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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211919/high-performance-regular-perovskite-solar-cells-employing-low-cost-poly-ethylenedioxythiophene-as-a-hole-transporting-material
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Xiaoqing Jiang, Ze Yu, Yuchen Zhang, Jianbo Lai, Jiajia Li, Gagik G Gurzadyan, Xichuan Yang, Licheng Sun
Herein, we successfully applied a facile in-situ solid-state synthesis of conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) as a HTM, directly on top of the perovskite layer, in conventional mesoscopic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) (n-i-p structure). The fabrication of the PEDOT film only involved a very simple in-situ solid-state polymerisation step from a monomer 2,5-dibromo-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (DBEDOT) made from a commercially available and cheap starting material. The ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) demonstrated that the as-prepared PEDOT film possesses the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level of -5...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210077/clinical-impact-of-immunomonitoring-in-the-treatment-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Donal Tighe, Deirdre McNamara
Despite improvement in outcomes, loss of response (LOR) to tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFα) therapies is a big concern in the management of inflammatory bowel disease. LOR is associated with flares of disease, increased hospitalisation rates, need for surgical interventions, and decline in quality of life. LOR may be multifactorial, but immunogenicity makes a significant contribution. Traditionally doses of anti-TNFα have been adjusted based on clinical response, using a standard approach. Immunomonitoring involves the measurement of anti-TNFα trough and antibody levels...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208155/pet-mr-in-invasive-ductal-breast-cancer-correlation-between-imaging-markers-and-histological-phenotype
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Onofrio Antonio Catalano, Gary Lloyd Horn, Alberto Signore, Carlo Iannace, Maria Lepore, Mark Vangel, Angelo Luongo, Marco Catalano, Constance Lehman, Marco Salvatore, Andrea Soricelli, Ciprian Catana, Umar Mahmood, Bruce Robert Rosen
BACKGROUND: Differences in genetics and receptor expression (phenotypes) of invasive ductal breast cancer (IDC) impact on prognosis and treatment response. Immunohistochemistry (IHC), the most used technique for IDC phenotyping, has some limitations including its invasiveness. We explored the possibility of contrast-enhanced positron emission tomography magnetic resonance (CE-FDG PET/MR) to discriminate IDC phenotypes. METHODS: 21 IDC patients with IHC assessment of oestrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), human epidermal growth factor-2 (HER2), and antigen Ki-67 (Ki67) underwent CE-FDG PET/MR...
February 16, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208062/nano-suspension-coating-as-a-technique-to-modulate-the-drug-release-from-controlled-porosity-osmotic-pumps-for-a-soluble-agent
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Leila Azharshekoufeh Bahari, Yousef Javadzadeh, Mohammad Barzegar Jalali, Peyvand Johari, Ali Nokhodchi, Javad Shokri
In controlled porosity osmotic pumps (CPOP), usually finding a single solvent with a capability to dissolve both film former (hydrophobic) and pore former (hydrophilic) is extremely challenging. Therefore, the aim of the present investigation was to tackle the issue associated with controlled porosity osmotic pump (CPOP) system using nano-suspension coating method. In the present study 4-Amino pyridine was used as a highly water soluble drug. In this method, a hydrophilic pore former (sucrose or mannitol) in nano range was suspended in polymeric coating solution using ball-mill...
February 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207929/optimisation-of-intestinal-microsomal-preparation-in-the-rat-a-systematic-approach-to-assess-the-influence-of-various-methodologies-on-metabolic-activity-and-scaling-factors
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Oliver J D Hatley, Christopher R Jones, Aleksandra Galetin, Amin Rostami-Hodjegan
The metabolic capacity of the intestine and its importance as the initial barrier to systemic exposure can lead to under-estimation of first-pass, and thus overestimation of oral bioavailability. However, the in vitro tools informing estimates of in vivo intestinal metabolism are limited by the complexity of the in vitro matrix preparation and uncertainty with the scaling factors for in vitro to in vivo extrapolation. A number of methods currently exist in the literature for the preparation of intestinal microsomes; however, the impact of key steps in the preparation procedure has not been critically assessed...
