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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432829/trabecular-mapping-leveraging-geometric-morphometrics-for-analyses-of-trabecular-structure
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Adam D Sylvester, Claire E Terhune
OBJECTIVES: Trabecular microstructure of limb bone epiphyses has been used to elucidate the relationship between skeletal form and behavior among mammals. Such studies have often relied on the analysis of a single volume of interest (VOI). Here we present a method for evaluating variation in bone microstructure across articular surfaces by leveraging sliding semilandmarks. METHODS: Two samples were used to demonstrate the proposed methodology and test the hypothesis that microstructural variables are homogeneously distributed: tali from two ape genera (Pan and Pongo, n = 9) and modern human distal femora (n = 10)...
April 22, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432560/executive-function-and-life-space-mobility-in-old-age
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Taina Poranen-Clark, Mikaela B von Bonsdorff, Merja Rantakokko, Erja Portegijs, Johanna Eronen, Markku Kauppinen, Johan G Eriksson, Taina Rantanen, Anne Viljanen
BACKGROUND: Life-space assessment incorporates all movements in terms of the distance from home, the frequency of movement and the need of assistance for movement. Executive function (EF) is an important higher order cognitive ability that controls and guides people's goal-directed actions. We examined the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between EF and life-space mobility, and investigated if perceived walking difficulties, lower extremity performance, and transportation difficulties explain the association...
April 21, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432316/how-visual-experience-impacts-the-internal-and-external-spatial-mapping-of-sensorimotor-functions
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Virginie Crollen, Geneviève Albouy, Franco Lepore, Olivier Collignon
Tactile perception and motor production share the use of internally- and externally-defined coordinates. In order to examine how visual experience affects the internal/external coding of space for touch and movement, early blind (EB) and sighted controls (SC) took part in two experiments. In experiment 1, participants were required to perform a Temporal Order Judgment task (TOJ), either with their hands in parallel or crossed over the body midline. Confirming previous demonstration, crossing the hands led to a significant decrement in performance in SC but did not affect EB...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430885/lesion-mapping-of-stroke-related-erectile-dysfunction
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Klemens Winder, Frank Seifert, Martin Köhrmann, Carl Crodel, Stephan Kloska, Arnd Dörfler, Katharina M Hösl, Stefan Schwab, Max J Hilz
Acute ischaemic stroke in brain areas contributing to male sexual function may impair erectile function depending on the lesion site. This study intended to determine associations between stroke-related erectile dysfunction and cerebral ischaemic lesion sites using voxel-based lesion mapping. In 52 males (mean age 60.5 ± 10.5 years) with first-ever ischaemic strokes, we assessed erectile function after and retrospectively 3 months prior to the stroke using scores of the 5-item International Index of Erectile Function-5 questionnaire...
April 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430705/disparities-in-female-breast-cancer-stage-at-diagnosis-in-new-jersey-a-spatial-temporal-analysis
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Lisa M Roche, Xiaoling Niu, Antoinette M Stroup, Kevin A Henry
BACKGROUND: Despite improvements in early detection of breast cancer, disparities persist in stage at diagnosis, which is an important prognostic factor. METHODS: We used the space-time scan statistic in SaTScan to identify geographic areas and time periods with significantly elevated proportions of female breast cancer diagnosed at the in situ or distant stage in New Jersey. The analyses were conducted with census tracts as the geographic unit of analysis, elliptical spatial windows, 3-year temporal windows, and Poisson models...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430554/role-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-spaceflight-induced-ocular-changes-and-visual-impairment-in-astronauts
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Noam Alperin, Ahmet M Bagci, Carlos J Oliu, Sang H Lee, Byron L Lam
Purpose To determine the respective roles of vascular and cerebrospinal fluids in spaceflight-induced vision impairment in astronauts, known as the visual impairment and intracranial pressure (VIIP) syndrome. Materials and Methods This retrospective study was approved by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration institutional review board and is HIPAA compliant. All subjects provided written informed consent. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data from nine astronauts (mean age, 46.9 years) who flew on the space shuttle (14...
