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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641265/a-new-method-for-neural-spike-alignment-the-centroid-filter
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Benjamin Metcalfe, Chris Clarke, Nick Donaldson, John Taylor
Recordings made directly from the nervous system are a key tool in experimental electrophysiology and the development of bioelectronic medicines. Analysis of these recordings involves the identification of signals from individual neurons, a process known as spike sorting. A critical and limiting feature of spike sorting is the need to align individual spikes in time. However, electrophysiological recordings are made in extremely noisy environments that seriously limit the performance of the spike-alignment process...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640993/locking-in-optimal-nanoscale-structure-induced-by-naphthalenediimide-based-polymeric-additive-enables-efficient-and-stable-inverted-polymer-solar-cells
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Kwang Hyun Park, Yujin An, Seungon Jung, Hyesung Park, Changduk Yang
Operational stability and high performance are the most critical issues that must be addressed in order to propel and advance the current polymer solar cell (PSC) technology to the next level such as manufacturing and mass production. Herein, we report a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 11.2% together with an excellent device stability in PTB7-Th:PC71BM-based PSCs in the inverted structure by introducing the n-type P(NDI2OD-T2) macromolecular additive (>75% PCE retention at high temperature up to 120 °C, >97% PCE retention after 6 months in inert conditions, >93% PCE retention after 2 months in air with encapsulation, and >80% PCE retention after 140 h in air without encapsulation)...
June 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640386/photoresponsive-smart-coloration-electrochromic-supercapacitor
#3
Tae Gwang Yun, Donghyuk Kim, Yong Ho Kim, Minkyu Park, Seungmin Hyun, Seung Min Han
Electrochromic devices have been widely adopted in energy saving applications by taking advantage of the electrode coloration, but it is critical to develop a new electrochromic device that can undergo smart coloration and can have a wide spectrum in transmittance in response to input light intensity while also functioning as a rechargeable energy storage system. In this study, a photoresponsive electrochromic supercapacitor based on cellulose-nanofiber/Ag-nanowire/reduced-graphene-oxide/WO3 -composite electrode that is capable of undergoing "smart" reversible coloration while simultaneously functioning as a reliable energy-storage device is developed...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632792/identification-of-cell-proliferation-immune-response-and-cell-migration-as-critical-pathways-in-a-prognostic-signature-for-her2-er%C3%AE-breast-cancer
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Jeffrey C Liu, Miriam Zacksenhouse, Andrea Eisen, Sharon Nofech-Mozes, Eldad Zacksenhaus
BACKGROUND: Multi-gene prognostic signatures derived from primary tumor biopsies can guide clinicians in designing an appropriate course of treatment. Identifying genes and pathways most essential to a signature performance may facilitate clinical application, provide insights into cancer progression, and uncover potentially new therapeutic targets. We previously developed a 17-gene prognostic signature (HTICS) for HER2+:ERα- breast cancer patients, using genes that are differentially expressed in tumor initiating cells (TICs) versus non-TICs from MMTV-Her2/neu mammary tumors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628239/recent-progress-on-advanced-materials-for-solid-oxide-fuel-cells-operating-below-500-%C3%A2-c
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REVIEW
Yuan Zhang, Ruth Knibbe, Jaka Sunarso, Yijun Zhong, Wei Zhou, Zongping Shao, Zhonghua Zhu
Solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are electricity generators that can convert the chemical energy in various fuels directly to the electric power with high efficiency. Recent advances in materials and related key components for SOFCs operating at ≈500 °C are summarized here, with a focus on the materials, structures, and techniques development for low-temperature SOFCs, including the analysis of most of the critical parameters affecting the electrochemical performance of the electrolyte, anode, and cathode...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627505/monitoring-alert-and-drowsy-states-by-modeling-eeg-source-nonstationarity
#6
Sheng-Hsiou Hsu, Tzyy-Ping Jung
As a human brain performs various cognitive functions within ever-changing environments, states of the brain characterized by recorded brain activities such as electroencephalogram (EEG) are inevitably nonstationary. The challenges of analyzing the nonstationary EEG signals include finding neurocognitive sources that underlie different brain states and using EEG data to quantitatively assess the state changes. Approach. This study hypothesizes that brain activities under different states, e.g. levels of alertness, can be modeled as distinct compositions of statistically independent sources using independent component analysis (ICA)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625260/-predictive-value-of-four-different-scoring-systems-for-septic-patient-s-outcome-a-retrospective-analysis-with-311-patients
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Shengbiao Wang, Tao Li, Yunfeng Li, Jianwen Zhang, Xingui Dai
OBJECTIVE: To study the predicting value of four different scoring systems such as the acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHE II) score, sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score, quick SOFA (qSOFA) score and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) score for the prognosis of septic patients. METHODS: A retrospective analysis were conducted. Septic patients in intensive care unit (ICU) of the First People's Hospital of Chenzhou form July 1st, 2012 to June 30th, 2016 were enrolled...
