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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806819/indicators-of-dysphagia-in-aged-care-facilities
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Dai Pu, Thomas Murry, May C M Wong, Edwin M L Yiu, Karen M K Chan
Purpose: The current cross-sectional study aimed to investigate risk factors for dysphagia in elderly individuals in aged care facilities. Method: A total of 878 individuals from 42 aged care facilities were recruited for this study. The dependent outcome was speech therapist-determined swallowing function. Independent factors were Eating Assessment Tool score, oral motor assessment score, Mini-Mental State Examination, medical history, and various functional status ratings...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806611/automobile-dependency-as-a-barrier-to-vision-zero-evidence-from-the-states-in-the-usa
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Hamed Ahangari, Carol Atkinson-Palombo, Norman W Garrick
With a traffic fatality rate of 10.6 per 100,000 as of 2013-more than triple that in the UK, the Netherlands, and Sweden-the United States has the worst traffic safety performance of all developed countries. Statewide variations are even more pronounced. North Dakota registers more than twice the national average and five times the rate of Massachusetts. We used panel models and annual data from 1997 to 2013 to capture the effect of seven separate sets of factors that influence traffic safety: exposure, travel behavior, socioeconomics, macroeconomics, safety policies, and mitigating factors such as health care...
August 11, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805929/the-impact-of-training-strategies-on-the-accuracy-of-genomic-predictors-in-united-states-red-angus-cattle
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J Lee, S D Kachman, M L Spangler
Genomic selection (GS) has become an integral part of genetic evaluation methodology and has been applied to all major livestock species, including beef and dairy cattle, pigs, and chickens. Significant contributions in increased accuracy of selection decisions have been clearly illustrated in dairy cattle after practical application of GS. In the majority of U.S. beef cattle breeds, similar efforts have also been made to increase the accuracy of genetic merit estimates through the inclusion of genomic information into routine genetic evaluations using a variety of methods...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805214/the-low-populated-folding-intermediate-of-a-mutant-of-the-fyn-sh3-domain-identified-by-a-simple-model
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Jing Wu, Guojun Chen, Zhuqing Zhang, Ping Zhang, Tao Chen
Experimental studies indicate that the A39V/N53P/V55L Fyn SH3 domain folds from the unfolded state to the native state via a low-populated on-pathway intermediate, whereas the folding of the wildtype is two-state-like. To get insights into the biophysical basis of their different folding mechanisms, we used native-centric models with and without additional transferrable, sequence-dependent nonnative hydrophobic interactions to study the folding behaviors of the Fyn SH3 domain and its mutant. The pure native-centric model predicts that both the wildtype and the mutant fold in a two-state manner, without any detectable intermediate...
August 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803132/quantum-chemical-study-of-mechanism-and-stereoselectivity-of-secondary-alcohol-dehydrogenase
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Sara Moa, Fahmi Himo
Secondary alcohol dehydrogenase from Thermoanaerobacter brockii (TbSADH) is a Zn- and NADP-dependent enzyme that catalyses the reversible transformation of secondary alcohols into ketones. It is of potential biocatalytic interest as it can be used in the synthesis of chiral alcohols by asymmetric reduction of ketones. In this paper, density functional theory calculations are employed to elucidate the origins of the enantioselectivity of TbSADH using a large model of the active site and considering two different substrates, 2-butanol and 3-hexanol...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802623/an-analytical-model-which-determines-the-apparent-t1-for-modified-look-locker-inversion-recovery-analysis-of-the-longitudinal-relaxation-under-the-influence-of-discontinuous-balanced-classical-molli-and-spoiled-gradient-echo-readouts
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Thomas Kampf, Theresa Reiter, Wolfgang Rudolf Bauer
Quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shifts more and more into the focus of clinical research. Especially determination of relaxation times without/and with contrast agents becomes the foundation of tissue characterization, e.g. in cardiac MRI for myocardial fibrosis. Techniques which assess longitudinal relaxation times rely on repetitive application of readout modules, which are interrupted by free relaxation periods, e.g. the Modified Look-Locker Inversion Recovery = MOLLI sequence. These discontinuous sequences reveal an apparent relaxation time, and, by techniques extrapolated from continuous readout sequences, a putative real T1 is determined...
August 9, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802145/ensemble-of-expert-deep-neural-networks-for-spatio-temporal-denoising-of-contrast-enhanced-mri-sequences
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A Benou, R Veksler, A Friedman, T Riklin Raviv
Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) is an imaging protocol where MRI scans are acquired repetitively throughout the injection of a contrast agent. The analysis of dynamic scans is widely used for the detection and quantification of blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability. Extraction of the pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters from the DCE-MRI concentration curves allows quantitative assessment of the integrity of the BBB functionality. However, curve fitting required for the analysis of DCE-MRI data is error-prone as the dynamic scans are subject to non-white, spatially-dependent and anisotropic noise...
