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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214130/stability-of-sensory-topographies-in-adult-cortex
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Tamar R Makin, Sliman J Bensmaia
Textbooks teach us that the removal of sensory input to sensory cortex, for example, following arm amputation, results in massive reorganisation in the adult brain. In this opinion article, we critically examine evidence for functional reorganisation of sensory cortical representations, focusing on the sequelae of arm amputation on somatosensory topographies. Based on literature from human and non-human primates, we conclude that the cortical representation of the limb remains remarkably stable despite the loss of its main peripheral input...
February 14, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214042/erosive-pustular-dermatosis-of-the-scalp-clinical-trichoscopic-and-histopathologic-features-of-20-cases
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Michela Starace, Camilla Loi, Francesca Bruni, Aurora Alessandrini, Cosimo Misciali, Annalisa Patrizi, Bianca Maria Piraccini
BACKGROUND: Erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp is a chronic eruption that leads to scarring alopecia. OBJECTIVE: The clinical, dermoscopic, and histopathological features and the course of the disease in 20 patients were reviewed and compared with the reports in the literature. METHODS: Gender, age at diagnosis, age at onset, duration, topography, predisposing factors, concomitant diseases, trichoscopy, histology, treatment, and outcome were taken into consideration...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211468/long-lasting-solid-lubrication-by-cnt-coated-patterned-surfaces
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L Reinert, F Lasserre, C Gachot, P Grützmacher, T MacLucas, N Souza, F Mücklich, S Suarez
The use of lubricants (solid or liquid) is a well-known and suitable approach to reduce friction and wear of moving machine components. Another possibility to influence the tribological behaviour is the formation of well-defined surface topographies such as dimples, bumps or lattice-like pattern geometries by laser surface texturing. However, both methods are limited in their effect: surface textures may be gradually destroyed by plastic deformation and lubricants may be removed from the contact area, therefore no longer properly protecting the contacting surfaces...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211459/gravitational-body-forces-focus-north-american-intraplate-earthquakes
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Will Levandowski, Mark Zellman, Rich Briggs
Earthquakes far from tectonic plate boundaries generally exploit ancient faults, but not all intraplate faults are equally active. The North American Great Plains exemplify such intraplate earthquake localization, with both natural and induced seismicity generally clustered in discrete zones. Here we use seismic velocity, gravity and topography to generate a 3D lithospheric density model of the region; subsequent finite-element modelling shows that seismicity focuses in regions of high-gravity-derived deviatoric stress...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210572/endobronchial-solitary-fibrous-tumor
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Cristiano Claudino Oliveira, Marcelo Padovani Toledo de Moraes, Thomas Colby, Gilmar Felisberto Oliveira, Erica Nishida Hasimoto, Daniele Cristina Cataneo, Antônio José Maria Cataneo, Julio De Faveri
Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is a mesenchymal neoplasm that appears primarily in the pleura and rarely in intrapulmonary or endobronchial topography. The authors report the case of a 47-year-old woman who presented obstructive respiratory symptoms for 4 years. The chest computed tomography and bronchoscopy showed an obstructive polypoid lesion located between the trachea and the left main bronchus associated with distal atelectasis of the left lung. A resection of the lesion was performed and, macroscopically, the mass was oval, encapsulated, and firm, measuring 2...
October 2016: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210178/a-steep-peripheral-ring-in-irregular-cornea-topography-real-or-an-instrument-error
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Alicia Galindo-Ferreiro, Alberto Galvez-Ruiz, Silvana A Schellini, Julio Galindo-Alonso
PURPOSE: To demonstrate that the steep peripheral ring (red zone) on corneal topography after myopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) could possibly due to instrument error and not always to a real increase in corneal curvature. METHODS: A spherical model for the corneal surface and modifying topography software was used to analyze the cause of an error due to instrument design. This study involved modification of the software of a commercially available topographer...
