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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092752/optimising-uk-urban-road-verge-contributions-to-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services-with-cost-effective-management
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REVIEW
Odhran S O'Sullivan, Alison R Holt, Philip H Warren, Karl L Evans
Urban road verges can contain significant biodiversity, contribute to structural connectivity between other urban greenspaces, and due to their proximity to road traffic are well placed to provide ecosystem services. Using the UK as a case study we review and critically evaluate a broad range of evidence to assess how this considerable potential can be enhanced despite financial, contractual and public opinion constraints. Reduced mowing frequency and other alterations would enhance biodiversity, aesthetics and pollination services, whilst delivering costs savings and potentially being publically acceptable...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092585/saliency-based-lesion-segmentation-via-background-detection-in-dermoscopic-images
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Euijoon Ahn, Jinman Kim, Lei Bi, Ashnil Kumar, Changyang Li, Michael Fulham, Dagan Feng
The segmentation of skin lesions in dermoscopic images is a fundamental step in automated computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) of melanoma. Conventional segmentation methods, however, have difficulties when the lesion borders are indistinct and when contrast between the lesion and the surrounding skin is low. They also perform poorly when there is a heterogeneous background or a lesion that touches the image boundaries; this then results in under- and over-segmentation of the skin lesion. We suggest that saliency detection using the reconstruction errors derived from a sparse representation model coupled with a novel background detection can more accurately discriminate the lesion from surrounding regions...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091978/patient-specific-optimisation-of-administered-activity-and-acquisition-times-for-18-f-fdg-pet-imaging
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Fred Wickham, Helena McMeekin, Maria Burniston, Daniel McCool, Deborah Pencharz, Annah Skillen, Thomas Wagner
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to identify a method for optimising the administered activity and acquisition time for (18)F-FDG PET imaging, yielding images of consistent quality for patients with varying body sizes and compositions, while limiting radiation doses to patients and staff. Patients referred for FDG scans had bioimpedance measurements. They were injected with 3 MBq/kg of (18)F up to 370 MBq and scanned on a Siemens Biograph mCT at 3 or 4 min per bed position...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089788/cardiovascular-disease-risk-assessment-in-australian-community-pharmacy
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Kevin P Mc Namara, Gregory M Peterson, Josie Hughes, Ines Krass, Vincent Versace, Robyn A Clark, James Dunbar
BACKGROUND: Population screening and monitoring of cardiovascular risk is suboptimal in Australian primary care. The role of community pharmacy has increased considerably, but without any policy framework for development. The aim of this study was to explore the nature of community pharmacy-based screening models in Australia, capacity to increase delivery of pharmacy screening, and barriers and enablers to increasing capacity. METHODS: An online survey weblink was emailed to pharmacy managers at every quality-accredited pharmacy in Australia by the Quality Pharmacy Care Program...
November 30, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089785/mechanistic-modelling-of-infrared-mediated-energy-transfer-during-the-primary-drying-step-of-a-continuous-freeze-drying-process
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Pieter-Jan Van Bockstal, Séverine Thérèse F C Mortier, Laurens De Meyer, Jos Corver, Chris Vervaet, Ingmar Nopens, Thomas De Beer
Conventional pharmaceutical freeze-drying is an inefficient and expensive batch-wise process, associated with several disadvantages leading to an uncontrolled end product variability. The proposed continuous alternative, based on spinning the vials during freezing and on optimal energy supply during drying, strongly increases process efficiency and improves product quality (uniformity). The heat transfer during continuous drying of the spin frozen vials is provided via non-contact infrared (IR) radiation. The energy transfer to the spin frozen vials should be optimised to maximise the drying efficiency while avoiding cake collapse...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089398/high-temperature-investigations-on-optimising-the-recovery-of-copper-from-waste-printed-circuit-boards
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R Cayumil, M Ikram-Ul-Haq, R Khanna, R Saini, P S Mukherjee, B K Mishra, V Sahajwalla
High temperature pyrolysis investigations were carried out on waste printed circuit boards (PCBs) in the temperature range 800-1000°C under inert conditions, with an aim to determine optimal operating conditions for the recovery of copper. Pyrolysis residues were characterized using ICP-OES analysis, SEM/EDS and XRD investigations. Copper foils were successfully recovered after pyrolysis at 800°C for 10-20 min; the levels of Pb and Sn present were found to be quite low and these were generally present near the foil edges...
January 12, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089301/time-since-discharge-of-9mm-cartridges-by-headspace-analysis-part-2-ageing-study-and-estimation-of-the-time-since-discharge-using-multivariate-regression
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M Gallidabino, F S Romolo, C Weyermann
Estimating the time since discharge of spent cartridges can be a valuable tool in the forensic investigation of firearm-related crimes. To reach this aim, it was previously proposed that the decrease of volatile organic compounds released during discharge is monitored over time using non-destructive headspace extraction techniques. While promising results were obtained for large-calibre cartridges (e.g., shotgun shells), handgun calibres yielded unsatisfying results. In addition to the natural complexity of the specimen itself, these can also be attributed to some selective choices in the methods development...
