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Mingyang Shang, Bing Han, Chibiao Ding, Jili Sun, Tao Zhang, Lijia Huang, Dadi Meng
Spotlight synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is a proven technique, which can provide high-resolution images as compared to those produced by traditional stripmap SAR. This paper addresses a high-resolution SAR focusing experiment based on Gaofen-3 satellite (GF-3) staring data with about 55 cm azimuth resolution and 240 MHz range bandwidth. In staring spotlight (ST) mode, the antenna always illuminates the same scene on the ground, which can extend the synthetic aperture. Based on a two-step processing algorithm, some special aspects such as curved-orbit model error correction, stop-and-go correction, and antenna pattern demodulation must be considered in image focusing...
March 22, 2018: Sensors
Bruno Santos Assis, Jairza Maria Barreto-Medeiros Jairza, Jamile Almeida Lopes, Ana Karla Carneiro Roriz, Adriana Lima Melo, Agatha Previdell, Rita De Cássia Aquino, Lilian Barbosa Ramos
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the ingestion of micronutrients in elderly living in nursing homes. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study, conducted with 216 individuals of both sexes, age equal or greater than 60 years, living in nursing homes for elderly in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Direct weighing of the food was used to get food intake, and prevalence of inadequacy was obtained using the software Multiple Source Method (MSM) and evaluated by estimated average requirement (EAR)...
February 13, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Rui Zhang, Ling Chen, Ya Deng Cui, Ge Li
In China, migrants with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) have become a serious problem in the field of AIDS prevention. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of interventions for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection prevention for migrants in China and to identify factors associated with intervention efficacy. A computerized literature search of the Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wan Fang, and PubMed databases was conducted to collect related articles published in China. Only self-control intervention studies or studies containing sections regarding self-control interventions wherein the method of intervention was health education were included...
December 2018: SAHARA J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance
Alessandro Mauro, Nicola Massarotti, Mohamed Salahudeen, Mario R Romano, Vito Romano, Perumal Nithiarasu
The present work describes the application of the generalised porous medium model to study heat and fluid flow in healthy and glaucomatous eyes of different subject specimens, considering the presence of ocular cavities and porous tissues. The 2D computational model, implemented into the open-source software OpenFOAM, has been verified against benchmark data for mixed convection in domains partially filled with a porous medium. The verified model has been employed to simulate the thermo-fluid dynamic phenomena occurring in the anterior section of four patient-specific human eyes, considering the presence of anterior chamber (AC), trabecular meshwork (TM), Schlemm's canal (SC), and collector channels (CC)...
March 22, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Mina Morcos, Karen Smith, Michael Tanzer
INTRODUCTION: Heterotopic ossification (HO) is a known complication after total hip arthroplasty (THA). Radiotherapy is an effective prophylactic treatment for high-risk patients. However, there is no treatment for patients who did not receive prophylactic treatment and subsequently develop HO postoperatively. This study was to determine whether late radiotherapy treatment can prevent the progression of HO following THA. METHODS: A chart review was performed to identify patients who developed HO following THA and were treated with late radiotherapy...
