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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528529/the-influence-of-depolarization-block-on-seizure-like-activity-in-networks-of-excitatory-and-inhibitory-neurons
#1
Christopher M Kim, Duane Q Nykamp
The inhibitory restraint necessary to suppress aberrant activity can fail when inhibitory neurons cease to generate action potentials as they enter depolarization block. We investigate possible bifurcation structures that arise at the onset of seizure-like activity resulting from depolarization block in inhibitory neurons. Networks of conductance-based excitatory and inhibitory neurons are simulated to characterize different types of transitions to the seizure state, and a mean field model is developed to verify the generality of the observed phenomena of excitatory-inhibitory dynamics...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528525/urban-youth-knowledge-and-attitudes-regarding-lead-poisoning
#2
Sandra Bogar, Aniko Szabo, Shane Woodruff, Sheri Johnson
Environmental health literacy (EHL) is a promising and evolving field of research that could benefit from youth engagement. Yet studies focused on youths' environmental health awareness and concerns are limited. For example, although lead exposure remains a threat to youth development in urban environments, no published studies have measured urban youth's knowledge of lead poisoning. A CBPR partnership established a youth advisory council (YAC) who helped to design, interpret and disseminate a mixed methods study exploring environmental health perceptions among urban youths ages 10-18...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528480/full-endoscopic-treatment-of-dural-tears-in-lumbar-spine-surgery
#3
Joachim M Oertel, Benedikt W Burkhardt
PURPOSE: An incidental durotomy is a common complication of spinal surgery. Its treatment remains challenging, especially in endoscopic procedures. The objective of this study is to describe a technique for endoscopic dural closure which is safe and effective. METHODS: From a prospective database all endoscopic spinal procedures with incidental durotomy were identified. Retrospectively, video recordings were analysed with a special reference to the applied technique of dural closure...
May 20, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528461/novel-imaging-using-a-touchless-display-for-computer-assisted-hepato-biliary-surgery
#4
Yukio Oshiro, Kenoki Ohuchida, Toshiyuki Okada, Makoto Hashizume, Nobuhiro Ohkohchi
PURPOSE: We developed a touchless display system that allows the user to control the medical imaging software via hand gestures in the air. We conducted this study to verify the effectiveness of this novel touchless display system as a tool for assisting with surgical imaging. METHODS: The patient's computed tomography (CT) data are generally observed on a display during surgery. The "Dr. aeroTAP" touchless display system was developed to generate virtual mouse events based on the position of one hand...
May 20, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528432/lipid-droplets-formation-to-breakdown
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Alex Meyers, Taylor M Weiskittel, Paul Dalhaimer
One of the most exciting areas of cell biology during the last decade has been the study of lipid droplets. Lipid droplets allow cells to store non-polar molecules such as neutral lipids in specific compartments where they are sequestered from the aqueous environment of the cell yet can be accessed through regulated mechanisms. These structures are highly conserved, appearing in organisms throughout the phylogenetic tree. Until somewhat recently, lipid droplets were widely regarded as inert, however progress in the field has continued to demonstrate their vast roles in a number of cellular processes in both mitotic and post-mitotic cells...
May 20, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528407/effects-of-feeding-strategy-sediment-characteristics-and-chemical-properties-on-polychlorinated-biphenyl-and-polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-bioaccumulation-from-marine-sediments-in-two-invertebrates
#6
H Frouin, P Jackman, N D Dangerfield, P S Ross
Shellfish and sediment invertebrates have been widely used to assess pollution trends over space and time in coastal environments around the world. However, few studies have compared the bioaccumulation potential of different test species over a range of sediment-contaminant concentrations and profiles. The bioavailability of sediment-related contaminants was evaluated using sediments collected from sites (n = 12) throughout the Salish Sea, British Columbia, Canada. Two benthic marine invertebrates-the Baltic clam Macoma balthica and the polychaete worm Neanthes arenaceodentata-were exposed for 28 days in a controlled environment to these field-collected coastal sediments...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528392/habitat-quality-mediates-personality-through-differences-in-social-context
#7
Benjamin A Belgrad, Blaine D Griffen
Assessing the stability of animal personalities has become a major goal of behavioral ecologists. Most personality studies have utilized solitary individuals, but little is known on the extent that individuals retain their personality across ecologically relevant group settings. We conducted a field survey which determined that mud crabs, Panopeus herbstii, remain scattered as isolated individuals on degraded oyster reefs while high quality reefs can sustain high crab densities (>10 m(-2)). We examined the impact of these differences in social context on personality by quantifying the boldness of the same individual crabs when in isolation and in natural cohorts...
