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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087331/different-age-dependent-performance-in-drosophila-wild-type-canton-s-and-the-white-mutant-w1118-flies
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Shuang Qiu, Chengfeng Xiao, R Meldrum Robertson
Aging has significant effects on the locomotor performance of insects including Drosophila. Using a protocol for the high-throughput analysis of fly locomotion in a restricted space, we re-examined age-dependent behavioral characteristics in adult Drosophila. There are multiple important wild-type and background lines including the Canton-S strain and the w1118 strain, which has a null mutation of the white gene. Under standard rearing conditions, we found similar survival curves and median lifespans in Canton-S (50days) and w1118 (54days) strains, however, w1118 flies maintained stable body mass for up to 43days, whereas Canton-S flies gained body mass at young age, followed by a gradual decline...
January 10, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078822/development-and-testing-of-a-grasper-for-notes-powered-by-variable-stiffness-pneumatic-actuation
#2
Michele Gabrio Antonelli, Pierluigi Beomonte Zobel, Francesco Durante, Fabio Gaj
BACKGROUND: In natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) the peritoneal cavity is reached through natural orifices (mouth, rectus and transvaginal duct), by means of little cuttings in the walls of hollow organs. Due to narrow spaces, NOTES needs robotic systems to assure operation/movement precision and patient safety. Variable stiffness actuation (VSA) assures both requirements. METHODS: The authors developed a grasper for NOTES, provided with VSA, to use as an end-effector for snail robot devices...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078452/do-deer-and-raccoons-defecate-in-the-right-place-fitness-consequences-of-vertebrate-seed-dispersal-for-a-deciduous-forest-herb
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Eric C Niederhauser, Glenn R Matlack
Precision of seed placement in a heterogeneous environment is often assumed to select for the evolution of animal-mediated dispersal systems, but this hypothesis has rarely been tested in a multivariate sense. We quantify the microsite fitness benefits of dispersal by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and raccoons (Procyon lotor) for mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), a shade-tolerant perennial herb, in deciduous forests of southeastern Ohio, USA. Micro-environmental variables were recorded at dung-deposition microsites, at rooting points of mayapple shoots, and at random (control) points in the forest...
January 11, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077456/revealing-nonclassicality-beyond-gaussian-states-via-a-single-marginal-distribution
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Jiyong Park, Yao Lu, Jaehak Lee, Yangchao Shen, Kuan Zhang, Shuaining Zhang, Muhammad Suhail Zubairy, Kihwan Kim, Hyunchul Nha
A standard method to obtain information on a quantum state is to measure marginal distributions along many different axes in phase space, which forms a basis of quantum-state tomography. We theoretically propose and experimentally demonstrate a general framework to manifest nonclassicality by observing a single marginal distribution only, which provides a unique insight into nonclassicality and a practical applicability to various quantum systems. Our approach maps the 1D marginal distribution into a factorized 2D distribution by multiplying the measured distribution or the vacuum-state distribution along an orthogonal axis...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077329/body-schema-plasticity-after-stroke-subjective-and-neurophysiological-correlates-of-the-rubber-hand-illusion
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Roberto Llorens, Adrián Borrego, Priscila Palomo, Ausiàs Cebolla, Enrique Noé, Sergi Bermúdez I Badia, Rosa Baños
Stroke can lead to motor impairments that can affect the body structure and restraint mobility. We hypothesize that brain lesions and their motor sequelae can distort the body schema, a sensorimotor map of body parts and elements in the peripersonal space through which human beings embody the reachable space and ready the body for forthcoming movements. Two main constructs have been identified in the embodiment mechanism: body-ownership, the sense that the body that one inhabits is his/her own, and agency, the sense that one can move and control his/her body...
January 7, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076970/future-directions-for-work-on-refinement-of-adhd-assessment-in-young-adults
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Michelle M Martel, Ulrich Schimmack, Joel T Nigg
Sibley, Coxe, and Molina provide a thoughtful discussion of the implications of our study and highlight important future directions in this line of work. They helpfully amplify several themes that space did not allow discussion of in our article. In particular, they correctly emphasize the importance of theoretical as well as statistical considerations in model selection. We also agree that clinical tests of sensitivity and specificity, taking into account different base rates and types of samples, are essential before a final algorithm would be ready for dissemination...
January 1, 2017: Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075381/the-n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-supplementation-improved-the-cognitive-function-in-the-chinese-elderly-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-a-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yacong Bo, Xueyuan Zhang, Youli Wang, Jie You, Han Cui, Yiwei Zhu, Wei Pang, Wei Liu, Yugang Jiang, Quanjun Lu
OBJECTIVE: Intake of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) may protect against mild cognitive impairment (MCI). However, there is still a lack of the n-3 PUFAs intervention in the elderly with MCI in China. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of n-3 PUFA supplementation on cognitive function in the Chinese elderly with MCI. METHODS: Eighty six MCI individuals aged 60 years or older were randomly assigned to receive either n-3 PUFAs (480 mg DHA and 720 mg EPA per day, n = 44) or placebo (olive oil, n = 42) capsules...
