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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149790/impressions-of-using-the-cohen-mansfield-agitation-inventory-as-an-outcome-measure-lessons-learnt-for-future-clinical-researchers-innovative-practice
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Lindsey Brett, Victoria Traynor, Shahla Meedya, Paul Stapley
The Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory was a tool originally developed for use in research to measure agitation and subsequently used in clinical settings. It was the primary outcome measure for a randomised controlled trial which evaluated the effects and feasibility of a physiotherapist-led physical exercise intervention on agitation and physical performance of individuals living with dementia in nursing homes. The study produced weak results in regards to the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory due to small sample size and perceived issues with the use of the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149781/macrophages-from-behcet-s-disease-patients-express-decreased-level-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-ahr-mrna
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Mohammad Taghi Palizgir, Maryam Akhtari, Mahdi Mahmoudi, Shayan Mostafaei, Alireza Rezaeimanesh, Massoomeh Akhlaghi, Farhad Shahram
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor, connecting environmental stimulators with the immune system. M1 macrophages are a part of immune system that contribute to the inflammatory events in the pathogenesis of Behcet's disease (BD). The effect of AHR on the macrophages in BD patients is still unclear. In this study, we investigated the mRNA expression of AHR in the monocyte-derived and M1 macrophages in active BD patients in comparison to healthy controls. Isolated monocytes from 10 healthy controls and 10 active BD patients were differentiated to macrophages by macrophage-colony stimulating factor (M-CSF) for 7 days...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149774/hippocampal-ca1-activity-correlated-with-the-distance-to-the-goal-and-navigation-performance
#3
Hugo J Spiers, H Freyja Olafsdottir, Colin Lever
Coding the distance to a future goal is an important function of a neural system supporting navigation. While some evidence indicates the hippocampus increases activity with proximity to the goal, others have found activity to decreases with proximity. To explore goal distance coding in the hippocampus we recorded from CA1 hippocampal place cells in rats as they navigated to learned goals in an event arena with a win-stay lose-shift rule. CA1 activity was positively correlated with the distance - decreasing with proximity to the goal...
November 17, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149767/the-effects-of-sleep-on-the-neural-correlates-of-pattern-separation
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Christopher R Doxey, Cooper Hodges, Ty Bodily, Nathan M Muncy, C Brock Kirwan
Effective memory representations must be specific to prevent interference between episodes that may overlap in terms of place, time, or items present. Pattern separation, a computational process performed by the hippocampus, overcomes this interference by establishing non-overlapping memory representations. Although it is widely accepted that declarative memories are consolidated during sleep, the effects of sleep on pattern separation have yet to be elucidated. We used whole-brain, high-resolution functional neuroimaging to investigate the effects of sleep on a task that places high demands on pattern separation...
November 17, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149757/comparing-the-screening-property-of-the-shortened-versions-of-the-hypomania-checklist-32-hcl-32-cross-validation-in-korean-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-and-major-depressive-disorder
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Bin-Na Kim, Eun-Ho Lee, Hye-Jin Kim, Ji-Hae Kim
BACKGROUND: To date, shortened versions of the Hypomania Checklist-32 (HCL-32) were proposed to overcome the limitation of a lengthy format; however, a cross-validation study is currently needed to identify which shorter version may function optimally in a clinical sample. METHODS: In a Korean patient sample with bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) (BD-I n = 84, BD = II n = 145, MDD n = 285), we examined the reliability and screening property of three shorter versions of the HCL (HCL-20, -16, -8) in comparison with the full HCL-32...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149755/a-randomized-clinical-trial-of-adjunctive-ketamine-anesthesia-in-electro-convulsive-therapy-for-depression
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Minling Zhang, Robert Rosenheck, Xiaoming Lin, Qirong Li, Yanling Zhou, Yunshan Xiao, Xiong Huang, Ni Fan, Hongbo He
BACKGROUND: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a rapid acting and effective treatment for both major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BP). Both propofol and ketamine are commonly used anesthetic agents but recent clinical studies suggest that ketamine has rapid-acting antidepressant properties, itself, at sub-anesthetic doses. METHODS: A total of 77 inpatients (41 MDD and 36 BP) were randomly assigned to receive ECT with propofol (1mg/kg) anesthesia or with ketamine (0...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149750/friends-or-foes-monetized-life-cycle-assessment-and-cost-benefit-analysis-of-the-site-remediation-of-a-former-gas-plant
#7
Lies Huysegoms, Sandra Rousseau, Valérie Cappuyns
Site contamination is a global concern because of the potential risks for human health and ecosystem quality. Every contaminated site has its own specific characteristics and the increased availability and efficiency of remediation techniques makes the choice of remediation alternative increasingly complicated. In this paper an attributional Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the secondary environmental impacts of a site remediation is performed and its results are monetized using two different monetization techniques, namely Stepwise 2006 and Ecovalue 08...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149738/associations-of-urinary-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-metabolites-with-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-and-exhaled-carbon-monoxide-a-cross-sectional-study
