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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651099/brain-shift-compensation-using-intraoperative-ultrasound-and-constraint-based-biomechanical-simulation
#1
Fanny Morin, Hadrien Courtecuisse, Ingerid Reinertsen, Florian Le Lann, Olivier Palombi, Yohan Payan, Matthieu Chabanas
PURPOSE: During brain tumor surgery, planning and guidance are based on preoperative images which do not account for brain-shift. However, this deformation is a major source of error in image-guided neurosurgery and affects the accuracy of the procedure. In this paper, we present a constraint-based biomechanical simulation method to compensate for craniotomy-induced brain-shift that integrates the deformations of the blood vessels and cortical surface, using a single intraoperative ultrasound acquisition...
June 15, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650475/division-site-selection-linked-to-inherited-cell-surface-wave-troughs-in-mycobacteria
#2
Haig A Eskandarian, Pascal D Odermatt, Joëlle X Y Ven, Mélanie T M Hannebelle, Adrian P Nievergelt, Neeraj Dhar, John D McKinney, Georg E Fantner
Cell division is tightly controlled in space and time to maintain cell size and ploidy within narrow bounds. In bacteria, the canonical Minicell (Min) and nucleoid occlusion (Noc) systems together ensure that division is restricted to midcell after completion of chromosome segregation(1). It is unknown how division site selection is controlled in bacteria that lack homologues of the Min and Noc proteins, including mycobacteria responsible for tuberculosis and other chronic infections(2). Here, we use correlated optical and atomic-force microscopy(3,4) to demonstrate that morphological landmarks (waveform troughs) on the undulating surface of mycobacterial cells correspond to future sites of cell division...
June 26, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649768/measuring-canopy-loss-and-climatic-thresholds-from-an-extreme-drought-along-a-fivefold-precipitation-gradient-across-texas
#3
Amanda M Schwantes, Jennifer J Swenson, Mariano González-Roglich, Daniel M Johnson, Jean-Christophe Domec, Robert B Jackson
Globally, trees are increasingly dying from extreme drought, a trend that is expected to increase with climate change. Loss of trees has significant ecological, biophysical, and biogeochemical consequences. In 2011, a record drought caused widespread tree mortality in Texas. Using remotely sensed imagery, we quantified canopy loss during and after the drought across the state at 30-m spatial resolution, from the eastern pine/hardwood forests to the western shrublands, a region that includes the boundaries of many species ranges...
June 26, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649757/visual-complexity-and-its-effects-on-referring-expression-generation
#4
Micha Elsner, Alasdair Clarke, Hannah Rohde
Speakers' perception of a visual scene influences the language they use to describe it-which objects they choose to mention and how they characterize the relationships between them. We show that visual complexity can either delay or facilitate description generation, depending on how much disambiguating information is required and how useful the scene's complexity can be in providing, for example, helpful landmarks. To do so, we measure speech onset times, eye gaze, and utterance content in a reference production experiment in which the target object is either unique or non-unique in a visual scene of varying size and complexity...
June 26, 2017: Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648981/leptin-s-physiologic-role-does-the-emperor-of-energy-balance-have-no-clothes
#5
REVIEW
Jeffrey S Flier, Eleftheria Maratos-Flier
The discovery of the obese gene and the demonstration that its encoded protein leptin can reverse obesity due to genetic deficiency of the hormone were landmark discoveries in endocrinology and metabolism. Regarding leptin's role in physiology, it is now established that falling leptin levels are a key signal of the starved state in mice and humans. Repleting leptin reverses the starvation signal both in physiologic starvation and in obesity resulting from genetic leptin deficiency. Since its discovery, it has also been hypothesized that rising leptin levels caused by overfeeding provide a physiologic signal that orchestrates resistance to obesity...
