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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738555/assessment-of-mercury-speciation-in-feathers-using-species-specific-isotope-dilution-analysis
#1
Marina Renedo, Paco Bustamante, Emmanuel Tessier, Zoyne Pedrero, Yves Cherel, David Amouroux
Seabirds are considered as effective sentinels of environmental marine contamination and their feathers are extensively used as non-lethal samples for contaminant biomonitoring. This tissue represents the main route for mercury (Hg) elimination in seabirds and contains predominantly methylmercury (MeHg). In this work, we developed a robust analytical technique for precise and accurate simultaneous quantification of MeHg, inorganic Hg (iHg) and consequently total Hg (THg), in feathers by gas-chromatography (GC)-ICPMS analyses using species-specific isotope dilution technique...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738327/updated-concepts-on-treatment-outcomes-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#2
Victor Certal, Robson Capasso
Obstructive sleep apnea is a highly prevalent and poorly understood condition that not only leads to significant individual patient health damage, but carries a large societal cost secondary to excessive healthcare utilization, motor-vehicle accidents, and work absenteeism. While a significant fund of knowledge about its damaging effects on the cardiovascular system and neural pathways has been gathered over the past few decades, the translation to direct patient care still presents numerous challenges. With the exception of clear issues such as socially unacceptable snoring and breathing irregularities, the exact cause and effect relationship between airway narrowing, hypoxemia, and sleep fragmentation with subjective sleep-related complaints and neurocognitive symptoms is less clear...
2017: Advances in Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737373/construction-of-a-multi-cage-based-mof-with-a-unique-network-for-e%C3%AF-cient-co2-capture
#3
Mei-Hui Yu, Ping Zhang, Rui Feng, Zhao-Quan Yao, Yi-Chen Yu, Tong-Liang Hu, Xian-He Bu
As a kind of MOFs, cage-based MOFs usually carry large voids and small windows, which are advantageous to the storage of small molecules that remain kinetically trapped inside the cages (confinement effect). By adjusting the size of windows via reticular synthesis, the cage-based MOFs can selectively capture and separate the suitable size molecules. Here, considering angle-directed and face-directed strategies, a novel multi-cage-based MOF NUM-3 with a new (3,4,5)-connected topology was successfully constructed in the mixed-ligands assembly...
July 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735593/virtual-reality-in-the-assessment-and-treatment-of-psychosis-a-systematic-review-of-its-utility-acceptability-and-effectiveness
#4
M Rus-Calafell, P Garety, E Sason, T J K Craig, L R Valmaggia
Over the last two decades, there has been a rapid increase of studies testing the efficacy and acceptability of virtual reality in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems. This systematic review was carried out to investigate the use of virtual reality in the assessment and the treatment of psychosis. Web of Science, PsychInfo, EMBASE, Scopus, ProQuest and PubMed databases were searched, resulting in the identification of 638 articles potentially eligible for inclusion; of these, 50 studies were included in the review...
July 24, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735179/monitoring-road-safety-development-at-regional-level-a-case-study-in-the-asean-region
#5
Faan Chen, Jianjun Wang, Jiaorong Wu, Xiaohong Chen, P Christopher Zegras
Persistent monitoring of progress, evaluating the results of interventions and recalibrating to achieve continuous improvement over time is widely recognized as being crucial towards the successful development of road safety. In the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region there is a lack of well-resourced teams that contain multidisciplinary safety professionals, and specialists in individual countries, who are able to carry out this work effectively. In this context, not only must the monitoring framework be effective, it must also be easy to use and adapt...
July 20, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734526/development-and-clinical-application-of-a-computer-aided-real-time-feedback-system-for-detecting-in-bed-physical-activities
#6
Liang-Hsuan Lu, Shang-Lin Chiang, Shun-Hwa Wei, Chueh-Ho Lin, Wen-Hsu Sung
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Being bedridden long-term can cause deterioration in patients' physiological function and performance, limiting daily activities and increasing the incidence of falls and other accidental injuries. Little research has been carried out in designing effective detecting systems to monitor the posture and status of bedridden patients and to provide accurate real-time feedback on posture. The purposes of this research were to develop a computer-aided system for real-time detection of physical activities in bed and to validate the system's validity and test-retest reliability in determining eight postures: motion leftward/rightward, turning over leftward/rightward, getting up leftward/rightward, and getting off the bed leftward/rightward...
August 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732288/lncrna-hotair-alleviates-rheumatoid-arthritis-by-targeting-mir-138-and-inactivating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Hong-Ju Zhang, Qiao-Feng Wei, Shu-Jun Wang, Hong-Jie Zhang, Xiu-Ying Zhang, Qin Geng, Yan-Hui Cui, Xiu-Hua Wang
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic and autoimmune-mediated inflammatory disease. We aimed to investigate the regulation of lncRNA HOTAIR in LPS-treated chondrocytes and RA mouse. Our results showed that HOTAIR expression was significantly reduced in LPS-treated chondrocytes. The HOTAIR was then over-expressed in chondrocytes by transfecting recombinant lentivirus carrying sequences encoding HOTAIR. The LPS-induced reduction of cell proliferation rate and production of two inflammatory factors interleukin (IL)-17, IL-23 were markedly inhibited...
