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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226921/hardware-image-assessment-for-wireless-endoscopy-capsules
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M A Khorsandi, N Karimi, S Samavi, M Hajabdollahi, S M R Soroushmehr, K Ward, K Najarian, M A Khorsandi, N Karimi, S Samavi, M Hajabdollahi, S M R Soroushmehr, K Ward, K Najarian, K Ward, S M R Soroushmehr, M Hajabdollahi, S Samavi, K Najarian, M A Khorsandi, N Karimi
Wireless capsule endoscopy is a new technology in the realm of telemedicine that has many advantages over the traditional endoscopy systems. Transmitted images should help diagnosis of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Two important technical challenges for the manufacturers of these capsules are power consumption and size of the circuitry. Also, the system must be fast enough for real-time processing of image or video data. To solve this problem, many hardware designs have been proposed for implementation of the image processing unit...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220836/nucleobindin-1-binds-to-multiple-types-of-pre-fibrillar-amyloid-and-inhibits-fibrillization
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Alessandra Bonito-Oliva, Shahar Barbash, Thomas P Sakmar, W Vallen Graham
During amyloid fibril formation, amyloidogenic polypeptides misfold and self assemble into soluble pre-fibrillar aggregates, i.e., protofibrils, which elongate and mature into insoluble fibrillar aggregates. An emerging class of chaperones, chaperone-like amyloid binding proteins (CLABPs), has been shown to interfere with aggregation of particular misfolded amyloid peptides or proteins. We have discovered that the calcium-binding protein nuclebindin-1 (NUCB1) is a novel CLABP. We show that NUCB1 inhibits aggregation of islet-amyloid polypeptide associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus, a-synuclein associated with Parkinson's disease, transthyretin V30M mutant associated with familial amyloid polyneuropathy, and Aβ42 associated with Alzheimer's disease by stabilizing their respective protofibril intermediates...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213265/magnetic-mixed-hemimicelles-dispersive-solid-phase-extraction-based-on-ionic-liquid-coated-attapulgite-polyaniline-polypyrrole-fe3o4-nanocomposites-for-determination-of-acaricides-in-fruit-juice-prior-to-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-diode-array-detection
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Xiaoling Yang, Kexin Qiao, Fang Liu, Xiaoling Wu, Miyi Yang, Jing Li, Haixiang Gao, Sanbing Zhang, Wenfeng Zhou, Runhua Lu
In this research, a novel method using magnetic mixed hemimicelles dispersive solid-phase extraction (MMHDSPE) based on C16mimBr-coated attapulgite/polyaniline-polypyrrole/Fe3O4 (ATP/PANI-PPY/Fe3O4) nanocomposites were investigated for enrichment and separation of three acaricides in fruit juice. In this method, we combined the simplicity and speed of dispersive solid-phase extraction, the advantages of mixed hemimicelles and the facility of the phase separation of the magnetic nanoparticles to develop a simple, rapid, sensitive, and effective method for detecting target analytes from the juice samples...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207578/the-impact-of-a-cochlear-implant-electrode-array-on-the-middle-ear-transfer-function
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David Pazen, Andreas Anagiotos, Maike Nünning, Antoniu-Oreste Gostian, Magdalene Ortmann, Dirk Beutner
OBJECTIVES: As a treatment for partial deafness with residual hearing in the lower frequency range, the combined acoustic and electric stimulation of the cochlea has become widespread. Acoustic stimulation is provided by a hearing aid's airborne sound and the electric stimulation by a cochlear implant electrode array, which may be inserted through the round window or a cochleostomy. To take advantage of that concept, it is essential to preserve residual hearing after surgery. Therefore, the intracochlear electrode array should not compromise the middle ear vibration transmission...
