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Omar W Heyward, Lucas M Rabello, Lucas van der Woude, Inge van den Akker-Scheek, Alli Gokeler, Henk van der Worp, Johannes Zwerver
OBJECTIVES: To observe the changes in Achilles tendon structure in novice runners, with loading prescriptions of 100% body weight compared to 20% body weight. DESIGN: Randomised crossover. METHODS: Twenty novice runners participated in two separate running bouts spaced 14days apart, one of high load at 100% body weight, and one of low load at 20% body weight. Tendon structure was measured by ultrasonographic tissue characterisation on 6 occasions; immediately prior to each run, 2 and 7days after each run...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Jun Yang Siu, Chenhui Liu, Yufeng Zhou
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been emerging as an effective and noninvasive modality in cancer treatment with very promising clinical results. However, a small vessel in the focal region could be ruptured, which is an important concern for the safety of HIFU ablation. In this study, lesion formation in the polyacrylamide gel phantom embedded with different tubing (inner diameters of 0.76 mm and 3 mm) at varied flow speeds (17-339 cm/s) by HIFU ablation was photographically recorded. Produced lesions have decreased length (~30%) but slightly increased width (~6%) in comparison to that without the embedded tubing...
2017: PloS One
Seung Hyun Lee, Young Han Lee, Seok Hahn, Jaemoon Yang, Ho-Taek Song, Jin-Suck Suh
Background Synthetic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows reformatting of various synthetic images by adjustment of scanning parameters such as repetition time (TR) and echo time (TE). Optimized MR images can be reformatted from T1, T2, and proton density (PD) values to achieve maximum tissue contrast between joint fluid and adjacent soft tissue. Purpose To demonstrate the method for optimization of TR and TE by synthetic MRI and to validate the optimized images by comparison with conventional shoulder MR arthrography (MRA) images...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
Christian Lemmerz, Oliver Lux, Oliver Reitebuch, Benjamin Witschas, Christian Wührer
We report on the design and performance of the laser deployed in the airborne demonstrator Doppler wind lidar for the Aeolus mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). The all-solid-state, diode-pumped and frequency-tripled Nd:YAG laser is realized as a master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) system, generating 60 mJ of single-frequency pulses at 355 nm wavelength, 50 Hz repetition rate and 20 ns pulse duration. For the measurement of the Doppler frequency shift over several accumulated laser shots, the frequency stability of the laser is of crucial importance...
November 10, 2017: Applied Optics
J F M van Rens, W Verhoeven, J G H Franssen, A C Lassise, X F D Stragier, E R Kieft, P H A Mutsaers, O J Luiten
We present a theoretical description of resonant radiofrequency (RF) deflecting cavities in TM110 mode as dynamic optical elements for ultrafast electron microscopy. We first derive the optical transfer matrix of an ideal pillbox cavity and use a Courant-Snyder formalism to calculate the 6D phase space propagation of a Gaussian electron distribution through the cavity. We derive closed, analytic expressions for the increase in transverse emittance and energy spread of the electron distribution. We demonstrate that for the special case of a beam focused in the center of the cavity, the low emittance and low energy spread of a high quality beam can be maintained, which allows high-repetition rate, ultrafast electron microscopy with 100 fs temporal resolution combined with the atomic resolution of a high-end TEM...
October 12, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
Simona Boncompagni, Antonio Michelucci, Laura Pietrangelo, Robert T Dirksen, Feliciano Protasi
Store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE), a ubiquitous mechanism that allows recovery of Ca(2+) ions from the extracellular space, has been proposed to limit fatigue during repetitive skeletal muscle activity. However, the subcellular location for SOCE in muscle fibers has not been unequivocally identified. Here we show that exercise drives a significant remodeling of the sarcotubular system to form previously unidentified junctions between the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) and transverse-tubules (TTs). We also demonstrate that these new SR-TT junctions contain the molecular machinery that mediate SOCE: stromal interaction molecule-1 (STIM1), which functions as the SR Ca(2+) sensor, and Orai1, the Ca(2+)-permeable channel in the TT...
