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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228548/contact-guidance-requires-spatial-control-of-leading-edge-protrusion
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G R Ramirez-San Juan, P W Oakes, M L Gardel
In vivo, geometric cues from the extra-cellular matrix (ECM) are critical for the regulation of cell shape, adhesion and migration. During contact guidance, the fibrillar architecture of the ECM promotes an elongated cell shape and migration along the fibrils. The subcellular mechanisms by which cells sense ECM geometry and translate it into changes in shape and migration direction, are not understood. Here, we pattern linear fibronectin features to mimic fibrillar ECM and elucidate the mechanisms of contact guidance...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228127/a-review-of-enhanced-paramedic-roles-during-and-after-hospital-handover-of-stroke-myocardial-infarction-and-trauma-patients
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Darren Flynn, Richard Francis, Shannon Robalino, Joanne Lally, Helen Snooks, Helen Rodgers, Graham McClelland, Gary A Ford, Christopher Price
BACKGROUND: Ambulance paramedics play a critical role expediting patient access to emergency treatments. Standardised handover communication frameworks have led to improvements in accuracy and speed of information transfer but their impact upon time-critical scenarios is unclear. Patient outcomes might be improved by paramedics staying for a limited time after handover to assist with shared patient care. We aimed to categorize and synthesise data from studies describing development/extension of the ambulance-based paramedic role during and after handover for time-critical conditions (trauma, stroke and myocardial infarction)...
February 23, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227945/an-adaptive-and-robust-online-method-to-predict-gait-events
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Stefan O Schrade, Yvonne Bader, Michael R Tucker, Camila Shirota, Roger Gassert, Stefan O Schrade, Yvonne Bader, Michael R Tucker, Camila Shirota, Roger Gassert, Camila Shirota, Stefan O Schrade, Roger Gassert, Yvonne Bader, Michael R Tucker
Accurate timing of interventions during the gait cycle are critical for optimal efficacy of assistive devices, e.g., to reduce the metabolic cost of walking. However, timing control generally relies on methods that can neither account for changes in the stride duration over time due to different walking speeds, nor reject isolated abnormal strides, which could be caused by stumbling or obstacle avoidance for example. In order to address these issues, a method, named the Gait Phase Estimator (GPE), is proposed to predict temporal gait events and stride duration...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227747/split-belt-adaptation-and-gait-symmetry-in-transtibial-amputees-walking-with-a-hybrid-emg-controlled-ankle-foot-prosthesis
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Oliver A Kannape, Hugh M Herr, Oliver A Kannape, Hugh M Herr, Oliver A Kannape, Hugh M Herr
Our ability to automatically adapt our walking pattern to the demands of our environment is central to maintaining a steady gait. Accordingly, a large effort is being made to extend and integrate this adaptability to lower-limb prostheses. To date, the main focus of this research has been on short term adaptation, such as in response to a terrain transition or a sudden change in the environment. However, long term adaptation and underlying sensorimotor learning processes are critical to optimizing walking patterns and predictively changing our gait when faced with continued perturbations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227729/high-frame-rate-medical-quality-video-compression-for-tele-eeg
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Laurent Lambert, Syed Zahid Ahmed, Khalil Hachicha, Andrea Pinna, Patrick Garda, Laurent Lambert, Syed Zahid Ahmed, Khalil Hachicha, Andrea Pinna, Patrick Garda, Syed Zahid Ahmed, Andrea Pinna, Laurent Lambert, Patrick Garda, Khalil Hachicha
More and more, exams require medical images as a tool to diagnose pathologies. Thus, the transfer and storage of the exam data becomes a critical issue. To address this issue, an image compression algorithm called Waaves has been developed and certified for medical imaging. Our work in this paper deals with a scenario of EEG exams where video of the patient is also recorded in order to correctly diagnose myoclonus pathologies. To achieve this goal, the video needs to be of high quality and at frame rate of at least 100 frames per second...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227624/relationship-between-gait-variables-and-domains-of-neurologic-dysfunction-in-multiple-sclerosis-using-six-minute-walk-test
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Asma Qureshi, Maite Brandt-Pearce, Myla D Goldman, Asma Qureshi, Maite Brandt-Pearce, Myla D Goldman, Asma Qureshi, Myla D Goldman, Maite Brandt-Pearce
Most multiple sclerosis (MS) patients eventually suffer from mobility impairment, and thus it is critical that walking disability in MS be accurately assessed. The six-minute walk test (6MWT), a reliable MS measure, is traditionally used to determine the distance covered in six minutes using a standard protocol. With the availability of body sensor networks (BSNs), researchers are interested in leveraging BSN data for finding new gait assessment anchors for improved separability performance. Further, current methods for gait assessments are insufficient since assessments are absolute, performed by comparing outcomes to the statistical norms established from diverse patient data despite natural inter-patient variability...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227438/poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-hydrogel-based-shape-adjustable-polyimide-films-triggered-by-near-human-body-temperature
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Huanqing Cui, Xuemin Du, Juan Wang, Tianhong Tang, Tianzhun Wu, Huanqing Cui, Xuemin Du, Juan Wang, Tianhong Tang, Tianzhun Wu, Huanqing Cui, Tianzhun Wu, Xuemin Du, Tianhong Tang, Juan Wang
Hydrogel-based shape-adjustable films were successfully fabricated via grafting poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) onto one side of polyimide (PI) films. The prepared PI-g-PNIPAM films exhibited rapid, reversible, and repeatable bending/unbending property by heating to near-human-body temperature (37 °C) or cooling to 25 °C. The excellent property of PI-g-PNIPAM films resulted from a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAM at about 32 °C. Varying the thickness of PNIPAM hydrogel layer regulated the thermo-responsive shape bending degree and response speed of PI-g-PNIPAM films...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226614/analysis-of-locality-sensitive-hashing-for-fast-critical-event-prediction-on-physiological-time-series
