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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447200/skyline-retention-and-retroactive-interference-in-the-navigating-australian-desert-ant-melophorus-bagoti
#1
Cody A Freas, Christopher Whyte, Ken Cheng
Visual cues commonly aid solitary foraging ants. Specifically, foragers can use the skyline where terrestrial landmarks meet the sky. Foraging ants show a remarkable affinity to retain these terrestrial cues, developing lifelong memories of the nest site panorama. Here we explore foragers' ability to retain skyline cues of resource locations at some distance from the nest through experiments with artificial skylines erected around a resource location. We also tested the foragers' memories of one skyline at several time points after the skyline was replaced by a different one...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446872/a-neurocomputational-model-of-goal-directed-navigation-in-insect-inspired-artificial-agents
#2
Dennis Goldschmidt, Poramate Manoonpong, Sakyasingha Dasgupta
Despite their small size, insect brains are able to produce robust and efficient navigation in complex environments. Specifically in social insects, such as ants and bees, these navigational capabilities are guided by orientation directing vectors generated by a process called path integration. During this process, they integrate compass and odometric cues to estimate their current location as a vector, called the home vector for guiding them back home on a straight path. They further acquire and retrieve path integration-based vector memories globally to the nest or based on visual landmarks...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446256/innovation-informed-consent-health-research-and-the-supreme-court-montgomery-v-lanarkshire-a-brave-new-world
#3
Jean V McHale
The Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire ([2015] UKSC11) has been hailed as a landmark not least because the Court enshrines the doctrine of informed consent formally into English law for the first time in relation to medical treatment. This paper explores the decision in Montgomery. It examines what its implications may be in the future for the consent process in relation to health research and innovative treatment and whether it may prove a watershed moment leading to changing dialogues and expectations in relation to consent...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446193/liver-morphometrics-and-metabolic-blood-profile-across-divergent-phenotypes-for-feed-efficiency-in-the-bovine
#4
Yuri Regis Montanholi, Livia Sadocco Haas, Kendall Carl Swanson, Brenda Lee Coomber, Shigeto Yamashiro, Stephen Paul Miller
BACKGROUND: Feed costs are a major expense in the production of beef cattle. Individual variation in the efficiency of feed utilization may be evident through feed efficiency-related phenotypes such as those related to major energetic sinks. Our objectives were to assess the relationships between feed efficiency with liver morphometry and metabolic blood profile in feedlot beef cattle. METHODS: Two populations (A = 112 and B = 45) of steers were tested for feed efficiency...
April 26, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445559/association-of-us-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-hospital-30-day-risk-standardized-readmission-metric-with-care-quality-and-outcomes-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-findings-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-registry-acute-coronary-treatment
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Ambarish Pandey, Harsh Golwala, Hurst M Hall, Tracy Y Wang, Di Lu, Ying Xian, Karen Chiswell, Karen E Joynt, Abhinav Goyal, Sandeep R Das, Dharam Kumbhani, Howard Julien, Gregg C Fonarow, James A de Lemos
Importance: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program penalizes hospitals with higher-than-expected risk-adjusted 30-day readmission rates (excess readmission ratio [ERR] > 1) after acute myocardial infarction (MI). However, the association of ERR with MI care processes and outcomes are not well established. Objective: To evaluate the association between ERR for MI with in-hospital process of care measures and 1-year clinical outcomes...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445376/defining-temporal-hairline-landmarks
#6
Purushottam A Nagarkar, Jonathan Cheng
Brow dermoids are benign pediatric neoplasms. Endoscopic resection requires incisions placed within the temporal hairline, which is often difficult to reliably locate in infants. The authors studied adult and pediatric patients to define the location of the hairline in relationship to simple facial landmarks. Adult and pediatric patients who were seen in preoperative consultation for facial surgical procedures were identified and included in the study. Patients with a history of facial trauma, surgery, or congenital anomalies were excluded...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444825/3-tesla-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study-of-the-normal-canine-femoral-and-sciatic-nerves
#7
Christine Sievert, Henning Richter, Dominic Gascho, Patrick R Kircher, Inés Carrera
Understanding the normal course and optimizing visualization of the canine peripheral nerves of the lumbar plexus, in particular the sciatic and the femoral nerves, is essential when interpreting images of patients with suspected peripheral neuropathies such as inflammatory or neoplastic conditions. The purpose of this prospective, anatomic study was to describe the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) anatomy of the normal canine femoral and sciatic nerves and to define the sequences in which the nerves are best depicted...
