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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335574/proof-of-concept-development-of-snow-liquid-water-content-profiler-using-cs650-reflectometers-at-caribou-me-usa
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Carlos L Pérez Díaz, Jonathan Muñoz, Tarendra Lakhankar, Reza Khanbilvardi, Peter Romanov
The quantity of liquid water in the snowpack defines its wetness. The temporal evolution of snow wetness's plays a significant role in wet-snow avalanche prediction, meltwater release, and water availability estimations and assessments within a river basin. However, it remains a difficult task and a demanding issue to measure the snowpack's liquid water content (LWC) and its temporal evolution with conventional in situ techniques. We propose an approach based on the use of time-domain reflectometry (TDR) and CS650 soil water content reflectometers to measure the snowpack's LWC and temperature profiles...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335475/mobile-health-applications-to-promote-active-and-healthy-ageing
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Jorunn L Helbostad, Beatrix Vereijken, Clemens Becker, Chris Todd, Kristin Taraldsen, Mirjam Pijnappels, Kamiar Aminian, Sabato Mellone
The European population is ageing, and there is a need for health solutions that keep older adults independent longer. With increasing access to mobile technology, such as smartphones and smartwatches, the development and use of mobile health applications is rapidly growing. To meet the societal challenge of changing demography, mobile health solutions are warranted that support older adults to stay healthy and active and that can prevent or delay functional decline. This paper reviews the literature on mobile technology, in particular wearable technology, such as smartphones, smartwatches, and wristbands, presenting new ideas on how this technology can be used to encourage an active lifestyle, and discusses the way forward in order further to advance development and practice in the field of mobile technology for active, healthy ageing...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335417/dna-sequencing-sensors-an-overview
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Jose Antonio Garrido-Cardenas, Federico Garcia-Maroto, Jose Antonio Alvarez-Bermejo, Francisco Manzano-Agugliaro
The first sequencing of a complete genome was published forty years ago by the double Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Frederick Sanger. That corresponded to the small sized genome of a bacteriophage, but since then there have been many complex organisms whose DNA have been sequenced. This was possible thanks to continuous advances in the fields of biochemistry and molecular genetics, but also in other areas such as nanotechnology and computing. Nowadays, sequencing sensors based on genetic material have little to do with those used by Sanger...
March 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335365/antibacterial-properties-of-visible-light-responsive-carbon-containing-titanium-dioxide-photocatalytic-nanoparticles-against-anthrax
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Der-Shan Sun, Jyh-Hwa Kau, Hsin-Hsien Huang, Yao-Hsuan Tseng, Wen-Shiang Wu, Hsin-Hou Chang
The bactericidal activity of conventional titanium dioxide (TiO₂) photocatalyst is effective only on irradiation by ultraviolet light, which restricts the applications of TiO₂ for use in living environments. Recently, carbon-containing TiO₂ nanoparticles [TiO₂(C) NP] were found to be a visible-light-responsive photocatalyst (VLRP), which displayed significantly enhanced antibacterial properties under visible light illumination. However, whether TiO₂(C) NPs exert antibacterial properties against Bacillus anthracis remains elusive...
December 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335341/design-and-electrochemical-study-of-platinum-based-nanomaterials-for-sensitive-detection-of-nitric-oxide-in-biomedical-applications
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Maduraiveeran Govindhan, Zhonggang Liu, Aicheng Chen
The extensive physiological and regulatory roles of nitric oxide (NO) have spurred the development of NO sensors, which are of critical importance in neuroscience and various medical applications. The development of electrochemical NO sensors is of significant importance, and has garnered a tremendous amount of attention due to their high sensitivity and selectivity, rapid response, low cost, miniaturization, and the possibility of real-time monitoring. Nanostructured platinum (Pt)-based materials have attracted considerable interest regarding their use in the design of electrochemical sensors for the detection of NO, due to their unique properties and the potential for new and innovative applications...
November 14, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334874/efficient-cnv-breakpoint-analysis-reveals-unexpected-structural-complexity-and-correlation-of-dosage-sensitive-genes-with-clinical-severity-in-genomic-disorders
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Ling Zhang, Jingmin Wang, Cheng Zhang, Dongxiao Li, Claudia M B Carvalho, Haoran Ji, Jianqiu Xiao, Ye Wu, Weichen Zhou, Hongyan Wang, Li Jin, Yang Luo, Xiru Wu, James R Lupski, Feng Zhang, Yuwu Jiang
Genomic disorders are the clinical conditions manifested by submicroscopic genomic rearrangements including copy number variants (CNVs). The CNVs can be identified by array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH), the most commonly used technology for molecular diagnostics of genomic disorders. However, clinical aCGH only informs CNVs in the probe interrogated regions. Neither orientational information nor the resulting genomic rearrangement structure is provided, which is a key to uncovering mutational and pathogenic mechanisms underlying genomic disorders...
