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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545224/natural-inspired-intelligent-visual-computing-and-its-application-to-viticulture
#1
Li Minn Ang, Kah Phooi Seng, Feng Lu Ge
This paper presents an investigation of natural inspired intelligent computing and its corresponding application towards visual information processing systems for viticulture. The paper has three contributions: (1) a review of visual information processing applications for viticulture; (2) the development of natural inspired computing algorithms based on artificial immune system (AIS) techniques for grape berry detection; and (3) the application of the developed algorithms towards real-world grape berry images captured in natural conditions from vineyards in Australia...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544957/zebrafish-as-a-visual-and-dynamic-model-to-study-the-transport-of-nanosized-drug-delivery-systems-across-the-biological-barriers
#2
Ye Li, Xiaoqing Miao, Tongkai Chen, Xiang Yi, Ruibing Wang, Haitao Zhao, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee, Xueqing Wang, Ying Zheng
With the wide application of nanotechnology to drug delivery systems, a simple, dynamic and visual in vivo model for high-throughput screening of novel formulations with fluorescence markers across biological barriers is desperately needed. In vitro cell culture models have been widely used, although they are far from a complimentary in vivo system. Mammalian animal models are common predictive models to study transport, but they are costly and time consuming. Zebrafish (Danio rerio), a small vertebrate model, have the potential to be developed as an "intermediate" model for quick evaluations...
May 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544060/predictive-factors-upon-discontinuation-of-renal-replacement-therapy-for-long-term-chronic-dialysis-and-death-in-acute-kidney-injury-patients
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Tingting Yang, Si Sun, Liping Lin, Mei Han, Qiang Liu, Xiaoxi Zeng, Yuliang Zhao, Yupei Li, Baihai Su, Songmin Huang, Lichuan Yang
The specific timing for discontinuing renal replacement therapy (RRT) in acute kidney injury (AKI) patients is debatable. The predictive abilities of variables at the time of discontinuation of RRT for the long-term prognoses of patients have not been explored. This study aimed to explore the prognostic factors upon discontinuation of RRT for long-term chronic dialysis and death of patients with acute RRT-requiring AKI, thus improving decision making regarding the discontinuation of RRT and the follow-up of patients thereafter...
May 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542070/collagen-elastin-and-collagen-glycosaminoglycan-scaffolds-promote-distinct-patterns-of-matrix-maturation-and-axial-vascularization-in-arteriovenous-loop-based-soft-tissue-flaps
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Volker J Schmidt, Johanna O Wietbrock, Nico Leibig, Torsten Gloe, Dominic Henn, J Frederik Hernekamp, Leila Harhaus, Ulrich Kneser
INTRODUCTION: Autologous free flaps are the criterion standard for reconstructions of complex soft tissue defects; however, they are limited by donor-site morbidities. The arteriovenous (AV) loop model enables the generation of soft tissue constructs based on acellular dermal matrices with a functional microvasculature and minimal donor site morbidity. The ideal scaffold for AV loop-based tissue engineering has not been determined. METHODS: AV loops were placed into subcutaneous isolation chambers filled with either a collagen-elastin scaffold or a collagen-glycosaminoglycan scaffold in the thighs of rats...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541933/liquid-gas-mass-transfer-at-drop-structures
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Natércia Matias, Asbjørn Haaning Nielsen, Jes Vollertsen, Filipa Ferreira, José Saldanha Matos
Over the last decades, considerable progress has been made in the understanding of the sulfur cycle in sewer systems. In spite of a wealth of experimental and field studies that have addressed the release of hydrogen sulfide from free surface flows in gravity sewers and the corresponding air-water mass transfer, little is known about hydrogen sulfide emission under highly turbulent conditions (e.g., drop structures, hydraulic jumps). In this study, experimental work was carried out to analyze the influence of characteristics of drops on reaeration...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541795/near-roadway-monitoring-of-vehicle-emissions-as-a-function-of-mode-of-operation-for-ldvs
#6
Dongqi Wen, Wenjuan Zhai, Sheng Xiang, Zhice Hu, Tongchuan Wei, Kenneth E Noll
Determination of the effect of vehicles emissions on air quality near roadways is important because vehicles are a major source of air pollution. A near roadway monitoring program was undertaken in Chicago between August 4 and October 30 2014 to measure ultrafine particles, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, traffic volume and speed, and wind direction and speed. The objective of this study was to develop a method to relate short term changes in traffic mode of operation to air quality near roadways using data averaged over 5 minute intervals to provide a better understanding of the processes controlling air pollution concentrations near roadways...
May 25, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541663/mechanistic-insight-into-the-reactivity-of-chlorine-derived-radicals-in-the-aqueous-phase-uv-chlorine-advanced-oxidation-process-quantum-mechanical-calculations
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Daisuke Minakata, Divya Kamath, Shaye Maetzold
The combined ultraviolet (UV) and free chlorine (UV/chlorine) advanced oxidation process that produces highly reactive hydroxyl radicals (HO•) and chlorine radicals (Cl•) is an attractive alternative to UV alone or chlorination for disinfection because of the destruction of a wide variety of organic compounds. However, concerns about the potential formation of chlorinated transformation products require an understanding of the radical-induced elementary reaction mechanisms and their reaction rate constants...
