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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932991/automated-reference-free-detection-of-motion-artifacts-in-magnetic-resonance-images
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Thomas Küstner, Annika Liebgott, Lukas Mauch, Petros Martirosian, Fabian Bamberg, Konstantin Nikolaou, Bin Yang, Fritz Schick, Sergios Gatidis
OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to provide an automated method for spatially resolved detection and quantification of motion artifacts in MR images of the head and abdomen as well as a quality control of the trained architecture. MATERIALS AND METHODS: T1-weighted MR images of the head and the upper abdomen were acquired in 16 healthy volunteers under rest and under motion. Images were divided into overlapping patches of different sizes achieving spatial separation...
September 20, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932180/hardware-efficient-on-line-learning-through-pipelined-truncated-error-backpropagation-in-binary-state-networks
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Hesham Mostafa, Bruno Pedroni, Sadique Sheik, Gert Cauwenberghs
Artificial neural networks (ANNs) trained using backpropagation are powerful learning architectures that have achieved state-of-the-art performance in various benchmarks. Significant effort has been devoted to developing custom silicon devices to accelerate inference in ANNs. Accelerating the training phase, however, has attracted relatively little attention. In this paper, we describe a hardware-efficient on-line learning technique for feedforward multi-layer ANNs that is based on pipelined backpropagation...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930878/performance-of-future-elite-players-at-the-nfl-scouting-combine
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David P Hedlund
The purpose of this study is to examine players' physical and performance measures taken at the NFL Scouting Combine and compare these to their future performance in the NFL. From 2002-2016, three types of player data (N=5,506) were collected from secondary data sources. Results players earned on various NFL Scouting Combine drills and measurements (e.g., height, weight, 40-yard dash time, vertical jump, bench press repetitions, shuttle run time, and 3-cone drill time), the position players play on the field (e...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928671/aerobic-exercise-training-selectively-changes-oxysterol-levels-and-metabolism-reducing-cholesterol-accumulation-in-the-aorta-of-dyslipidemic-mice
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Guilherme Silva Ferreira, Paula R Pinto, Rodrigo T Iborra, Vanessa Del Bianco, Monique Fátima Mello Santana, Edna Regina Nakandakare, Valéria S Nunes, Carlos E Negrão, Sergio Catanozi, Marisa Passarelli
Background: Oxysterols are bioactive lipids that control cellular cholesterol synthesis, uptake, and exportation besides mediating inflammation and cytotoxicity that modulate the development of atherosclerosis. Aerobic exercise training (AET) prevents and regresses atherosclerosis by the improvement of lipid metabolism, reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) and antioxidant defenses in the arterial wall. We investigated in dyslipidemic mice the role of a 6-week AET program in the content of plasma and aortic arch cholesterol and oxysterols, the expression of genes related to cholesterol flux and the effect of the exercise-mimetic AICAR, an AMPK activator, in macrophage oxysterols concentration...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927950/kinect-based-real-time-audiovisual-feedback-device-improves-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-quality-of-lower-body-weight-rescuers
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Jen-Chun Wang, Shih-Hung Tsai, Ying-Hsin Chen, Yu-Long Chen, Shi-Jye Chu, Wen-I Liao
BACKGROUND: Chest compression (CC) quality is associated with rescuer posture and body weight. We designed a Kinect module-based real-time audiovisual feedback (AVF) device to investigate the relationship between rescuer posture, body weight, and CC quality. METHODS: A total of 100 healthcare professionals were enrolled as participants in this randomized trial. A Kinect-based sensor system was used to monitor the depth and rate of CC and provide further real-time feedback...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927395/detection-and-risk-stratification-of-women-at-high-risk-of-preterm-birth-in-rural-communities-near-nagpur-india
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Archana Patel, Amber Abhijeet Prakash, Yamini V Pusdekar, Hemant Kulkarni, Patricia Hibberd
BACKGROUND: Presently, preterm birth is globally the leading cause of neonatal mortality. Prompt community based identification of women at high risk for preterm births (HRPB) can either help to avert preterm births or avail effective interventions to reduce neonatal mortality due to preterm births. We evaluated the performance of a package to train community workers to detect the presence of signs or symptoms of HRPB. METHODS: Pregnant women enrolled in the intervention arm of a cluster randomized trial of Antenatal Corticosteroids (ACT Trial) conducted at Nagpur, India were informed about 4 directly observable signs and symptoms of preterm labor...
