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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548861/emergent-optical-phononic-modes-upon-nanoscale-mesogenic-phase-transitions
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Dima Bolmatov, Mikhail Zhernenkov, Lewis Sharpnack, Dena M Agra-Kooijman, Satyendra Kumar, Alexey Suvorov, Ronald Pindak, Yong Q Cai, Alessandro Cunsolo
The investigation of phononic collective excitations in soft matter systems at the molecular scale has always been challenging due to limitations of experimental techniques in resolving low-energy modes. Recent advances in Inelastic X-ray Scattering (IXS) enabled the study of such systems with unprecedented spectral contrast at meV excitation energies. In particular, it has become possible to shed light on the low-energy collective motions in materials whose morphology and phase behavior can easily be manipulated, such as mesogenic systems...
May 26, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545257/the-reactive-sulfur-species-concept-15-years-on
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Gregory I Giles, Muhammad Jawad Nasim, Wesam Ali, Claus Jacob
Fifteen years ago, in 2001, the concept of "Reactive Sulfur Species" or RSS was advocated as a working hypothesis. Since then various organic as well as inorganic RSS have attracted considerable interest and stimulated many new and often unexpected avenues in research and product development. During this time, it has become apparent that molecules with sulfur-containing functional groups are not just the passive "victims" of oxidative stress or simple conveyors of signals in cells, but can also be stressors in their own right, with pivotal roles in cellular function and homeostasis...
May 23, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532463/exploring-patient-centered-hospitals-a-systematic-review-to-understand-change
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Irene Gabutti, Daniele Mascia, Americo Cicchetti
BACKGROUND: The healthcare scenario in developed countries is changing deeply: patients, who are frequently affected by multi-pathological chronic conditions, have risen their expectations. Simultaneously, there exist dramatic financial pressures which require healthcare organizations to provide more and better services with equal (or decreasing) resources. In response to these challenges, hospitals are facing radical transformations by bridging, redesigning and engaging their organization and staff...
May 22, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530330/-the-sherlock-system-clinical-and-logistic-pharmaceutical-services
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Roni Leibowitz, Shahar Aflalo, Ornit Cohen, Ahuva Lustig
BACKGROUND: The drug inventory in the hospital consumes a large part of the hospital's budget. Classic drug management is based on weekly visits of the pharmacist in the departments, writing an order and dispensing it. This method is wasteful in terms of sending a bulk of drugs that will not necessarily be utilized, and it is also inefficient in terms of human resources. The unit-dose method, which is more advanced, is based on filling out individual prescriptions for each of the inpatients in the department...
August 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530239/thermogenetic-neurostimulation-with-single-cell-resolution
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Yulia G Ermakova, Aleksandr A Lanin, Ilya V Fedotov, Matvey Roshchin, Ilya V Kelmanson, Dmitry Kulik, Yulia A Bogdanova, Arina G Shokhina, Dmitry S Bilan, Dmitry B Staroverov, Pavel M Balaban, Andrei B Fedotov, Dmitry A Sidorov-Biryukov, Evgeny S Nikitin, Aleksei M Zheltikov, Vsevolod V Belousov
Thermogenetics is a promising innovative neurostimulation technique, which enables robust activation of neurons using thermosensitive transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels. Broader application of this approach in neuroscience is, however, hindered by a limited variety of suitable ion channels, and by low spatial and temporal resolution of neuronal activation when TRP channels are activated by ambient temperature variations or chemical agonists. Here, we demonstrate rapid, robust and reproducible repeated activation of snake TRPA1 channels heterologously expressed in non-neuronal cells, mouse neurons and zebrafish neurons in vivo by infrared (IR) laser radiation...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528939/aga-white-paper-training-and-implementation-of-endoscopic-image-enhancement-technologies
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Neil Gupta, Joel V Brill, Marcia Canto, Daniel DeMarco, Brian M Fennerty, Loren Laine, David Lieberman, Charles Lightdale, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Odze, Douglas Rex, Prateek Sharma, Jeffrey L Tokar, Michael L Kochman
Endoscopic image-enhancement technologies provide opportunities to visualize normal and abnormal tissues within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in a manner that complements conventional white light endoscopic imaging. The additional information that is obtained enables the endoscopist to better identify, delineate, and characterize lesions and can facilitate targeted biopsies or, in some cases, eliminate the need to send samples for histologic analysis. Some of these technologies have been available for more than a decade, but despite this fact, there is limited use of these technologies by endoscopists...
June 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526933/protection-of-tubular-epithelial-cells-during-renal-injury-via-post-transcriptional-control-of-bmp7
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Jiping Sun, Aiping Yin, Fei Zhao, Wenjing Zhang, Jia Lv, Jing Lv
Severe injury of renal tubular epithelial cells may cause acute renal failure, the progression of which results in renal fibrosis, and obstructive nephropathy. Transforming growth factor β 1 and bone morphogenic protein 7 (BMP7) play contradicting roles in and coordinate the process of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition of renal tubular epithelial cells, but the molecular regulation of BMP7 remains ill-defined. Here, we addressed this question. We found that after induction of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) in mice, the increases in BMP7 mRNA were much more pronounced than BMP7 protein in kidney, suggesting the presence of post-transcriptional control of BMP7...