May 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528390/colonization-by-nitrogen-fixing-frankia-bacteria-causes-short-term-increases-in-herbivore-susceptibility-in-red-alder-alnus-rubra-seedlings
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Daniel J Ballhorn, Jacob D Elias, M A Balkan, Rachel F Fordyce, Peter G Kennedy
Carbon allocation demands from root-nodulating nitrogen-fixing bacteria (NFB) can modulate the host plant's chemical phenotype, with strong bottom-up effects on herbivores. In contrast to well-studied rhizobia, the effects of other important NFB on plant chemistry and herbivory are much less understood. Here, combining field surveys in the Oregon Coast Range, USA with laboratory experiments, we analyzed how N2-fixing Frankia bacteria influenced plant growth, chemistry, and herbivory on Alnus rubra (red alder) seedlings...
May 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528301/selective-laser-sintering-scaffold-with-hierarchical-architecture-and-gradient-composition-for-osteochondral-repair-in-rabbits
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Yingying Du, Haoming Liu, Qin Yang, Shuai Wang, Jianglin Wang, Jun Ma, Insup Noh, Antonios G Mikos, Shengmin Zhang
Osteochondral defects cannot be adequately self-repaired due to the presence of the sophisticated hierarchical structure and the lack of blood supply in cartilage. Thus, one of the major challenges remaining in this field is the structural design of a biomimetic scaffold that satisfies the specific requirements for osteochondral repair. To address this hurdle, a bio-inspired multilayer osteochondral scaffold that consisted of the poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and the hydroxyapatite (HA)/PCL microspheres, was constructed via selective laser sintering (SLS) technique...
May 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528284/biomarkers-in-epilepsy-a-modelling-perspective
#10
Sven C van Dijkman, Rob A Voskuyl, Elizabeth C de Lange
Biomarkers can be categorised from type 0 (genotype or phenotype), through 6 (clinical scales), each level representing a part of the processes involved in the biological system and drug treatment. This classification facilitates the identification and connection of information required to fully (mathematically) model a disease and its treatment using integrated information from biomarkers. Two recent reviews thoroughly discussed the current status and development of biomarkers for epilepsy, but a path towards the integration of such biomarkers for the personalisation of anti-epileptic drug treatment is lacking...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528277/determining-the-number-of-test-fires-needed-to-represent-the-variability-present-within-9mm-luger-firearms
#11
Eric F Law, Keith B Morris, Casey M Jelsema
Many studies have been performed in recent years in the field of firearm examination with the goal of providing an objective method for comparisons of fired cartridge cases. No published research to support the number of test fires needed to represent the variability present within the impressions left on a cartridge case could be found. When a suspect firearm is submitted to a firearm examiner, typically two to four test fires are performed. The recovered cartridge cases are compared to each other to determine which characteristics from the firearm are reproducing, and then compared to any cartridge cases collected at a crime scene...
May 3, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528255/molecular-structure-second-and-third-order-nonlinear-optical-properties-and-dft-studies-of-a-novel-non-centrosymmetric-chalcone-derivative-2e-3-4-fluorophenyl-1-4-1e-4-fluorophenyl-methylene-amino-phenyl-prop-2-en-1-one
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Shivaraj R Maidur, Parutagouda Shankaragouda Patil, Anusha Ekbote, Tze Shyang Chia, Ching Kheng Quah
In the present work, the title chalcone, (2E)-3-(4-fluorophenyl)-1-(4-{[(1E)-(4-fluorophenyl) methylene]amino}phenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (abbreviated as FAMFC), was synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compound is crystallized in the monoclinic system with non-centrosymmetric space group P21 and hence it satisfies the essential condition for materials to exhibit second-order nonlinear optical properties. The molecular structure was further confirmed by using FT-IR and (1)H NMR spectroscopic techniques...