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Yongwook Bryce Kim, Una-May O'Reilly, Yongwook Bryce Kim, Una-May O'Reilly, Yongwook Bryce Kim, Una-May O'Reilly
We apply the sublinear time, scalable locality-sensitive hashing (LSH) and majority discrimination to the problem of predicting critical events based on physiological waveform time series. Compared to using the linear exhaustive k-nearest neighbor search, our proposed method vastly speeds up prediction time up to 25 times while sacrificing only 1% of accuracy when demonstrated on an arterial blood pressure dataset extracted from the MIMIC2 database. We compare two widely used variants of LSH, the bit sampling based (L1LSH) and the random projection based (E2LSH) methods to measure their direct impact on retrieval and prediction accuracy...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224003/darwinism-for-the-genomic-age-connecting-mutation-to-diversification
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Xia Hua, Lindell Bromham
A growing body of evidence suggests that rates of diversification of biological lineages are correlated with differences in genome-wide mutation rate. Given that most research into differential patterns of diversification rate have focused on species traits or ecological parameters, a connection to the biochemical processes of genome change is an unexpected observation. While the empirical evidence for a significant association between mutation rate and diversification rate is mounting, there has been less effort in explaining the factors that mediate this connection between genetic change and species richness...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222813/comparative-speed-of-kill-of-sarolaner-simparica-%C3%A2-and-afoxolaner-nexgard-%C3%A2-against-induced-infestations-of-ixodes-holocyclus-on-dogs
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Raj Packianathan, Andrew Hodge, Natalie Bruellke, Kylie Davis, Steven Maeder
BACKGROUND: The Australian paralysis tick, Ixodes holocyclus, causes paralysis predominantly in dogs and cats in the Eastern coastal regions of Australia. Rapid onset of effect of a parasiticide is critical to minimize the deleterious effects of these tick infestations, especially tick paralysis caused by the salivary neurotoxin. The speed of kill of a novel orally administered isoxazoline parasiticide, sarolaner chewable tablets (Simparica(®)), against I. holocyclus on dogs was evaluated and compared with afoxolaner (NexGard(®)) for 5 weeks after a single oral dose...
February 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222167/emergence-and-development-of-gut-motility-in-the-chicken-embryo
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N R Chevalier, V Fleury, S Dufour, V Proux-Gillardeaux, A Asnacios
The gastrointestinal tract transports the food bolus by peristalsis. Gut motility starts at an early age in the developing embryo, well before it is required for nutrition of the organism. We present a comprehensive kinematic study of the emergence and physiological development of gut motility in all regions of the lower digestive tract of the chicken embryo from embryonic days E5 through E9. We characterized motility emergence time, propagation patterns, speed, frequency and amplitude of peristalsis waves...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221021/probing-cellular-molecules-with-polya-based-engineered-aptamer-nanobeacon
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Lizhen Chen, Jie Chao, Xiangmeng Qu, Hongbo Zhang, Dan Zhu, Shao Su, Ali Aldalbahi, Lianhui Wang, Hao Pei
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a central metabolite that is of critical importance in many cellular processes. The development of sensitive and selective methods for the detection of ATP level in vivo is crucial in diagnostic and theranostic applications. In this work, we have developed a polyA-based aptamer nanobeacon (PAaptNB) with improved efficiency and speed of ATP analysis. We found that the dissociation constants and competitive binding kinetics of the PAaptNB could be programmably regulated by adjusting the polyA length...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214602/impact-of-fill-level-in-twin-screw-granulation-on-critical-quality-attributes-of-granules-and-tablets
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Robin Meier, Klaus-Peter Moll, Markus Krumme, Peter Kleinebudde
In a previous study a change of the fill-level in the barrel exerted a huge influence on the twin-screw granulation (TSG) process of a high drug loaded, simplified formulation. The present work investigated this influence systematically. The specific feed load (SFL) indicating the mass per revolution as surrogate parameter for the fill-level was applied and the correlation to the real volumetric fill level of an extruder could be demonstrated by a newly developed method. A design of experiments was conducted to examine the combined influence of SFL and screw speed on the process and on critical quality attributes of granules and tablets...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212085/contextual-noise-reduction-for-domain-adaptive-near-duplicate-retrieval-on-merchandize-images
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Zhen-Qun Yang, Xiao-Yong Wei, Zhang Yi, Gerald Friedland
In this paper, we have proposed a novel method which utilizes the contextual relationship among visual words for reducing the Quantization errors in near-duplicate image retrieval (NDR). Instead of following the track of conventional NDR techniques which usually search new solutions by borrowing ideas from the text domain, we propose to model the problem back to image domain, which results in a more natural way of solution search. The idea of the proposed method is to construct a context graph that encapsulates the contextual relationship within an image and treat the graph as a pseudo-image, so that classical image filters can be adopted to reduce the mismapped visual words which are contextually inconsistent with others...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211053/q10-measures-of-metabolic-performance-and-critical-swimming-speed-in-king-george-whiting-sillaginodes-punctatus
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N Mazloumi, J L Johansen, Z A Doubleday, B M Gillanders
This study examined thermally driven changes in swimming performance and aerobic metabolism (Q10 and aerobic scope of activity) of adult King George whiting Sillaginodes punctatus to the coldest (16° C) and the warmest (26° C) temperature encountered by this species. Compensation of aerobic scope, higher maximal swimming speeds and a maintained capacity to repay oxygen debt indicate that this species is capable of thermal acclimation to conditions expected under global warming.
