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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716553/regional-analysis-of-age-related-local-bone-loss-in-the-spine-of-a-healthy-population-using-3d-voxel-based-modeling
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Alexander Valentinitsch, Stefano Trebeschi, Eva Alarcón, Thomas Baum, Johannes Kaesmacher, Claus Zimmer, Cristian Lorenz, Jan S Kirschke
Local variations in bone loss may be of great importance to individually predict osteoporotic fractures but are neglected by current densitometry techniques. The purpose of this study was to evaluate regional variations of normal bone loss at the spine among different age groups using voxel-based morphometry. Non-contrast MDCT scans of 16 patients under the age of 40 (mean age 26years) without spinal pathology were identified as a reference cohort, where each thoracolumbar vertebra was assessed individually...
July 14, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716250/white-matter-lesions-and-cognitive-impairment-may-be-related-to-recovery-from-unilateral-spatial-neglect-after-stroke
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Chisako Köder Kamakura, Yuji Ueno, Yuzuru Sakai, Hisao Yoshida, Saiko Aiba, Akito Hayashi, Hideki Shimura, Katsuhiko Takeda, Keiko Kamakura, Nobutaka Hattori, Takao Urabe
BACKGROUND: Unilateral spatial neglect (USN) is frequently found in ischemic stroke patients. Because USN is related to poor functional outcomes, evaluating recovery from USN after stroke is critical. METHODS: Patients with acute ischemic stroke with lesions in the right cerebral hemisphere on MRI and exhibiting left USN were administered the Behavior Inattention Test (BIT) at 1 and 3weeks after admission. BIT improvement was defined as a ≥1-point increase in ≥4 of the 6 BIT subtests from 1 to 3weeks, or a total BIT score ≥131 at 3weeks...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704362/local-and-global-genetic-diversity-of-protozoan-parasites-spatial-distribution-of-cryptosporidium-and-giardia-genotypes
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Juan C Garcia-R, Nigel French, Anthony Pita, Niluka Velathanthiri, Rima Shrestha, David Hayman
Cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis are recognized as significant enteric diseases due to their long-term health effects in humans and their economic impact in agriculture and medical care. Molecular analysis is essential to identify species and genotypes causing these infectious diseases and provides a potential tool for monitoring. This study uses information on species and genetic variants to gain insights into the geographical distribution and spatial patterns of Cryptosporidium and Giardia parasites. Here, we describe the population heterogeneity of genotypic groups within Cryptosporidium and Giardia present in New Zealand using gp60 and gdh markers to compare the observed variation with other countries around the globe...
July 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702652/explicit-consideration-of-spatial-hydrogen-bonding-direction-for-activity-coefficient-prediction-based-on-implicit-solvation-calculations
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Wei-Lin Chen, Shiang-Tai Lin
The activity coefficient of a chemical in a mixture is important in understanding the thermodynamic properties and non-ideality of the mixture. The COSMO-SAC model based on the result of quantum mechanical implicit solvation calculations has been shown to provide reliable predictions of activity coefficients for mixed fluids. However, it is found that the prediction accuracy is in general inferior for associating fluids. Existing methods for describing the hydrogen-bonding interaction consider the strength of the interaction based only on the polarity of the screening charges, neglecting the fact that the formation of hydrogen bonds requires a specific orientation between the donor and acceptor pairs...
July 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701939/behavioral-and-cortical-effects-during-attention-driven-brain-computer-interface-operations-in-spatial-neglect-a-feasibility-case-study
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Luca Tonin, Marco Pitteri, Robert Leeb, Huaijian Zhang, Emanuele Menegatti, Francesco Piccione, José Del R Millán
During the last years, several studies have suggested that Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) can play a critical role in the field of motor rehabilitation. In this case report, we aim to investigate the feasibility of a covert visuospatial attention (CVSA) driven BCI in three patients with left spatial neglect (SN). We hypothesize that such a BCI is able to detect attention task-specific brain patterns in SN patients and can induce significant changes in their abnormal cortical activity (α-power modulation, feature recruitment, and connectivity)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701101/validation-of-an-immersive-virtual-reality-system-for-training-near-and-far-space-neglect-in-individuals-with-stroke-a-pilot-study
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Kazuhiro Yasuda, Daisuke Muroi, Masahiro Ohira, Hiroyasu Iwata
BACKGROUND: Unilateral spatial neglect (USN) is defined as impaired ability to attend and see on one side, and when present, it interferes seriously with daily life. These symptoms can exist for near and far spaces combined or independently, and it is important to provide effective intervention for near and far space neglect. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this pilot study was to propose an immersive virtual reality (VR) rehabilitation program using a head-mounted display that is able to train both near and far space neglect, and to validate the immediate effect of the VR program in both near and far space neglect...
