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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102957/rf-safety-assessment-of-a-bilateral-four-channel-transmit-receive-7-tesla-breast-coil-sar-versus-tissue-temperature-limits
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Thomas M Fiedler, Mark E Ladd, Andreas K Bitz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to perform an RF safety evaluation for a bilateral four-channel transmit/receive breast coil and to determine the maximum permissible input power for which RF exposure of the subject stays within recommended limits. The safety evaluation was done based on SAR as well as on temperature simulations. In comparison to SAR, temperature is more directly correlated with tissue damage, which allows a more precise safety assessment. The temperature simulations were performed by applying three different blood perfusion models as well as two different ambient temperatures...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102610/outcomes-of-hiv-positive-patients-lost-to-follow-up-in-african-treatment-programs
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REVIEW
Kathrin Zürcher, Anne Mooser, Nanina Anderegg, Olga Tymejczyk, Margaret J Couvillon, Denis Nash, Matthias Egger
OBJECTIVE: The retention of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is key to achieving global targets in response to the HIV epidemic. Loss to follow-up (LTFU) can be substantial, with unknown outcomes for patients lost to ART programs. We examined changes in outcomes of patients LTFU over calendar time, assessed associations with other studies and program characteristics, and investigated the relative success of different tracing methods. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and logistic random-effects meta-regression analysis of studies that traced adults or children who started ART and were LTFU in sub-Saharan African treatment programs...
January 19, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101422/low-cost-hand-held-probe-for-depth-resolved-low-coherence-interferometry
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Paritosh Pande, Ryan L Shelton, Guillermo L Monroy, Ryan M Nolan, Stephen A Boppart
We report on the development of a low-cost hand-held low-coherence interferometric imaging system based on the principle of linear optical coherence tomography (Linear OCT), a technique which was first proposed in the early 2000s as a simpler alternative to the conventional time-domain and Fourier-domain OCT. A bench-top implementation of the proposed technique is first presented and validated. The axial resolution, SNR, and sensitivity roll-of of the system was estimated to be 5.2 μm and 80 dB, and 3.7 dB over a depth of 0...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100115/paternal-age-is-not-associated-with-pregnancy-outcomes-after-single-thawed-euploid-blastocyst-transfer
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Ashley W Tiegs, Nidhee M Sachdev, Jamie A Grifo, David H McCulloh, Frederick Licciardi
Although controversial, increasing paternal age has been shown to negatively affect assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes and success rates. Most studies investigating the effect of paternal age on ART outcomes use a donor oocyte model to minimize maternal aneuploidy contribution. This study sought to determine whether increasing paternal age is associated with adverse in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes when aneuploidy is minimized using preimplantation genetic screening. There were 573 single thawed euploid embryo transfers from 473 patients undergoing oocyte donor and autologous IVF cycles...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098810/state-of-the-art-dtm-generation-using-airborne-lidar-data
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REVIEW
Ziyue Chen, Bingbo Gao, Bernard Devereux
Digital terrain model (DTM) generation is the fundamental application of airborne Lidar data. In past decades, a large body of studies has been conducted to present and experiment a variety of DTM generation methods. Although great progress has been made, DTM generation, especially DTM generation in specific terrain situations, remains challenging. This research introduces the general principles of DTM generation and reviews diverse mainstream DTM generation methods. In accordance with the filtering strategy, these methods are classified into six categories: surface-based adjustment; morphology-based filtering, triangulated irregular network (TIN)-based refinement, segmentation and classification, statistical analysis and multi-scale comparison...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098280/single-lithium-ion-conducting-solid-polymer-electrolytes-advances-and-perspectives
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REVIEW
Heng Zhang, Chunmei Li, Michal Piszcz, Estibaliz Coya, Teofilo Rojo, Lide M Rodriguez-Martinez, Michel Armand, Zhibin Zhou
Electrochemical energy storage is one of the main societal challenges to humankind in this century. The performances of classical Li-ion batteries (LIBs) with non-aqueous liquid electrolytes have made great advances in the past two decades, but the intrinsic instability of liquid electrolytes results in safety issues, and the energy density of the state-of-the-art LIBs cannot satisfy the practical requirement. Therefore, rechargeable lithium metal batteries (LMBs) have been intensively investigated considering the high theoretical capacity of lithium metal and its low negative potential...