January 10, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075184/elucidation-of-formulation-and-delivery-device-related-effects-on-in-vitro-performance-of-nasal-spray-with-implication-to-rational-product-specification-identification
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Jernej Grmaš, Katarina Stare, Dane Božič, Rade Injac, Rok Dreu
BACKGROUND: The aim of this work is to use an experimental design approach to identify and study influential formulation and delivery device properties, which can be controlled by final product manufacturer, to establish design space, within which desired in vitro performance can be reached. METHODS: Combining three factors, viscosity of suspension, nozzle orifice diameter (OD), and shot weight (SW), at three levels resulted in D-optimal experimental design with 20 runs...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073636/prognosis-of-double-crown-retained-removable-dental-prostheses-compared-with-clasp-retained-removable-dental-prostheses-a-retrospective-study
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Keita Ishida, Toshifumi Nogawa, Yoshiyuki Takayama, Masayasu Saito, Atsuro Yokoyama
PURPOSE: The present study compared the clinical prognosis of double crown-retained removable dental prostheses (D-DRPs) with that of clasp-retained removable dental prostheses (C-RDPs). METHODS: Clinical records of 201 patients who had received 52 D-RDPs with 144 abutment teeth (D-teeth) and 199 C-RDPs with 399 abutment teeth (C-teeth) at the Prosthetic Dentistry Clinic in Hokkaido University Hospital between April 2005 and June 2015 were analyzed. Survival and complication probabilities of the two types of prostheses and abutment teeth were evaluated using the Kaplan-Meier method and compared using the log-rank test...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073074/tribocorrosion-behavior-of-bio-functionalized-highly-porous-titanium
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F Toptan, A C Alves, A M P Pinto, P Ponthiaux
Titanium and its alloys are widely used in orthopedic and dental implants, however, some major clinical concerns such as poor wear resistance, lack of bioactivity, and bone resorption due to stress shielding are yet to be overcome. In order to improve these drawbacks, highly porous Ti samples having functionalized surfaces were developed by powder metallurgy with space holder technique followed by anodic treatment. Tribocorrosion tests were performed in 9g/L NaCl solution using a unidirectional pin-on-disc tribometer under 3N normal load, 1Hz frequency and 4mm track diameter...
January 4, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072656/isosorbide-induced-decompression-effect-on-the-scala-media-participation-of-plasma-osmolality-and-plasma-arginine-vasopressin
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Taizo Takeda, Setsuko Takeda, Natsumi Uehara, Shungaku Yanagisawa, Tatsuya Furukawa, Ken-Ichi Nibu, Akinobu Kakigi
OBJECTIVE: The correlation between the isosorbide-induced decompression effect on the endolymphatic space and plasma osmolality (p-OSM) or plasma arginine vasopressin (p-AVP) was investigated on comparing two different dosages of isosorbide (2.8 and 1.4 g/kg) to elucidate why the decompression effect is delayed with a large dose of isosorbide. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two experiments were performed using 80 guinea pigs. Experiment 1 was designed to morphologically investigate the sequential influence of the oral intake of 1...
January 9, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071712/independent-aftereffects-of-fat-and-muscle-implications-for-neural-encoding-body-space-representation-and-body-image-disturbance
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Daniel Sturman, Ian D Stephen, Jonathan Mond, Richard J Stevenson, Kevin R Brooks
Although research addressing body size misperception has focused on socio-cognitive processes, such as internalization of the "ideal" images of bodies in the media, the perceptual basis of this phenomenon remains largely unknown. Further, most studies focus on body size per se even though this depends on both fat and muscle mass - variables that have very different relationships with health. We tested visual adaptation as a mechanism for inducing body fat and muscle mass misperception, and assessed whether these two dimensions of body space are processed independently...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070867/analytical-modeling-for-computing-lead-stress-in-a-novel-epicardial-micropacemaker
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Li Zhou, Yaniv Bar-Cohen, Raymond A Peck, Giorgio V Chirikian, Brett Harwin, Ramen H Chmait, Jay D Pruetz, Michael J Silka, Gerald E Loeb
Implantation and maintenance of a permanent cardiac pacing system in children remains challenging due to small patient size, congenital heart defects and somatic growth. We are developing a novel epicardial micropacemaker for children that can be implanted on the epicardium within the pericardial space via a minimally-invasive technique. The key design configurations include a novel open-coiled lead in which living tissue replaces the usual polymeric support for the coiled conductor. To better understand and be able to predict the behavior of the implanted lead, we performed a radiographic image-based modeling study on a chronic animal test...
