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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319703/impacts-of-human-activities-on-nutrient-transport-in-the-yellow-river-the-role-of-the-water-sediment-regulation-scheme
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Xinyu Li, Hontao Chen, Xueyan Jiang, Zhigang Yu, Qingzhen Yao
Anthropogenic activities alter the natural states of large rivers and their surrounding environment. The Yellow River is a well-studied case of a large river with heavy human control. An artificial managed water and sediment release system, known as the Water-Sediment Regulation Scheme (WSRS), has been carried out annually in the Yellow River since 2002. Nutrient concentrations and composition display significant time and space variations during the WSRS period. To figure out the anthropogenic impact of nutrient changes and transport in the Yellow River, biogeochemical observations were carried out in both middle reaches and lower reaches of the Yellow River during 2014 WSRS period...
March 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275541/pitchperfect-primary-intracranial-hemorrhage-probability-estimation-using-random-forests-on-ct
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John Muschelli, Elizabeth M Sweeney, Natalie L Ullman, Paul Vespa, Daniel F Hanley, Ciprian M Crainiceanu
INTRODUCTION: Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), where a blood vessel ruptures into areas of the brain, accounts for approximately 10-15% of all strokes. X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning is largely used to assess the location and volume of these hemorrhages. Manual segmentation of the CT scan using planimetry by an expert reader is the gold standard for volume estimation, but is time-consuming and has within- and across-reader variability. We propose a fully automated segmentation approach using a random forest algorithm with features extracted from X-ray computed tomography (CT) scans...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268809/automated-tracking-segmentation-and-trajectory-classification-of-pelvic-organs-on-dynamic-mri
#3
Iman Nekooeimehr, Susana Lai-Yuen, Paul Bao, Alfredo Weitzenfeld, Stuart Hart
Pelvic organ prolapse is a major health problem in women where pelvic floor organs (bladder, uterus, small bowel, and rectum) fall from their normal position and bulge into the vagina. Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DMRI) is presently used to analyze the organs' movements from rest to maximum strain providing complementary support for diagnosis. However, there is currently no automated or quantitative approach to measure the movement of the pelvic organs and their correlation with the severity of prolapse...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256520/multistability-of-the-brain-network-for-self-other-processing
#4
Yi-An Chen, Tsung-Ren Huang
Early fMRI studies suggested that brain areas processing self-related and other-related information were highly overlapping. Hypothesising functional localisation of the cortex, researchers have tried to locate "self-specific" and "other-specific" regions within these overlapping areas by subtracting suspected confounding signals in task-based fMRI experiments. Inspired by recent advances in whole-brain dynamic modelling, we instead explored an alternative hypothesis that similar spatial activation patterns could be associated with different processing modes in the form of different synchronisation patterns...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237430/evaluation-of-impact-of-an-external-breast-shield-flexishield-in-electronic-brachytherapy-for-breast-iort-a-phantom-study
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Yongbok Kim, Jason Wei-Yeong Huynh, Victor J Gonzalez
PURPOSE: To investigate Axxent (iCAD, Inc., San Jose, CA) electronic brachytherapy balloon deformation and its dosimetric impact because of an external flexible shield (FlexiShield [FS]; iCAD, Inc.). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Prostheses breast tissue phantom overlaid three spherical balloon applicators to simulate three clinical scenarios depending on minimum skin-to-balloon surface spacing (SS): balloon with SS of 2 cm, 1 cm, and balloon with 1 cm SS and touching the chest wall...
