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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438009/modulation-format-free-and-automatic-bias-control-for-optical-iq-modulators-based-on-dither-correlation-detection
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Xiaolei Li, Lei Deng, Xiaoman Chen, Mengfan Cheng, Songnian Fu, Ming Tang, Deming Liu
A novel automatic bias control (ABC) method for optical in-phase and quadrature (IQ) modulator is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. In the proposed method, two different low frequency sine wave dither signals are generated and added on to the I/Q bias signal respectively. Instead of power monitoring of the harmonics of the dither signal, dither-correlation detection is proposed and used to adjust the bias voltages of the optical IQ modulator. By this way, not only frequency spectral analysis isn't required but also the directional bias adjustment could be realized, resulting in the decrease of algorithm complexity and the growth of convergence rate of ABC algorithm...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437951/hot-spot-relaxation-time-current-dependence-in-niobium-nitride-waveguide-integrated-superconducting-nanowire-single-photon-detectors
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Simone Ferrari, Vadim Kovalyuk, Wladislaw Hartmann, Andreas Vetter, Oliver Kahl, Changhyoup Lee, Alexander Korneev, Carsten Rockstuhl, Gregory Gol'tsman, Wolfram Pernice
We investigate how the bias current affects the hot-spot relaxation dynamics in niobium nitride. We use for this purpose a near-infrared pump-probe technique on a waveguide-integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detector driven in the two-photon regime. We observe a strong increase in the picosecond relaxation time for higher bias currents. A minimum relaxation time of (22 ± 1) ps is obtained when applying a bias current of 50% of the switching current at 1.7 K bath temperature. We also propose a practical approach to accurately estimate the photon detection regimes based on the reconstruction of the measured detector tomography at different bias currents and for different illumination conditions...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437936/ultra-thin-and-high-efficiency-graphene-metasurface-for-tunable-terahertz-wave-manipulation
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Zhen Liu, Benfeng Bai
We propose a type of ultra-thin metasurfaces composed of rectangular graphene patches supporting orthogonal plasmonic resonances, which can work in transmission or reflection modes for dynamic terahertz wavefront manipulation with high polarization conversion ratio. By controlling the response of each patch via electrical biasing, the phase of the output wave can be tuned in a wide range over 180° while keeping its amplitude high and relatively stable. We demonstrate several functional devices based on such metasurfaces: a linear polarization converter with nearly 100% polarization conversion ratio, a switchable anomalous wave deflection device, and a dual-polarity focusing mirror with the focal spot tunable in both the transversal and longitudinal directions...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437793/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-for-treating-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Dennis Anheyer, Heidemarie Haller, Jürgen Barth, Romy Lauche, Gustav Dobos, Holger Cramer
Background: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is frequently used to treat pain-related conditions, but its effects on low back pain are uncertain. Purpose: To assess the efficacy and safety of MBSR in patients with low back pain. Data Sources: Searches of MEDLINE/PubMed, Scopus, the Cochrane Library, and PsycINFO to 15 June 2016. Study Selection: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared MBSR with usual care or an active comparator and assessed pain intensity or pain-related disability as a primary outcome in patients with low back pain...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437616/neural-network-and-nearest-neighbour-algorithms-for-enhancing-sampling-of-molecular-dynamics
#5
Raimondas Galvelis, Yuji Sugita
The free energy calculations of complex chemical and biological systems with molecular dynamics (MD) are inefficient due to multiple local minima separated by high-energy barriers. The minima can be escaped using an enhanced sampling method such as metadynamics, which apply bias (i.e. importance sampling) along a set of collective variables (CV), but the maximum number of CVs (or dimensions) is severely limited. We propose a high-dimensional bias potential method (NN2B) based on two machine learning algorithms: the nearest neighbour density estimator (NNDE) and the artificial neural network (ANN) for the bias potential approximation...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437571/label-free-high-temporal-resolution-assessment-of-cell-proliferation-using-digital-holographic-microscopy
#6
Birgit Janicke, Andreas Kårsnäs, Peter Egelberg, Kersti Alm
Cell proliferation assays are widely applied in biological sciences to understand the effect of drugs over time. However, current methods often assess cell population growth indirectly, that is, the cells are not actually counted. Instead other parameters, for example, the amount of protein, are determined. These methods often also demand phototoxic labels, have low temporal resolution, or employ end-point assays, and frequently are labor intensive. We have developed a robust and label-free kinetic cell proliferation assay with high temporal resolution for adherent cells using digital holographic microscopy (DHM), one of many quantitative phase microscopy techniques...