February 15, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194857/hepatitis-e-risks-pigs-or-blood-that-is-the-question
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Richard S Tedder, Samreen Ijaz, Alan Kitchen, Ines Ushiro-Lumb, Kate I Tettmar, Patricia Hewitt, Nick Andrews
BACKGROUND: Infection with hepatitis E virus (HEV) Genotype 3 is recognized as a food-borne zoonosis in developed countries where it usually causes a mild self-limited acute hepatitis. It may cause a persistent infection in the immunosuppressed human that can progress to cirrhosis. To protect the patient from transfusion-acquired HEV infection, steps have been taken in the United Kingdom to provide for at-risk patients only components from donors screened for HEV viremia. This strategy does not protect from dietary exposure and calls into question estimation of relative risk between blood transfusion and diet...
February 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194799/relative-analytical-sensitivity-of-donor-nucleic-acid-amplification-technology-screening-and-diagnostic-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assays-for-detection-of-zika-virus-rna
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Mars Stone, Marion C Lanteri, Sonia Bakkour, Xutao Deng, Susan A Galel, Jeffrey M Linnen, Jorge L Muñoz-Jordán, Robert S Lanciotti, Maria Rios, Pierre Gallian, Didier Musso, José E Levi, Ester C Sabino, Lark L Coffey, Michael P Busch
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) has spread rapidly in the Pacific and throughout the Americas and is associated with severe congenital and adult neurologic outcomes. Nucleic acid amplification technology (NAT) assays were developed for diagnostic applications and for blood donor screening on high-throughput NAT systems. We distributed blinded panels to compare the analytical performance of blood screening relative to diagnostic NAT assays. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A 25-member, coded panel (11 half-log dilutions of a 2013 French Polynesia ZIKV isolate and 2015 Brazilian donor plasma implicated in transfusion transmission, and 3 negative controls) was sent to 11 laboratories that performed 17 assays with 2 to 12 replicates per panel member...
February 14, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192763/beam-broadening-in-transmission-and-conventional-ebsd
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Katherine P Rice, Yimeng Chen, Robert R Keller, Mark P Stoykovich
Transmission electron backscatter diffraction (t-EBSD) has become a routine technique for crystal orientation mapping when ultrahigh resolution is needed and has demonstrated advantages in the characterization of nanoscale and micron-sized samples (Babinsky et al., 2015). In this work, we use experimental measurements and simulations to compare the resolution of the transmission and conventional reflection EBSD techniques across a range of sample volumes and characterization conditions. Monte Carlo simulations of electron trajectories provide the opportunity to estimate beam size and effective resolution, as well as electron flux, as a function of sample thickness or incident beam energy in t-EBSD...
December 31, 2016: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192652/reversible-li-ion-conversion-reaction-for-a-tixge-alloy-in-a-ti-ge-multilayer
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Xiao Chen, Tim T Fister, Jennifer Esbenshade, Bing Shi, Xianyi Hu, Jinsong Wu, Andrew A Gewirth, Michael J Bedzyk, Paul Fenter
Group IV intermetallics electrochemically alloy with Li with stoichiometries as high as Li4.4M (M = Si, Ge, Sn, or Pb). This provides the second highest known specific capacity (after pure lithium metal) for lithium-ion batteries, but the dramatic volume change during cycling greatly limits their use as anodes in Li-ion batteries. We describe an approach to overcome this limitation by constructing electrodes using a Ge/Ti multilayer architecture. In operando X-ray reflectivity and ex situ transmission electron microscopy are used to characterize the heterolayer structure at various lithium stoichiometries along a lithiation/delithiation cycle...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189113/monodisperse-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-of-distinct-topology
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Leilei Luo, Yucang Liang, Egil Sev Erichsen, Reiner Anwander
Monodisperse and uniform high-quality MCM(Mobil Composition of Matter)-48-type CMSNs (Cubic Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles) are readily prepared by simply optimizing the molar ratio of ethanol and surfactant in the system TEOS-CTAB-NaOH-H2O-EtOH (TEOS=tetraethyl orthosilicate, CTAB=cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, EtOH=ethanol). In the absence of ethanol only hexagonal mesoporous silica with ellipsoidal and spherical morphology are obtained. The presence of ethanol drives a mesophase transformation from hexagonal to mixed hexagonal/cubic, further to purely cubic, and finally to a mixed cubic/lamellar...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188000/effectiveness-of-a-management-program-for-outpatient-clinic-or-remote-titration-of-beta-blockers-in-crt-patients-the-restore-study
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Antonio D'Onofrio, Pietro Palmisano, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Ernesto Ammendola, Leonardo Calò, Antonio Ruocco, Valter Bianchi, Fabio Maresca, Giuseppe Del Giorno, Annamaria Martino, Ciro Mauro, Monica Campari, Sergio Valsecchi, Michele Accogli
BACKGROUND: Many patients fail to receive β-blockers before cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) implantation, or receive them at a suboptimal dose, and require optimization after implantation. We assessed the effectiveness of a structured program for β-blocker titration in CRT-D patients followed up by means of conventional in-clinic visits or remote monitoring. METHODS AND RESULTS: 130 patients undergoing CRT implantation and treated according to the standard practice of the centers were included as a control group...