February 16, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210335/training-level-does-not-affect-auditory-perception-of-the-magnitude-of-ball-spin-in-table-tennis
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Daniel P R Santos, Roberto N Barbosa, Luiz H P Vieira, Paulo R P Santiago, Alessandro M Zagatto, Matheus M Gomes
Identifying the trajectory and spin of the ball with speed and accuracy is critical for good performance in table tennis. The aim of this study was to analyze the ability of table tennis players presenting different levels of training/experience to identify the magnitude of the ball spin from the sound produced when the racket hit the ball. Four types of "forehand" contact sounds were collected in the laboratory, defined as: Fast Spin (spinning ball forward at 140 r/s); Medium Spin (105 r/s); Slow Spin (84 r/s); and Flat Hit (less than 60 r/s)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208773/wind-tunnel-measurements-for-flutter-of-a-long-afterbody-bridge-deck
#17
Zeng-Shun Chen, Cheng Zhang, Xu Wang, Cun-Ming Ma
Bridges are an important component of transportation. Flutter is a self-excited, large amplitude vibration, which may lead to collapse of bridges. It must be understood and avoided. This paper takes the Jianghai Channel Bridge, which is a significant part of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, as an example to investigate the flutter of the bridge deck. Firstly, aerodynamic force models for flutter of bridges were introduced. Then, wind tunnel tests of the bridge deck during the construction and the operation stages, under different wind attack angles and wind velocities, were carried out using a high frequency base balance (HFBB) system and laser displacement sensors...
February 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208732/online-condition-monitoring-of-a-rail-fastening-system-on-high-speed-railways-based-on-wavelet-packet-analysis
#18
Jiahong Wei, Chong Liu, Tongqun Ren, Haixia Liu, Wenjing Zhou
The rail fastening system is an important part of a high-speed railway track. It is always critical to the operational safety and comfort of railway vehicles. Therefore, the condition detection of the rail fastening system, looseness or absence, is an important task in railway maintenance. However, the vision-based method cannot identify the severity of rail fastener looseness. In this paper, the condition of rail fastening system is monitored based on an automatic and remote-sensing measurement system. Meanwhile, wavelet packet analysis is used to analyze the acceleration signals, based on which two damage indices are developed to locate the damage position and evaluate the severity of rail fasteners looseness, respectively...
February 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208303/a-photothermal-spectrometer-for-fast-and-background-free-detection-of-individual-nanoparticles-in-flow
#19
Richard Maceiczyk, Hisashi Shimizu, David Müller, Takehiko Kitamori, Andrew deMello
Sensitive detection and quantification of individual plasmonic nanoparticles is critical in a range of applications in the biological, nanomaterials, and analytical sciences. Although a wide range of techniques can be applied to the analysis of immobilized particles, high-throughput analysis of nanoscale species in flow is surprisingly underdeveloped. To address this shortcoming, we present an ultrasensitive, background-free technique based on the photothermal effect and termed differential detection photothermal interferometry (DDPI)...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207240/interfaces-in-heterogeneous-catalysts-advancing-mechanistic-understanding-through-atomic-scale-measurements
#20
Wenpei Gao, Zachary D Hood, Miaofang Chi
Developing novel catalysts with high efficiency and selectivity is critical for enabling future clean energy conversion technologies. Interfaces in catalyst systems have long been considered the most critical factor in controlling catalytic reaction mechanisms. Interfaces include not only the catalyst surface but also interfaces within catalyst particles and those formed by constructing heterogeneous catalysts. The atomic and electronic structures of catalytic surfaces govern the kinetics of binding and release of reactant molecules from surface atoms...
February 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
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