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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821474/validation-relaxation-a-quality-assurance-strategy-for-electronic-data-collection
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Avi Kenny, Nicholas Gordon, Thomas Griffiths, John D Kraemer, Mark J Siedner
BACKGROUND: The use of mobile devices for data collection in developing world settings is becoming increasingly common and may offer advantages in data collection quality and efficiency relative to paper-based methods. However, mobile data collection systems can hamper many standard quality assurance techniques due to the lack of a hardcopy backup of data. Consequently, mobile health data collection platforms have the potential to generate datasets that appear valid, but are susceptible to unidentified database design flaws, areas of miscomprehension by enumerators, and data recording errors...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819232/ensemble-of-thermostatically-controlled-loads-statistical-physics-approach
#2
Michael Chertkov, Vladimir Chernyak
Thermostatically controlled loads, e.g., air conditioners and heaters, are by far the most widespread consumers of electricity. Normally the devices are calibrated to provide the so-called bang-bang control - changing from on to off, and vice versa, depending on temperature. We considered aggregation of a large group of similar devices into a statistical ensemble, where the devices operate following the same dynamics, subject to stochastic perturbations and randomized, Poisson on/off switching policy. Using theoretical and computational tools of statistical physics, we analyzed how the ensemble relaxes to a stationary distribution and established a relationship between the relaxation and the statistics of the probability flux associated with devices' cycling in the mixed (discrete, switch on/off, and continuous temperature) phase space...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817508/end-tidal-co2-guided-chest-compression-delivery-improves-survival-in-a-neonatal-asphyxial-cardiac-arrest-model
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Justin T Hamrick, Jennifer L Hamrick, Utpal Bhalala, Jillian S Armstrong, Jeong-Hoo Lee, Ewa Kulikowicz, Jennifer K Lee, Sapna R Kudchadkar, Raymond C Koehler, Elizabeth A Hunt, Donald H Shaffner
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether end-tidal CO2-guided chest compression delivery improves survival over standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation after prolonged asphyxial arrest. DESIGN: Preclinical randomized controlled study. SETTING: University animal research laboratory. SUBJECTS: 1-2-week-old swine. INTERVENTIONS: After undergoing a 20-minute asphyxial arrest, animals received either standard or end-tidal CO2-guided cardiopulmonary resuscitation...
August 16, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815875/the-pathogenic-a2v-mutant-exhibits-distinct-aggregation-kinetics-metal-site-structure-and-metal-exchange-of-the-cu2-a%C3%AE-complex
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Lars Hemmingsen, Arun K Somavarapu, Fei Shen, Kaare Teillum, Jingdong Zhang, Susanne Mossin, Peter W Thulstrup, Morten J Bjerrum, Manish K Tiwari, Daniel Szunyogh, Peter M Søfotfe, Kasper K Kepp
A prominent current hypothesis is that impaired metal ion homeostasis may contribute to Alzheimer's Disease (AD). We elucidate the interaction of Cu2+ with wild-type (WT) Aβ1-40 and the genetic variants A2T and A2V which display increasing pathogenicity as A2T<WT<A2V. Cu2+ significantly extends the lag phase in aggregation kinetics, in particular for the pathogenic A2V variant. Additionally, a rapid, initial, low intensity ThT response is observed, possibly reflecting formation of Cu2+ induced amorphous aggregates, as supported by AFM and CD spectroscopy, again most notably for the A2V variant...
