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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549295/structural-characterization-of-astaxanthin-aggregates-as-revealed-by-analysis-and-simulation-of-optical-spectra
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Liping Lu, Taoping Hu, Zhigang Xu
Carotenoids can self-assemble in hydrated polar solvents to form J- or H-type aggregates, inducing dramatic changes in photophysical properties. Here, we measured absorption and emission spectra of astaxanthin in ethanol-water solution using ultraviolet-visible and fluorescence spectrometers. Two types of aggregates were distinguished in mixed solution at different water contents by absorption spectra. After addition of water, all probed samples immediately formed H-aggregates with maximum blue shift of 31nm...
May 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548854/curcumin-protects-membranes-through-carpet-or-insertion-model-depending-on-hydration
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Richard J Alsop, Alexander Dhaliwal, Maikel C Rheinstadter
Curcumin is the main ingredient of turmeric, a common Indian spice. Curcumin shows a broad spectrum of effects, including anti-Alzheimer's and anti-oxidant properties. An interaction between curcumin and lipid membranes has been speculated as the root-cause, and the molecule is often proposed to `protect' the bilayer. However, the detailed molecular mechanism of this protection is disputed. There is evidence that curcumin either a) lies flat on the bilayer and provides a `carpet' for protection by forming a steric barrier, or b) inserts into the membrane and stiffens tails, thereby protecting against peptide insertion...
May 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548501/structure-and-properties-of-sodium-enneaborate-na2-b8o11-oh-4-%C3%A2-b-oh-3%C3%A2-2h2o
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Doinita Neiner, Yulia V Sevryugina, Larry S Harrower, David M Schubert
Millions of tons of sodium borates are used annually by global industries in diverse applications important to modern society. The Na2O-B2O3-H2O phase diagram in the 0-100 °C temperature range contains 13 unique hydrated crystalline sodium borates, including five important industrial products. Structures were previously reported for each of these except for that having the highest boron content, known as sodium enneaborate, Na4B18O29·11H2O or 2Na2O·9B2O3·11H2O (1). Here we report the single-crystal structure of 1, revealing the structural formula Na2[B8O11(OH)4]·B(OH)3·2H2O, and describe some of its properties and relationships to other sodium borates...
May 26, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547793/the-anatomy-and-physiology-of-normal-and-abnormal-swallowing-in-oropharyngeal-dysphagia
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REVIEW
A Sasegbon, S Hamdy
BACKGROUND: Eating and drinking are enjoyable activities that positively impact on an individual's quality of life. The ability to swallow food and fluid is integral to the process of eating. Swallowing occupies a dual role being both part of the enjoyment of eating and being a critically important utilitarian activity to enable adequate nutrition and hydration. Any impairment to the process of swallowing can negatively affect a person's perception of their quality of life. The process of swallowing is highly complex and involves muscles in the mouth, pharynx, larynx, and esophagus...
May 25, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546953/perspective-highlights-on-biodegradable-polymeric-nanosystems-for-targeted-therapy-of-solid-tumors
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REVIEW
Marziyeh Fathi, Jaleh Barar
Introduction: Polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) formulated using biodegradable polymers offer great potential for development of de novo drug delivery systems (DDSs) capable of delivering a wide range of bioactive agents. They can be engineered as advanced multifunctional nanosystems (NSs) for simultaneous imaging and therapy known as theranostics or diapeutics. Methods: A brief prospective is provided on biomedical importance and applications of biodegradable polymeric NSs through reviewing the recently published literature...
2017: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546694/cannula-associated-ocular-injuries-during-cataract-surgery-a-preventable-intraoperative-complication
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Darren Shu Jeng Ting, Chrisjan Dees, Christine Ellerton
Although rare, inadvertently dislodged cannula can occur during cataract surgery. We report two cases of cannula-associated ocular injury during stromal hydration of the main corneal incision despite the use of Luer-lock syringes. Case 1 suffered from an initially occult intraocular injury which led to a delayed presentation of vitreous prolapsing into the anterior chamber, presumed posterior capsular rupture, vitreous hemorrhage, and multiple retinal tears, which required a three-port pars plana vitrectomy and cryotherapy...
January 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546683/hydration-and-hot-yoga-encouragement-behaviors-and-outcomes
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Casey J Mace Firebaugh, Brandon Eggleston
CONTEXT: Currently, the literature on hot yoga is lacking, and there is still much to understand regarding the safety of these practices. However, one point of safety often emphasized is hydration during the practice of hot yoga. AIM: The aim of this study was to examine hydration encouragement by hot yoga instructors and hydration behaviors and related outcomes by hot yoga participants. METHODS: A cross-sectional study (n = 700) collected self-report data on demographics, types and frequency of yoga practiced, hydration behaviors, and self-report measures of adverse outcomes experienced by participants during hot yoga...
