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Brooke N Wolford, Cristen J Willer, Ida Surakka
The combination of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) with genetic data has ushered in the next wave of complex disease genetics. Population-based biobanks and other large cohorts provide sufficient sample sizes to identify novel genetic associations across the hundreds to thousands of phenotypes gleaned from EHRs. In this review we summarize the current state of these EHR-linked biobanks, explore ongoing methods development in the field, and highlight recent discoveries of genetic associations. We enumerate the many existing biobanks with EHRs linked to genetic data, many of which are available to researchers via application and contain sample sizes > 50,000...
March 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Elianny Domínguez-Tejo, Graciela Metternicht, Emma L Johnston, Luke Hedge
Sandy beaches are unique ecosystems increasingly exposed to human-induced pressures. Consistent with emerging frameworks promoting this holistic approach towards beach management, is the need to improve the integration of social data into management practices. This paper aims to increase understanding of links between demographics and community values and preferred beach activities, as key components of the social dimension of the beach environment. A mixed method approach was adopted to elucidate users' opinions on beach preferences and community values through a survey carried out in Manly Local Government Area in Sydney Harbour, Australia...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Raymond Smith, Vari Drennan, Ann Mackenzie, Nan Greenwood
BACKGROUND: Volunteer led befriending and peer support is provided to a wide range of people with varying needs. Despite large numbers of such schemes for carers of people with dementia, there is little evidence for any benefits they may offer. The aim of this research was to investigate the impact of befriending and peer support on carers of people with dementia and to explore their experiences of receiving the interventions using a mixed methods approach. METHODS: Nineteen carers of people with dementia were recruited from befriending and peer support services...
March 7, 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Shushan He, Lutz Maibaum
Understanding the (de)mixing behavior of multicomponent lipid bilayers is an important step towards unraveling the nature of spatial composition heterogeneities in cellular membranes and their role in biological function. We use coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations to study the composition phase diagram of a quaternary mixture of phospholipids and cholesterol. This mixture is known to exhibit both uniform and coexisting phases. We compare and combine different statistical measures of membrane structure to identify the onset of phase coexistence in composition space...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Nikki Kells, Ngaio Beausoleil, Craig Johnson, Mhairi Sutherland
The aim of this research was to evaluate the welfare of pre-weaned piglets euthanised using three different gas treatments: 100% carbon dioxide (CO₂), 100% argon (Ar) or a mixture of 60% Ar/40% carbon dioxide (Ar/CO₂). Two studies (n = 5 piglets/treatment/study) were conducted: (1) behavioural and physiological data were collected from conscious piglets during exposure to test gases via immersion in a pre-filled chamber and (2) electrophysiological data were collected from lightly anaesthetised, intubated and mechanically ventilated piglets exposed to the same test gases...
March 16, 2018: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
Ayaka Sato, Yuya Ikeda, Koichi Yamaguchi, Varun Vohra
Facile detection and the identification of hazardous organic solvents are essential for ensuring global safety and avoiding harm to the environment caused by industrial wastes. Here, we present a simple method for the fabrication of silver-coated monodisperse polystyrene nanoparticle photonic structures that are embedded into a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) matrix. These hybrid materials exhibit a strong green iridescence with a reflectance peak at 550 nm that originates from the close-packed arrangement of the nanoparticles...
March 16, 2018: Nanomaterials
Takahiko Kojima, Fumiya Ogishima, Takahisa Nishibu, Hiroaki Kotani, Tomoya Ishizuka, Toshihiro Okajima, Shunsuke Nozawa, Yoshihito Shiota, Kazunari Yoshizawa, Hiroyoshi Ohtsu, Masaki Kawano, Takuya Shiga, Hiroki Oshio
An iron(III) complex having a dibenzotetraethyltetraamido macrocyclic ligand (DTTM4- ), (NEt4 )2 [FeIII (DTTM)Cl] (1), was synthesized and characterized by crystallographic, spectroscopic, and electrochemical methods. Complex 1 has a square-pyramidal structure in the S =3 /2 spin state. The complex exhibited two reversible redox waves at +0.36 and +0.68 V (vs SCE) in the cyclic voltammogram measured in CH2 Cl2 at room temperature. The stepwise oxidation of 1 using chemical oxidants allowed us to observe clear and distinct spectral changes with distinct isosbestic points for each step, in which oxidation occurred at the phenylenediamido moiety rather than the iron center...