August 2, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802092/utility-of-capture-recapture-methodology-to-estimate-prevalence-of-congenital-heart-defects-among-adolescents-in-11-new-york-state-counties-2008-to-2010
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Tugba Akkaya-Hocagil, Wan-Hsiang Hsu, Kristin Sommerhalter, Claire McGarry, Alissa Van Zutphen
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in the United States, and the population of individuals living with CHDs is growing. Though CHD prevalence in infancy has been well characterized, better prevalence estimates among children and adolescents in the United States are still needed. METHODS: We used capture-recapture methods to estimate CHD prevalence among adolescents residing in 11 New York counties. The three data sources used for analysis included Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) hospital inpatient records, SPARCS outpatient records, and medical records provided by seven pediatric congenital cardiac clinics from 2008 to 2010...
August 12, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801049/a-four-state-parametric-model-for-the-kinetics-of-the-non-photochemical-quenching-in-photosystem-ii
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Joris J Snellenburg, Matthew P Johnson, Alexander V Ruban, Rienk van Grondelle, Ivo H M van Stokkum
The phenomenon of non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) was studied in spinach chloroplasts using pulse amplitude modulated (PAM) fluorometry. We present a new analysis method which describes the observed fluorescence quantum yield as the sum of the product of four different states of PsiI and their corresponding quantum yields. These four distinct states are PsiI in the quenched or unquenched state, and with its reaction center either open or closed depending upon the reduction of the QA site. With this method we can describe the dynamics of the NPQ induction and recovery as well as quantify the percentage of photoinactivated RC throughout the measurement...
August 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801003/who-public-health-model-a-roadmap-for-palliative-care-development
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Mary V Callaway, Stephen R Connor, Kathleen M Foley
The Open Society Foundation's International Palliative Care Initiative (IPCI) began to support palliative care development in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in 1999. Twenty-eight country representatives were invited to discuss the need for palliative care in their countries and to identify key areas that should be addressed to improve the care of adults and children with life-limiting illnesses. As a public health concern, progress in palliative care requires integration into health policy, education and training of health care professionals, availability of essential pain relieving medications, and health care services...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800083/effect-of-angelica-sinensis-root-extract-on-cancer-prevention-in-different-stages-of-an-aom-dss-mouse-model
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Bochen Zhao, Qian Kang, Yu Peng, Yuanping Xie, Cheng Chen, Bingshao Li, Qing Wu
Angelica sinensis root (ASR) extract was obtained to investigate its effects on colorectal carcinogenesis in different stages of an Azoxymethane/Dextran sodium sulphate (AOM/DSS) model. In this study, we showed that ASR extract administration in the initial stage of the AOM/DSS model had cancer preventive effects with decreasing tumor incidence and a high-grade of intraepithelial neoplasia incidence. With respect to DNA damage, the amounts of 8-oxoguanine and γ-H2AX were suppressed in colon tissue. The balance of apoptosis and proliferation was approaching the normal state...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799656/review-of-the-effects-of-manufactured-nanoparticles-on-mammalian-target-organs
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Tianshu Wu, Meng Tang
Nanotechnology had matured significantly during the last two decades as it has transitioned from bench top science to applied technology. Even though the issue of safety of nanotechnology has been raised nearly one decade ago, the rapid progress in development and use of nanomaterials has not yet been matched by toxicological investigations. Many recent studies have simply outlined the toxic effects of nanoparticles (NPs), but few have systematically addressed their potentially adverse biological effects on target organs...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799375/comparison-of-liquid-state-anomalies-in-stillinger-weber-models-of-water-silicon-and-germanium
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Debdas Dhabal, Charusita Chakravarty, Valeria Molinero, Hemant K Kashyap
We use molecular dynamics simulations to compare and contrast the liquid-state anomalies in the Stillinger-Weber models of monatomic water (mW), silicon (Si), and germanium (Ge) over a fairly wide range of temperatures and densities. The relationships between structure, entropy, and mobility, as well as the extent of the regions of anomalous behavior, are discussed as a function of the degree of tetrahedrality. We map out the cascade of density, structural, pair entropy, excess entropy, viscosity, and diffusivity anomalies for these three liquids...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799369/a-physically-constrained-classical-description-of-the-homogeneous-nucleation-of-ice-in-water
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Thomas Koop, Benjamin J Murray