December 27, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089297/time-since-discharge-of-9mm-cartridges-by-headspace-analysis-part-1-comprehensive-optimisation-and-validation-of-a-headspace-sorptive-extraction-hsse-method
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M Gallidabino, F S Romolo, C Weyermann
Estimating the time since discharge of spent cartridges can be a valuable tool in the forensic investigation of firearm-related crimes. To reach this aim, it was previously proposed that the decrease of volatile organic compounds released during discharge is monitored over time using non-destructive headspace extraction techniques. While promising results were obtained for large-calibre cartridges (e.g., shotgun shells), handgun calibres yielded unsatisfying results. In addition to the natural complexity of the specimen itself, these can also be attributed to some selective choices in the methods development...
December 24, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089230/metastatic-fractures-of-long-limb-bones
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REVIEW
P Anract, D Biau, P Boudou-Rouquette
The diagnosis of pathological fracture should be considered routinely in patients with long limb-bone fractures. Investigations must be performed to establish the diagnosis of pathological fracture then to determine that the bone lesion is a metastasis. In over 85% of cases, the clinical evaluation combined with a detailed analysis of the radiographs is sufficient to determine that the fracture occurred at a tumour site. Aetiological investigations establish that the tumour is a metastasis. In some patients, the diagnosis of metastatic cancer antedates the fracture...
January 11, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088921/red-flags-a-case-series-of-clinician-family-communication-challenges-in-the-context-of-chd
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Priya Sekar, Katie L Marcus, Erin P Williams, Renee D Boss
We describe three cases of newborns with complex CHD characterised by communication challenges. These communication challenges were categorised as patient, family, or system-related red flags. Strategies for addressing these red flags were proposed, for the goal of optimising care and improving quality of life in this vulnerable population.
January 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088361/purification-and-characterisation-of-dsrna-using-ion-pair-reverse-phase-chromatography-and-mass-spectrometry
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Alison O Nwokeoji, An-Wen Kung, Peter M Kilby, David E Portwood, Mark J Dickman
RNA interference has provided valuable insight into a wide range of biological systems and is a powerful tool for the analysis of gene function. The exploitation of this pathway to block the expression of specific gene targets holds considerable promise for the development of novel RNAi-based insect management strategies. In addition, there are a wide number of future potential applications of RNAi to control agricultural insect pests as well as its use for prevention of diseases in beneficial insects. The potential to synthesise large quantities of dsRNA by in-vitro transcription or in bacterial systems for RNA interference applications has generated significant demand for the development and application of high throughput analytical tools for the rapid extraction, purification and analysis of dsRNA...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088244/study-of-the-variability-of-scapular-inclination-and-the-glenoid-version-considerations-for-preoperative-planning-clinical-radiological-study
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Petr Fulin, Martin Kysilko, David Pokorny, Radek Padr, Nikola Kasprikova, Ivan Landor, Antonin Sosna
BACKGROUND: Preoperative planning with the aid of imaging methods is a principal factor in successful surgery on the shoulder. This work aims to evaluate the variability of glenoid version, spiralling twist and scapular inclination in relation to the frontal axis. Studies focusing on measuring the variability of scapular inclination in the standardised rest position are lacking in the literature. METHODS: We evaluated 104 CT scans of the shoulder. We measured the glenoid version with respect to the scapular axis at three levels...
January 14, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088218/spinal-versus-general-anaesthesia-in-surgery-for-inguinodynia-spinasia-trial-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Willem A R Zwaans, Léon H P M le Mair, Marc R M Scheltinga, Rudi M H Roumen
BACKGROUND: Chronic inguinodynia (groin pain) is a common complication following open inguinal hernia repair or a Pfannenstiel incision but may also be experienced after other types of (groin) surgery. If conservative treatments are to no avail, tailored remedial surgery, including a neurectomy and/or a (partial) meshectomy, may be considered. Retrospective studies in patients with chronic inguinodynia suggested that spinal anaesthesia is superior compared to general anaesthesia in terms of pain relief following remedial operations...
