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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222324/graph-based-segmentation-of-abnormal-nuclei-in-cervical-cytology
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Ling Zhang, Hui Kong, Shaoxiong Liu, Tianfu Wang, Siping Chen, Milan Sonka
A general method is reported for improving the segmentation of abnormal cell nuclei in cervical cytology images. In automation-assisted reading of cervical cytology, one of the essential steps is the segmentation of nuclei. Despite some progress, there is a need to improve the sensitivity, particularly the segmentation of abnormal nuclei. Our method starts with pre-segmenting the nucleus to define the coarse center and size of nucleus, which is used to construct a graph by image unfolding that maps ellipse-like border in the Cartesian coordinate system to lines in the polar coordinate system...
January 31, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222000/fast-prediction-of-protein-methylation-sites-using-a-sequence-based-feature-selection-technique
#2
Leyi Wei, Pengwei Xing, Gaotao Shi, Zhi-Liang Ji, Quan Zou
Protein methylation, an important post-translational modification, plays crucial roles in many cellular processes. The accurate prediction of protein methylation sites is fundamentally important for revealing the molecular mechanisms undergoing methylation. In recent years, computational prediction based on machine learning algorithms has emerged as a powerful and robust approach for identifying methylation sites, and much progress has been made in predictive performance improvement. However, the predictive performance of existing methods is not satisfactory in terms of overall accuracy...
February 16, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221992/exploiting-feature-and-class-relationships-in-video-categorization-with-regularized-deep-neural-networks
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Yu-Gang Jiang, Zuxuan Wu, Jun Wang, Xiangyang Xue, Shih-Fu Chang
In this paper, we study the challenging problem of categorizing videos according to high-level semantics such as the existence of a particular human action or a complex event. Although extensive efforts have been devoted in recent years, most existing works combined multiple video features using simple fusion strategies and neglected the utilization of inter-class semantic relationships. This paper proposes a novel unified framework that jointly exploits the feature relationships and the class relationships for improved categorization performance...
February 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220826/different-brain-structures-associated-with-artistic-and-scientific-creativity-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
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Baoguo Shi, Xiaoqing Cao, Qunlin Chen, Kaixiang Zhuang, Jiang Qiu
Creativity is the ability to produce original and valuable ideas or behaviors. In real life, artistic and scientific creativity promoted the development of human civilization; however, to date, no studies have systematically investigated differences in the brain structures responsible for artistic and scientific creativity in a large sample. Using voxel-based morphometry (VBM), this study identified differences in regional gray matter volume (GMV) across the brain between artistic and scientific creativity (assessed by the Creative Achievement Questionnaire) in 356 young, healthy subjects...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220764/dimensionality-reduction-based-on-distance-preservation-to-local-mean-dplm-for-spd-matrices-and-its-application-in-bci
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Alireza Davoudi, Saeed Shiry Ghidary, Khadijeh Sadatnejad
OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we propose a nonlinear dimensionality reduction algorithm for the manifold of Symmetric Positive Definite (SPD) matrices that considers the geometry of SPD matrices and provides a low dimensional representation of the manifold with high class discrimination in a supervised or unsupervised manner. APPROACH: The proposed algorithm, tries to preserve the local structure of the data by preserving distances to local means (DPLM) and also provides an implicit projection matrix...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220617/wave-caipi-for-highly-accelerated-mp-rage-imaging
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Daniel Polak, Kawin Setsompop, Stephen F Cauley, Borjan A Gagoski, Himanshu Bhat, Florian Maier, Peter Bachert, Lawrence L Wald, Berkin Bilgic
PURPOSE: To introduce a highly accelerated T1-weighted magnetization-prepared rapid gradient echo (MP-RAGE) acquisition that uses wave-controlled aliasing in parallel imaging (wave-CAIPI) encoding to retain high image quality. METHODS: Significant acceleration of the MP-RAGE sequence is demonstrated using the wave-CAIPI technique. Here, sinusoidal waveforms are used to spread aliasing in all three directions to improve the g-factor. Combined with a rapid (2 s) coil sensitivity acquisition and data-driven trajectory calibration, we propose an online integrated acquisition-reconstruction pipeline for highly efficient MP-RAGE imaging...
February 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220346/microwave-ablation-of-liver-malignancies-comparison-of-effects-and-early-outcomes-of-percutaneous-and-intraoperative-approaches-with-different-liver-conditions-new-advances-in-interventional-oncology-state-of-the-art
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Francesco De Cobelli, Paolo Marra, Francesca Ratti, Alessandro Ambrosi, Michele Colombo, Anna Damascelli, Claudio Sallemi, Simone Gusmini, Marco Salvioni, Pietro Diana, Federica Cipriani, Massimo Venturini, Luca Aldrighetti, Alessandro Del Maschio
Liver thermal ablation is an alternative treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and secondary liver malignancies. Microwave ablation (MWA) produces large ablation zones (AZ) in short time; however, AZ prediction is based on preclinical ex vivo models, rising concerns about reproducibility and safety in humans. We aimed to investigate the effects produced by a new-generation MWA system on human liver in vivo with different approaches (percutaneous or intraoperative) and liver conditions (cirrhosis or previous chemotherapy treatment), in comparison with manufacturer-provided predictions based on ex vivo animal models...