February 16, 2017: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207841/barriers-and-enablers-to-the-implementation-of-the-6-pack-falls-prevention-program-a-pre-implementation-study-in-hospitals-participating-in-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Darshini R Ayton, Anna L Barker, Renata T Morello, Caroline A Brand, Jason Talevski, Fiona S Landgren, Mayer M Melhem, Evelyn Bian, Sandra G Brauer, Keith D Hill, Patricia M Livingston, Mari Botti
Evidence for effective falls prevention interventions in acute wards is limited. One reason for this may be suboptimal program implementation. This study aimed to identify perceived barriers and enablers of the implementation of the 6-PACK falls prevention program to inform the implementation in a randomised controlled trial. Strategies to optimise successful implementation of 6-PACK were also sought. A mixed-methods approach was applied in 24 acute wards from 6 Australian hospitals. Participants were nurses working on participating wards and senior hospital staff including Nurse Unit Managers; senior physicians; Directors of Nursing; and senior personnel involved in quality and safety or falls prevention...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205186/optimisation-of-cognitive-performance-in-rodent-operant-touchscreen-testing-evaluation-and-effects-of-reinforcer-strength
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Benjamin U Phillips, Christopher J Heath, Zofia Ossowska, Timothy J Bussey, Lisa M Saksida
Operant testing is a widely used and highly effective method of studying cognition in rodents. Performance on such tasks is sensitive to reinforcer strength. It is therefore advantageous to select effective reinforcers to minimize training times and maximize experimental throughput. To quantitatively investigate the control of behavior by different reinforcers, performance of mice was tested with either strawberry milkshake or a known powerful reinforcer, super saccharin (1.5% or 2% (w/v) saccharin/1.5% (w/v) glucose/water mixture)...
February 15, 2017: Learning & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205026/common-strategic-research-agenda-for-radiation-protection-in-medicine
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: Reflecting the change in funding strategies for European research projects, and the goal to jointly improve medical radiation protection through sustainable research efforts, five medical societies involved in the application of ionising radiation (European Association of Nuclear Medicine, EANM; European Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics. EFOMP; European Federation of Radiographer Societies, EFRS; European Society of Radiology, ESR; European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO) have identified research areas of common interest and developed this first edition of the Common Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for medical radiation protection...
February 15, 2017: Insights Into Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203644/optimization-of-the-functional-characteristics-pasting-and-rheological-properties-of-pearl-millet-based-composite-flour
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Olugbenga Olufemi Awolu
Optimisation of composite flour comprising pearl millet, kidney beans and tigernut with xanthan gum was evaluated for rheological evaluations. The functional properties of the composite flour were optimized using optimal design of response surface methodology. The optimum blends, defined as blends with overall best functional characteristics were run 3 (75.956% pearl millet, 17.692% kidney beans, 6.352% tigernut flours), run 7 (85.000% pearl millet, 10.000% kidney beans, 5.000% tigernut flours) and run 13 (75...
February 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202365/optimising-the-use-of-medicines-to-reduce-acute-kidney-injury-in-children-and-babies
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REVIEW
L Oni, D B Hawcutt, M A Turner, M W Beresford, S McWilliam, C Barton, B K Park, P Murray, B Wilm, I Copple, R Floyd, M Peak, A Sharma, D J Antoine
The majority of medications in children are administered in an unlicensed or off-label manner. Paediatricians are obliged to prescribe using the limited evidence available. The 2007 EU regulation on the use of paediatric drugs means pharmaceutical companies are now obliged to (and receive incentives for) contributing to paediatric drug data and carrying out paediatric clinical trials. This is important, as the efficacy and adverse effect profiles of medicines vary across childhood. Additionally, there are significant age-related changes in the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic activity of many drugs...
