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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535344/clarifying-the-controversial-catalytic-performance-of-co-oh-2-and-co3o4-for-oxygen-reduction-evolution-reactions-toward-efficient-zn-air-batteries
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Zhishuang Song, Xiaopeng Han, Yida Deng, Naiqin Zhao, Wenbin Hu, Cheng Zhong
Cobalt-based nanomaterials have been widely studied as catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) due to their remarkable bifunctional catalytic activity, low cost and easy available. However, controversial results concerning OER/ORR performance exist between different types of cobalt-based catalysts, especially for Co(OH)2 and Co3O4. To address this issue, we develop a facile electrochemical deposition method to grow Co(OH)2 directly on the skeleton of carbon cloth, and further Co3O4 was obtained by post thermal treatment...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534806/feature-selection-for-nonstationary-data-application-to-human-recognition-using-medical-biometrics
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Majid Komeili, Wael Louis, Narges Armanfard, Dimitrios Hatzinakos
Electrocardiogram (ECG) and transient evoked otoacoustic emission (TEOAE) are among the physiological signals that have attracted significant interest in biometric community due to their inherent robustness to replay and falsification attacks. However, they are time-dependent signals and this makes them hard to deal with in across-session human recognition scenario where only one session is available for enrollment. This paper presents a novel feature selection method to address this issue. It is based on an auxiliary dataset with multiple sessions where it selects a subset of features that are more persistent across different sessions...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534780/katzlgo-large-scale-prediction-of-lncrna-functions-by-using-the-katz-measure-based-on-multiple-networks
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Zuping Zhang, Jingpu Zhang, Chao Fan, Yongjun Tang, Lei Deng
Aggregating evidences have shown that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) generally play key roles in cellular biological processes such as epigenetic regulation, gene expression regulation at transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels, cell differentiation and others. However, most lncRNAs have not been functionally characterized. There is an urgent need to develop computational approaches for function annotation of increasing available lncRNAs. In this article, we propose a global network-based method, KATZLGO, to predict the functions of human lncRNAs at large scale...
May 16, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534768/personalized-age-progression-with-bi-level-aging-dictionary-learning
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Xiangbo Shu, Jinhui Tang, Zechao Li, Hanjiang Lai, Liyan Zhang, Shuicheng Yan
Age progression is defined as aesthetically re-rendering the aging face at any future age for an individual face. In this work, we aim to automatically render aging faces in a personalized way. Basically, for each age group, we learn an aging dictionary to reveal its aging characteristics (e.g., wrinkles), where the dictionary bases corresponding to the same index yet from two neighboring aging dictionaries form a particular aging pattern cross these two age groups, and a linear combination of all these patterns expresses a particular personalized aging process...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534393/simple-approach-to-high-performance-stretchable-heaters-based-on-kirigami-patterning-of-conductive-paper-for-wearable-thermotherapy-applications
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Nam-Su Jang, Kang-Hyun Kim, Sung-Hun Ha, Soo-Ho Jung, Hye Moon Lee, Jong-Man Kim
Recent efforts to develop stretchable resistive heaters open up the possibility for their use in wearable thermotherapy applications. Such heaters should have high electrothermal performance and stability to be used practically, and the fabrication must be simple, economic, reproducible, and scalable. Here we present a simple yet highly efficient way of producing high-performance stretchable heaters, which is based on a facile kirigami pattering (the art of cutting and folding paper) of a highly conductive paper for practical wearable thermotherapy...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534392/ultrahigh-resolution-titanium-deep-reactive-ion-etching
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Bryan W K Woo, Shannon C Gott, Ryan A Peck, Dong Yan, Mathias W Rommelfanger, Masaru P Rao
Due to its unique combination of advantageous properties, titanium (Ti) represents a promising new material for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Recently, realization of this promise has been made possible with the advent of processes that enable deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) of high-aspect-ratio (HAR) structures in bulk Ti substrates. However, to date, these processes have been limited to minimum feature sizes (MFS) ≥ 750 nm. While this is sufficient for many applications, MFS reduction to the deep sub-micrometer range opens potential for further device miniaturization, as well as opportunity for endowing devices with unique functionalities that derive from precisely-defined structures within this length scale regime...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533167/performance-of-the-antiretroviral-treatment-program-in-ethiopia-2005-2015-strengths-and-weaknesses-toward-ending-aids
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Yibeltal Assefa, Charles F Gilks, Lutgarde Lynen, Owain Williams, Peter S Hill, Taye Tolera, Alankar Malvia, Wim Van Damme
BACKGROUND: Ethiopia is one of the countries which has scaled up antiretroviral treatment (ART) over the past decade. This study reviews the performance of the ART program in Ethiopia during the past decade, and identifies successes and weaknesses toward ending AIDS in the country. METHODS: A review and synthesis of data was conducted using multiple data sources: reports from all health facilities in Ethiopia to the Federal Ministry of Health, HIV/AIDS estimates and projections, and retrospective cohort and cross-sectional studies conducted between 2005/6 and 2014/15...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532595/impact-of-elemental-iron-on-human-spermatozoa-and-mouse-embryonic-development-in-a-defined-synthetic-culture-medium
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Safaa M Naes, Oshini Basri, Fauziah Ismail, Ghofraan A Ata'Allah, Siti Khadijah Idris, Noor Azmi Mat Adenan, Jaffar Ali
There is a paucity of studies on effect of iron in embryo culture procedures. This study aims to ascertain the optimal, tolerance and toxic levels of iron in a protein-free embryo culture medium (PFM) to determine the effect of iron on embryonic development. The application of PFM in assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is intended to eliminate disease transmission and improve ART treatment outcome. The optimal, tolerance and toxic levels of iron on human spermatozoa and mouse embryos were determined by challenging them with different levels of iron (ferric iron; Fe(+3))...