July 2016: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209504/myopic-surface-ablation-in-asymmetrical-topographies-refractive-results-and-theoretical-corneal-elastic-response
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Luis F Brenner, Antonio Renna, Anna Pandolfi, Francisco C Martínez, Jorge L Alió
PURPOSE: To evaluate refractive results and the theoretical elastic response of photorefractive keratectomy in eyes with asymmetrical corneal surface and to compare such outcomes with a control-matched group of normal topographies. DESIGN: Retrospective interventional case series with matched comparison group. METHODS: 30 eyes with superior-inferior dioptric difference (SI index) > 1.40 D, were compared to 30 eyes with normal topographies...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208801/atomic-force-microscopy-a-powerful-tool-to-address-scaffold-design-in-tissue-engineering
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Marica Marrese, Vincenzo Guarino, Luigi Ambrosio
Functional polymers currently represent a basic component of a large range of biological and biomedical applications including molecular release, tissue engineering, bio-sensing and medical imaging. Advancements in these fields are driven by the use of a wide set of biodegradable polymers with controlled physical and bio-interactive properties. In this context, microscopy techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) are emerging as fundamental tools to deeply investigate morphology and structural properties at micro and sub-micrometric scale, in order to evaluate the in time relationship between physicochemical properties of biomaterials and biological response...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208793/chitosan-recombinamer-layer-by-layer-coatings-for-multifunctional-implants
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Jeevan Prasaad Govindharajulu, Xi Chen, Yuping Li, Jose Carlos Rodriguez-Cabello, Mrinal Battacharya, Conrado Aparicio
The main clinical problems for dental implants are (1) formation of biofilm around the implant-a condition known as peri-implantitis and (2) inadequate bone formation around the implant-lack of osseointegration. Therefore, developing an implant to overcome these problems is of significant interest to the dental community. Chitosan has been reported to have good biocompatibility and anti-bacterial activity. An osseo-inductive recombinant elastin-like biopolymer (P-HAP), that contains a peptide derived from the protein statherin, has been reported to induce biomineralization and osteoblast differentiation...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207837/factor-contribution-to-fire-occurrence-size-and-burn-probability-in-a-subtropical-coniferous-forest-in-east-china
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Tao Ye, Yao Wang, Zhixing Guo, Yijia Li
The contribution of factors including fuel type, fire-weather conditions, topography and human activity to fire regime attributes (e.g. fire occurrence, size distribution and severity) has been intensively discussed. The relative importance of those factors in explaining the burn probability (BP), which is critical in terms of fire risk management, has been insufficiently addressed. Focusing on a subtropical coniferous forest with strong human disturbance in East China, our main objective was to evaluate and compare the relative importance of fuel composition, topography, and human activity for fire occurrence, size and BP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206770/controlling-the-release-of-indomethacin-from-glass-solutions-layered-with-a-rate-controlling-membrane-using-fluid-bed-processing-part-1-surface-and-cross-sectional-chemical-analysis
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Aswin Dereymaker, David J Scurr, Elisabeth D Steer, Clive J Roberts, Guy Van den Mooter
Fluid bed coating has been shown to be a suitable manufacturing technique to formulate poorly soluble drugs in glass solutions. Layering inert carriers with a drug-polymer mixture enables these beads to be immediately filled into capsules, thus avoiding additional, potentially destabilizing, downstream processing. In this study fluid bed coating is proposed for the production of controlled release dosage forms of glass solutions by applying a second, rate controlling membrane on top of the glass solution. Adding a second coating layer adds to the physical and chemical complexity of the drug delivery system so a thorough understanding of the physical structure and phase behavior of the different coating layers is needed...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205270/anatomical-insights-of-the-palmaris-brevis-muscle-for-clinical-procedures-of-the-hand
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Da-Hye Kim, Jung-Hee Bae, Hee-Jin Kim
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of the present study is to provide useful data for anatomists and clinicians by describing the topography of the palmaris brevis muscle, taking particular note of its morphology and distribution pattern of the nerve and artery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-nine hands from adult cadavers were used in this study. Parameters with respect to the size, scale and location of the muscle were measured using a ultrasonography system, digital caliper and surgical microscope...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203471/lumbar-scoliosis-combined-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-and-herniation-diagnosed-patient-was-treated-with-u-route-transforaminal-percutaneous-endoscopic-lumbar-discectomy
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Binbin Wu, Shaobo Zhang, Qingquan Lian, Haibo Yan, Xianfa Lin, Gonghao Zhan
The objective was to report a case of a 63-year-old man with a history of low back pain (LBP) and left leg pain for 2 years, and the symptom became more serious in the past 5 months. The patient was diagnosed with lumbar scoliosis combined with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) and lumbar disc herniation (LDH) at the level of L4-5 that was confirmed using Computerized Topography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The surgical team preformed a novel technique, "U" route transforaminal percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD), which led to substantial, long-term success in reduction of pain intensity and disability...
