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Microbial species and biodiversity in settling dust within and between pig farms.

Environ Res 2019 Jan 6;171:558-567. Epub 2019 Jan 6.

The National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Lersø Parkallé 105, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark. Electronic address:

The airborne fungal and bacterial species present in pig farm dust have not been well characterised even though these bioaerosols are known to cause inflammation and other airway maladies. In this study, the microbial species and composition in airborne dust within and between pig farms were investigated. Passively sedimenting dust from six pig farms were collected using electrostatic dust collectors. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.01.008DOI Listing
January 2019

Which cognitive tools do we prefer to use, and is that preference rational?

Cognition 2019 Feb 13;186:108-114. Epub 2019 Feb 13.

Laboratoire d'Etude des Mécanismes Cognitifs (EA 3082), Université de Lyon, France; Institut Universitaire de France, Paris, France.

This work aims to address the issue of which kind of cognitive tools we prefer, and whether this preference is rational. To do so, we proposed three experiments in which participants had to play the game Guess Who? by choosing between three tools that assisted them in three distinct cognitive functions (Working memory vs. Selective visual attention vs. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.02.005DOI Listing
February 2019

Application of integrative cloud point extraction and concentration for the analysis of polyphenols and alkaloids in mulberry leaves.

J Pharm Biomed Anal 2019 Feb 10;167:132-139. Epub 2019 Feb 10.

Northeast Forestry University, Hexing Road 26, 150040, Harbin, PR China. Electronic address:

A simple and efficient method based on cloud point extraction and concentration combined with high performance liquid chromatography was developed for the simultaneous separation and determination of five target compounds (deoxynojirimycin, chlorogenic acid, rutin, isoquercitrin and astragalin) in mulberry leaves samples. Firstly, to obtain a high extraction rate, the ultrasound assisted extraction was developed on acid modified Triton X-114 system. Under the optimal conditions, the total maximum extraction yields of five target compounds reached 20. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpba.2019.02.002DOI Listing
February 2019

A tri-functionalised PtSnO-based electrocatalyst for hydrogen generation via ammonia decomposition under native pH conditions.

J Colloid Interface Sci 2019 Jan 22;542:451-459. Epub 2019 Jan 22.

Applied Technology Promotion Center of Chongqing Education Committee For Chemical Pollution Prevention and Control, Chongqing Industry Polytechnic College, Chongqing 401120, PR China.

Hydrogen is one of the most clean energy carriers because water is only the product of its combustion. The electrolysis of ammonia is expected to offer an attractive alternative to water electrolysis for the production of hydrogen because of the lower thermodynamic energy. However, the synthesis and utilization of high-performance Pt electrocatalysts have encountered challenges related to instability and hydroxyl ion sensitivity. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2019.01.085DOI Listing
January 2019

Cellulose nanocrystals/fluorinated polyacrylate soap-free emulsion prepared via RAFT-assisted Pickering emulsion polymerization.

Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 2019 Feb 10;177:321-328. Epub 2019 Feb 10.

College of Bioresources Chemical and Materials Engineering, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Xi'an, 710021, China; National Demonstration Center for Experimental Light Chemistry Engineering Education (Shaanxi University of Science and Technology), China.

Cellulose nanocrystals/fluorinated polyacrylate soap-free emulsion was successfully synthesized via RAFT-assisted Pickering emulsion process using modified cellulose nanocrystals as particle stabilizers. The cellulose nanocrystals were organically modified by linear triblock copolymer poly(2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate)-b-poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-b-poly(2,2,3,4,4,4-Hexafluorobutyl acrylate) (PDMAEMA-b-PGMA-b-PHFBA) with reactive trithiocarbonate group. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analyses showed that modified cellulose nanocrystals were armored on the surface of spherical particles. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2019.02.005DOI Listing
February 2019

Zirconium based metal-organic framework in-situ assisted hydrothermal pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of Platanus X acerifolia exfoliating bark for bioethanol production.

Bioresour Technol 2019 Feb 8;280:213-221. Epub 2019 Feb 8.