May 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541468/a-fast-and-exhaustive-method-for-heterogeneity-and-epistasis-analysis-based-on-multi-objective-optimization
#8
Xiong Li
Motivation: The existing epistasis analysis approaches have been criticized mainly for their: 1) ignoring heterogeneity during epistasis analysis; 2) high computational costs; and 3) volatility of performances and results. Therefore, they will not perform well in general, leading to lack of reproducibility and low power in complex disease association studies. Method: In this work, a fast scheme is proposed to accelerate exhaustive searching based on multi-objective optimization named ESMO for concurrently analyzing heterogeneity and epistasis phenomena...
May 24, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541376/dna-sequence-shape-kernel-enables-alignment-free-modeling-of-transcription-factor-binding
#9
Wenxiu Ma, Lin Yang, Remo Rohs, William Stafford Noble
Motivation: Transcription factors (TFs) bind to specific DNA sequence motifs. Several lines of evidence suggest that TF-DNA binding is mediated in part by properties of the local DNA shape: the width of the minor groove, the relative orientations of adjacent base pairs, etc. Several methods have been developed to jointly account for DNA sequence and shape properties in predicting TF binding affinity. However, a limitation of these methods is that they typically require a training set of aligned TF binding sites...
May 24, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541209/pairwise-force-sph-model-for-real-time-multi-interaction-applications
#10
Tao Yang, Ralph R Martin, Ming C Lin, Jian Chang, Shi-Min Hu
In this paper, we present a novel pairwise-force smoothed particle hydrodynamics (PF-SPH) model to allow modeling of various interactions at interfaces in real time. Realistic capture of interactions at interfaces is a challenging problem for SPH-based simulations, especially for scenarios involving multiple interactions at different interfaces. Our PF-SPH model can readily handle multiple kinds of interactions simultaneously in a single simulation; its basis is to use a larger support radius than that used in standard SPH...
May 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541207/an-efficient-fusion-based-defogging
#11
Jing-Ming Guo, Jin-Yu Syue, Vincent Radzicki, Hua Lee
Degradation in visibility is often introduced to images captured in poor weather conditions, such as fog or haze. To overcome this problem, conventional approaches focus mainly on the enhancement of the overall image contrast. However, because of the unspecified light-source distribution or unsuitable mathematical constraints of the cost functions, it is often difficult to achieve quality results. In this paper, a fusion-based transmission estimation method is introduced to adaptively combine two different transmission models...
May 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540527/alignment-of-inducible-vascular-progenitor-cells-on-a-micro-bundle-scaffold-improves-cardiac-repair-following-myocardial-infarction
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Anurag Jamaiyar, Weiguo Wan, Vahagn Ohanyan, Molly Enrick, Danielle Janota, Devan Cumpston, Hokyung Song, Kelly Stevanov, Christopher L Kolz, Tatev Hakobyan, Feng Dong, Bi-Min Zhang Newby, William M Chilian, Liya Yin
Ischemic heart disease is still the leading cause of death even with the advancement of pharmaceutical therapies and surgical procedures. Early vascularization in the ischemic heart is critical for a better outcome. Although stem cell therapy has great potential for cardiovascular regeneration, the ideal cell type and delivery method of cells have not been resolved. We tested a new approach of stem cell therapy by delivery of induced vascular progenitor cells (iVPCs) grown on polymer micro-bundle scaffolds in a rat model of myocardial infarction...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539924/therapeutic-development-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-or-their-extracellular-vesicles-to-inhibit-autoimmune-mediated-inflammatory-processes-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Juhi Sharma, Jeffrey M Hampton, Giancarlo R Valiente, Takuma Wada, Holly Steigelman, Matthew C Young, Rachel R Spurbeck, Alisa D Blazek, Steffi Bösh, Wael N Jarjour, Nicholas A Young
Since being discovered over half a century ago, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been investigated extensively to characterize their cellular and physiological influences. MSCs have been shown to possess immunosuppressive capacity through inhibiting lymphocyte activation/proliferation and proinflammatory cytokine secretion while simultaneously demonstrating limited allogenic reactivity, which subsequently led to the evaluation of therapeutic feasibility to treat inflammatory diseases. Although regulatory constraints have restricted MSC development pharmacologically, limited clinical studies have shown encouraging results using MSC infusions to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); but, more trials will have to be performed to conclusively determine the clinical efficacy of MSCs to treat SLE...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539609/manipulation-of-rat-movement-via-nigrostriatal-stimulation-controlled-by-human-visually-evoked-potentials
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Bonkon Koo, Chin Su Koh, Hae-Yong Park, Hwan-Gon Lee, Jin Woo Chang, Seungjin Choi, Hyung-Cheul Shin
Here, we report that the development of a brain-to-brain interface (BBI) system that enables a human user to manipulate rat movement without any previous training. In our model, the remotely-guided rats (known as ratbots) successfully navigated a T-maze via contralateral turning behaviour induced by electrical stimulation of the nigrostriatal (NS) pathway by a brain- computer interface (BCI) based on the human controller's steady-state visually evoked potentials (SSVEPs). The system allowed human participants to manipulate rat movement with an average success rate of 82...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538950/association-of-adjuvant-chemotherapy-with-survival-in-patients-with-stage-ii-or-iii-gastric-cancer
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Yuming Jiang, Tuanjie Li, Xiaoling Liang, Yanfeng Hu, Lei Huang, Zhenchen Liao, Liying Zhao, Zhen Han, Shuguang Zhu, Menglan Wang, Yangwei Xu, Xiaolong Qi, Hao Liu, Yang Yang, Jiang Yu, Wei Liu, Shirong Cai, Guoxin Li
Importance: The current staging system of gastric cancer is not adequate for defining a prognosis and predicting the patients most likely to benefit from chemotherapy. Objective: To construct a survival prediction model based on specific tumor and patient characteristics that enables individualized predictions of the net survival benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy for patients with stage II or stage III gastric cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this multicenter retrospective analysis, a survival prediction model was constructed using data from a training cohort of 746 patients with stage II or stage III gastric cancer who satisfied the study's inclusion criteria and underwent surgery between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2012, at Nanfang Hospital in Guangzhou, China...