August 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814745/suppression-of-grk2-expression-reduces-endothelial-dysfunction-by-restoring-glucose-homeostasis
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Kumiko Taguchi, Mari Hida, Mami Hasegawa, Haruka Narimatsu, Takayuki Matsumoto, Tsuneo Kobayashi
Despite the associations between diabetic complications and vascular endothelial dysfunction, a direct therapeutic method targeting endothelial dysfunction remains poorly characterized. We have previously shown that chemical inhibition of G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) slightly enhances insulin sensitivity and reduces endothelial dysfunction in type 2 diabetic mice. In this study, we identified GRK2 as a novel therapeutic target of diabetic endothelial dysfunction and investigated the effect on diabetic endothelial dysfunction through the systemic administration of GRK2 siRNA using a hydrodynamic-based procedure, resulting in suppression of increased GRK2 protein levels in the liver...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813063/tuning-mass-transport-in-magnetic-nanoparticle-filled-viscoelastic-hydrogels-using-low-frequency-rotating-magnetic-fields
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Shahab Boroun, Faïçal Larachi
This study investigates the response of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), dispersed in a viscoelastic hydrogel, to an external rotating magnetic field (RMF) for the purpose of developing a new class of magneto-responsive materials with tunable mass transport properties. Ferrogels were prepared by chemical cross-linking and polymerization of acrylamide in colloidal dispersions of thermally blocked MNPs of cobalt ferrite. Magnetization measurements of ferrogels in a swollen state revealed a transitional state from ferromagnetism to superparamagnetism through the shrinkage of hysteresis loops and the reduction of remanent magnetization...
August 16, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811222/antitussive-antispasmodic-bronchodilating-and-cardiac-inotropic-effects-of-the-essential-oil-from-blepharocalyx-salicifolius-leaves
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Jehison Jiménez Hernández, María Inés Ragone, Patricia Bonazzola, Arnaldo L Bandoni, Alicia E Consolini
ETHOPHARMACOLOGY RELEVANCE: Blepharocalyx salicifolius (Kunth) O. Berg (Myrtaceae) is a tree native to Argentina and Uruguay that grows and is cultivated along the riverside of the Rio de la Plata. The leaves of this plant species, locally known as "anacahuita" are used in South America to prepare infusions for the empiric treatment of cough and bronchospasm, as well as diarrhoea and other intestinal disorders. Although previous phytochemical studies have been performed with the essential oil extracted from Blepharocalyx salicifolius, pharmacological evidence supporting its traditional use is still lacking...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810262/fetal-sheep-mesenteric-resistance-arteries-functional-and-structural-maturation
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Julia J Müller, Matthias Schwab, Charles R Rosenfeld, Iwa Antonow-Schlorke, Peter W Nathanielsz, Florian Rakers, Harald Schubert, Otto W Witte, Sven Rupprecht
BACKGROUND: Fetal blood pressure increases during late gestation; however, the underlying vascular mechanisms are unclear. Knowledge of the maturation of resistance arteries is important to identify the mechanisms and vulnerable periods for the development of vascular dysfunction in adulthood. METHODS: We determined the functional and structural development of fetal sheep mesenteric resistance arteries using wire myography and immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: Media mass and distribution of myosin heavy-chain isoforms showed no changes between 0...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806470/efficacy-and-safety-of-sugammadex-versus-neostigmine-in-reversing-neuromuscular-blockade-in-adults
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Ana-Marija Hristovska, Patricia Duch, Mikkel Allingstrup, Arash Afshari
BACKGROUND: Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, such as neostigmine, have traditionally been used for reversal of non-depolarizing neuromuscular blocking agents. However, these drugs have significant limitations, such as indirect mechanisms of reversal, limited and unpredictable efficacy, and undesirable autonomic responses. Sugammadex is a selective relaxant-binding agent specifically developed for rapid reversal of non-depolarizing neuromuscular blockade induced by rocuronium. Its potential clinical benefits include fast and predictable reversal of any degree of block, increased patient safety, reduced incidence of residual block on recovery, and more efficient use of healthcare resources...
