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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938494/supercritical-fluid-chromatography-in-natural-product-analysis-an-update
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Nora Gibitz Eisath, Sonja Sturm, Hermann Stuppner
The wide chemical diversity of natural products has challenged analysts all over the world and has been a driving force for the development of innovative technologies since decades. In the last years, supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) has finally emerged from the shadow of liquid chromatography (LC) and gas chromatography (GC) and has become a powerful tool in modern natural product analysis. Whereas in the past the technique had mainly been restricted to a small group of nonpolar compounds, it has largely expanded its suitability in the last years and has demonstrated possibilities without boundaries...
September 22, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937957/whole-blood-based-multiplex-immunoassays-for-the-evaluation-of-human-biomarker-responses-to-emerging-viruses-in-resource-limited-regions
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Jessica R Harmon, Stuart T Nichol, Christina F Spiropoulou, Anita K McElroy
Many emerging viruses such as Ebola and Lassa occur in resource-limited areas of the world. The advent of multiplex immunoassays has facilitated the study of biomarkers of disease since only small amounts of clinical material are required; however, such assays are designed and validated for only plasma or serum. This is a significant impediment when studying infectious diseases in the context of an outbreak in a developing nation. Plasma or serum can be difficult to obtain in the field due to the need for additional processing of infectious materials...
September 22, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937916/nanoparticles-for-advanced-photodynamic-therapy-of-cancer
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Heidi Abrahamse, Cherie Ann Kruger, Sania Kadanyo, Ajay Mishra
The world widespread rise in cancer incidence has caused an increase in the demand for effective and safe materials for treatment. One of the most prevalent forms of treatment for cancer is photodynamic therapy (PDT), which is seen as an alternative to radiotherapy, as well as chemotherapy. In more recent years, researchers are exploring new nanotechnology-based strategies to improve the effectiveness of PDT. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review is to explore the current trends and research findings associated with PDT and the development of nanotechnology as treatment modality for cancer...
September 21, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937627/polyyne-enriched-extract-from-oplopanax-elatus-significantly-ameliorates-the-progression-of-colon-carcinogenesis-in-apc-min-mice
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Xin Qiao, Wei Sun, Chongzhi Wang, Li Zhang, Ping Li, Xiaodong Wen, Jie Yang, Chunsu Yuan
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in the world. Oplopanax elatus is widely used in traditional medicine. However, little is known about its pharmacological effects and bioactive compounds. We evaluated the effects of the polyyne-enriched extract from O. elatus (PEO) on the progression of colon carcinogenesis in Apc(Min/+) mice. In addition, these effects were also investigated in HCT116 and SW480 cells. After PEO oral administration (0.2% diet) for 12 weeks, PEO significantly improved body weight changes and reduced the tumor burden and tumor multiplicity compared with the untreated mice...
September 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936581/exploring-methods-for-comparing-the-real-world-effectiveness-of-treatments-for-osteoporosis-adjusted-direct-comparisons-versus-using-patients-as-their-own-control
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Linda Karlsson, Johan Mesterton, Maurille Feudjo Tepie, Michele Intorcia, Jetty Overbeek, Oskar Ström
Using Swedish and Dutch registry data for women initiating bisphosphonates, we evaluated two methods of comparing the real-world effectiveness of osteoporosis treatments that attempt to adjust for differences in patient baseline characteristics. Each method has advantages and disadvantages; both are potential complements to clinical trial analyses. PURPOSE: We evaluated methods of comparing the real-world effectiveness of osteoporosis treatments that attempt to adjust for both observed and unobserved confounding...
September 21, 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936417/the-long-term-impact-of-wheelchair-delivery-on-the-lives-of-people-with-disabilities-in-three-countries-of-the-world
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Susan Shore
BACKGROUND: Lack of access to mobility for people with disabilities, particularly in less- resourced settings, continues to be widespread. Despite challenges to wheelchair delivery, the benefits to health, employment, social integration and life satisfaction are apparent. OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have explored the impact of receiving a wheelchair on the lives of the users through cross-sectional or short-term longitudinal analysis. The current study was undertaken to evaluate whether previously reported changes were sustained after 30 months of use, and whether results varied between two differing models of a wheelchair...
2017: Afr J Disabil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934923/discriminative-sparse-features-for-alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis-using-multimodal-image-data
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A Ortiz, F Lozano, J M Gorriz, J Ramírez, F J Martinez-Murci, For The Alzheimer S Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
BACKGROUND: Feature extraction in medical image processing still remains a challenge, especially in high-dimensionality datasets, where the expected number of available samples is considerably lower than the dimension of the feature space. This is a common problem in real-world data, and, specifically, in medical image pro- cessing as, while images are composed of hundreds of thousands voxels, only a reduced number of patients are available. OBJECTIVE: Extracting descriptive and discriminative features to represent each sample (image) by a small number of features, which is particularly important in classification task, due to the curse of dimensionality problem...