June 19, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648818/evaluation-of-the-preimplantation-worksheet-in-determining-calypso-eligibility-for-men-prescribed-postprostatectomy-radiotherapy-with-electromagnetic-transponder-guidance
#6
Daniel George Hamilton, Kingsley Jones, Kevin So
This study aimed to assess the design and performance of the preimplant suitability worksheet in determining Calypso eligibility for prostate cancer patients prescribed postprostatectomy radiotherapy with electromagnetic transponder guidance. The medical records and radiotherapy planning datasets of 75 patients prospectively recruited between June 2015 and September 2016 to a Phase 2 trial evaluating electromagnetic transponder-guided postprostatectomy radiotherapy were retrospectively examined. Correlation and differences between computed tomography (CT)-defined greater trochanter and prostatic fossa landmarks were evaluated...
June 22, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648698/three-year-pooled-analysis-of-factors-associated-with-clinical-outcomes-across-dabrafenib-and-trametinib-combination-therapy-phase-3-randomised-trials
#7
Dirk Schadendorf, Georgina V Long, Daniil Stroiakovski, Boguslawa Karaszewska, Axel Hauschild, Evgeny Levchenko, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Jacob Schachter, Claus Garbe, Caroline Dutriaux, Helen Gogas, Mario Mandalà, John B A G Haanen, Céleste Lebbé, Andrzej Mackiewicz, Piotr Rutkowski, Jean-Jacques Grob, Paul Nathan, Antoni Ribas, Michael A Davies, Ying Zhang, Mathilde Kaper, Bijoyesh Mookerjee, Jeffrey J Legos, Keith T Flaherty, Caroline Robert
AIM: Understanding predictors of long-term benefit with currently available melanoma therapies is the key for optimising individualised treatments. A prior pooled analysis of dabrafenib plus trametinib (D + T)-randomised trials (median follow-up, 20.0 months) identified baseline lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and number of organ sites with metastasis as predictive factors for progression-free (PFS) and overall (OS) survival. However, longer-term follow-up analyses are needed to confirm which patients treated with D + T can achieve maximum benefit...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648650/planning-execution-and-follow-up-for-endovascular-aortic-aneurysm-repair-using-a-highly-restrictive-iodinated-contrast-protocol-in-patients-with-severe-renal-disease
#8
E Gallitto, G L Faggioli, M Gargiulo, A Freyrie, R Pini, C Mascoli, S Ancetti, V Vento, A Stella
BACKGROUND: The cumulative amount of iodinated-contrast-medium necessary for EVAR planning, operative procedure and subsequent follow-up is a threat for the onset of end stage renal disease in patients with pre-operative impaired kidney function. Purpose of this study is to describe a mini-invasive approach aimed to minimize the exposure of these patients to iodinated-contrast-medium and the subsequent risk of renal function worsening. METHODS: From 2012 to 2015, all patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) at high-surgical risk and fit for standard endovascular repair (simple aortic-iliac anatomy: proximal and distal neck length ≥15mm, no severe angulation), underwent EVAR through the following "near-zero contrast" approach, if their glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was <30 mL/min: pre-operative planning was performed by non-contrast enhanced computed tomography (CT) and duplex-ultrasound (DU); the origin of renal/hypogastric arteries and aortic bifurcation was evaluated and matched with vertebral bone landmarks and the endograft deployed accordingly, using < 20cc of isotonic iodinate-contrast-medium and contrast-enhancement-DU (CEUS)...
June 22, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645847/cardiovascular-morphometry-with-high-resolution-3d-magnetic-resonance-first-application-to-left-ventricle-diastolic-dysfunction
#9
Diego Gallo, Orestis Vardoulis, Pierre Monney, Davide Piccini, Panagiotis Antiochos, Juerg Schwitter, Nikolaos Stergiopulos, Umberto Morbiducci
In this study, an image-based morphometry toolset quantifying geometric descriptors of the left ventricle, aorta and their coupling is applied to investigate whether morphological information can differentiate between subjects affected by diastolic dysfunction (patient group) and their age-matched controls (control group). The ventriculo-aortic region of 20 total participants (10 per group) were segmented from high-resolution 3D magnetic resonance images, from the left ventricle to the descending aorta. Each geometry was divided into segments in correspondence of anatomical landmarks...
