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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534592/thermo-electrochemical-cells-for-waste-heat-harvesting-progress-and-perspectives
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M F Dupont, D R MacFarlane, J M Pringle
Thermo-electrochemical cells (also called thermocells) are promising devices for harvesting waste heat for the sustainable production of energy. Research into thermocells has increased significantly in recent years, driven by advantages such as their ability to continuously convert heat into electrical energy without producing emissions or consuming materials. Until relatively recently, the commercial viability of thermocells was limited by their low power output and conversion efficiency. However, there have lately been significant advances in thermocell performance as a result of improvements to the electrode materials, electrolyte and redox chemistry and various features of the cell design...
May 23, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534543/-evolution-of-patient-safety-culture-in-a-medium-stay-hospital-monitoring-indicators
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M J Merino-Plaza, F J Carrera-Hueso, M Castillo-Blasco, A Martínez-Asensi, R Martínez-Capella, N Fikri-Benbrahim
BACKGROUND: Patient safety is a challenge for health care. The aim of this study is to identify the dimensions with the greatest impact on patient safety culture of healthcare staff in a medium-stay hospital; to asses its evolution over time and to check the sensitivity of monitoring indicators. METHODS: Two cross-sectional studies (2013 to 2015) were conducted. The safety culture assessment tool used was the Spanish version of the "Hospital Survey on Patient Safety" (AHRQ)...
April 30, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534300/formulation-and-evaluation-of-naringenin-nanosuspensions-for-bioavailability-enhancement
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Sonia Gera, Sreekanth Talluri, Nagarjun Rangaraj, Sunitha Sampathi
The clinical potential of naringenin (NRG) is compromised due to its poor aqueous solubility and low oral bioavailability. The study is aimed at addressing these issues by means of naringenin nanosuspensions (NRG-NS) formulated using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP K-90) as stabiliser via antisolvent sonoprecipitation method. Optimisation of sonication time, drug concentration and stabilisers was done based on particle size. Characterisation of pure NRG and NRG-NS was carried out by scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), x-ray powder diffractometry (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)...
May 22, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534195/identification-of-a-small-molecule-that-facilitates-the-differentiation-of-human-ipscs-escs-and-mouse-embryonic-pancreatic-explants-into-pancreatic-endocrine-cells
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Yasushi Kondo, Taro Toyoda, Ryo Ito, Michinori Funato, Yoshiya Hosokawa, Satoshi Matsui, Tomomi Sudo, Masahiro Nakamura, Chihiro Okada, Xiaotong Zhuang, Akira Watanabe, Akira Ohta, Nobuya Inagaki, Kenji Osafune
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Pancreatic beta-like cells generated from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) or human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) offer an appealing donor tissue source. However, differentiation protocols that mainly use growth factors are costly. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to establish efficient differentiation protocols to change hiPSCs/hESCs to insulin (INS)(+) cells using novel small-molecule inducers. METHODS: We screened small molecules that increased the induction rate of INS(+) cells from hESC-derived pancreatic and duodenal homeobox 1 (PDX1)(+) pancreatic progenitor cells...
May 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533045/-evaluation-of-the-animal-assisted-therapy-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Clémence Quibel, Marie Bonin, Magalie Bonnet, Maryse Gaimard, France Mourey, Isabelle Moesch, Pierre Ancet
Animal-assisted therapy sessions have been set up in a protected unit for patients with a dementia-related syndrome. The aim is to measure the effects of animal-assisted therapy on behavioural disorders in daily life and care. The results obtained provided some interesting areas to explore and recommendations with a view to optimising the implementation of such a system.
May 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532785/best-practice-in-the-measurement-and-interpretation-of-lysosomal-acid-lipase-in-dried-blood-spots-using-the-inhibitor-lalistat-2
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Zoltan Lukacs, Marianne Barr, John Hamilton
Lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) is an inherited, autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder characterized by progressive damage in multiple organ systems. Diagnosis is especially important in infants, in whom the course of disease is rapidly lethal without treatment. The recent regulatory approval of recombinant human lysosomal acid lipase (LAL), sebelipase alfa, merits rapid diagnosis in clinical routine, particularly in infants. A method for measuring LAL activity in dried blood spot (DBS) samples using the highly specific LAL inhibitor Lalistat 2 is available...
