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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932671/controlling-energy-radiations-of-electromagnetic-waves-via-frequency-coding-metamaterials
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Haotian Wu, Shuo Liu, Xiang Wan, Lei Zhang, Dan Wang, Lianlin Li, Tie Jun Cui
Metamaterials are artificial structures composed of subwavelength unit cells to control electromagnetic (EM) waves. The spatial coding representation of metamaterial has the ability to describe the material in a digital way. The spatial coding metamaterials are typically constructed by unit cells that have similar shapes with fixed functionality. Here, the concept of frequency coding metamaterial is proposed, which achieves different controls of EM energy radiations with a fixed spatial coding pattern when the frequency changes...
September 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931954/structure-of-the-solar-photosphere-studied-from-the-radiation-hydrodynamics-code-antares
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P Leitner, B Lemmerer, A Hanslmeier, T Zaqarashvili, A Veronig, H Grimm-Strele, H J Muthsam
The ANTARES radiation hydrodynamics code is capable of simulating the solar granulation in detail unequaled by direct observation. We introduce a state-of-the-art numerical tool to the solar physics community and demonstrate its applicability to model the solar granulation. The code is based on the weighted essentially non-oscillatory finite volume method and by its implementation of local mesh refinement is also capable of simulating turbulent fluids. While the ANTARES code already provides promising insights into small-scale dynamical processes occurring in the quiet-Sun photosphere, it will soon be capable of modeling the latter in the scope of radiation magnetohydrodynamics...
2017: Astrophysics and Space Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931851/simulation-of-early-dna-damage-after-the-irradiation-of-a-fibroblast-cell-nucleus-using-geant4-dna
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Sylvain Meylan, Sébastien Incerti, Mathieu Karamitros, Nicolas Tang, Marta Bueno, Isabelle Clairand, Carmen Villagrasa
In order to improve the understanding of the mechanisms involved in the generation of early DNA damage, a new calculation chain based on the Geant4-DNA toolkit was developed. This work presents for the first time the simulation of the physical, physicochemical and chemical stages of early radiation damage at the scale of an entire human genome (fibroblast, male) and using Geant4-DNA models. The DnaFabric software was extended to generate and export this nucleus model to a text file with a specific format that can be read by Geant4 user applications...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924654/super-resolution-microscopy-techniques-and-their-potential-for-applications-in-radiation-biophysics
#4
Jan Philipp Eberle, Alexander Rapp, Matthias Krufczik, Marion Eryilmaz, Manuel Gunkel, Holger Erfle, Michael Hausmann
Fluorescence microscopy is an essential tool for imaging tagged biological structures. Due to the wave nature of light, the resolution of a conventional fluorescence microscope is limited laterally to about 200 nm and axially to about 600 nm, which is often referred to as the Abbe limit. This hampers the observation of important biological structures and dynamics in the nano-scaled range ~10 nm to ~100 nm. Consequentially, various methods have been developed circumventing this limit of resolution. Super-resolution microscopy comprises several of those methods employing physical and/or chemical properties, such as optical/instrumental modifications and specific labeling of samples...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923125/why-we-write-nuclear-history
#5
David K Hecht
Nuclear history always compels. Scholars (and readers) can immerse themselves in the existential threat posed by the atomic bomb and its successor weapons, the tantalizing prospect of carbon-free energy, or the study of a natural phenomenon deeply at odds with our everyday experience of the world. There is thus always something profound at stake when we write nuclear history - be it physical, economic or intellectual. And while it may seem that the end of the Cold War should have diminished the academic attention accorded to the subject, it actually just allowed the historiography to evolve...
September 2017: British Journal for the History of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922275/indications-for-ct-angiography-of-the-vertebral-arteries-after-trauma
#6
Joseph P Drain, Douglas S Weinberg, James S Ramey, Timothy A Moore, Heather A Vallier
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this project is to identify factors that predict vertebral artery injury (VAI) in an effort to assess risks and benefits of computed tomography angiography (CT-A) of the neck in the trauma setting. We seek to develop guidelines for practitioners to stratify patients at medium/high risk of VAI from those who are at low risk. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: VAI and blunt carotid injury (BCI) together comprise blunt cerebrovascular injury (BCVI)...
September 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917257/exploiting-molecular-genomics-in-precision-radiation-oncology-a-marriage-of-biological-and-physical-precision
#7
Janice S H Tan, Xiaotian Lin, Kevin L M Chua, Paula Y Lam, Khee-Chee Soo, Melvin L K Chua
Achieving local tumour control is paramount for cure in head and neck and prostate cancers. With the transition to precision radiotherapy (RT) techniques, survival rates have improved in the majority of these cancers, but a substantial proportion of 30-40% still relapse following primary treatment. Recent large-scale molecular profiling studies have revealed unique biological events that could explain for tumour aggression and resistance to therapies, redefining the molecular taxonomy of head and neck and prostate cancers...