August 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805193/optics-of-plasmon-exciton-nanomaterials
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Maxim Sukharev, Abraham Nitzan
This review provides a brief introduction to the physics of coupled exciton-plasmon systems, the theoretical description and experimental manifestation of such phenomena, followed by an account of the state-of-the-art methodology for the numerical simulations of such phenomena and supplemented by a number of FORTRAN codes, by which the interested reader can introduce himself/herself to the practice of such simulations. Applications to CW light scattering as well as transient response and relaxation are described...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803422/salidroside-improved-cerebrovascular-vasodilation-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-through-restoring-the-function-of-bkca-channel-in-smooth-muscle-cells
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Yu-Guang Ma, Jun-Wei Wang, Yin-Bin Zhang, Bao-Feng Wang, Zhi-Jun Dai, Man-Jiang Xie, Hua-Feng Kang
Vessel disease is a kind of severe complication in diabetic patients. However, few pharmacologic agents can directly recover diabetic vascular function. Salidroside (SAL), a major ingredient from Rhodiola rosea, has been found to have an obvious hypoglycemic effect and a beneficial protection on vascular function in diabetes. However, whether SAL is a suitable treatment for diabetes has not so far been evaluated and the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. The present work aims to (1) investigate the potential effects of SAL on cerebrovascular relaxation in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats or when exposed to acute hyperglycemia condition and (2) examine whether function of the BKCa channel is involved in SAL treatment for diabetic vascular relaxation...
August 12, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802098/response-time-of-indirectly-accessed-gas-exchange-depends-on-measurement-method
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Jakub Rafl, Filip Kulhanek, Petr Kudrna, Vaclav Ort, Karel Roubik
Noninvasive techniques are routinely used for assessment of tissue effects of lung ventilation. However, comprehensive studies of the response time of the methods are scarce. The aim of this study was to compare the response time of noninvasive methods for monitoring of gas exchange to sudden changes in the composition of the inspired gas. A prospective experimental study with 16 healthy volunteers was conducted. A ventilation circuit was designed that enabled a fast change in the composition of the inspiratory gas mixture while allowing spontaneous breathing...
August 12, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801264/vasoactive-properties-of-antihypertensive-lactoferrin-derived-peptides-in-resistance-vessels-effects-in-small-mesenteric-arteries-from-shr-rats
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Aurora García-Tejedor, Paloma Manzanares, María Castelló-Ruiz, Antonio Moscardó, José F Marcos, Juan B Salom
AIMS: Bovine lactoferrin (LF) hydrolysates and peptides identified thereof have shown antihypertensive effects in rat models, mainly but not exclusively by angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition. In this study we aimed to assess the vasoactive effects and mechanisms of an ultrafiltered (<3kDa) pepsin LF hydrolysate (LFH) and a heptapeptide identified in a LF hydrolysate produced by yeast proteolysis (DPYKLRP) in peripheral resistance arteries from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)...
August 8, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800220/the-secret-life-of-collagen-temporal-changes-in-nanoscale-fibrillar-pre-strain-and-molecular-organization-during-physiological-loading-of-cartilage
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Sheetal R Inamdar, David P Knight, Nicholas J Terrill, Angelo Karunaratne, Fernando Cacho-Nerin, Martin M Knight, Himadri S Gupta
Articular cartilage is a natural biomaterial whose structure at the micro- and nanoscale is critical for healthy joint function and where degeneration is associated with widespread disorders such as osteoarthritis. At the nanoscale, cartilage mechanical functionality is dependent on the collagen fibrils and hydrated proteoglycans that form the extracellular matrix. The dynamic response of these ultrastructural building blocks at the nanoscale, however, remains unclear. Here we measure time-resolved changes in collagen fibril strain, using small angle X-ray diffraction during compression of bovine and human cartilage explants...