April 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220254/hiv-1-persistent-viremia-is-frequently-followed-by-episodes-of-low-level-viremia
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Marek Widera, Miriam Dirks, Barbara Bleekmann, Robert Jablonka, Martin Däumer, Hauke Walter, Robert Ehret, Jens Verheyen, Stefan Esser
After the start of antiretroviral therapy (ART), plasma HIV-RNA levels should fall below the limit of detection (LOD) within 24 weeks. Hence, the prolonged decline of HIV-RNA after ART initiation is defined as persistent viremia (PV). In this retrospective study, we analyzed factors associated with PV. Next-generation sequencing of viral RNA/DNA was performed to study viral evolution and the emergence of drug-resistance mutations in HIV-infected patients with PV (n = 20). In addition, HIV-DNA species, immunological parameters, and clinical data of the patients were analyzed...
February 20, 2017: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219432/personalized-heterogeneous-deformable-model-for-fast-volumetric-registration
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Weixin Si, Xiangyun Liao, Qiong Wang, Pheng Ann Heng
BACKGROUND: Biomechanical deformable volumetric registration can help improve safety of surgical interventions by ensuring the operations are extremely precise. However, this technique has been limited by the accuracy and the computational efficiency of patient-specific modeling. METHODS: This study presents a tissue-tissue coupling strategy based on penalty method to model the heterogeneous behavior of deformable body, and estimate the personalized tissue-tissue coupling parameters in a data-driven way...
February 20, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218820/eliminating-overerase-behavior-by-designing-energy-band-in-high-speed-charge-trap-memory-based-on-wse2
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Chunsen Liu, Xiao Yan, Jianlu Wang, Shijin Ding, Peng Zhou, David Wei Zhang
Atomic crystal charge trap memory, as a new concept of nonvolatile memory, possesses an atomic level flatness interface, which makes them promising candidates for replacing conventional FLASH memory in the future. Here, a 2D material WSe2 and a 3D Al2 O3 /HfO2 /Al2 O3 charge-trap stack are combined to form a charge-trap memory device with a separation of control gate and memory stack. In this device, the charges are erased/written by built-in electric field, which significantly enhances the write speed to 1 µs...
February 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218234/durability-enhanced-two-dimensional-hole-gas-of-c-h-diamond-surface-for-complementary-power-inverter-applications
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Hiroshi Kawarada, Tetsuya Yamada, Dechen Xu, Hidetoshi Tsuboi, Yuya Kitabayashi, Daisuke Matsumura, Masanobu Shibata, Takuya Kudo, Masafumi Inaba, Atsushi Hiraiwa
Complementary power field effect transistors (FETs) based on wide bandgap materials not only provide high-voltage switching capability with the reduction of on-resistance and switching losses, but also enable a smart inverter system by the dramatic simplification of external circuits. However, p-channel power FETs with equivalent performance to those of n-channel FETs are not obtained in any wide bandgap material other than diamond. Here we show that a breakdown voltage of more than 1600 V has been obtained in a diamond metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) FET with a p-channel based on a two-dimensional hole gas (2DHG)...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217772/dielectrowetting-manipulation-for-digital-microfluidics-creating-transporting-splitting-and-merging-of-droplets
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Hongyao Geng, Jian Feng, Lisa Marie Stabryla, Sung Kwon Cho
Generating, splitting, transporting, and merging droplets are fundamental and critical unit operations for digital (droplet-based) microfluidics. State-of-the-art digital microfluidics performs such operations commonly using electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) in the typical configuration of two parallel channel plates. This paper presents such operations using dielectrowetting (derived from liquid dielectrophoresis), not EWOD, with an array of interdigitated electrodes. The major and unique feature is that the present droplet manipulations are effective for conductive (water with/without surfactant) and non-conductive (propylene carbonate) fluids...
February 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217753/lymphadenectomy-state-of-the-art
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REVIEW
Daniele Marrelli, Lorenzo De Franco, Livio Iudici, Karol Polom, Franco Roviello
The extent of lymphadenectomy in gastric cancer (GC) surgery has been for long time a matter of debate. Randomized trials performed in the West reported worse results of D2 dissection, in terms of postoperative complications and long-term survival benefit, than Eastern series and observational studies from specialized Western centers. However, long-term re-evaluation of such trials and in depth-analysis of other experiences demonstrated the potential benefit of D2 in reducing the probability of cancer-related death and the safety of this procedure when avoiding unnecessary spleno-pancreatectomy and in centers with ad adequate surgical volume...
