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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645085/extending-the-functionality-of-the-slurry-ferrihydrite-dgt-method-performance-evaluation-for-the-measurement-of-vanadate-arsenate-antimonate-and-molybdate-in-water
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Shu Zhang, Paul N Williams, Chun-Yang Zhou, Lena Q Ma, Jun Luo
The monitoring of oxyanions in waters, presents significant challenges due to their relatively low concentrations, and a characteristically changeable/unstable/reactive geochemistry with high spatial and temporal turnover. This results in a very heterogeneous pattern of mobility and bioavailability, which is difficult to capture reliably and in a cost effective manner. The diffusive gradients in thin-films (DGT) technique is a popular analytical tool for testing water quality, primarily because it provides a time-integrated measurement...
June 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644939/an-economic-analysis-of-mac-versus-walant-a-trigger-finger-release-surgery-case-study
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Jason L Codding, Suneel B Bhat, Asif M Ilyas
BACKGROUND: There has been recent interest in wide awake hand surgery, also referred to as "wide awake local anesthesia with no tourniquet" (WALANT) surgery. Using a model of single trigger finger release (TFR) surgery, a hypothesis was made that WALANT would result in decreased hospital time and cost than patients receiving sedation with monitored anesthetic care (MAC). METHODS: Consecutive cases of single TFR surgery with MAC were compared with WALANT. All surgeries were performed in the same manner, at the same facility, and by the same surgeon...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644697/contemporary-treatment-of-renal-tumors-a-questionnaire-survey-in-the-nordic-countries-the-norenca-i-study
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Harry Nisen, Petrus Järvinen, Magnus Fovaeus, Eirikur Guðmundsson, Bjarne Kromann-Andersen, Börje Ljungberg, Lars Lund, Frode Nilsen, Pernilla Sundqvist, Christian Beisland
OBJECTIVE: The five Nordic countries comprise 25 million people, and have similar treatment traditions and healthcare systems. To take advantage of these similarities, a collaborative group (Nordic Renal Cancer Group, NORENCA) was founded in 2015. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire of 17 questions on renal tumor management and surgical education was designed and sent to 91 institutions performing renal tumor surgery in 2015. The response rate was 68% (62 hospitals), including 28 academic, 25 central and nine district hospitals...
June 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644647/quasi-low-dimensional-electron-gas-with-one-populated-band-as-a-testing-ground-for-time-dependent-density-functional-theory-of-mesoscopic-systems
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Vladimir U Nazarov
We find an exact analytical solution to the exchange-only time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) problem for a significant class of quasi-low-dimensional (QLD) materials: QLD electron gas with only one band filled in the direction perpendicular to the layer or wire. The theory yields the TD exchange potential as an explicit nonlocal operator of the TD spin density. The dressed interband (image states) excitation spectra of quasi-two-dimensional electron gas are obtained, while the comparison with the Kohn-Sham transitions provides insights into the qualitative and quantitative role of the many-body interactions...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644617/dynamic-covalent-chemistry-of-carbon-dioxide-opportunities-to-address-environmental-issues
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Jean Septavaux, Geoffroy Germain, Julien Leclaire
Extraction and purification of basic chemicals from complex mixtures has been a persistent issue throughout the development of the chemical sciences. The chemical industry and academic research have grown over the centuries by following a deconstruction-reconstruction approach, reminiscent of the metabolism process. Chemists have designed and optimized extraction, purification, and transformation processes of molecules from natural deposits (fossil fuels, biomass, ores), in order to reassemble them into complex adducts...
June 23, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644586/medical-record-weight-mrw-a-new-reliable-predictor-of-hospital-stay-morbidity-and-mortality-in-the-hip-fracture-population
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P Calpin, K Taheny, J F Baker, J Green, J P McCabe
We sought to compare the weight of patient's medical records (MRW) to that of standardised surgical risk scoring systems in predicting postoperative hospital stay, morbidity, and mortality in patients with hip fracture. Patients admitted for surgical treatment of a newly diagnosed hip fracture over a 3-month period were enrolled. Patients with documented morbidity or mortality had significantly heavier medical records. The MRW was equivalent to the age-adjusted Charlson co-morbidity index and better than the American Society of Anaesthesiologists physical status score (ASA), the Physiological and Operative Severity Score for the enUmeration of Mortality and Morbidity (POSSUM,) and Portsmouth-POSSUM score (P-POSSUM) in correlation with length of hospital admission, p = ...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644545/robotic-versus-laparoscopic-rectal-surgery-in-high-risk-patients
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Jamil Ahmed, Han Cao, Sofoklis Panteleimonitis, Jim Khan, Amjad Parvaiz
AIM: Laparoscopic rectal surgery is associated with a steep learning curve and high conversion rate despite progress in equipment design and consistent practice. The robotic system has shown the advantage over laparoscopic approach due to stable three-dimensional views, improved dexterity and better ergonomics. These factors make the robotic approach more favourable for rectal surgery. The aim of this study was to compare the perioperative outcomes of laparoscopic and robotic rectal cancer surgery in high-risk patients...