Key Laboratory for Advanced Technology in Environmental Protection of Jiangsu Province, Yancheng Institute of Technology, Yancheng 224051, China. Electronic address:

Metal-organic framework (MOF) assisted hydrothermal pretreatment and co-catalysis strategy based on UiO-66 MOF is developed for the first time. The Planetree exfoliating bark was pretreated with or without UiO-66 assisted hydrothermal method at a temperature ranging from 160 to 240 °C for 1-3 h residence. With the rise of pretreatment severity, the total reducing sugar (TRS) was increased till reached maximum, 180 mg g, in the presence of UiO-66. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2019.02.041DOI Listing
February 2019

Endoscopic transnasal cryo-assisted removal of orbital cavernous hemangiomas: case report and technical hints.

World Neurosurg 2019 Feb 13. Epub 2019 Feb 13.

Department of Biotechnology and Life Sciences; Head and Neck Surgery and Forensic Dissection Research Center; Via Guicciardini, 9, Varese, Italy; Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Insubria-Varese, ASST Sette Laghi, Via Guicciardini, 9, Varese, Italy.

Backgrounds: Cryoprobe devices are used by ophthalmic and orbital surgeons for the extraction of fluid-filled intraorbital lesions. No series described cryo-dissection via an exclusive transnasal approach. The authors describe two cases of purely endoscopic transnasal removal of intraconal orbital hemangiomas with the aid of a dedicated cryoprobe. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2019.01.235DOI Listing
February 2019

Understanding Skin Screening Practices Among Children at Elevated Risk for Melanoma to Inform Interventions for Melanoma Prevention and Control.

J Cancer Educ 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2000 Circle of Hope, Rm 4509, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, USA.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Screening can aid in early disease detection, when treatment is more effective. Although there are currently no consensus guidelines regarding skin screening for pediatric populations with elevated familial risk for melanoma, at-risk children with the help of their parents and healthcare providers may implement skin self-exams. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13187-019-01489-3DOI Listing
February 2019

Stereotaxic Targeting of Alpha-Synuclein Pathology in Mouse Brain Using Preformed Fibrils.

Methods Mol Biol 2019 ;1948:45-57

Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Institute on Aging, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

The accumulation of intraneuronal inclusions containing misfolded alpha-synuclein (aSyn) within the central nervous system (CNS) is a common feature found in several neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's disease (PD). Emerging evidence indicates that aSyn amyloid fibrils, a configuration that is present within these characteristic inclusions, are capable of self-replicating by templating the conversion of endogenously expressed aSyn in neurons. Stereotaxic administration of synthetic α-synuclein preformed fibrils (PFFs) into the mouse brain has been shown to seed the formation of intracellular aSyn pathology reminiscent of Lewy body (LB) inclusions present in human PD and related synucleinopathies. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-9124-2_5DOI Listing
January 2019

Robot-Assisted Revisional Surgery of Gastric Greater Curvature Plication to Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.

Obes Surg 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, 840 S. Wood Street, Suite 435E (MC 958), Chicago, IL, 60612, USA.

Laparoscopic gastric greater curvature plication (LGGCP) has been presented as an alternative to laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) for reversible reduction of stomach capacity without gastric reduction or stapling. We present a case of a 51-year-old Hispanic female with a BMI of 41.91 kg/m, who underwent (LGGCP) 5 years previously at another institution. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11695-019-03721-xDOI Listing
February 2019

Comparative transcriptomics analysis uncovers alternative splicing events and molecular markers in cabbage (Brassica oleracea L.).

Planta 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Horticultural Crop Genetic Improvement, Institute of Vegetable Crops, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Nanjing, 210014, People's Republic of China.

Main Conclusion: Alternative splicing (AS) events were identified and verified in cabbage by comparative transcriptome analysis. The corresponding markers were developed and the germplasm resources were identified. Alternative splicing (AS) is a central regulatory mechanism that greatly contributes to plant gene expression and transcriptome diversity. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00425-019-03108-3DOI Listing
February 2019

Robotic retromuscular ventral hernia repair and transversus abdominis release: short-term outcomes and risk factors associated with perioperative complications.

Hernia 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Good Samaritan Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, One Pear Street, Brockton, MA, 02301, USA.

Background: Retromuscular ventral hernia repairs have become increasingly popular, both with and without transversus abdominis release. We aim to describe our 90-day outcomes in patients who underwent robotic retromuscular ventral hernia repair (RRVHR).

Methods: All patients were subcategorized into those who underwent a TAR (TAR+) as part of their repair, and those who did not (TAR-). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10029-019-01911-1DOI Listing
February 2019

Colorimetric and visual determination of ultratrace uranium concentrations based on the aggregation of amidoxime functionalized gold nanoparticles.

