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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340462/assessment-of-arsenic-and-fluorine-in-surface-soil-to-determine-environmental-and-health-risk-factors-in-the-comarca-lagunera-mexico
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Yareli A Sariñana-Ruiz, Jorge Vazquez-Arenas, Fabiola S Sosa-Rodríguez, Israel Labastida, Ma Aurora Armienta, Antonio Aragón-Piña, Miguel A Escobedo-Bretado, Laura S González-Valdez, Patricia Ponce-Peña, Hugo Ramírez-Aldaba, René H Lara
Total, bioaccessible and mobile concentrations of arsenic and fluorine are determined in polluted surface soil within the Comarca Lagunera region using standardized protocols to obtain a full description of the environmental behavior for these elements. The composition of mineral phases associated with them is evaluated with microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. Mineralogical characterizations indicate that ultra-fine particles (<1-5 μm) including mimetite-vanadite (Pb5(AsO4)3Cl, Pb5(AsO4, VO4)3Cl)-like, lead arseniate (Pb3(AsO4)2)-like and complex arsenic-bearing compounds are main arsenic-bearing phases, while fluorite (CaF2) is the only fluorine-bearing phase...
March 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340208/health-care-on-equal-terms-assessing-horizontal-equity-in-health-care-use-in-northern-sweden
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Miguel San Sebastián, Paola A Mosquera, Nawi Ng, Per E Gustafsson
The Swedish health care system has successively moved toward increased market-orientation, which has raised concerns as to whether Sweden still offers health on equal terms. To explore this issue, this study aimed (i) to assess if the principles of horizontal equity (equal access for equal need regardless of socio-economic factors) are met in Northern Sweden 2006-14; and (ii) to explore the contribution of different factors to the inequalities in access along the same period. Data came from cross sectional surveys known in 2006, 2010 and 2014 targeting 16-84-year-old residents in the four northern-most counties in Sweden...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340167/factors-influencing-cognitive-impairment-in-neuropathic-and-musculoskeletal-pain-and-fibromyalgia
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Begoña Ojeda, María Dueñas, Alejandro Salazar, Juan Antonio Mico, Luis Miguel Torres, Inmaculada Failde
Objective.:  To assess cognitive performance of chronic pain (CP) patients diagnosed with three types of pain-neuropathic pain (NP), musculoskeletal (MSK), and fibromyalgia (FM)-and to analyze the factors influencing cognitive difficulties in each group. Methods.:  Two hundred fifty-four CP patients-104 NP, 99 MSK, 51 FM-and 72 pain-free subjects were included in the study. The "Test Your Memory" (TYM) scale was used to assess cognitive performance. Pain intensity was measured by means of the visual analog scale (VAS); the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale was used to assess mental status, and the Medical Outcome Study (MOS) sleep scale to assess sleep quality...
March 13, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340112/long-term-mortality-of-patients-with-an-alcohol-related-wernicke-korsakoff-syndrome
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Arantza Sanvisens, Paola Zuluaga, Daniel Fuster, Inmaculada Rivas, Jordi Tor, Miguel Marcos, Antonio J Chamorro, Roberto Muga
Aims: To characterize a series of contemporary patients with alcohol-related Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) or Korsakoff's syndrome (KS) and to update the current prognosis of disease. Methods: Retrospective and prospective study of patients diagnosed with an alcohol-related WE or KS between 2002 and 2011 in a tertiary hospital. Socio-demographic, alcohol use characteristics, signs and symptoms, co-morbidity and blood parameters were obtained at admission. Patients were followed up until 2013 and causes of death were ascertained through the review of charts...
