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Heléne F Dorfling, Zarina Lockhat, Samantha Pretorius, Maryna Steyn, Anna C Oettlé
Although guidelines for facial approximations, including those for the eye, are in use in South Africa, limited data on African populations exist to confirm its validity. As precise placement of the eyes in facial approximations is of importance for facial recognition, this study tested established guidelines by measuring specific instrumental dimensions. Forty-nine cadavers from the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and the University of Pretoria were dissected to determine the position of the canthi and the size and position of the eyeball in the orbit...
March 8, 2018: Forensic Science International
Florian Junne, Martina Michaelis, Eva Rothermund, Felicitas Stuber, Harald Gündel, Stephan Zipfel, Monika A Rieger
Objectives : This study analyses the perceived relevance of stress-dimensions in work-settings from the differential views of Human Resource Managers (HRM), Occupational Physicians (OP), Primary Care Physicians (PCP) and Psychotherapists (PT) in Germany. Methods : Cross-sectional study design, using a self-report questionnaire. Descriptive measures and explorative bivariate methods were applied for group-comparisons. Results are presented as rankings of perceived importance and as polarity profiles of contrasting views...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Namita Maharjan, Naoki Nomoto, Tadashi Tagawa, Tsutomu Okubo, Shigeki Uemura, Nadeem Khalil, Masashi Hatamoto, Takashi Yamaguchi, Hideki Harada
This paper assesses the technical and economic sustainability of a combined system of an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB)- down-flow hanging sponge (DHS) for sewage treatment. Additionally, this study compares UASB-DHS with current technologies in India like trickling filters (TF), sequencing batch reactor (SBR), moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR), and other combinations of UASB with post-treatment systems such as final polishing ponds (FPU) and extended aeration sludge process (EASP). The sustainability of the sewage treatment plants (STPs) was evaluated using a composite indicator, which incorporated environmental, societal and economic dimensions...
March 20, 2018: Environmental Technology
Wenchao Zhang, Xiaoxia Wang, Yiwei Wu, Zhi Qi, Rongjie Yang
Organic-inorganic hybrid macrocyclic compounds, cyclic polyphenylsilsesquioxanes (cyc-PSQs), have been synthesized through hydrolysis and condensation reactions of phenyltrichlorosilane. Structural characterization has revealed that cyc-PSQs consist of a closed-ring double-chain siloxane inorganic backbone bearing organic phenyl groups. The cyc-PSQ molecules have been simulated and structurally optimized using the Forcite tool as implemented in Materials Studio. Structurally optimized cyc-PSQs are highly symmetrical and regular with high stereoregularity, consistent with the dimensions of their experimentally derived structures...
March 20, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Claudio Agostinelli, Agnese Agostinelli, Marco Berardini, Paolo Trisi
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to analyze the alveolar bone morphology of the upper first and second molars. This analysis aims to evaluate the morphology of a hypothetical postextractive site in the upper molar area to diagnose the possibility of immediate postextraction implant placement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cone-beam CT scans of 100 patients were examined. The measurements were made using a dedicated 3D software. Reference points were identified to allow clear and repeatable measurements...
March 19, 2018: Implant Dentistry
Patryk Zradziński
PURPOSE: In this work, the inter-person variability of hazards caused by a low frequency magnetic field exposure (of various polarisation and homogeneity near to the magneto therapy applicator) to users of BAHA hearing implants were investigated with respect to various head structures. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The effects of exposure were evaluated by numerical simulations of the electric field (Ein ) induced in head phantoms (regular or with implant model). Phantoms mimic head dimensions and thicknesses of layers of skin, fat, skull bones and brain...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Rhys D Pockett, Phil McEwan, Joshua Ray, Irwin Tran, Simon Shutler, Steven Martin, Zaheer Yousef, Ameet Bakhai
OBJECTIVES: The effects of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) events on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and the time dependency of these effects are unknown. This study aimed to characterise health utilities in ACS patients to aid development of future economic models estimating the cost per quality-adjusted life-year impact of ACS events and potential treatments. METHODS: Multicentre, non-interventional, longitudinal evaluation of health utility in patients experiencing ACS or stroke events...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
Yu Tsukanov
BACKGROUND: To study the possibility of minimization of the skin incisions up to a puncture size at stripping by Mayo with the use of the stripper with an oval-ring head for large-diameter veins. METHODS: The problem is solved due to the geometrical changing of the stripper head from a round to an oval one. The laboratory experiment showed that with a vein diameter of 10-20 mm the total cross-sectional area of its walls constituted 13.61 mm2, with a diameter of more than 20 mm it was 19...
