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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350696/monte-carlo-simulations-comparing-the-response-of-a-novel-hemispherical-tepc-to-existing-spherical-and-cylindrical-tepcs-for-neutron-monitoring-and-dosimetry
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David P Broughton, Anthony J Waker
Neutron dosimetry in reactor fields is currently mainly conducted with unwieldy flux monitors. Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counters (TEPCs) have been shown to have the potential to improve the accuracy of neutron dosimetry in these fields, and Multi-Element Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counters (METEPCs) could reduce the size of instrumentation required to do so. Complexity of current METEPC designs has inhibited their use beyond research. This work proposes a novel hemispherical counter with a wireless anode ball in place of the traditional anode wire as a possible solution for simplifying manufacturing...
May 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346150/factors-contributing-to-poor-satisfaction-with-sleep-and-healthcare-seeking-behavior-in-older-adults
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Olufunmilola Abraham, Jia Pu, Loren J Schleiden, Steven M Albert
OBJECTIVE: To identify factors influencing older adults' poor satisfaction with sleep and their current healthcare seeking behaviors. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Pittsburgh Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Community Registry. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 60 or older enrolled in the registry that completed a cross-sectional mailed survey (N = 1026). MEASUREMENTS: Participant demographics (age, gender, marital status, race, education), overall health (self-rated health, pain, and comorbidities), and health behaviors (physical activity, smoking, drinking behaviors) were collected from the registry database...
February 2017: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342687/analysis-of-the-best-available-techniques-for-wastewaters-from-a-denim-manufacturing-textile-mill
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H Yukseler, N Uzal, E Sahinkaya, M Kitis, F B Dilek, U Yetis
The present study was undertaken as the first plant scale application and evaluation of Best Available Techniques (BAT) within the context of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control/Industrial Emissions Directive to a textile mill in Turkey. A "best practice example" was developed for the textile sector; and within this context, BAT requirements for one of the World's leading denim manufacturing textile mills were determined. In order to achieve a sustainable wastewater management; firstly, a detailed wastewater characterization study was conducted and the possible candidate wastewaters to be reused within the mill were identified...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337917/micrometer-precise-determination-of-the-thin-electrolyte-layer-of-a-spectroelectrochemical-cell-by-microelectrode-approach-curves
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Dennis Hiltrop, Justus Masa, Alexander J R Botz, Armin Lindner, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Martin Muhler
A spectroelectrochemical cell is presented that allows investigations of electrochemical reactions by means of attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy. The electrode holder for the working (WE), counter and reference electrode as mounted in the IR spectrometer cause the formation of a thin electrolyte layer between the internal reflection element (IRE) and the surface of the WE. The thickness of this thin electrolyte layer (dTL) was estimated by performing a scanning electrochemical microscopy-(SECM) like approach of a Pt microelectrode (ME), which was leveled with the WE towards the IRE surface...
March 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334739/hiv-treatment-as-prevention-implications-for-health-promotion
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Sean Slavin
Evidence has been accumulating in recent years that individuals with HIV who are effectively treated with antiretroviral drugs are highly unlikely to transmit the virus to their sexual partners. This approach has great potential to contribute to ongoing prevention efforts and has been termed 'treatment as prevention'. International political momentum has been building in recent years to attempt to significantly reduce new HIV infections globally and end the epidemic by 2030. In pursuit of such aims a number of local health authorities and communities have adopted intensified 'test and treat' strategies to quickly diagnose infections and reduce the risk of onward transmission through an immediate offer of treatment...