Mikrochim Acta 2019 Feb 15;186(3):183. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, 400 094, India.

The authors describe the synthesis and characterization of 3-mercaptopropionylamidoxime functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) for visual detection of uranium (U) by cloud point extraction. The method is capable of quantifying U at the concentration limits set by the World Health Organization in drinking water i.e. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00604-019-3292-1DOI Listing
February 2019

Electrochemiluminescent determination of the activity of uracil-DNA glycosylase: Combining nicking enzyme assisted signal amplification and catalyzed hairpin assembly.

Mikrochim Acta 2019 Feb 15;186(3):179. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Anhui Key Laboratory of Spin Electron and Nanomaterials, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Suzhou University, Suzhou, 234000, People's Republic of China.

An electrochemiluminescence (ECL) based method is described for the determination of the activity of the enzyme uracil-DNA glycosylase (UDG). It is based on the use of nicking enzyme-assisted signal amplification and catalytic hairpin assembly. UDG can recognize and hydrolyze the uracil bases from the stem of hairpin DNA1 (HP1). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00604-019-3280-5DOI Listing
February 2019

First case report of thyroid abscess caused by Helicobacter cinaedi presenting with thyroid storm.

BMC Infect Dis 2019 Feb 15;19(1):166. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations, Tachikawa Hospital, 4-2-22 Nishikicho, Tachikawa, Tokyo, 190-8531, Japan.

Background: Helicobacter cinaedi is a microaerobic Gram-negative spiral-shaped bacterium that causes enteritis, cellulitis, and bacteremia in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients. While there have been increasing numbers of reported H. cinaedi infections recently, there has been no thyroid abscess case caused by H. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12879-019-3808-7DOI Listing
February 2019

Understanding the Impacts of Bismuth Heterovalent Doping on the Structural and Photophysical Properties in CH3NH3PbBr3 Halide Perovskite Crystals with Near-IR Photoluminescence.

Chemistry 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Beihang University, School of Chemistry and Environment, No. 37 Xueyuan Rd., Haidian District, 100191, Beijing, CHINA.

Here we present a comprehensive study unveiling the impacts of heterovalent doping with Bi3+ on the structural, semi-conductive and photoluminescent properties in single crystal of lead halide perovskites (CH3NH3PbBr3). Time-resolved and power-dependent PL spectroscopy illustrates a progressively quenched PL of visible emission alongside the appearance of a new PL in the near infrared regime, likely due to energy transfers on the Bi sites. These optical characteristics point to the role of Bi3+ dopants as a non-radiative recombination center, which explains the observed transition from the bi-molecular recombination in pristine CH3NH3PbBr3 to a dominant trap-assisted monomolecular recombination with Bi3+ doping. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201805370DOI Listing
February 2019

Assisted Reproductive Technologies for Endangered Species Conservation: Developing sophisticated protocols with limited access to animals with unique reproductive mechanisms.

Authors:
Jason R Herrick

Biol Reprod 2019 Feb 16. Epub 2019 Feb 16.

Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) have been proposed as a means of overcoming the significant challenges of managing small, isolated populations of endangered species in zoos. However, efficient protocols for ARTs do not exist for most endangered species. This review will focus on research efforts to characterize unique reproductive mechanisms and develop species-specific ARTs. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biolre/ioz025DOI Listing
February 2019
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Thermal cautery-assisted circumcision and principles of its use to decrease complication rates.

J Pediatr Urol 2019 Jan 19. Epub 2019 Jan 19.

Medicine Hospital Department of Urology, Biruni University, İstanbul, Turkey.

Introduction: Circumcision is one of the most frequently applied surgical procedures all over the world and a number of techniques and devices have been described concerning its method. Especially in developing countries where circumcision has been performed intensively under local anaesthesia, the thermocautery device developed to perform circumcisions in a short time and safely has found a widespread application.

Objective: We aim to share our experiences concerning application principles of the thermocautery device so as to be able to achieve better cosmetic results with lower complication rates. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpurol.2019.01.003DOI Listing
January 2019

Hormonal medication in medically assisted reproduction: a systematic review of assessments from patients.

Reprod Biomed Online 2019 Jan 19. Epub 2019 Jan 19.

Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Women's and Children's Hospital, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, the Netherlands; University of Leuven, Department of Development and Regeneration, Leuven, Belgium; University of Leuven, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leuven, Belgium; Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium. Electronic address:

Several hormonal fertility medications have comparable effectiveness. A literature review was conducted into patients' assessments regarding seven medication characteristics including 'side effects' and 'ease of use'. Medline, CINAHL and PsycINFO were searched for female fertility patients' written assessments of a hormonal medication. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2018.12.047DOI Listing
January 2019

Timing of mechanically assisted circulatory support.

Authors:
Jacob Bergsland

J Heart Lung Transplant 2019 Jan 29. Epub 2019 Jan 29.

Intervention Center, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. Electronic address:

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healun.2019.01.1308DOI Listing
January 2019

Postanal minimally invasive surgery "PAMIS" assisted extra-levator abdominoperineal excision "ELAPE" for cancer: A novel approach in supine position.

Authors:
Ahmed Farag

Arab J Gastroenterol 2019 Feb 12. Epub 2019 Feb 12.

Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt. Electronic address:

Local recurrences are more common after abdominoperineal excision (APE) than after anterior resection of rectal cancer. Extralevator APE was introduced to address this problem. The post anal minimally invasive approach had been used by other authors for transperineal mesh rectopexy but not in cancer management. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajg.2019.02.001DOI Listing
February 2019

The endometrium during and after ovarian hyperstimulation and the role of segmentation of infertility treatment.

Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab 2018 Sep 13. Epub 2018 Sep 13.

Department of Reproductive Medicine, Dexeus University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain; Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark; Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Department of Surgical and Clinical Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium. Electronic address:

Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) is a crucial part of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) that resulted in a substantial increase in pregnancy rates from in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, in spite of the apparent benefit of COH on an increase in the number of follicles and the number of oocytes retrieved, allowing for extended embryo culture and enabling the selection of the best quality embryo for transfer, several reports has shown that the supraphysiologic hormonal levels may indeed have a detrimental effect at the endometrial level. The current article revises the pathophysiological mechanisms through which ovarian stimulation may negatively affect endometrial receptivity. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beem.2018.09.003DOI Listing
September 2018

Centrifugal-flow ventricular assist device support in children: A single-center experience.

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2018 Dec 27. Epub 2018 Dec 27.

Congenital Heart Surgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Tex.

Background: Our institutional policy is to continue centrifugal-flow ventricular assist device support for 3 months or more without activation on the transplant wait-list for physical recovery and assessment of possible myocardial recovery. We evaluated our single-institutional outcomes with centrifugal-flow ventricular assist device support in children.

Methods: Prospectively collected outcomes data in consecutive patients aged 18 years or less with centrifugal-flow ventricular assist device support were reviewed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.12.045DOI Listing
December 2018

Photochemical Synthesis of Nanosheet Tin Di/Sulfide with Sunlight Response on Water Pollutant Degradation.

Nanomaterials (Basel) 2019 Feb 14;9(2). Epub 2019 Feb 14.

Centre for Nanomaterials Research, Institute of Science, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Level 3, Block C, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

The photochemical synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) nanostructured from semiconductor materials is unique and challenging. We report, for the first time, the photochemical synthesis of 2D tin di/sulfide (PS-SnS₂, x = 0 or 1) from thioacetamide (TAA) and tin (IV) chloride in an aqueous system. The synthesized PS-SnS₂ were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), a particle size distribution analyzer, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermal analysis, UV⁻Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DR UV⁻Vis), and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nano9020264DOI Listing
February 2019

Optimization of the Extraction Process to Obtain a Colorant Ingredient from Leaves of var. .

Molecules 2019 Feb 14;24(4). Epub 2019 Feb 14.

Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal.

Heat-Assisted Extraction (HAE) was used for the optimized production of an extract rich in anthocyanin compounds from var. leaves. The optimization was performed using the response surface methodology employing a central composite experimental design with five-levels for each of the assessed variables. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/molecules24040686DOI Listing
February 2019

Complementarity of Matrix- and Nanostructure-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Approaches.

Nanomaterials (Basel) 2019 Feb 14;9(2). Epub 2019 Feb 14.

Interdisciplinary Center for Modern Technologies, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Wilenska 4, 87-100 Torun, Poland.