March 16, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Sherry Hamby, Zach Blount, Alli Smith, Lisa Jones, Kimberly Mitchell, Elizabeth Taylor
Many forms of victimization, including bullying and property crime, are increasingly moving online, but most studies of poly-victimization still primarily focus on in-person crime and violence. Few studies have examined the importance of incorporating technology-based victimizations for assessing the true burden of violence. The purpose of this study is to explore whether digital poly-victimization contributes to post-traumatic stress and anxiety/dysphoria symptoms after controlling for in-person poly-victimization...
May 2018: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Lu-Lu Zhang, Ji-Qing Wang, Xue-Lin Yang, Gan Liang, Tao Li, Peng-Lin Yu, Di Ma
Layered LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 (NCM333) is successfully coated by fast ionic conductor LiTi2(PO4)3 (LTP) via wet chemical method. The effects of LTP on the physicochemical properties and electrochemical performance are studied. The results reveal that a highly layered structure of NCM333 can be well maintained with less cation mixing after LTP coating. LTP about 5 nm thickness is coated on the surface of NCM333. Such LTP coating layer can effectively suppress the side reactions between NCM333 and electrolyte but will not hinder the lithium ion transmission...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Kristine M Ravelo, Natalia D Andersen, Paula V Monje
To date, magnetic-activated cell sorting (MACS) remains a powerful method to isolate distinct cell populations based on differential cell surface labeling. Optimized direct and indirect MACS protocols for cell immunolabeling are presented here as methods to divest Schwann cell (SC) cultures of contaminating cells (specifically, fibroblast cells) and isolate SC populations at different stages of differentiation. This chapter describes (1) the preparation of single-cell suspensions from established human and rat SC cultures, (2) the design and application of cell selection strategies using SC-specific (p75NGFR , O4, and O1) and fibroblast-specific (Thy-1) markers, and (3) the characterization of both the pre- and post-sorting cell populations...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
P Stefan, M Pfandler, P Wucherer, S Habert, J Fürmetz, S Weidert, E Euler, U Eck, M Lazarovici, M Weigl, N Navab
Surgical simulators are being increasingly used as an attractive alternative to clinical training in addition to conventional animal models and human specimens. Typically, surgical simulation technology is designed for the purpose of teaching technical surgical skills (so-called task trainers). Simulator training in surgery is therefore in general limited to the individual training of the surgeon and disregards the participation of the rest of the surgical team. The objective of the project Assessment and Training of Medical Experts based on Objective Standards (ATMEOS) is to develop an immersive simulated operating room environment that enables the training and assessment of multidisciplinary surgical teams under various conditions...
March 15, 2018: Der Unfallchirurg
Sue Kimbrough, R Chris Owen, Michelle Snyder, Jennifer Richmond-Bryant
The nitrogen dioxide/oxides of nitrogen (NO2 /NOX ) ratio is an important surrogate for NO to NO2 chemistry in dispersion models when estimating NOX impacts in a near-road environment. Existing dispersion models use different techniques and assumptions to represent NO to NO2 conversion and do not fully characterize all of the important atmospheric chemical and mechanical processes. Thus, "real-world" ambient measurements must be analyzed to assess the behavior of NO2 /NOX ratios near roadways. An examination of NO2 /NOX ratio data from a field study conducted in Las Vegas, Nevada (NV), from mid-December, 2008 through mid-December, 2009 provides insights into the appropriateness of assumptions about the NO2 /NOX ratio included in dispersion models...