March 15, 2018: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
Karina Franco-Paredes, Felipe J Díaz-Reséndiz, Carlos Alejandro Hidalgo-Rasmussen, Lilián Elizabeth Bosques-Brugada
The purpose of the present study was to develop and evaluate a causal model of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in adolescents with different body composition. The participants were 209 adolescents (107 women and 102 men) ranging from 10 to 15 years of age. A model based on that proposed by Wilson and Cleary (JAMA 273(1):59-65, 1995) was elaborated. The body composition of the participants was analyzed. They were asked to complete a battery of questionnaires composed of the following factors: biological status (BS; included body mass index and weight), symptomatic psychological status (SPS; included the variables of drive for thinness and food concerns), functional status (FS; composed of physical activity, food consumption estimation, and socioeconomic status), and HRQoL, which included the dimensions of psychological well-being, autonomy and relationship with parents, social support and peers, and the academic environment...
March 20, 2018: Eating and Weight Disorders: EWD
Takashi Shirakawa, Masao Yoshitatsu, Yasushi Koyama, Akira Kurata, Toru Miyoshi, Hiroki Mizoguchi, Takafumi Masai, Koichi Toda, Yoshiki Sawa
Determining the complex geometry of mitral valve prolapse is often difficult. We constructed 3D models of six prolapsed mitral valves for surgical assessment, and evaluated how accurately the models could replicate individual valve dimensions. 3D polygon data were constructed based on an original segmentation method for computed tomography images. The model's replication performance was confirmed via dimensional comparison between the actual hearts during surgery and those models. The results revealed that the prolapsed segments matched in all cases; however, torn chordae were replicated in four cases...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
Ivan Tyukin, Alexander N Gorban, Carlos Calvo, Julia Makarova, Valeri A Makarov
Codifying memories is one of the fundamental problems of modern Neuroscience. The functional mechanisms behind this phenomenon remain largely unknown. Experimental evidence suggests that some of the memory functions are performed by stratified brain structures such as the hippocampus. In this particular case, single neurons in the CA1 region receive a highly multidimensional input from the CA3 area, which is a hub for information processing. We thus assess the implication of the abundance of neuronal signalling routes converging onto single cells on the information processing...
March 19, 2018: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
Eloise M Biggs, Niladri Gupta, Sukanya D Saikia, John M A Duncan
This article provides summary data regarding tea production in Assam, India. Questionnaires were completed by tea producers and focus group discussions undertaken with tea workers. These data are presented for the four main tea growing regions of the state (Cachar, North Bank, South Bank and Upper Assam). Tables detail tea production characteristics of the tea plantations for both large- (> 10 ha) and small- (< 10 ha) holders. Figures provide supplementary information for research by Biggs et al. [1] regarding fertilizer application, landscape management strategies, healthcare provisioning and educational facilities within plantations, as well as detailing the livelihood dimensions of tea workers...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Luminita Labusca, Florin Zugun-Eloae
Intra-articular adipose tissue deposits known as articular fat pads (AFPs) are described to exist within synovial joints. Their assumed role in normal joint biomechanics is increasingly objectivized by means of advanced methods of functional imaging. AFPs possess structural similarity with body subcutaneous white adipose tissue (WAT), however, seems to be regulated by independent metabolic loops. AFP dimension are conserved during extreme WAT states: obesity, metabolic syndrome, lipodystrophy, and cachexia...
