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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792961/composite-films-of-regenerate-cellulose-with-chitosan-and-polyvinyl-alcohol-evaluation-of-water-adsorption-mechanical-and-optical-properties
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Patricia Cazón, Manuel Vázquez, Gonzalo Velazquez
The aim of this study was to develop composite films from cellulose, chitosan and polyvinyl alcohol to obtain environmentally friendly materials. Toughness, burst strength, distance to burst and water adsorption properties were measured and analysed as a function of cellulose (3-5%), chitosan (0-1%) and polyvinyl alcohol (0-4%) contents. Polynomial models were obtained. Light-barrier properties, transparency, morphology, structural and thermal analyses were assessed. Results showed that chitosan and polyvinyl alcohol enhanced the mechanical properties of cellulose-based films...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792919/seeing-the-light-shifting-from-wild-rhizomes-to-extraction-of-active-ingredients-from-above-ground-parts-of-paris-polyphylla-var-yunnanensis
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Xu-Jie Qin, Wei Ni, Chang-Xiang Chen, Hai-Yang Liu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The dried rhizomes of Paris polyphylla var. yunnanensis are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as hemostatic, antitumor, and antimicrobial agents. More than 70 Chinese patent medicines are based on P. polyphylla var. yunnanensis rhizomes. Steroidal saponins are considered as the main active ingredients of these rhizomes. However, wild populations of P. polyphylla var. yunnanensis are greatly threatened due to the illegal wild harvest and over-utilization of the rhizomes...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790658/faculty-development-for-junior-health-professionals
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Annette Burgess, Christie van Diggele, Craig Mellis
BACKGROUND: The need for faculty development programmes designed to help junior health professionals fulfill their multiple roles, across various institutions, is widely acknowledged. Such programmes are usually logistically difficult for hospital clinicians to access, however, and are discipline based. In 2017, we collaborated with four health care faculties to develop a blended learning, interprofessional faculty development programme that was up to date, relevant, and accessible to clinicians working in the hospital and university settings...
May 23, 2018: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789278/the-effectiveness-of-a-computer-tailored-e-learning-program-for-practice-nurses-to-improve-their-adherence-to-smoking-cessation-counseling-guidelines-randomized-controlled-trial
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Dennis de Ruijter, Math Candel, Eline Suzanne Smit, Hein de Vries, Ciska Hoving
BACKGROUND: Improving practice nurses' (PN) adherence to smoking cessation counseling guidelines will benefit the quality of smoking cessation care and will potentially lead to higher smoking abstinence rates. However, support programs to aid PNs in improving their guideline uptake and adherence do not exist yet. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of a novel computer-tailored electronic learning (e-learning) program on PNs' smoking cessation guideline adherence...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785898/accuracy-and-application-of-milk-fatty-acid-estimation-with-diffuse-reflectance-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Andreas Melfsen, Max Holstermann, Angelika Haeussermann, Joachim Molkentin, Andreas Susenbeth, Eberhard Hartung
Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has the potential to estimate contents of fatty acids (FA) in milk frequently at-farm or during daily milking routine. In this study, a total of 738 raw milk spectra collected from 33 Holstein cows over a period of 30 weeks were recorded. Reference data on FA composition in milk and in milk fat were analysed in laboratory. Calibration models were calculated for single FA and groups of FA in milk and in milk fat. Validation resulted in sufficient Ratio of Prediction to Deviation (RPD) values for some single FA and in higher RPD values for groups of FA when concentrations of FA in milk were predicted...
May 2018: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785174/communication-in-mental-health-nursing-bachelor-students-appraisal-of-a-blended-learning-training-programme-an-exploratory-study
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Merete Furnes, Kari Sofie Kvaal, Sevald Høye
Background: It is important that mental health nursing students at Bachelor level obtain effective communication skills. Many students dread the fact that in the mental health field they will encounter patients and relatives with various backgrounds and personalities. Large classes and limited teaching resources in nursing education are challenging. To prepare students for mental health nursing practice, a communication skills course based on the blended learning method was developed and carried out at two different campuses...