February 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187135/pathogen-cross-transmission-via-building-sanitary-plumbing-systems-in-a-full-scale-pilot-test-rig
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Michael Gormley, Thomas J Aspray, David A Kelly, Cristina Rodriguez-Gil
The WHO Consensus Document on the epidemiology of the SARS epidemic in 2003, included a report on a concentrated outbreak in one Hong Kong housing block which was considered a 'super-spreading event'. The WHO report conjectured that the sanitary plumbing system was one transmission route for the virus. Empty U-traps allowed the aerosolised virus to enter households from the sewerage system. No biological evidence was presented. This research reports evidence that pathogens can be aerosolised and transported on airstreams within sanitary plumbing systems and enter buildings via empty U-traps...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187123/human-mobility-and-the-spatial-transmission-of-influenza-in-the-united-states
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Vivek Charu, Scott Zeger, Julia Gog, Ottar N Bjørnstad, Stephen Kissler, Lone Simonsen, Bryan T Grenfell, Cécile Viboud
Seasonal influenza epidemics offer unique opportunities to study the invasion and re-invasion waves of a pathogen in a partially immune population. Detailed patterns of spread remain elusive, however, due to lack of granular disease data. Here we model high-volume city-level medical claims data and human mobility proxies to explore the drivers of influenza spread in the US during 2002-2010. Although the speed and pathways of spread varied across seasons, seven of eight epidemics likely originated in the Southern US...
February 10, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183677/hierarchical-micro-nano-structured-ti6al4v-surface-topography-via-two-step-etching-process-for-enhanced-hydrophilicity-and-osteoblastic-responses
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Byeong-Seok Moon, Sungwon Kim, Hyoun-Ee Kim, Tae-Sik Jang
Hierarchical micro-nano (HMN) surface structuring of dental implants is a fascinating strategy for achieving fast and mechanically stable fixation due to the synergetic effect of micro- and nano-scale surface roughness with surrounding tissues. However, the introduction of a well-defined nanostructure on a microstructure having complex surface geometry is still challenging. As a means of fabricating HMN surface on Ti6Al4V-ELI, target-ion induced plasma sputtering (TIPS) was used onto a sand-blasted, large-grit and acid-etched substrate...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182977/morphology-of-tio2-nanotubes-revealed-through-electron-tomography
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M Andrzejczuk, A Roguska, M Pisarek, M Hołdyński, M Lewandowska, K J Kurzydłowski
In this work, scanning-transmission electron microscopy (STEM) tomography was successfully applied to characterize the three-dimensional structure of titanium oxide nanotubes prepared by the electrochemical anodization of the Ti substrate. The results provided detailed information about the morphology of nanotubes as well as insight into their growth. The segmentation of reconstructed images made it possible to estimate the surface area and volume of the nanotubes. The highest specific surface area was obtained for the lowest anodization voltage of 10V, and corresponds closely to that obtained using the porosimetry technique...