October 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Xi Peng, Fan Lam, Yudu Li, Bryan Clifford, Zhi-Pei Liang
PURPOSE: To map brain metabolites and tissue magnetic susceptibility simultaneously using a single three-dimensional (1) H-MRSI acquisition without water suppression. METHODS: The proposed technique builds on a subspace imaging method called spectroscopic imaging by exploiting spatiospectral correlation (SPICE), which enables ultrashort echo time (TE)/short pulse repetition time (TR) acquisitions for (1) H-MRSI without water suppression. This data acquisition scheme simultaneously captures both the spectral information of brain metabolites and the phase information of the water signals that is directly related to tissue magnetic susceptibility variations...
October 24, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
M Angeles Cerezo, Purificación Sierra-García, Gemma Pons-Salvador, Rosa M Trenado
This study aimed to investigate the influence of parental gender on their interaction with their infants, considering, as well, the role of the infant's gender. The State Space Grid (SSG) method, a graphical tool based on the non-linear dynamic system (NDS) approach was used to analyze the interaction, in Free-Play setting, of 52 infants, aged 6 to 10 months, divided into two groups: half of the infants interacted with their fathers and half with their mothers. There were 50% boys in each group. MANOVA results showed no differential parenting of boys and girls...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
Cristina Roces Montero, Beatriz Sierra Y Arizmendiarrieta
BACKGROUND: University lecturers often complain about their students’ lack of learning strategies, but not many universities in Spain offer specific courses in this area. Studies on their effectiveness are also rare. METHOD: This study presents the results of a Learning Strategies Course implemented at the School of Teacher Training and Education, University of Oviedo, Spain. A quasi-experimental design was used with an experi-mental (n = 60) and a control group (n = 57) of students on the Educational Psychology course...
November 2017: Psicothema
Rui Hu, Shutian Liu, Quhao Li
For the development of a large-aperture space telescope, one of the key techniques is the method for designing the flexures for mounting the primary mirror, as the flexures are the key components. In this paper, a topology-optimization-based method for designing flexures is presented. The structural performances of the mirror system under multiple load conditions, including static gravity and thermal loads, as well as the dynamic vibration, are considered. The mirror surface shape error caused by gravity and the thermal effect is treated as the objective function, and the first-order natural frequency of the mirror structural system is taken as the constraint...
May 20, 2017: Applied Optics
Ming Liang Long, G Li, Meng Chen
An average power of 96 W pulse-bursts picosecond laser system at a pulse repetition frequency of 1 kHz was reported with six pulses in bursts. Pulses in bursts have equal spacing and amplitude; spacing between each pulse was 800 ps, which repetition rate was up to gigahertz. The beam quality of M(2) factor was less than 3, and pulse width was 50 ps. Pulses from a Nd:YVO4 mode-locked laser were broadened to 115 ps by a volume-Bragg grating and each pulse was divided into six pulses by beam splitter mirrors to obtain seed bursts...
May 20, 2017: Applied Optics
Piotr Roztocki, Michael Kues, Christian Reimer, Benjamin Wetzel, Stefania Sciara, Yanbing Zhang, Alfonso Cino, Brent E Little, Sai T Chu, David J Moss, Roberto Morandotti
The on-chip generation of large and complex optical quantum states will enable low-cost and accessible advances for quantum technologies, such as secure communications and quantum computation. Integrated frequency combs are on-chip light sources with a broad spectrum of evenly-spaced frequency modes, commonly generated by four-wave mixing in optically-excited nonlinear micro-cavities, whose recent use for quantum state generation has provided a solution for scalable and multi-mode quantum light sources. Pulsed quantum frequency combs are of particular interest, since they allow the generation of single-frequency-mode photons, required for scaling state complexity towards, e...
August 7, 2017: Optics Express
Hamilton Morrin, Ton Fang, Donald Servant, Dag Aarsland, Anto P Rajkumar
BACKGROUND: Pharmacological interventions for Lewy body dementia (LBD), especially for its non-cognitive symptoms, are limited in their efficacy and tolerability. Clinicians are often uncertain about non-pharmacological interventions and their efficacy in managing cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms of LBD. Therefore, we aimed to systematically review the existing literature on non-pharmacological interventions for people with LBD. METHODS: We carried out a systematic search using six databases...