May 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522866/femtosecond-laser-fabrication-of-anatase-tio2-micro-nanostructures-with-chemical-oxidation-and-annealing
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Ting Huang, Jinlong Lu, Xin Zhang, Rongshi Xiao, Wuxiong Yang, Qiang Wu
The fabrication of nanoporous anatase TiO2 on a microstructured Ti base is achieved through an innovative hybrid fabrication method involving femtosecond laser ablation coupled with H2O2 oxidation and annealing. The anatase TiO2 micro-nanostructures have superior photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange due to enhanced light harvesting capacity and surface area. The photodegradation efficiency increases by a maximum of 80% compared to the nanoporous anatase TiO2 fabricated through H2O2 oxidation and annealing only (without femtosecond laser ablation)...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521383/-quality-management-for-surgeons-the-knowledge-of-basic-contexts-and-innovative-strategies-promotes-the-competitiveness-of-clinical-department
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Wolfgang Hellmann
Efficient quality management aiming to achieve high quality in patient care is crucial to the success of a surgery department. This requires the knowledge of relevant terms und contexts of quality management. Implementation remains difficult in the light of demographic change and skills shortage. If a hospital has an efficient internal quality management in place, this should be used as a supplementary instrument. Otherwise it is the (sole) task of a specialist department to ensure quality for patients, employees, and cooperative partners...
May 18, 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518072/in-vivo-investigation-of-antimicrobial-blue-light-therapy-for-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-burn-infections-using-bioluminescence-imaging
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Yucheng Wang, Olivia D Harrington, Ying Wang, Clinton K Murray, Michael R Hamblin, Tianhong Dai
Burn infections continue to be an important cause of morbidity and mortality. The increasing emergence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria has led to the frequent failure of traditional antibiotic treatments. Alternative therapeutics are urgently needed to tackle MDR bacteria. An innovative non-antibiotic approach, antimicrobial blue light (aBL), has shown promising effectiveness against MDR infections. The mechanism of action of aBL is not yet well understood. It is commonly hypothesized that naturally occurring endogenous photosensitizing chromophores in bacteria (e...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516571/fsoca-induced-switchable-footpad-skin-optical-clearing-window-for-blood-flow-and-cell-imaging-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Rui Shi, Wei Feng, Chao Zhang, Zhihong Zhang, Dan Zhu
The mouse footpad for its feature of hairlessness provides an available window for imaging vascular and cellular structure and function in vivo. Unfortunately, the strong scattering of its skin limits the penetration of light and reduces the imaging contrast and depth. Herein, an innovative footpad skin optical clearing agent (FSOCA) was developed to make the footpad skin transparent quickly by topical application. The results demonstrate that FSOCA treatment not only allowed the cutaneous blood vessels and blood flow distribution to be monitored by laser speckle contrast imaging technique with higher contrast, but also permitted the fluorescent cells to be imaged by laser scanning confocal microscopy with higher fluorescence signal intensity and larger imaging depth...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506274/contextual-and-psychosocial-factors-predicting-ebola-prevention-behaviours-using-the-ranas-approach-to-behaviour-change-in-guinea-bissau
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Anna E Gamma, Jurgita Slekiene, Gregor von Medeazza, Fredrik Asplund, Placido Cardoso, Hans-Joachim Mosler
BACKGROUND: The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa in December 2013 was the largest Ebola outbreak in history. This study aimed to measure the underlying contextual and psychosocial factors of intentions to perform Ebola prevention behaviours (not touching people who might be suffering from Ebola, reporting suspected cases to the National Ebola Hotline, NEH) in Guinea-Bissau. Geographical location, cross-border market activities, poor water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions, and burial practices in some communities pose a serious risk in terms of potential EVD outbreak and seriously hamper its prevention in Guinea-Bissau...