May 2017: International Journal of Yoga
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545322/cardiovascular-events-during-carfilzomib-therapy-for-relapsed-myeloma-practical-management-aspects-from-two-case-studies
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Andrzej J Jakubowiak, Jeanne M DeCara, Khalid Mezzi
Objectives and importance: Patients with multiple myeloma (MM) have an increased risk of cardiovascular comorbidities due to disease burden and treatment-related risk factors. Proteasome inhibitors, including bortezomib and carfilzomib, are effective and generally well tolerated anti-MM agents. However, cardiovascular-related toxicities have been reported with this class of agents, the mechanisms of which are not fully understood. We discuss the practical management of cardiovascular events during carfilzomib therapy for relapsed MM...
May 25, 2017: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543784/improvement-of-hydration-and-epidermal-barrier-function-in-human-skin-by-a-novel-compound-isosorbide-dicaprylate
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Ratan K Chaudhuri, Krzysztof Bojanowski
OBJECTIVE: The study involved the synthesis of a novel derivative of caprylic acid - isosorbide dicaprylate (IDC) - and the evaluation of its potential in improving water homeostasis and epidermal barrier function in human skin. METHODS: The effect of IDC on gene expression was assayed in skin organotypic cultures by DNA microarrays. The results were then confirmed for a few key genes by quantitative PCR, immuno- and cytochemistry. Final validation of skin hydration properties was obtained by four separate clinical studies...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543622/in-vivo-exfoliating-efficacy-of-biodegradable-beads-and-the-correlation-with-user-s-satisfaction
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J Kitsongsermthon, J Kreepoke, K Duangweang, A Tansirikongkol
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: By the end of 2017, non-biodegradable microbeads will be prohibited in USA, UK and Europe, due to their environmental issue. There are biodegradable beads available, but their effect on skin desquamation has not been evaluated yet. This study aimed to understand the skin renewal time, moisturizing effect and user's satisfaction of gel scrubs containing different exfoliating beads. METHODS: Gel scrubs, containing polyethylene, mannan or wax beads, were used in this study...
May 24, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543374/ultrasound-phantom-using-sodium-alginate-as-a-gelling-agent
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Minoru Aoyagi, Tomomi Hiraguri
For medical workers, ultrasound phantoms for human soft tissue are used not only for accuracy management of ultrasound diagnosis but also to aid ultrasound-guided needle and blind catheter insertion training without risk to real patients. For the phantoms, ultrasound characteristics and a texture are required to mimic the human soft tissue. The proposed phantom was composed of sodium alginate, calcium sulfate dihydrate, trisodium phosphate 12-hydrate, glycerol, and water. The propagation speed, attenuation coefficient, acoustic impedance, and texture of the proposed phantom were almost the same as those of human soft tissue...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542661/-benign-acute-childhood-myositis-clinical-series-and-literature-review
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Felipe Cavagnaro S M, Alejandra Aird G, Ingrid Harwardt R, Carmen Gloria Marambio Q
Benign acute childhood myositis (BACM) is a rare clinical condition that mainly affects pre-school and school age-children. It is usually preceded by a viral illness, particularly influenza virus infection. OBJECTIVE: To describe a cluster of BACM cases that were seen in a paediatric unit. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective series of cases that presented with a clinical picture suggestive of BACM between August and November 2012 in the paediatric emergency department of a private clinic...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542554/sodium-tanshinone-iia-sulfonate-stimulated-cl-secretion-in-mouse-trachea
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Peng-Xiao Chen, Yi-Lin Zhang, Jia-Wen Xu, Ming-Hao Yu, Jie-Hong Huang, Lei Zhao, Wen-Liang Zhou
Sodium tanshinone IIA sulfonate (STS) is a derivate of tanshinone IIA, a lipophilic compound in Salvia miltiorrhiza. This study aimed to investigate the effect of STS on ion transport in mouse tracheal epithelium and the mechanisms underlying it. Short-circuit current (Isc) was measured to evaluate the effect of STS on transepithelial ion transport. Intracellular Ca2+ imaging was performed to observe intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) changes induced by STS in primary cultured mouse tracheal epithelial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541689/influence-of-co-ion-nature-on-the-gelation-kinetics-of-colloidal-silica-suspensions
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Jean-Luc Trompette
The influence of the nature of three representative monovalent co-ions on the gelation kinetics of Ludox suspensions has been investigated. At a given Ludox volume fraction and for the same concentration of potassium salt, the gelation time is longer as the studied anion presents a more pronounced kosmotrope character. As the screening of the silica surface charge is similar since the same cationic counterion is taken, these results highlight the unexpected role played by hydration effects imparted by the co-ions when particles are pushed together as gelation proceeds...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541101/examining-the-links-between-hydration-nutrition-and-mouth-health
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Katie Humphreys, Devika Vadher, Yasmin Allen, Nikki Patel, Sam Shah
Hydration, nutrition and mouth health have historically been overlooked and considered in isolation when, in reality, they are interlinked and interdependent. Not only do these health factors greatly influence each other, but also they have a significant effect on general health and wellbeing. By viewing each of these areas in isolation, health professionals risk missing opportunities to maximise patients' health and quality of life. Collaboration between health professions will also maximise benefits to patients...