2018: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784360/determination-of-cadmium-in-sediments-by-diluted-hci-extraction-and-isotope-dilution-icp-ms
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Javier Terán-Baamonde, Rosa-María Soto-Ferreiro, Alatzne Carlosena, José-Manuel Andrade, Darío Prada
Isotope dilution ICP-MS is proposed to measure the mass fraction of Cd extracted by diluted HCl in marine sediments, using a fast and simple extraction procedure based on ultrasonic probe agitation. The 111 Cd isotope was added before the extraction to achieve isotope equilibration with native Cd solubilized from the sample. The parameters affecting trueness and precision of isotope ratio measurements were evaluated carefully and subsequently corrected in order to minimize errors; they were: detector dead time, spectral interferences, mass discrimination factor and optimum sample/spike ratio...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781610/sulfur-speciation-in-biochars-by-very-high-resolution-benchtop-k%C3%AE-x-ray-emission-spectroscopy
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William Holden, Gerald T Seidler, Singfoong Cheah
The analytical chemistry of sulfur-containing materials poses substantial technical challenges, especially due to the limitations of 33S NMR and the time-intensive preparations required for wet-chemistry analyses. A number of prior studies have found that synchrotron-based x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) measurements can give detailed speciation of sulfur chemistry in such cases. However, due to the obvious access limitations, synchrotron XANES of sulfur cannot be part of routine analytical practice across the chemical sciences community...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781353/clinical-trials-with-multiple-endpoints-can-establish-a-correlation-but-not-yet-causality-between-dietary-supplementation-with-omega-3-fatty-acids-and-keratoconjunctivitis-sicca
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Roger Lee Mendoza
AIM: We review clinical evidence of therapeutic efficacy and effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s) in keratoconjunctivitis sicca, colloquially known as dry eye disease. In doing so, we identify relevant literature to address the following questions: 1) What definitive guidance can clinical evidence offer eye physicians and their patients? 2) What aspects of omega-3 supplementation lack definitive evidence, and how might economic assessments help? METHODS: A targeted and systematic search strategy based on PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) was designed in this study for refereed clinical trials of omega-3s in dry eye treatment...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778681/portable-x-ray-fluorescence-for-the-detection-of-pop-bfrs-in-waste-plastics
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Martin Sharkey, Mohamed Abou-Elwafa Abdallah, Daniel S Drage, Stuart Harrad, Harald Berresheim
The purpose of this study was to establish the efficacy of portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instrumentation as a screening tool for a variety of end of life plastics which may contain excess amounts of brominated flame retardants (BFRs), in compliance with European Union (EU) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) legislative limits (low POP concentration limits - LPCLs). 555 samples of waste plastics were collected from eight waste and recycling sites in Ireland, including waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), textiles, polyurethane foams (PUFs), and expanded polystyrene foams...
May 17, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778310/a-method-for-developing-organisation-wide-manual-handling-based-physical-employment-standards-in-a-military-context
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Greg L Carstairs, Daniel J Ham, Robert J Savage, Stuart A Best, Ben Beck, Daniel C Billing
The benefit of job-related employment standards in physically demanding occupations are well known. A number of methodological frameworks have been established to guide the development of physical employment standards for single job functions. In the case of an organisation comprised of multiple and diverse employment specialisations, such as the Australian Army, it is impractical to develop unique employment standards for each occupation. OBJECTIVES: To present an approach to organisational level physical employment standards development that seeks to retain occupationally specific task characteristics by applying a movement cluster approach...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776744/discovering-mental-models-and-frames-in-learning-of-nursing-ethics-through-simulations
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J L Díaz Agea, M R Martín Robles, D Jiménez Rodríguez, I Morales Moreno, I Viedma Viedma, C Leal Costa
The acquisition of ethical competence is necessary in nursing. The aims of the study were to analyse students' perceptions of the process of learning ethics through simulations and to describe the underlying frames that inform the decision making process of nursing students. A qualitative study based on the analysis of simulated experiences and debriefings of six simulated scenarios with ethical content in three different groups of fourth-year nursing students (n = 30), was performed. The simulated situations were designed to contain ethical dilemmas...
May 15, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776539/near-infrared-emission-spectroscopy-for-rapid-compositional-analysis-of-portland-cements
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Jicarla Portela Rebouças, Jarbas José Rodrigues Rohwedder, Celio Pasquini
Near infrared emission spectroscopy (NIRES) has been investigated to yield a new analytical method for determination of CaO, SiO2 , Al2 O3 , Fe2 O3 , MgO, and SO3 in Portland cement samples. The analyses were accomplished by correlation of the second derivative NIRES spectra with reference elemental analyses made by X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), using Partial Least Square (PLS) regression models. Four different types of cements (type II, III, IV and V) were included in the models. The results show RMSEP from 0...
September 18, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776356/policy-development-and-challenges-of-global-mental-health-a-systematic-review-of-published-studies-of-national-level-mental-health-policies
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Wei Zhou, Yu Yu, Mei Yang, Lizhang Chen, Shuiyuan Xiao
BACKGROUND: Mental health policy can be an essential and powerful tool to improve a population's mental health. However, around one third of countries do not possess a mental health policy, and there are large disparities in population coverage rates between high- and low-income countries. The goal of this study is to identify the transition and implementation challenges of mental health policies in both high-income countries (HICs) as well as middle- and low-income countries (MLICs)...