March 10, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339208/doubly-resonant-photonic-antenna-for-single-infrared-quantum-dot-imaging-at-telecommunication-wavelengths
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Zhihua Xie, Yannick Lefier, Miguel Angel Suarez, Mathieu Mivelle, Roland Salut, Jean-Marc Merolla, Thierry Grosjean
Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) have drawn strong interest in the past for their high prospects in scientific, medical, and industrial applications. However, the full characterization of these quantum emitters is currently restricted to the visible wavelengths, and it remains a key challenge to optically probe single CQDs operating in the infrared spectral domain, which is targeted by a growing number of applications. Here, we report the first experimental detection and imaging at room temperature of single infrared CQDs operating at telecommunication wavelengths...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335579/application-of-a-mems-based-trng-in-a-chaotic-stream-cipher
#6
Miguel Garcia-Bosque, Adrián Pérez, Carlos Sánchez-Azqueta, Santiago Celma
In this work, we used a sensor-based True Random Number Generator in order to generate keys for a stream cipher based on a recently published hybrid algorithm mixing Skew Tent Map and a Linear Feedback Shift Register. The stream cipher was implemented and tested in a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and was able to generate 8-bit width data streams at a clock frequency of 134 MHz, which is fast enough for Gigabit Ethernet applications. An exhaustive cryptanalysis was completed, allowing us to conclude that the system is secure...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335534/a-networked-sensor-system-for-the-analysis-of-plot-scale-hydrology
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German Villalba, Fernando Plaza, Xiaoyang Zhong, Tyler W Davis, Miguel Navarro, Yimei Li, Thomas A Slater, Yao Liang, Xu Liang
This study presents the latest updates to the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) testbed, a $50,000 USD, 104-node outdoor multi-hop wireless sensor network (WSN). The network collects environmental data from over 240 sensors, including the EC-5, MPS-1 and MPS-2 soil moisture and soil water potential sensors and self-made sap flow sensors, across a heterogeneous deployment comprised of MICAz, IRIS and TelosB wireless motes. A low-cost sensor board and software driver was developed for communicating with the analog and digital sensors...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335315/oxidation-of-co-and-methanol-on-pd-ni-catalysts-supported-on-different-chemically-treated-carbon-nanofibers
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Juan Carlos Calderón, Miguel Rios Ráfales, María Jesús Nieto-Monge, Juan Ignacio Pardo, Rafael Moliner, María Jesús Lázaro
In this work, palladium-nickel nanoparticles supported on carbon nanofibers were synthesized, with metal contents close to 25 wt % and Pd:Ni atomic ratios near to 1:2. These catalysts were previously studied in order to determine their activity toward the oxygen reduction reaction. Before the deposition of metals, the carbon nanofibers were chemically treated in order to generate oxygen and nitrogen groups on their surface. Transmission electron microscopy analysis (TEM) images revealed particle diameters between 3 and 4 nm, overcoming the sizes observed for the nanoparticles supported on carbon black (catalyst Pd-Ni CB 1:2)...
October 18, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334866/c9orf72-and-rab7l1-regulate-vesicle-trafficking-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-frontotemporal-dementia
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Yoshitsugu Aoki, Raquel Manzano, Yi Lee, Ruxandra Dafinca, Misako Aoki, Andrew G L Douglas, Miguel A Varela, Chaitra Sathyaprakash, Jakub Scaber, Paola Barbagallo, Pieter Vader, Imre Mäger, Kariem Ezzat, Martin R Turner, Naoki Ito, Samanta Gasco, Norihiko Ohbayashi, Samir El Andaloussi, Shin'ichi Takeda, Mitsunori Fukuda, Kevin Talbot, Matthew J A Wood
A non-coding hexanucleotide repeat expansion in intron 1 of the C9orf72 gene is the most common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia (C9ALS/FTD), however, the precise molecular mechanism by which the C9orf72 hexanucleotide repeat expansion directs C9ALS/FTD pathogenesis remains unclear. Here, we report a novel disease mechanism arising due to the interaction of C9ORF72 with the RAB7L1 GTPase to regulate vesicle trafficking. Endogenous interaction between C9ORF72 and RAB7L1 was confirmed in human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells...
February 23, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334745/disease-correction-by-aav-mediated-gene-therapy-in-a-new-mouse-model-of-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-iiid
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Carles Roca, Sandra Motas, Sara Marcó, Albert Ribera, Víctor Sánchez, Xavier Sánchez, Joan Bertolin, Xavier León, Jennifer Pérez, Miguel Garcia, Pilar Villacampa, Jesús Ruberte, Anna Pujol, Virginia Haurigot, Fatima Bosch
Gene therapy is a promising therapeutic alternative for Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSD), as it is not necessary to correct the genetic defect in all cells of an organ to achieve therapeutically significant levels of enzyme in body fluids, from which non-transduced cells can uptake the protein correcting their enzymatic deficiency. Animal models are instrumental in the development of new treatments for LSD. Here we report the generation of the first mouse model of the LSD Muccopolysaccharidosis Type IIID (MPSIIID), also known as Sanfilippo syndrome type D...
February 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334696/effects-of-hypergravity-on-the-angiogenic-potential-of-endothelial-cells
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Raquel Costa-Almeida, Daniel T O Carvalho, Miguel J S Ferreira, Guilherme Aresta, Manuela E Gomes, Jack J W A van Loon, Kim Van der Heiden, Pedro L Granja
Angiogenesis, the formation of blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is a key event in pathology, including cancer progression, but also in homeostasis and regeneration. As the phenotype of endothelial cells (ECs) is continuously regulated by local biomechanical forces, studying endothelial behaviour in altered gravity might contribute to new insights towards angiogenesis modulation. This study aimed at characterizing EC behaviour after hypergravity exposure (more than 1g), with special focus on cytoskeleton architecture and capillary-like structure formation...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334121/interspersed-distribution-of-selectivity-to-kinematic-stimulus-features-in-supragranular-layers-of-mouse-barrel-cortex
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Francisco J Martini, Manuel Molano-Mazón, Miguel Maravall
Neurons in the primary sensory regions of neocortex have heterogeneous response properties. The spatial arrangement of neurons with particular response properties is a key aspect of population representations and can shed light on how local circuits are wired. Here, we investigated how neurons with sensitivity to different kinematic features of whisker stimuli are distributed across local circuits in supragranular layers of the barrel cortex. Using 2-photon calcium population imaging in anesthetized mice, we found that nearby neurons represent diverse kinematic features, providing a rich population representation at the local scale...