September 19, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926635/a-comparison-of-running-kinetics-in-children-with-and-without-genu-varus-a-cross-sectional-study
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Amir Ali Jafarnezhadgero, Morteza Madadi Shad, Mahdi Majlesi, Urs Granacher
INTRODUCTION: Varus knee alignment has been identified as a risk factor for the progression of medial knee osteoarthritis. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been elucidated yet in children. Thus, the aims of the present study were to examine differences in ground reaction forces, loading rate, impulses, and free moment values during running in children with and without genu varus. METHODS: Thirty-six boys aged 9-14 volunteered to participate in this study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925823/deep-learning-mr-imaging-based-attenuation-correction-for-pet-mr-imaging
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Fang Liu, Hyungseok Jang, Richard Kijowski, Tyler Bradshaw, Alan B McMillan
Purpose To develop and evaluate the feasibility of deep learning approaches for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-based attenuation correction (AC) (termed deep MRAC) in brain positron emission tomography (PET)/MR imaging. Materials and Methods A PET/MR imaging AC pipeline was built by using a deep learning approach to generate pseudo computed tomographic (CT) scans from MR images. A deep convolutional auto-encoder network was trained to identify air, bone, and soft tissue in volumetric head MR images coregistered to CT data for training...
September 19, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924435/aggressive-posterior-retinopathy-of-prematurity-in-a-premature-male-infant
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Jun Zhou, Zheng Liu, Hai-Yan Ying, Tao Liu
A premature male infant was born at 30 weeks' gestation with a birth weight of 1,700 g in a rural hospital. He was diagnosed with respiratory distress syndrome and received continuous positive airway pressure treatment for 26 days. At 26 days after birth, the patient was transferred to our hospital for further evaluation and management. A comprehensive eye examination revealed a stage 3 retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) involving zone 2 in both eyes. The patient was recommended to a provincial-level eye hospital for emergency laser therapy...
May 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923661/the-influence-of-the-aquatic-environment-on-the-center-of-pressure-impulses-and-upper-and-lower-trunk-accelerations-during-gait-initiation
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Andresa R Marinho-Buzelli, Kei Masani, Hossein Rouhani, Ana M Barela, Gustavo T B Fernandes, Mary C Verrier, Milos R Popovic
Gait initiation is defined as the transition from stationary standing to steady-state walking. Despite the frequent use of therapy pools for training walking in early stages of rehabilitation, none have been reported on the effects of immersion on gait initiation. We aimed to analyze the center of pressure (COP) trajectories, the vertical and anteroposterior impulses and upper and lower trunk accelerations during anticipatory (APA) and execution phases of gait initiation. In the COP trajectory, the execution (EXE) phase was further subdivided in two phases: predominantly mediolateral (EXE1), and predominantly anteroposterior (EXE2)...
September 8, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922512/interaction-of-spatial-and-non-spatial-cues-in-auditory-stream-segregation-in-the-european-starling
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Naoya Itatani, Georg M Klump
Integrating sounds from the same source and segregating sounds from different sources in an acoustic scene is an essential function of the auditory system. Naturally, the auditory system simultaneously makes use of multiple cues. Here, we investigate the interaction between spatial cues and frequency cues in stream segregation of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) using an objective measure of perception. Neural responses to streaming sounds were recorded while the bird was performing a behavioral task that results in a higher sensitivity during a one-stream than a two-stream percept...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922395/an-analysis-of-equine-round-pen-training-videos-posted-online-differences-between-amateur-and-professional-trainers
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Erin Kydd, Barbara Padalino, Cathrynne Henshall, Paul McGreevy
Natural Horsemanship is popular among many amateur and professional trainers and as such, has been the subject of recent scientific enquiry. One method commonly adopted by Natural Horsemanship (NH) trainers is that of round pen training (RPT). RPT sessions are usually split into a series of bouts; each including two phases: chasing/flight and chasing offset/flight offset. However, NH training styles are heterogeneous. This study investigated online videos of RPT to explore the characteristics of RPT sessions and test for differences in techniques and outcomes between amateurs and professionals (the latter being defined as those with accompanying online materials that promote clinics, merchandise or a service to the public)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922211/acute-effects-of-ammonia-inhalants-on-strength-and-power-performance-in-trained-men
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Sandro Bartolomei, Federico Nigro, Gubellini Luca, Semprini Gabriele, Simone Ciacci, Jay R Hoffman, Franco Merni
The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of ammonia inhalants on lower body power and maximal isometric strength in trained men. Twenty experienced resistance trained men (age = 26.7 ± 3.7 y; body weight = 80.59 ± 9.0 kg; body height = 179.5 ± 5.7 cm) were tested for counter movement jump power (CMJP), maximal force and rate of force development (pRFD20) expressed during an isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP). Assessments were performed using either an ammonia salt inhalants (AI), a placebo (PL) or no inhalants (N)...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921743/exercise-training-dose-differentially-alters-muscle-and-heart-capillary-density-and-metabolic-functions-in-an-obese-rat-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Marcus Vinicius Machado, Aline Bomfim Vieira, Fabiana Gomes da Conceição, Alessandro Rodrigues Nascimento, Antonio Claudio Lucas da Nóbrega, Eduardo Tibirica
We evaluated the effect of frequency, duration and intensity of exercise training on metabolic parameters and structural capillary density in obese rats with metabolic syndrome (MS). Wistar-Kyoto rats were fed a either standard commercial diet (CON) or high-fat diet (HFD). Animals that received the HFD were randomly separated into either a sedentary (SED) group or 8 different exercise groups that varied by the frequency, duration and intensity of training. After 12 weeks of aerobic exercise training, body composition, aerobic capacity, hemodynamic variables, metabolic parameters and capillary density in the heart and skeletal muscle were evaluated...