January 27, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181467/quantifying-alumina-nanoparticle-dispersion-in-hybrid-carbon-fiber-composites-using-photoluminescent-spectroscopy
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Imad Hanhan, Alex Selimov, Declan Carolan, Ambrose C Taylor, Seetha Raghavan
Composites modified with nanoparticles are of interest to many researchers due to the large surface-area-to-volume ratio of nano-scale fillers. One challenge with nanoscale materials that has received significant attention is the dispersion of nanoparticles in a matrix material. A random distribution of particles often ensures good material properties, especially as it relates to the thermal and mechanical performance of composites. Typical methods to quantify particle dispersion in a matrix material include optical, scanning electron, and transmission electron microscopy...
February 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181395/preparation-of-a-polymer-monolith-modified-with-delaminated-layered-double-hydroxides-for-the-microextraction-of-%C3%AE-agonists
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Yufeng Zhou, Haijiao Zheng, Jiutong Ma, Qiong Jia
In the present study, a novel poly(acrylamide-co-N-isopropylacrylamide-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) monolithic column modified with saline-modified delaminated layered double hydroxides was developed and exploited as the stationary phase in polymer monolith microextraction of β-agonists. Transmission electron microscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and thermal gravimetric analysis with derivative thermogravimetric determination were employed to characterize the monoliths...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177409/increased-soluble-phosphorus-loads-to-lake-erie-unintended-consequences-of-conservation-practices
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Helen P Jarvie, Laura T Johnson, Andrew N Sharpley, Douglas R Smith, David B Baker, Tom W Bruulsema, Remegio Confesor
Cumulative daily load time series show that the early 2000s marked a step-change increase in riverine soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) loads entering the Western Lake Erie Basin from three major tributaries: the Maumee, Sandusky, and Raisin Rivers. These elevated SRP loads have been sustained over the last 12 yr. Empirical regression models were used to estimate the contributions from (i) increased runoff from changing weather and precipitation patterns and (ii) increased SRP delivery (the combined effects of increased source availability and/or increased transport efficiency of labile phosphorus [P] fractions)...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157996/multiview-holographic-3d-dynamic-display-by-combining-a-nano-grating-patterned-phase-plate-and-lcd
#18
Wenqiang Wan, Wen Qiao, Wenbin Huang, Ming Zhu, Yan Ye, Xiangyu Chen, Linsen Chen
Limited by the refreshable data volume of commercial spatial light modulator (SLM), electronic holography can hardly provide satisfactory 3D live video. Here we propose a holography based multiview 3D display by separating the phase information of a lightfield from the amplitude information. In this paper, the phase information was recorded by a 5.5-inch 4-view phase plate with a full coverage of pixelated nano-grating arrays. Because only amplitude information need to be updated, the refreshing data volume in a 3D video display was significantly reduced...
January 23, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157905/single-lens-fourier-transform-based-optical-color-image-encryption-using-dual-two-dimensional-chaotic-maps-and-the-fresnel-transform
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Yonggang Su, Chen Tang, Biyuan Li, Xia Chen, Wenjun Xu, Yuanxue Cai
We propose an optical color image encryption system based on the single-lens Fourier transform, the Fresnel transform, and the chaotic random phase masks (CRPMs). The proposed encryption system contains only one optical lens, which makes it more efficient and concise to implement. The introduction of the Fresnel transform makes the first phase mask of the proposed system also act as the main secret key when the input image is a non-negative amplitude-only map. The two CRPMs generated by dual two-dimensional chaotic maps can provide more security to the proposed system...
January 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157901/nanoscale-plasmonically-enhanced-photodetector-based-on-a-gold-nanoring
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S M R Safaee, A PilAli, M A Karami
A nanoscale germanium-gold Schottky photodetector (PD) is proposed based on a nanoring supporting localized surface plasmon excitation. A design methodology is presented based on maximizing resonant transmission power throughput of light from the active region of the PD. Numerical calculations show significant field enhancement of about 200 times in the near-field zone inside of the nanoring, which is utilized to compensate the responsivity decrease due to PD active region volume shrinkage, providing the responsivity of 338  mA/W at a 1310 nm detection wavelength...
January 20, 2017: Applied Optics
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