February 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624273/temporal-and-spatial-water-use-on-irrigated-and-nonirrigated-pasture-based-dairy-farms
#8
C D Higham, D Horne, R Singh, B Kuhn-Sherlock, M R Scarsbrook
Robust information for water use on pasture-based dairy farms is critical to farmers' attempts to use water more efficiently and the improved allocation of freshwater resources to dairy farmers. To quantify the water requirements of dairy farms across regions in a practicable manner, it will be necessary to develop predictive models. The objectives of this study were to compare water use on a group of irrigated and nonirrigated farms, validate existing water use models using the data measured on the group of nonirrigated farms, and modify the model so that it can be used to predict water use on irrigated dairy farms...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621831/a-new-rat-model-of-seizures-suitable-for-screening-antiepileptic-electrical-stimulation-therapies
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Cristian Sevcencu, Jianhang Jiao, Kristian Rauhe Harreby, Winnie Jensen
The antiepileptic effects of the electrical stimulation therapies developed for patients with intractable epilepsies depend critically on the stimulation parameters, including the pulse duration, current, and frequency. Consequently, optimization of such therapies requires many animals for testing each of the stimulation parameters alone or in combination, which is costly and time consuming. This drawback could be reduced by testing several stimulation paradigms in each animal, but this requires an animal model of long-lasting seizures allowing such repetitive tests...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619585/sensitivity-enhancement-by-chromatographic-peak-concentration-with-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-for-minor-impurity-analysis
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Takashi Tokunaga, Ken-Ichi Akagi, Masahiko Okamoto
High performance liquid chromatography can be coupled with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to give a powerful analytical method known as liquid chromatography-nuclear magnetic resonance (LC-NMR) spectroscopy, which can be used to determine the chemical structures of the components of complex mixtures. However, intrinsic limitations in the sensitivity of NMR spectroscopy have restricted the scope of this procedure, and resolving these limitations remains a critical problem for analysis. In this study, we coupled ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) with NMR to give a simple and versatile analytical method with higher sensitivity than conventional LC-NMR...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615003/3d-deep-convolutional-neural-networks-for-amino-acid-environment-similarity-analysis
#11
Wen Torng, Russ B Altman
BACKGROUND: Central to protein biology is the understanding of how structural elements give rise to observed function. The surfeit of protein structural data enables development of computational methods to systematically derive rules governing structural-functional relationships. However, performance of these methods depends critically on the choice of protein structural representation. Most current methods rely on features that are manually selected based on knowledge about protein structures...
June 14, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613391/evaluation-of-five-diffeomorphic-image-registration-algorithms-for-mouse-brain-magnetic-resonance-microscopy
#12
Zhenrong Fu, Lan Lin, Miao Tian, Jingxuan Wang, Baiwen Zhang, Pingping Chu, Shaowu Li, Muhammad Mohsin Pathan, Yulin Deng, Shuicai Wu
The development of genetically engineered mouse models for neuronal diseases and behavioural disorders have generated a growing need for small animal imaging. High-resolution magnetic resonance microscopy (MRM) provides powerful capabilities for noninvasive studies of mouse brains, while avoiding some limits associated with the histological procedures. Quantitative comparison of structural images is a critical step in brain imaging analysis, which highly relies on the performance of image registration techniques...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608135/can-proportional-ventilation-modes-facilitate-exercise-in-critically-ill-patients-a-physiological-cross-over-study-pressure-support-versus-proportional-ventilation-during-lower-limb-exercise-in-ventilated-critically-ill-patients
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Evangelia Akoumianaki, Nicolas Dousse, Aissam Lyazidi, Jean-Claude Lefebvre, Severine Graf, Ricardo Luiz Cordioli, Nathalie Rey, Jean-Christophe Marie Richard, Laurent Brochard
BACKGROUND: Early exercise of critically ill patients may have beneficial effects on muscle strength, mass and systemic inflammation. During pressure support ventilation (PSV), a mismatch between demand and assist could increase work of breathing and limit exercise. A better exercise tolerance is possible with a proportional mode of ventilation (Proportional Assist Ventilation, PAV+ and Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist, NAVA). We examined whether, in critically ill patients, PSV and proportional ventilation have different effects on respiratory muscles unloading and work efficiency during exercise...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604795/individual-differences-in-dual-target-rsvp-task-performance-relate-to-entrainment-but-not-to-individual-alpha-frequency
#14
Cornelia Kranczioch
The attentional blink (AB) paradigm is widely used to study visual temporal attention. An important feature of the standard AB paradigm is repetitive visual stimulation, more precisely the rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) of numerous distracters interspersed with two targets. The RSVP stream is likely to result in entrainment of visual cortex, which has been suggested to negatively affect target identification in the AB paradigm. The present EEG study tested this idea with an inter-individual differences approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596738/intensity-and-duration-based-options-to-regulate-endurance-training
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Peter Hofmann, Gerhard Tschakert
The regulation of endurance training is usually based on the prescription of exercise intensity. Exercise duration, another important variable of training load, is rarely prescribed by individual measures and mostly set from experience. As the specific exercise duration for any intensity plays a substantial role regarding the different kind of cellular stressors, degree, and kind of fatigue as well as training effects, concepts integrating the prescription of both intensity and duration within one model are needed...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595614/a-multicentre-randomised-intervention-study-of-the-paediatric-early-warning-score-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#16
Claus Sixtus Jensen, Hanne Aagaard, Hanne Vebert Olesen, Hans Kirkegaard
BACKGROUND: Patients' evolving critical illness can be predicted and prevented. However, failure to identify the signs of critical illness and subsequent lack of appropriate action for patients developing acute and critical illness remain a problem. Challenges in assessing whether a child is critically ill may be due to children's often uncharacteristic symptoms of serious illness. Children may seem relatively unaffected until shortly before circulatory and respiratory failure and cardiac arrest...
