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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815857/association-between-short-sleep-duration-and-body-mass-index-in-australian-indigenous-children
#1
Melissa Deacon-Crouch, Isabelle Skinner, Joseph Tucci, Timothy Skinner
AIM: Associations between short sleep duration and obesity and the relationship between obesity and chronic illness are well documented. Obese children are likely to become obese adults. To date, there is a paucity of information regarding sleep duration and quality for Indigenous Australian people. It may be that poor-quality, short sleep is contributing to the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous people compared with non-Indigenous adults and children. This study sought to investigate the possibility that poor sleep quality may be contributing to health outcomes for Indigenous children by exploring associations between sleep duration and body mass index (BMI)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815586/differential-interference-contrast-photothermal-microscopy-in-nanospace-impacts-of-systematic-parameters
#2
M Liu
Differential interference contrast-photothermal microscopy (DIC-PTM), as a promising tool for trace analysis of nonfluorescent compounds, suffered low sensitivity in nanospace especially for aqueous samples, due to the poor thermophysical property of water and the unoptimised configuration. To improve its performance, a five-layer DIC-PTM model is built and influences of different parameters on the photothermal signal are investigated. The initial phase shift φ0 between two branches of the probe beam is found to be a key factor determining the detection sensitivity and response linearity: at a large φ0 (≤π/2) both a high sensitivity and a good linearity can be achieved, while a high signal-to-noise ratio occurs at a small φ0 ...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814951/optimal-formulations-of-local-foods-to-achieve-nutritional-adequacy-for-6-23-month-old-rural-tanzanian-children
#3
Jofrey Raymond, Neema Kassim, Jerman W Rose, Morris Agaba
Background: Achieving nutritional goals of infants and young children while maintaining the intake of local and culture-specific foods can be a daunting task. Diet optimisation using linear goal programming (LP) can effectively generate optimal formulations incorporating local and culturally acceptable foods. Objective: The primary objective of this study was to determine whether a realistic and affordable diet that achieves dietary recommended intakes (DRIs) for 22 selected nutrients can be formulated for rural 6-23-month-old children in Tanzania...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814757/top-canopy-nitrogen-allocation-linked-to-increased-grassland-carbon-uptake-in-stands-of-varying-species-richness
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Alexandru Milcu, Arthur Gessler, Christiane Roscher, Laura Rose, Zachary Kayler, Dörte Bachmann, Karin Pirhofer-Walzl, Saša Zavadlav, Lucia Galiano, Tina Buchmann, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Jacques Roy
Models predict that vertical gradients of foliar nitrogen (N) allocation, increasing from bottom to top of plant canopies, emerge as a plastic response to optimise N utilisation for carbon assimilation. While this mechanism has been well documented in monocultures, its relevance for mixed stands of varying species richness remains poorly understood. We used 21 naturally assembled grassland communities to analyse the gradients of N in the canopy using N allocation coefficients (K N ) estimated from the distribution of N per foliar surface area (KN-F) and ground surface area (KN-G)...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814423/portal-hypertension-and-its-management-in-children
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REVIEW
Tassos Grammatikopoulos, Patrick James McKiernan, Anil Dhawan
Portal hypertension (PHT), defined as raised intravascular pressure in the portal system, is a complication of chronic liver disease or liver vascular occlusion. Advances in our ability to diagnose and monitor the condition but also predict the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding have enabled us to optimise the management of children with PHT either at a surveillance or at a postbleeding stage. A consensus among paediatric centres in the classification of varices can be beneficial in streamlining future paediatric studies...