Liquid water can persist in a supercooled state to below 238 K in the Earth's atmosphere, a temperature range where homogeneous nucleation becomes increasingly probable. However, the rate of homogeneous ice nucleation in supercooled water is poorly constrained, in part, because supercooled water eludes experimental scrutiny in the region of the homogeneous nucleation regime where it can exist only fleetingly. Here we present a new parameterization of the rate of homogeneous ice nucleation based on classical nucleation theory...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799075/amino-acid-insertion-frequencies-arising-from-photoproducts-generated-using-aliphatic-diazirines
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Daniel S Ziemianowicz, Ryan Bomgarden, Chris Etienne, David C Schriemer
Mapping proteins with chemical reagents and mass spectrometry can generate a measure of accessible surface area, which in turn can be used to support the modeling and refinement of protein structures. Photolytically generated carbenes are a promising class of reagent for this purpose. Substituent effects appear to influence surface mapping properties, allowing for a useful measure of design control. However, to use carbene labeling data in a quantitative manner for modeling activities, we require a better understanding of their inherent amino acid reactivity, so that incorporation data can be normalized...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798970/superhydrophobic-highly-adhesive-arrays-of-copper-hollow-spheres-produced-by-electro-colloidal-lithography
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Damien Bazin, Chrystel Faure
We report the patterning of copper surfaces which display both superhydrophobicity and high adhesion thanks to a new feature geometry, and without resorting to chemical modification. Polystyrene beads organized in 2D crystals under an AC electric field act as a template for the growth of copper deposited via cupric ion-loaded multi-lamellar vesicles. After the removal of the beads, hexagonal arrays of supported hollow spheres or copper bowls are generated, depending on the amount of deposited copper. While the bowl-covered surfaces display a predictable decreasing wettability (Cassie model) as their wall height increases, the hollow sphere-covered surfaces exhibit both high adhesion and superhydrophobicity (Cassie-Baxter state)...
August 11, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798967/effects-of-stretching-on-the-frictional-stress-of-rubber
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A Chateauminois, D T Nguyen, C Frétigny
In this paper, we report on new experimental results on the effects of in-plane surface stretching on the friction of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) rubber with smooth rigid probes. Friction-induced displacement fields are measured at the surface of the PDMS substrate under steady-state sliding. Then, the corresponding contact pressure and frictional stress distributions are determined from an inversion procedure. Using this approach, we show that the local frictional stress τ is proportional to the local stretch ratio λ at the rubber surface...
August 11, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797940/values-for-the-icecap-supportive-care-measure-icecap-scm-for-use-in-economic-evaluation-at-end-of-life
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Elisabeth Huynh, Joanna Coast, John Rose, Philip Kinghorn, Terry Flynn
End of life care may have elements of value that go beyond health. A generic measure of the benefits of end of life care could be helpful to decision makers. Such a measure, based on the capability approach, has recently been developed: the ICECAP Supportive Care Measure. This paper reports the first valuation exercise for that measure, with data from 6020 individuals collected from an on-line general population panel during June 2013. Individuals were asked to complete a stated choice experiment that combined best-worst scaling and a standard discrete choice experiment...
July 21, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797795/controlling-212-bi-to-212-pb-activity-concentration-ratio-in-thoron-chambers
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Zhengzhong He, Detao Xiao, Lidan Lv, Qingzhi Zhou, Jian Shan, Shoukang Qiu, Xijun Wu
It is necessary to establish a reference atmosphere in a thoron chamber containing various ratios of (212)Bi to (212)Pb activity concentrations (C((212)Bi)/C((212)Pb)) to simulate typical environmental conditions (e.g., indoor or underground atmospheres). In this study, a novel method was developed for establishing and controlling C((212)Bi)/C((212)Pb) in a thoron chamber system based on an aging chamber and air recirculation loops which alter the ventilation rate. The effects of main factors on the C((212)Bi)/C((212)Pb) were explored, and a steady-state theoretical model was derived to calculate the ratio...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797744/mechanical-characterisation-of-oocytes-the-influence-of-sample-geometry-on-parameter-identification
#20
Johannes Dittmann, Andreas Dietzel, Markus Böl
The present study focused on the material characterisation of porcine oocytes by experiments combined with an inverse finite-element method (iFEM) approach. In doing so, two different deformation states, compression and indentation, were realised to enable the validation of the numerical model. In addition to classical force-strain relations, geometrical information on the oocyte's surface and volume changes during deformation were collected. These data reveal the typical exponential force-strain behaviour and the highly compressible behaviour of the zona pellucida, imparting overall compressibility to the entire cell...
July 26, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
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