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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786676/-the-modern-approaches-to-the-restoration-of-postural-balance-in-the-patients-suffering-from-the-consequences-of-an-acute-cerebrovascular-accident-cva
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S A Volovets, E Y Sergeenko, L Y Darinskaya, B A Polyaev, Y A Yashinina, M A Isaeva, I V Zhitareva, A N Lobov, T I Panova
BACKGROUND: the most frequent and severe consequences of an acute cerebrovascular accident (CVA) are locomotor and coordination disorders which significantly increase the risk of falling in a static position and when walking. The methods used for the rehabilitation of the affected patients are designed in the first place to enable the patients to acquire the skills necessary for maintaining the static balance. The modern equipment allows to carry out coordination training in the static position and also during walking...
May 21, 2018: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786614/a-novel-optimization-framework-for-vmat-with-dynamic-gantry-couch-rotation
#2
Qihui Lyu, Victoria Y Yu, Dan Ruan, Ryan Neph, Daniel O'Connor, Ke Sheng
Existing Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) optimization using coplanar arcs is highly efficient but usually dosimetrically inferior to intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with optimized non-coplanar beams. To achieve both dosimetric quality and delivery efficiency, we proposed in this study, a novel integrated optimization method for non-coplanar VMAT (4πVMAT). 4πVMAT with Direct Aperture Optimization (DAO) was achieved by utilizing a least square dose fidelity objective, along with an anisotropic total variation term for regularizing the fluence smoothness, a single segment term for imposing simple apertures, and a group sparsity term for selecting beam angles...
May 22, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786463/hybrid-diffusion-imaging-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#3
Yu-Chien Wu, Sourajit Mitra Mustafi, Jaroslaw Harezlak, Chandana Kodiweera, Laura A Flashman, Thomas McAllister
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is an important public health problem. Although conventional medical imaging techniques can detect moderate-to-severe injuries, they are relatively insensitive to mTBI. In this study, we used hybrid diffusion imaging (HYDI) to detect white-matter alterations in nineteen patients with mTBI and 23 other trauma-control patients. Within 15 days (SD=10) of brain injury, all subjects underwent magnetic-resonance HYDI and were assessed with battery of neuropsychological tests of sustained attention, memory, and executive function...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786430/galaxygpcrloop-template-based-and-ab-initio-structure-sampling-of-the-extracellular-loops-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors
#4
Jonghun Won, Gyu Rie Lee, Hahnbeom Park, Chaok Seok
The second extracellular loops (ECL2s) of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are often involved in GPCR functions, and their structures have important implications in drug discovery. However, structure prediction of ECL2 is difficult because of its long length and the structural diversity among different GPCRs. In this study, a new ECL2 conformational sampling method involving both template-based and ab initio sampling was developed. Inspired by observation of similar ECL2 structures of closely related GPCRs, a template-based sampling method employing loop structure templates selected from the structure database was developed...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785561/reptb-a-gene-ontology-based-drug-repurposing-approach-for-tuberculosis
#5
Anurag Passi, Neeraj Kumar Rajput, David J Wild, Anshu Bhardwaj
Tuberculosis (TB) is the world's leading infectious killer with 1.8 million deaths in 2015 as reported by WHO. It is therefore imperative that alternate routes of identification of novel anti-TB compounds are explored given the time and costs involved in new drug discovery process. Towards this, we have developed RepTB. This is a unique drug repurposing approach for TB that uses molecular function correlations among known drug-target pairs to predict novel drug-target interactions. In this study, we have created a Gene Ontology based network containing 26,404 edges, 6630 drug and 4083 target nodes...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Cheminformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785008/massively-parallel-coincidence-counting-of-high-dimensional-entangled-states
#6
Matthew Reichert, Hugo Defienne, Jason W Fleischer
Entangled states of light are essential for quantum technologies and fundamental tests of physics. Current systems rely on entanglement in 2D degrees of freedom, e.g., polarization states. Increasing the dimensionality provides exponential speed-up of quantum computation, enhances the channel capacity and security of quantum communication protocols, and enables quantum imaging; unfortunately, characterizing high-dimensional entanglement of even bipartite quantum states remains prohibitively time-consuming. Here, we develop and experimentally demonstrate a new theory of camera detection that leverages the massive parallelization inherent in an array of pixels...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784773/associated-patterns-of-insecticide-resistance-in-field-populations-of-malaria-vectors-across-africa
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Penelope A Hancock, Antoinette Wiebe, Katherine A Gleave, Samir Bhatt, Ewan Cameron, Anna Trett, David Weetman, David L Smith, Janet Hemingway, Michael Coleman, Peter W Gething, Catherine L Moyes
The development of insecticide resistance in African malaria vectors threatens the continued efficacy of important vector control methods that rely on a limited set of insecticides. To understand the operational significance of resistance we require quantitative information about levels of resistance in field populations to the suite of vector control insecticides. Estimation of resistance is complicated by the sparsity of observations in field populations, variation in resistance over time and space at local and regional scales, and cross-resistance between different insecticide types...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784598/a-novel-digital-method-to-assess-air-space-loss-associated-with-acute-lung-injury-in-experimental-acute-pancreatitis
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R Mukherjee, L Wen, X Zhang, P Bhattacharya, W Huang, R Sutton
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Respiratory dysfunction and/or failure from acute lung injury (ALI) are common in acute pancreatitis (AP), but assessment of ALI in experimental AP has lacked standardisation. METHODS: A range of experimental AP models induced in C57BL/6 mice with corresponding controls (n = 6/group). Full double lung or right lung specimens were taken for histopathological assessment and slides analysed by a pre-set pipeline using Aperio Scanner (Leica), ImageJ software and CellProfiler software...
