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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527892/outbreak-of-zika-virus-infection-in-singapore-an-epidemiological-entomological-virological-and-clinical-analysis
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BACKGROUND: An outbreak of Zika virus infection was detected in Singapore in August, 2016. We report the first comprehensive analysis of a national response to an outbreak of Zika virus infection in Asia. METHODS: In the first phase of the outbreak, patients with suspected Zika virus infection were isolated in two national referral hospitals until their serum tested negative for the virus. Enhanced vector control and community engagement measures were deployed in disease clusters, including stepped-up mosquito larvicide and adulticide use, community participation in source reduction (destruction of mosquito breeding sites), and work with the local media to promote awareness of the outbreak...
May 17, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527187/quantitative-stereological-analysis-of-the-highly-porous-hydroxyapatite-scaffolds-using-x-ray-cm-and-sem
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Justyna Zygmuntowicz, Aneta Zima, Joanna Czechowska, Karol Szlazak, Anna Ślosarczyk, Katarzyna Konopka
BACKGROUND: Material properties of the scaffolds as well as their microstructure are vital in determining in vivo cellular response. Three-dimensional (3D), highly porous scaffolds are used in tissue engineering to provide a suitable microenvironment and to support regeneration of bone. Both pore sizes and their architecture, in particular interconnection density, impact functionality of scaffold during its biomedical applications. OBJECTIVE: In this paper a comparative study of the microstructure of highly porous hydroxyapatite scaffolds produced via gelcasting of foamed slurries and replication of polyurethane sponge were carried out...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525323/values-of-apoptosis-of-lymphocytes-and-granulocytes-in-peripheral-blood-of-polish-mixed-breed-rabbits-in-the-annual-cycle
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B Tokarz-Deptuła, B Hukowska-Szematowicz, P Niedźwiedzka-Rystwej, A Trzeciak-Ryczek, W Deptuła
The objective of the study was to determine values of apoptosis for peripheral blood lymphocytes and granulocytes, including dependency on the season of the year, in Polish mixed-breed rabbits and in mixed-breed rabbits with the addition of blood of meat-breed rabbits. The study was carried out in four seasons of the year (spring, summer, autumn, winter) involving 120 Polish mixed-breed rabbits - group I, and 120 Polish mixed-breed rabbits with addition of meat-breed rabbit blood - group II. Assessment of apoptosis of lymphocytes and granulocytes was performed using as FACScan cytometer by Becton Dickinson with FACSDiva software (USA), using as ApoFluor® Green Caspase reagent kit (MP Biomedicals, USA) to detect the activity of the total caspase pool 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 in granulocytes and lymphocytes of rabbit peripheral blood...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524030/-preventive-effect-of-vitamin-b-supplementation-on-recurrent-stroke-a-meta-analysis
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Guining Dai, Hongzhen Du, Hongmin Wang, Yujia Wei, Ying Xie, Zengning Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether Vitamin B supplementation could prevent ischemic stroke recurrence. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) observing Vitamin B supplementation in patients with stroke was performed in databases including ScienceDirect, PubMed/Medline, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Chinese Biomedical Data-Base, Wanfang Database, and VIP Chinese Science and Technology Journal Database to find related studies in English or Chinese published before August 2016...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522405/challenges-and-opportunities-for-the-development-of-new-antipsychotic-drugs
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Carlos Forray, Raimund Buller
In spite of the significant impact that the serendipitous discovery of drugs with antipsychotic properties had on the care of patients with psychotic disorders, there are significant challenges when aiming at therapeutic goals such as remission, recovery, improved health-related quality of life and functioning. The efficacy and effectiveness of existing antipsychotic drugs fail to address the full spectrum of symptoms and functional deficits that currently prevent patients with psychotic disorders from achieving fulfilling lives...
May 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521151/intracellular-localization-and-toxicity-of-graphene-oxide-and-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanoplatelets-to-mussel-hemocytes-in-vitro
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Alberto Katsumiti, Radmila Tomovska, Miren P Cajaraville
Recently, graphene materials have attracted tremendous research interest due to their unique physicochemical properties that hold great promise in electronics, energy, materials and biomedical areas. Graphene oxide (GO) is one of the most extensively studied graphene derivatives. In order to improve GO electrical properties, nanoplatelets are chemically reduced, thus increasing nanoplatelet conductivity. This reduced GO (rGO) shows different properties and behavior compared to GO. Graphene-based wastes are expected to end up in the marine environment...
April 28, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518172/super-resolution-microscopy-with-dna-paint
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Joerg Schnitzbauer, Maximilian T Strauss, Thomas Schlichthaerle, Florian Schueder, Ralf Jungmann
Super-resolution techniques have begun to transform biological and biomedical research by allowing researchers to observe structures well below the classic diffraction limit of light. DNA points accumulation for imaging in nanoscale topography (DNA-PAINT) offers an easy-to-implement approach to localization-based super-resolution microscopy, owing to the use of DNA probes. In DNA-PAINT, transient binding of short dye-labeled ('imager') oligonucleotides to their complementary target ('docking') strands creates the necessary 'blinking' to enable stochastic super-resolution microscopy...