January 9, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070681/comparison-of-the-18-month-outcome-after-the-treatment-of-osteoporotic-insufficiency-fractures-by-means-of-balloon-sacroplasty-bsp-and-radiofrequency-sacroplasty-rfs-in-comparison-a-prospective-randomised-study
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Reimer Andresen, Sebastian Radmer, Julian Ramin Andresen, Hans-Christof Schober
PURPOSE: The objective of this prospective, randomised study was to examine the feasibility and clinical outcome of balloon sacroplasty and radiofrequency sacroplasty. METHODS: In 40 patients with a total of 57 sacral fractures, CT-guided cement augmentation was performed by means of BSP or RFS. For BSP, the balloon catheter was inflated and deflated in the fracture zone, and the hollow space, thus, created was then filled with PMMA cement. For RFS, the spongious space in the fracture zone was initially extended using a flexible osteotome, and the highly viscous PMMA cement, activated by radiofrequency, was then inserted into the prepared fracture zone...
January 9, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070283/spatial-and-temporal-avoidance-of-risk-within-a-large-carnivore-guild
#15
Egil Dröge, Scott Creel, Matthew S Becker, Jassiel M'soka
Within a large carnivore guild, subordinate competitors (African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, and cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus) might reduce the limiting effects of dominant competitors (lion, Panthera leo, and spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta) by avoiding them in space, in time, or through patterns of prey selection. Understanding how these competitors cope with one other can inform strategies for their conservation. We tested how mechanisms of niche partitioning promote coexistence by quantifying patterns of prey selection and the use of space and time by all members of the large carnivore guild within Liuwa Plain National Park in western Zambia...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070270/size-differences-of-arctic-marine-protists-between-two-climate-periods-using-the-paleoecological-record-to-assess-the-importance-of-within-species-trait-variation
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Erik A Mousing, Sofia Ribeiro, Chelsea Chisholm, Antoon Kuijpers, Matthias Moros, Marianne Ellegaard
Mean body size decreases with increasing temperature in a variety of organisms. This size-temperature relationship has generally been tested through space but rarely through time. We analyzed the sedimentary archive of dinoflagellate cysts in a sediment record taken from the West Greenland shelf and show that mean cell size decreased at both intra- and interspecific scales in a period of relatively warm temperatures, compared with a period of relatively cold temperatures. We further show that intraspecific changes accounted for more than 70% of the change in community mean size, whereas shifts in species composition only accounted for about 30% of the observed change...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067979/comparing-fracture-resistance-and-the-time-required-for-two-different-fiber-post-removal-systems
#17
Seda Aydemir, Göze Arukaslan, Serkan Sarıdağ, Işıl Kaya-Büyükbayram, Yasemin Ylıdıran
PURPOSE: To compare two fiber post removal techniques in terms of fracture resistance and time required for post removal. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Post space was prepared to a 9-mm depth in each root canal. The roots were randomly divided into three groups of 15 specimens each. D.T. Light-Posts were cemented in all groups. In group 1, fiber posts were removed using the D.T. Light-Post-removal kit; in group 2, Start-X stainless-steel ultrasonic tips were used. In group 3, fiber posts were left without removal (the control group)...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067192/effect-of-retrieval-practice-on-short-term-and-long-term-retention-in-hiv-individuals
#18
Gunes Avci, Steven P Woods, Marizela Verduzco, David P Sheppard, James F Sumowski, Nancy D Chiaravalloti, John DeLuca
OBJECTIVES: Episodic memory deficits are both common and impactful among persons infected with HIV; however, we know little about how to improve such deficits in the laboratory or in real life. Retrieval practice, by which retrieval of newly learned material improves subsequent recall more than simple restudy, is a robust memory boosting strategy that is effective in both healthy and clinical populations. In this study, we investigated the benefits of retrieval practice in 52 people living with HIV and 21 seronegatives...
January 9, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066746/arthroscopic-treatment-of-femoroacetabular-impingement-in-patients-older-than-60-years
#19
Rodrigo Mardones, Alessio Giai Via, Alvaro Rivera, Alexander Tomic, Marcelo Somarriva, Mauricio Wainer, Daniel Camacho
BACKGROUND: The indications of hip arthroscopy increased over the past decade. Although mostly recommended for treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) in young patients, well-selected older patients (> 60 years old) may benefit from this surgery. However, the role of hip arthroscopy for the management of older patients is controversial. The aim of the study is to evaluate the clinical outcomes of a series of patients aged 60 years and older who underwent hip arthroscopy for FAI at mid-term follow-up...
July 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066621/the-non-intubated-anesthesia-for-airway-surgery
#20
REVIEW
Katsuhiro Okuda, Ryoichi Nakanishi
Surgical treatment for lung cancer including airway resection following reconstruction is typically performed under general anesthesia with single-lung ventilation because it is necessary to maintain a sufficient working space and to adjust the airway pressure for the leak test. However, non-intubated thoracic surgery has been gradually developed in recent years for thoracoscopic surgery, due to its lower rate of postoperative complications, shorter hospitalization duration, and lower invasiveness than the usual single-lung anesthesia...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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