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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092759/effects-of-donor-proliferation-in-development-aid-for-health-on-health-program-performance-a-conceptual-framework
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Sarah Wood Pallas, Jennifer Prah Ruger
Development aid for health increased dramatically during the past two decades, raising concerns about inefficiency and lack of coherence among the growing number of global health donors. However, we lack a framework for how donor proliferation affects health program performance to inform theory-based evaluation of aid effectiveness policies. A review of academic and gray literature was conducted. Data were extracted from the literature sample on study design and evidence for hypothesized effects of donor proliferation on health program performance, which were iteratively grouped into categories and mapped into a new conceptual framework...
January 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092689/three-dimensional-imaging-of-dislocation-dynamics-during-the-hydriding-phase-transformation
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A Ulvestad, M J Welland, W Cha, Y Liu, J W Kim, R Harder, E Maxey, J N Clark, M J Highland, H You, P Zapol, S O Hruszkewycz, G B Stephenson
Crystallographic imperfections significantly alter material properties and their response to external stimuli, including solute-induced phase transformations. Despite recent progress in imaging defects using electron and X-ray techniques, in situ three-dimensional imaging of defect dynamics remains challenging. Here, we use Bragg coherent diffractive imaging to image defects during the hydriding phase transformation of palladium nanocrystals. During constant-pressure experiments we observe that the phase transformation begins after dislocation nucleation close to the phase boundary in particles larger than 300 nm...
January 16, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092687/a-charge-density-wave-like-instability-in-a-doped-spin-orbit-assisted-weak-mott-insulator
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H Chu, L Zhao, A de la Torre, T Hogan, S D Wilson, D Hsieh
Layered perovskite iridates realize a rare class of Mott insulators that are predicted to be strongly spin-orbit coupled analogues of the parent state of cuprate high-temperature superconductors. Recent discoveries of pseudogap, magnetic multipolar ordered and possible d-wave superconducting phases in doped Sr2IrO4 have reinforced this analogy among the single layer variants. However, unlike the bilayer cuprates, no electronic instabilities have been reported in the doped bilayer iridate Sr3Ir2O7. Here we show that Sr3Ir2O7 realizes a weak Mott state with no cuprate analogue by using ultrafast time-resolved optical reflectivity to uncover an intimate connection between its insulating gap and antiferromagnetism...
January 16, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092637/non-invasive-classification-of-breast-microcalcifications-using-x-ray-coherent-scatter-computed-tomography
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Bahaa Ghammraoui, Lucretiu M Popescu
We investigate the use of energy dispersive x-ray coherent scatter computed tomography (ED-CSCT) as a non-invasive diagnostic method to differentiate between type I and type II breast calcifications. This approach is sensitive to the differences of composition and internal crystal structure of different types of microcalcifications. The study is carried out by simulating a CSCT system with a scanning pencil beam, considering a polychromatic x-ray source and an energy-resolving photon counting detector. In a first step, the multidimensional angle and energy distributed CSCT data is reduced to the projection-space distributions of only a few components, corresponding to the expected target composition: adipose, glandular tissue, weddellite (calcium oxalate) for type I calcifications, and hydroxyapatite for type II calcifications...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092584/temporally-coherent-illumination-normalization-for-indocyanine-green-video-angiography
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Wei-Yang Lin, Shu-Fu Chou, Chia-Ling Tsai, Shih-Jen Chen
Indocyanine green (ICG) angiography is an imaging method for Doctors to observe choroidal abnormalities in human eyes. The ICG angiograms typically exhibit inhomogeneous illumination which poses serious difficulties for the development of computer-aided diagnostic tools. In this paper, we propose a novel illumination normalization method to alleviate the inhomogeneous illumination in ICG video angiograms. In particular, we first align the viewpoint of the input ICG video angiogram using an image registration method...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092530/feasibility-of-multi-plane-transmit-beamforming-for-real-time-volumetric-cardiac-imaging-a-simulation-study
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Yinran Chen, Ling Tong, Alejandra Ortega, Jianwen Luo, Jan D'hooge
Today's three-dimensional (3-D) cardiac ultrasound imaging systems suffer from relatively low spatial and temporal resolution, limiting their applicability in daily clinical practice. To address this problem, 3-D diverging wave imaging with spatial coherent compounding (DWC) as well as 3-D multi-line-transmit (MLT) imaging have recently been proposed. Currently, the former improves the temporal resolution significantly at the expense of image quality and the risk of introducing motion artifacts whereas the latter only provides a moderate gain in volume rate but mostly preserves quality...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092524/code-coherence-based-decision-boundaries-for-feature-correspondence