July 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732277/assessment-of-metal-and-pah-profiles-in-suds-soil-based-on-an-improved-experimental-procedure
#8
Damien Tedoldi, Ghassan Chebbo, Daniel Pierlot, Yves Kovacs, Marie-Christine Gromaire
The increasing use of infiltration-based systems for stormwater management questions the soil's ability to act as a long-term filter for runoff contaminants, and brings about operational matters regarding the most effective maintenance practices to enhance contaminant retention in SUDS. This paper reports the vertical extent of metal and PAH contamination in the soil of seven source-control devices in operation for more than 10 years, assessed via a two-step sampling strategy to optimize the representativeness of the contamination profiles...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732239/effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs-on-mitochondrial-functions-morphology-kinetics-biogenesis-and-survival
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REVIEW
Josef Finsterer, Fulvio A Scorza
OBJECTIVES: Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) exhibit adverse and beneficial effects on mitochondria, which have a strong impact on the treatment of patients with a mitochondrial disorder (MID) with epilepsy (mitochondrial epilepsy). This review aims at summarizing and discussing recent findings concerning the effect of AEDs on mitochondrial functions and the clinical consequences with regard to therapy of mitochondrial epilepsy and of MIDs in general. METHODS: Literature review...
July 13, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732212/ualcan-a-portal-for-facilitating-tumor-subgroup-gene-expression-and-survival-analyses
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Darshan S Chandrashekar, Bhuwan Bashel, Sai Akshaya Hodigere Balasubramanya, Chad J Creighton, Israel Ponce-Rodriguez, Balabhadrapatruni V S K Chakravarthi, Sooryanarayana Varambally
Genomics data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project has led to the comprehensive molecular characterization of multiple cancer types. The large sample numbers in TCGA offer an excellent opportunity to address questions associated with tumo heterogeneity. Exploration of the data by cancer researchers and clinicians is imperative to unearth novel therapeutic/diagnostic biomarkers. Various computational tools have been developed to aid researchers in carrying out specific TCGA data analyses; however there is need for resources to facilitate the study of gene expression variations and survival associations across tumors...
July 18, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732068/effects-of-liver-stage-clearance-by-primaquine-on-gametocyte-carriage-of-plasmodium-vivax-and-p-falciparum
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Rahel Wampfler, Natalie E Hofmann, Stephan Karl, Inoni Betuela, Benson Kinboro, Lina Lorry, Mariabeth Silkey, Leanne J Robinson, Ivo Mueller, Ingrid Felger
BACKGROUND: Primaquine (PQ) is the only currently licensed antimalarial that prevents Plasmodium vivax (Pv) relapses. It also clears mature P. falciparum (Pf) gametocytes, thereby reducing post-treatment transmission. Randomized PQ treatment in a treatment-to-reinfection cohort in Papua New Guinean children permitted the study of Pv and Pf gametocyte carriage after radical cure and to investigate the contribution of Pv relapses. METHODS: Children received radical cure with Chloroquine, Artemether-Lumefantrine plus either PQ or placebo...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731700/nanomanipulation-of-individual-dna-molecules-covered-by-single-layered-reduced-graphene-oxide-sheets-on-a-solid-substrate
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Ying Wang, Yue Shen, Bin Li, Shuo Wang, Jinjin Zhang, Yi Zhang, Jun Hu
Nanomanipulation of single DNA molecules has great potential in fundamental genetic research and clinical analysis, and is a good model system for studying the interfacial effects on physiochemical processes, which occur when manipulating the linear DNA molecules with an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip. Here, we demonstrate that AFM nanomanipulation can be carried out on DNA molecules covered by a single-layered reduced graphene oxide sheet. Nanomanipulation, which includes cutting, pushing, and sweeping operations, specific to the covered DNA molecules can be achieved in a well-controlled manner using AFM in the PeakForce Quantitative Nano-Mechanics mode...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730954/evaluation-of-in-vitro-anti-psoriatic-activity-of-a-novel-polyherbal-formulation-by-multiparametric-analysis
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Nadav Shraibom, Alka Madaan, Vidushi Joshi, Ritu Verma, Anika Chaudhary, Gautam Mishra, Anshumali Awasthi, Anu Taneja Singh, Manu Jaggi
The beneficial role of traditional herbal medicines in the treatment of inflammatory skin disorders has been widely reported. Psoriasis is characterized by uncontrolled hyper-proliferation of keratinocytes, disturbed apoptosis, over-secretion of inflammatory cytokines and angiogenic factors. We have developed a novel aqueous polyherbal formulation (SIRB-001) consisting of 3 herbs; Rheum palmatum L., Rehmannia glutinosa Libosch and Lonicera Japonica in the ratio 1:1:3. SIRB-001 has demonstrated efficacious effects in psoriasis patients...