April 25, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443600/retroauricular-approach-for-targeted-cochlear-therapy-experiments-in-wistar-albino-rats
#8
Selçuk Mülazimoğlu, Emre Ocak, Gülşah Kaygusuz, Mustafa Kürşat Gökcan
BACKGROUND: As the idea of stem cell technology in the treatment of sensorial hearing loss has emerged over the past decades, the need for in vivo models for related experiments becomes explicit. One of the most common experimental models for inner ear stem cell delivery experiments is the Wistar albino rat (WAR). AIMS: To investigate the surgical anatomy of the temporal bone of the WAR with respect to the dissection steps, operative techniques, and potential pitfalls from surgery...
April 6, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441568/neuromodulation-the-fevered-mind-of-the-worm
#9
Niels Ringstad
A landmark study has revealed that an interleukin-17-like signaling system modulates a neural circuit that controls the aggregation behavior of nematodes.
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441151/recent-clinical-trials-in-valvular-heart-disease
#10
Daniel Kiss, Saif Anwaruddin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: With widespread adoption of transcatheter aortic valve replacement, there has been a change in the approach to management of valvular heart disease. New interest has taken hold in transcatheter therapies for valvular heart disease, as well as research into pathophysiology and progression of disease. Additionally, several key trials have further refined our understanding of surgical management of valvular heart disease. This review will elucidate recent clinical trial data leading to changes in practice...
April 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440286/size-and-shape-variations-of-the-bony-components-of-sperm-whale-cochleae
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Joseph G Schnitzler, Bruno Frédérich, Sven Früchtnicht, Tobias Schaffeld, Johannes Baltzer, Andreas Ruser, Ursula Siebert
Several mass strandings of sperm whales occurred in the North Sea during January and February 2016. Twelve animals were necropsied and sampled around 48 h after their discovery on German coasts of Schleswig Holstein. The present study aims to explore the morphological variation of the primary sensory organ of sperm whales, the left and right auditory system, using high-resolution computerised tomography imaging. We performed a quantitative analysis of size and shape of cochleae using landmark-based geometric morphometrics to reveal inter-individual anatomical variations...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440029/treatment-effects-of-reverse-twin-block-and-reverse-pull-face-mask-on-craniofacial-morphology-in-early-and-late-mixed-dentition-children
#12
N Fareen, M K Alam, M F Khamis, N Mokhtar
OBJECTIVE: Reverse Twin-Block (RTB) and Reverse Pull Face Mask (RPFM) appliances are used to correct Class III malocclusion in growing patients. Aim of this retrospective study was to compare and analyse craniofacial changes produced by RTB and RPFM in the early and late mixed dentition in Malay children with Class III malocclusion. METHODS: Data consisted of pre- and post-treatment lateral cephalograms of 95 children, 49 patients with RTB and 46 patients with RPFM, divided into an early (8-9 year) and late (10-11 year) group...
April 25, 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439451/automated-identification-of-insect-vectors-of-chagas-disease-in-brazil-and-mexico-the-virtual-vector-lab
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Rodrigo Gurgel-Gonçalves, Ed Komp, Lindsay P Campbell, Ali Khalighifar, Jarrett Mellenbruch, Vagner José Mendonça, Hannah L Owens, Keynes de la Cruz Felix, A Townsend Peterson, Janine M Ramsey
Identification of arthropods important in disease transmission is a crucial, yet difficult, task that can demand considerable training and experience. An important case in point is that of the 150+ species of Triatominae, vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, causative agent of Chagas disease across the Americas. We present a fully automated system that is able to identify triatomine bugs from Mexico and Brazil with an accuracy consistently above 80%, and with considerable potential for further improvement. The system processes digital photographs from a photo apparatus into landmarks, and uses ratios of measurements among those landmarks, as well as (in a preliminary exploration) two measurements that approximate aspects of coloration, as the basis for classification...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438151/effect-of-platelet-rich-fibrin-on-edema-and-pain-following-third-molar-surgery-a-split-mouth-control-study
#14
Uğur Gülşen, Mehmet Fatih Şentürk
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy of platelet-rich fibrine (PRF) on postoperative edema and pain after impacted mandibular third molar surgery. METHODS: The prospective study was comprised 30 patients who presented for the removal of bilateral impacted mandibular third molar teeth. After extraction, the sockets were filled with PRF or without PRF in the study and control groups, respectively. Postoperative edema was measured with a flexible tape measure by calculating the distance between several facial landmarks on postoperative days two and seven...