2017: Transl Gastroenterol Hepatol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217088/a-non-parametric-approach-to-the-overall-estimate-of-cognitive-load-using-nirs-time-series
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Soheil Keshmiri, Hidenobu Sumioka, Ryuji Yamazaki, Hiroshi Ishiguro
We present a non-parametric approach to prediction of the n-back n ∈ {1, 2} task as a proxy measure of mental workload using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) data. In particular, we focus on measuring the mental workload through hemodynamic responses in the brain induced by these tasks, thereby realizing the potential that they can offer for their detection in real world scenarios (e.g., difficulty of a conversation). Our approach takes advantage of intrinsic linearity that is inherent in the components of the NIRS time series to adopt a one-step regression strategy...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215903/minimally-invasive-distal-pancreatectomy
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REVIEW
Bård I Røsok, Thijs de Rooij, Jony van Hilst, Markus K Diener, Peter J Allen, Charles M Vollmer, David A Kooby, Shailesh V Shrikhande
BACKGROUND: The first International conference on Minimally Invasive Pancreas Resection was arranged in conjunction with the annual meeting of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA), in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 19th 2016. The presented evidence and outcomes resulting from the session for minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy (MIDP) is summarized and addressed perioperative outcome, the outcome for cancer and patient selection for the procedure. METHODS: A literature search was performed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines to compare MIDP and open distal pancreatectomy...
February 16, 2017: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215758/living-autobiographically-concepts-of-aging-and-artistic-expression-in-painting-and-modern-dance
#16
Mita Banerjee, Anita Wohlmann, Ralf Dahm
This article discusses the ways in which artists have incorporated or failed to incorporate the aging process of their bodies into their art. Using Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and the French painter Claude Monet as cases in point, we explore situations in which physical changes brought about by aging compromises artists' ability to engage with their artistic medium. Connecting Monet's oeuvre and Baryshnikov's dance performances to life writing accounts, we draw on John Paul Eakin's concept of "living autobiographically": In this vein, life writing research does not only have to take into account concepts of identity as they emerge from life writing narratives, but it also needs to explore the somatic, corporeal and material dimensions of these narratives...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215488/gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist-gnrha-trigger-state-of-the-art
#17
REVIEW
C Dosouto, T Haahr, P Humaidan
GnRH agonist (GnRHa) trigger for final oocyte maturation in GnRH antagonist co-treated IVF/ICSI cycles significantly reduces the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). GnRHa trigger followed by modifications of the standard luteal phase support (modified luteal phase support) secures fresh transfer in the majority of patients with excellent reproductive outcomes. In freeze all cycles (segmented cycles) GnRHa trigger allows oocyte retrieval with a minimal risk of early onset OHSS and good reproductive outcomes in subsequent frozen thaw cycles...
February 16, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215087/microwave-initiated-facile-formation-of-ni3se4-nanoassemblies-for-enhanced-and-stable-water-splitting-in-neutral-and-alkaline-media
#18
Sengeni Anantharaj, Jeevarathinam Kennedy, Subrata Kundu
Molecular hydrogen (H2) generation through water splitting with minimum energy loss has become practically possible due to the recent evolution of high performance electrocatalysts. In this study, we had fabricated, evaluated and presented such a high performance catalyst which is the Ni3Se4 nanoassemblies that can efficiently catalyze water splitting in neutral and alkaline media. A hierarchical nanoassemblies of Ni3Se4 was fabricated by functionalizing the surface cleaned Ni foam using NaHSe solution as Se source with the assistance of microwave irradiation (300 W) for 3 min followed by 5 h of aging at room temperature (RT)...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214640/the-art-of-mimicry-anterior-clinoid-dural-based-cavernous-hemangioma-mistaken-for-a-meningioma
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Tarek R Mansour, Yacine Medhkour, Pouya Entezami, Robert Mrak, Jason Schroeder, Azedine Medhkour
BACKGROUND: Cavernous hemangiomas account for 5-13% of central nervous system vascular lesions. They are usually found intra-axially but rarely involve extra-axial structures, most commonly the middle cranial fossa. A cavernous hemangioma presenting as a clinoid meningioma is extremely rare. CASE DESCRIPTION: We present a 36-year-old male with an asymptomatic intracranial mass found incidentally after an ATV accident. Preoperative MRI revealed a well-defined dural-based lesion arising from the right anterior clinoid process which was nearly homogenously enhancing, with a radiological diagnosis of meningioma...
February 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214519/detection-and-quantification-of-soil-transmitted-helminths-in-environmental-samples-a-review-of-current-state-of-the-art-and-future-perspectives
#20
REVIEW
Isaac Dennis Amoah, Gulshan Singh, Thor Axel Stenström, Poovendhree Reddy
It is estimated that over a billion people are infected with soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) globally with majority occurring in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworm (Trichuris trichiura), and hookworms (Anclostoma duodenale and Necator americanus) are the main species infecting people. These infections are mostly gained through exposure to faecally contaminated water, soil or contaminated food and with an increase in the risk of infections due to wastewater and sludge reuse in agriculture...
February 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
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