March 21, 2018: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Zijian Xiao, Ming Xie, Yong You, Heng Wu, Guijuan Zhou, Mingyong Li
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a frequent comorbidity in patients with wake-up stroke (WUS). It affects the occurrence of this disease through its interference of breathing changes and sleep quality. We aim to assess the performances of sleep-disordered breathing in WUS. A systematical search for the studies that investigated sleep-disordered breathing in WUS was done in PubMed, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library. Data were extracted by two independent investigators, and then analyzed using the Revman 5...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Yubo Lang, Fei Guo, Qingshan Niu
StatsX (Statistics for X-STR) v2.0 is developed to facilitate the workflow for analysis of population data on X-chromosomal short tandem repeat (X-STR) marker. The interactive graphical and installable software can estimate allele/haplotype frequencies from female, male, and pooled samples and calculate forensic parameters by importing a single file. In addition, it is able to filter out the invalid raw data and export a series of pre-formatted Arlequin input files that are directly used for testing the significance of the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE), linkage disequilibrium (LD), and gender differentiation...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Mohammad Ghoreyshi, Ahmadreza Khalilian, Mohammadreza Peyman, Mohaddeseh Mohammadinia, Alireza Peyman
Purpose: To compare the performance of OKULIX ray-tracing software with SRK-T and Hoffer Q formula in intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation in patients presenting with cataract. Methods: In this prospective study, 104 eyes of 104 patients with cataract who underwent phacoemulsification and IOL implantation were recruited. Three IOL brands were used and for all eyes, IOL power calculation was performed using SRK-T, Hoffer Q formula and also OKULIX ray-tracing software...
March 2018: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
Jeyanth Suresh Rose, Juliet Eldrina, Aarwin Joshua, S Amalan, Tunny Sebastian, Satheesh Solomon, Sanita Korah
Purpose: To quantify normal corneal transparency by anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) by measuring the average pixel intensity. To analyze the variation in the average pixel intensity in mild and severe grades of corneal opacities. Methods: This is an observational, cross-sectional study of 38 eyes from 19 patients with mild or severe grades of corneal opacities greater than 3 mm and a normal contralateral cornea. AS-OCT was performed centered on the opacity with a 3 mm cruciate protocol...
March 2018: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
Indranil Saha, Kamirul Islam, Bobby Paul, Tapas Kumar Som
Background: Tobacco kills half of its users, with smoking and smokeless tobacco killing nearly 6 million people worldwide - one death every 6 s in each year. Use of tobacco over time causes a physical and psychological addiction due to the presence of nicotine. To find out the level of nicotine dependence among adult (18 years and above) tobacco users and the factors responsible for it. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional community-based study was conducted among 128 current tobacco users in an urban slum of Burdwan District, West Bengal, India...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Abolfazl Marvi, Mehran Asadi-Aliabadi, Mehdi Darabi, Fereshteh Rostami-Maskopaee, Hasan Siamian, Ghasem Abedi
Introduction and Aim: Tuberculosis (TB) poses a severe risk to public health through the world but excessively distresses low-income nations. The aim of this study is to analyze silent changes of TB in Iran (2005-2015): A joinpoint regression analysis. Materials and Methods: This is a trend study conducted on all patients ( n = 70) that register in control disease center of Joibar (one of coastal cities and tourism destination in Northern Iran which was recognized as an independent town since 1998) during 2005-2015...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Fatemeh Sadat Sadjjadi, Mostafa Rezaie-Tavirani, Nayeb Ali Ahmadi, Seyed Mahmoud Sadjjadi, Hakimeh Zali
Aim: Detection of protein expression changes in human cystic echinococcosis sera by 2D gel electrophoresis. Background: Diagnosis and successful treatment of cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a major challenge, up to now. Identification of related expressed proteins using proteomics tools and bioinformatics analysis of patients' sera have not been investigated, so far. Methods: Sera from eight confirmed CE patients and three healthy controls were collected, tested by 2-DE for total protein separation of serum and analyzed using proteomics and bioinformatics methods...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Reza Karbalaei, Marzieh Allahyari, Mostafa Rezaei-Tavirani, Hamid Asadzadeh-Aghdaei, Mohammad Reza Zali
Aim: Analysis reconstruction networks from two diseases, NAFLD and Alzheimer`s diseases and their relationship based on systems biology methods. Background: NAFLD and Alzheimer`s diseases are two complex diseases, with progressive prevalence and high cost for countries. There are some reports on relation and same spreading pathways of these two diseases. In addition, they have some similar risk factors, exclusively lifestyle such as feeding, exercises and so on...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Fawz Kazzazi, Rosanna C Ching, Charles M Malata
Introduction: Thin women have fewer autologous tissue breast reconstructive options than their higher body mass index counterparts-due to a lack of adequate donor sites. They are therefore usually offered expander/implant techniques. The total autologous latissimus dorsi flap is generally used in "well-padded" individuals, as they have enough fat on their back on which a completely autologous reconstruction could be based. When implant-based reconstruction is contraindicated (for instance due to planned adjuvant radiotherapy) or unacceptable to the patient, the total autologous latissimus dorsi flap can provide adequate tissue volume by utilizing the additional back fat deposits even in the thin, small-breasted patient...