May 25, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540634/simplifying-contrast-induced-acute-kidney-injury-prediction-after-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-the-age-creatinine-and-ejection-fraction-score
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Gustavo N Araujo, Fernando Pivatto Junior, Bruno Fuhr, Elvis P Cassol, Guilherme P Machado, Felipe H Valle, Luiz C Bergoli, Rodrigo V Wainstein, Carisi A Polanczyk, Marco V Wainstein
Contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) is a common event after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Presently, the main strategy to avoid CI-AKI lies in saline hydration, since to date none pharmacologic prophylaxis proved beneficial. Our aim was to determine if a low complexity mortality risk model is able to predict CI-AKI in patients undergoing PCI after ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We have included patients with STEMI submitted to primary PCI in a tertiary hospital. The definition of CI-AKI was a raise of 0...
May 24, 2017: Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540204/advanced-wasting-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Zhi Xu, Glen H Murata, Robert H Glew, Yijuan Sun, Darlene Vigil, Karen S Servilla, Antonios H Tzamaloukas
AIM: To identify patients with end-stage renal disease treated by peritoneal dialysis (PD) who had zero body fat (BF) as determined by analysis of body composition using anthropometric formulas estimating body water (V) and to compare nutritional parameters between these patients and PD patients whose BF was above zero. METHODS: Body weight (W) consists of fat-free mass (FFM) and BF. Anthropometric formulas for calculating V allow the calculation of FFM as V/0.73, where 0...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540083/additive-intraocular-pressure-lowering-effects-of-ripasudil-with-glaucoma-therapeutic-agents-in-rabbits-and-monkeys
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Yoshio Kaneko, Masayuki Ohta, Tomoyuki Isobe, Yuto Nakamura, Ken Mizuno
Ripasudil hydrochloride hydrate (K-115), a specific Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinase (ROCK) inhibitor, is developed for the treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension. Topical administration of ripasudil decreases intraocular pressure (IOP) by increasing conventional outflow through the trabeculae to Schlemm's canal, which is different from existing agents that suppress aqueous humor production or promote uveoscleral outflow. In this study, we demonstrated that ripasudil significantly lowered IOP in combined regimens with other glaucoma therapeutic agents in rabbits and monkeys...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539087/artificial-intelligence-methodologies-and-their-application-to-diabetes
#19
Mercedes Rigla, Gema García-Sáez, Belén Pons, Maria Elena Hernando
In the past decade diabetes management has been transformed by the addition of continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pump data. More recently, a wide variety of functions and physiologic variables, such as heart rate, hours of sleep, number of steps walked and movement, have been available through wristbands or watches. New data, hydration, geolocation, and barometric pressure, among others, will be incorporated in the future. All these parameters, when analyzed, can be helpful for patients and doctors' decision support...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539048/thermochromic-ion-exchange-micelles-containing-h-chromoionophores
#20
Xinfeng Du, Changyou Zhu, Xiaojiang Xie
Thermochromic composites constitute a classical subfamily of stimuli responsive materials. We report here the thermochromic effect in Pluronic F-127 (F127) micelles containing hydrophobic ion-exchanger and H(+) chromoionophores. The highly versatile and reversible thermochromism is attributed to the temperature-induced hydration-dehydration of the peripheral layer of the micelles, which in turn controls the ion-exchange process between the core and the periphery of the micelles. The color typically changes abruptly within 3 to 5 degree Celsius and the color transition temperature can be tuned within 5 to 25 degree Celsius upon varying the F127 concentrations...
May 24, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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