In recent years, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) has become the main tool for the study of biological macromolecules, such as protein nano-machines, especially in the determination of their molecular masses, structure, and post-translational modifications. A key role in the classical process of desorption and ionization of the sample is played by a matrix, usually a low-molecular weight weak organic acid. Unfortunately, the interpretation of mass spectra in the mass range of below 500 is difficult, and hence the analysis of low molecular weight compounds in a matrix-assisted system is an analytical challenge. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nano9020260DOI Listing
February 2019

Simulation of Field Assisted Sintering of Silicon Germanium Alloys.

Materials (Basel) 2019 Feb 14;12(4). Epub 2019 Feb 14.

Department of Functional Nanosystems and High Temperature Materials, National University of Science and Technology "MISiS", Moscow 119049, Russia.

We report a numerical study of the field assisted sintering of silicon germanium alloys by a finite element method, which takes into account contact resistances, thermal expansion and the thermoelectric effect. The distribution of electrical and thermal fields was analyzed numerically, based on the experimental data collected from spark plasma sintering (SPS) apparatus. The thermoelectric properties of Si-Ge used within the simulation were considered as the function of density and the sintering temperature. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ma12040570DOI Listing
February 2019

Influence of Intra-Oral Scanner (I.O.S.) on The Marginal Accuracy of CAD/CAM Single Crowns.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2019 Feb 14;16(4). Epub 2019 Feb 14.

Department of Dentistry, IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital and Dental School, Vita Salute University, 20123 Milan, Italy.

The aim of this in vitro study was to compare the quality of digital workflows generated by different scanners (Intra-oral digital scanners (I.O.S. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16040544DOI Listing
February 2019

Implementation of a Patient Medication Disposal Program at a VA Medical Center.

Fed Pract 2017 Jul;34(7):45-46

is the associate chief of pharmacy service, and is a pharmacy procurement supervisor, both at Richard L. Roudebush VAMC in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A pharmaceutical take-back program assisted patients with disposal of unwanted and expired medications, promoted safety and environmental stewardship, and reduced the risk of diversion. Read More

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Determination of Resistance Spectra of the Pi-ta and Pi-k Genes to U.S. Races of Magnaporthe oryzae Causing Rice Blast in a Recombinant Inbred Line Population.

Plant Dis 2009 Jun;93(6):639-644

USDA-ARS, Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, Stuttgart.

Molecular tagged resistance (R) genes are useful for developing improved cultivar resistance using marker-assisted breeding. In the present study, R genes to common races of Magnaporthe oryzae, the causal agent of blast disease of rice (Oryza sativa), were mapped using an F recombinant inbred line (RIL) population derived from a cross of tropical japonica cv. Katy with breeding line RU9101001. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-93-6-0639DOI Listing

Thyroid autoimmunity, infertility and miscarriage.

Expert Rev Endocrinol Metab 2008 Mar;3(2):127-136

c Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Panagia General Hospital, N. Plastira 22, Thessaloniki, 551 32 Greece.

Thyroid autoimmunity (TAI), infertility and miscarriage are currently issues of extreme interest that have attracted the attention of many investigators. Several papers have been published, focusing on women of childbearing age that include healthy women, women with recurrent miscarriage and those undergoing assisted conception. Most of these studies show a significant association between the presence of thyroid autoantibodies, infertility and a higher miscarriage rate. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1586/17446651.3.2.127DOI Listing

A novel approach of using zeolite for ammonium toxicity mitigation and value-added Spirulina cultivation in wastewater.

Bioresour Technol 2019 Feb 10;280:127-135. Epub 2019 Feb 10.

School of Resources, Environmental & Chemical Engineering and Key Laboratory of Poyang Lake Environment and Resource Utilization, Ministry of Education, Nanchang University, Nanchang, China. Electronic address:

Owning to the ammonium toxicity, some ammonium-rich wastewater may not be used for algae cultivation. To overcome this problem, herein, a novel approach of using zeolite to mitigate ammonium toxicity in wastewater for value-added Spirulina production was proposed. Synthetic zeolite was used as medium for ammonium adsorption in wastewater and subsequently as slow-releaser providing nitrogen to Spirulina growth. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2019.02.042DOI Listing
February 2019

One-step preparation of molybdenum disulfide/graphene nano-catalysts through a simple co-exfoliation method for high-performance electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction.

J Colloid Interface Sci 2019 Feb 7;542:355-362. Epub 2019 Feb 7.

Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Power Batteries, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, 1 Wenyuan Road, Nanjing 210023, PR China. Electronic address:

Hypothesis: Recently, molybdenum disulfide (MoS) as a new type of catalyst, has been used for hydrogen evolution. In order to overcome the shortcomings of MoS, such as poor conductivity and lack of catalytic activity sites, various materials were added to prepare composites, such as graphene with good conductivity.

Experiments: In this work, we combined MoS with graphene through a very simple liquid-phase salt-assisted co-exfoliation method. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2019.02.018DOI Listing
February 2019

A Follow-up Study of Cerebral Microbleeds in Patients Who Received Stents for Symptomatic Cerebral Artery Stenosis.

Ann Vasc Surg 2019 Feb 12. Epub 2019 Feb 12.

Department of Neurology, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangdong Neuroscience Institute, No. 106. Zhongshan Er Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, PR China, 510080. Electronic address:

Objective: The aims of this study were to explore (i) the dynamic changes in cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) in symptomatic cerebral artery stenosis patients who received endovascular stent-assisted angioplasty and (ii) the risk factors associated with the new incidence of CMBs as well as whether CMBs increased the risk of vascular events in these patients.

Methods: Clinical information and magnetic resonance images were collected on admission and three months after endovascular stent-assisted angioplasty. Based on susceptibility weighted imaging, the patients were divided into groups with or without newly developed CMBs, and between-group differences in risk factors were compared. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.avsg.2018.11.031DOI Listing
February 2019

Enhancing the Value of Histopathological Assessment of Allograft Biopsy Monitoring.

Transplantation 2019 Feb 6. Epub 2019 Feb 6.

Division of Transplant Pathology, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Introduction: Traditional histopathological allograft biopsy evaluation provides, within hours, diagnoses, prognostic information, and mechanistic insights into disease processes. However, proponents of an array of alternative monitoring platforms, broadly classified as "invasive" or "noninvasive" depending on whether allograft tissue is needed, question the value proposition of tissue histopathology. The authors explore the pros and cons of current analytical methods relative to the value of traditional and next generation histopathological evaluation of tissue biopsies. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/TP.0000000000002656DOI Listing
February 2019
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Academic and Community-Engaged Approach to Integrating Open Educational Resources in Population Health Course.

Nurse Educ 2019 Feb 11. Epub 2019 Feb 11.

Authors Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Nguyen-Truong), College of Nursing in Vancouver, Washington State University; and Assistant Professor (Dr Graves) and Clinical Associate Professor and RN-BSN and Professional Development Director (Dr Williams-Gilbert), College of Nursing in Spokane; and Head of Library Research and Instruction, Spokane Academic Library (Ms Enslow), Washington State University.

Background: Open educational resources (OERs) increase access to high-quality academic learning materials and promote affordable education in nursing.

Problem: Integrating OERs into existing nursing courses can be arduous for faculty.

Approach: An academic and community-engaged approach involved faculty, university librarians, and community stakeholders. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000653DOI Listing
February 2019

Tensioned Wire-Assisted Intramedullary Nail Treatment of Proximal Tibia Shaft Fractures: A Technical Trick.

J Orthop Trauma 2019 Mar;33(3):e104-e109

Division of Orthopaedic Trauma, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Miami, Miami, FL.

Proximal tibia shaft fractures are often challenging to manage because of their intrinsic tendency toward valgus and apex anterior deformity. In recent years, intramedullary nailing (IMN) has become more frequently used to treat these injuries, allowing for biologic advantages such as load-sharing, immediate weight-bearing, and avoidance of disruption of periosteal blood supply. Several adjunctive techniques, such as semiextended positioning, blocking screws, and external fixation, have been developed to assist with fracture reduction during IMN. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/BOT.0000000000001410DOI Listing

Sandwiching h-BN Monolayer Films between Sulfonated Poly(ether ether ketone) and Nafion for Proton Exchange Membranes with Improved Ion Selectivity.

ACS Nano 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Shenzhen Environmental Science and New Energy Technology Engineering Laboratory, Shenzhen Geim Graphene Center (SGC), Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) , Tsinghua University , Shenzhen 518055 , China.