August 16, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814103/annals-express-associations-between-glycaemic-control-and-activation-of-the-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-in-participants-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-hypertension
#6
Tomas Patrick Griffin, Deirdre Wall, Gerard A Browne, Michael C Dennedy, Paula O'Shea
INTRODUCTION: Hyperglycaemia increases succinate levels and succinate receptor (GPR91) activation in the kidney resulting in renin release. The aim of our study was to determine if there is an association between glycaemic control as evidenced by glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) values and activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and hypertension. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted at Galway University Hospitals between December 2014 and March 2015...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814034/automated-assessment-of-symptom-severity-changes-during-deep-brain-stimulation-dbs-therapy-for-parkinson-s-disease
#7
Paolo Angeles, Yen Tai, Nicola Pavese, Samuel Wilson, Ravi Vaidyanathan
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is currently being used as a treatment for symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Tracking symptom severity progression and deciding the optimal stimulation parameters for people with PD is extremely difficult. This study presents a sensor system that can quantify the three cardinal motor symptoms of PD - rigidity, bradykinesia and tremor. The first phase of this study assesses whether data recorded from the system during physical examinations can be used to correlate to clinician's severity score using supervised machine learning (ML) models...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814027/challenges-in-using-compliant-ligaments-for-position-estimation-within-robotic-joints
#8
Felix Russell, Lei Gao, Peter Ellison, Ravi Vaidyanathan
The mechanical advantages of bio-inspired condylar robotic knee joints for use in prosthetics or rehabilitation has been argued extensively in literature. A common limitation of these designs is the difficulty of estimating joint angle and therefore accurately controlling the joint. Furthermore, the potential role of ligament-like structures in robotic knees is not very well established. In this work, we investigate the role of compliant stretch sensing ligaments and their integration into a condylar robotic knee...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813946/a-user-centered-design-approach-in-the-development-of-rehabilitation-devices-after-stroke
#9
Natalie Jankowski, Laura Schonijahn, Adina Kreitlow, Elsa Gotze, Michael Wahl
Involving users in iterative development processes is to be shown to increase the quality of health care devices and to prevent refusal. Successful use can only be achieved provided that the devices are accepted by its users. In this study potentials of user satisfaction surveys in the development of stroke rehabilitation devices are presented. The two arm-training devices Reha-Slide (RS) and Bi-Manu-Track (BMT) are assessed for patient satisfaction. The aim is to detect the satisfaction with the current state of certain aspects of the devices to obtain incentives for technical optimisation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813631/rapid-and-targeted-introgression-of-fgr-gene-through-marker-assisted-backcrossing-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
#10
Acga Cheng, Ismanizan Ismail, Mohamad Osman, Habibuddin Hashim, Nur Samahah Mohd Zainual
While it is crucial for developing countries like Malaysia to achieve self-sufficiency in rice (Oryza sativa L.), it is equally critical to be able to produce high-quality rice, specifically fragrant rice, which demands are often met through importation. The present study was aimed at developing high-yielding fragrant rice, in a timely and cost-effective manner. A marker-assisted backcross (MABC) approach was optimised to introgress the fragrance gene (fgr) into two high-yielding Malaysian varieties; MR84 and MR219, within two years utilising less than fifty molecular markers...
August 16, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813334/the-future-for-pettlep-a-modern-perspective-on-an-effective-and-established-tool
#11
REVIEW
Dave Collins, Howie J Carson
Over the past 15 years there has been much research into the PETTLEP model of motor imagery, originally designed to improve the quality and impact of imagery interventions on sport performance. This article reviews the most recent trends within this research. Despite a suggested change of underpinning mechanisms involved, there is much support for the positive impact of the model when applied within the sporting context and with engaged participants. The model also appears to have provided impact in fields other than sport, such as medicine and music...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813276/fathers-fathering-and-child-psychopathology
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REVIEW
Beth Barker, Jane E Iles, Paul G Ramchandani
The last few years have seen a steady increase in research addressing the potential influence of fathers on their children's development. There has also been a clearer acknowledgement of the need to study families as a complex system, rather than just focusing on individual aspects of functioning in one or other parent. Increased father involvement and more engaged styles of father-infant interactions are associated with more positive outcomes for children. Studies of paternal depression and other psychopathology have begun to elucidate some of the key mechanisms by which fathers can influence their children's development...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813055/multivesicular-droplets-a-cell-model-system-to-study-compartmentalised-biochemical-reactions
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N Nuti, P E Verboket, P S Dittrich
Multivesicular vesicles (MVVs) are artificial liposomal structures widely used as a platform to study the compartmentalisation of cells and as a scaffold for artificial cell/protocell models. Current preparation techniques for MVVs, however, offer poor control on the size, lamellarity, and loading of inner lipid vesicles. Here, we introduce a microfluidic device for the production of multivesicular droplets (MVDs): a novel model system combining the ease of use and control of droplet microfluidics with the biological relevance of MVVs...
