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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223112/development-of-the-handwriting-legibility-scale-hls-a-preliminary-examination-of-reliability-and-validity
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Anna L Barnett, Mellissa Prunty, Sara Rosenblum
BACKGROUND: Demands for the production of legible handwriting produced in a timely manner increase as children progress through school. Despite the considerable number of children faced with handwriting difficulties, there is no quick and practical tool to assess legibility in this population. AIM: The aim of this study was to develop the Handwriting Legibility Scale (HLS) and to establish the scale's reliability and validity. METHODS: The HLS is a non-language dependent scale which assesses global legibility, based on five criteria applied to samples of 'free writing'...
December 6, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223055/structure-elucidation-and-degradation-kinetic-study-of-ofloxacin-using-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#2
Marwa R El-Zahry, Bernhard Lendl
A simple, fast and sensitive surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) method for quantitative determination of fluoroquinolone antibiotic Ofloxacin (OFX) is presented. Also the stability behavior of OFX was investigated by monitoring the SERS spectra of OFX after various degradation processes. Acidic, basic and oxidative force degradation processes were applied at different time intervals. The forced degradation conditions were conducted and followed using SERS method utilizing silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) as a SERS substrate...
December 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223050/a-simple-rapid-and-stability-indicating-validated-method-for-quantification-of-lamotrigine-in-human-plasma-and-dry-plasma-spot-using-lc-esi-ms-ms-application-in-clinical-study
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Kuldeep Kumar Namdev, Jaya Dwivedi, Deepak Chandra Chilkoti, Swapnil Sharma
Lamotrigine (LTZ) is a phenyltriazine derivative which belongs to anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) class and prescribed as mono- or adjunctive-therapy in treatment of epilepsy. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of AEDs provides a valid clinical tool in optimization of overall therapy. However, TDM is challenging due to the high biological samples (plasma/blood) storage/shipment costs and the limited availability of laboratories providing TDM services. Sampling in the form of dry plasma spot (DPS) or dry blood spot (DBS) are suitable alternative to overcome these issues...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223048/extraction-protocol-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-determining-micelle-entrapped-paclitaxel-at-the-cellular-and-subcellular-levels-application-to-a-cellular-uptake-and-distribution-study
#4
Nan Zheng, Bin Lian, Wenwen Du, Guobing Xu, Jiafu Ji
Paclitaxel-loaded polymeric micelles (PTX-PM) are commonly used as tumor-targeted nanocarriers and display outstanding antitumor features in clinic, but its accumulation and distribution in vitro are lack of investigation. It is probably due to the complex micellar system and its low concentration at the cellular or subcellular levels. In this study, we developed an improved extraction method, which was a combination of mechanical disruption and liquid-liquid extraction (LLE), to extract the total PTX from micelles in the cell lysate and subcellular compartments...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223047/identification-and-analysis-of-a-mercapturic-acid-conjugate-of-indole-3-methyl-isothiocyanate-in-the-urine-of-humans-who-consumed-cruciferous-vegetables
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Pramod Upadhyaya, Adam T Zarth, Naomi Fujioka, Vincent A Fritz, Stephen S Hecht
Glucobrassicin, a quantitatively significant constituent of Brassica vegetables, gives rise to indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and its dimer di-indolylmethane (DIM) when the vegetables are chewed. I3C and DIM have been extensively studied with respect to their anti-carcinogenic properties. However, the presumed intermediate isothiocyanate in their formation, indole-3-methyl isothiocyanate (IMITC), has to our knowledge never been observed, despite the fact that isothiocyanates derived from cruciferous vegetables are known to have anti-carcinogenic properties...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223016/application-of-single-nucleotide-extension-and-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-in-proofreading-and-dna-repair-assay
#6
Kang-Yi Su, Hung-Ming Lai, Steven D Goodman, Wei-Yao Hu, Wern-Cherng Cheng, Liang-In Lin, Ya-Chien Yang, Woei-Horng Fang
Proofreading and DNA repair are important factors in maintaining the high fidelity of genetic information during DNA replication. Herein, we designed a non-labeled and non-radio-isotopic simple method to measure proofreading. An oligonucleotide primer is annealed to a template DNA forming a mismatched site and is proofread by Klenow fragment of Escherichia coli DNA polymerase I (pol I) in the presence of all four dideoxyribonucleotide triphosphates. The proofreading excision products and re-synthesis products of single nucleotide extension are subjected to MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS)...
December 2, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222988/medically-unexplained-physical-symptoms-in-patients-attending-a-medical-outpatient-clinic-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-north-india
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Mohit Sharma, Shubh Mohan Singh, Ajit Avasthi, Subhash C Varma, Aman Sharma, Vikas Suri
OBJECTIVE: Medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) are commonly seen across health care settings. Earlier studies have focussed on prevalence, cost-utilization and burden. Data from India is scarce. Patients with persistent MUPS have more impairment and psychological distress. This study was designed to assess psychological morbidity, health anxiety (HA), somatic symptom load, disability, quality of life (QOL) in patients with persistent MUPS presenting to a general medical outpatient service and compare it with patients with medically explained physical symptoms (MEPS)...