February 23, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227004/automated-tracking-segmentation-and-trajectory-classification-of-pelvic-organs-on-dynamic-mri
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Iman Nekooeimehr, Susana Lai-Yuen, Paul Bao, Alfredo Weitzenfeld, Stuart Hart, Iman Nekooeimehr, Susana Lai-Yuen, Paul Bao, Alfredo Weitzenfeld, Stuart Hart, Paul Bao, Susana Lai-Yuen, Stuart Hart, Alfredo Weitzenfeld, Iman Nekooeimehr
Pelvic organ prolapse is a major health problem in women where pelvic floor organs (bladder, uterus, small bowel, and rectum) fall from their normal position and bulge into the vagina. Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DMRI) is presently used to analyze the organs' movements from rest to maximum strain providing complementary support for diagnosis. However, there is currently no automated or quantitative approach to measure the movement of the pelvic organs and their correlation with the severity of prolapse...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209735/the-epac-phospholipase-c%C3%AE%C2%B5-pathway-regulates-endocannabinoid-signaling-and-cocaine-induced-disinhibition-of-ventral-tegmental-area-dopamine-neurons
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Jiaqing Tong, Xiaojie Liu, Casey Vickstrom, Yan Li, Laikang Yu, Youming Lu, Alan V Smrcka, Qing-Song Liu
Exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac) is a direct effector for the ubiquitous second messenger cAMP. Epac activates the phospholipase Cε (PLCε) pathway. PLCβ has been linked to the synthesis of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). Here, we report that Epac facilitates endocannabinoid-mediated retrograde synaptic depression through activation of PLCε. Intracellular loading of a selective Epac agonist 8-CPT-2Me-cAMP into ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons enabled previously ineffective stimuli to induce depolarization-induced suppression of inhibition (DSI) and long-term depression of IPSCs (I-LTD) in the VTA...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209314/connection-between-bilateral-temporal-regions-tractography-using-human-connectome-data-and-diffusion-spectrum-imaging
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Peng-Hu Wei, Zhi-Qi Mao, Fei Cong, Bo Wang, Zhi-Pei Ling, Shu-Li Liang, Xin-Guang Yu
Temporal lobe epilepsy often propagates inter-hemispherically. Although the pathway of the propagation was verified by electrophysiology, the trajectory remains poorly defined. DTI can depict fiber trajectory but it has limited angular resolution and cannot adequately assess cortical regions. We visualized potential pathways of bitemporal epilepsy propagation using diffusion spectrum imaging (DSI) with data consisting of 8 groups of 514 directions and diffusion templates of 842 subjects from the human connectome project (HCP)...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207859/differential-effects-of-silencing-crustacean-hyperglycemic-hormone-gene-expression-on-the-metabolic-profiles-of-the-muscle-and-hepatopancreas-in-the-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii
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Wenfeng Li, Kuo-Hsun Chiu, Yi-Chun Tien, Shih-Fu Tsai, Li-Jane Shih, Chien-Hsun Lee, Jean-Yves Toullec, Chi-Ying Lee
In order to functionally characterize the metabolic roles of crustacean hyperglycemic hormone (CHH), gene expression of CHH in the crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) was knocked down by in vivo injection of CHH double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), followed by metabolomic analysis of 2 CHH target tissues (the muscle and hepatopancreas) using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Compared to the levels in untreated and saline-injected (SAI) animals, levels of CHH transcript, but not those of molt-inhibiting hormone (a CHH-family peptide), in the eyestalk ganglia of CHH dsRNA-injected (DSI) animals were significantly decreased at 24, 48, and 72 hour post injection (hpi), with concomitant changes in levels of CHH peptide in the sinus gland (a neurohemal organ) and hemolymph...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187924/measuring-the-dysphonia-severity-index-dsi-in-the-program-praat
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Youri Maryn, Dominique Morsomme, Marc De Bodt
BACKGROUND: The original Dysphonia Severity Index (ie, DSI) weighs and combines four voice markers in a single number to size dysphonia gradation in the clinic: percent jitter (from Multi-Dimensional Voice Program; KayPENTAX Corp., Montvale, NJ), softest intensity and highest fundamental frequency (both from Voice Range Profile; KayPENTAX Corp.), and maximum phonation time. To be more generally applied, however, implementation of DSI in the program Praat (Paul Boersma and David Weenink, Institute for Phonetic Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) would be advantageous for all voice clinicians...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173958/decadal-changes-in-nutrient-fluxes-and-environmental-effects-in-the-jiulong-river-estuary
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Gaojie Wu, Wenzhi Cao, Zheng Huang, Chih-Ming Kao, Chang-Tang Chang, Pen-Chi Chiang, Feifei Wang
Estuaries are areas of both freshwater and seawater that are partially enclosed with contact to the open sea and a flow of fresh water. Although the Jiulong River Estuary has a relatively small catchment, this area was found to exhibit high nutrient fluxes. The nutrient fluxes showed obvious fluctuations for different years. The Jiulong River Estuary was predominantly P-limited, and was slowly moving towards higher DIN:DIP and DSi:DIP ratios as the nitrate concentrations increased. The high nutrient fluxes into the estuary may affect estuarine ecosystems by the alteration of DO concentrations in bottom waters, causing harm to benthic fauna due to a lack of oxygen, triggering algal blooms...