May 15, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502809/challenges-of-informed-consent-for-pragmatic-trials
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Shona Kalkman, Ghislaine Jmw van Thiel, Mira Gp Zuidgeest, Iris Goetz, Boris M Pfeiffer, Diederick E Grobbee, Johannes Jm van Delden
The Innovative Medicines Initiative's (IMI) GetReal consortium aims to develop strategies to incorporate real world evidence earlier into the drug life cycle to better inform health care decision-makers on the comparative risks and benefits of new drugs. Pragmatic trials are currently explored as a means to generate such evidence in routine care settings. The traditional informed consent model for randomized clinical trials has been argued to pose substantial hurdles to the practicability of pragmatic trials: it would lead to recruitment difficulties, reduced generalizability of the results and selection bias...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494960/laser-activated-polymeric-microcapsules-for-ultrasound-imaging-and-therapy-in%C3%A2-vitro-feasibility
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Guillaume Lajoinie, Tom van Rooij, Ilya Skachkov, Emilie Blazejewski, Gert Veldhuis, Nico de Jong, Klazina Kooiman, Michel Versluis
Polymeric microcapsules with a light-absorbing dye incorporated in their shell can generate vapor microbubbles that can be spatiotemporally controlled by pulsed laser irradiation. These contrast agents of 6-8 μm in diameter can circulate through the vasculature, offering possibilities for ultrasound (molecular) imaging and targeted therapies. Here, we study the impact of such vapor bubbles on human endothelial cells in terms of cell poration and cell viability to establish the imaging and therapeutic windows...
May 9, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494610/paediatric-laser-dentistry-part-1-general-introduction
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C Caprioglio, G Olivi, M D Genovese
Knowledge of the physical characteristics of different laser lights and optical and thermal properties of oral tissues is very important to understand the interaction of dental lasers with biological tissues. Choosing the correct dental laser is crucial to match specific wavelengths with target chromophores of different tissues; this affinity makes laser irradiation selective and therefore minimally invasive. Various types of lasers are used in dentistry, offering a viable alternative to low and high-speed handpieces and surgical blades, and also minimising fear and discomfort of the patient...
March 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492533/gene-patents-still-alive-and-kicking-their-impact-on-provision-of-genetic-testing-for-long-qt-syndrome-in-the-canadian-public-health-care-system
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Sarah E Ali-Khan, E Richard Gold
PurposeAlthough the Supreme Court of the United States limited their availability in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, gene patents remain important around the world. We examine the situation in Canada, where gene patents continue to exist, in light of recent litigation relating to familial long QT syndrome (LQTS).MethodsWe conducted in-depth semistructured interviews with 25 stakeholders across five Canadian provinces and supplemented this with a case analysis of the litigation.ResultsThe majority of LQTS testing was carried out outside Canada...
May 11, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490535/vaccines-to-accelerate-malaria-elimination-and-eventual-eradication
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Julie Healer, Alan F Cowman, David C Kaslow, Ashley J Birkett
Remarkable progress has been made in coordinated malaria control efforts with substantial reductions in malaria-associated deaths and morbidity achieved through mass administration of drugs and vector control measures including distribution of long-lasting insecticide-impregnated bednets and indoor residual spraying. However, emerging resistance poses a significant threat to the sustainability of these interventions. In this light, the malaria research community has been charged with the development of a highly efficacious vaccine to complement existing malaria elimination measures...
May 10, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490342/rethinking-alcohol-interventions-in-health-care-a-thematic-meeting-of-the-international-network-on-brief-interventions-for-alcohol-other-drugs-inebria
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Joseph E Glass, Sven Andréasson, Katharine A Bradley, Sara Wallhed Finn, Emily C Williams, Ann-Sofie Bakshi, Antoni Gual, Nick Heather, Marcela Tiburcio Sainz, Vivek Benegal, Richard Saitz
In 2016, the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs convened a meeting titled "Rethinking alcohol interventions in health care". The aims of the meeting were to synthesize recent evidence about screening and brief intervention and to set directions for research, practice, and policy in light of this evidence. Screening and brief intervention is efficacious in reducing self-reported alcohol consumption for some with unhealthy alcohol use, but there are gaps in evidence for its effectiveness...
May 10, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489294/a-transparent-highly-stretchable-autonomous-self-healing-poly-dimethyl-siloxane-elastomer
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Baolin Zhang, Ping Zhang, Hanzhi Zhang, Casey Yan, Zijian Zheng, Biao Wu, You Yu
An innovative self-healing polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer, namely, PDMS-TFB, is reported by incorporating the reversibly dynamic imine bond as the self-healing points into the PDMS networks. The PDMS-TFB elastomer features good optical transmittance (80%) in full visible light region, high stretchability (≈700%), and excellent autonomous self-healing ability at room temperature. Surprisingly, the self-healing behavior can take place in water and even at a temperature as low as -20 °C in air, showing a promising outlook for broader applications...
May 10, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481596/homelessness-as-a-public-mental-health-and-social-problem-new-knowledge-and-solutions
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Jack Tsai, Thomas O'Toole, Lisa K Kearney
Homelessness is a major public health problem that has received considerable attention from clinicians, researchers, administrators, and policymakers in recent years. In 2016, 550,000 individuals were homeless in the United States (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2016) with 4.2% of individuals in the United States experiencing homelessness for over 1 month sometime in their lives and 1.5% experiencing homelessness in the last year (Tsai, 2017). Homelessness remains a recalcitrant problem and a ripe area for study, particularly in addressing needs of individuals at high risk for homelessness and those from understudied populations...
May 2017: Psychological Services
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