April 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430411/2-methylimidazole-derived-ni-co-layered-double-hydroxide-nanosheets-as-high-rate-capability-and-high-energy-density-storage-material-in-hybrid-supercapacitors
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Teng Wang, Shengli Zhang, Xingbin Yan, Miaoqiang Lyu, Lianzhou Wang, John M Bell, Hongxia Wang
A new method based on one-step solvothermal reaction is demonstrated to synthesize ultrathin Ni-Co layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets which grow directly on a flexible carbon fiber cloth (NiCo-LDH/CFC). Through using 2-methylimidazole as complex and methanol as solvent, the as-prepared NiCo-LDH/CFC shows a (003) facet preferential growth and an expanded interlayer spacing structure, resulting in a unique 3D porous nanostructure with the thickness of nanosheets around 5-7 nm that shows high energy storage performance...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430266/machine-learning-approach-to-oam-beam-demultiplexing-via-convolutional-neural-networks
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Timothy Doster, Abbie T Watnik
Orbital angular momentum (OAM) beams allow for increased channel capacity in free-space optical communication. Conventionally, these OAM beams are multiplexed together at a transmitter and then propagated through the atmosphere to a receiver where, due to their orthogonality properties, they are demultiplexed. We propose a technique to demultiplex these OAM-carrying beams by capturing an image of the unique multiplexing intensity pattern and training a convolutional neural network (CNN) as a classifier. This CNN-based demultiplexing method allows for simplicity of operation as alignment is unnecessary, orthogonality constraints are loosened, and costly optical hardware is not required...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430248/accurate-determination-of-dielectric-permittivity-of-polymers-from-75%C3%A2-%C3%A2-ghz-to-1-6%C3%A2-%C3%A2-thz-using-both-s-parameters-and-transmission-spectroscopy
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Tianying Chang, Xiansheng Zhang, Xiaoxuan Zhang, Hong-Liang Cui
Interactions of terahertz (THz) electromagnetic radiation with polymer materials have been studied recently with increasing depth and breadth, for purposes of both using polymers in fabricating THz optical components such as lenses, waveplates, waveguides, and sample holders/containers, and employing THz spectral imaging as a new tool for nondestructive testing of polymer composite structures. Either endeavor cannot even begin without a quantitative knowledge of the complex dielectric permittivity, i.e., the propagation and attenuation properties of such polymers in the requisite wave band...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429740/micelle-template-synthesis-of-hollow-silica-spheres-for-improving-water-vapor-permeability-of-waterborne-polyurethane-membrane
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Yan Bao, Tong Wang, Qiaoling Kang, Chunhua Shi, Jianzhong Ma
Hollow silica spheres (HSS) with special interior spaces, high specific surface area and excellent adsorption and permeability performance were synthesized via micelle-template method using cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) micelles as soft template and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as silica precursor. SEM, TEM, FT-IR, XRD, DLS and BET-BJH were carried out to characterize the morphology and structure of as-obtained samples. The results demonstrated that the samples were amorphous with a hollow structure and huge specific surface area...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428798/plastic-film-mulching-for-enhanced-water-use-efficiency-and-economic-returns-from-maize-fields-in-semiarid-china
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Peng Zhang, Ting Wei, Tie Cai, Shahzad Ali, Qingfang Han, Xiaolong Ren, Zhikuan Jia
Film mulch has gradually been popularized to increase water availability to crops for improving and stabilizing agricultural production in the semiarid areas of Northwest China. To find more sustainable and economic film mulch methods for alleviating drought stress in semiarid region, it is necessary to test optimum planting methods in same cultivation conditions. A field experiment was conducted during 2013 and 2014 to evaluate the effects of different plastic film mulch methods on soil water, soil temperature, water use efficiency (WUE), yield and revenue...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427870/all-endoscopic-brachial-plexus-complete-neurolysis-for-idiopathic-neurogenic-thoracic-outlet-syndrome-a-prospective-case-series
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Thibault Lafosse, Malo Le Hanneur, Laurent Lafosse
PURPOSE: To describe an all-endoscopic technique for infra- and supraclavicular brachial plexus (BP) neurolysis and to assess its functional outcomes for patients suffering from nonspecific neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (NTOS). METHODS: Between January 2010 and January 2013, 36 patients presenting an idiopathic nonspecific NTOS benefited from an endoscopic decompression in our institution. The inclusion criteria were a typical clinical NTOS and failure of a 6-month well-conducted nonsurgical treatment...
April 17, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427667/membrane-cleaning-with-ultrasonically-driven-bubbles
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Fabian Reuter, Sonja Lauterborn, Robert Mettin, Werner Lauterborn
A laboratory filtration plant for drinking water treatment is constructed to study the conditions for purely mechanical in situ cleaning of fouled polymeric membranes by the application of ultrasound. The filtration is done by suction of water with defined constant contamination through a membrane module, a stack of five pairs of flat-sheet ultrafiltration membranes. The short cleaning cycle to remove the cake layer from the membranes includes backwashing, the application of ultrasound and air flushing. A special geometry for sound irradiation of the membranes parallel to their surfaces is chosen...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426042/antibodies-to-h2a-and-h2b-histones-from-the-sera-of-hiv-infected-patients-catalyze-site-specific-degradation-of-these-histones
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Svetlana V Baranova, Pavel S Dmitrienok, Nikita V Ivanisenko, Valentina N Buneva, Georgy A Nevinsky
Histones and their post-translational modifications have key roles in chromatin remodeling and gene transcription. Besides intranuclear functions, histones act as damage-associated molecules when they are released into the extracellular space. Administration of histones to animals leads to systemic inflammatory and toxic responses. Autoantibodies with enzymatic activities (abzymes) are distinctive features of some autoimmune and viral diseases. Electrophoretically homogeneous IgGs containing no canonical enzymes were isolated from the sera of HIV-infected patients by chromatography on several affinity sorbents including anti-histone Sepharose...
