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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441740/a-miniature-aerosol-sensor-for-detecting-polydisperse-airborne-ultrafine-particles
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Chao Zhang, Dingqu Wang, Rong Zhu, Wenming Yang, Peng Jiang
Counting and sizing of polydisperse airborne nanoparticles have attracted most attentions owing to increasing widespread presence of airborne engineered nanoparticles or ultrafine particles. Here we report a miniature aerosol sensor to detect particle size distribution of polydisperse ultrafine particles based on ion diffusion charging and electrical detection. The aerosol sensor comprises a couple of planar electrodes printed on two circuit boards assembled in parallel, where charging, precipitation and measurement sections are integrated into one chip, which can detect aerosol particle size in of 30-500 nm, number concentration in range of 5 × 10²-10⁷ /cm³...
April 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439406/angiographic-anatomy-of-the-extracranial-and-intracranial-portions-of-the-internal-carotid-arteries-in-donkeys
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Nurul Hayah Khairuddin, Martin Sullivan, Patrick J Pollock
BACKGROUND: In horses, the extracranial and intracranial pathway of the internal carotid artery has been described. The extracranial pathway of the internal carotid artery begins at the carotid termination and runs on the dorsal surface of the medial compartment of the guttural pouch. Thereafter the internal carotid artery passes through the foramen lacerum to continue intracranially, forming part of the rostrolateral quadrants of the cerebral arterial circle (Circle of Willis). The objectives of this study were to define and record the anatomy of the carotid arterial tree and the internal carotid artery in donkeys using angiographic techniques...
2017: Irish Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434545/opportunities-and-obstacles-in-translating-evidence-to-policy-in-occupational-asthma
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Susan M Tarlo, Ahmed A Arif, George L Delclos, Paul Henneberger, Jenil Patel
PURPOSE: Occupational asthma (OA), a common respiratory disorder in Western countries, is caused by exposures at the workplace. It is part of a broader definition of work-related asthma (WRA) that also includes pre-existing asthma aggravated by substances present in the workplace environment, and it is potentially preventable. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate preventive measures for occupational asthma by case studies. METHODS: In three case studies we discuss preventive measures that have been associated with reductions in incidence of occupational asthma from natural rubber latex and from diisocyanates as supported by published literature...
March 31, 2017: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433764/modeling-of-retention-and-re-entrainment-of-mono-and-poly-disperse-particles-effects-of-hydrodynamics-particle-size-and-interplay-of-different-sized-particles-retention
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Enze Ma, Tariq Ouahbi, Huaqing Wang, Nasre-Dine Ahfir, Abdellah Alem, Ahmed Hammadi
In this paper, numerical simulations of experimental data were performed with kinetic rate coefficients to characterize the retention and re-entrainment dynamics under different hydrodynamic conditions for monodisperse and polydisperse latex particles (3, 10, 16μm and the mixture). The results show that drastic increase in fluid velocity provokes hardly any remarkable decrease in retention in the presence of large energy barriers (>2000kT). Systematical increases in deposition and re-entrainment dynamic rates were observed with fluid velocity and/or particle size...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431015/large-scale-collection-of-full-length-cdna-and-transcriptome-analysis-in-hevea-brasiliensis
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Yuko Makita, Kiaw Kiaw Ng, G Veera Singham, Mika Kawashima, Hideki Hirakawa, Shusei Sato, Ahmad Sofiman Othman, Minami Matsui
Natural rubber has unique physical properties that cannot be replaced by products from other latex-producing plants or petrochemically produced synthetic rubbers. Rubber from Hevea brasiliensis is the main commercial source for this natural rubber that has a cis-polyisoprene configuration. For sustainable production of enough rubber to meet demand elucidation of the molecular mechanisms involved in the production of latex is vital. To this end, we firstly constructed rubber full-length cDNA libraries of RRIM 600 cultivar and sequenced around 20,000 clones by the Sanger method and over 15,000 contigs by Illumina sequencer...