September 17, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921660/rapid-whole-brain-gray-matter-imaging-using-single-slab-three-dimensional-dual-echo-fast-spin-echo-a-feasibility-study
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Hyunyeol Lee, Eung Yeop Kim, Chul-Ho Sohn, Jaeseok Park
PURPOSE: To achieve rapid, high resolution whole-brain gray matter (GM) imaging by developing a novel, single-slab three-dimensional dual-echo fast-spin-echo pulse sequence and GM-selective reconstruction. METHODS: Unlike conventional GM imaging that uses time-consuming double-inversion-recovery preparation, the proposed pulse sequence was designed to have two split portions along the echo train, in which the first half was dedicated to yield short inversion recovery (IR)-induced white matter suppression and variable-flip-angle-induced two-step GM signal evolution while the second half cerebrospinal fluid-only signals...
September 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920614/molecular-weight-prediction-in-polystyrene-blends-unprecedented-use-of-a-genetic-algorithm-in-pulse-field-gradient-spin-echo-pgse-nmr
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Francisco M Arrabal-Campos, José D Álvarez, Amador García-Sancho, Ignacio Fernández
A genetic algorithm that uses boxcar functions (diffGA) has been applied for the first time in PGSE NMR. It reconstructs accurate diffusion coefficients for all the components of the mixture, and therefore predicts correct weight-average molecular weights for all of them. The results reported herein complement those obtained with established methods such as ITAMeD, CONTIN and TRAIn algorithms, and provide a detailed solution picture. Its robustness and limits have been stretched in order to ascertain the minimum separation within diffusion coefficients or relative proportion between components...
September 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920458/nordic-walking-increases-circulating-vegf-more-than-traditional-walking-training-in-postmenopause
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P Izzicupo, M A D'Amico, A Di Blasio, G Napolitano, A Di Baldassarre, B Ghinassi
OBJECTIVES: Nordic walking (NW) is widely practiced by postmenopausal women. Its effects are peculiar owing to the involvement of more muscle groups than in traditional walking training (WT). Since mechanical load promotes secretion of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) from both skeletal muscle and muscle endothelium, the aim of the study was to compare the effect of NW and WT on VEGF levels. METHOD: Thirty postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to NW or WT...
September 17, 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919863/oxygen-uptake-kinetics-is-slower-in-swimming-than-arm-cranking-and-cycling-during-heavy-intensity
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Ana Sousa, Fabio Borrani, Ferran A Rodríguez, Grégoire P Millet
Oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]) kinetics has been reported to be influenced by the activity mode. However, only few studies have compared [Formula: see text]O2 kinetics between activities in the same subjects in which they were equally trained. Therefore, this study compared the [Formula: see text]O2 kinetics response to swimming, arm cranking, and cycling within the same group of subjects within the heavy exercise intensity domain. Ten trained male triathletes (age 23.2 ± 4.5 years; height 180.8 ± 8...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919842/international-society-of-sports-nutrition-position-stand-nutrient-timing
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Chad M Kerksick, Shawn Arent, Brad J Schoenfeld, Jeffrey R Stout, Bill Campbell, Colin D Wilborn, Lem Taylor, Doug Kalman, Abbie E Smith-Ryan, Richard B Kreider, Darryn Willoughby, Paul J Arciero, Trisha A VanDusseldorp, Michael J Ormsbee, Robert Wildman, Mike Greenwood, Tim N Ziegenfuss, Alan A Aragon, Jose Antonio
The International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) provides an objective and critical review regarding the timing of macronutrients in reference to healthy, exercising adults and in particular highly trained individuals on exercise performance and body composition. The following points summarize the position of the ISSN:Nutrient timing incorporates the use of methodical planning and eating of whole foods, fortified foods and dietary supplements. The timing of energy intake and the ratio of certain ingested macronutrients may enhance recovery and tissue repair, augment muscle protein synthesis (MPS), and improve mood states following high-volume or intense exercise...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919000/intraobserver-and-interobserver-reliability-of-the-copeland-levy-classification-for-arthroscopic-evaluation-of-subacromial-impingement
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Ehud Atoun, Ron Gilat, Alexander van Tongel, Riten Pradhan, Ornit Cohen, Ehud Rath, Ofer Levy
BACKGROUND: Defining a simple and reliable classification for acromial and bursal impingement lesions is necessary to standardize terminology, to improve communication, and to allow better evaluation of the proper treatment of impingement lesions and rotator cuff tears. The purpose of this study was to assess orthopedic surgeons' intraobserver and interobserver reliability of the Copeland-Levy classification. METHODS: Six fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons reviewed shoulder arthroscopy videos of 69 consecutive patients who underwent shoulder arthroscopy for rotator cuff tear repair or subacromial decompression...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
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