#8
Yun Zhou, Yuewei Liu, Huizhen Sun, Jixuan Ma, Lili Xiao, Limin Cao, Wei Li, Bin Wang, Jing Yuan, Weihong Chen
Exposure to Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been associated with inflammatory responses. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and exhaled carbon monoxide (eCO) are both important inflammatory mediators especially in airways. However, few studies have investigated associations of PAH exposures with FeNO or eCO. Therefore, we aimed to quantify the associations of urinary PAH metabolites with FeNO and eCO levels, and investigate their potential effect modifiers by linear mixed models among 4133 participants from the Wuhan-Zhuhai cohort in China...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149736/graphene-oxide-reinforced-ionic-liquid-functionalized-adsorbent-for-solid-phase-extraction-of-phenolic-acids
#9
Xiudan Hou, Xiaofeng Lu, Sheng Tang, Licheng Wang, Yong Guo
An environmental friendly sorbent of polymeric ionic liquids modified graphene oxide-grafted silica (PILs@GO@Sil) was synthesized for solid-phase extraction (SPE) of phenolic acids. The sorbent was prepared via a chemical layer-to-layer fabrication including amidation reaction, surface radical chain-transfer polymerization and in situ anion exchange. After modification with PILs, the silica surface had higher positive potential so that it would exhibit stronger electrostatic interaction for acidic compounds compared with GO@Sil...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149735/carbamazepine-lamotrigine-levetiracetam-and-valproic-acid-in-dried-blood-spots-with-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-development-and-validation
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Camilla Linder, Anna Hansson, Sara Sadek, Lars L Gustafsson, Anton Pohanka
Monitoring of antiepileptic drugs in children with epilepsy require multiple visits at a clinic for blood collection. Dried blood spot sampling is an alternative way of collection, performed at home by self-collection and can save time and costs for patients and family members. The aim was to develop and validate an LC-MS/MS dried blood spot method for carbamazepine, lamotrigine, levetiracetam and valproic acid with the requirements of using standard equipment and material in a routine laboratory setting. Whatman-903 filter paper was utilized, and discs were punched into a 96 well plate with an automated puncher and barcode reading...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149730/divergence-of-insulin-superfamily-ligands-receptors-and-igf-binding-proteins-in-marine-versus-freshwater-stickleback-evidence-of-selection-in-known-and-novel-genes
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Tim Pellissier, Hend Al Nafea, Sara V Good
Three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) is a teleost model for understanding genetic, physiological and morphological changes accompanying freshwater (FW) adaptation. There is growing evidence that the insulin superfamily plays important roles in traits involved in marine and FW adaptation. We performed a candidate gene analysis to look for evidence of selection on 33 insulin superfamily ligand-receptor genes and insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (Igfbp's) in stickleback. Using genotype data from 11 marine and 10 FW populations, we calculated the number of SNPs per site in regulatory and intronic regions, the number of synonymous and nonsynonymous mutations in coding regions, Wright's fixation index (Fst), and performed t-tests to identify SNPs with divergent genotype frequencies between marine/FW versus Atlantic/Pacific populations...
November 10, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149725/a-method-for-the-design-of-ultrasonic-devices-for-scanning-acoustic-microscopy-using-impulsive-signals
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Mototaka Arakawa, Hiroshi Kanai, Kazuo Ishikawa, Ryo Nagaoka, Kazuto Kobayashi, Yoshifumi Saijo
Scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM) using impulsive signals is useful for characterization of biological tissues and cells. The operating center frequency of an ultrasonic device strongly depends on the performance characteristics of the device if the measurement is conducted by using impulsive signals. In this paper, a method for the design of ultrasonic devices for SAM using impulsive signals was developed. A new plane-wave model was introduced to calculate frequency characteristics of loss of ultrasonic devices by taking into account the conversion loss at the ultrasonic transducer, the transmission loss at the acoustic anti-reflection coating, and the propagation loss in the couplant...
November 2, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149717/usefulness-of-the-montreal-cognitive-assessment-moca-to-monitor-cognitive-impairments-in-depressed-patients-receiving-electroconvulsive-therapy
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Rémi Moirand, Filipe Galvao, Maxime Lecompte, Emmanuel Poulet, Frédéric Haesebaert, Jerome Brunelin
There is a lack of consensual tools for evaluating the cognitive side-effects in patients with depression who are treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The objective of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) and of the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) to monitor cognitive changes in patients with depression receiving ECT. Cognitive functioning was assessed prospectively in 48 patients with unipolar or bipolar depression before and after an ECT course...
November 7, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149712/detection-of-perfluoroalkyl-acids-and-sulphonates-in-italian-eel-samples-by-hplc-hrms-orbitrap
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Luca Maria Chiesa, Maria Nobile, Elisa Pasquale, Claudia Balzaretti, Petra Cagnardi, Doriana Tedesco, Sara Panseri, Francesco Arioli
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) contain one or more carbon-bound hydrogens substituted by fluorine. Since the 1950s, these compounds have been used to manufacture fat- and water-resistant fabrics, paper and food containers, and to produce photographic films, firefighting foams, detergents and insecticides. The widespread use and global distribution of PFASs, have led to their accumulation in the environment. Food, particularly fish and other seafood, is considered the main route of human exposure to PFASs...