January 18, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097444/obstetric-outcome-of-vanishing-twins-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Ling Sun, Ling X Jiang, Heng Z Chen
PURPOSE: Due to the high number of multiple embryo transfers into the uterus performed in assisted reproductive technology treatment (ART), the incidences of twin pregnancy and of vanishing twin syndrome (VTS) are correspondingly high. A number of studies have described the obstetric outcomes of the remaining fetus produced after the other twin had vanished compared with a singleton at the start following ART, but the results are mixed and contradictory. We performed a systematic review of the existing studies to explore the actual obstetric outcome of VTS to allow physicians to adequately advise their patients...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096075/hpprna-a-snakemake-based-handy-parameter-free-pipeline-for-rna-seq-analysis-of-numerous-samples
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Dapeng Wang
RNA-Seq technology has been gradually becoming a routine approach for characterizing the properties of transcriptome in terms of organisms, cell types and conditions and consequently a big burden has been put on the facet of data analysis, which calls for an easy-to-learn workflow to cope with the increased demands from a large number of laboratories across the world. We report a one-in-all solution called hppRNA, composed of four scenarios such as pre-mapping, core-workflow, post-mapping and sequence variation detection, written by a series of individual Perl and R scripts, counting on well-established and preinstalled software, irrespective of single-end or paired-end, unstranded or stranded sequencing method...
January 17, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095968/catathrenia-nocturnal-groaning-a-social-media-survey-and-state-of-the-art-review
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Jose Alonso, Macario Camacho, Dinesh K Chhetri, Christian Guilleminault, Soroush Zaghi
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Catathrenia is an underrecognized nocturnal vocalization phenomenon that can be a source of perplexity to patients, bed partners, and medical providers. Catathrenia is distinct from both sleep talking (a parasomnia with loud talking during sleep) and snoring (noise due to vibration of upper airway soft tissues related to variations in airway resistance). The objective of this review is to provide an evidence-based resource to help the practitioner reliably evaluate and manage patients with this condition...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095905/imputing-hiv-treatment-start-dates-from-routine-laboratory-data-in-south-africa-a-validation-study
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Mhairi Maskew, Jacob Bor, Cheryl Hendrickson, William MacLeod, Till Bärnighausen, Deenan Pillay, Ian Sanne, Sergio Carmona, Wendy Stevens, Matthew P Fox
BACKGROUND: Poor clinical record keeping hinders health systems monitoring and patient care in many low resource settings. We develop and validate a novel method to impute dates of antiretroviral treatment (ART) initiation from routine laboratory data in South Africa's public sector HIV program. This method will enable monitoring of the national ART program using real-time laboratory data, avoiding the error potential of chart review. METHODS: We developed an algorithm to impute ART start dates based on the date of a patient's "ART workup", i...
January 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095807/comparison-of-developmental-milestone-attainment-in-early-treated-hiv-infected-infants-versus-hiv-unexposed-infants-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Sarah Benki-Nugent, Dalton Wamalwa, Agnes Langat, Kenneth Tapia, Judith Adhiambo, Daisy Chebet, Helen Moraa Okinyi, Grace John-Stewart
BACKGROUND: Infant HIV infection is associated with delayed milestone attainment. The extent to which effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents these delays is not well defined. METHODS: Ages at attainment of milestones were compared between HIV-infected (initiated ART by age <5 months), and HIV-unexposed uninfected (HUU) infants. Kaplan Meier analyses were used to estimate and compare (log-rank tests) ages at milestones between groups. Adjusted analyses were performed using Cox proportional hazards models...
January 17, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095403/a-likelihood-approach-for-real-time-calibration-of-stochastic-compartmental-epidemic-models
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Christoph Zimmer, Reza Yaesoubi, Ted Cohen
Stochastic transmission dynamic models are especially useful for studying the early emergence of novel pathogens given the importance of chance events when the number of infectious individuals is small. However, methods for parameter estimation and prediction for these types of stochastic models remain limited. In this manuscript, we describe a calibration and prediction framework for stochastic compartmental transmission models of epidemics. The proposed method, Multiple Shooting for Stochastic systems (MSS), applies a linear noise approximation to describe the size of the fluctuations, and uses each new surveillance observation to update the belief about the true epidemic state...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094994/ag-sn-bimetallic-catalyst-with-a-core-shell-structure-for-co2-reduction
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Wesley W Luc, Charles Collins, Siwen Wang, Hongliang Xin, Kai He, Yijin Kang, Feng Jiao
Converting greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) to value-added chemicals is an appealing approach to tackle CO2 emission challenges. The chemical transformation of CO2 requires suitable catalysts that can lower the activation energy barrier, thus minimizing the energy penalty associated with the CO2 reduction reaction. First-row transition metals are potential candidates as catalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction; however, their high oxygen affinity makes them easy to be oxidized, which could, in turn, strongly affect the catalytic properties of metal-based catalysts...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094939/unimolecular-decomposition-mechanism-of-1-2-dioxetanedione-concerted-or-biradical-that-is-the-question
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Pooria Farahani, Wilhelm Josef Baader
