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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156634/an-overview-of-chitosan-nanoparticles-and-its-application-in-non-parenteral-drug-delivery
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REVIEW
Munawar A Mohammed, Jaweria T M Syeda, Kishor M Wasan, Ellen K Wasan
The focus of this review is to provide an overview of the chitosan based nanoparticles for various non-parenteral applications and also to put a spotlight on current research including sustained release and mucoadhesive chitosan dosage forms. Chitosan is a biodegradable, biocompatible polymer regarded as safe for human dietary use and approved for wound dressing applications. Chitosan has been used as a carrier in polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery through various routes of administration. Chitosan has chemical functional groups that can be modified to achieve specific goals, making it a polymer with a tremendous range of potential applications...
November 20, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156070/medical-crowdfunding-for-patients-undergoing-orthopedic-surgery
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Wesley M Durand, Joseph R Johnson, Adam E M Eltorai, Alan H Daniels
Crowdfunding for medical expenses is growing in popularity. Through several websites, patients create public campaign profiles to which donors can contribute. Research on medical crowdfunding is limited, and there have been no studies of crowdfunding in orthopedics. Active medical crowdfunding campaigns for orthopedic trauma, total joint arthroplasty, and spine surgery were queried from a crowdfunding website. The characteristics and outcomes of crowdfunding campaigns were abstracted and analyzed. For this study, 444 campaigns were analyzed, raising a total of $1,443,528...
November 20, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155741/directed-differentiation-of-primitive-and-definitive-hematopoietic-progenitors-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Carissa Dege, Christopher M Sturgeon
One of the major goals for regenerative medicine is the generation and maintenance of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). Until recently, efforts to differentiate hPSCs into HSCs have predominantly generated hematopoietic progenitors that lack HSC potential, and instead resemble yolk sac hematopoiesis. These resulting hematopoietic progenitors may have limited utility for in vitro disease modeling of various adult hematopoietic disorders, particularly those of the lymphoid lineages...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155369/virtual-rehabilitation-with-children-challenges-for-clinical-adoption-from-the-field
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Stephanie Glegg
Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality environments are increasingly being developed and used to address functional rehabilitation goals related to physical, cognitive, social, and psychological impairments. For example, a child with an acquired brain injury may participate in virtual rehabilitation to address impairments in balance, attention, turn taking, and engagement in therapy. The trend toward virtual rehabilitation first gained momentum with the adoption of commercial off-the-shelf active video gaming consoles (e...
November 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154724/understanding-how-a-palliative-specific-patient-reported-outcome-intervention-works-to-facilitate-patient-centred-care-in-advanced-heart-failure-a-qualitative-study
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Pauline M Kane, Clare I Ellis-Smith, Barbara A Daveson, Karen Ryan, Niall G Mahon, Brendan McAdam, Regina McQuillan, Cecelia Tracey, Christine Howley, Geraldine O'Gara, Caroline Raleigh, Irene J Higginson, Fliss Em Murtagh, Jonathan Koffman
BACKGROUND: Palliative care needs of patients with chronic heart failure are poorly recognised. Policy makers advise a patient-centred approach to holistically assess patients' needs and care goals. Patient-reported outcome measures are proposed to facilitate patient-centred care. AIM: To explore whether and how a palliative care-specific patient-reported outcome intervention involving the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale influences patients' experience of patient-centred care in nurse-led chronic heart failure disease management clinics...
November 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154563/hpa-axis-multilocus-genetic-profile-score-moderates-the-impact-of-interpersonal-stress-on-prospective-increases-in-depressive-symptoms-for-offspring-of-depressed-mothers
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Cope Feurer, John E McGeary, Valerie S Knopik, Leslie A Brick, Rohan H Palmer, Brandon E Gibb
Although offspring of depressed mothers are at an increased risk for depression themselves, not all of these children develop depression, highlighting the need to identify specific environmental and genetic moderators of risk. The goal of this study was to examine the aggregate influence of genetic polymorphisms associated with the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis as a potential moderator of the relation between environmental stress and prospective changes in depressive symptoms for offspring of depressed mothers...
November 2017: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154528/building-the-future-of-environmental-public-health-tracking-proceedings-and-recommendations-of-an-expert-panel-workshop
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Mary A Fox, Sheriza Baksh, Juleen Lam, Beth Resnick
Since 2002, the national Environmental Health Tracking Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided vital support to state environmental public health efforts while simultaneously building a nationwide network of state, local, and academic partners to improve our nation’s capacity to understand and respond to environmental threats to public health. As part of program review and strategic planning, national thought leaders in environmental public health were convened to assess progress, identify gaps and challenges, and provide recommendations for enhancing the utility and impact of the Tracking Program...