April 1, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425282/mechanical-force-sensitive-acrylic-latex-coating
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Meng Li, Weifeng Liu, Qi Zhang, Shiping Zhu
We prepared force sensitive acrylic latex coatings by covalently incorporating spiropyran mechanophore. The acrylic latexes were obtained through emulsion copolymerization of butyl acrylate (BA), methyl methacrylate (MMA) with vinyltriethoxysilane (VTES) as interparticle cross-linker, and (1'-(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl)-3',3'-dimethylspiro[chromene-2,2'-indolin]-6-yl)methyl methacrylate) (SP) as intraparticle cross-linker. The latexes of P(BA-co-MMA-co-SP-co-VTES) were subsequently cast onto Teflon-coated surface to form latex coatings...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423853/square
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Carsten Oliver Schmidt, Christine Krabbe, Janka Schössow, Martin Albers, Dörte Radke, Jörg Henke
Valid scientific inferences from epidemiological and clinical studies require high data quality. Data generating departments therefore aim to detect data irregularities as early as possible in order to guide quality management processes. In addition, after the completion of data collections the obtained data quality must be evaluated. This can be challenging in complex studies due to a wide scope of examinations, numerous study variables, multiple examiners, devices, and examination centers. This paper describes a Java EE web application used to monitor and evaluate data quality in institutions with complex and multiple studies, named Square<sup>2</sup>...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422241/super-tough-ultra-stretchable-and-strongly-compressive-hydrogels-with-core-shell-latex-particles-inducing-efficient-aggregation-of-hydrophobic-chains
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Xiuyan Ren, Chang Huang, Lijie Duan, Baijun Liu, Lvjun Bu, Shuang Guan, Jiliang Hou, Huixuan Zhang, Guanghui Gao
Toughness, strechability and compressibility for hydrogels were ordinarily balanced for their use as mechanically responsive materials. For example, macromolecular microsphere composite hydrogels with chemical crosslinking exhibited excellent compression strength and strechability, but poor tensile stress. Here, a novel strategy for the preparation of a super-tough, ultra-stretchable and strongly compressive hydrogel was proposed by introducing core-shell latex particles (LPs) as crosslinking centers for inducing efficient aggregation of hydrophobic chains...
April 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422061/the-effect-of-particles-on-electrolytically-polymerized-thin-natural-mcf-rubber-for-soft-sensors-installed-in-artificial-skin
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Kunio Shimada, Osamu Mochizuki, Yoshihiro Kubota
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of particles as filler in soft rubber sensors installed in artificial skin. We examine sensors made of natural rubber (NR-latex) that include magnetic particles of Ni and Fe₃O₄ using magnetic compound fluid (MCF). The 1-mm thickness of the electrolytically polymerized MCF rubber makes production of comparatively thin rubber sensors feasible. We first investigate the effect of magnetic particles Ni and Fe₃O₄ on the curing of MCF rubber. Next, in order to adjust the electric properties of the MCF rubber, we adopt Al₂O₃ dielectric particles...
April 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420254/common-diaper-ingredient-questions-modern-disposable-diaper-materials-are-safe-and-extensively-tested
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Jennifer Counts, Annie Weisbrod, Shan Yin
Today's disposable diapers are high-performance and well-tested products, designed to keep skin dry and healthy. They are primarily made of biologically inert polymers, commonly used in fabrics and other materials that are in contact with skin, and in foods and cosmetics. Still, product safety and ingredients in everyday products can be a source of anxiety for new parents. This article provides the facts behind some commonly asked questions from consumers about diaper ingredients and safety, including myths and facts related to chlorine, latex, dyes, and chemical additives...
May 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419751/clinical-characteristics-of-fibromyalgia-in-a-chronic-pain-population
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Mark Gostine, Fred Davis, Bradley Roberts, Rebecca Risko, Michael Asmus, Joseph C Cappelleri, Alesia Sadosky
OBJECTIVE: To compare fibromyalgia (FM) characteristics among patients identified in a community-based chronic pain cohort based on traditional International Classification of Diagnoses Ninth Revision, ICD-9 diagnostic coding, with that of patients identified using a novel predictive model. METHODS: This retrospective study used data collected from July 1999 to February 17, 2015 in multiple chronic pain clinics in the United States. Patients were assigned to the FM case group based on specific inclusion criteria using ICD-9 codes or, separately, from results of a novel FM predictive model that was developed using random forest and logistic regression techniques...
April 18, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417905/analytical-criticalities-associated-to-different-immunological-methods-for-serum-free-light-chain-detection-in-plasma-cell-dyscrasias-a-description-of-particular-clinical-cases
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Rocco Sabatino, Antonio Perrone, Marco Cuomo, Sandra Liotti, Vittoria Barchiesi, Monica Cantile, Ernesta Cavalcanti
Current criteria for differential diagnosis of multiple myeloma (MM), Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), and smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) are included in the 2003 guidelines by the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG). An updated version was then published in 2014, highlighting the importance of serum free light chain (sFLC) detection, as well as the κ/λ ratio as excellent indicators of clonality. At present, two commercial assays for sFLC quantification are available: the Freelite™ assay and the N-Latex assay...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415239/motility-of-escherichia-coli-in-a-quasi-two-dimensional-porous-medium
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Juan Eduardo Sosa-Hernández, Moisés Santillán, Jesús Santana-Solano