February 4, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140361/directional-sinogram-interpolation-for-motion-weighted-4d-cone-beam-ct-reconstruction
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Hua Zhang, Matthijs Kruis, Jan-Jakob Sonke
The image quality of respiratory sorted four-dimensional (4D) cone-beam (CB) computed tomography (CT) is often limited by streak artifacts due to insufficient projections. A motion weighted reconstruction (MWR) method is proposed to decrease streak artifacts and improve image quality. Firstly, respiratory correlated CBCT projections were interpolated by directional sinogram interpolation (DSI) to generate additional CB projections for each phase and subsequently reconstructed. Secondly, local motion was estimated by deformable image registration of the interpolated 4D CBCT...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132007/ibobbly-mobile-health-intervention-for-suicide-prevention-in-australian-indigenous-youth-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial
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Joseph Tighe, Fiona Shand, Rebecca Ridani, Andrew Mackinnon, Nicole De La Mata, Helen Christensen
OBJECTIVES: Rates of youth suicide in Australian Indigenous communities are 4 times the national youth average and demand innovative interventions. Historical and persistent disadvantage is coupled with multiple barriers to help seeking. Mobile phone applications offer the opportunity to deliver therapeutic interventions directly to individuals in remote communities. The pilot study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a self-help mobile app (ibobbly) targeting suicidal ideation, depression, psychological distress and impulsivity among Indigenous youth in remote Australia...
January 27, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100557/dual-sensory-impairment-in-special-schools-in-south-eastern-nigeria
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Ada E Aghaji, Richard Bowman, Vincent C Ofoegbu, Andrew Smith
In a cross-sectional study to determine the magnitude of dual sensory impairment (DSI-combined hearing and vision loss) in children in single-disability special education schools, children in schools for the blind and schools for the deaf in four states in South-East Nigeria were examined by an ophthalmologist and otorhinolaryngologist to determine the level of their disability and to identify other disabilities if any. Participants were all students with childhood blindness or childhood deafness. The magnitude and causes of DSI and the burden of undetected DSI were the main outcome measures...
February 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088421/the-influence-of-ultra-pasteurization-by-indirect-heating-versus-direct-steam-injection-on-skim-and-2-fat-milks
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A P Lee, D M Barbano, M A Drake
Fluid milk is traditionally pasteurized by high temperature, short time (HTST) pasteurization, which requires heating to at least 72°C for 15 s. Ultra-pasteurization (UP) extends milk shelf life and is defined as heating to at least 138°C for 2 s. The UP process can be done by indirect heating (IND) or by direct steam injection (DSI). The influence of these 2 UP methods on milk flavor has not been widely investigated. The objective of this study was to compare the effect of HTST, IND-UP, and DSI-UP on sensory perception of fluid milk...
