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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325039/strong-pinned-spin-mediated-memory-effect-in-nio-nanoparticles
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Ashish Chhaganlal Gandhi, Ting Shan Chan, Jayashree Pant, Sheng Yun Wu
After a decade of effort, a large number of magnetic memory nanoparticles with different sizes and core/shell compositions have been developed. While the field-cooling memory effect is often attributed to particle size and distribution effects, other magnetic coupling parameters such as inter- and intra-coupling strength, exchange bias, interfacial pinned spins, and the crystallinity of the nanoparticles also have a significant influence on magnetization properties and mechanisms. In this study, we used the analysis of static- and dynamic-magnetization measurements to investigate NiO nanoparticles with different sizes and discussed how these field-cooling strengths affect their memory properties...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325008/feasibility-of-an-ultra-low-power-digital-signal-processor-platform-as-a-basis-for-a-fully-implantable-brain-computer-interface-system
#2
Po T Wang, Keulanna Gandasetiawan, Colin M McCrimmon, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
A fully implantable brain-computer interface (BCI) can be a practical tool to restore independence to those affected by spinal cord injury. We envision that such a BCI system will invasively acquire brain signals (e.g. electrocorticogram) and translate them into control commands for external prostheses. The feasibility of such a system was tested by implementing its benchtop analogue, centered around a commercial, ultra-low power (ULP) digital signal processor (DSP, TMS320C5517, Texas Instruments). A suite of signal processing and BCI algorithms, including (de)multiplexing, Fast Fourier Transform, power spectral density, principal component analysis, linear discriminant analysis, Bayes rule, and finite state machine was implemented and tested in the DSP...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324984/prediction-method-for-intronic-alternative-polyadenylation-sites
#3
Shanxin Zhang
Alternative Polyadenylation (APA) of mRNAs has been proven as a considerable mechanism for post-transcriptional gene regulation. The interplay between Intronic APA and splicing may affect the isoforms of mRNAs. In this paper, we have found four prevalent motifs, i.e. AATAAA, TTTTTTTT, CCAGSCTGG and RGYRYRGTGG surrounding the polyadenylation sites; then we proposed a new computational method to identify the Intronic APA sites in the human genome, which is based on a Support Vector Machine (SVM) with weighted degree string kernel...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324980/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
#4
C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman
Accuracy of physical activity estimates predicted by activity monitoring technologies may be affected by device location, analysis algorithms, type of technology (i.e. wearable/stickable) and population demographics (disability) being studied. Consequently, the main purpose of this investigation was to study such sensor dynamics (i.e. effect of device location, type and population demographics on energy expenditure estimates) of two commercial activity monitors. It was hypothesized that device location, population studied (disability), choice of proprietary algorithm and type of technology used will significantly impact the accuracy of the predicted physical activity metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324977/a-novel-method-to-assess-angle-sensor-performance-for-wearable-exoskeletal-joint-kinematics
#5
Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan
Full range of motion (ROM) at a joint is necessary for efficient and adaptive movement; as such, it is an essential clinical evaluation measure for assessing an individual's motor function, which can be affected by any number of musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathies. Measurement of joint ROM in the clinic has classically been accomplished statically through the use of a manual goniometer. More recent efforts in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics have demonstrated the potential utility of wearable systems (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324974/altered-viscoelastic-properties-of-stroke-affected-muscles-estimated-using-ultrasound-shear-waves-preliminary-data
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Ghulam Rasool, Allison B Wang, William Z Rymer, Sabrina S M Lee
As a result of a brain injury such as stroke, the skeletal muscles may undergo numerous structural and functional alterations. These abnormal changes are linked to muscle weakness, joint contracture, and abnormal muscle tone and eventually, result in motor impairment. A subset of these alterations affects passive muscle stiffness, i.e., viscoelastic properties. However, in vivo estimation of changes in viscoelastic properties is a challenging task. Here, we used the shear wave velocity, estimated through ultrasound SuperSonic imaging (SSI), as a surrogate for viscoelastic properties...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324963/quantitative-assessment-of-arm-tremor-in-people-with-neurological-disorders
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Jeonghee Kim, Claire Parnell, Thomas Wichmann, Stephen P DeWeerth