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Wen-Yan Lin, Fan Wang, Ming-Ming Cheng, Sai-Kit Yeung, Philip H S Torr, Minh N Do, Jiangbo Lu
A key challenge in feature correspondence is the difficulty in differentiating true and false matches at a local descriptor level. This forces adoption of strict similarity thresholds that discard many true matches. However, if analyzed at a global level, false matches are usually randomly scattered while true matches tend to be coherent (clustered around a few dominant motions), thus creating a coherence based separability constraint. This paper proposes a non-linear regression technique that can discover such a coherence based separability constraint from highly noisy matches and embed it into a correspondence likelihood model...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092511/the-concept-of-effective-inflow-application-to-interictal-localization-of-the-epileptogenic-focus-from-ieeg
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Ioannis Vlachos, Balu Krishnan, David Treiman, Konstantinos Tsakalis, Dimitris Kugiumtzis, Leon D Iasemidis
GOAL: Accurate determination of the epileptogenic focus is of paramount diagnostic and therapeutic importance in epilepsy. The current gold standard for focus localization is from ictal (seizure) onset and thus requires the occurrence and recording of multiple typical seizures of a patient. Localization of the focus from seizure-free (interictal) periods remains a challenging problem, especially in the absence of interictal epileptiform activity. METHODS: By exploring the concept of effective inflow, we developed a focus localization algorithm (FLA) based on directed connectivity between brain sites...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092396/agreement-between-three-optical-coherence-tomography-devices-to-assess-the-insertion-distance-and-thickness-of-horizontal-rectus-muscles
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Lucía De-Pablo-Gómez-de-Liaño, José Ignacio Fernández-Vigo, Néstor Ventura-Abreu, Julián García-Feijóo, José Ángel Fernández-Vigo, Rosario Gómez-de-Liaño
PURPOSE: To assess the agreement between two different spectral domain (SD-OCT) and one swept source (SS-OCT) optical coherence tomography device to measure the insertion distance and the thickness of the horizontal rectus muscles. METHODS: Seventy eyes from 35 healthy patients were studied. Three OCT instruments-Spectralis (Heidelberg Engineering Inc., Heidelberg, Germany), Cirrus 5000 (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA), and Triton (Topcon, Inc., Tokyo, Japan)-were used to measure the limbus insertion distance and the thickness of the lateral rectus and medial rectus muscles...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092378/opto-valleytronic-imaging-of-atomically-thin-semiconductors
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Andre Neumann, Jessica Lindlau, Léo Colombier, Manuel Nutz, Sina Najmaei, Jun Lou, Aditya D Mohite, Hisato Yamaguchi, Alexander Högele
Transition metal dichalcogenide semiconductors represent elementary components of layered heterostructures for emergent technologies beyond conventional optoelectronics. In their monolayer form they host electrons with quantized circular motion and associated valley polarization and valley coherence as key elements of opto-valleytronic functionality. Here, we introduce two-dimensional polarimetry as means of direct imaging of the valley pseudospin degree of freedom in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides...
January 16, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092342/integrity-of-outer-retinal-layers-after-resolution-of-central-involved-diabetic-macular-edema
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Ilkay Kilic Muftuoglu, Nadia Mendoza, Raouf Gaber, Mostafa Alam, Qisheng You, William R Freeman
PURPOSE: To evaluate the integrity of outer retina layers after resolution of central involved diabetic macular edema (DME) and to demonstrate the effect of various baseline factors for the final vision and final external limiting membrane (ELM) integrity. METHODS: Fifty-nine eyes of 48 patients with resolved DME were included. Several optical coherence tomography parameters including central subfield thickness, maximum foveal thickness, foveal center point thickness, and the extent of the ellipsoidal (ISe) layer and ELM damage were assessed at the time of DME and after resolution of DME...
January 13, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092315/choroidal-blood-vessels-in-retinal-pigment-epithelial-atrophy-using-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
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Ichiro Maruko, Hideki Koizumi, Shota Sawaguchi, Taiji Hasegawa, Hisaya Arakawa, Tomohiro Iida
PURPOSE: To observe choroidal blood vessels in cases sharply demarcated with retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) atrophy at the macular area using en-face optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) and standard en-face optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: The retrospective study included 12 eyes (8 patients; 5 men, 3 women; average age, 64.3 years) with RPE atrophy seen by ophthalmoscopy. The macular areas with normal and atrophic RPE sections were examined using en-face OCTA with an 840-nm light source (RTVue XR Avanti; Optovue Inc), which system can obtain standard en-face OCT images at identical areas...