September 21, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934799/factors-influencing-the-application-of-a-biopsychosocial-perspective-in-clinical-judgement-of-chronic-pain-interactive-management-with-medical-students
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Christopher P Dwyer, Phoebe E McKenna-Plumley, Hannah Durand, Emer M Gormley, Brian W Slattery, Owen M Harney, Padraig MacNeela, Brian E McGuire
BACKGROUND: Though there is wide support for the application of biopsychosocial perspectives in clinical judgement of chronic pain cases, such perspectives are often overlooked due to either inadequate training or attitudes favoring a biomedical approach. Recent research has indicated that despite such explanations, both established general practitioners (GP) and medical students account for some psychosocial factors when making clinical judgements regarding chronic pain cases, but report not being likely to apply these in real-world, clinical settings due to numerous factors, including available time with patients...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934317/photosynthetic-epibionts-and-endobionts-of-pacific-oyster-shells-from-oyster-reefs-in-rocky-versus-mudflat-shores
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Laurent Barillé, Anthony Le Bris, Vona Méléder, Patrick Launeau, Marc Robin, Ioanna Louvrou, Lourenço Ribeiro
The Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg), is the main bivalve species cultivated in the world. With global warming enabling its reproduction and larval survival at higher latitudes, this species is now recognized as invasive and creates wild oyster reefs globally. In this study, the spatial distribution of photosynthetic assemblages colonizing the shells of wild C. gigas was investigated on both a large scale (two contrasting types of reefs found in mudflats and rocky areas) and a small scale (within individual shells) using a hyperspectral imager...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931825/disrupted-topological-organization-of-structural-brain-networks-in-childhood-absence-epilepsy
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Wenchao Qiu, Chuanyong Yu, Yuan Gao, Ailiang Miao, Lu Tang, Shuyang Huang, Wenwen Jiang, Jintao Sun, Jing Xiang, Xiaoshan Wang
Childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) is the most common paediatric epilepsy syndrome and is characterized by frequent and transient impairment of consciousness. In this study, we explored structural brain network alterations in CAE and their association with clinical characteristics. A whole-brain structural network was constructed for each participant based on diffusion-weighted MRI and probabilistic tractography. The topological metrics were then evaluated. For the first time, we uncovered modular topology in CAE patients that was similar to healthy controls...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931302/learning-metabolic-brain-networks-in-mci-and-ad-by-robustness-and-leave-one-out-analysis-an-fdg-pet-study
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Zhijun Yao, Bin Hu, Xuejiao Chen, Yuanwei Xie, Jürg Gutknecht, Dennis Majoe
This study attempted to better understand the properties associated with the metabolic brain network in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Graph theory was employed to investigate the topological organization of metabolic brain network among 86 patients with MCI, 89 patients with AD, and 97 normal controls (NCs) using 18F fluoro-deoxy-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) data. The whole brain was divided into 82 areas by Brodmann atlas to construct networks. We found that MCI and AD showed a loss of small-world properties and topological aberrations, and MCI showed an intermediate measurement between NC and AD...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931202/different-sized-incisions-for-phacoemulsification-in-age-related-cataract
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Chongfei Jin, Xinyi Chen, Andrew Law, Yunhee Kang, Xue Wang, Wen Xu, Ke Yao
BACKGROUND: Age-related cataract is the principal cause of blindness and visual impairment in the world. Phacoemulsification is the main surgical procedure used to treat cataract. The comparative effectiveness and safety of different-sized incisions for phacoemulsification has not been determined. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review was to assess the effectiveness and safety of smaller versus larger incisions for phacoemulsification in age-related cataract...