September 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917250/emerging-technologies-in-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy
#8
Lijun Ma, Lei Wang, Chia-Lin Tseng, Arjun Sahgal
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) stems from the initial developments of intra-cranial stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Despite similarity in their names and clinical goals of delivering a sufficiently high tumoricidal dose, maximal sparing of the surrounding normal tissues and a short treatment course, SBRT technologies have transformed from the early days of body frame-based treatments with X-ray verification to primarily image-guided procedures with cone-beam CT or stereoscopic X-ray systems and non-rigid body immo-bilization...
September 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917186/compounds-isolated-from-eriobotrya-deflexa-leaves-protect-against-ultraviolet-radiation-b-induced-photoaging-in-human-fibroblasts
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Chung-Yu Huang, Yi-Tzu Lin, Hsiang-Chun Kuo, Wen-Fei Chiou, Mei-Hsien Lee
Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation leads to skin photoaging because of the upregulation of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 and downregulation of type I collagen and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1. Eriobotrya deflexa (Hemsl.) Nakai (Rosaceae) is a flowering plant endemic to Taiwan, and its leaves have been used as an expectorant and in antitussive folk remedy. Our previous studies have demonstrated that an E. deflexa leaf extract functions as a free radical scavenger. The current evaluated the antiphotoaging effect of partitioned fractions and specific compounds from the leaves of E...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916738/cold-atmospheric-helium-plasma-causes-synergistic-enhancement-in-cell-death-with-hyperthermia-and-an-additive-enhancement-with-radiation
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Rohan Moniruzzaman, Mati Ur Rehman, Qing-Li Zhao, Paras Jawaid, Keigo Takeda, Kenji Ishikawa, Masaru Hori, Kei Tomihara, Kyo Noguchi, Takashi Kondo, Makoto Noguchi
Cold atmospheric plasmas (CAPs) have been proposed as a novel therapeutic method for its anti-cancer potential. However, its biological effects in combination with other physical modalities remain elusive. Therefore, this study examined the effects of cold atmospheric helium plasma (He-CAP) in combination with hyperthermia (HT) 42 °C or radiation 5 Gy. Synergistic enhancement in the cell death with HT and an additive enhancement with radiation were observed following He-CAP treatment. The synergistic effects were accompanied by increased intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916400/assessing-changes-in-the-activity-levels-of-breast-cancer-patients-during-radiation-therapy
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Colin E Champ, Nitin Ohri, Rainer J Klement, Matthew Cantor, Sushil Beriwal, Scott M Glaser, Ryan P Smith
BACKGROUND: Radiation therapy (RT) is often delivered after lumpectomy for women with breast cancer. A common perceived side effect of RT is fatigue, yet its exact effect on activity levels and sleep is unknown. In this study we analyzed the change in activity levels and sleep using an activity tracking device before, during, and after RT for women with early stage breast cancer and ductal carcinoma in situ who underwent adjuvant RT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: After institutional review board approval, activity levels were quantified before, during, and after RT with measurements of steps, miles walked, calories burned, and sleep metrics in 10 women fitted with activity trackers...
August 24, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915945/potentiometric-sensor-for-non-invasive-lactate-determination-in-human-sweat
#12
Massimo Onor, Stefano Gufoni, Tommaso Lomonaco, Silvia Ghimenti, Pietro Salvo, Fiodor Sorrentino, Emilia Bramanti
The present work describes a non invasive lactate sensing in sweat during workout. The sensing system is based on a non-equilibrium potentiometric measure performed using disposable, chemically modified, screen printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs) that can be wetted with sweat during the exercise. The potentiometric signal, which is proportional to lactate concentration in sweat, is produced by a redox reaction activated by UV radiation, as opposed to the enzymatic reaction employed in traditional, blood-based measuring devices...
October 9, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914724/the-role-of-brain-structure-in-predicting-adherence-to-a-physical-activity-regimen
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Swathi Gujral, Edward McAuley, Lauren E Oberlin, Arthur F Kramer, Kirk I Erickson
OBJECTIVE: Physical activity is important for maintaining health throughout the lifespan. However, adherence to PA regimens is poor with approximately 50% of older adults terminating activity intervention programs within 6 months. In this study we tested whether gray matter volume and white matter microstructural integrity prior to the initiation of a PA intervention predicts PA adherence. METHODS: 159 adults aged 60-80 years were randomly assigned to a moderate-intensity aerobic walking condition or a non-aerobic stretching and toning condition...