2018: Eplasty
Jacob Huth, Timothée Masquelier, Angelo Arleo
We developed Convis , a Python simulation toolbox for large scale neural populations which offers arbitrary receptive fields by 3D convolutions executed on a graphics card. The resulting software proves to be flexible and easily extensible in Python, while building on the PyTorch library (The Pytorch Project, 2017), which was previously used successfully in deep learning applications, for just-in-time optimization and compilation of the model onto CPU or GPU architectures. An alternative implementation based on Theano (Theano Development Team, 2016) is also available, although not fully supported...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
Katherine A Steele, Mark J Quinton-Tulloch, Resham B Amgai, Rajeev Dhakal, Shambhu P Khatiwada, Darshna Vyas, Martin Heine, John R Witcombe
Few public sector rice breeders have the capacity to use NGS-derived markers in their breeding programmes despite rapidly expanding repositories of rice genome sequence data. They rely on > 18,000 mapped microsatellites (SSRs) for marker-assisted selection (MAS) using gel analysis. Lack of knowledge about target SNP and InDel variant loci has hampered the uptake by many breeders of Kompetitive allele-specific PCR (KASP), a proprietary technology of LGC genomics that can distinguish alleles at variant loci...
2018: Molecular Breeding: New Strategies in Plant Improvement
Jiamin Jin, Chunbo Teng, Tao Li
Purpose: We aimed to compare the efficacy of combination therapy versus gemcitabine monotherapy in the treatment of elderly pancreatic cancer (PC) by using a meta-analysis. Materials and methods: Databases were searched to identify relevant clinical trials. Hazard ratios (HRs) were used to estimate overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS). Statistical analyses were conducted by using Comprehensive Meta Analysis software (version 2.0). Results: A total of 3,401 elderly PC patients from six randomized controlled trials were included for analysis...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Abdullah Mousa Khamaiseh
Background: Head lice, a common social and health problem among all age groups, is especially widespread among school-aged children. Aims: This study aimed to assess the prevalence of pediculosis capitis among governmental primary school students in Southern Jordan and its related risk factors. Settings and Design: A sample of 500 primary schools students aged 6-12 from two male and two female public primary schools in four educational directorates were selected randomly in this cross-sectional study...
January 2018: Journal of Global Infectious Diseases
Ananya Doda, Gita Negi, Dushyant Singh Gaur, Meena Harsh
INTRODUCTION: Health-care professionals are trained health-care providers who occupy a potential vanguard position in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) prevention programs and the management of AIDS patients. This study was performed to assess HIV/AIDS-related knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) and perceptions among health-care professionals at a tertiary health-care institution in Uttarakhand, India, and to identify the target group where more education on HIV is needed...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Bogna Stawarczyk, Nina Lümkemann, Marlis Eichberger, Timea Wimmer
The purpose of this investigation was to analyze the accuracy of digitally fabricated wax trial dentures and conventionally finalized complete dentures in comparison to a surface tessellation language (STL)-dataset. A generated data set for the denture bases and the tooth sockets was used, converted into STL-format, and saved as reference. Five mandibular and 5 maxillary denture bases were milled from wax blanks and denture teeth were waxed into their tooth sockets. Each complete denture was checked on fit, waxed onto the dental cast, and digitized using an optical laboratory scanning device...
December 19, 2017: Dent J (Basel)
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