August 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812844/clinician-perspectives-of-barriers-to-effective-implementation-of-a-rapid-response-system-in-an-academic-health-centre-a-focus-group-study
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John Rihari-Thomas, Michelle DiGiacomo, Jane Phillips, Phillip Newton, Patricia M Davidson
BACKGROUND: Systemic and structural issues of rapid response system (RRS) models can hinder implementation. This study sought to understand the ways in which acute care clinicians (physicians and nurses) experience and negotiate care for deteriorating patients within the RRS. METHODS: Physicians and nurses working within an Australian academic health centre within a jurisdictional-based model of clinical governance participated in focus group interviews. Verbatim transcripts were analysed using thematic content analysis...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812281/preclinical-development-of-an-automated-injection-device-for-intradermal-delivery-of-a-cell-based-therapy
#15
Giulia Leoni, Alex Lyness, Patrick Ginty, Rindi Schutte, Gopalan Pillai, Gayatri Sharma, Paul Kemp, Natalie Mount, Michaela Sharpe
Current methods for intradermal delivery of therapeutic products in clinical use include manual injection via the Mantoux technique and the use of injection devices, primarily developed for the delivery of vaccines and small molecules. A novel automated injection device is presented specifically designed for accurate delivery of multiple doses of product through a number of adjustable injection parameters, including injection depth, dose volume and needle insertion speed. The device was originally conceived for the delivery of a cell-based therapy to patients with skin wounds caused by epidermolysis bullosa...
August 15, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812138/-telemetric-follow-up-of-implantable-electronic-cardiac-devices-optimisation-of-care-in-clinical-practice
#16
REVIEW
Ralph Bosch, Ingrid Mutscher
Remote follow-up of patients with implantable electronic cardiac devices (IECD) is a scientifically well-evaluated and technically mature method. Advantages over conventional follow-up include rapid detection of clinically relevant events (i. e. arrhythmias) and of technical problems. Additionally, telemetric follow-up of IECDs has a high degree of acceptance among both patients as well as health care professionals and carries the potential to reduce health care costs. The implementation of a remote follow-up programme is associated with organisational, infrastructural and legal aspects, which are reviewed...
August 15, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812079/computational-evaluation-of-aluminophosphate-zeotypes-for-co2-n2-separation
#17
Michael Fischer
Zeolites and structurally related materials (zeotypes) have received considerable attention as potential adsorbents for selective carbon dioxide adsorption. Within this group, zeotypes with aluminophosphate composition (AlPOs) could be an interesting alternative to the more frequently studied aluminosilicate zeolites. So far, however, only a few AlPOs have been characterised experimentally in terms of their CO2 adsorption properties. In this study, force-field based grand-canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations were used to evaluate the potential of AlPOs for CO2/N2 separation, a binary mixture that constitutes a suitable model system for the removal of carbon dioxide from flue gases...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811190/how-to-quench-your-thirst-the-effect-of-water-based-products-varying-in-temperature-and-texture-flavour-and-sugar-content-on-thirst
#18
L van Belzen, E M Postma, S Boesveldt
The sensation of thirst plays an important role in the consumption of water or other fluids to rehydrate the body in order to keep bodily functions working properly. An increase in saliva secretion, wetting the mouth by ingestion of liquids, and cooling and sour components in products can alleviate this sensation already before absorption of fluids by the body. This study aimed to investigate the thirst-quenching ability of water-based products differing in temperature and texture (cold solids and cool liquids), flavour (flavoured and non-flavoured) and sugar content in two consecutive experiments...
August 12, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810809/optimization-of-human-nk-cell-manufacturing-fully-automated-separation-improved-i-ex-vivo-i-expansion-using-il-21-with-autologous-feeder-cells-and-generation-of-anti-cd123-car-expressing-effector-cells
#19
Stephan Klöß, Olaf Oberschmidt, Michael Morgan, Julia Dahlke, Lubomir Arseniev, Volker Huppert, Markus Granzin, Tanja Gardlowski, Nadine Matthies, Stefanie Soltenborn, Axel Schambach, Ulrike Koehl
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The administration of ex-vivo expanded Natural killer (NK) cells as potential antitumor effector cells appears to be suitable for effector cell-based immunotherapies in high-risk cancer patients. However, the GMP-conform manufacturing of clinical-grade NK cells at sufficiently high numbers represent a great challenge. Therefore, we improved and optimized previous expansion protocols for those effector cells through the use of newly developed culture medium, IL-21 and autologous feeder cells...
August 16, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809810/veterinary-and-equine-science-students-interpretation-of-horse-behaviour
#20
Gabriella Gronqvist, Chris Rogers, Erica Gee, Audrey Martinez, Charlotte Bolwell
Many veterinary and undergraduate equine science students have little previous horse handling experience and a poor understanding of horse behaviour; yet horses are one of the most unsafe animals with which veterinary students must work. It is essential for veterinary and equine students to learn how to interpret horse behaviour in order to understand demeanour and levels of arousal, and to optimise their own safety and the horses' welfare. The study utilised a qualitative research approach to investigate veterinary science and veterinary technology and undergraduate equine science students' interpretation of expressive behaviours shown by horses...
August 15, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
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