December 2, 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222978/cobalt-nanofibers-coated-with-layered-nickel-silicate-coaxial-core-shell-composites-as-excellent-anode-materials-for-lithium-ion-batteries
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Xuefang Chen, Ying Huang, Kaichuang Zhang
A novel type of cobalt nanofibers coated with layered nickel silicate (Co nanofibers @ voids @ Ni3Si2O5(OH)4) coaxial core-shell composites were successfully prepared via a well-known Stöber process and two hydrothermal methods. In the composites, the international nanosheet structure of the nickel silicate provided interlayer spaces for lithium ions in the process of insertion and extraction. The cobalt nanofibers served as a mechanical support for the nickel silicate nanosheets, which increased the electrical conductivity of the whole electrode...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222973/utilisation-of-academic-nursing-competence-in-europe-a-survey-among-members-of-the-european-academy-of-nursing-science
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Tove Aminda Hanssen, Pia Riis Olsen
BACKGROUND: In line with national and international strategies in Europe, the number of nurses with a doctoral degree has increased. The European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS) has for 18years delivered a three-year doctoral summer school for nurses. Questions have been raised in terms of how academic nurses' competencies are used and in what positions. AIM: To understand the progression of nurses' academic careers following completion of the EANS Summer School and to picture how research and academic skills of the nurses are being used for research and/or other fields in nursing...
November 23, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222958/the-prevalence-and-odds-of-depression-in-patients-with-vitiligo-a-meta-analysis
#10
Guaijuan Wang, Daoqing Qiu, Hua Yang, Weibing Liu
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to provide a pooled estimate of the prevalence and odds of depression in Vitiligo patients. METHODS: A systematic literature search of Medline, Embase, and Cochrane library databases was conducted. The proportions and mean questionnaire values for depression were pooled according to different evaluation methods. In controlled studies, odds ratio (OR) and standardized mean differences (SMDs) compared depression in vitiligo patients with healthy controls...
December 9, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222948/force-coordination-strategies-in-on-water-single-sculling-are-asymmetries-related-to-better-rowing-performance
#11
John Warmenhoven, Richard Smith, Conny Draper, Andrew Harrison, Norma Bargary, Stephen Cobley
Asymmetries of the rowing stroke cycle have been assessed with reference to kinematics and foot-force measures in laboratory testing environments. It remains unclear how asymmetries in propulsive kinetic measures are related to on-water rowing performance. A new approach for the evaluation of both global and local asymmetries across the entire movement was used to assess the continuous role of asymmetries and whether these change according to level of competitive representation. Twenty seven highly skilled female rowers (national and international competition level), rowing at 32 strokes per minute in a single scull boat were evaluated...
December 9, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222894/international-hospital-accreditation-and-clinical-nutrition-service-in-acute-care-hospitals-in-south-korea-results-of-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-survey
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Mi Hyang Um, Eun Soon Lyu, Song Mi Lee, Yoo Kyoung Park
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Beginning in 2007, 29 hospitals in South Korea have received accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI). The present study aimed to identify differences in clinical nutrition service provisions between JCI accredited acute care hospitals and non-accredited acute care hospitals. A survey questionnaire was sent to all 43 acute care hospitals in South Korea. METHODS: A total of 35 sets of clinical nutrition service surveys, 234 sets of clinical dietitian job satisfaction surveys, and five-day daily work logs from 129 clinical dietitians were received...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222879/prevalence-cause-and-diagnosis-of-lactose-intolerance-in-children-aged-1-5-years-a-systematic-review-of-1995-2015-literature
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Louise Harvey, Thomas Ludwig, Alice Qian Hou, Quak Seng Hock, Michelle Ln Tan, Seksit Osatakul, Jacques Bindels, Leilani Muhardi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence, etiology, diagnosis of primary and secondary lactose intolerance (LI), including age of onset, among children 1-5 years of age. Suspected/perceived lactose intolerance can lead to dietary restrictions which may increase risk of future health issues. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: MEDLINE, CAB Abstract, and Embase were searched for articles published from January 1995-June 2015 related to lactose intolerance in young children...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222869/new-generation-cardioverter-defibrillator-lead-with-a-floating-atrial-sensing-dipole-long-term-performance
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Erdal Safak, Giuseppe D Ancona, Hilmi Kaplan, Evren Caglayan, Stephan Kische, Alper Öner, Hüseyin Ince, Jasmin Ortak
OBJECTIVES: Study aim is to present the long-term performance of a new generation implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) electrode with floating atrial dipole (Linox S DX, Biotronik). BACKGROUND: The single ICD electrode with a floating dipole in the atrial chamber was introduced about 15 years ago to overcome risk of inappropriate shock. METHODS: After implant, internal ECG data were prospectively collected via tele-monitoring (Home Monitoring, Biotronik)...