April 24, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437469/virtual-race-transformation-reverses-racial-in-group-bias
#7
Béatrice S Hasler, Bernhard Spanlang, Mel Slater
People generally show greater preference for members of their own racial group compared to racial out-group members. This type of 'in-group bias' is evident in mimicry behaviors. We tend to automatically mimic the behaviors of in-group members, and this behavior is associated with interpersonal sensitivity and empathy. However, mimicry is reduced when interacting with out-group members. Although race is considered an unchangeable trait, it is possible using embodiment in immersive virtual reality to engender the illusion in people of having a body of a different race...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437366/the-impact-of-residual-subgingival-cement-on-biological-complications-around-dental-implants-a-systematic-review
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Alessandro Quaranta, Zhuo Wei Lim, Joyce Tang, Vittoria Perrotti, Jonathan Leichter
OBJECTIVES: To perform a systematic review on the impact of residual subgingival cement on peri-implant diseases and crestal bone loss. MATERIAL AND METHODS: MEDLINE, SCOPUS, ISI Web of Knowledge and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) databases were used to identify articles published without time limits. RESULTS: A total of 6 articles were selected for a total of 389 patients (687 implants). The studies were heterogeneous and had a moderate-to-high risk of bias, but met the inclusion criteria...
April 21, 2017: Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437305/breast-feeding-analgesia-in-infants-an-update-on-the-current-state-of-evidence
#9
Britney Benoit, Ruth Martin-Misener, Margot Latimer, Marsha Campbell-Yeo
To provide an updated synthesis of the current state of the evidence for the effectiveness of breast-feeding and expressed breast milk feeding in reducing procedural pain in preterm and full-term born infants. A systematic search of key electronic databases (PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE) was completed. Of the 1032 abstracts screened, 21 were found eligible for inclusion. Fifteen studies reported on the use of breast-feeding or expressed breast milk in full-term infants and 6 reported on preterm infants. Direct breast-feeding was more effective than maternal holding, maternal skin-to-skin contact, topical anesthetics, and music therapy, and was as or more effective than sweet tasting solutions in full-term infants...
April 2017: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437295/clozapine-associated-agranulocytosis-treatment-with-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-a-systematic-review
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John Lally, Steffi Malik, Eromona Whiskey, David M Taylor, Fiona P Gaughran, Amir Krivoy, Robert J Flanagan, Aleksandar Mijovic, James H MacCabe
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: Clozapine is associated with hematological abnormalities, notably neutropenia, which may progress to agranulocytosis. Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) have been used to reduce the frequency and duration of clozapine-associated neutropenia. This review aims to explore the use, efficacy, and tolerability of these cytokines in the treatment of clozapine-associated agranulocytosis. METHODS/PROCEDURES: We conducted a systematic review of published interventional and observational studies, case series, and case reports where G-CSF/GM-CSF was used to treat clozapine-associated agranulocytosis...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437276/clinical-outcome-of-rebubbling-for-graft-detachment-after-descemet-membrane-endothelial-keratoplasty
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Nadine Gerber-Hollbach, Lamis Baydoun, Ester Fernández López, Laurence E Frank, Isabel Dapena, Vasilios S Liarakos, Sontje-Chiao Schaal, Lisanne Ham, Silke Oellerich, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE: To assess the clinical outcome after successful rebubbling procedures for visually significant graft detachment after Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). METHODS: From a total of 760 consecutive DMEK surgeries, 41 eyes required rebubbling. Of those, 33 eyes of 31 patients were successful and were included in our retrospective outcome analysis study. Main outcome measures were compared with those of matched controls with uneventful primary DMEK (attached DMEK grafts without rebubbling)...