August 11, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799380/a-force-level-theory-of-the-rheology-of-entangled-rod-and-chain-polymer-liquids-i-tube-deformation-microscopic-yielding-and-the-nonlinear-elastic-limit
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Kenneth S Schweizer, Daniel M Sussman
We employ a first-principles-based, force-level approach to construct the anharmonic tube confinement field for entangled fluids of rigid needles, and also for chains described at the primitive-path (PP) level in two limiting situations where chain stretch is assumed to either be completely equilibrated or unrelaxed. The influence of shear and extensional deformation and polymer orientation is determined in a nonlinear elastic limit where dissipative relaxation processes are intentionally neglected. For needles and PP-level chains, a self-consistent analysis of transverse polymer harmonic dynamical fluctuations predicts that deformation-induced orientation leads to tube weakening or widening...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799012/mtdna-genomes-reveal-a-relaxation-of-selective-constraints-in-low-bmi-individuals-in-a-uyghur-population
#16
Hong-Xiang Zheng, Lei Li, Xiao-Yan Jiang, Shi Yan, Zhendong Qin, Xiaofeng Wang, Li Jin
Considerable attention has been focused on the effect of deleterious mutations caused by the recent relaxation of selective constraints on human health, including the prevalence of obesity, which might represent an adaptive response of energy-conserving metabolism under the conditions of modern society. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) encoding 13 core subunits of oxidative phosphorylation plays an important role in metabolism. Therefore, we hypothesized that a relaxation of selection constraints on mtDNA and an increase in the proportion of deleterious mutations have played a role in obesity prevalence...
August 10, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795964/neuromuscular-monitoring-in-the-perioperative-period
#17
Glenn S Murphy
Neuromuscular monitoring devices were introduced into clinical practice in the 1970s. Qualitative neuromuscular monitors, or peripheral nerve stimulators, provide an electrical stimulus to a motor nerve and the response of corresponding muscle subjectively evaluated. A standard peripheral nerve stimulator provides several patterns of nerve stimulation, including train-of-four (TOF), double-burst, tetanic, and post-tetanic count. Qualitative (and quantitative) monitors are needed to determine onset of neuromuscular blockade, maintain the required depth of muscle relaxation during the surgical procedure, and assess an appropriate dose of reversal agent...
August 8, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795733/time-resolved-nanomechanics-of-a-single-cell-under-the-depolymerization-of-the-cytoskeleton
#18
Pablo D Garcia, Carlos R Guerrero, Ricardo Garcia
Single cell stiffness measurements consider cells as passive and elastic materials which react instantaneously to an external force. This approximation is at odds with the complex structure of the cell which includes solid and liquid components. Here we develop a force microscopy method to measure the time and frequency dependencies of the elastic modulus, the viscosity coefficient, the loss modulus and the relaxation time of a single live cell. These parameters have different time and frequency dependencies...
August 10, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792445/effects-of-short-forest-bathing-program-on-autonomic-nervous-system-activity-and-mood-states-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-individuals
#19
Chia-Pin Yu, Chia-Min Lin, Ming-Jer Tsai, Yu-Chieh Tsai, Chun-Yu Chen
The present study investigated changes in autonomic nervous system activity and emotions after a short (2 h) forest bathing program in the Xitou Nature Education Area (XNEA), Taiwan. One hundred and twenty-eight (60.0 ± 7.44 years) middle-aged and elderly participants were recruited. Physiological responses, pulse rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, heart rate variability (HRV), and psychological indices were measured before and after the program. We observed that pulse rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure were significantly lower after the program, which indicated physiological benefits from stress recovery...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790317/different-effects-of-accelerated-development-and-enhanced-growth-on-oxidative-stress-and-telomere-shortening-in-amphibian-larvae
#20
Pablo Burraco, Carmen Díaz-Paniagua, Ivan Gomez-Mestre
Organisms react to environmental changes through plastic responses that often involve physiological alterations with the potential to modify life-history traits and fitness. Environmentally induced shifts in growth and development in species with complex life cycles determine the timing of transitions between subsequent life stages, as well as body condition at transformation, which greatly determine survival at later stages. Here we show that spadefoot toad larvae surviving pond drying and predators experienced marked alterations in growth and development, and in their fat reserves, oxidative stress, and relative telomere length...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
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