June 21, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645703/mapping-of-the-anterior-tibial-profile-to-identify-accurate-reference-points-for-sagittal-alignment-of-tibial-component-in-total-knee-arthroplasty
#10
Gianluca Cinotti, Ettore Caruso, Luigi Orsina, Giuseppe La Torre, Francesca Romana Ripani
BACKGROUND: Although standard instrumentation is the procedure most frequently used to implant a total knee arthroplasty (TKA), high rates of malalignment of tibial component are reported using this technique. Anatomical landmarks for sagittal alignment have been little investigated and the best reference axis which parallels the mechanical axis is yet to be established. HYPOTHESIS: Mapping the anterior tibial profile (ATP) may allow the identification of segmental zones of the ATP parallel to the mechanical axis which can be use to align the extramedullary rod...
June 20, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644936/the-deltoid-lift-a-comparison-study-of-exposure-area-in-proximal-humeral-approaches
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Michael Ting, Nicholas Kusnezov, John Dunn, Alok K Dwivedi, Miguel A Pirela-Cruz
BACKGROUND: Adequate exposure of the proximal humerus is necessary to address atypical or complex proximal humerus fractures and orthopedic tumors. Surgical management may be difficult through existing approaches due to their limited nature and the delicate neurovascular anatomy of the shoulder. The deltoid lift, a previously described extensile approach, can be incorporated into the surgeon's armamentarium as an alternative exposure to the proximal humerus. The objective of this study was to quantify and compare the humeral exposure achieved through the deltoid lift with the standard direct lateral deltoid-splitting, anterolateral acromial, and deltopectoral approaches in terms of surface area and exposure of key anatomic landmarks...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644815/landmark-image-retrieval-by-jointing-feature-refinement-and-multimodal-classifier-learning
#12
Xiaoming Zhang, Senzhang Wang, Zhoujun Li, Shuai Ma
Landmark retrieval is to return a set of images with their landmarks similar to those of the query images. Existing studies on landmark retrieval focus on exploiting the geometries of landmarks for visual similarity matches. However, the visual content of social images is of large diversity in many landmarks, and also some images share common patterns over different landmarks. On the other side, it has been observed that social images usually contain multimodal contents, i.e., visual content and text tags, and each landmark has the unique characteristic of both visual content and text content...
June 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644430/the-clinical-landscape-for-sma-in-a-new-therapeutic-era
#13
REVIEW
K Talbot, E F Tizzano
Despite significant advances in basic research, the treatment of degenerative diseases of the nervous system remains one of the greatest challenges for translational medicine. The childhood onset motor neuron disorder spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has been viewed as one of the more tractable targets for molecular therapy, due to a detailed understanding of the molecular genetic basis of the disease. In SMA, inactivating mutations in the SMN1 gene can be partially compensated for by limited expression of SMN protein from a variable number of copies of the SMN2 gene, which provides both a molecular explanation for phenotypic severity and a target for therapy...