October 9, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
Emiko Kezuka, Sachiko Amano, Vasudevi Reddy
We know little about how infants locate voice and sound in a complex multi-modal space. Using a naturalistic laboratory experiment the present study tested 35 infants at 3 ages: 4 months (15 infants), 5 months (12 infants), and 7 months (8 infants). While they were engaged frontally with one experimenter, infants were presented with (a) a second experimenter's voice and (b) castanet sounds from three different locations (left, right, and behind). There were clear increases with age in the successful localization of sounds from all directions, and a decrease in the number of repetitions required for success...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
Javier Ortiz-Tudela, Elisa Martín-Arévalo, Ana B Chica, Juan Lupiáñez
Unpredicted objects, i.e., those that do not fit in a specific context, have been shown to quickly attract attention as a mean of extracting more information about potentially relevant items. Whether the required semantic processing triggering the attraction of attention can occur independently of participants' awareness of the object is still a highly debated topic. In the present study we make use of a change detection task in which we manipulate the semantic congruity between the to-be-detected object and the background scene...
September 9, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
A M Efremov, V I Koshelev, V V Plisko, E A Sevostyanov
A high-power ultrawideband radiation source has been developed which is capable of synthesizing electromagnetic pulses with different frequency bands in free space. To this end, a new circuit design comprising a four-channel former of bipolar pulses of durations 2 and 3 ns has been elaborated and conditions for the stable operation of gas gaps of independent channels without external control pulses have been determined. Each element of the 2 × 2 array of combined antennas is driven from an individual channel of the pulse former...
September 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Peter S Chang, Nathan Jacobson, Kwang U Chang
Quadrilateral space syndrome (QSS) is a rare orthopedic condition caused by compression, entrapment, or injury to the axillary nerve or posterior humeral circumflex artery as they arise from the quadrilateral space. QSS can present with point tenderness over the quadrilateral space and weakness and paresthesia in the axillary nerve distribution. It is commonly associated with repetitive overhead activities and is seen in athletes engaging in such activities. Here we report a case of QSS in a 42-year-old male weight lifter who presented with pain and soreness in the posterior aspect of his right shoulder radiating around his arm as well as slight weakness of his right shoulder of a few weeks duration...
October 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
Vivian I Schneider, Alice F Healy, James A Kole, Immanuel Barshi
The present study addresses the issue of whether spatial information impacts immediate verbatim recall of verbal navigation instructions. Subjects heard messages instructing them to move within a two-dimensional depiction of a three-dimensional space consisting of four stacked grids displayed on a computer screen. They repeated the instructions orally and then followed them manually by clicking with a mouse on the grids. Two groups with identical instructions were compared; they differed only in whether the starting position was indicated before or after the instructions were given and repeated, with no differences in the manual movements to be made...
September 25, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
C A Suarez-Mendez, C Ras, S A Wahl
BACKGROUND: Natural and industrial environments are dynamic with respect to substrate availability and other conditions like temperature and pH. Especially, metabolism is strongly affected by changes in the extracellular space. Here we study the dynamic flux of central carbon metabolism and storage carbohydrate metabolism under dynamic feast/famine conditions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. RESULTS: The metabolic flux reacts fast and sensitive to cyclic perturbations in substrate availability...
September 25, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
Cristóbal Moënne-Loccoz, Rodrigo C Vergara, Vladimir López, Domingo Mery, Diego Cosmelli
Our daily interaction with the world is plagued of situations in which we develop expertise through self-motivated repetition of the same task. In many of these interactions, and especially when dealing with computer and machine interfaces, we must deal with sequences of decisions and actions. For instance, when drawing cash from an ATM machine, choices are presented in a step-by-step fashion and a specific sequence of choices must be performed in order to produce the expected outcome. But, as we become experts in the use of such interfaces, is it possible to identify specific search and learning strategies? And if so, can we use this information to predict future actions? In addition to better understanding the cognitive processes underlying sequential decision making, this could allow building adaptive interfaces that can facilitate interaction at different moments of the learning curve...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
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