May 9, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528164/mri-derived-myocardial-strain-measures-in-normal-subjects
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Ha Q Vo, Thomas H Marwick, Kazuaki Negishi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the normal ranges of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based feature tracking (FT) and to identify sources of variations. Similar analyses were also performed for strain encoding, displacement encoding with stimulated echoes, and myocardial tagging. BACKGROUND: MRI-FT is a novel technique for quantification of myocardial deformation using MRI cine images. However, the reported 95% confidence intervals (CIs) from the 2 largest studies have no overlaps...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528116/ph-controllable-cell-penetrating-polypeptide-possessing-cancer-targeting
#14
DaeYong Lee, IlKoo Noh, Jisang Yoo, N Sanoj Rejinold, Yeu-Chun Kim
Helical peptides were naturally-occurring ordered conformations that mediated various biological functions essential for biotechnology. However, it was difficult for natural helical polypeptides to be applied in biomedical fields due to low bioavailability. To avoid these problems, synthetic alpha-helical polypeptides have recently been introduced by further modifying pendants in the side chain. In spite of an attractive biomimetic helical motif, these systems could not be tailored for targeted delivery mainly due to nonspecific binding events...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528105/vulnerability-of-global-food-production-to-extreme-climatic-events
#15
F Yeni, H Alpas
It is known that the frequency, intensity or duration of the extreme climatic events have been changing substantially. The ultimate goal of this study was to identify current vulnerabilities of global primary food production against extreme climatic events, and to discuss potential entry points for adaptation planning by means of an explorative vulnerability analysis. Outcomes of this analysis were demonstrated as a composite index where 118 country performances in maintaining safety of food production were compared and ranked against climate change...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528099/investigation-on-water-status-and-distribution-in-broccoli-and-the-effects-of-drying-on-water-status-using-nmr-and-mri-methods
#16
Fangfang Xu, Xin Jin, Lu Zhang, Xiao Dong Chen
Many quality attributes of food products are influenced by the water status and the microstructure. Low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods are applied to non-destructively monitor the water status and structure of food. The aim of this study is to investigate the water status and distribution inside broccoli tissues and the effects of hot-air drying on the water status by using NMR and MRI methods. Transverse relaxation times (T2) provide the information of water status and water distribution...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528078/change-in-hemoglobin-a1c-one-year-following-the-2014-american-diabetes-association-guideline-update
#17
G Todd Alonso, Laura Pyle, Brigitte Frohnert
AIMS: In June 2014, the American Diabetes Association lowered recommended hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) targets from <8.5% (69mmol/mol) for children <6years of age and from <8.0% (64mmol/mol) for children 6-12years of age to <7.5% (58mmol/mol). Lower target HbA1c may lead to better glycemic control but could increase the risk of severe hypoglycemia. METHODS: Patients with type 1 diabetes >1year duration, age 0-12years and seen in our center between January 1 and June 30, 2014 or between January 1 and June 30, 2015 were included...
May 10, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528076/systematic-review-can-non-mydriatic-cameras-accurately-detect-diabetic-retinopathy
#18
REVIEW
Chloe Bedard, Siying Sherry Liu, Christopher Patterson, Hertzel Gerstein, Lauren Griffith
AIMS: Diabetes puts many individuals at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy (DR). Non-mydriatic (NM) retinal photography without pharmacological pupil dilation can be used to detect DR, however, its value in a general clinical setting has not been established. The objective of this review is to evaluate the validity of NM retinal photos, as compared to the reference standard of seven standard stereoscopic 30 degree field photographs (7SF), for their use of detecting DR in community-dwelling adults...
May 10, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527999/nanocellulose-collagen-apatite-composite-associated-with-osteogenic-growth-peptide-bone-regeneration
#19
Sybele Saska, Lucas Novaes Teixeira, Larissa Moreira Spinola de Castro Raucci, Raquel Mantuaneli Scarel-Caminaga, Leonardo Pereira Franchi, Raquel Alves Dos Santos, Silvia Helena Santagneli, Marisa Veiga Capela, Paulo Tambasco de Oliveira, Catarina Satie Takahashi, Ana Maria Minarelli Gaspar, Younès Messaddeq, Sidney José Lima Ribeiro, Reinaldo Marchetto
Despite advances in the field of biomaterials for bone repair/regeneration, some challenges for developing an ideal bone substitute need to be overcome. Herein, this study synthesized and evaluated in vitro a nanocomposite based on bacterial cellulose (BC), collagen (COL), apatite (Ap) and osteogenic growth peptide (OGP) or its C-terminal pentapeptide [OGP(10-14)] for bone regeneration purposes. The BC-COL nanocomposites were successfully obtained by carbodiimide-mediated coupling as demonstrated by spectroscopy analysis...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527951/digital-food-photography-technology-improves-efficiency-and-feasibility-of-dietary-intake-assessments-in-large-populations-eating-ad-libitum-in-collective-dining-facilities
#20
Holly L McClung, Catherine M Champagne, H Raymond Allen, Susan M McGraw, Andrew J Young, Scott J Montain, Aaron P Crombie
BACKGROUND: Accurate assessment of dietary intake continues to challenge researchers, especially in field, or non-laboratory settings. OBJECTIVE: In this study, digital food photography (DFP) methodology was used to assess nutritional intake (NI) of Soldiers participating in the US Army's Ranger Selection and Assessment Program (RASP). METHODS: During this high-intensity six-week course, Soldiers complete simulated operational missions, perform various military tasks, and importantly, eating time is severely limited...
May 17, 2017: Appetite
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