October 8, 2016: Health Promotion International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334389/profiling-diuraphis-noxia-hemiptera-aphididae-transcript-expression-of-the-biotypes-sa1-and-sam-feeding-on-various-triticum-aestivum-varieties
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N F V Burger, E Venter, A-M Botha
The intimate relationship between an aphid and its host is mediated by the composition of the secreted saliva. In the present study, aphid heads were sampled and transcript profiling conducted after aphids were fed on their preference host and transferred to a variety of preference and nonpreference hosts. It was found that the virulent Diuraphis noxia (Kurdjumov) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) biotype SAM was able to selectively up-regulate more transcripts when confronted with feeding on a variety of hosts, than was the case with the less virulent D...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332768/separation-of-caffeoylquinic-acids-and-flavonoids-from-asteris-souliei-by-high-performance-counter-current-chromatography-and-their-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-vitro
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Qiang Zhang, He-Ying Pei, Kai Chen, Huan Tang, Bo Wu, Ming-Hai Tang, Ai-Hua Peng, Hao-Yu Ye, Li-Juan Chen
Eleven compounds were successfully separated from Asteris souliei by using a two-step high-performance counter-current chromatography method. The first step involved a reversed phase isocratic counter-current chromatography separation using hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:0.8:1:1 v/v), which produced three fractions, the first two of which were mixtures. The second step used step-gradient reversed-phase counter-current chromatography with hexane/butanol/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:0.5:3.5:1:4 v/v) initially followed by hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:2:1:2 v/v) to separate Fraction 1 into seven compounds; and hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/water (1:1:1:1...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326925/interaction-of-acupuncture-treatment-and-manipulation-laterality-modulated-by-the-default-mode-network
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Xuan Niu, Ming Zhang, Zhenyu Liu, Lijun Bai, Chuanzhu Sun, Shan Wang, Xiaocui Wang, Zhen Chen, Hongyan Chen, Jie Tian
Appropriate selection of ipsilateral or contralateral electroacupuncture (corresponding to the pain site) plays an important role in reaching its better curative effect; however, the involving brain mechanism still remains unclear. Compared with the heat pain model generally established in previous study, capsaicin pain model induces reversible cutaneous allodynia and is proved to be better simulating aspects of clinical nociceptive and neuropathic pain. In the current study, 24 subjects were randomly divided into two groups with a 2 × 2 factorial design: laterality (ipsi- or contralateral side, inter-subject) × treatment with counter-balanced at an interval of one week (verum and placebo electroacupuncture, within-subject)...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323579/who-experiences-seclusion-an-examination-of-demographics-and-duration-in-a-public-acute-inpatient-mental-health-service
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Jacinta Chavulak, Melissa Petrakis
Restrictive interventions such as seclusion may occur during an acute mental health crisis. Such interventions are experienced by people as traumatic and counter to recovery. The current study aimed to investigate the use of seclusion and who was secluded amongst patients presenting with psychotic symptomology. All acute inpatient admissions were examined across a 12-month period January-December 2013. Electronic and paper records were accessed and audited for all 655 admissions. There were 91 admissions that included a seclusion and 200 seclusion events...
March 21, 2017: Social Work in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323547/the-extent-that-health-professionals-suspect-and-address-addiction-to-medicines-in-primary-care-findings-from-a-survey-in-northwest-england
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Geoff Bates, Madeleine Cochrane, Adam John Mackridge
Addiction to medicines available over the counter or via prescription is of growing international concern. The authors of the current article ran an online survey of health professionals in general medical practice and community pharmacy settings in Northwest England to explore the frequency of suspecting and responding to addiction to medicines. Health professionals reported frequently identifying addiction to medicines among patients including those with long-term pain, mental health problems, sleep disorders, and other substance use disorders, but that these addictions often go unchallenged...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Addictive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323243/proteomics-of-facs-sorted-heterogeneous-corynebacterium-glutamicum-populations
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Andreas Harst, Stefan P Albaum, Tanja Bojarzyn, Christian Trötschel, Ansgar Poetsch
The metabolic status of individual cells in microbial cultures can differ, being relevant for biotechnology, environmental and medical microbiology. However, it is hardly understood in molecular detail due to limitations of current analytical tools. Here, we demonstrate that FACS in combination with proteomics can be used to sort and analyze cell populations based on their metabolic state. A previously established GFP reporter system was used to detect and sort single Corynebacterium glutamicum cells based on the concentration of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) using FACS...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322574/image-guided-research-in-the-clinic-to-reduce-surgical-margins
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Hon S Leong
Accidental tumor incision is uncommon but understanding its impact on surgical outcomes is still limited. Enokida and colleagues explore the possibility of tumor cell dissemination via surgical tool contamination. In their report, accidental tumor incision in pre-clinical models does result in the deposition of viable tumor cells onto surgical instruments such as scissors but they also counter this contamination with the use of electrical current to sterilize the same instrument mid-way in the operation. These results illustrate the usefulness of visual observation and the novel approach of sterilization peri-operatively...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318148/barriers-to-innovation-in-human-rabies-prophylaxis-and-treatment-a-causal-analysis-of-insights-from-key-opinion-leaders-and-literature
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L H M van de Burgwal, A M G Neevel, C A C M Pittens, A D M E Osterhaus, C E Rupprecht, E Claassen
Rabies is an essentially 100% fatal, zoonotic disease, caused by Lyssaviruses. Currently, the disease is vaccine-preventable with pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP). Still, rabies virus is estimated to cause up to 60,000 human deaths annually, of which the vast majority occurs in rural Asia and Africa, due to the inaccessibility of prophylaxis and non-existence of treatment. Despite these unmet clinical needs, rabies control mainly focuses on the sylvatic reservoir and drug innovation receives relatively little attention compared to other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)...