June 2017: Journal of Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153365/comparison-of-screening-cedm-and-mri-for-women-at-increased-risk-for-breast-cancer-a-pilot-study
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Maxine S Jochelson, Katja Pinker, D David Dershaw, Mary Hughes, Girard F Gibbons, Kareem Rahbar, Mark E Robson, Debra A Mangino, Debra Goldman, Chaya S Moskowitz, Elizabeth A Morris, Janice S Sung
OBJECTIVES: Contrast enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) is a new breast imaging technology increasingly used in the diagnostic setting but its utility in the pure screening setting has not been reported. The goal of this pilot study is to prospectively compare screening CEDM to breast MRI in women with an increased risk for breast cancer. METHODS: In this IRB-approved HIPAA-compliant study, 318 women at increased breast cancer risk were consented (December 2012-May 2015) to undergo CEDM in addition to their scheduled MRI...
December 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151864/dissecting-functional-components-of-reproductive-isolation-among-closely-related-sympatric-species-of-the-anopheles-gambiae-complex
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Marco Pombi, Pierre Kengne, Geoffrey Gimonneau, Billy Tene-Fossog, Diego Ayala, Colince Kamdem, Federica Santolamazza, Wamdaogo Moussa Guelbeogo, N'Falé Sagnon, Vincenzo Petrarca, Didier Fontenille, Nora J Besansky, Christophe Antonio-Nkondjio, Roch Kounbobr Dabiré, Alessandra Della Torre, Frédéric Simard, Carlo Costantini
Explaining how and why reproductive isolation evolves and determining which forms of reproductive isolation have the largest impact on the process of population divergence are major goals in the study of speciation. By studying recent adaptive radiations in incompletely isolated taxa, it is possible to identify barriers involved at early divergence before other confounding barriers emerge after speciation is complete. Sibling species of the Anopheles gambiae complex offer opportunities to provide insights into speciation mechanisms...
December 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151612/error-patterns-with-fraction-calculations-at-fourth-grade-as-a-function-of-students-mathematics-achievement-status
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Robin F Schumacher, Amelia S Malone
The goal of the present study was to describe fraction-calculation errors among 4(th)-grade students and determine whether error patterns differed as a function of problem type (addition vs. subtraction; like vs. unlike denominators), orientation (horizontal vs. vertical), or mathematics-achievement status (low- vs. average- vs. high-achieving). We specifically addressed whether mathematics-achievement status was related to students' tendency to operate with whole number bias. We extended this focus by comparing low-performing students' errors in two instructional settings that focused on two different types of fraction understandings: core instruction that focused on part-whole understanding vs...
September 2017: Elementary School Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151350/tracking-of-fluorescently-labeled-polymer-particles-reveals-surface-effects-during-shear-controlled-aggregation
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Stefano Caimi, Alberto Cingolani, Baptiste Jaquet, Marc Siggel, Marco Lattuada, Massimo Morbidelli
Surface chemistry is believed to be the key parameter affecting the aggregation and breakage of colloidal suspensions when subjected to shear. To date, only a few works dealt with the understanding of the role of the physical and chemical properties of the particles' surface upon aggregation under shear. Previous studies suggested that surface modifications strongly affect polymer particles' adhesion, but it resulted very challenging to demonstrate this effect and monitor these alterations upon prolonged exposure to shear forces...
November 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151158/guidelines-to-reach-high-quality-purified-recombinant-proteins
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Carla Oliveira, Lucília Domingues
The final goal in recombinant protein production is to obtain high-quality pure protein samples. Indeed, the successful downstream application of a recombinant protein depends on its quality. Besides production, which is conditioned by the host, the quality of a recombinant protein product relies mainly on the purification procedure. Thus, the purification strategy must be carefully designed from the molecular level. On the other hand, the quality control of a protein sample must be performed to ensure its purity, homogeneity and structural conformity, in order to validate the recombinant production and purification process...