May 4, 2018: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784597/the-association-between-portal-system-vein-diameters-and-outcomes-in-acute-pancreatitis
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X J N M Smeets, G Litjens, D W da Costa, W Kievit, H C van Santvoort, M G H Besselink, P Fockens, M J Bruno, J J Kolkman, J P H Drenth, T L Bollen, E J M van Geenen
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Acute pancreatitis (AP) progresses to necrotizing pancreatitis in 15% of cases. An important pathophysiological mechanism in AP is third spacing of fluids, which leads to intravascular volume depletion. This results in a reduced splanchnic circulation and reduced venous return. Non-visualisation of the portal and splenic vein on early computed tomography (CT) scan, which might be the result of smaller vein diameter due to decreased venous flow, is associated with infected necrosis and mortality in AP...
May 15, 2018: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784559/anodic-versus-cathodic-neurostimulation-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-a-randomized-controlled-study-of-acute-clinical-effects
#10
Anna Dalal Kirsch, Sharon Hassin-Baer, Cordula Matthies, Jens Volkmann, Frank Steigerwald
INTRODUCTION: Stimulation settings of deep brain stimulation (DBS) have evolved empirically within a limited parameter space dictated by first generation devices. There is a need for controlled clinical studies, which evaluate efficacy and safety of established programming practice against novel programming options provided by modern neurostimulation devices. METHODS: Here, we tested a polarity reversal from conventional monopolar cathodic to anodic stimulation in an acute double-blind, randomized, cross-over study in patients with PD implanted with bilateral STN DBS...
May 16, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784068/play-behaviour-fear-responses-and-activity-levels-in-commercial-broiler-chickens-provided-with-preferred-environmental-enrichments
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M Baxter, C L Bailie, N E O'Connell
There is currently a lack of research investigating the effectiveness of commercial broiler enrichments, and in particular the ability of these additions to create opportunities for positive welfare. One aim of this study was to investigate whether offering broiler chickens enrichments that have recently been found to be preferred leads to increased levels of activity. A second aim was to investigate the emotional effects of provision of these enrichments by assessing levels of fearfulness and play-like activity...
May 22, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782973/enhanced-retinal-pigment-epithelium-rpe-regeneration-using-curcumin-alginate-hydrogels-in-vitro-evaluation
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Jong Ho Park, Eun Yeong Shin, Myeong Eun Shin, Min Joung Choi, Cristiano Carlomagno, Jeong Eun Song, Gilson Khang
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) plays a significant role in retaining structural integrity of eye. Factors such as reduction in cell regeneration due to aging and physical injury pose a major hurdle in RPE regeneration. In this study, we exploited the use of alginate (AGT) incorporated with Curcumin (CCI) forming a hydrogel based system CCI/AGT. The fabricated hydrogel could anchor RPE cell in it. In vitro cell analysis revealed that the CCI/AGT hydrogel shows good biocompatibility, enhanced cell growth ability and higher ECM formation compared to the pure AGT hydrogel...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782580/magic-circle
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Jan Koenderink, Andrea van Doorn, Johan Wagemans
Full-horizon cylindrical projections of the optic array are in common use. One wonders whether the public actually profits from such pictorial information, since the space behind one's back does not exist in visual awareness. In an experiment, a test image included six persons located at the corners of an irregular hexagon centred at the camera. Two persons faced the camera, two turned their back to the camera and two others faced a direction at right angles to the camera. The distances to the camera were unequal and varied from 1 to 2 m...