Bacterial migration through confined spaces is critical for several phenomena, such as biofilm formation, bacterial transport in soils, and bacterial therapy against cancer. In the present work, E. coli (strain K12-MG1655 WT) motility was characterized by recording and analyzing individual bacterium trajectories in a simulated quasi-two-dimensional porous medium. The porous medium was simulated by enclosing, between slide and cover slip, a bacterial-culture sample mixed with uniform 2.98-μm-diameter spherical latex particles...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414980/fluorescence-and-circular-dichroism-studies-on-the-accessibility-of-tryptophan-residues-and-unfolding-of-a-jacalin-related-%C3%AE-d-galactose-specific-lectin-from-mulberry-morus-indica
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Debparna Datta, Musti J Swamy
MLGL (Mulberry Latex Galactose-specific Lectin) is an α-d-galactose binding lectin isolated from the latex of mulberry (Morus indica) tree and contains two tryptophan residues in each of its subunits. The fluorescence emission maximum of native MLGL seen at 326nm shifts to 350nm upon incubation with 6M guanidinium thiocyanate (Gdn.SCN), suggesting that the tryptophans are located inside the hydrophobic core of the protein and become fully exposed upon denaturation. Fluorescence quenching studies revealed that the neutral acrylamide exhibits the highest quenching, with ~33% of total fluorescence in the native protein being quenched at a quencher concentration of 0...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414337/development-of-an-incoherent-broad-band-cavity-enhanced-aerosol-extinction-spectrometer-and-its-application-to-measurement-of-aerosol-optical-hygroscopicity
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Weixiong Zhao, Xuezhe Xu, Bo Fang, Qilei Zhang, Xiaodong Qian, Shuo Wang, Pan Liu, Weijun Zhang, Zhenzhu Wang, Dong Liu, Yinbo Huang, Dean S Venables, Weidong Chen
We report on the development of a blue light-emitting-diode-based incoherent broad-band cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (IBBCEAS) instrument for the measurement of the aerosol extinction coefficient at λ=461  nm. With an effective absorption path length of 2.8 km, an optimum detection limit of 0.05  Mm<sup>-1</sup> (5×10<sup>-10</sup>  cm<sup>-1</sup>) was achieved with an averaging time of 84 s. The baseline drift of the developed spectrometer was about ±0...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407513/effects-of-cyanobacteria-synechocystis-spp-in-the-host-parasite-model-crassostrea-gasar-perkinsus-marinus
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Fernando Ramos Queiroga, Luis Fernando Marques-Santos, Hélène Hégaret, Roberto Sassi, Natanael Dantas Farias, Lucas Nunes Santana, Patricia Mirella da Silva
Perkinsosis is a disease caused by protozoan parasites from the Perkinsus genus. In Brazil, two species, P. beihaiensis and P. marinus, are frequently found infecting native oysters (Crassostrea gasar and C. rhizophorae) from cultured and wild populations in several states of the Northeast region. The impacts of this disease in bivalves from Brazil, as well as the interactions with environmental factors, are poorly studied. In the present work, we evaluated the in vitro effects of the cyanobacteria Synechocystis spp...
March 27, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402846/structural-disjoining-pressure-induced-solid-particle-removal-from-solid-substrates-using-nanofluids
#17
Sangwook Lim, Darsh Wasan
Nanofluids comprising nanoparticle suspensions in liquids have significant industrial applications. Prior work performed in our laboratory on the spreading of a nanofluid on a solid substrate has revealed that the structural disjoining pressure gradient caused by the layering of the nanoparticles normal to the confining plane of the film with the wedge profile is a new mechanism for oily soil detachment from the solid substrate. In the present work, we explore the application of this new mechanism for the solid particle detachment using latex particles on glass and a copper-coated wafer substrate using nanofluids...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401757/porous-sio2-hollow-spheres-as-a-solar-reflective-pigment-for-coatings
#18
Zheng Xing, Siok-Wei Tay, Yeap Hung Ng, Liang Hong
This study starts with the synthesis of silica hollow spheres (HSs) by utilizing in situ synthesized polystyrene (PS) microspheres as the template for the deposition of a silica (SiO2) shell, followed by a slow gasification step in air to remove the PS core. The size of HS and the thickness of the porous SiO2 shell are tuned by varying the synthesis conditions of the PS latex and those of the sol-gel deposition, respectively. Various HS powder samples are characterized by ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-vis-NIR) spectroscopy to determine their diffuse reflectance...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400886/corneal-toxicity-following-exposure-to-asclepias-tuberosa
#19
Lauge Hjorth Mikkelsen, Hassan Hamoudi, Cigdem Altuntas Gül, Steffen Heegaard
PURPOSE: To present a case of corneal toxicity following exposure to milky plant latex from Asclepias tuberosa. METHODS: A 70-year-old female presented with blurred vision and pain in her left eye after handling an Ascepias tuberosa. Clinical examination revealed a corneal stromal oedema with small epithelial defects. The corneal endothelium was intact and folds in Descemets membrane were observed. The oedema was treated with chloramphenicol, dexamethasone and scopolamine...
2017: Open Ophthalmology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397940/phenotypic-and-molecular-study-of-pneumococci-causing-respiratory-tract-infections-a-3-year-prospective-cohort
#20
Amani M Alnimr, Maha Farhat
To study serotype distribution and antimicrobial resistance to beta-lactams and macrolides in pneumococci causing respiratory diseases after the introduction of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in Saudi Arabia. Methods: This is a hospital-based and a cross-sectional prospective surveillance study conducted at King Fahad Hospital of the University, AlKhobar, Kingdom  of Saudi Arabia, in which respiratory pneumococcal isolates collected between 2012 and 2014 were serotyped by multiplex sequential polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Pneumotest-Latex...
April 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
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