April 24, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437623/selective-scene-perception-deficits-in-a-case-of-topographical-disorientation
#15
Jessica Robin, Matthew X Lowe, Sara Pishdadian, Josée Rivest, Jonathan S Cant, Morris Moscovitch
Topographical disorientation (TD) is a neuropsychological condition characterized by an inability to find one's way, even in familiar environments. One common contributing cause of TD is landmark agnosia, a visual recognition impairment specific to scenes and landmarks. Although many cases of TD with landmark agnosia have been documented, little is known about the perceptual mechanisms which lead to selective deficits in recognizing scenes. In the present study, we test LH, a man who exhibits TD and landmark agnosia, on measures of scene perception that require selectively attending to either the configural or surface properties of a scene...
April 2, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437549/poor-utility-of-gonadal-shielding-for-pediatric-pelvic-radiographs
#16
Mark C Lee, Jessica Lloyd, Matthew J Solomito
Plain pelvic radiographs are commonly used for a variety of pediatric orthopedic disorders. Lead shielding is typically placed over the gonads to minimize radiation exposure to these sensitive tissues. However, misplaced shielding can sabotage efforts to protect patients from excessive radiation exposure either by not covering radiosensitive tissues or by obscuring anatomic areas of interest, prompting repeat radiographic examinations. The goal of this study was to determine the incidence of misplaced shielding for pelvic radiographs obtained for pediatric orthopedic evaluation...
April 24, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437491/correct-positioning-of-the-medial-patellofemoral-ligament-troubleshooting-in-the-operating-room
#17
M Tyrrell Burrus, Brian C Werner, Jourdan M Cancienne, David R Diduch
Medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction is often required after failed nonoperative management of lateral patellar instability. It is important to properly re-create the native ligament to avoid altering patellofemoral biomechanics. Such alterations can cause knee stiffness, anterior knee pain, and patellofemoral chondrosis. Incorrect femoral location is the most common mistake that affects MPFL graft biomechanics. Authors have described multiple radiographic and anatomical landmarks that assist in determining the appropriate location, and time should be taken to accurately localize this position...
March 2017: American Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437341/measurement-of-thoracic-inlet-alignment-on-mri-reliability-and-the-influence-of-body-position
#18
Jun Qiao, Feng Zhu, Zhen Liu, Leilei Xu, Zezhang Zhu, Bangping Qian, Xu Sun, Qing Jiang, Yong Qiu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective radiographic study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the reliability of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure thoracic outlet parameters and whether supine MRI could supersede upright x-ray in measuring these parameters. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: On x-ray, overlapped soft and bony tissues make sternum contour invisible. Thus, measuring thoracic inlet (TI) alignment on x-ray may be inaccurate. MRI could clearly show anatomy around TI...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436922/the-feasibility-of-manual-parameter-tuning-for-deformable-breast-mr-image-registration-from-a-multi-objective-optimization-perspective
#19
Kleopatra Pirpinia, Peter Bosman, Claudette Loo, Gonneke Winter-Warnars, Natasja Janssen, Astrid Scholten, Jan-Jakob Sonke, Marcel van Herk, Tanja Alderliesten
Deformable image registration is typically formulated as an optimization problem involving a linearly weighted combination of terms that correspond to objectives of interest (e.g., similarity, deformation magnitude). The weights, along with multiple other parameters, need to be manually tuned for each application, a task currently mainly addressed via trial-and-error approaches. Such approaches can only be successful if there is a sensible interplay between parameters, objectives, and desired registration outcome...
April 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436842/a-hybrid-image-registration-and-matching-framework-for-real-time-motion-tracking-in-mri-guided-radiotherapy
#20
Matteo Seregni, Chiara Paganelli, Paul Summers, Massimo Bellomi, Guido Baroni, Marco Riboldi
OBJECTIVE: MRI-guided radiotherapy (MRIgRT) is an emerging treatment technique where anatomical and pathological structures are imaged through integrated MR-radiotherapy units. This work aims (i) at assessing the accuracy of optical-flow based motion tracking in liver cine-MRI sequences and (ii) at testing a MRIgRT workflow combining similarity-based image matching with image registration. METHODS: After an initialization stage, a set of template images is collected and registered to the first frame of the cine-MRI sequence...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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