February 12, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198656/fungicidal-activity-and-pk-pd-of-caspofungin-as-tools-to-guide-antifungal-therapy-in-a-fluconazole-resistant-c-parapsilosis-candidemia
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Carlo Tascini, Emanuela Sozio, Antonello Di Paolo, Giancarlo Tintori, Alessandro Leonildi, Giacomo Bertolino, Franco Carmassi, Enrico Tagliaferri, Francesco Menichetti, Francesco Barchiesi
Candida parapsilosis may be responsible for bloodstream infections (BSI) and it is characterised by an increased incidence of fluconazole resistance. A 75-year old woman with severe comorbidities received the insertion of a peripherally inserted central venous catheter. Fluconazole did not prevent a C. parapsilosis BSI hence caspofungin was started after a nephrotoxic first-line treatment with amphotericin B. The ratio of peak plasma concentration over the minimum inhibitory concentration (Cmax/MIC) was adopted to maximise efficacy of caspofungin...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198449/recombinant-vacuolar-iron-transporter-family-homologue-pfvit-from-human-malaria-causing-plasmodium-falciparum-is-a-fe-2-h-exchanger
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Paola Labarbuta, Katie Duckett, Catherine H Botting, Osama Chahrour, John Malone, John P Dalton, Christopher J Law
Vacuolar iron transporters (VITs) are a poorly understood family of integral membrane proteins that can function in iron homeostasis via sequestration of labile Fe(2+) into vacuolar compartments. Here we report on the heterologous overexpression and purification of PfVIT, a vacuolar iron transporter homologue from the human malaria-causing parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Use of synthetic, codon-optimised DNA enabled overexpression of functional PfVIT in the inner membrane of Escherichia coli which, in turn, conferred iron tolerance to the bacterial cells...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198080/proteomic-profiling-of-mature-leaves-from-oil-palm-elaeis-guineensis-jacq
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Hooi Sin Tan, Richard P Jacoby, Meilina Ong-Abdullah, Nicolas L Taylor, Susan Liddell, Wong Wei Chee, Chiew Foan Chin
Oil palm is one of the most productive oil bearing crops grown in Southeast Asia. Due to the dwindling availability of agricultural land and increasing demand for high yielding oil palm seedlings, clonal propagation is vital to the oil palm industry. Most commonly, leaf explants are used for in vitro micropropagation of oil palm and to optimise this process it is important to unravel the physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying somatic embryo production from leaves. In this study, a proteomic approach was used to determine protein abundance of mature oil palm leaves...
February 15, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197091/axonpacking-an-open-source-software-to-simulate-arrangements-of-axons-in-white-matter
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Tom Mingasson, Tanguy Duval, Nikola Stikov, Julien Cohen-Adad
HIGHLIGHTS AxonPacking: Open-source software for simulating white matter microstructure.Validation on a theoretical disk packing problem.Reproducible and stable for various densities and diameter distributions.Can be used to study interplay between myelin/fiber density and restricted fraction. Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can provide parameters that describe white matter microstructure, such as the fiber volume fraction (FVF), the myelin volume fraction (MVF) or the axon volume fraction (AVF) via the fraction of restricted water (fr)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196948/medical-students-opportunities-to-participate-and-learn-from-activities-at-an-internal-medicine-ward-an-ethnographic-study
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A Hägg-Martinell, H Hult, P Henriksson, A Kiessling
OBJECTIVES: To optimise medical students' early clerkship is a complex task since it is conducted in a context primarily organised to take care of patients. Previous studies have explored medical students' perceptions of facilitation and hindrance of learning. However, the opportunities for medical student to learn within the culture of acute medicine care have not been fully investigated. This study aimed to explore how medical students approach, interact and socialise in an acute internal medicine ward context, and how spaces for learning are created and used in such a culture...