May 19, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532509/barriers-and-facilitators-to-healthcare-professional-behaviour-change-in-clinical-trials-using-the-theoretical-domains-framework-a-case-study-of-a-trial-of-individualized-temperature-reduced-haemodialysis
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Justin Presseau, Brittany Mutsaers, Ahmed A Al-Jaishi, Janet Squires, Christopher W McIntyre, Amit X Garg, Manish M Sood, Jeremy M Grimshaw
BACKGROUND: Implementing the treatment arm of a clinical trial often requires changes to healthcare practices. Barriers to such changes may undermine the delivery of the treatment making it more likely that the trial will demonstrate no treatment effect. The 'Major outcomes with personalized dialysate temperature' (MyTEMP) is a cluster-randomised trial to be conducted in 84 haemodialysis centres across Ontario, Canada to investigate whether there is a difference in major outcomes with an individualized dialysis temperature (IDT) of 0...
May 22, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532458/results-of-an-early-intervention-programme-for-patients-with-bacteraemia-analysis-of-prognostic-factors-and-mortality
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A Del Arco, J Olalla, J de la Torre, A Blázquez, N Montiel-Quezel, J L Prada, F Rivas, J García-Alegría, F Fernández-Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Bacteraemia is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in patients admitted to hospital. The aim of this study is to analyse the results of a two-year programme for the early optimisation of antibiotic treatment in patients admitted to the Costa del Sol Hospital (Marbella. Spain). METHODS: A prospective two-year cohort study was conducted, evaluating all episodes of bacteraemia at the Costa del Sol Hospital. Epidemiological and microbiological characteristics, any modification of the initial antibiotic treatment, prognostic risk stratification, early mortality related to the episode of bacteraemia, and mortality after the seventh day, were included in the analysis...
May 22, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531971/graphene-oxide-versus-graphene-for-optimisation-of-pmma-bone-cement-for-orthopaedic-applications
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E Paz, F Forriol, J C Del Real, N Dunne
Graphene (G) and graphene oxide (GO) nano-sized powders with loadings ranging from 0.1 to 1.0wt% were investigated as reinforced agents for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) bone cements. The mechanical properties (i.e. bend strength, bend modulus, compression strength, fracture toughness and fatigue performance) and the thermal properties (i.e. maximum temperature, setting time, curing heat and residual monomer) of the resultant nanocomposites were characterised. The mechanical performance of G-PMMA and GO-PMMA bone cements has been improved at low loadings (≤0...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531450/estimating-energy-expenditure-in-vascular-surgery-patients-are-predictive-equations-accurate-enough
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J Suen, J M Thomas, C L Delaney, J I Spark, M D Miller
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Malnutrition is prevalent in vascular surgical patients who commonly seek tertiary care at advanced stages of disease. Adjunct nutrition support is therefore pertinent to optimise patient outcomes. To negate consequences related to excessive or suboptimal dietary energy intake, it is essential to accurately determine energy expenditure and subsequent requirements. This study aims to compare resting energy expenditure (REE) measured by indirect calorimetry, a commonly used comparator, to REE estimated by predictive equations (Schofield, Harris-Benedict equations and Miller equation) to determine the most suitable equation for vascular surgery patients...
December 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531226/intercenter-validation-of-a-knowledge-based-model-for-automated-planning-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-prostate-cancer-the-experience-of-the-german-rapidplan-consortium
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Carolin Schubert, Oliver Waletzko, Christian Weiss, Dirk Voelzke, Sevda Toperim, Arnd Roeser, Silvia Puccini, Marc Piroth, Christian Mehrens, Jan-Dirk Kueter, Kirsten Hierholz, Karsten Gerull, Antonella Fogliata, Andreas Block, Luca Cozzi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of a model-based optimisation process for volumetric modulated arc therapy applied to prostate cancer in a multicentric cooperative group. The RapidPlan (RP) knowledge-based engine was tested for the planning of Volumetric modulated arc therapy with RapidArc on prostate cancer patients. The study was conducted in the frame of the German RapidPlan Consortium (GRC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: 43 patients from one institute of the GRC were used to build and train a RP model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531161/development-of-optimized-inhibitor-rnas-allowing-multisite-targeting-of-the-hcv-genome
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Cristina Romero-López, Thomas Lahlali, Beatriz Berzal-Herranz, Alfredo Berzal-Herranz
Engineered multivalent drugs are promising candidates for fighting infection by highly variable viruses, such as HCV. The combination into a single molecule of more than one inhibitory domain, each with its own target specificity and even a different mechanism of action, results in drugs with potentially enhanced therapeutic properties. In the present work, the anti-HCV chimeric inhibitor RNA HH363-10, which has a hammerhead catalytic domain and an aptamer RNA domain, was subjected to an in vitro selection strategy to isolate ten different optimised chimeric inhibitor RNAs...