December 9, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222852/free-breathing-whole-heart-3d-cine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-with-prospective-respiratory-motion-compensation
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Mehdi H Moghari, Ashita Barthur, Maria E Amaral, Tal Geva, Andrew J Powell
PURPOSE: To develop and validate a new prospective respiratory motion compensation algorithm for free-breathing whole-heart 3D cine steady-state free precession (SSFP) imaging. METHODS: In a 3D cine SSFP sequence, 4 excitations per cardiac cycle are re-purposed to prospectively track heart position. Specifically, their 1D image is reconstructed and routed into the scanner's standard diaphragmatic navigator processing system. If all 4 signals are in end-expiration, cine image data from the entire cardiac cycle is accepted for image reconstruction...
December 8, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222799/middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-by-an-intraluminal-suture-method
#16
Rosalia Crupi, Rosanna Di Paola, Emanuela Esposito, Salvatore Cuzzocrea
Stroke represents the most common fatal neurological disease especially in highly developed countries. Even today, treatment options are very limited. The development of new therapeutic approaches replies, to a great extent, on experimental rodent models of focal cerebral ischemia. Since ~80% of ischemic strokes occur in the area of middle cerebral artery (MCA), a number of these stroke models are based on this artery. The intraluminal monofilament model of MCA occlusion involves the insertion of a surgical filament inside the external carotid artery and its extension into the internal carotid artery until the tip occludes the source of the MCA-thus arresting blood flow with resultant infarction in the MCA area...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222749/the-mongoose-rational-arithmetic-toolbox
#17
Christopher Le, Leonid Chindelevitch
The modeling of metabolic networks has seen a rapid expansion following the complete sequencing of thousands of genomes. The constraint-based modeling framework has emerged as one of the most popular approaches to reconstructing and analyzing genome-scale metabolic models. Its main assumption is that of a quasi-steady-state, requiring that the production of each internal metabolite be balanced by its consumption. However, due to the multiscale nature of the models, the large number of reactions and metabolites, and the use of floating-point arithmetic for the stoichiometric coefficients, ensuring that this assumption holds can be challenging...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222711/%C3%A3-gro-survey-on-radiotherapy-capacity-in-austria-status-quo-and-estimation-of-future-demands
#18
Brigitte Zurl, Anja Bayerl, Alexander De Vries, Hans Geinitz, Robert Hawliczek, Tomas-Henrik Knocke-Abulesz, Peter Lukas, Richard Pötter, Wolfgang Raunik, Brigitte Scholz, Annemarie Schratter-Sehn, Felix Sedlmayer, Dietmar Seewald, Edgar Selzer, Karin S Kapp
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive evaluation of the current national and regional radiotherapy capacity in Austria with an estimation of demands for 2020 and 2030 was performed by the Austrian Society for Radiation Oncology, Radiobiology and Medical Radiophysics (ÖGRO). MATERIALS AND METHODS: All Austrian centers provided data on the number of megavoltage (MV) units, treatment series, fractions, percentage of retreatments and complex treatment techniques as well as the daily operating hours for the year 2014...
December 8, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222678/dose-responses-for-mortality-from-cerebrovascular-and-heart-diseases-in-atomic-bomb-survivors-1950-2003
#19
Helmut Schöllnberger, Markus Eidemüller, Harry M Cullings, Cristoforo Simonetto, Frauke Neff, Jan Christian Kaiser
The scientific community faces important discussions on the validity of the linear no-threshold (LNT) model for radiation-associated cardiovascular diseases at low and moderate doses. In the present study, mortalities from cerebrovascular diseases (CeVD) and heart diseases from the latest data on atomic bomb survivors were analyzed. The analysis was performed with several radio-biologically motivated linear and nonlinear dose-response models. For each detrimental health outcome one set of models was identified that all fitted the data about equally well...
December 8, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222667/drug-burden-and-its-association-with-falls-among-older-adults-in-new-zealand-a-national-population-cross-sectional-study
#20
Hamish A Jamieson, Prasad S Nishtala, Richard Scrase, Joanne M Deely, Rebecca Abey-Nesbit, Martin J Connolly, Sarah N Hilmer, Darrell R Abernethy, Philip J Schluter
BACKGROUND: Adverse outcomes associated with advanced diseases are often exacerbated by polypharmacy. OBJECTIVES: The current study investigated an association between exposure to anticholinergic and sedative medicines and falls in community-dwelling older people, after controlling for potential confounders. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study of a continuously recruited national cohort of community-dwelling New Zealanders aged 65 years and over...
December 8, 2017: Drugs & Aging
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