September 13, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912738/prejudice-and-health-anxiety-about-radiation-exposure-from-second-generation-atomic-bomb-survivors-results-from-a-qualitative-interview-study
#14
Yuka Kamite
The effect of atomic bomb radiation exposure on the survivors and their children has been a worrisome problem since soon after the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Researchers have examined physical and genetic effects; however, no research has focused on second-generation survivors' (SGS) psychological effects. Consequently, this study shed light on the SGS' experience of discrimination and prejudice and their anxiety concerning the genetic effects of radiation exposure. This study utilized semi-structured interviews with 14 SGS (10 women, mean age = 56 ± 6...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912579/interference-exact-radiative-transfer-equation
#15
Mikko Partanen, Teppo Häyrynen, Jani Oksanen
The Purcell effect, i.e., the modification of the spontaneous emission rate by optical interference, profoundly affects the light-matter coupling in optical resonators. Fully describing the optical absorption, emission, and interference of light hence conventionally requires combining the full Maxwell's equations with stochastic or quantum optical source terms accounting for the quantum nature of light. We show that both the nonlocal wave and local particle features associated with interference and emission of propagating fields in stratified geometries can be fully captured by local damping and scattering coefficients derived from the recently introduced quantized fluctuational electrodynamics (QFED) framework...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904097/network-approach-to-patterns-in-stratocumulus-clouds
#16
Franziska Glassmeier, Graham Feingold
Stratocumulus clouds (Sc) have a significant impact on the amount of sunlight reflected back to space, with important implications for Earth's climate. Representing Sc and their radiative impact is one of the largest challenges for global climate models. Sc fields self-organize into cellular patterns and thus lend themselves to analysis and quantification in terms of natural cellular networks. Based on large-eddy simulations of Sc fields, we present a first analysis of the geometric structure and self-organization of Sc patterns from this network perspective...
September 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901850/point-of-care-lung-ultrasound-in-critically-ill-patients
#17
Gentle S Shrestha, Dameera Weeratunga, Kylie Baker
Lung ultrasound is increasingly being used by the bedside physicians to complement the findings of physical examination. Lung ultrasound is non-invasive, devoid of radiation exposure and can be performed rapidly and repeatedly as needed at bedside. The diagnostic accuracy of lung ultrasound for common conditions like pleural effusion, pneumothorax, pulmonary edema and pneumonia is superior to chest radiograph and is comparable to chest CT scan. Lung ultrasound is helpful to evaluate the progress of lung pathology and response to treatment, over time...
September 11, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895676/maria-sk%C3%A5-odowska-curie-her-life-and-work-the-150-anniversary-of-her-birthday
#18
Małgorzata M. Dobrzyńska
Maria Skłodowska was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw (Poland). Her parents were teachers. Maria’s mother has died in 1878 of tuberculosis. In 1893 and 1894, respectively, Maria was awarded master’s degrees in physics and in mathematics from the Sorbonne University. In 1895 Maria married Pierre Curie. In 1897 their daughter Irene was born. Maria investigated rays emitted by uranium salts. She hypothesized that the radiation come from atom and called this phenomenon “radioactivity”. In 1898, Maria and Pierre discovered new radioactive elements polonium and radium...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895282/a-patient-safety-education-program-in-a-medical-physics-residency
#19
Eric C Ford, Matthew Nyflot, Matthew B Spraker, Gabrielle Kane, Kristi R G Hendrickson
Education in patient safety and quality of care is a requirement for radiation oncology residency programs according to accrediting agencies. However, recent surveys indicate that most programs lack a formal program to support this learning. The aim of this report was to address this gap and share experiences with a structured educational program on quality and safety designed specifically for medical physics therapy residencies. Five key topic areas were identified, drawn from published recommendations on safety and quality...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894513/diagnostic-methods-risk-factors-prevention-and-management-of-breast-cancer-related-lymphedema-past-present-and-future-directions
#20
Hoda E Sayegh, Maria S Asdourian, Meyha N Swaroop, Cheryl L Brunelle, Melissa N Skolny, Laura Salama, Alphonse G Taghian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) is a chronic, adverse, and much feared complication of breast cancer treatment, which affects approximately 20% of patients following breast cancer treatment. BCRL has a tremendous impact on breast cancer survivors, including physical impairments and significant psychological consequences. The intent of this review is to discuss recent studies and analyses regarding the risk factors, diagnosis, prevention through early screening and intervention, and management of BCRL...
June 2017: Current Breast Cancer Reports
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