May 19, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531553/hiv-1-viral-load-measurement-in-venous-blood-and-fingerprick-blood-using-abbott-realtime-hiv-1-dbs-assay
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Ning Tang, Vihanga Pahalawatta, Andrea Frank, Zowie Bagley, Raquel Viana, John Lampinen, Gregor Leckie, Shihai Huang, Klara Abravaya, Carole L Wallis
BACKGROUND: HIV RNA suppression is a key indicator for monitoring success of antiretroviral therapy. From a logistical perspective, viral load (VL) testing using Dried Blood Spots (DBS) is a promising alternative to plasma based VL testing in resource-limited settings. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the analytical and clinical performance of the Abbott RealTime HIV-1 assay using a fully automated one-spot DBS sample protocol. STUDY DESIGN: Limit of detection (LOD), linearity, lower limit of quantitation (LLQ), upper limit of quantitation (ULQ), and precision were determined using serial dilutions of HIV-1 Virology Quality Assurance stock (VQA Rush University), or HIV-1-containing armored RNA, made in venous blood...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530001/structured-sparse-low-rank-regression-model-for-brain-wide-and-genome-wide-associations
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Xiaofeng Zhu, Heung-Il Suk, Heng Huang, Dinggang Shen
With the advances of neuroimaging techniques and genome sequences understanding, the phenotype and genotype data have been utilized to study the brain diseases (known as imaging genetics). One of the most important topics in image genetics is to discover the genetic basis of phenotypic markers and their associations. In such studies, the linear regression models have been playing an important role by providing interpretable results. However, due to their modeling characteristics, it is limited to effectively utilize inherent information among the phenotypes and genotypes, which are helpful for better understanding their associations...
October 2016: Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Intervention: MICCAI ..
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528537/intraoperative-mechanical-ventilation-state-of-the-art
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Lorenzo Ball, Federico Costantino, Giulia Orefice, Karthikka Chandrapatham, Paolo Pelosi
Mechanical ventilation is a cornerstone of the intraoperative management of the surgical patient and is still mandatory in several surgical procedures. In the last decades, research focused on preventing postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs), both improving risk stratification through the use of predictive scores and protecting the lung adopting so-called protective ventilation strategies. The aim of this review is to give an up-to-date overview of the currently suggested intraoperative ventilation strategies, along with their pathophysiologic rationale, with a focus on challenging conditions, such as obesity, one-lung ventilation and cardiopulmonary bypass...
May 19, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528126/emotional-intelligence-increases-over-time-a-longitudinal-study-of-australian-pre-registration-nursing-students
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Kim Foster, Judith Fethney, Heather McKenzie, Murray Fisher, Emily Harkness, Desirée Kozlowski
BACKGROUND: Emotional intelligence (EI) has been associated with positive outcomes for nursing students. Higher EI is associated with personal wellbeing and stress management, higher academic performance, stronger nursing leadership and practice performance, and greater patient safety. While there is an increasing body of evidence on nursing students' EI, there is minimal evidence on EI over time during pre-registration programs. OBJECTIVES: To measure EI in pre-registration nursing students from program commencement to conclusion to ascertain EI over time and examine the relationship between EI and academic performance...