March 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087071/development-of-delineation-for-the-left-anterior-descending-coronary-artery-region-in-left-breast-cancer-radiotherapy-an-optimized-organ-at-risk
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Jie Lee, Kai-Lung Hua, Shih-Ming Hsu, Jhen-Bin Lin, Chou-Hsien Lee, Kuo-Wei Lu, Kun-Yao Dai, Xu-Nian Huang, Jun-Zhao Huang, Meng-Hao Wu, Yu-Jen Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and diagonal branches (DBs) are blurred on computed tomography (CT). We aimed to define the LAD region (LADR) with adequate inclusion of the LAD and DBs and contouring consistency. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The LADR was defined using coronary CT angiograms. The inclusion ratio was used to assess the LAD and DBs inclusion by the LADR. Four radiation oncologists delineated the LAD and LADR, using contrast-enhanced CT of 15 patients undergoing left breast radiotherapy...
January 10, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065821/an-evaluation-of-the-utility-of-lvdp-dt40-qa-interval-lvdp-dtmin-and-tau-as-indicators-of-drug-induced-changes-in-contractility-and-lusitropy-in-dogs
#17
Michael K Pugsley, Brian Guth, Alan Y Chiang, Jennifer M Doyle, Michael Engwall, Jean-Michel Guillon, Peter K Hoffmann, John E Koerner, Scott W Mittelstadt, Jennifer Beck Pierson, Eric I Rossman, Dustan R Sarazan, Stanley T Parish
INTRODUCTION: The importance of drug-induced effects on the inotropic state of the heart is well known. Unlike hemodynamic and cardiac electrophysiological methods, which have been routinely used in drug safety testing for years, the non-clinical assessment of drug effects on myocardial contractility is used less frequently with no established translation to humans. The goal of these studies was to determine whether assessment of alternate measures of cardiac inotropy could detect drug-induced changes in the contractile state of the heart using drugs known to have clinically relevant positive and negative effects on myocardial contractility...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056080/comparison-of-ipaq-sf-and-two-other-physical-activity-questionnaires-with-accelerometer-in-adolescent-boys
#18
Triin Rääsk, Jarek Mäestu, Evelin Lätt, Jaak Jürimäe, Toivo Jürimäe, Uku Vainik, Kenn Konstabel
Self-report measures of physical activity (PA) are easy to use and popular but their reliability is often questioned. Therefore, the general aim of the present study was to investigate the association of PA questionnaires with accelerometer derived PA, in a sample of adolescent boys. In total, 191 pubertal boys (mean age 14.0 years) completed three self-report questionnaires and wore an accelerometer (ActiGraph GT1M) for 7 consecutive days. The PA questionnaires were: International Physical Activity Questionnaire-Short Form (IPAQ-SF), Tartu Physical Activity Questionnaire (TPAQ), and the Inactivity subscale from Domain-Specific Impulsivity (DSI) scale...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048724/su-f-j-84-comparison-of-quantitative-deformable-image-registration-evaluation-tools-application-to-prostate-igart
#19
N Dogan, E Weiss, W Sleeman, G Christensen, J Williamson, J Ford
PURPOSE: Errors in displacement vector fields (DVFs) generated by Deformable Image Registration (DIR) algorithms can give rise to significant uncertainties in contour propagation and dose accumulation in Image-Guided Adaptive Radiotherapy (IGART). The purpose of this work is to assess the accuracy of two DIR algorithms using a variety of quality metrics for prostate IGART. METHODS: Pelvic CT images were selected from an anonymized database of nineteen prostate patients who underwent 8-12 serial scans during radiotherapy...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048597/tu-h-campus-iep3-01-simultaneous-pet-restoration-and-pet-ct-co-segmentation-using-a-variational-method
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L Li, W Lu, S Tan
PURPOSE: PET images are usually blurred due to the finite spatial resolution, while CT images suffer from low contrast. Segment a tumor from either a single PET or CT image is thus challenging. To make full use of the complementary information between PET and CT, we propose a novel variational method for simultaneous PET image restoration and PET/CT images co-segmentation. METHODS: The proposed model was constructed based on the Γ-convergence approximation of Mumford-Shah (MS) segmentation model for PET/CT co-segmentation...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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