Determination of the ground and excited state unimolecular decomposition mechanisms of 1,2-dioxetanedione gives a level of insight into bimolecular decomposition reactions of this kind for which some experimental results are reported. Although, a few studies have put some effort to describe a biradical mechanism of this decomposition, there is still no systematic study which proves an existence of a biradical character. In the present study, state-of-the-art high-level multistate multiconfigurational reference second-order perturbation theory calculations are performed to describe the reaction mechanism of 1,2-dioxetanedione, in detail...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093483/treatment-simplification-to-atazanavir-ritonavir%C3%A2-%C3%A2-lamivudine-versus-maintenance-of-atazanavir-ritonavir%C3%A2-%C3%A2-two-nrtis-in-virologically-suppressed-hiv-1-infected-patients-48-week-results-from-a-randomized-trial-atlas-m
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Simona Di Giambenedetto, Massimiliano Fabbiani, Eugenia Quiros Roldan, Alessandra Latini, Gabriella D'Ettorre, Andrea Antinori, Antonella Castagna, Giancarlo Orofino, Daniela Francisci, Pierangelo Chinello, Giordano Madeddu, Pierfrancesco Grima, Stefano Rusconi, Massimo Di Pietro, Annalisa Mondi, Nicoletta Ciccarelli, Alberto Borghetti, Emanuele Focà, Manuela Colafigli, Andrea De Luca, Roberto Cauda
BACKGROUND: Combination ART (cART)-related toxicities and costs have prompted the need for treatment simplification. The ATLAS-M trial explored 48 week non-inferior efficacy of simplification to atazanavir/ritonavir  +  lamivudine versus maintaining three-drug atazanavir/ritonavir-based cART in virologically suppressed patients. METHODS: We performed an open-label, multicentre, randomized, non-inferiority study, enrolling HIV-infected adults on atazanavir/ritonavir + two NRTIs, with stable HIV-RNA <50 copies/mL and CD4 + >200 cells/mm(3) Main exclusion criteria were hepatitis B virus coinfection, past virological failure on or resistance to study drugs, recent AIDS and pregnancy...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092596/a-general-framework-of-dynamic-constrained-multiobjective-evolutionary-algorithms-for-constrained-optimization
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Sanyou Zeng, Ruwang Jiao, Changhe Li, Xi Li, Jawdat S Alkasassbeh
A novel multiobjective technique is proposed for solving constrained optimization problems (COPs) in this paper. The method highlights three different perspectives: 1) a COP is converted into an equivalent dynamic constrained multiobjective optimization problem (DCMOP) with three objectives: a) the original objective; b) a constraint-violation objective; and c) a niche-count objective; 2) a method of gradually reducing the constraint boundary aims to handle the constraint difficulty; and 3) a method of gradually reducing the niche size aims to handle the multimodal difficulty...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092591/relational-regularized-discriminative-sparse-learning-for-alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis
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Baiying Lei, Peng Yang, Tianfu Wang, Siping Chen, Dong Ni
Accurate identification and understanding informative feature is important for early Alzheimer's disease (AD) prognosis and diagnosis. In this paper, we propose a novel discriminative sparse learning method with relational regularization to jointly predict the clinical score and classify AD disease stages using multimodal features. Specifically, we apply a discriminative learning technique to expand the class-specific difference and include geometric information for effective feature selection. In addition, two kind of relational information are incorporated to explore the intrinsic relationships among features and training subjects in terms of similarity learning...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092588/a-many-objective-evolutionary-algorithm-using-a-one-by-one-selection-strategy
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Yiping Liu, Dunwei Gong, Jing Sun, Yaochu Jin
Most existing multiobjective evolutionary algorithms experience difficulties in solving many-objective optimization problems due to their incapability to balance convergence and diversity in the high-dimensional objective space. In this paper, we propose a novel many-objective evolutionary algorithm using a one-by-one selection strategy. The main idea is that in the environmental selection, offspring individuals are selected one by one based on a computationally efficient convergence indicator to increase the selection pressure toward the Pareto optimal front...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092585/saliency-based-lesion-segmentation-via-background-detection-in-dermoscopic-images
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Euijoon Ahn, Jinman Kim, Lei Bi, Ashnil Kumar, Changyang Li, Michael Fulham, Dagan Feng
The segmentation of skin lesions in dermoscopic images is a fundamental step in automated computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) of melanoma. Conventional segmentation methods, however, have difficulties when the lesion borders are indistinct and when contrast between the lesion and the surrounding skin is low. They also perform poorly when there is a heterogeneous background or a lesion that touches the image boundaries; this then results in under- and over-segmentation of the skin lesion. We suggest that saliency detection using the reconstruction errors derived from a sparse representation model coupled with a novel background detection can more accurately discriminate the lesion from surrounding regions...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092558/discriminant-context-information-analysis-for-post-ranking-person-re-identification
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Jorge Garcia, Niki Martinel, Alfredo Gardel, Ignacio Bravo, Gian Luca Foresti, Christian Micheloni
Existing approaches for person re-identification are mainly based on creating distinctive representations or on learning optimal metrics. The achieved results are then provided in form of a list of ranked matching persons. It often happens that the true match is not ranked first but it is in the first positions. This is mostly due to the visual ambiguities shared between the true match and other "similar" persons. At the current state, there is a lack of a study of such visual ambiguities which limit the re-identification performance within the first ranks...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
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