February 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334026/exploring-the-link-between-multiscale-entropy-and-fractal-scaling-behavior-in-near-surface-wind
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Miguel Nogueira
The equivalency between the power law behavior of Multiscale Entropy (MSE) and of power spectra opens a promising path for interpretation of complex time-series, which is explored here for the first time for atmospheric fields. Additionally, the present manuscript represents a new independent empirical validation of such relationship, the first one for the atmosphere. The MSE-fractal relationship is verified for synthetic fractal time-series covering the full range of exponents typically observed in the atmosphere...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333990/creativity-associated-with-the-application-of-a-motivational-intervention-programme-for-the-teaching-of-dance-at-school-and-its-effect-on-the-both-genders
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Diana Amado, Pedro Antonio Sánchez-Miguel, Pablo Molero
The current study reviews processes of teaching-learning based on creativity, with the application by teachers of several strategies to support the need for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. The aim is to learn the effect of pupil's gender on their motivational level and the psychological consequences that might arise in the cognitive, affective, and behavioural domains. A quasi-experimental study was carried out at four schools in Mexico, with 12 physical education teachers and 40 natural groups of pupils aged between 11 and 17 (M = 13...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333915/directed-differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-into-functional-cholangiocyte-like-cells
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Fotios Sampaziotis, Miguel Cardoso de Brito, Imbisaat Geti, Alessandro Bertero, Nicholas Rf Hannan, Ludovic Vallier
The difficulty in isolating and propagating functional primary cholangiocytes is a major limitation in the study of biliary disorders and the testing of novel therapeutic agents. To overcome this problem, we have developed a platform for the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) into functional cholangiocyte-like cells (CLCs). We have previously reported that our 26-d protocol closely recapitulates key stages of biliary development, starting with the differentiation of hPSCs into endoderm and subsequently into foregut progenitor (FP) cells, followed by the generation of hepatoblasts (HBs), cholangiocyte progenitors (CPs) expressing early biliary markers and mature CLCs displaying cholangiocyte functionality...
April 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333775/pigmented-villonodular-synovitis-of-the-temporomandibular-joint-with-petrous-bone-invasion
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Miguel Vaca, Ruben Polo, Juan Martínez-San-Millán, Maria Eugenia Reguero, Cecilia Pérez, Adela Cordero, Maria Del Mar Medina, Ignacio Cobeta
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 22, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333621/reconstructing-evolving-tree-structures-in-time-lapse-sequences-by-enforcing-time-consistency
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Przemyslaw Glowacki, Miguel Amavel Pinheiro, Agata Mosinska, Engin Turetken, Daniel Lebrecht, Anthony Holtmaat, Raphael Sznitman, Jan Kybic, Pascal Fua
We propose a novel approach to reconstructing curvilinear tree structures evolving over time, such as road networks in 2D aerial images or neural structures in 3D microscopy stacks acquired in vivo. To enforce temporal consistency, we simultaneously process all images in a sequence, as opposed to reconstructing structures of interest in each image independently. We formulate the problem as a Quadratic Mixed Integer Program and demonstrate the additional robustness that comes from using all available visual clues at once, instead of working frame by frame...
March 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333425/aps-awards-outstanding-high-school-students-at-the-annual-intel-international-science-and-engineering-fair
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Carmen De Miguel, Anna Stanhewicz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: Physiologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333288/exposure-efficacy-relationships-for-vedolizumab-induction-therapy-in-patients-with-ulcerative-colitis-or-crohn-s-disease
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Maria Rosario, Jonathan L French, Nathanael L Dirks, Serap Sankoh, Asit Parikh, Huyuan Yang, Silvio Danese, Jean-Frédéric Colombel, Michael Smyth, William J Sandborn, Brian G Feagan, Walter Reinisch, Bruce E Sands, Miguel Sans, Irving Fox
Background and Aims: A positive relationship between vedolizumab trough serum concentrations and clinical outcomes in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn's disease (CD) has been reported. Here we further explore exposure-efficacy relationships for vedolizumab induction therapy in post hoc analyses of GEMINI study data. Methods: Vedolizumab trough concentrations at Week 6 or 10 were grouped in quartiles and clinical outcome rates calculated. Exposure-efficacy relationships at Week 6 and potential baseline covariate effects were explored using logistic regression and individual predicted cumulative average concentration through Week 6 (Caverage) as exposure measure...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333123/objective-video-quality-assessment-based-on-machine-learning-for-underwater-scientific-applications
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José-Miguel Moreno-Roldán, Miguel-Ángel Luque-Nieto, Javier Poncela, Pablo Otero
Video services are meant to be a fundamental tool in the development of oceanic research. The current technology for underwater networks (UWNs) imposes strong constraints in the transmission capacity since only a severely limited bitrate is available. However, previous studies have shown that the quality of experience (QoE) is enough for ocean scientists to consider the service useful, although the perceived quality can change significantly for small ranges of variation of video parameters. In this context, objective video quality assessment (VQA) methods become essential in network planning and real time quality adaptation fields...
March 23, 2017: Sensors
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