June 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516460/taxane-grafted-metal-oxide-nanoparticles-as-a-new-theranostic-tool-against-cancer-the-promising-example-of-docetaxel-functionalized-titanate-nanotubes-on-prostate-tumors
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Alexis Loiseau, Julien Boudon, Céline Mirjolet, Gilles Créhange, Nadine Millot
The combination of anticancer drugs and metal oxide nanoparticles is of great interest in cancer nanomedicine. Here, the development of a new nanohybrid, titanate nanotube-docetaxel (TiONts-DTX) is reported, the two parts of which are conjugated by covalent linkages. Unlike most nanoparticles currently being developed for biomedical purposes, TiONts present a needle-shaped morphology. The surface of TiONts is linked with 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane and with a hetero-bifunctional polymer (polyethylene glycol) to create well-dispersed and biocompatible nanovectors...
May 18, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514231/preoperative-pain-neuroscience-education-combined-with-knee-joint-mobilization-for-knee-osteoarthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Enrique Lluch, Lirios Dueñas, Deborah Falla, Isabel Baert, Mira Meeus, Jose Sánchez-Frutos, Jo Nijs
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to first compare the effects of a preoperative treatment combining pain neuroscience education (PNE) with knee joint mobilization versus biomedical education with knee joint mobilization on central sensitization (CS) in patients with knee osteoarthritis, both before and after surgery. Second, we wanted to compare the effects of both interventions on knee pain, disability, and psychosocial variables. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-four patients with knee osteoarthritis were allocated to receive 4 sessions of either PNE combined with knee joint mobilization or biomedical education with knee joint mobilization before surgery...
May 16, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513138/in-situ-growth-of-mesoporous-silica-with-drugs-on-titanium-surface-and-their-biomedical-applications
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Mimi Wan, Qi Wang, Shuyue Zhan, Xudong Chen, Chun Mao, Yuhong Liu, Jian Shen
Mesoporous silica has been developed for modification of titanium surface as implant materials. Yet, the traditional modification methods failed to effectively construct mesoporous silica on titanium surface evenly and firmly, of which the interaction between mesoporous silica and titanium was mainly physical interaction. Here, in situ growth of mesoporous silica on Titanium surface was performed using a simple evaporation-induced self-assembly strategy. Meantime, in situ introduction of drugs (heparin and vancomycin) to mesoporous silica was also adopted to improve drug loading amount...
May 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508773/word-sense-disambiguation-of-medical-terms-via-recurrent-convolutional-neural-networks
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Sven Festag, Cord Spreckelsen
BACKGROUND: Tagging text data with codes representing biomedical concepts plays an important role in medical data management and analysis. A problem occurs if there are ambiguous words linked to several concepts. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: This study aims at investigating word sense disambiguation based on word embedding and recurrent convolutional neural networks. The study focuses on terms mapped to multiple concepts of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508743/mycobacterium-kansasii-isolated-from-tuberculinpositive-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta-in-the-absence-of-disease
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Steven T Shipley, David K Johnson, Morteza Roodgar, David Glenn Smith, Charles A Montgomery, Steven M Lloyd, James A Higgins, Edwin H Kriel, Hilton J Klein, William P Porter, Jerome B Nazareno, Paul W Houghton, Aruna Panda, Louis J DeTolla
Mycobacterial infections are of primary health concern in NHP colonies in biomedical research. NHP are constantly monitoredand screened for Mycobacterium spp. We report 6 Chinese-origin rhesus macaques infected with Mycobacterium kansasii thatexhibited positive tuberculin skin tests in the absence of disease. Two of these macaques were being used for research purposes;the remaining 4 macaques were residing at the contract quarantine company. Histopathology and acid-fast staining of fixed tissues from all macaques showed that all were free of disease...
May 15, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505961/effects-of-dual-task-conditions-on-cervical-spine-movement-variability
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Daniel Niederer, Lutz Vogt, Johanna Vogel, Winfried Banzer
BACKGROUND: The potential to accurately perform cervical movements during more challenging tasks might be of importance to prevent dysfunctional motion characteristics. Although sensorimotor function during dual-task conditions are of increasing interest in biomedical and rehabilitation research, effects of such conditions on movement consistency of the neck have not yet been investigated. OBJECTIVE: In this crossover MiSpEx(Medicine in Spine Exercise)-diagnostic study, we aimed to explore differences between single and dual-task conditions on cervical movement variability...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504788/are-medical-eponyms-really-dying-out-a-study-of-their-usage-in-the-historical-biomedical-literature
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P B Thomas
Eponyms are a prominent feature of medical language. Many feel they have had their time and serve only to complicate medical education and conversation. Others argue that eponyms can make unmemorable concepts memorable, can concisely label complex concepts, and promote a valuable interest in medical history. It is frequently assumed that medical eponyms are marching towards extinction. However, this hypothesis has not been adequately tested. The fate of 8,636 eponyms from contemporary and historical registers is presented here...