2018: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Vincenza Gianfredi, Milena Villarini, Roberto Rosselli, Ahmed Nasr, Amr Hussein, Mariano Martini, Masoud Behzadifar
Vaccines are public health interventions aimed at preventing infections-related mortality, morbidity, and disability. While vaccines have been successfully designed for those infectious diseases preventable by preexisting neutralizing specific antibodies, for other communicable diseases, additional immunological mechanisms should be elicited to achieve a full protection. "New vaccines" are particularly urgent in the nowadays society, in which economic growth, globalization, and immigration are leading to the emergence/reemergence of old and new infectious agents at the animal-human interface...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
Feng Tian, Junjie Wang, Cheng Xu, Hong Li, Xin Ma
In recent years, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has been widely used in studies that explored the personality-brain association. Researches on personality neuroscience have the potential to provide personality psychology with explanatory models-that is, why people differ from each other rather than how they differ from each other (DeYoung and Gray, 2009). As one of the most important dimensions of personality traits, extraversion is the most stable core and a universal component in personality theory...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Nick Kontodimopoulos, Konstantia Damianou, Eleni Stamatopoulou, Anastasios Kalampokis, Ioannis Loukos
The aim of this study is to compare child and parent perceptions of health-related quality of life in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. The scoliosis-specific SRS-22 and the generic KIDSCREEN-52 were administered to newly diagnosed patients and the latter also to a parent. Strong correlations (r > 0.5, p < 0.001) were revealed between conceptually similar dimensions of the instruments. Parents' assessments of their child's HRQoL were generally higher than the children/adolescents; however score differences were small and insignificant...
June 2018: Journal of Orthopaedics
Qiuyi Zhang, Mary E Northridge, Zhu Jin, Sara S Metcalf
Increased lifespans and population growth have resulted in an older U.S. society that must reckon with the complex oral health needs that arise as adults age. Understanding accessibility to screening and treatment facilities for older adults is necessary in order to provide them with preventive and restorative services. This study uses an agent-based model to examine the accessibility of screening and treatment facilities via transportation networks for older adults living in the neighborhoods of northern Manhattan, New York City...
April 2018: Applied Geography
Gregory Sharp, Barrett A Lee
Much of the research on ethnoracial diversity in nonmetropolitan America consists of case studies describing how the arrival of Hispanics has transformed a particular community. To complement this work, we examine the dimensions and sources of diversity for a sample of 10,000 nonmetro places. Two dimensions of diversity-magnitude and structure-are identified, and hypotheses about their changes and correlates are drawn from the spatial assimilation and locational persistence perspectives and relevant scholarship...
September 2017: Rural Sociology
Xiaowei Zhang, Wei Zhang, Mingqiang Yi, Yingjie Wang, Pengjun Wang, Jun Xu, Fenglei Niu, Feng Lin
Airborne particulate matter (PM) is causing more and more serious air pollution and threatening the public health. However, existing air filter technologies with the easy-to-block manner can rarely meet the requirements of high-performance PM filters. Here we propose a conceptually new type of inertial impaction filters for rapidly high-efficiency PM removal. Under the airflow velocity of 8.0 m/s, the real inertial impaction filters show high PM removal efficiencies of up to 97.77 ± 1.53% and 99.47 ± 0...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
A N Gorban, I Y Tyukin
The concentrations of measure phenomena were discovered as the mathematical background to statistical mechanics at the end of the nineteenth/beginning of the twentieth century and have been explored in mathematics ever since. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, it became clear that the proper utilization of these phenomena in machine learning might transform the curse of dimensionality into the blessing of dimensionality This paper summarizes recently discovered phenomena of measure concentration which drastically simplify some machine learning problems in high dimension, and allow us to correct legacy artificial intelligence systems...
April 28, 2018: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
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