March 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334696/effects-of-hypergravity-on-the-angiogenic-potential-of-endothelial-cells
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Raquel Costa-Almeida, Daniel T O Carvalho, Miguel J S Ferreira, Guilherme Aresta, Manuela E Gomes, Jack J W A van Loon, Kim Van der Heiden, Pedro L Granja
Angiogenesis, the formation of blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is a key event in pathology, including cancer progression, but also in homeostasis and regeneration. As the phenotype of endothelial cells (ECs) is continuously regulated by local biomechanical forces, studying endothelial behaviour in altered gravity might contribute to new insights towards angiogenesis modulation. This study aimed at characterizing EC behaviour after hypergravity exposure (more than 1g), with special focus on cytoskeleton architecture and capillary-like structure formation...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334565/year-end-resident-clinic-handoffs-narrative-review-and-recommendations-for-improvement
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Amber T Pincavage, Michael J Donnelly, John Q Young, Vineet M Arora
BACKGROUND: Year-end clinic handoffs in resident continuity clinics are an important patient safety issue. METHODS: Intervention articles addressing the year-end resident clinic handoff were identified in a targeted literature search. These articles were reviewed and abstracted to summarize the current literature. On the basis of these reviews and consensus expert opinion, recommendations to improve year-end clinic handoffs were developed. RESULTS: Of 23 identified articles, 10 intervention articles in the fields of internal medicine, internal medicine-pediatrics, psychiatry, and family medicine were ultimately included...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334291/smartr-an-open-source-platform-for-interactive-visual-analytics-for-translational-research-data
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Sascha Herzinger, Wei Gu, Venkata Satagopam, Serge Eifes, Kavita Rege, Adriano Barbosa Da Silva, Reinhard Schneider
In translational research, efficient knowledge exchange between the different fields of expertise is crucial. An open platform that is capable of storing a multitude of data types such as clinical, pre-clinical, or OMICS data combined with strong visual analytical capabilities will significantly accelerate the scientific progress by making data more accessible and hypothesis generation easier. The open data warehouse tranSMART is capable of storing a variety of data types and has a growing user community including both academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies...
March 9, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334268/an-algorithmic-perspective-of-de-novo-cis-regulatory-motif-finding-based-on-chip-seq-data
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Bingqiang Liu, Jinyu Yang, Yang Li, Adam McDermaid, Qin Ma
Transcription factors are proteins that bind to specific DNA sequences and play important roles in controlling the expression levels of their target genes. Hence, prediction of transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs) provides a solid foundation for inferring gene regulatory mechanisms and building regulatory networks for a genome. Chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq) technology can generate large-scale experimental data for such protein-DNA interactions, providing an unprecedented opportunity to identify TFBSs (a...
March 8, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334154/ethical-issues-of-crispr-technology-and-gene-editing-through-the-lens-of-solidarity
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John J Mulvihill, Benjamin Capps, Yann Joly, Tamra Lysaght, Hub A E Zwart, Ruth Chadwick
Background: The avalanche of commentaries on CRISPR-Cas9 technology, a bacterial immune system modified to recognize any short DNA sequence, cut it out, and insert a new one, has rekindled hopes for gene therapy and other applications and raised criticisms of engineering genes in future generations. Sources of data: This discussion draws on articles that emphasize ethics, identified partly through PubMed and Google, 2014-2016. Areas of agreement: CRISPR-Cas9 has taken the pace and prospects for genetic discovery and applications to a high level, stoking anticipation for somatic gene engineering to help patients...
February 23, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333889/normothermic-ex-situ-liver-preservation-the-new-gold-standard
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Richard W Laing, Hynek Mergental, Darius F Mirza
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Normothermic machine perfusion of the liver (NMP-L) is a novel technology recently introduced into the practice of liver transplantation. This review recapitulates benefits of normothermic perfusion over conventional static cold storage and summarizes recent publications in this area. RECENT FINDINGS: The first clinical trials have demonstrated both safety and feasibility of NMP-L. They have shown that machine perfusion can entirely replace cold storage or be commenced following a period of cold ischaemia...