March 20, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315188/social-goals-impact-adolescent-substance-use-through-influencing-adolescents-connectedness-to-their-schools
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Samuel N Meisel, Craig R Colder
Although developmental models of risk behavior highlight the role of school connectedness in the etiology of adolescent substance use, no studies to our knowledge have assessed longitudinal mediational models examining how adolescents form bonds to their school, and how the quality of those bonds relate to substance use. To address this gap, the current study used four waves of data, spanning ages 11-16 (grades 5-11), to examine the association between individual differences in agentic (Dominance/Power) and communal (Nurturance/Affiliation) social goals and school connectedness, and in turn, whether levels of school connectedness are associated with substance use...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303745/grid-therapy-using-high-definition-multileaf-collimators-realizing-benefits-of-the-bystander-effect
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Valery Peng, Natalka Suchowerska, Linda Rogers, Elizabeth Claridge Mackonis, Samantha Oakes, David R McKenzie
BACKGROUND: In microbeam radiotherapy (MRT), parallel arrays of high-intensity synchrotron x-ray beams achieve normal tissue sparing without compromising tumor control. Grid-therapy using clinical linacs has spatial modulation on a larger scale and achieves promising results for palliative treatments of bulky tumors. The availability of high definition multileaf collimators (HDMLCs) with 2.5 mm leaves provides an opportunity for grid-therapy to more closely approach MRT. However, challenges to the wider implementation of grid-therapy remain because spatial modulation of the target volume runs counter to current radiotherapy practice and mechanisms for the beneficial effects of MRT are not fully understood...
March 17, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301838/the-interplay-between-maternal-nutrition-and-stress-during-pregnancy-issues-and-considerations
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Karen L Lindsay, Claudia Buss, Pathik D Wadhwa, Sonja Entringer
BACKGROUND: Several studies about humans and animals have separately examined the effects of prenatal nutrition and stress on fetal development, pregnancy, and birth outcomes, and subsequent child health and disease risk. Although substantial evidence from non-pregnant literature supports the presence of bidirectional interactions between nutrition and stress at various psychological, behavioral, and physiological levels, such interaction effects have not yet been systematically examined in the context of pregnancy...
March 17, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300257/electrochemical-synthesis-of-nanoporous-tungsten-carbide-and-its-application-as-electrocatalysts-for-photoelectrochemical-cells
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Jin Soo Kang, Jin Kim, Myeong Jae Lee, Yoon Jun Son, Juwon Jeong, Dong Young Chung, Ahyoun Lim, Heeman Choe, Hyun S Park, Yung-Eun Sung
Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells are promising tools for renewable and sustainable solar energy conversion. Currently, their inadequate performance and high cost of the noble metals used in the electrocatalytic counter electrode have postponed the practical use of PEC cells. In this study, we report the electrochemical synthesis of nanoporous tungsten carbide and its application as a reduction catalyst in PEC cells, namely, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) and PEC water splitting cells, for the first time...
March 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295595/optometry-australia-scope-of-practice-survey-2015
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Patricia M Kiely, Skye Cappuccio, Ellen McIntyre
BACKGROUND: This paper presents results from the inaugural Scope of Practice Survey of Optometry Australia members conducted in October 2015. The survey gathered information related to confidence in detecting and diagnosing key ocular conditions, grading diabetic retinopathy, prescribing scheduled medicines, access to equipment, confidence using equipment, incidence of patients requiring therapeutic management, referral practices and services provided. METHODS: The survey was developed, piloted, modified and administered to members of Optometry Australia (excluding student and retired members), who had a current email address...
March 13, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294170/exploring-inter-organ-crosstalk-to-uncover-mechanisms-that-regulate-%C3%AE-cell-function-and-mass
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J Shirakawa, D F De Jesus, R N Kulkarni
Impaired β-cell function and insufficient β-cell mass compensation are twin pathogenic features that underlie type 2 diabetes (T2D). Current therapeutic strategies continue to evolve to improve treatment outcomes in different ethnic populations and include approaches to counter insulin resistance and improve β-cell function. Although the effects of insulin secretion on metabolic organs such as liver, skeletal muscle and adipose is directly relevant for improving glucose uptake and reduce hyperglycemia, the ability of pancreatic β-cells to crosstalk with multiple non-metabolic tissues is providing novel insights into potential opportunities for improving β-cell function and/or mass that could have beneficial effects in patients with diabetes...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291687/structural-biomechanics-of-the-craniomaxillofacial-skeleton-under-maximal-masticatory-loading-inferences-and-critical-analysis-based-on-a-validated-computational-model
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Amir R Pakdel, Cari M Whyne, Jeffrey A Fialkov
BACKGROUND: The trend towards optimizing stabilization of the craniomaxillofacial skeleton (CMFS) with the minimum amount of fixation required to achieve union, and away from maximizing rigidity, requires a quantitative understanding of craniomaxillofacial biomechanics. This study uses computational modeling to quantify the structural biomechanics of the CMFS under maximal physiologic masticatory loading. METHODS: Using an experimentally validated subject-specific finite element (FE) model of the CMFS, the patterns of stress and strain distribution as a result of physiological masticatory loading were calculated...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
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