May 18, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775177/novosphingobium-arvoryzae-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-flooded-rice-field
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Shih-Yi Sheu, Cheng-Wen Huang, Jhen-Ci Chen, Zih-Han Chen, Wen-Ming Chen
A bacterial strain, designated Jyi-02T , was isolated from a flooded rice field in Taiwan and characterized using the polyphasic taxonomy approach. Cells of strain Jyi-02T were aerobic, Gram-stain-negative, rod-shaped, non-motile and formed yellowish orange coloured colonies. Growth occurred at 10-40 °C (optimum, 20 °C) and pH 5.0-9.0 (optimum, pH 7.0) and in the presence of 0-1.0 % NaCl (optimum, 0 %, w/v). The major fatty acids (>10 %) of strain Jyi-02T were C18 : 1ω7c, summed feature 3 (C16 : 1ω7c and/or C16 : 1ω6c) and C14 : 0 2-OH...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774426/plant-physical-and-chemical-defence-variation-along-elevation-gradients-a-functional-trait-based-approach
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Alan Kergunteuil, Patrice Descombes, Gaetan Glauser, Loïc Pellissier, Sergio Rasmann
Predicting variation in plant functional traits related to anti-herbivore defences remains a major challenge in ecological research, considering that multiple traits have evolved in response to both abiotic and biotic conditions. Therefore, understanding variation in plant anti-herbivore defence traits requires studying their expression along steep environmental gradients, such as along elevation, where multiple biotic and abiotic factors co-vary. We expand on plant defence theory and propose a novel conceptual framework to address the sources of variations of plant resistance traits at the community level...
May 17, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773972/genetic-diversity-and-structure-of-tea-plant-in-qinba-area-in-china-by-three-types-of-molecular-markers
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Yu Zhang, Xiaojuan Zhang, Xi Chen, Wang Sun, Jiao Li
Background: Qinba area has a long history of tea planting and is a northernmost region in China where Camellia sinensis L. is grown. In order to provide basic data for selection and optimization of molecular markers of tea plants. 118 markers, including 40 EST-SSR, 40 SRAP and 38 SCoT markers were used to evaluate the genetic diversity of 50 tea plant ( Camellia sinensis. ) samples collected from Qinb. tea germplasm, assess population structure. Results: In this study, a total of 414 alleles were obtained using 38 pairs of SCoT primers, with an average of 10...
2018: Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770448/eating-practices-among-low-income-overweight-obese-brazilian-mothers-a-bourdieusian-approach
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Priscila de Morais Sato, Mariana Dimitrov Ulian, Ramiro Fernandez Unsain, Fernanda Baeza Scagliusi
We investigated the eating practices of socially vulnerable overweight and obese Brazilian mothers, exploring the relationships between eating practices, capitals, fields and excess-weight. We conducted a qualitative study involving in-depth interviews of 21 women living in three vulnerable urban regions. Content analyses were performed and codes were used to locate actors in relation to each other in terms of 'capitals' and 'fields', forming a typology based on Bourdieu's theory with five groups. Socioeconomic conditions during childhood and liking to cook were the main characteristics related to each group's distinct eating practices...
May 16, 2018: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768724/on-the-simultaneous-identification-and-quantification-of-microalgae-populations-based-on-fluorometric-techniques
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Natalia S Gsponer, M Claudia Rodríguez, Rodrigo E Palacios, Carlos A Chesta
In this study, the phytoplankton structure of a freshwater reservoir located in central Argentina (Embalse Río Tercero) was analyzed using Beutler's method (Photosynthesis Research 72: 39-53, 2002), aiming to provide water quality control agencies with a reliable tool for early detection of algae blooms, particularly cyanobacteria. The method estimates the concentration of chlorophyll a (Chl a) contributed by individual algal groups in a real sample by fitting its fluorescence excitation spectrum to a linear combination of norm spectra of relevant algae groups...
May 16, 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768495/pollen-analysis-of-australian-honey
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J M Kale Sniderman, Kia A Matley, Simon G Haberle, David J Cantrill
Pollen analysis is widely used to verify the geographic origin of honeys, but has never been employed in Australia. In this study, we analysed the pollen content of 173 unblended honey samples sourced from most of the commercial honey producing regions in southern Australia. Southern Australian vegetation is dominated by Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) forests and, as expected, most Australian honeys are palynologically dominated by Eucalyptus, while other important components include Myrtaceae taxa such as Corymbia/Angophora and the tribe Leptospermeae; plus Brassicaceae, Echium, Macadamia, and Acacia...
2018: PloS One
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