December 2016: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504278/high-frequency-linear-rheology-of-hydrogels-probed-by-ultrasound-driven-microbubble-dynamics
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Akaki Jamburidze, Marco De Corato, Axel Huerre, Angelo Pommella, Valeria Garbin
Ultrasound-driven microbubble dynamics are central to biomedical applications, from diagnostic imaging to drug delivery and therapy. In therapeutic applications, the bubbles are typically embedded in tissue, and their dynamics are strongly affected by the viscoelastic properties of the soft solid medium. While the behaviour of bubbles in Newtonian fluids is well characterised, a fundamental understanding of the effect on ultrasound-driven bubble dynamics of a soft viscoelastic medium is still being developed...
May 15, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501711/protection-of-cortex-by-overlying-meninges-tissue-during-dynamic-indentation-of-the-adolescent-brain
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David B MacManus, Baptiste Pierrat, Jeremiah G Murphy, Michael D Gilchrist
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has become a recent focus of biomedical research with a growing international effort targeting material characterization of brain tissue and simulations of trauma using computer models of the head and brain to try to elucidate the mechanisms and pathogenesis of TBI. The meninges, a collagenous protective tri-layer which encloses the entire brain and spinal cord has been largely overlooked in these material characterization studies. This has resulted in a lack of accurate constitutive data for the cranial meninges, particularly under dynamic conditions such as those experienced during head impacts...
May 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501151/micro-sampling-method-based-on-high-resolution-continuum-source-graphite-furnace-atomic-absorption-spectrometry-for-calcium-determination-in-blood-and-mitochondrial-suspensions
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Beatriz Gómez-Nieto, Mª Jesús Gismera, Mª Teresa Sevilla, Jorgina Satrústegui, Jesús R Procopio
A micro-sampling and straightforward method based on high resolution continuum source atomic absorption spectrometry (HR-CS AAS) was developed to determine extracellular and intracellular Ca in samples of interest in clinical and biomedical analysis. Solid sampling platforms were used to introduce the micro-samples into the graphite furnace atomizer. The secondary absorption line for Ca, located at 239.856nm, was selected to carry out the measurements. Experimental parameters such as pyrolysis and atomization temperatures and the amount of sample introduced for the measurements were optimized...
August 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499548/mortality-risks-associated-with-emergency-admissions-during-weekends-and-public-holidays-an-analysis-of-electronic-health-records
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A Sarah Walker, Amy Mason, T Phuong Quan, Nicola J Fawcett, Peter Watkinson, Martin Llewelyn, Nicole Stoesser, John Finney, Jim Davies, David H Wyllie, Derrick W Crook, Tim E A Peto
BACKGROUND: Weekend hospital admission is associated with increased mortality, but the contributions of varying illness severity and admission time to this weekend effect remain unexplored. METHODS: We analysed unselected emergency admissions to four Oxford University National Health Service hospitals in the UK from Jan 1, 2006, to Dec 31, 2014. The primary outcome was death within 30 days of admission (in or out of hospital), analysed using Cox models measuring time from admission...
May 9, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498661/mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-encapsulated-agarose-and-heparin-as-anticoagulant-and-resisting-bacterial-adhesion-coating-for-biomedical-silicone
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Fan Wu, Tingting Xu, Guangyao Zhao, Shuangshuang Meng, Mimi Wan, Bo Chi, Chun Mao, Jian Shen
Silicone catheter has been widely used in peritoneal dialysis. The research missions of improving blood compatibility and the ability of resisting bacterial adhesion of silicone catheter have been implemented for the biomedical requirements. However, most of modification methods of surface modification were only able to develop the blood-contacting biomaterials with good hemocompatibility. It is difficult for the biomaterials to resist bacterial adhesion. Here, agarose was selected to resist bacterial adhesion, and heparin was chosen to improve hemocompatibility of materials...
May 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497362/size-and-shape-dependent-cytotoxicity-profile-of-gold-nanoparticles-for-biomedical-applications
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Anna Woźniak, Anna Malankowska, Grzegorz Nowaczyk, Bartosz F Grześkowiak, Karol Tuśnio, Ryszard Słomski, Adriana Zaleska-Medynska, Stefan Jurga
Metallic nanoparticles, in particular gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), offer a wide spectrum of applications in biomedicine. A crucial issue is their cytotoxicity, which depends greatly on various factors, including morphology of nanoparticles. Because metallic nanoparticles have an effect on cell membrane integrity, their shape and size may affect the viability of cells, due to their different geometries as well as physical and chemical interactions with cell membranes. Variations in the size and shape of gold nanoparticles may indicate particular nanoparticle morphologies that provide strong cytotoxicity effects...
June 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
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