October 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149711/enantiomeric-characterization-of-herbicide-lactofen-enantioseparation-absolute-configuration-assignment-and-enantioselective-activity-and-toxicity
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Jingqian Xie, Lu Zhao, Kai Liu, Fangjie Guo, Zunwei Chen, Weiping Liu
Chiral herbicides consist of two or more enantiomers, which usually differ in their biological properties and behave enantioselectively in biochemical process. Scant studies have been published in the past decades to characterize the enantiomers of herbicide lactofen. In this study, a laboratory method was developed to prepare the lactofen enantiomers using normal phase high performance liquid chromatography with an AD-H column, and μg level production yield was achieved in a single run. The two separated enantiomers had purity of ≫99%, with their absolute configurations assigned by experimental and calculated electronic and vibrational circular dichroism...
October 31, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149709/performance-and-microbial-communities-in-a-combined-bioelectrochemical-and-sulfur-autotrophic-denitrification-system-at-low-temperature
#16
Dan Chen, Hongyu Wang, Kai Yang, Fang Ma
Combined bioelectrochemical and sulfur autotrophic denitrification (CBSAD) system had proven to be feasible for nitrate removal at low temperature. This system obtained excellent denitrification efficiency 96.55% at 10 ± 2 °C long term operation. Nitrate removal efficiency presented increased tendency with applied current increased from 50 to 200 mA and then decreased when the applied current was further increased to 300 mA. The CBSAD system owned the most abundant and rich communities at current 200 mA, and the community structures of the microbial samples at different current conditions were clearly different from each other...
November 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149697/characteristics-of-motor-speech-phenotypes-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Jan Rusz, Barbora Benova, Hana Ruzickova, Michal Novotny, Tereza Tykalova, Jan Hlavnicka, Tomas Uher, Manuela Vaneckova, Michaela Andelova, Klara Novotna, Lucie Kadrnozkova, Dana Horakova
BACKGROUND: Motor speech disorders in multiple sclerosis (MS) are poorly understood and their quantitative, objective acoustic characterization remains limited. Additionally, little data regarding relationships between the severity of speech disorders and neurological involvement in MS, as well as the contribution of pyramidal and cerebellar functional systems on speech phenotypes, is available. METHODS: Speech data were acquired from 141 MS patients with Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) ranging from 1 to 6...
November 8, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149693/near-infrared-spectroscopy-based-monitoring-of-extraction-processes-of-raw-material-with-the-help-of-dynamic-predictive%C3%A2-modeling
#18
Haixia Wang, Tongchuan Suo, Xiaolin Wu, Yue Zhang, Chunhua Wang, Heshui Yu, Zheng Li
The control of batch-to-batch quality variations remains a challenging task for pharmaceutical industries, e.g., traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) manufacturing. One difficult problem is to produce pharmaceutical products with consistent quality from raw material of large quality variations. In this paper, an integrated methodology combining the near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and dynamic predictive modeling is developed for the monitoring and control of the batch extraction process of licorice. With the spectra data in hand, the initial state of the process is firstly estimated with a state-space model to construct a process monitoring strategy for the early detection of variations induced by the initial process inputs such as raw materials...
November 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149692/acute-stress-affects-prospective-memory-functions-via-associative-memory-processes
#19
Ágnes Szőllősi, Péter Pajkossy, Gyula Demeter, Szabolcs Kéri, Mihály Racsmány
Recent findings suggest that acute stress can improve the execution of delayed intentions (prospective memory, PM). However, it is unclear whether this improvement can be explained by altered executive control processes or by altered associative memory functioning. To investigate this issue, we used physical-psychosocial stressors to induce acute stress in laboratory settings. Then participants completed event- and time-based PM tasks requiring the different contribution of control processes and a control task (letter fluency) frequently used to measure executive functions...
November 14, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149687/pyrrolidinyl-pna-polypyrrole-silver-nanofoam-electrode-as-a-novel-label-free-electrochemical-mirna-21-biosensor
#20
Tawatchai Kangkamano, Apon Numnuam, Warakorn Limbut, Proespichaya Kanatharana, Tirayut Vilaivan, Panote Thavarungkul
A label-free electrochemical miRNA biosensor was developed based on a pyrrolidinyl peptide nucleic acid (acpcPNA)/polypyrrole (PPy)/silver nanofoam (AgNF) modified electrode. The AgNF was electrodeposited as redox indicator on a gold electrode, which was then functionalized with an electropolymerized layer of PPy, a conducting polymer, to immobilize the PNA probes. The fabrication process was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The biosensor was used to detect miRNA-21, a biomarker abnormally expressed in most cancers...
November 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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