Abnormal oscillatory movement (i.e. tremor) is usually evaluated with qualitative assessment by clinicians, and quantified with subjective scoring methods. These methods are often inaccurate. We utilized a quantitative and standardized task based on the Fitts' law to assess the performance of arm movement with tremor by controlling a gyration mouse on a computer. The experiment included the center-out tapping (COT) and rectangular track navigation (RTN) tasks. We report the results of a pilot study in which we collected the performance for healthy participants in whom tremor was simulated by imposing oscillatory movements to the arm with a vibration motor...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324959/a-robotic-exoskeleton-to-treat-crouch-gait-from-cerebral-palsy-initial-kinematic-and-neuromuscular-evaluation
#8
Zachary F Lerner, Diane L Damiano, Thomas C Bulea
A robotic exoskeleton was designed for individuals with crouch gait caused by cerebral palsy with the intent to supplement existing muscle function during walking. The aim of this study was to evaluate how powered knee extension assistance provided during stance and swing phases of the gait cycle affect knee kinematics, and knee flexor and extensor muscle activity. Muscle activity and kinematic data were collected from four individuals with crouch gait from cerebral palsy during their normal walking condition and while walking with the exoskeleton under stance, swing, and stance & swing assistance...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324934/hand-rehabilitation-after-stroke-using-a-wearable-high-dof-spring-powered-exoskeleton
#9
Tianyao Chen, Peter S Lum
Stroke patients often have inappropriate finger flexor activation and finger extensor weakness, which makes it difficult to open their affected hand for functional grasp. The goal was to develop a passive, lightweight, wearable device to enable improved hand function during performance of activities of daily living. The device, HandSOME II, assists with opening the patient's hand using 11 elastic actuators that apply extension torques to finger and thumb joints. Device design and initial testing are described...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324923/topotecan-vincristine-doxorubicin-in-stage-4-high-risk-neuroblastoma-patients-failing-to-achieve-a-complete-metastatic-response-to-rapid-cojec-a-siopen-study
#10
Loredana Amoroso, Giovanni Erminio, Guy Makin, Andrew Dj Pearson, Penelope Brock, Dominique Valteau-Couanet, Victoria Castel, Marlène Pasquet, Genevieve Laureys, Caroline Thomas, Roberto Luksch, Ruth Ladenstein, Riccardo Haupt, Alberto Garaventa
Purpose: Metastatic response to induction therapy for high-risk neuroblastoma is a prognostic factor. In the International Society of Paediatric Oncology Europe Neuroblastoma (SIOPEN) HR-NBL-1 protocol, only patients with metastatic complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) with ≤3 abnormal skeletal areas on 123iodine-metaiodobenzylguanidine ([123I]mIBG) scintigraphy and no bone marrow disease proceed to high dose therapy (HDT). In this study, topotecan-vincristine-doxorubicin (TVD) was evaluated in patients failing to achieve these criteria, with the aim of improving the metastatic response rate...
March 21, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324886/the-effect-of-ovarian-cancer-screening-on-sexual-activity-and-functioning-results-from-the-uk-collaborative-trial-of-ovarian-cancer-screening-rct
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Lesley Fallowfield, Ivonne Solis-Trapala, Usha Menon, Carolyn Langridge, Shirley May, Ian Jacobs, Valerie Jenkins
BACKGROUND: To examine the impact of multimodal (MMS) and ultrasound (USS) screening on the sexual activity and functioning of 22 966 women in the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) RCT. METHODS: Fallowfield's Sexual Activity Questionnaire (FSAQ) was completed prior to randomisation, then annually in a random sample (RS) of women from MMS, USS and control groups. Any women in the study who required repeat screening due to unsatisfactory results formed an Events Sample (ES); they completed questionnaires following an event and annually thereafter...
March 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324872/changing-trends-and-practices-in-cytopathology
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Maria F Gonzalez, Israh Akhtar, Varsha Manucha
OBJECTIVE: To explore the current and anticipated changes in the practice of cytopathology. STUDY DESIGN: The present review is based on a review of recent literature and an evaluation of the authors' personal experiences. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: In recent years the practice of cytopathology, nationwide and in our institute, has witnessed a major change affecting gynecologic and nongynecologic cytology. There has been a decline in the number of Papanicolaou tests which has affected the utilization of cytotechnologists and provoked a reorganization of their work flow...
March 22, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324869/applications-of-high-pressure-to-pre-rigor-rabbit-muscles-affect-the-functional-properties-associated-with-heat-induced-gelation
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Siwen Xue, Huijuan Yang, Rui Liu, Chang Qian, Mengyao Wang, Yufeng Zou, Xinglian Xu, Guanghong Zhou
High pressure (HP) was applied to pre-rigor rabbit muscles (PRRMs) for the manufacture of value-added gel-type products. A 2×3 factorial design was adopted for HP-treatment (100, 200 and 300MPa for 15 or 180s) to PRRMs. The HP-treated meat was used for gel preparation and determination of water mobility properties and textural profiles. Salt-soluble meat proteins (SSMP) were then extracted from meat for estimating the tertiary conformational changes (hydrophobic and sulfhydryl groups). The water-holding capacity of treated samples increased significantly (P<0...