May 2018: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781979/tackling-ambulatory-safety-risks-through-patient-engagement-what-10-000-patients-and-families-say-about-safety-related-knowledge-behaviors-and-attitudes-after-reading-visit-notes
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Sigall K Bell, Patricia Folcarelli, Alan Fossa, Macda Gerard, Marvin Harper, Suzanne Leveille, Caroline Moore, Kenneth E Sands, Barbara Sarnoff Lee, Jan Walker, Fabienne Bourgeois
BACKGROUND: Ambulatory safety risks including delayed diagnoses or missed abnormal test results are difficult for clinicians to see, because they often occur in the space between visits. Experts advocate greater patient engagement to improve safety, but strategies are limited. Patient access to clinical notes ("OpenNotes") may help close the safety gap between visits. METHODS: We surveyed patients and families who logged on to the patient portal and had at least one ambulatory note available in the past 12 months at two academic hospitals during June to September 2016, focusing on patient-reported effects of OpenNotes on safety knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781058/hammondia-sp-oocysts-shed-by-a-brazilian-fox-lycalopex-vetulus-differ-from-hammondia-heydorni-and-hammondia-triffittae
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Luís F P Gondim, Rodrigo M Soares, Silvia C Osaki, Alessandra Snak, Laura R Grillo, Nelson L M Fernandes, Anderson L de Carvalho
A Brazilian fox (Lycalopex vetulus) was rescued from a highway, and 16 days after maintained in captivity, the fox shed oocysts with sizes compatible with Hammondia sp. and Neospora caninum. DNA extracted from oocysts were initially tested in two PCRs targeting the internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS-1) of the rDNA of Hammondia heydorni and the Nc-5 gene of N. caninum. A 270-bp product was visualized in the PCR for H. heydorni. No amplification was observed for N. caninum PCR. Since ITS-1-based PCR is not sufficient to differentiate Hammondia species derived from canids, oocyst DNA was examined using multilocus sequence analysis of five genetic fragments [intron 1 of the alpha tubulin gene (intron 1), internal transcribed spaces 1 and 2 (ITS-1 and ITS-2) of the rDNA, 28S rRNA gene (D2/D3 domain), and heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70)]...
May 21, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780200/growing-fresh-food-on-future-space-missions-environmental-conditions-and-crop-management
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Esther Meinen, Tom Dueck, Frank Kempkes, Cecilia Stanghellini
This paper deals with vegetable cultivation that could be faced in a space mission. This paper focusses on optimization, light, temperature and the harvesting process, while other factors concerning cultivation in space missions, i.e. gravity, radiation, were not addressed. It describes the work done in preparation of the deployment of a mobile test facility for vegetable production of fresh food at the Neumayer III Antarctic research station. A selection of vegetable crops was grown under varying light and temperature conditions to quantify crop yield response to climate factors that determine resource requirement of the production system...
May 17, 2018: Scientia Horticulturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780189/nonlinear-viscoelastic-characterization-of-human-vocal-fold-tissues-under-large-amplitude-oscillatory-shear-laos
#17
Roger W Chan
Viscoelastic shear properties of human vocal fold tissues were previously quantified by the shear moduli ( G' and G″ ). Yet these small-strain linear measures were unable to describe any nonlinear tissue behavior. This study attempted to characterize the nonlinear viscoelastic response of the vocal fold lamina propria under large-amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS) with a stress decomposition approach. Human vocal fold cover and vocal ligament specimens from eight subjects were subjected to LAOS rheometric testing with a simple-shear rheometer...
May 2018: Journal of Rheology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779878/a-role-for-mouse-primary-visual-cortex-in-motion-perception
#18
Tiago Marques, Mathew T Summers, Gabriela Fioreze, Marina Fridman, Rodrigo F Dias, Marla B Feller, Leopoldo Petreanu
Visual motion is an ethologically important stimulus throughout the animal kingdom. In primates, motion perception relies on specific higher-order cortical regions. Although mouse primary visual cortex (V1) and higher-order visual areas show direction-selective (DS) responses, their role in motion perception remains unknown. Here, we tested whether V1 is involved in motion perception in mice. We developed a head-fixed discrimination task in which mice must report their perceived direction of motion from random dot kinematograms (RDKs)...
May 12, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779372/hollow-micropillar-array-method-for-high-capacity-drug-screening-on-filter-grown-epithelial-cells
#19
Byung-Ju Jin, Sujin Lee, Alan S Verkman
New high-throughput assay formats and innovative screening technologies are needed for miniaturized screens using small quantities of near-native, patient-derived cells. Here, we developed a hollow micropillar array method to screen compounds using epithelial cells cultured on a porous support, with the goal of screening thousands of compounds using a single 24-mm diameter transwell filter containing cultured cells. Test compounds (~1 nL) in an alginate hydrogel were printed by microinjection in hollow cylindrical micropillars (height 150 μm, inner diameter 100 μm) spaced 300 μm apart in a square array configuration...
May 19, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779177/computational-identification-of-structural-factors-affecting-the-mutagenic-potential-of-aromatic-amines-study-design-and-experimental-validation
#20
Svetoslav H Slavov, Iva Stoyanova-Slavova, William Mattes, Richard D Beger, Beat J Brüschweiler
A grid-based, alignment-independent 3D-SDAR (three-dimensional spectral data-activity relationship) approach based on simulated 13 C and 15 N NMR chemical shifts augmented with through-space interatomic distances was used to model the mutagenicity of 554 primary and 419 secondary aromatic amines. A robust modeling strategy supported by extensive validation including randomized training/hold-out test set pairs, validation sets, "blind" external test sets as well as experimental validation was applied to avoid over-parameterization and build Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD 2004) compliant models...
May 19, 2018: Archives of Toxicology
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