July 20, 2017: Anti-inflammatory & Anti-allergy Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730744/improving-hospital-discharge-arrangements-for-people-who-are-homeless-a-realist-synthesis-of-the-intermediate-care-literature
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REVIEW
Michelle Cornes, Martin Whiteford, Jill Manthorpe, Joanne Neale, Richard Byng, Nigel Hewett, Michael Clark, Alan Kilmister, James Fuller, Robert Aldridge, Michela Tinelli
This review presents a realist synthesis of "what works and why" in intermediate care for people who are homeless. The overall aim was to update an earlier synthesis of intermediate care by capturing new evidence from a recent UK government funding initiative (the "Homeless Hospital Discharge Fund"). The initiative made resources available to the charitable sector to enable partnership working with the National Health Service (NHS) in order to improve hospital discharge arrangements for people who are homeless...
July 20, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730200/how-side-chains-affect-conformation-and-electrical-properties-of-poly-acrylic-acid-in-solution
#15
Xinlu Zhou, Kongshuang Zhao
To better understand the effect of side chains on the chain conformation and electrical properties of polyelectrolytes, dielectric measurements were carried out on solutions of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), poly(acrylic acid)-graft-dodecyl (PAA-g-dodecyl), and poly(acrylic acid)-graft-poly(ethylene oxide) (PAA-g-PEO) over a wide concentration range. Double dielectric relaxations with counterion distribution were observed for these polymers and a refined double-layer polarization model was proposed to analyze these, by which valuable information about conformations and interfacial electrokinetic properties was obtained...
July 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729169/pain-fatigue-and-cognitive-symptoms-are-temporally-associated-within-but-not-across-days-in-multiple-sclerosis
#16
Anna L Kratz, Susan L Murphy, Tiffany J Braley
OBJECTIVE: To examine the temporal associations, within-day and day-to-day, between pain, fatigue, depressed mood, and cognitive function in multiple sclerosis (MS). DESIGN: Repeated-measures study involving seven days of ecological momentary assessment (EMA) of symptoms five times a day. Multilevel mixed models were used to analyze data. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: Ambulatory adults (N=107) with MS. INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable...
July 17, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728960/effect-of-high-intensity-home-based-respiratory-muscle-training-on-strength-of-respiratory-muscles-following-a-stroke-a-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Kênia Kiefer Parreiras De Menezes, Lucas Rodrigues Nascimento, Janaine Cunha Polese, Louise Ada, Luci Fuscaldi Teixeira-Salmela
BACKGROUND: Respiratory muscle training has shown to increase strength of the respiratory muscles following a stroke. However, low duration and/or intensity of training may be responsible for the small effect size seen and/or absence of carry-over effects to an activity, e.g., walking. Therefore, an investigation of the effects of long-duration, high-intensity respiratory muscle training is warranted. OBJECTIVE: This proposed protocol for a randomized clinical trial will examine the efficacy of high-intensity respiratory muscle training to increase strength and improve activity following a stroke...
July 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727644/cariprazine-specificity-profile-in-the-treatment-of-acute-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-and-meta-regression-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#18
Filippo Corponi, Alessandro Serretti, Stuart Montgomery, Chiara Fabbri
Cariprazine is a new dopamine D2 and D3 receptor partial agonist antipsychotic. Meta-analytic evidence of efficacy in acute schizophrenia and specific groups of patients is lacking. We carried out a meta-analysis in patients with acute schizophrenia to evaluate the efficacy of cariprazine over placebo and active comparators in overall symptoms, positive and negative symptoms and quality of life. Low and high (≥6 mg/day) doses were tested separately. The possible effect of clinical-demographic modulators was also tested...
July 19, 2017: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726401/amidoalkylindoles-as-potent-and-selective-cannabinoid-type-2-receptor-agonists-with-in-vivo-efficacy-in-a-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
#19
Ying Shi, Yan-Hui Duan, Yue-Yang Ji, Zhi-Long Wang, Yan-Ran Wu, Hendra Gunosewoyo, Xiao-Yu Xie, Jian-Zhong Chen, Fan Yang, Jing Li, Jie Tang, Xin Xie, Li-Fang Yu
Selective CB2 agonists represent an attractive therapeutic strategy for the treatment of a variety of diseases without psychiatric side effects mediated by the CB1 receptor. We carried out a rational optimization of a black market designer drug SDB-001 that led to the identification of potent and selective CB2 agonists. A 7-methoxy or 7-methylthio substitution at the 3-amidoalkylindoles resulted in potent CB2 antagonists (27 or 28, IC50 = 16-28 nM). Replacement of the amidoalkyls from 3-position to the 2-position of the indole ring dramatically increased the agonist selectivity on the CB2 over CB1 receptor...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724273/effects-of-inhaled-salbutamol-on-sport-specific-fitness-of-non-asthmatic-football-players
#20
Farzin Halabchi, Mahdi Abarashi, Mohammad Ali Mansournia, Tohid Seifbarghi
In this article, we investigated the effectiveness of inhaled salbutamol withtherapeutic dose on the sport-specific performance of non-asthmatic young football players. In a double-blinded, randomised placebo controlled trial with 2-treatment, 2-period crossover design, twenty participants who were non-asthmatic junior professional football players were randomly allocated to two groups. Fifteen minutes before sport-specific fitness testing, each group randomly received 2 inhalations (200 micrograms) of salbutamol or placebo, respectively...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
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