January 14, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087725/neurodevelopmental-outcomes-of-extremely-low-birthweight-infants-randomised-to-different-pco2-targets-the-phelbi-follow-up-study
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Ulrich H Thome, Orsolya Genzel-Boroviczeny, Bettina Bohnhorst, Manuel Schmid, Hans Fuchs, Oliver Rohde, Stefan Avenarius, Hans-Georg Topf, Andrea Zimmermann, Dirk Faas, Katharina Timme, Barbara Kleinlein, Horst Buxmann, Wilfried Schenk, Hugo Segerer, Norbert Teig, Annett Bläser, Roland Hentschel, Matthias Heckmann, Rolf Schlösser, Jochen Peters, Rainer Rossi, Wolfgang Rascher, Ralf Böttger, Jürgen Seidenberg, Gesine Hansen, Maria Zernickel, Harald Bode, Jens Dreyhaupt, Rainer Muche, Helmut D Hummler
BACKGROUND: Tolerating higher partial pressures of carbon dioxide (PCO2) in mechanically ventilated extremely low birthweight infants to reduce ventilator-induced lung injury may have long-term neurodevelopmental side effects. This study analyses the results of neurodevelopmental follow-up of infants enrolled in a randomised multicentre trial. METHODS: Infants (n=359) between 400 and 1000 g birth weight and 23 0/7-28 6/7 weeks gestational age who required endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation within 24 hours of birth were randomly assigned to high PCO2 or to a control group with mildly elevated PCO2 targets...
January 13, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087312/immunisation-choice-of-host-adjuvants-and-boosting-schedules-with-emphasis-on-polyclonal-antibody-production
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REVIEW
Philippe Delahaut
Polyclonal antibodies are frequently used as immunodiagnostic tools in fundamental research. They are also used for routine diagnostic purposes in human and veterinary medicine and for quality control procedures in the food-processing industry. The antibody is a major component of the detection system. It binds with the molecule to be identified. This conjugate is subsequently revealed by means of binding the antibody with a radio-isotope, a fluorescent substance, an enzyme inducing a color change, or a biosensor based analytical system...
January 10, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087285/apert-syndrome-a-consensus-on-the-management-of-apert-hands
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David A Pettitt, Zeeshaan Arshad, Anuj Mishra, Paul McArthur
INTRODUCTION: Apert Syndrome is a congenital condition characterised by primary craniosynostosis, midfacial malformations and complex symmetrical malformations of the hands and feet. The hands demonstrate one of the most complex collections of congenital upper limb deformities, posing a significant challenge for the paediatric hand surgeon. This study examines the extant literature and current practice of the four UK specialist craniofacial units regarding the management of Apert hands in order to provide a basis for guideline development...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081545/mathematical-optimisation-of-the-cisplatin-plus-etoposide-combination-for-managing-extensive-stage-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
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C Faivre, R El Cheikh, D Barbolosi, F Barlesi
BACKGROUND: Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) represents one of the most aggressive forms of lung cancer. Despite the fair sensitivity of SCLC to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the current standard treatment regimens have modest survival rates and are associated with potential life-threatening adverse events. Therefore, research into new optimised regimens that increase drug efficacy while respecting toxicity constraints is of primary importance. METHODS: A PK/PD model for the combination of cisplatin and etoposide to treat extensive-stage SCLC patients was generated...
January 12, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078384/echocardiographic-versus-angiographic-assessment-of-patent-arterial-duct-in-percutaneous-closure-towards-x-ray-free-duct-occlusion
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Inês Carmo Mendes, Hannah Heard, Kelly Peacock, Thomas Krasemann, Gareth J Morgan
Device selection and procedural guidance for percutaneous ductal closure strongly rely upon angiographic and echocardiographic imaging. Current literature recognises 2D echocardiography as an essential tool for diagnosis and assessment but does not define a consistent methodology to optimise ductal measurement. There is little research comparing echocardiography with gold standard angiography for ductal measurement. Proving 2D echocardiographic ductal measurement to be equivalent to angiography could pave the way for its use as the primary modality in image guidance for percutaneous closure of the ductus...
January 11, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078339/simultaneous-topographical-electrical-and-optical-microscopy-of-optoelectronic-devices-at-the-nanoscale
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Naresh Kumar, Alina Zoladek-Lemanczyk, Anne A Y Guilbert, Weitao Su, Sachetan M Tuladhar, Thomas Kirchartz, Bob C Schroeder, Iain McCulloch, Jenny Nelson, Debdulal Roy, Fernando A Castro
Novel optoelectronic devices rely on complex nanomaterial systems where the nanoscale morphology and local chemical composition are critical to performance. However, the lack of analytical techniques that can directly probe these structure-property relationships at the nanoscale presents a major obstacle to device development. In this work, we present a novel method for non-destructive, simultaneous mapping of the morphology, chemical composition and photoelectrical properties with <20 nm spatial resolution by combining plasmonic optical signal enhancement with electrical-mode scanning probe microscopy...
January 12, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078093/health-communication-implications-of-the-perceived-meanings-of-terms-used-to-denote-unhealthy-foods
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Simone Pettigrew, Zenobia Talati, Iain S Pratt
BACKGROUND: Using appropriate terminology in nutrition education programs and behaviour change campaigns is important to optimise the effectiveness of these efforts. To inform future communications on the topic of healthy eating, this study explored adults' perceptions of the meaning of four terms used to describe unhealthy foods: junk food, snack food, party food, and discretionary food. METHODS: Australian adults were recruited to participate in an online survey that included demographic items and open-ended questions relating to perceptions of the four terms...
2017: BMC Obesity
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