May 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530750/first-principles-study-of-the-structural-stability-and-electrochemical-properties-of-na2msio4-m-mn-fe-co-and-ni-polymorphs
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F Bianchini, H Fjellvåg, P Vajeeston
Sodium orthosilicates Na2MSiO4 (M = Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) have attracted much attention due to the possibility of exchanging two electrons per formula unit. They are also found to exhibit great structural stability due to a diamond-like arrangement of tetrahedral groups. In this work, we have systematically studied the possible polymorphism of these compounds by means of density functional theory, optimising the structure of a number of systems with different group symmetries. The ground state is found to be Pc-symmetric for all the considered M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and several similar structures exhibiting different symmetries coexist within a 0...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530723/precision-control-of-flow-rate-in-microfluidic-channels-using-photoresponsive-soft-polymer-actuators
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Colm Delaney, Peter McCluskey, Simon Coleman, Jeffrey Whyte, Nigel Kent, Dermot Diamond
A novel approach that allows control of flow in microfluidic channels with unsurpassed performance using light is described. Valve structures have been created using photoresponsive hydrogels based on spiropyran-functionalised pNIPAAm hydrogels photopolymerised around pillar structures within the channels. Valve actuation is controlled from outside the fluidic system using externally located LEDs. Highly precise and accurate flow rates can be selected by passing real-time flow rate measurements into a PID algorithm...
May 22, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530474/optimising-pre-season-training-loads-in-australian-football
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David L Carey, Justin Crow, Kok-Leong Ong, Peter Blanch, Meg E Morris, Ben J Dascombe, Kay M Crossley
PURPOSE: To investigate whether pre-season training plans for Australian football can be computer generated using current training load guidelines to optimise injury risk reduction and performance improvement. METHODS: A constrained optimisation problem was defined for daily total and sprint distance, using the pre-season schedule of an elite Australian football team as a template. Maximising total training volume and maximising Banister model projected performance were both considered as optimisation objectives...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529762/enhanced-inter-subject-brain-computer-interface-with-associative-sensorimotor-oscillations
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Simanto Saha, Khawza I Ahmed, Raqibul Mostafa, Ahsan H Khandoker, Leontios Hadjileontiadis
Electroencephalography (EEG) captures electrophysiological signatures of cortical events from the scalp with high-dimensional electrode montages. Usually, excessive sources produce outliers and potentially affect the actual event related sources. Besides, EEG manifests inherent inter-subject variability of the brain dynamics, at the resting state and/or under the performance of task(s), caused probably due to the instantaneous fluctuation of psychophysiological states. A wavelet coherence (WC) analysis for optimally selecting associative inter-subject channels is proposed here and is being used to boost performances of motor imagery (MI)-based inter-subject brain computer interface (BCI)...
February 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528537/intraoperative-mechanical-ventilation-state-of-the-art
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Lorenzo Ball, Federico Costantino, Giulia Orefice, Karthikka Chandrapatham, Paolo Pelosi
Mechanical ventilation is a cornerstone of the intraoperative management of the surgical patient and is still mandatory in several surgical procedures. In the last decades, research focused on preventing postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs), both improving risk stratification through the use of predictive scores and protecting the lung adopting so-called protective ventilation strategies. The aim of this review is to give an up-to-date overview of the currently suggested intraoperative ventilation strategies, along with their pathophysiologic rationale, with a focus on challenging conditions, such as obesity, one-lung ventilation and cardiopulmonary bypass...
May 19, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528320/predicting-long-term-bleeding-risk-after-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-step-closer-to-optimising-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-duration
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EDITORIAL
Simon Wilson, David E Newby
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May 20, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528282/management-options-in-the-treatment-of-femoral-pseudoaneurysms-secondary-to-intravenous-drug-abuse-a-case-series
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James Rammell, Nisheeth Kansal, Vish Bhattacharya
INTRODUCTION: Infected femoral pseudoaneurysms are a common presentation in intravenous drug users with little consensus as to the optimum management of these patients. Whilst emergency revascularisation options are available, excision and ligation of the femoral artery remains the most common operative intervention but risks leaving the patient with critical ischaemia or intermittent claudication. This case series reviewed the outcomes of 4 patients who underwent excision-ligation without revascularisation of an infected femoral pseudoaneurysm at a district general hospital...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528220/properties-of-the-tapasin-homologue-tapbpr
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REVIEW
Andreas Neerincx, Louise H Boyle
The presentation of antigenic peptides by MHC class I molecules plays a vital role in generating T cell responses against infection and cancer. Over the last two decades the central role of tapasin as a peptide editor that influences the loading and optimisation of peptides onto MHC class I molecules has been extensively characterised. Recently, it has become evident that the tapasin-related protein, TAPBPR, functions as a second peptide editor which influences the peptides displayed by MHC class I molecules...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
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