July 12, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697652/ask-the-experts-how-to-treat-individuals-with-spatial-neglect-a-survey-study
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Peii Chen, Marco Pitteri, Glen Gillen, Harsha Ayyala
PURPOSE: Spatial neglect (SN) impedes rehabilitation success and leaves long-term consequences. We asked experts to provide their opinions in addressing SN by scenario (ideal vs. reality) and by recovery phase (earliest, acute, subacute, and chronic). Experts were individuals who have assessed or treated patients with SN clinically. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was conducted using an anonymous survey on the Internet with 189 responders over 3 months. Located in 23 different countries, 127 experts of seven disciplines were included (occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, speech and language pathology or therapy, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and psychology or neuropsychology)...
July 11, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687287/impact-of-ct-parameters-on-the-physical-quantities-related-to-image-quality-for-two-mdct-scanners-using-the-acr-accreditation-phantom-a-phantom-study
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B Alikhani, L Jamali, H-J Raatschen, F Wacker, T Werncke
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the image quality provided by MDCT scanners using an ACR phantom an to find out the relationship between CT parameters and physical quantities related to image quality. METHODS: A GE Lightspeed VCT and a GE Lightspeed Pro 16 are used. The ACR phantom consists of four modules for evaluating physical parameters. The image quality parameters, such as CT number, linearity, CNR, image uniformity, SNR and at least spatial resolution using MTF, by different sets of image acquisition protocols (IAPs) are characterized...
August 2017: Radiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684889/climate-change-amplifies-the-interactions-between-wind-and-bark-beetle-disturbances-in-forest-landscapes
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Rupert Seidl, Werner Rammer
CONTEXT: Growing evidence suggests that climate change could substantially alter forest disturbances. Interactions between individual disturbance agents are a major component of disturbance regimes, yet how interactions contribute to their climate sensitivity remains largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: Here, our aim was to assess the climate sensitivity of disturbance interactions, focusing on wind and bark beetle disturbances. METHODS: We developed a process-based model of bark beetle disturbance, integrated into the dynamic forest landscape model iLand (already including a detailed model of wind disturbance)...
July 2017: Landscape Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682260/is-implicit-motor-imagery-a-reliable-strategy-for-a-brain-computer-interface
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Bethel A Osuagwu, Magdalena Zych, Aleksandra Vuckovic
Explicit motor imagery (eMI) is a widely used brain computer interface (BCI) paradigm, but not everybody can accomplish this task. Here we propose a BCI based on implicit motor imagery (iMI). We compared classification accuracy between eMI and iMI of hands. Fifteen able bodied people were asked to judge the laterality of hand images presented on a computer screen in a lateral or medial orientation. This judgement task is known to require mental rotation of a person's own hands which in turn is thought to involve iMI...
June 29, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672369/using-optic-flow-in-the-far-peripheral-field
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Meaghan McManus, Sarah D'Amour, Laurence R Harris
Self-motion information can be used to update spatial memory of location through an estimate of a change in position. Viewing optic flow alone can create Illusory self-motion or "vection." Early studies suggested that peripheral vision is more effective than central vision in evoking vection, but controlling for retinal area and perceived distance suggests that all retinal areas may be equally effective. However, the contributions of the far periphery, beyond 90°, have been largely neglected. Using a large-field Edgeless Graphics Geometry display (EGG, Christie, Canada, field of view ±112°) and systematically blocking central (±20° to ±90°) or peripheral (viewing through tunnels ±20° to ±40°) parts of the field, we compared the effectiveness of different retinal regions at evoking forwards linear vection...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672021/the-clinical-burden-of-human-cystic-echinococcosis-in-palestine-2010-2015
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Amer Al-Jawabreh, Suheir Ereqat, Kamal Dumaidi, Abdelmajeed Nasereddin, Hanan Al-Jawabreh, Kifaya Azmi, Nahed Al-Laham, Moath Nairat, Adriano Casulli, Husni Maqboul, Ziad Abdeen
BACKGROUND: Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is classified by the WHO as a neglected disease inflicting economic losses on the health systems of many countries worldwide. The aim of this case-series study was to investigate the burden of human CE in Palestine during the period between 2010 and 2015. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Records of surgically confirmed CE patients from 13 public and private hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip were reviewed. Patients' cysts were collected from surgical wards and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) blocks were collected from histopathology departments...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667586/occurrence-distribution-and-risk-assessment-of-antibiotics-in-the-songhua-river-in-china
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Weihua Wang, He Wang, Wanfeng Zhang, Hong Liang, Dawen Gao
The occurrence, distribution, and risk assessment of antibiotics in freshwater systems are receiving global attention, because of their impact on the environment and human health. However, few studies have focused on this topic in Northeast China and its Songhua River, the third-largest river in China. This study investigated the occurrence and distribution of 12 antibiotics, including three cephalosporins (cefazolin, cefmetazole, cefotaxime), three macrolides (azithromycin, clarithromycin, roxithromycin), three fluoroquinolones (ofloxacin, norfloxacin, flumequine), and three sulfonamides (sulfadiazine, sulfapyridine, sulfamethoxazole) in the mainstream and tributaries of the Songhua River...