April 21, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437258/magnetic-resonance-study-of-exchange-biased-ni-nio-nanoparticles
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Ashish Chhaganlal Gandhi, Jauyn Grace Lin
Finite sized Ni/NiO nanoparticles (NPs) are prepared by oxidizing pure Ni-NPs in an ambient atmosphere with varying annealing time (t A). A synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction technique was used to estimate the grain size, weight fraction and lattice parameters of Ni and NiO. The temperature (T) dependencies of effective g-factor and line-width of ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectra for a series of Ni/NiO NPs are determined. Three T-regions with different FMR behaviors T  >  200 K, 200  >  T  >  130 K and T  <  130 K are identified...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437252/valley-filtering-in-graphene-due-to-substrate-induced-mass-potential
#13
D R da Costa, A Chaves, G A Farias, F M Peeters
The interaction of monolayer graphene with specific substrates may break its sublattice symmetry and results in unidirectional chiral states with opposite group velocities in the different Dirac cones (Zarenia et al 2012 Phys. Rev. B 86 085451). Taking advantage of this feature, we propose a valley filter based on a transversal mass kink for low energy electrons in graphene, which is obtained by assuming a defect region in the substrate that provides a change in the sign of the substrate-induced mass and thus creates a non-biased channel, perpendicular to the kink, for electron motion...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437214/speaker-introductions-at-internal-medicine-grand-rounds-forms-of-address-reveal-gender-bias
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Julia A Files, Anita P Mayer, Marcia G Ko, Patricia Friedrich, Marjorie Jenkins, Michael J Bryan, Suneela Vegunta, Christopher M Wittich, Melissa A Lyle, Ryan Melikian, Trevor Duston, Yu-Hui H Chang, Sharonne N Hayes
BACKGROUND: Gender bias has been identified as one of the drivers of gender disparity in academic medicine. Bias may be reinforced by gender subordinating language or differential use of formality in forms of address. Professional titles may influence the perceived expertise and authority of the referenced individual. The objective of this study is to examine how professional titles were used in the same and mixed-gender speaker introductions at Internal Medicine Grand Rounds (IMGR). METHODS: A retrospective observational study of video-archived speaker introductions at consecutive IMGR was conducted at two different locations (Arizona, Minnesota) of an academic medical center...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437149/the-effects-of-yoga-on-positive-mental-health-among-healthy-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Tom Hendriks, Joop de Jong, Holger Cramer
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to present an overview of the research on the effects of yoga on positive mental health (PMH) among non-clinical adult populations. METHODS: This was a systematic literature review and meta-analysis, including a risk of bias assessment. The electronic databases PubMed/Medline, Scopus, IndMED, and the Cochrane Library were searched from 1975 to 2015. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the effects of yoga interventions on PMH among a healthy adult population were selected...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437146/homeopathy-for-allergic-rhinitis-a-systematic-review
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Kushal Banerjee, Robert T Mathie, Céire Costelloe, Jeremy Howick
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of homeopathic intervention in the treatment of seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis (AR). METHOD: Randomized controlled trials evaluating all forms of homeopathic treatment for AR were included in a systematic review (SR) of studies published up to and including December 2015. Two authors independently screened potential studies, extracted data, and assessed risk of bias. Primary outcomes included symptom improvement and total quality-of-life score...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437125/when-and-why-is-religious-attendance-associated-with-antigay-bias-and-gay-rights-opposition-a-justification-suppression-model-approach
#17
Mark Romeo Hoffarth, Gordon Hodson, Danielle S Molnar
Even in relatively tolerant countries, antigay bias remains socially divisive, despite being widely viewed as violating social norms of tolerance. From a Justification-Suppression Model (JSM) framework, social norms may generally suppress antigay bias in tolerant countries, yet be "released" by religious justifications among those who resist gay rights progress. Across large, nationally representative US samples (Study 1) and international samples (Study 2, representing a total of 97 different countries), over 215,000 participants, and various indicators of antigay bias (e...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436982/delay-activity-of-specific-prefrontal-interneuron-subtypes-modulates-memory-guided-behavior
#18
Tsukasa Kamigaki, Yang Dan
Memory-guided behavior requires maintenance of task-relevant information without sensory input, but the underlying circuit mechanism remains unclear. Calcium imaging in mice performing a delayed Go or No-Go task revealed robust delay activity in dorsomedial prefrontal cortex, with different pyramidal neurons signaling Go and No-Go action plans. Inhibiting pyramidal neurons by optogenetically activating somatostatin- or parvalbumin-positive interneurons, even transiently during the delay, impaired task performance, primarily by increasing inappropriate Go responses...
April 24, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436896/online-hashing
#19
Long-Kai Huang, Qiang Yang, Wei-Shi Zheng
Although hash function learning algorithms have achieved great success in recent years, most existing hash models are off-line, which are not suitable for processing sequential or online data. To address this problem, this paper proposes an online hash model to accommodate data coming in stream for online learning. Specifically, a new loss function is proposed to measure the similarity loss between a pair of data samples in hamming space. Then, a structured hash model is derived and optimized in a passive-aggressive way...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436859/in-vivo-intracardiac-vector-velocity-imaging-using-phased-array-transducers-for-pediatric-cardiology
#20
Solveig Fadnes, Morten Wigen, Siri Ann Nyrnes, Lasse Lovstakken
Two-dimensional blood speckle tracking has shown promise for measuring complex flow patterns in neonatal hearts using linear arrays and high-frame-rate plane wave imaging. For general pediatric applications, however, the need for phased array probes emerges due to the limited intercostal acoustic window available. In this work, a clinically approved real-time duplex imaging setup with phased array probes was used to investigate the potential of blood speckle tracking for 2-D vector velocity imaging of children with congenital heart disease...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
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