May 15, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527738/life-cycle-assessment-of-sustainable-raw-material-acquisition-for-functional-magnetite-bionanoparticle-production
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Jhuma Sadhukhan, Nimisha Joshi, Mobolaji Shemfe, Jonathan R Lloyd
Magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) have several applications, including use in medical diagnostics, renewable energy production and waste remediation. However, the processes for MNP production from analytical-grade materials are resource intensive and can be environmentally damaging. This work for the first time examines the life cycle assessment (LCA) of four MNP production cases: (i) industrial MNP production system; (ii) a state-of-the-art MNP biosynthesis system; (iii) an optimal MNP biosynthesis system and (iv) an MNP biosynthesis system using raw materials sourced from wastewaters, in order to recommend a sustainable raw material acquisition pathway for MNP synthesis...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525319/preparation-for-sexual-and-reproductive-self-care-in-iranian-adolescent-girls-a-qualitative-study
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Zainab Alimoradi, Nourossadat Kariman, Fazlollah Ahmadi, Masoumeh Simbar
Background Adolescence is one of the most important stages in every individual's life. Pubertal changes and acquiring reproduction capability require adolescents to perform special health care processes. Also the possibility of involvement in high-risk sexual behaviors endangers adolescent girls' sexual and reproductive health. Objective Increase and deepen the understanding and knowledge of the factors affecting Iranian adolescent girls' readiness to take care of their sexual and reproductive health. Materials and methods The present qualitative study was conducted using conventional content analysis method...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523494/-a-future-amalgamation-between-the-scientist-and-the-clinician
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Sarah Haywood-Small
Personalized medicine is gaining momentum and analytical methods such as MS are ideally situated to provide coherent imaging of human disease. The cancer research field is already starting to benefit from the MS imaging applications; non-cancerous diseases will hopefully enjoy the same success. Often, the way forward is to embrace several techniques, which can complement and verify each other. This approach can be seen as less confrontational as everyone can play a part in the development of a new working practice...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522366/a-level-set-method-for-multiple-sclerosis-lesion-segmentation
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Yue Zhao, Shuxu Guo, Min Luo, Xue Shi, Michel Bilello, Shaoxiang Zhang, Chunming Li
In this paper, we present a level set method for multiple sclerosis (MS) lesion segmentation from FLAIR Images in the presence of intensity inhomogeneities. We use a three-phase level set formulation of segmentation and bias field estimation to segment MS lesions and normal tissue region (including GM and WM) and CSF and the background from FLAIR images. To save computational load, we derive a two-phase formulation from the original multi-phase level set formulation to segment the MS lesions and normal tissue regions...
May 15, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522145/wnt-signaling-a-novel-pathway-regulating-blood-pressure-state-of-the-art-review
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Maen D Abou Ziki, Arya Mani
Recent antihypertensive trials show conflicting results on blood pressure (BP) targets in patient populations with different metabolic profiles, with lowest benefit from tight BP control observed in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This paradox could arise from the heterogeneity of study populations and underscores the importance of precision medicine initiatives towards understanding and treating hypertension. Wnt signaling pathways and genetic variations in its signaling peptides have been recently associated with metabolic syndrome, hypertension and diabetes, generating a breakthrough for advancement of precision medicine in the field of hypertension...
May 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521596/overcoming-the-current-issues-surrounding-device-leads-reducing-the-complications-during-extraction
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Maria Grazia Bongiorni, Luca Segreti, Andrea Di Cori, Giulio Zucchelli, Luca Paperini, Stefano Viani, Ezio Soldati
The implantation rate of of Cardiac implantable Elecrtonical Devices has consistently increased in the last 20 years, so as related complication rates. According, devices infections and malfunctions required the development of appropriate strategies. The most relevant issue is the removal of pacing and ICD leads, which, few months after implantation, tend to develop intravascular fibrosis, often making extraction a challenging and risky procedure. Areas Covered: TLE scenario is constantly evolving. Transvenous lead extraction (TLE) is a key procedure in lead management strategies...
May 18, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520848/pattern-fusion-analysis-by-adaptive-alignment-of-multiple-heterogeneous-omics-data
#19
Qianqian Shi, Chuanchao Zhang, Minrui Peng, Xiangtian Yu, Tao Zeng, Juan Liu, Luonan Chen
Motivation: Integrating different omics profiles is a challenging task, which provides a comprehensive way to understand complex diseases in a multi-view manner. One key for such an integration is to extract intrinsic patterns in concordance with data structures, so as to discover consistent information across various data types even with noise pollution. Thus, we proposed a novel framework called "pattern fusion analysis" (PFA), which performs automated information alignment and bias correction, to fuse local sample-patterns (e...
May 18, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520613/uric-acid-and-blood-pressure-exploring-the-role-of-uric-acid-production-in-the-maastricht-study
#20
Lieke E J M Scheepers, Annelies Boonen, Pieter C Dagnelie, Miranda T Schram, Carla J H van der Kallen, Ronald M A Henry, Abraham A Kroon, Coen D A Stehouwer, Ilja C W Arts
OBJECTIVE: Accumulation of reactive oxygen species by increased uric acid production has been suggested as a possible underlying mechanism for the association between uric acid and high blood pressure (BP). We, therefore, investigated the association between serum uric acid concentration 24-h urinary uric acid excretion, as proxy for uric acid production, and ambulatory 24-h BP and hypertension. METHODS: Cross-sectional analyses were conducted among 2555 individuals [52% men, mean age 60...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
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