2017: Case Reports in Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201879/full-dimensional-ground-and-excited-state-potential-energy-surfaces-and-state-couplings-for-photodissociation-of-thioanisole
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Shaohong L Li, Donald G Truhlar
Analytic potential energy surfaces (PESs) and state couplings of the ground and two lowest singlet excited states of thioanisole (C6H5SCH3) are constructed in a diabatic representation based on electronic structure calculations including dynamic correlation. They cover all 42 internal degrees of freedom and a wide range of geometries including the Franck-Condon region and the reaction valley along the breaking S-CH3 bond with the full ranges of the torsion angles. The parameters in the PESs and couplings are fitted to the results of smooth diabatic electronic structure calculations including dynamic electron correlation by the extended multi-configurational quasi-degenerate perturbation theory method for the adiabatic state energies followed by diabatization by the fourfold way...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199334/childhood-hematologic-cancer-and-residential-proximity-to-oil-and-gas-development
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Lisa M McKenzie, William B Allshouse, Tim E Byers, Edward J Bedrick, Berrin Serdar, John L Adgate
BACKGROUND: Oil and gas development emits known hematological carcinogens, such as benzene, and increasingly occurs in residential areas. We explored whether residential proximity to oil and gas development was associated with risk for hematologic cancers using a registry-based case-control study design. METHODS: Participants were 0-24 years old, living in rural Colorado, and diagnosed with cancer between 2001-2013. For each child in our study, we calculated inverse distance weighted (IDW) oil and gas well counts within a 16...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197824/in-vitro-cytotoxicity-and-surface-topography-evaluation-of-additive-manufacturing-titanium-implant-materials
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Jukka T Tuomi, Roy V Björkstrand, Mikael L Pernu, Mika V J Salmi, Eero I Huotilainen, Jan E H Wolff, Pekka K Vallittu, Antti A Mäkitie
Custom-designed patient-specific implants and reconstruction plates are to date commonly manufactured using two different additive manufacturing (AM) technologies: direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and electron beam melting (EBM). The purpose of this investigation was to characterize the surface structure and to assess the cytotoxicity of titanium alloys processed using DMLS and EBM technologies as the existing information on these issues is scarce. "Processed" and "polished" DMLS and EBM disks were assessed...
March 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197747/upper-alpha-based-neurofeedback-training-in-chronic-stroke-brain-plasticity-processes-and-cognitive-effects
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Silvia Erika Kober, Daniela Schweiger, Johanna Louise Reichert, Christa Neuper, Guilherme Wood
In the present study, we investigated the effects of upper alpha based neurofeedback (NF) training on electrical brain activity and cognitive functions in stroke survivors. Therefore, two single chronic stroke patients with memory deficits (subject A with a bilateral subarachnoid hemorrhage; subject B with an ischemic stroke in the left arteria cerebri media) and a healthy elderly control group (N = 24) received up to ten NF training sessions. To evaluate NF training effects, all participants performed multichannel electroencephalogram (EEG) resting measurements and a neuropsychological test battery assessing different cognitive functions before and after NF training...
February 14, 2017: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197339/refractive-topographic-and-aberrometric-results-at-2-year-follow-up-for-accelerated-corneal-cross-link-for-progressive-keratoconus
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Ercüment Bozkurt, Engin Bilge Ozgurhan, Betul Ilkay Sezgin Akcay, Tugba Kurt, Yusuf Yildirim, Zehra Karaagaç Günaydin, Ahmet Demirok
Purpose. To report the visual, refractive, and corneal topography and wavefront aberration results of accelerated corneal cross-linking (CXL) during a 24-month follow-up. Methods. Forty-seven eyes underwent riboflavin-ultraviolet A-induced accelerated CXL treatment (30 mW/cm(2) with a total dose of 7.2 joules/cm(2)). Uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), spherical and cylindrical values, keratometry (K) measurements (Ksteep, Kflat, Kavg, and Kapex), central corneal thickness, and anterior corneal aberrometric analyses including total wavefront error (WFE), total high order aberration (HOA), astigmatism, trefoil, coma, quadrafoil, secondary astigmatism, and spherical aberration were evaluated...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196961/bacterial-topography-of-the-healthy-human-lower-respiratory-tract
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Robert P Dickson, John R Erb-Downward, Christine M Freeman, Lisa McCloskey, Nicole R Falkowski, Gary B Huffnagle, Jeffrey L Curtis
Although culture-independent techniques have refuted lung sterility in health, controversy about contamination during bronchoscope passage through the upper respiratory tract (URT) has impeded research progress. We sought to establish whether bronchoscopic sampling accurately reflects the lung microbiome in health and to distinguish between two proposed routes of authentic microbial immigration, (i) dispersion along contiguous respiratory mucosa and (ii) subclinical microaspiration. During bronchoscopy of eight adult volunteers without lung disease, we performed seven protected specimen brushings (PSB) and bilateral bronchoalveolar lavages (BALs) per subject...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196339/acoustic-measurement-and-morphological-features-of-organic-sediment-deposits-in-combined-sewer-networks
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Iacopo Carnacina, Frédérique Larrarte, Nicoletta Leonardi
The performance of sewer networks has important consequences from an environmental and social point of view. Poor functioning can result in flood risk and pollution at a large scale. Sediment deposits forming in sewer trunks might severely compromise the sewer line by affecting the flow field, reducing cross-sectional areas, and increasing roughness coefficients. In spite of numerous efforts, the morphological features of these depositional environments remain poorly understood. The interface between water and sediment remains inefficiently identified and the estimation of the stock of deposit is frequently inaccurate...
January 26, 2017: Water Research
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