February 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196752/efficiency-of-prescribe-vida-saludable-a-health-promotion-innovation-pilot-phase
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Aitor Sanz-Guinea, Maite Espinosa, Gonzalo Grandes, Alvaro Sanchez, Catalina Martinez, Haizea Pombo, Paola Bully, Josep Cortada
OBJECTIVE: "Prescribe Vida Saludable" (PVS) is an organisational innovation designed to optimise the promotion of multiple healthy habits in primary healthcare. It aims to estimate the cost effectiveness and cost-utility of prescribing physical activity in the pilot phase of the PVS programme, compared to the routine clinical practice of promoting physical activity in primary healthcare. METHODS: An economic evaluation of the quasi-experimental pilot phase of PVS was carried out...
February 10, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196473/2-7-million-samples-genotyped-for-hla-by-next-generation-sequencing-lessons-learned
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Gerhard Schöfl, Kathrin Lang, Philipp Quenzel, Irina Böhme, Jürgen Sauter, Jan A Hofmann, Julia Pingel, Alexander H Schmidt, Vinzenz Lange
BACKGROUND: At the DKMS Life Science Lab, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has been used for ultra-high-volume high-resolution genotyping of HLA loci for the last three and a half years. Here, we report on our experiences in genotyping the HLA, CCR5, ABO, RHD and KIR genes using a direct amplicon sequencing approach on Illumina MiSeq and HiSeq 2500 instruments. RESULTS: Between January 2013 and June 2016, 2,714,110 samples largely from German, Polish and UK-based potential stem cell donors have been processed...
February 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196063/long-term-results-and-recurrence-patterns-from-scope-1-a-phase-ii-iii-randomised-trial-of-definitive-chemoradiotherapy-cetuximab-in-oesophageal-cancer
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T Crosby, C N Hurt, S Falk, S Gollins, J Staffurth, R Ray, J A Bridgewater, J I Geh, D Cunningham, J Blazeby, R Roy, T Maughan, G Griffiths, S Mukherjee
BACKGROUND: The SCOPE-1 study tested the role of adding cetuximab to conventional definitive chemoradiotherapy (dCRT), and demonstrated greater toxicity and worse survival outcomes. We present the long-term outcomes and patterns of recurrence. METHODS: SCOPE-1 was a phase II/III trial in which patients were randomised to cisplatin 60 mg m(-2) (day 1) and capecitabine 625 mg m(-2) bd (days 1-21) for four cycles +/- cetuximab 400 mg m(-2) day 1 then by 250 mg m(-2) weekly...
February 14, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194458/an-assessment-of-hydrocarbon-species-in-the-methanol-to-hydrocarbon-reaction-over-a-zsm-5-catalyst
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Suwardiyanto, Russell F Howe, Emma K Gibson, C Richard A Catlow, Ali Hameed, James McGregor, Paul Collier, Stewart F Parker, David Lennon
A ZSM-5 catalyst is examined in relation to the methanol-to-hydrocarbon (MTH) reaction as a function of reaction temperature and time-on-stream. The reaction profile is characterised using in-line mass spectrometry. Furthermore, the material contained within a catch-pot downstream from the reactor is analysed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. For a fixed methanol feed, reaction conditions are selected to define various stages of the reaction coordinate: (i) initial methanol adsorption at a sub-optimum reaction temperature (1 h at 200 °C); (ii) initial stages of reaction at an optimised reaction temperature (1 h at 350 °C); (iii) steady-state operation at an optimised reaction temperature (3 days at 350 °C); and (iv) accelerated ageing (3 days at 400 °C)...
February 14, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194417/developing-intervention-strategies-to-optimise-body-composition-in-early-childhood-in-south-africa
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Catherine E Draper, Simone A Tomaz, Matthew Stone, Trina Hinkley, Rachel A Jones, Johann Louw, Rhian Twine, Kathleen Kahn, Shane A Norris
Purpose. The purpose of this research was to collect data to inform intervention strategies to optimise body composition in South African preschool children. Methods. Data were collected in urban and rural settings. Weight status, physical activity, and gross motor skill assessments were conducted with 341 3-6-year-old children, and 55 teachers and parents/caregivers participated in focus groups. Results. Overweight and obesity were a concern in low-income urban settings (14%), but levels of physical activity and gross motor skills were adequate across all settings...
2017: BioMed Research International
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