June 8, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595589/a-comparison-of-approaches-for-adjudicating-outcomes-in-clinical-trials
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Brennan C Kahan, Brian Feagan, Vipul Jairath
BACKGROUND: Incorrect classification of outcomes in clinical trials can lead to biased estimates of treatment effect and reduced power. Ensuring appropriate adjudication methods to minimize outcome misclassification is therefore essential. While there are many reported adjudication approaches, there is little consensus over which approach is best. METHODS: Under the assumption of non-differential assessment (i.e. that misclassification rates are the same in each treatment arm, as would typically be the case when outcome assessors are blinded), we use simulation and theoretical results to address four different questions about outcome adjudication: (a) How many assessors should be used? (b) When is it better to use onsite or central assessment? (c) Should central assessors adjudicate all outcomes, or only suspected events? (d) Should central assessment with multiple assessors be done independently or through group consensus? RESULTS: No one adjudication approach performs optimally in all settings...
June 8, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592652/pedigree-based-analysis-in-a-multiparental-population-of-octoploid-strawberry-reveals-qtl-alleles-conferring-resistance-to-phytophthora-cactorum
#18
Jozer Mangandi, Sujeet Verma, Luis Osorio, Natalia A Peres, Eric van de Weg, Vance M Whitaker
Understanding the genetic architecture of traits in breeding programs can be critical for making genetic progress. Important factors include the number of loci controlling a trait, allele frequencies at those loci, and allele effects in breeding germplasm. To this end, multiparental populations offer many advantages for quantitative trait locus (QTL) analyses compared to biparental populations. These include increased power for QTL detection, the ability to sample a larger number of segregating loci and alleles, and estimation of allele effects across diverse genetic backgrounds...
June 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592495/genomes-of-the-mouse-collaborative-cross
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Anuj Srivastava, Andrew P Morgan, Maya L Najarian, Vishal Kumar Sarsani, J Sebastian Sigmon, John R Shorter, Anwica Kashfeen, Rachel C McMullan, Lucy H Williams, Paola Giusti-Rodríguez, Martin T Ferris, Patrick Sullivan, Pablo Hock, Darla R Miller, Timothy A Bell, Leonard McMillan, Gary A Churchill, Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena
The Collaborative Cross (CC) is a multiparent panel of recombinant inbred (RI) mouse strains derived from eight founder laboratory strains. RI panels are popular because of their long-term genetic stability, which enhances reproducibility and integration of data collected across time and conditions. Characterization of their genomes can be a community effort, reducing the burden on individual users. Here we present the genomes of the CC strains using two complementary approaches as a resource to improve power and interpretation of genetic experiments...
June 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589013/quality-assurance-of-medicines-supplied-to-low-income-and-middle-income-countries-poor-products-in-shiny-boxes
#20
A Nebot Giralt, B Schiavetti, B Meessen, C Pouget, J M Caudron, B Marchal, P Massat, S Thys, R Ravinetto
OBJECTIVE: In today's context of globalisation of pharmaceutical production and distribution, international and national procurement agencies play a de facto key role in defining the quality of medicines available in sub-Saharan Africa. We evaluated the compliance of a sample of pharmaceutical distributors active in sub-Saharan Africa with the standards of the WHO guideline 'Model Quality Assurance System (WHO MQAS) for procurement agencies', and we investigated factors favouring or hindering the adequate implementation of the guideline...
March 2017: BMJ Global Health
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