June 23, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644199/structure-and-function-of-the-human-insula
#14
Lucina Q Uddin, Jason S Nomi, Benjamin Hébert-Seropian, Jimmy Ghaziri, Olivier Boucher
The insular cortex, or "Island of Reil," is hidden deep within the lateral sulcus of the brain. Subdivisions within the insula have been identified on the basis of cytoarchitectonics, sulcal landmarks, and connectivity. Depending on the parcellation technique used, the insula can be divided into anywhere between 2 and 13 distinct subdivisions. The insula subserves a wide variety of functions in humans ranging from sensory and affective processing to high-level cognition. Here, we provide a concise summary of known structural and functional features of the human insular cortex with a focus on lesion case studies and recent neuroimaging evidence for considerable functional heterogeneity of this brain region...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643910/evaluation-of-the-3dmdface-system-as-a-tool-for-soft-tissue-analysis
#15
C Hong, K Choi, Y Kachroo, T Kwon, A Nguyen, R McComb, W Moon
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the accuracy of three-dimensional stereophotogrammetry by comparing values obtained from direct anthropometry and the 3dMDface system. To achieve a more comprehensive evaluation of the reliability of 3dMD, both linear and surface measurements were examined. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: UCLA Section of Orthodontics. Mannequin head as model for anthropometric measurements. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Image acquisition and analysis were carried out on a mannequin head using 16 anthropometric landmarks and 21 measured parameters for linear and surface distances...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643774/insufficient-antibody-validation-challenges-oestrogen-receptor-beta-research
#16
Sandra Andersson, Mårten Sundberg, Nusa Pristovsek, Ahmed Ibrahim, Philip Jonsson, Borbala Katona, Carl-Magnus Clausson, Agata Zieba, Margareta Ramström, Ola Söderberg, Cecilia Williams, Anna Asplund
The discovery of oestrogen receptor β (ERβ/ESR2) was a landmark discovery. Its reported expression and homology with breast cancer pharmacological target ERα (ESR1) raised hopes for improved endocrine therapies. After 20 years of intense research, this has not materialized. We here perform a rigorous validation of 13 anti-ERβ antibodies, using well-characterized controls and a panel of validation methods. We conclude that only one antibody, the rarely used monoclonal PPZ0506, specifically targets ERβ in immunohistochemistry...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643665/sonographic-landmarks-to-differentiate-false-labor-and-early-true-labor-as-a-possible-new-application-of-ultrasound-in-labor-ward
#17
A Bouzid, M Kehila, H Trabelsi, H S Abouda, R Ben Hmid, M B Chanoufi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate discrimination of clinical parameters and ultrasound examination to differentiate "false labor" and "true labor". METHODS: In a prospective study during a period of 6 months, a total of 178 patients in term (37-41 weeks) consulting our obstetric unit for uterine contraction, were enrolled. Patients were examined separately by a midwife and a resident and separated into "true labor group" and "false labor group". The clinical characteristics of true versus false labor patients were compared...
April 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642729/inconsistent-effects-of-parietal-%C3%AE-tacs-on-pseudoneglect-across-two-experiments-a-failed-internal-replication
#18
Domenica Veniero, Christopher S Y Benwell, Merle M Ahrens, Gregor Thut
Transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) is being investigated as an experimental and clinical interventional technique in human participants. While promising, important limitations have been identified, including weak effect sizes and high inter- and intra-individual variability of outcomes. Here, we compared two "inhibitory" tES-techniques with supposedly different mechanisms of action as to their effects on performance in a visuospatial attention task, and report on a direct replication attempt. In two experiments, 2 × 20 healthy participants underwent tES in three separate sessions testing different protocols (10 min stimulation each) with a montage targeting right parietal cortex (right parietal-left frontal, electrode-sizes: 3cm × 3cm-7 cm × 5 cm), while performing a perceptual line bisection (landmark) task...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642353/when-sanctity-of-life-and-self-determination-clash-briggs-versus-briggs-2016-ewcop-53-implications-for-policy-and-practice
#19
Jenny Kitzinger, Celia Kitzinger, Jakki Cowley
In a landmark judgment in the English Court of Protection, the judge (Charles J) found it to be in the best interests of a minimally conscious patient for clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) to be withdrawn, with the inevitable consequence that the patient would die. In making this judgment, it was accepted that the patient's level of consciousness - if CANH were continued and rehabilitation provided - might improve, and that he might become capable of expressing emotions and making simple choices...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640899/normative-3d-opto-electronic-stereo-photogrammetric-posture-and-spine-morphology-data-in-young-healthy-adult-population
#20
Moreno D'Amico, Edyta Kinel, Piero Roncoletta
Observational cross-sectional study. The current study aims to yield normative data: i.e., the physiological standard for 30 selected quantitative 3D parameters that accurately capture and describe a full-skeleton, upright-standing attitude. Specific and exclusive consideration was given to three distinct categories: postural, spine morphology and pelvic parameters. To capture such 3D parameters, the authors selected a non-ionising 3D opto-electronic stereo-photogrammetric approach. This required the identification and measurement of 27 body landmarks, each specifically tagged with a skin marker...
2017: PloS One
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