September 7, 2017: Atmospheric Environment
Nathan A Bowden, Johan P M Sanders, Marieke E Bruins
The addition of organic solvents to α-amino acids in aqueous solution could be an effective method in crystallization. We reviewed the available data on the solubility of α-amino acids in water, water-ethanol mixtures, and ethanol at 298.15 K and 0.1 MPa. The solubility of l-alanine, l-proline, l-arginine, l-cysteine, and l-lysine in water and ethanol mixtures and the solubility of l-alanine, l-proline, l-arginine, l-cysteine, l-lysine, l-asparagine, l-glutamine, l-histidine, and l-leucine in pure ethanol systems were measured and are published here for the first time...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data
Bivas Panigrahi, Chang-Hung Lu, Neha Ghayal, Chia-Yuan Chen
The zebrafish sperm activation profoundly depends upon the homogeneous mixing of the sperm cells with its diluent in a quick succession as it alters the cell's extracellular medium and initiates their motility. Manual stirring, the traditional method for zebrafish sperm activation is tedious, time-consuming, and has a poor outcome. In this aspect, an artificial cilia embedded serpentine microfluidic is designed through which hydrodynamic factors of the microfluidic environment can be precisely regulated to harness uniform mixing, hence ensuring a superior sperm activation...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
E A R Engku Nur Syafirah, A B Nurul Najian, Phiaw Chong Foo, Mohammad Ridhuan Mohd Ali, Maizan Mohamed, Chan Yean Yean
Cholera, caused by Vibrio cholerae is a foodborne disease that frequently reported in food and water related outbreak. Rapid diagnosis of cholera infection is important to avoid potential spread of disease. Among available diagnostic platforms, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is regarded as a potential diagnostic tool due to its rapidity, high sensitivity and specificity and independent of sophisticated thermalcycler. However, the current LAMP often requires multiple pipetting steps, hence is susceptible to cross contamination...
March 12, 2018: Acta Tropica
Emiko Kamitani, Jyu-Lin Chen, Carmen Portillo, Jason Tokumoto, Carol Dawson-Rose
Instruments to measure HIV stigma in people living with HIV in the United States or in Asia may not be sensitive enough to capture the stigma experienced by Asians living with HIV (ALWH) in the United States. Our purpose was to adapt the shortened Berger Stigma Scale to be culturally appropriate for ALWH in the United States. We conducted a mixed-method study (i.e., five in-depth face-to-face interviews, six subject matter expert reviews, two focus groups [n = 11]) to generate new scale items and a cross-sectional survey (n = 67) to evaluate the psychometric properties of the adapted scale called Stigma Scale for ALWH...
February 19, 2018: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC
Jun Hui Lee, Lucia Rivera Sanchez, Travis Porco, Ying Han, Alejandra G de Alba Campomanes
PURPOSE: To study the correlation between corneal and scleral intraocular pressure (IOP) by pneumatonometry in pediatric patients. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: Patients (age range, 0-15 years) undergoing an eye examination under anesthesia or eye surgery were recruited at the University of California, San Francisco, Benioff Children's Hospital between July 2015 and April 2016. METHODS: Intraocular pressure measurements were obtained by pneumatonometry on the central cornea and the inferonasal and inferotemporal sclera in a random order...
March 12, 2018: Ophthalmology
Aileen V Ireland, Jennifer Finnegan-John, Gill Hubbard, Karen Scanlon, Richard G Kyle
Walking is widely accepted as a safe and effective method of promoting rehabilitation and a return to physical activity after a cancer diagnosis. Little research has considered the therapeutic qualities of landscape in relation to understanding women's recovery from breast cancer, and no study has considered the supportive and therapeutic benefits that walking groups might contribute to their wellbeing. Through a study of a volunteer-led walking group intervention for women living with and beyond breast cancer (Best Foot Forward) we address this gap...
March 8, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
Amit Acharyya, Pranit N Jadhav, Valentina Bono, Koushik Maharatna, Ganesh R Naik
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: EEG is a non-invasive tool for neuro-developmental disorder diagnosis and treatment. However, EEG signal is mixed with other biological signals including Ocular and Muscular artifacts making it difficult to extract the diagnostic features. Therefore, the contaminated EEG channels are often discarded by the medical practitioners which may result in less accurate diagnosis. Many existing methods require reference electrodes, which will create discomfort to the patient/children and cause hindrance to the diagnosis of the neuro-developmental disorder and Brain Computer Interface in the pervasive environment...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Lisa J Sundean, E Carol Polifroni, Kathryn Libal, Jacqueline M McGrath
BACKGROUND: Inclusion of nurses on boards (NOB) to enhance health care transformation is recommended; however, there is no research-based rationale for NOB. PURPOSE: To articulate the rationale for NOB in the voices of nurses who serve. METHODS: An explanatory sequential mixed methods design was used with priority on the quantitative strand (Delphi method). The qualitative strand was accomplished with focus groups. DISCUSSION: Twenty-nine NOB participants (Delphi phase) and nine NOB participants (focus groups) agreed the rationale for NOB is embedded in specific knowledge, skills, and perspectives that nurses contribute for boardroom discussions and policymaking...
December 11, 2017: Nursing Outlook
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