March 10, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324857/homoagglomeration-and-heteroagglomeration-of-tio2-in-nanoparticle-and-bulk-form-onto-freshwater-and-marine-microalgae
#14
M Sendra, M P Yeste, J M Gatica, I Moreno-Garrido, J Blasco
TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) are employed in many products (paints, personal care products, especially sunscreens, plastics, paper, water potabilization and food products) and are then released into the environment from these products. These nanoparticles present potential risk to freshwater and marine microalgae. The primary toxicity mechanism is adsorption between NPs and microalgae (heteroagglomeration); however, studies of interactions of this kind are scarce. We investigated the heteroagglomeration process that occurs between two forms of TiO2 material, nanoparticles and bulk, and three different microalgae species, and under different environmental conditions (freshwater and marine water), in order to assess the influence of pH and ionic strength (IS)...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324851/assessing-the-impacts-of-best-management-practices-on-nitrate-pollution-in-an-agricultural-dominated-lowland-catchment-considering-environmental-protection-versus-economic-development
#15
Marcelo B Haas, Björn Guse, Nicola Fohrer
Water quality is strongly affected by nitrate inputs in agricultural catchments. Best Management Practices (BMPs) are alternative practices aiming to mitigate the impacts derived from agricultural activities and to improve water quality. Management activities are influenced by different governmental policies like the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Their distinct goals can be contrasting and hamper an integrated sustainable development. Both need to be addressed in the actual conjuncture in rural areas...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324848/is-level-of-prematurity-a-risk-plasticity-factor-at-three-years-of-age
#16
Kristin Hadfield, Fearghal O'Brien, Aaron Gerow
Children born preterm have poorer outcomes than children born full-term, but the caregiving environment can ameliorate some of these differences. Recent research has proposed that preterm birth may be a plasticity factor, leading to better outcomes for preterm than full-term infants in higher quality environments. This analysis uses data from two waves of an Irish study of children (at 9 months and 3 years of age, n=11,134 children) and their caregivers (n=11,132 mothers, n=9998 fathers) to investigate differences in how caregiving affects social, cognitive, and motor skills between full-term, late preterm, and very preterm children...
March 18, 2017: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324839/contributions-of-trace-elements-to-the-sea-by-small-uncontaminated-rivers-effects-of-a-water-reservoir-and-a-wastewater-treatment-plant
#17
Miguel Ángel Álvarez-Vázquez, Ricardo Prego, Miguel Caetano, Elena De Uña-Álvarez, Maryló Doval, Susana Calvo, Carlos Vale
Trace element contributions from small rivers to estuaries is an issue barely addressed in the literature. In this work, freshwater flowing into the Ria of Cedeira (NW Iberian Peninsula) was studied during a hydrological year through the input from three rivers, one considered uncontaminated (the Das-Mestas River), a second affected by urban treated wastewater discharges (the Condomiñas River), and the third containing a water reservoir for urban supply (the Forcadas River). With the objective of assessing the possible influence of human pressure, the annual yields for selected trace elements (Al, Fe, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ni and Pb) were estimated and compared by normalizing by basin surface...
March 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324838/influence-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-on-the-effects-of-roxithromycin-in-crucian-carp-carassius-auratus-in-the-presence-of-natural-organic-matter
#18
Zhenhua Yan, Guanghua Lu, Hongwei Sun, Binni Ma
Carbon nanotubes are increasingly entering the aquatic environment and may interact with other co-existing contaminants, such as antibiotics. However, whether these interactions may affect their bioavailability in aquatic organisms is the subject of considerable debate. The primary objective of this study was to assess the risks arising from the coexistence of roxithromycin (ROX) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in waters containing natural organic matter (NOM), focusing on the distribution and bioaccumulation of ROX in crucian carp (Carassius auratus), and the related biochemical status...
March 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324831/primary-and-acquired-resistance-to-pd-1-pd-l1-blockade-in-cancer-treatment
#19
REVIEW
Qiaohong Wang, Xia Wu
PD-1/PD-L1 blockade appears to be a very promising immunotherapy with significant clinical benefits and durable responses in multiple tumor types. However, the effectual clinical benefits of PD-1/PD-L1 blockade are hampered by a high rate of primary resistance, where patients do not respond to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade initially. And more distressingly, most patients eventually develop acquired resistance after an initial response to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade. The mechanisms underlying primary and acquired resistance to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade have remained ambiguous...
March 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324830/chitinase-3-like-1-deficient-donor-splenocytes-accentuated-the-pathogenesis-of-acute-graft-versus-host-diseases-through-regulating-t-cell-expansion-and-type-i-inflammation
#20
Zengyao Li, Jian Gu, Jing Liu, Qin Zhu, Hao Lu, Yunjie Lu, Jianhua Rao, Ling Lu, Xuehao Wang
Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) is a major complication following transplantation, limiting the success of this therapy. Chitinase 3-like-1 (CHI3L1), a member of the glycosyl hydrolase 18 family, plays a critical role in bacterial infections, allergic disease and a variety of malignancies. Here, we investigated whether CHI3L1 could affect the pathogenesis of aGVHD in a mouse allo-HCT model. In this study, we show that CHI3L1 deficiency in donor T cells increased the severity of aGVHD through enhancing systemic and local inflammation...
March 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
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