June 23, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644419/context-relevant-prediction-model-for-copd-domain-using-bayesian-belief-network
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Hamid Mcheick, Lokman Saleh, Hicham Ajami, Hafedh Mili
In the last three decades, researchers have examined extensively how context-aware systems can assist people, specifically those suffering from incurable diseases, to help them cope with their medical illness. Over the years, a huge number of studies on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have been published. However, how to derive relevant attributes and early detection of COPD exacerbations remains a challenge. In this research work, we will use an efficient algorithm to select relevant attributes where there is no proper approach in this domain...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644375/gaden-a-3d-gas-dispersion-simulator-for-mobile-robot-olfaction-in-realistic-environments
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Javier Monroy, Victor Hernandez-Bennets, Han Fan, Achim Lilienthal, Javier Gonzalez-Jimenez
This work presents a simulation framework developed under the widely used Robot Operating System (ROS) to enable the validation of robotics systems and gas sensing algorithms under realistic environments. The framework is rooted in the principles of computational fluid dynamics and filament dispersion theory, modeling wind flow and gas dispersion in 3D real-world scenarios (i.e., accounting for walls, furniture, etc.). Moreover, it integrates the simulation of different environmental sensors, such as metal oxide gas sensors, photo ionization detectors, or anemometers...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644152/incorporating-hypr-de-noising-within-iterative-pet-reconstruction-hypr-osem
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Ju-Chieh Kevin Cheng, Julian C Matthews, Vesna Sossi, Jose Anton-Rodriguez, Andre Salomon, Ronald Boellaard
HighlY constrained back-PRojection (HYPR) is a post-processing de-noising technique originally developed for time-resolved Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It has been recently applied to dynamic imaging for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and shown promising results. In this work, we have developed an iterative reconstruction algorithm (HYPR-OSEM) which improves the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in static imaging (i.e. single frame reconstruction) by incorporating HYPR de-noising directly within the ordered subsets expectation maximization (OSEM) algorithm...
June 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644146/association-between-fibrinogen-level-and-the-severity-of-coronary-stenosis-in-418-male-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-younger-than-35-years-old
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Xiong-Yi Gao, Bing-Yang Zhou, Min-Zhou Zhang, Xi Zhao, Ping Qing, Cheng-Gang Zhu, Na-Qiong Wu, Yuan-Lin Guo, Ying Gao, Xiao-Lin Li, Yao Wang, Geng Liu, Qian Dong, Li-Heng Guo, Jian-Jun Li
Fibrinogen (Fib) is a useful marker for predicting the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) in adult population. However, whether Fib can be a predictor for the presence and severity of CAD in very young MI patients (≤35 years old) remains to be determined. A total of 418 males from 61,863 patients with MI who were under 35 years old were sequentially recruited in our study. The patients were divided into two main groups and three subgroups according to coronary angiograph and Gensini score (GS) system: no coronary artery stenosis (group A), the results of the coronary artery stenosis (group B); low GS, intermediate GS and high GS...
June 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644042/a-review-on-recent-applications-of-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-in-metal-determination-and-speciation-analysis
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Susheela Rani, Neha Sharma, Ashok Kumar Malik
High performance liquid chromatography has several advantages over the conventional methods due to their operational simplicity. It is a vital tool to determine metal ions having same mass but different electronic configuration, to separate complex mixtures and to resolve ions that may be indistinguishable by mass spectrometry alone. Metal ions play vital role in many biological processes and involved in setting up of many diseases. Therefore the development of simple methods for the detection and quantification of metals in real samples might serve as diagnostic tools for various diseases...