April 20, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425587/hybrid-finite-difference-finite-element-immersed-boundary-method
#15
Boyce E Griffith, Xiaoyu Luo
The immersed boundary method is an approach to fluid-structure interaction that uses a Lagrangian description of the structural deformations, stresses, and forces along with an Eulerian description of the momentum, viscosity, and incompressibility of the fluid-structure system. The original immersed boundary methods described immersed elastic structures using systems of flexible fibers, and even now, most immersed boundary methods still require Lagrangian meshes that are finer than the Eulerian grid. This work introduces a coupling scheme for the immersed boundary method to link the Lagrangian and Eulerian variables that facilitates independent spatial discretizations for the structure and background grid...
April 20, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425560/impact-of-simulated-three-dimensional-perception-on-precision-of-depth-judgements-technical-performance-and-perceived-workload-in-laparoscopy
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S Sakata, P M Grove, A Hill, M O Watson, A R L Stevenson
BACKGROUND: This study compared precision of depth judgements, technical performance and workload using two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) laparoscopic displays across different viewing distances. It also compared the accuracy of 3D displays with natural viewing, along with the relationship between stereoacuity and 3D laparoscopic performance. METHODS: A counterbalanced within-subjects design with random assignment to testing sequences was used. The system could display 2D or 3D images with the same set-up...
April 20, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425443/hybridization-of-strength-pareto-multiobjective-optimization-with-modified-cuckoo-search-algorithm-for-rectangular-array
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Khairul Najmy Abdul Rani, Mohamedfareq Abdulmalek, Hasliza A Rahim, Neoh Siew Chin, Alawiyah Abd Wahab
This research proposes the various versions of modified cuckoo search (MCS) metaheuristic algorithm deploying the strength Pareto evolutionary algorithm (SPEA) multiobjective (MO) optimization technique in rectangular array geometry synthesis. Precisely, the MCS algorithm is proposed by incorporating the Roulette wheel selection operator to choose the initial host nests (individuals) that give better results, adaptive inertia weight to control the positions exploration of the potential best host nests (solutions), and dynamic discovery rate to manage the fraction probability of finding the best host nests in 3-dimensional search space...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425059/graphcom-a-multidimensional-measure-of-graphic-complexity-applied-to-131-written-languages
#18
Li-Yun Chang, Yen-Chi Chen, Charles A Perfetti
We report a new multidimensional measure of visual complexity (GraphCom) that captures variability in the complexity of graphs within and across writing systems. We applied the measure to 131 written languages, allowing comparisons of complexity and providing a basis for empirical testing of GraphCom. The measure includes four dimensions whose value in capturing the different visual properties of graphs had been demonstrated in prior reading research-(1) perimetric complexity, sensitive to the ratio of a written form to its surrounding white space (Pelli, Burns, Farell, & Moore-Page, 2006); (2) number of disconnected components, sensitive to discontinuity (Gibson, 1969); (3) number of connected points, sensitive to continuity (Lanthier, Risko, Stolz, & Besner, 2009); and (4) number of simple features, sensitive to the strokes that compose graphs (Wu, Zhou, & Shu, 1999)...
April 19, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424778/estimation-of-time-dependent-reproduction-numbers-for-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-across-different-regions-and-production-systems-of-the-us
#19
Andréia G Arruda, Moh A Alkhamis, Kimberly VanderWaal, Robert B Morrison, Andres M Perez
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is, arguably, the most impactful disease for the North American swine industry, due to its known considerable economic losses. The Swine Health Monitoring Project (SHMP) monitors and reports weekly new PRRS cases in 766 sow herds across the US. The time-dependent reproduction number (TD-R) is a measure of a pathogen's transmissibility. It may serve to capture and report PRRS virus (PRRSV) spread at the regional and system levels. The primary objective of the study here was to estimate the TD-R values for PRRSV using regional and system-level PRRS data, and to contrast it with commonly used metrics of disease, such as incidence estimates and space-time clusters...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424353/constrained-release-of-lamina-associated-enhancers-and-genes-from-the-nuclear-envelope-during-t-cell-activation-facilitates-their-association-in-chromosome-compartments
#20
Michael I Robson, Jose I de Las Heras, Rafal Czapiewski, Aishwarya Sivakumar, Alastair R W Kerr, Eric Schirmer
The 3D organization of the genome changes concomitantly with expression changes during hematopoiesis and immune activation. Studies have focused either on lamina-associated domains (LADs) or on topologically-associated domains (TADs), defined by preferential local chromatin interactions, and chromosome compartments, defined as higher-order interactions between TADs sharing functionally similar states. However, few studies have investigated how these affect one another. To address this, we mapped LADs using Lamin B1-DamID during Jurkat T-cell activation, finding significant genome re-organization at the nuclear periphery dominated by release of loci frequently important for T-cell function...
April 19, 2017: Genome Research
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