May 24, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538871/what-do-cochrane-systematic-reviews-say-about-interventions-for-autism-spectrum-disorders
#16
Larissa Lyra, Luiz Eduardo Rizzo, Camila Sá Sunahara, Daniela Vianna Pachito, Carolina de Oliveira Cruz Latorraca, Ana Luiza Cabrera Martimbianco, Rachel Riera
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) include autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder. The manifestations of ASDs can have an important impact on learning and social functioning that may persist during adulthood. The aim here was to summarize the evidence from Cochrane systematic reviews on interventions for ASDs. DESIGN AND SETTING: Review of systematic reviews, conducted within the Discipline of Evidence-Based Medicine, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo...
March 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538399/prognostic-factors-for-tumor-recurrence-in-endometrioid-endometrial-cancer-stages-ia-and-ib
#17
Kyung Hee Han, Hee Seung Kim, Maria Lee, Hyun Hoon Chung, Yong Sang Song
Risk grouping for treatment and follow-up strategy of early stage endometrial cancer is confusing to apply in clinical conditions. We investigated the stage-based prognostic factors for tumor recurrence in stage I endometrial cancer with endometrioid histology (EEC).The medical records of women diagnosed with endometrial adenocarcinoma between 1993 and 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. In 521 patients with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) stage I EEC were included. The baseline patient characteristics were analyzed with the chi-square test and Fisher's exact tests...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538260/longitudinal-physical-activity-body-composition-and-physical-fitness-in-preschoolers
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Marja H Leppänen, Pontus Henriksson, Christine Delisle Nyström, Hanna Henriksson, Francisco B Ortega, Jeremy Pomeroy, Jonatan R Ruiz, Cristina Cadenas-Sanchez, Marie Löf
PURPOSE: To investigate longitudinal associations of objectively-measured physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior (SB) with body composition and physical fitness at a 12-month follow-up in healthy Swedish 4-year-old children. METHODS: The data from the population-based MINISTOP trial were collected between 2014-2016, and this study included the 138 children who were in the control group. PA and SB were assessed using the wrist-worn ActiGraph (wGT3x-BT) accelerometer during seven 24-hour periods, and subsequently, defined as SB, light-intensity PA (LPA), moderate-intensity PA (MPA), vigorous-intensity PA (VPA), and moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA)...
May 20, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538143/openrbc-a-fast-simulator-of-red-blood-cells-at%C3%A2-protein-resolution
#19
Yu-Hang Tang, Lu Lu, He Li, Constantinos Evangelinos, Leopold Grinberg, Vipin Sachdeva, George Em Karniadakis
We present OpenRBC, a coarse-grained molecular dynamics code, which is capable of performing an unprecedented in silico experiment-simulating an entire mammal red blood cell lipid bilayer and cytoskeleton as modeled by multiple millions of mesoscopic particles-using a single shared memory commodity workstation. To achieve this, we invented an adaptive spatial-searching algorithm to accelerate the computation of short-range pairwise interactions in an extremely sparse three-dimensional space. The algorithm is based on a Voronoi partitioning of the point cloud of coarse-grained particles, and is continuously updated over the course of the simulation...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537857/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-using-dermatologists-versus-pediatricians-to-treat-mild-to-moderate-acne
#20
Scott A Davis, Sebastian Himmler, Steven R Feldman
OBJECTIVE: To assess the cost-effectiveness from the payer perspective of using dermatologists versus pediatricians to treat acne in adolescents ages 10-18. METHODS: A Markov model was constructed to explore outcomes over a 2-year period from the US private payer perspective. Patients ages 10-18 with acne entered the model under the "dermatologist"and "pediatrician" conditions. In each 3-month cycle,each modeled patient received topical retinoids,benzoyl peroxide (BP), antibiotics, or no treatment,and could progress to an acne-free state or remain in an acne state...
May 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
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