June 23, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644001/an-evaluation-of-multivalent-cation-insertion-in-single-and-double-layered-polymorphs-of-v2o5
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Abhishek Parija, David Prendergast, Sarbajit Banerjee
Multivalent intercalation batteries have the potential to circumvent several fundamental limitations of reigning Li-ion technologies. Such batteries will potentially deliver high volumetric energy densities, be safer to operate, and rely on materials that are much more abundant than Li in the earth's crust. The design of intercalation cathodes for such batteries requires consideration of thermodynamic aspects such as structural distortions and energetics as well as kinetic aspects such as barriers to the diffusion of cations...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643911/effects-of-cocoa-enriched-diet-on-orofacial-pain-in-a-murine-model
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L N Bowden, E L Rohrs, K Omoto, P L Durham, L S Holliday, A D Morris, K D Allen, R M Caudle, J K Neubert
OBJECTIVES: To investigate and discuss the effects of cocoa on orofacial pain. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: The Department of Orthodontics at the University of Florida (UF). Male and female hairless rats (N=20/group) were tested. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats were tested using the Orofacial Pain Assessment Device (OPAD) before and after changing their food from the standard chow to a cocoa-enriched or control-equivalent diet. RESULTS: Male rats fed the cocoa diet had a significantly higher operant pain index when tested at 37°C as compared to control diet-fed animals...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643788/terahertz-saturable-absorbers-from-liquid-phase-exfoliation-of-graphite
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Vezio Bianchi, Tian Carey, Leonardo Viti, Lianhe Li, Edmund H Linfield, A Giles Davies, Alessandro Tredicucci, Duhee Yoon, Panagiotis G Karagiannidis, Lucia Lombardi, Flavia Tomarchio, Andrea C Ferrari, Felice Torrisi, Miriam S Vitiello
Saturable absorbers (SA) operating at terahertz (THz) frequencies can open new frontiers in the development of passively mode-locked THz micro-sources. Here we report the fabrication of THz SAs by transfer coating and inkjet printing single and few-layer graphene films prepared by liquid phase exfoliation of graphite. Open-aperture z-scan measurements with a 3.5 THz quantum cascade laser show a transparency modulation ∼80%, almost one order of magnitude larger than that reported to date at THz frequencies...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643760/validation-of-microsatellite-instability-histology-scores-with-bethesda-guidelines-in-hereditary-nonpolyposis-colorectal-cancer
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Mustafa Kaya, Fatih Basak, Abdullah Sisik, Mustafa Hasbahceci, Gurhan Bas, Orhan Alimoglu, Cumhur Selçuk Topal, Gozde Kir
AIMS: Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) is a subgroup of colorectal cancer (CRC) which should be differentiated because of the high risk for additional cancers and risk evaluation for other family members, especially for CRC. It is not practical to perform genetic testing for all CRC patients; therefore, various prediction modalities, for example, Bethesda guideline (BG) were studied in the literature. We aimed to assess the association of microsatellite instability (MSI), histology scores, and BG for predicting HNPCC risk...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643696/artificial-synaptic-characteristics-with-strong-analog-memristive-switching-in-a-pt-ceo2-pt-structure
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Hyung Jun Kim, Hong Zheng, Jong-Sung Park, Dong Hun Kim, Chi Jung Kang, Jun Tae Jang, Dae Hwan Kim, Tae-Sik Yoon
Artificial synaptic potentiation and depression characteristics were demonstrated with Pt/CeO2/Pt devices exhibiting polarity-dependent analog memristive switching. The strong and sequential resistance change with its maximum to minimum ratio >10(5), imperatively essential for stable operation, as repeating voltage application, emulated the potentiation and depression motion of a synapse with variable synaptic weight. The synaptic weight change could be controlled by the amplitude, width, and number of repeated voltage pulses...
July 14, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643568/process-mining-based-method-of-designing-and-optimizing-the-layouts-of-emergency-departments-in-hospitals
#18
Farhood Rismanchian, Young Hoon Lee
OBJECTIVE: This article proposes an approach to help designers analyze complex care processes and identify the optimal layout of an emergency department (ED) considering several objectives simultaneously. These objectives include minimizing the distances traveled by patients, maximizing design preferences, and minimizing the relocation costs. BACKGROUND: Rising demand for healthcare services leads to increasing demand for new hospital buildings as well as renovating existing ones...
July 2017: HERD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643493/identification-of-viridans-streptococci-with-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-by-an-in-house-method-and-a-commercially-available-system
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Catalina Suzana Stingu, Klaus Eschrich, Juliane Thiel, Toralf Borgmann, Reiner Schaumann, Arne C Rodloff
Two matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS)-based methods were compared for their ability to identify viridans streptococci. One approach employed a reference database and software developed in-house. All inhouse measurements were performed using an Autoflex II Instrument (Bruker Daltonics GmbH, Germany). The other system, a VITEK-MS (BioMérieux, France) was operated on the commercially available V2.0 Knowledge Base for Clinical Use database. Clinical isolates of viridans streptococci (n=184) were examined...
September 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643302/-comparison-of-robotic-and-laparoscopic-total-mesorectal-excision
#20
Pan Chi, Zhifen Chen
Laparoscopic total mesorectal excision (TME) has been commonly applied in the operation of mid-low rectal cancer, but the conventional laparoscopic TME has the disadvantages of major operative difficulty and long learning-curve, due to its limitations of 2-dimension vision and common laparoscopic instruments. Robotic surgical system with high-qualified 3-dimenstion vision and flexible Endo Wrist instruments can overcome those limitations of conventional laparoscopy, and is useful for the TME that demands deep pelvic operation and flexible dissection in the space of distal rectum...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
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