boning Wu, Mark Maroncelli, Edward W Castner
The present work seeks to better understand the role of solute diffusion and solvation dynamics on bimolecular electron transfer in ionic liquids (ILs). Steady-state and time-resolved measurements of the reductive fluorescence quenching of five fluorophores ("F") by six quenchers ("Q"; electron donors) are reported in acetonitrile and two ionic liquids, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide and trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide. Data were collected on 66 different F-Q-solvent systems, which span a 2...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920151/removal-of-arsenic-iii-and-v-from-laboratory-solutions-and-contaminated-groundwater-by-metallurgical-slag-through-anion-induced-precipitation
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Rafael Schouwenaars, Claudia Victoria Montoya-Bautista, Elizabeth Diane Isaacs-Páez, Myriam Solís-López, Rosa María Ramírez-Zamora
Metallurgical slag was used for the simultaneous removal of high concentrations of arsenite and arsenate from laboratory solutions and severely contaminated groundwater. Apart from demonstrating the high efficiency of arsenic removal in presence of competing species, the work aims to explore the physicochemical mechanisms of the process by means of microscopy observation and a detailed statistical analysis of existing kinetic and isotherm equations. Fitting was performed by non-linear least squares using weighted residuals; ANOVA and bootstrap methods were used to compare the models...
September 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919903/the-role-of-soil-solarization-in-india-how-an-unnoticed-practice-could-support-pest-control
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REVIEW
Harsimran K Gill, Iqbal S Aujla, Luigi De Bellis, Andrea Luvisi
Plant protection represents one of the strategies to fill the yield gap and to achieve food security, a key topic for India development. Analysis of climate risks for crops indicates that South Asia is one of the regions most exposed to the adverse impact on many plants that are relevant to inhabitants exposed to food safety risks. Furthermore, accumulation of pesticide residues in the aquatic and other ecosystems is becoming a significant threat in India. These perspectives require to develop programs of crop protection that can be feasible according to Indian rural development and pollution policy...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919166/kinetic-analysis-of-oxygen-dynamics-under-a-variable-work-rate
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Alexander Artiga Gonzalez, Raphael Bertschinger, Fabian Brosda, Thorsten Dahmen, Patrick Thumm, Dietmar Saupe
Measurements of oxygen uptake are central to methods for the assessment of physical fitness and endurance capabilities in athletes. Two important parameters extracted from such data of incremental exercise tests are the maximal oxygen uptake and the critical power. A commonly accepted model of the dynamics of oxygen uptake during exercise at a constant work rate comprises a constant baseline oxygen uptake, an exponential fast component, and another exponential slow component for heavy and severe work rates...
September 14, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918643/speech-language-pathology-telehealth-in-rural-and-remote-schools-the-experience-of-school-executive-and-therapy-assistants
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Glenn C Fairweather, Michelle A Lincoln, Robyn Ramsden
INTRODUCTION: Difficulties in accessing allied health services, especially in rural and remote areas, appear to be driving the use of telehealth services to children in schools. The objectives of this study were to investigate the experiences and views of school executive staff and therapy assistants regarding the feasibility and acceptability of a speech-language pathology telehealth program for children attending schools in rural and remote New South Wales, Australia. The program, called Come N See, provided therapy interventions remotely via low-bandwidth videoconferencing, with email follow-up...
July 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918634/engineered-probiotic-for-the-inhibition-of-salmonella-via-tetrathionate-induced-production-of-microcin-h47
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Jacob D Palmer, Emma Piattelli, Beth A McCormick, Mark W Silby, Christopher J Brigham, Vanni Bucci
Complications arising from antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming one of the key issues in modern medicine. Members of drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae spp. include opportunistic pathogens (e.g., Salmonella spp.) that are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Overgrowth of these bacteria is considered a hallmark of intestinal dysbiosis. Microcins (small antimicrobial peptides) produced by some gut commensals can potentially cure these conditions by inhibiting these pathogens and have been proposed as a viable alternative to antibiotic treatment...