March 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333834/measuring-the-compensatory-reserve-to-identify-shock
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Victor A Convertino, Alicia M Schiller
Successful management of shock heavily relies on the ability to identify early stages of hemorrhage. During blood loss and reduced blood volume, multiple physiological mechanisms are able to compensate in order to preserve tissue oxygenation and blood flow. Unfortunately, this compensation makes the crucial early stage identification of hemorrhage complicated as traditionally monitored vital signs reflect this compensation, and do not change until significant amounts of blood have been lost. New insights and a recent body of literature utilizing a human model of hemorrhage provide evidence that it is possible to measure the body's reserve to continue to compensate for a reduced circulating blood volume...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333706/video-based-physiologic-monitoring-during-an-acute-hypoxic-challenge-heart-rate-respiratory-rate-and-oxygen-saturation
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Paul S Addison, Dominique Jacquel, David M H Foo, André Antunes, Ulf R Borg
BACKGROUND: The physiologic information contained in the video photoplethysmogram is well documented. However, extracting this information during challenging conditions requires new analysis techniques to capture and process the video image streams to extract clinically useful physiologic parameters. We hypothesized that heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation trending can be evaluated accurately from video information during acute hypoxia. METHOD: Video footage was acquired from multiple desaturation episodes during a porcine model of acute hypoxia using a standard visible light camera...
March 22, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333696/a-universal-freeze-all-strategy-why-it-is-not-warranted
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Baris Ata, Emre Seli
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There's some preclinical evidence of an adverse effect of multifollicular growth on endometrial function in assisted reproductive technology cycles. Universal elective frozen embryo transfer (eFET) in an unstimulated cycle is being promoted as a panacea, regardless of patient, and cycle characteristics. We review the clinical evidence on the effectiveness and safety of eFETs. RECENT FINDINGS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing fresh and eFET yield contradictory results in terms of live birth rates...
March 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333642/endomicroscopy-for-computer-and-robot-assisted-intervention
#16
Siyang Zuo, Guang-Zhong Yang
Endomicroscopy is a new technique that allows human tissue to be characterized in vivo, and in situ, circumventing the need for conventional biopsy and histology. Despite increased application and growing research interests in this area, the clinical application of endomicroscopy, however, is limited by difficulties in ergonomic control, consistent probe-tissue contact, large area surveillance and retargeting. Recently, advances in high-speed imaging, mosaicing and robotics have aimed to address these difficulties...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333629/curl-constrained-gradient-estimation-for-image-recovery-from-highly-incomplete-spectral-data
#17
Chiara Ravazzi, Giulio Coluccia, Enrico Magli
In this paper, we introduce new gradient-based methods for image recovery from a small collection of spectral coefficients of the Fourier transform, which is of particular interest for several scanning technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging. Since gradients of a medical image are much more sparse or compressible than the corresponding image, classical `1- minimization methods have been used to recover these relative differences. The image values can then be obtained by integration algorithms imposing boundary constraints...
March 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333605/can-all-doctors-be-like-this-seven-stories-of-communication-transformation-told-by-physicians-rated-highest-by-patients
#18
Tom Janisse, Karen Tallman
INTRODUCTION: The top predictors of patient satisfaction with clinical visits are the quality of the physician-patient relationship and the communications contributing to their relationship. How do physicians improve their communication, and what effect does it have on them? This article presents the verbatim stories of seven high-performing physicians describing their transformative change in the areas of communication, connection, and well-being. METHODS: Data for this study are based on interviews from a previous study in which a 6-question set was posed, in semistructured 60-minute interviews, to 77 of the highest-performing Permanente Medical Group physicians in 4 Regions on the "Art of Medicine" patient survey...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333580/air-quality-measurements-from-rubber-bands-to-tapping-the-rainbow
#19
George M Hidy, Peter K Mueller, Samuel L Altshuler, Judith C Chow, John G Watson
It is axiomatic that good measurements are integral to good public policy for environmental protection. The generalized term for "measurements" includes sampling and quantitation, data integrity, documentation, network design, sponsorship and operations, and archiving and accessing for applications. Each of these components has evolved and advanced over the last 200 years as knowledge of atmospheric chemistry and physics has matured. Air quality was first detected by what people could see smoke and smell contaminated air...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333274/making-room-for-interactivity-using-the-cloud-based-audience-response-system-nearpod-to-enhance-engagement-in-lectures
#20
Stephen McClean, William Crowe
Active and collaborative learning provide distinct advantages for students in higher education, yet can often be hampered by the barrier of large class sizes. Solutions that combine a "bring your own device culture" (BOYD) with cloud-based technologies may facilitate a more interactive learning experience. In this pilot study we describe the use of one such technology, Nearpod, to enhance interactivity in lectures delivered to pharmacy and bioscience students at Ulster University. Existing material in PowerPoint or Keynote format is uploaded to the instructor area of Nearpod, interactive elements are added, and the lecture is then broadcast via the internet to student devices...
March 8, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
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