November 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150636/a-genetic-system-for-targeted-mutations-to-disrupt-and-restore-genes-in-the-obligate-bacterium-ehrlichia-chaffeensis
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Ying Wang, Lanjing Wei, Huitao Liu, Chuanmin Cheng, Roman R Ganta
Obligate intracellular bacteria (obligates) belonging to Rickettsiales and Chlamydiales cause diseases in hundreds of millions of people worldwide and in many animal species. Lack of an efficient system for targeted mutagenesis in obligates remains a major impediment in understanding microbial pathogenesis. Challenges in creating targeted mutations may be attributed to essential nature of majority of the genes and intracellular replication dependence. Despite success in generating random mutations, a method that works well in creating mutations in specific genes of interest followed by complementation remains problematic for obligates and is a highly sought-after goal...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150620/the-role-of-forelimb-motor-cortex-areas-in-goal-directed-action-in-mice
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Karin Morandell, Daniel Huber
Mammalian motor cortex consists of several interconnected subregions thought to play distinct roles in voluntary movements, yet their specific role in decision making and execution is not completely elucidated. Here we used transient optogenetic inactivation of the caudal forelimb area (CFA) and rostral forelimb area (RFA) in mice as they performed a directional joystick task. Based on a vibrotactile cue applied to their forepaw, mice were trained to push or pull a joystick after a delay period. We found that choice and execution are temporally segregated processes...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149961/practice-variation-in-the-immediate-postoperative-care-of-pediatric-kidney-transplantation-a-national-survey
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S Abu-Sultaneh, M J Hobson, A C Wilson, W C Goggins, M E Nitu, R Lutfi
INTRODUCTION: Advances in organ allocation, surgical technique, immunosuppression, and long-term follow-up have led to a significant improvement in kidney transplant outcomes. Although there are clear recommendations for several aspects of kidney transplant management, there are no pediatric-specific guidelines for immediate postoperative care. The aim of this survey is to examine practice variations in the immediate postoperative care of pediatric kidney transplant patients. METHODS: We surveyed medical directors of Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI)-affiliated pediatric intensive care units regarding center-specific immediate postoperative management of pediatric kidney transplantation...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149855/increasing-upper-limb-training-intensity-in-chronic-stroke-using-embodied-virtual-reality-a-pilot-study
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Daniel Perez-Marcos, Odile Chevalley, Thomas Schmidlin, Gangadhar Garipelli, Andrea Serino, Philippe Vuadens, Tej Tadi, Olaf Blanke, José D R Millán
BACKGROUND: Technology-mediated neurorehabilitation is suggested to enhance training intensity and therefore functional gains. Here, we used a novel virtual reality (VR) system for task-specific upper extremity training after stroke. The system offers interactive exercises integrating motor priming techniques and embodied visuomotor feedback. In this pilot study, we examined (i) rehabilitation dose and training intensity, (ii) functional improvements, and (iii) safety and tolerance when exposed to intensive VR rehabilitation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149815/stroke-and-hypertension-an-appraisal-from-pathophysiology-to-clinical-practice
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Agata Buonacera, Benedetta Stancanelli, Lorenzo Malatino
Stroke as a cause of long-term disability is a growing public health burden. Therefore, focusing on prevention is important. The most prominent aim of this strategy is to treat modifiable risk factors, such as arterial hypertension, the leading modifiable contributor to stroke. Thus, efforts to adequately reduce blood pressure (BP) among hypertensives are mandatory. In this respect, although safety and benefits of BP control related to long-term outcome have been largely demonstrated, there are open questions that remain to be addressed, such as optimal timing to initiate BP reduction and BP goals to be targeted...
November 16, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149775/lentiviral-vectors-and-adeno-associated-virus-vectors-useful-tools-for-gene-transfer-in-pain-research
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REVIEW
Zheng Chen-Xi, Wang Sheng-Ming, Bai Yun-Hu, Luo Ting-Ting, Wang Jia-Qi, Dai Chun-Qiu, Guo Bao-Lin, Luo Shi-Cheng, Wang Dong-Hui, Yang Yan-Ling, Wang Ya-Yun
Pain, especially chronic pain, has always been a heated point in both basic and clinical researches since it puts heavy burdens on both individuals and the whole society. A better understanding of the role of biological molecules and various ionic channels involved in pain can shed light on the mechanism under pain and advocate the development of pain management. Using viral vectors to transfer specific genes at targeted sites is a promising method for both research and clinical applications. Lentiviral vectors and adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors which allow stable and long-term expression of transgene in non-dividing cells are widely applied in pain research...
November 17, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149618/effectiveness-of-a-patient-centred-empowerment-based-intervention-programme-among-patients-with-poorly-controlled-type-2-diabetes-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Li Cheng, Janet W H Sit, Kai-Chow Choi, Sek-Ying Chair, Xiaomei Li, Yuning Wu, Junhong Long, Meihua Tao
BACKGROUND: Despite extensive efforts and advances in evidence-based diabetes management, poor glycaemic control still remains a challenge in many countries. There is a paucity of research addressing the needs of patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, or exploring the effectiveness of empowerment-based interventions in this vulnerable population. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of a patient-centred, empowerment-based programme on glycaemic control and self-management behaviours among patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes...
November 3, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149549/workflow-for-target-oriented-parametrization-of-an-enhanced-mechanistic-cell-culture-model
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Sophia Ulonska, Paul Kroll, Jens Fricke, Christoph Clemens, Raphael Voges, Markus Michael Müller, Christoph Herwig
The goal of this study was to develop a macroscopic mechanistic model describing growth and production within fed-batch cultivations of CHO cells. The model should be used for process characterization as well as for process monitoring including real-time parameter adaptations. The model proved to be able to describe a data-set of 40 processes differing in clones, scales and process conditions with a normalized root mean square error of approximately 10%. However, due to limited parameter identifiability and limited knowledge about physiologically meaningful parameter values, a broad range of parameters could describe the data with similar quality...
November 17, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
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