September 20, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918378/enhanced-fluoride-removal-by-la-doped-li-al-layered-double-hydroxides
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Jianguo Cai, Xin Zhao, Yanyang Zhang, Quanxing Zhang, Bingcai Pan
In this study La intercalated Li/Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) was developed for efficient water defluoridation. The La-modified material, i.e., La doped Li/Al-LDH, exhibits more preferable fluoride adsorption than Li/Al-LDH in a broad pH range of 5-9, with the working capacity twice of the latter and seven times of magnitude higher than activated alumina. The fluoride removal kinetics is well fitted by pseudo-second order model, and the adsorption isotherm is well described by Freundlich model. Effect of pH and competing ions was examined during fluoride sequestration...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917858/a-structural-study-of-acacia-nilotica-and-acacia-modesta-gums
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Shazma Massey, William MacNaughtan, Huw E L Williams, Bettina Wolf, Mohammad S Iqbal
Superficially similar carbohydrate polymers from similar sources can have dramatically different characteristics. This work seeks to examine the molecular properties responsible for these differences. Protons responsible for cross-polarization in the anomeric region of Acacia nilotica (AN) were replaced easily by deuterium, but not for Acacia modesta (AM). Time constants describing the mobility and cross-polarization transfer were both found to be lower for AM. Variable contact time experiments showed poorer fits and more heterogeneity for AN...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917534/modeling-the-modified-drug-release-from-curved-shape-drug-delivery-systems-dome-matrix-%C3%A2
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D Caccavo, A A Barba, M d'Amore, R De Piano, G Lamberti, A Rossi, P Colombo
The controlled drug release from hydrogel-based drug delivery systems is a topic of large interest for research in pharmacology. The mathematical modeling of the behavior of these systems is a tool of emerging relevance, since the simulations can be of use in the design of novel systems, in particular for complex shaped tablets. In this work a model, previously developed, was applied to complex-shaped oral drug delivery systems based on hydrogels (Dome Matrix®). Furthermore, the model was successfully adopted in the description of drug release from partially accessible Dome Matrix® systems (systems with some surfaces coated)...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916841/some-liked-it-hot-a-hypothesis-regarding-establishment-of-the-proto-mitochondrial-endosymbiont-during-eukaryogenesis
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Cory D Dunn
Eukaryotic cells are characterized by a considerable increase in subcellular compartmentalization when compared to prokaryotes. Most evidence suggests that the earliest eukaryotes consisted of mitochondria derived from an α-proteobacterial ancestor enclosed within an archaeal host cell. However, what benefits the archaeal host and the proto-mitochondrial endosymbiont might have obtained at the beginning of this endosymbiotic relationship remains unclear. In this work, I argue that heat generated by the proto-mitochondrion initially permitted an archaeon living at high temperatures to colonize a cooler environment, thereby removing apparent limitations on cellular complexity...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915236/modeling-antibiotic-treatment-in-hospitals-a-systematic-approach-shows-benefits-of-combination-therapy-over-cycling-mixing-and-mono-drug-therapies
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Burcu Tepekule, Hildegard Uecker, Isabel Derungs, Antoine Frenoy, Sebastian Bonhoeffer
Multiple treatment strategies are available for empiric antibiotic therapy in hospitals, but neither clinical studies nor theoretical investigations have yielded a clear picture when which strategy is optimal and why. Extending earlier work of others and us, we present a mathematical model capturing treatment strategies using two drugs, i.e the multi-drug therapies referred to as cycling, mixing, and combination therapy, as well as monotherapy with either drug. We randomly sample a large parameter space to determine the conditions determining success or failure of these strategies...
September 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914609/effect-of-multiple-perfusion-components-on-pseudo-diffusion-coefficient-in-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-imaging
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Zi-Xiang Kuai, Wan-Yu Liu, Yue-Min Zhu
The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of multiple perfusion components on the pseudo-diffusion coefficient D* in the bi-exponential intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) model. Simulations were first performed to examine how the presence of multiple perfusion components influences D*. The real data of livers (n=31), spleens (n=31) and kidneys (n=31) of 31 volunteers was then acquired using DWI for in vivo study and the number of perfusion components in these tissues was determined together with their perfusion fraction and D*, using an adaptive multi-exponential IVIM model...
September 15, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914495/acculturation-based-family-conflict-a-validation-of-asian-american-family-conflict-scale-among-chinese-americans
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Shiyou Wu, Xiafei Wang, Qi Wu, Fuhua Zhai, Qin Gao
Acculturation-based family conflicts can influence parent-child relationships and children's development among immigrant families. The Asian American Family Conflict Scale (AAFCS) was developed to measure conflicting practices and values between parents and children in the context of acculturation. Given that considerable cultural and institutional changes have taken place in original countries for the Chinese immigrant population, it is important to investigate whether the factor structure of the AAFCS is appropriate for measuring the attitudes and practices of acculturation among the current Chinese immigrant population...
September 15, 2017: PsyCh Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913732/patient-and-provider-perceptions-of-internet-delivered-cognitive-behavior-therapy-for-recent-cancer-survivors
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Nicole M Alberts, Heather D Hadjistavropoulos, Nickolai Titov, Blake F Dear
PURPOSE: Although most cancer survivors adjust well, a subset experiences clinical levels of anxiety and depression following cancer treatment. Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (iCBT) is a promising intervention for symptoms of anxiety and depression among survivors; however, patient and provider perceptions of iCBT have not been examined. METHODS: We employed an exploratory qualitative method and conducted semi-structured interviews with 13 cancer survivors and 10 providers to examine iCBT strengths and weaknesses, areas for improvement, and perceived barriers to program completion...
September 15, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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