Two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) has attracted great interest due to its excellent chemical and thermal stability, electrical insulating property, high proton conductivity, and good flexibility. Integration of 2D h-BN into commercial proton exchange membranes (PEMs) has the potential to improve ion selectivity while maintaining the proton conductivity of PEMs simultaneously, which has been a longstanding challenge in membrane separation technology. Until now, such attempts are only limited in mechanically exfoliated small area h-BN and in proof-of-concept devices, due to the difficulty of growing and transferring large area uniform h-BN monolayers. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.8b08680DOI Listing
February 2019

Unraveling the complex genome of Saccharum spontaneum using Polyploid Gene Assembler.

DNA Res 2019 Feb 14. Epub 2019 Feb 14.

Laboratório de Genômica e bioEnergia (LGE), Departamento de Genética, Evolução, Microbiologia e Imunologia, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil.

The Polyploid Gene Assembler (PGA), developed and tested in this study, represents a new strategy to perform gene-space assembly from complex genomes using low coverage DNA sequencing. The pipeline integrates reference-assisted loci and de novo assembly strategies to construct high-quality sequences focused on gene content. Pipeline validation was conducted with wheat (Triticum aestivum), a hexaploid species, using barley (Hordeum vulgare) as reference, that resulted in the identification of more than 90% of genes and several new genes. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/dnares/dsz001DOI Listing
February 2019

BioVR: a platform for virtual reality assisted biological data integration and visualization.

BMC Bioinformatics 2019 Feb 15;20(1):78. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, One Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY, 14623, USA.

Background: Functional characterization of single nucleotide variants (SNVs) involves two steps, the first step is to convert DNA to protein and the second step is to visualize protein sequences with their structures. As massively parallel sequencing has emerged as a leading technology in genomics, resulting in a significant increase in data volume, direct visualization of SNVs together with associated protein sequences/structures in a new user interface (UI) would be a more effective way to assess their potential effects on protein function.

Results: We have developed BioVR, an easy-to-use interactive, virtual reality (VR)-assisted platform for integrated visual analysis of DNA/RNA/protein sequences and protein structures using Unity3D and the C# programming language. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12859-019-2666-zDOI Listing
February 2019

Toward Candidate Proteomic Biomarkers in Clinical Monitoring of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Treatment with Arsenic Trioxide.

OMICS 2019 Feb;23(2):119-130

2 School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

The introduction of arsenic trioxide (ATO) in treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) has resulted in high clinical complete remission (CR) rates over 90%. On the contrary, the risk for early death (ED) in APL patients treated with ATO continues to have a negative impact for optimization of APL therapeutics. There is an urgent need for precision medicine and biomarkers in clinical monitoring of ATO toxicity in APL, and ED in particular. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/omi.2018.0178DOI Listing
February 2019

Surgical Treatment of Bronchiectasis: 5 Years of Experience at a Single Institution.

J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Department of Thoracic Surgery, The Second Hospital Affiliated to Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China.

Objective: The aim of this retrospective study was to present our surgical experience in patients with bronchiectasis who underwent thoracoscopy and to compare the results with those of patients who underwent thoracotomy.

Methods: We analyzed the medical records of patients who underwent lung resection to treat bronchiectasis through video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) or open lung resection between November 2012 and November 2017.

Results: In total, 99 patients were enrolled. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/lap.2018.0694DOI Listing
February 2019

Older Adult Consumers' Attitudes and Perceptions of Risk, Control, and Responsibility for Food Safety in the Domestic Kitchen.

J Food Prot 2019 Feb 15:371-378. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre, Food & Drink Research Unit, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales CF5 2YB (ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1523-1480 [E.W.E.]).

Although vast amounts of consumer food safety knowledge and self-reported data exist, attitudinal data detailing perceptions of risk, control, and responsibility are lacking. Such data relating to vulnerable groups, including older adults, are particularly scarce. Perception determination is essential in consumer food safety research to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the cognitive factors that may impact behavior. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-18-357DOI Listing
February 2019

Fentanyl and Drug Overdose: Perceptions of Fentanyl Risk, Overdose Risk Behaviors, and Opportunities for Intervention among People who use Opioids in Baltimore, USA.

Subst Use Misuse 2019 Feb 15:1-9. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

a Department of Health, Behavior, and Society , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , Baltimore , Maryland , USA.