June 30, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666412/an-integrated-study-of-human-and-animal-infectious-disease-in-the-lake-victoria-crescent-small-holder-crop-livestock-production-system-kenya
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Eric M Fèvre, William A de Glanville, Lian F Thomas, Elizabeth A J Cook, Samuel Kariuki, Claire N Wamae
BACKGROUND: The neglected zoonotic diseases (NZD) are an understudied group that are a major cause of illness throughout the developing world. In general, little is known about the prevalence and burden of NZDs in affected communities, particularly in relation to other infectious diseases with which they are often co-endemic. We describe the design and descriptive epidemiological outputs from an integrated study of human and animal zoonotic and non-zoonotic disease in a rural farming community in western Kenya...
June 30, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660355/left-spatial-neglect-evoked-by-electrostimulation-of-the-right-inferior-fronto-occipital-fasciculus
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Guillaume Herbet, Yordanka N Yordanova, Hugues Duffau
Left spatial neglect is a debilitating condition that may occur after lesion of many cortical territories in the right hemisphere. At the subcortical level, the second and third branches of the right superior longitudinal fasciculus has emerged as strong candidates in conveying information exchanges within the attention networks as their damage has been repeatedly associated to spatial neglect in neuromodulation and neuropsychological studies. Yet, a few cases of spatial neglect have also been observed after damage to the right inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus (IFOF), suggesting an involvement of this associative connectivity in spatial attention...
June 28, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650801/300-fps-salient-object-detection-via-minimum-directional-contrast
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Xiaoming Huang, Yu-Jin Zhang
Global contrast considers the color difference between a target region or pixel and the rest of the image. It is frequently used to measure the saliency of the region or pixel. In previous global contrast-based methods, saliency is usually measured by the sum of contrast from the entire image. We find that the spatial distribution of contrast is one important cue of saliency that is neglected by previous works. Foreground pixel usually has high contrast from all directions, since it is surrounded by the background...
September 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648411/visual-feedback-explains-why-propointing-is-better-than-antipointing-in-spatial-neglect
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Kathrin S Utz, Constanze Hesse, Annika Hintz, Daniela Grüneberger, Hartwig Kulke, Inga Roth, Thomas Klos, Vaclav Kromichal, Arthur Melms, Wilfried Schupp, Detlef Kohl, Thomas Schenk
Rossit et al. (2011) showed that neglect patients perform normally in a propointing task but not in an antipointing task which requires pointing towards the mirrored position of a target. It is assumed that antipointing relies on information from the perceptual pathway of our visual brain. Therefore, this finding supports the notion that neglect is a disorder that primarily affects perceptual spatial representations within the brain leaving spatial maps used for visuomotor guidance intact. Alternatively, performance of patients might be compromised in both tasks, but only obviously so in tasks in which online corrections are made more difficult...
May 25, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646574/a-novel-habitat-based-approach-to-predict-impacts-of-marine-protected-areas-on-fishers
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João B Teixeira, Rodrigo L Moura, Morena Mills, Carissa Klein, Christopher J Brown, Vanessa M Adams, Hedley Grantham, Matthew Watts, Deborah Faria, Gilberto M Amado-Filho, Alex C Bastos, Reinaldo Lourival, Hugh P Possingham
While marine protected areas (MPAs) can simultaneously contribute to biodiversity conservation and fisheries management, the global network is biased towards particular ecosystem types, as it was largely established in an ad hoc fashion. The optimization of trade-offs between biodiversity benefits and socio-economic values increases implementation success and minimizes enforcement costs in the long run, but is often neglected in marine spatial planning (MSP). Although the acquisition of spatially explicit socioeconomic data is often perceived as a costly/secondary step in MSP, it is critical to account for lost opportunities by people whose activities will be restricted, especially fishers...
June 24, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620345/memory-for-spatial-locations-in-a-patient-with-near-space-neglect-and-optic-ataxia-involvement-of-the-occipitotemporal-stream
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Sergio Chieffi, Giovanni Messina, Antonietta Messina, Ines Villano, Vincenzo Monda, Ferdinando Ivano Ambra, Elisabetta Garofalo, Felice Romano, Maria Pina Mollica, Marcellino Monda, Alessandro Iavarone
Previous studies suggested that the occipitoparietal stream orients attention toward the near/lower space and is involved in immediate reaching, whereas the occipitotemporal stream orients attention toward the far/upper space and is involved in delayed reaching. In the present study, we investigated the role of the occipitotemporal stream in attention orienting and delayed reaching in a patient (GP) with bilateral damage to the occipitoparietal areas and optic ataxia. GP and healthy controls took part in three experiments...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618813/ultrasonic-attenuation-of-polycrystalline-materials-with-a-distribution-of-grain-sizes
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Andrea P Arguelles, Joseph A Turner
Elastic wave scattering at grain boundaries in polycrystalline media can be quantified to determine microstructural properties. The amplitude drop observed for coherent wave propagation (attenuation) as well as diffuse-field scattering events have been extensively studied. In all cases, the scattering shows a clear dependence on grain size, grain shape, and microstructural texture. Models used to quantify scattering experiments are often developed assuming dependence on a single spatial length scale, usually, mean grain diameter...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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