January 13, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092038/nmr-chemical-shift-mapping-of-sh2-peptide-interactions
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Marissa A McKercher, Deborah S Wuttke
Heteronuclear single quantum coherence (HSQC) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments offer a rapid and high resolution approach to gaining binding and conformational insights into a protein-peptide interaction. By tracking (1)H and (15)N chemical shift changes over the course of a peptide titration into isotopically labeled protein, amide NH pairs of amino acids whose chemical environment changes upon peptide binding can be identified. When mapped onto a structure of the protein, this approach can identify the peptide-binding interface or regions undergoing conformation changes within a protein upon ligand binding...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091966/aortic-regurgitation-generates-a-kinematic-obstruction-which-hinders-left-ventricular-filling
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Ikechukwu Okafor, Vrishank Raghav, Jose F Condado, Prem A Midha, Gautam Kumar, Ajit P Yoganathan
An incompetent aortic valve (AV) results in aortic regurgitation (AR), where retrograde flow of blood into the left ventricle (LV) is observed. In this work, we parametrically characterized the detailed changes in intra-ventricular flow during diastole as a result of AR in a physiological in vitro left-heart simulator (LHS). The loss of energy within the LV as the level of AR increased was also assessed. The validated LHS consisted of an optically-clear, flexible wall LV and a modular AV holder. Two-component, planar, digital particle image velocimetry was used to visualize and quantify intra-ventricular flow...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091938/distinguishing-features-of-acute-vogt-koyanagi-harada-disease-and-acute-central-serous-chorioretinopathy-on-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-and-en-face-optical-coherence-tomography-imaging
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Kanika Aggarwal, Aniruddha Agarwal, Ankit Deokar, Sarakshi Mahajan, Ramandeep Singh, Reema Bansal, Aman Sharma, Mangat R Dogra, Vishali Gupta
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to determine the differences in optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) features of acute Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease (VKH) and acute central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC). Clinical and imaging data of patients with acute CSC and VKH in a tertiary-care institute were analyzed. Multimodal imaging including fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography (ICGA), and enhanced-depth imaging OCT were performed. OCTA images were analyzed for alterations in retinochoroidal microvasculature...
December 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091520/phantom-vortices-hidden-angular-momentum-in-ultracold-dilute-bose-einstein-condensates
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Storm E Weiner, Marios C Tsatsos, Lorenz S Cederbaum, Axel U J Lode
Vortices are essential to angular momentum in quantum systems such as ultracold atomic gases. The existence of quantized vorticity in bosonic systems stimulated the development of the Gross-Pitaevskii mean-field approximation. However, the true dynamics of angular momentum in finite, interacting many-body systems like trapped Bose-Einstein condensates is enriched by the emergence of quantum correlations whose description demands more elaborate methods. Herein we theoretically investigate the full many-body dynamics of the acquisition of angular momentum by a gas of ultracold bosons in two dimensions using a standard rotation procedure...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090810/enamel-remineralization-effect-of-a-dentifrice-containing-calcium-sodium-phosphosilicate-an-optical-coherence-tomography-observation
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Saki Matsuyoshi, Ryosuke Murayama, Shunsuke Akiba, Chiaki Yabuki, Toshiki Takamizawa, Hiroyasu Kurokawa, Masashi Miyazaki
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a dentifrice containing 5% calcium sodium phosphosilicate (CSP) on the remineralization of the enamel using optical coherence tomography (OCT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bovine incisors were sliced and shaped in a rectangular form. One group of five specimens was treated with undersaturated 0.1 M lactic acid buffer solution (pH 4.75) for 10 min and then placed in artificial saliva (pH 7.0) (De group)...
January 16, 2017: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090595/a-case-of-coats-disease-and-concurrent-anisometropic-amblyopia
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Nathan G Lambert, Robert O Hoffman, M Elizabeth Hartnett
PURPOSE: The aim of this report was to demonstrate a case of Coats disease in a patient with concurrent anisometropic amblyopia. OBSERVATIONS: A 10-year-old boy was diagnosed with Coats disease during routine ophthalmic examination. Visual acuity was 20/20 OD and 20/50 OS with cycloplegic refraction of +1.25 (OD) and +3.25 (OS). Examination under anesthesia showed macular exudates in the left eye that encroached near the fovea superotemporally. Despite the poor visual acuity and macular exudates, the foveal architecture of both eyes appeared normal on spectral domain optical coherence tomography...
December 2016: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090585/circadian-forced-desynchrony-of-the-master-clock-leads-to-phenotypic-manifestation-of-depression-in-rats
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Miriam Ben-Hamo, Tracy A Larson, Leanne S Duge, Carl Sikkema, Charles W Wilkinson, Horacio O de la Iglesia, Mónica M C González
In mammals, a master circadian clock within the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus maintains the phase coherence among a wide array of behavioral and physiological circadian rhythms. Affective disorders are typically associated with disruption of this fine-tuned "internal synchronization," but whether this internal misalignment is part of the physiopathology of mood disorders is not clear. To date, depressive-like behavior in animal models has been induced by methods that fail to specifically target the SCN regulation of internal synchronization as the mode to generate depression...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090085/prediction-and-real-time-compensation-of-qubit-decoherence-via-machine-learning
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Sandeep Mavadia, Virginia Frey, Jarrah Sastrawan, Stephen Dona, Michael J Biercuk
The wide-ranging adoption of quantum technologies requires practical, high-performance advances in our ability to maintain quantum coherence while facing the challenge of state collapse under measurement. Here we use techniques from control theory and machine learning to predict the future evolution of a qubit's state; we deploy this information to suppress stochastic, semiclassical decoherence, even when access to measurements is limited. First, we implement a time-division multiplexed approach, interleaving measurement periods with periods of unsupervised but stabilised operation during which qubits are available, for example, in quantum information experiments...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
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