Background: Fentanyl-related mortality has skyrocketed among people who use opioids (PWUO) in North America. The current study of PWUO aims to examine the perceived fentanyl risk and training needs; fatal overdose prevention behaviors; and, feasibility of a peer education approach to reducing fentanyl-related fatal overdoses in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Methods: 316 street-recruited PWUO were interviewed about fentanyl in Baltimore, MD. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2018.1555597DOI Listing
February 2019

Novel Prevention Procedure for Inguinal Hernia after Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy: Results from a Prospective Randomized Trial.

J Endourol 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Kanazawa, Japan ;

Objectives: To conduct a prospective randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a novel prophylactic procedure for inguinal hernia (IH) after transperitoneal robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP).

Materials And Methods: The prophylactic procedure for IH after RARP involved the dissection of the peritoneum approximately 5 cm outward from internal inguinal ring, separating the spermatic cord and vessels from the peritoneum. This was randomly performed on one side (left or right). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/end.2018.0898DOI Listing
February 2019

Robot-assisted pyeloplasty for ureteropelvic junction obstruction: experience from a tertiary referral centre.

Minerva Urol Nefrol 2019 Feb 14. Epub 2019 Feb 14.

Department of Urology, University of Florence, Careggi Hospital, Florence, Italy.

Background: The aim of the study was to describe the surgical outcomes of a series of consecutive patients treated with robot-assisted pyeloplasty (RAP) for ureteropelvic junction obstruction in a single tertiary referral centre.

Methods: We prospectively collected and retrospectively analysed data of 292 patients submitted to RAP performed from September 2011 to December 2016 by four experienced surgeons. The stenotic ureteropelvic junction was resected according to the Anderson-Hynes technique. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.23736/S0393-2249.19.03328-9DOI Listing
February 2019

Integration of a Raman spectroscopy system to a robotic-assisted surgical system for real-time tissue characterization during radical prostatectomy procedures.

J Biomed Opt 2019 Feb;24(2):1-10

Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, Canada.

Surgical excision of the whole prostate through a radical prostatectomy procedure is part of the standard of care for prostate cancer. Positive surgical margins (cancer cells having spread into surrounding nonresected tissue) occur in as many as 1 in 5 cases and strongly correlate with disease recurrence and the requirement of adjuvant treatment. Margin assessment is currently only performed by pathologists hours to days following surgery and the integration of a real-time surgical readout would benefit current prostatectomy procedures. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.24.2.025001DOI Listing
February 2019

Evaluation of equine corneal disease using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT).

Vet Ophthalmol 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Equine Ophthalmology Service, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Purpose: The purpose of this case series is to evaluate the use of spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) imaging in equine corneal disease to demonstrate the feasibility, diagnostic effectiveness, and limitations of this imaging modality.

Methods: Retrospective study: Handheld SD-OCT (Envisu, Bioptigen Inc, Morrisville, NC) was used for high-resolution imaging of horses with corneal disease presenting to the North Carolina State University Equine Ophthalmology Service from 2013 to 2018.

Results: Fourteen horses were included in this study, including six horses with corneal ulceration, three with stromal abscesses (SA), three with immune-mediated keratitis (IMMK), and two with ocular neoplasms. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/vop.12652DOI Listing
February 2019

How can we make pregnancy safe for women with Turner syndrome?

Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Endocrinology Department, Saint Antoine Hospital, Centre de Référence des Maladies Endocrines Rares de la Croissance, Filière FIRENDO, ENDO-ERN, Paris, France.

Pregnancy is a crucial issue in patients with Turner syndrome (TS). Although natural pregnancies have been reported in 4-7% of TS patients, most women will need assisted reproductive technologies (ART) with oocyte donation. The main issue is the maternal mortality rate that is higher than in the general population. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.c.31682DOI Listing
February 2019

Direct and Oriented Conversion of CO2 to Value-Added Aromatics.

Chemistry 2019 Feb 14. Epub 2019 Feb 14.

University of Toyama, Department of Applied Chemistry School of Engineering, Gofuku 3190, 930-8555, Toyama city, JAPAN.

The oriented conversion of CO2 to target high-valuable chemicals is an effective way to reduce carbon emissions, but it is still a challenge. In this report, we realized the oriented conversion of CO2 to value-added aromatics, especially para-xylene, in a single-pass by combining a core-shell structured Zn doped H-ZSM-5 (Zn-ZSM-5@SiO2) and a Cr2O3 component. Benefiting from the precise regulation of the acidic property of Zn-ZSM-5@SiO2, high para-xylene selectivity (38. Read More

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February 2019