September 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931154/differentially-expressed-proteins-from-the-peritrophic-membrane-related-to-the-lethal-synergistic-mechanisms-observed-in-hyphantria-cunea-larvae-treated-with-a-mixture-of-bt-and-chlorbenzuron
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Ming Xu, Fuyuan Xu, Xiaoqin Wu
Hyphantria cunea (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) is an important forest insect pest around the world. It attacks a variety of broad-leaf trees. It has caused serious economic and ecological damage to its new habitats. A mixture of Bt and chlorbenzuron has a higher toxicity and faster killed than those of either agent alone to the 4th instar larvae of H. cunea both by the lab and field test results, and the toxic effect of the mixture treatment was significantly enhanced. Using proteomics technology, including SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF-TOF MS, we analyzed differentially expressed proteins of the peritrophic membrane (PM) of the 4th instar larvae of H...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931033/artificial-intelligence-in-peer-review-how-can-evolutionary-computation-support-journal-editors
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Maciej J Mrowinski, Piotr Fronczak, Agata Fronczak, Marcel Ausloos, Olgica Nedic
With the volume of manuscripts submitted for publication growing every year, the deficiencies of peer review (e.g. long review times) are becoming more apparent. Editorial strategies, sets of guidelines designed to speed up the process and reduce editors' workloads, are treated as trade secrets by publishing houses and are not shared publicly. To improve the effectiveness of their strategies, editors in small publishing groups are faced with undertaking an iterative trial-and-error approach. We show that Cartesian Genetic Programming, a nature-inspired evolutionary algorithm, can dramatically improve editorial strategies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930435/new-triplet-sensitization-routes-for-photon-upconversion-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-molecules-inorganic-nanocrystals-and-singlet-to-triplet-absorption
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Nobuhiro Yanai, Nobuo Kimizuka
Photon upconversion based on triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA-UC) has attracted much interest because of its possible applications to renewable energy production and biological fields. In particular, the UC of near-infrared (NIR) light to visible (vis) light is imperative to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit of single-junction photovoltaic cells, and the efficiency of photocatalytic hydrogen production from water can also be improved with the aid of vis-to-ultraviolet (UV) UC. However, both processes have met limitations in the wavelength range, efficiency, and sensitivity for weak incident light...
September 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929872/building-worldly-insights
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Michael Tremblay
This article offers health leaders in Canada an opportunity to build a more worldly understanding of healthcare challenges. The focus is on post-conflict countries and island/small countries. Small and island countries often depend on other countries for their workforce and for specialist healthcare services. Conflict usually undermines if it doesn't destroy a country's healthcare system. Small and island countries offer opportunities for the majority of Canadian provinces and territories to develop new approaches from novel comparator countries, with which they may have more in common...
July 2017: Healthcare Management Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928710/electroencephalography-network-effects-of-corpus-callosotomy-in-patients-with-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
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Jun-Ge Liang, Dongpyo Lee, Song Ee Youn, Heung Dong Kim, Nam-Young Kim
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the functional network effects of corpus callosotomy (CC), a well-recognized palliative surgical therapy for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). Specifically, we sought to gain insight into the effects of CC on LGS remission, based on brain networks in LGS by calculating network metrics and evaluating by network measures before and after surgery. METHODS: Electroencephalographic recordings made during preoperative and 3-month postoperative states in 14 patients with LGS who had undergone successful CC were retrospectively analyzed...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928648/a-single-session-of-rtms-enhances-small-worldness-in-writer-s-cramp-evidence-from-simultaneous-eeg-fmri-multi-modal-brain-graph
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Rose D Bharath, Rajanikant Panda, Venkateswara Reddy Reddam, M V Bhaskar, Suril Gohel, Sujas Bhardwaj, Arvind Prajapati, Pramod Kumar Pal
Background and Purpose: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) induces widespread changes in brain connectivity. As the network topology differences induced by a single session of rTMS are less known we undertook this study to ascertain whether the network alterations had a small-world morphology using multi-modal graph theory analysis of simultaneous EEG-fMRI. Method: Simultaneous EEG-fMRI was acquired in duplicate before (R1) and after (R2) a single session of rTMS in 14 patients with Writer's Cramp (WC)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927676/a-pilot-study-to-expand-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-resource-limited-settings
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REVIEW
Poonam Mathur, Emily Comstock, Edward McSweegan, Natalia Mercer, Nongthombam Suraj Kumar, Shyamasundaran Kottilil
The past five years have seen a revolution in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, as short duration oral regimens of direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAAs), with nearly 100% cure rates for all genotypes, have replaced longer courses of ribavirin and injected interferon. Although initially very expensive, these DAAs are now becoming available in generic equivalents in countries with large numbers of chronically infected people, such as India. However, a number of obstacles may hinder the delivery of these drugs in resource-limited settings, including lack of access to diagnostic testing and the restriction of treatment to a small number of medical specialists...
September 16, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924257/electrodiffusion-phenomena-in-neuroscience-a-neglected-companion
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REVIEW
Leonid P Savtchenko, Mu Ming Poo, Dmitri A Rusakov
The emerging technological revolution in genetically encoded molecular sensors and super-resolution imaging provides neuroscientists with a pass to the real-time nano-world. On this small scale, however, classical principles of electrophysiology do not always apply. This is in large part because the nanoscopic heterogeneities in ionic concentrations and the local electric fields associated with individual ions and their movement can no longer be ignored. Here, we review basic principles of molecular electrodiffusion in the cellular environment of organized brain tissue...
September 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
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