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Young Bin Joo, Tae-Hwan Kim, Jina Park, Kyung Bin Joo, Yoonah Song, Seunghun Lee
We aimed to compare digital tomosynthesis (DTS) with radiographs for the assessment of spinal bone damage in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The study comprised 68 patients with AS who underwent both DTS and radiographs of the cervical and lumbar spine on the same day. Spinal bone damage was assessed using the modified Stoke Ankylosing Spondylitis Spinal Score (mSASSS) and the presence of facet joint damage. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test and McNemar's test were used to compare spinal bone damage between the two modalities...
December 8, 2016: Rheumatology International
Bruno Remígio Cavalcante, Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias, Antônio Henrique Germano Soares, Wagner Jorge Ribeiro Domingues, Glauco Fernandes Saes, Flávio Henrique Duarte, Aline de Paula da Cruz, Nelson Wolosker, Pedro Puech-Leão, Gabriel Grizzo Cucato, Antonio Eduardo Zerati
BACKGROUND: We analyze the effects of graduated compression stoking (GCS) on walking capacity and oxygen saturation in intermittent claudication (IC) patients. METHODS: Eighteen patients with IC performed the six-minute walking test in two conditions in random order: GCS or placebo sock. Onset claudication distance and total walking distance were obtained. The calf muscle oxygen saturation was continuously monitored before, during and after six-minute walk test...
December 5, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Matthew M Sartin, Kei Kondo, Michito Yoshizawa, Satoshi Takeuchi, Tahei Tahara
The local environment within a recently developed anthracene-shelled micelle (ASM), which is a micelle-like nanocapsule composed of anthracene-embedded amphiphiles, was investigated by steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy of an encapsulated solvatochromic fluorescent probe molecule, coumarin 153 (C153). The absorption maximum of encapsulated C153 (452 nm) is more red-shifted than that of free C153 in water, indicating a highly polar environment inside the micelle. Despite this, the fluorescence Stokes shift of encapsulated C153 (∼3700 cm(-1)) is substantially smaller than that of free C153 in water...
December 8, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Sergey Alyatkin, Ilya Asharchuk, Kirill Khaydukov, Andrey Nechaev, Oleg Lebedev, Yuri Vainer, Vladimir Semchishen, Evgeny Khaydukov
The mechanism of upconversion at the nanoscale is still under discussion. In this paper, we report on the experimental results of anti-Stokes luminescence kinetics in the upconversion nanoparticles of β-NaYF4: 20%Yb(3+); 0.6%Tm(3+). The parameters of the luminescence kinetics were found to be unambiguously dependent on the number of excitation quanta n, which are necessary for certain transitions between the energy states of thulium ions. The observed correlation has been explained by means of the long-lasting energy migration between the ytterbium ions...
December 8, 2016: Nanotechnology
Susan M Hayward, Keith R McVilly, Mark A Stokes
PURPOSE: Individuals with High Functioning Autism (HFA) experience high levels of underemployment and unemployment, resulting in negative economic, social, and health outcomes. Given what is known about labor market participation difficulties experienced by women generally, and the paucity of research concerning women with HFA, this systematic review synthesized what is known about the labor market experiences of women with HFA. METHOD: A systematic review of the literature concerning adult females with HFA in relation to the workplace yielded 1947 results; 11 met inclusion criteria being based on original data, but not necessarily focusing solely on women...
December 7, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Stephen Ashford, Diana Jackson, Lynne Turner-Stokes
PURPOSE: In rehabilitation studies, it is critical to understand the constituents of interventions. First, to enable replication of the work and second, to identify what treatments work best. The development of a tool to describe and quantify therapy interventions in the context of focal spasticity management is presented. METHODS: Potential intervention categories were identified from: (a) retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from a cohort of patients (n = 62) receiving physical interventions in the context of botulinum toxin (BoNT) injection for leg spasticity and (b) cognitive de-briefing with Patient and Carer Advisory Group (PCAG) of patient and carer dyads (n = 8)...
December 7, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Aquiles Carattino, Veer I P Keizer, Marcel J M Schaaf, Michel Orrit
Metallic nanoparticles have opened the possibility of imaging, tracking, and manipulating biological samples without time limitations. Their low photoluminescence quantum yield, however, makes them hard to detect under high background conditions. In this study we show that it is possible to image gold nanorods by detecting their anti-Stokes emission under resonant excitation. We show that even in the membrane of a cell containing the fluorescent dye Atto 647N, the signal/background of the anti-Stokes emission can be >10, while it is impossible to image the particles with the Stokes emission...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Paulo A S F Silva, Taygoara F DE Oliveira, Antonio C P Brasil, Jerson R P Vaz
Over the years most studies on wake characteristics have been devoted to wind turbines, while few works are related to hydrokinetic turbines. Among studies applied to rivers, depth and width are important parameters for a suitable design. In this work, a numerical study of the wake in a horizontal-axis hydrokinetic turbine is performed, where the main objective is an investigation on the wake structure, which can be a constraining factor in rivers. The present paper uses the Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) flow simulation technique, in which the Shear-Stress Transport (SST) turbulent model is considered, in order to simulate a free hydrokinetic runner in a typical river flow...
December 1, 2016: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
Aaron A Forbis-Stokes, Patrick F O'Meara, Wangare Mugo, Gelas M Simiyu, Marc A Deshusses
The Anaerobic Digestion Pasteurization Latrine (ADPL) is a self-contained and energy neutral on-site sanitation system using anaerobic digestion of fecal sludge to generate biogas and then uses the biogas to pasteurize the digester effluent at 65-75°C to produce a safe effluent that can be reused locally as a fertilizer. Two ADPL systems were installed on residential plots with 17 and 35 residents in a peri-urban area outside of Eldoret, Kenya. Each system comprised three toilets built above a floating dome digester and one heat pasteurization system to sanitize the digested effluent...
November 1, 2016: Environmental Engineering Science
Christian Rosas-Salazar, Meghan H Shilts, Andrey Tovchigrechko, Seth Schobel, James D Chappell, Emma K Larkin, Jyoti Shankar, Shibu Yooseph, Karen E Nelson, Rebecca A Halpin, Martin L Moore, Larry J Anderson, R Stokes Peebles, Suman R Das, Tina V Hartert
Respiratory viruses alter the nasopharyngeal microbiome and may be associated with a distinct microbial signature. To test this hypothesis, we compared the nasopharyngeal microbiome of 135 previously healthy infants with acute respiratory infection due to human rhinovirus (HRV; n = 52) or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV; n = 83). The nasopharyngeal microbiome was assessed by sequencing the V4 region of the 16S ribosomal RNA. Respiratory viruses were identified by quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Sherif Elbasuney, Ashraf F El-Sherif
The instant detection of explosives and explosive-related compounds has become an urgent priority in recent years for homeland security and counter-terrorism applications. Modern techniques should offer enhancement in selectivity, sensitivity, and standoff distances. Miniaturisation, portability, and field-ruggedisation are crucial requirements. This study reports on instant and standoff identification of concealed explosive-related compounds using customized Raman technique. Stokes Raman spectra of common explosive-related compounds were generated and spectrally resolved to create characteristic finger print spectra...
November 30, 2016: Forensic Science International
Emer McGowan, Cathal Walsh, Emma Stokes
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the leadership frames of physiotherapy managers in Ireland. To be effective leaders in today's challenging healthcare environment physiotherapy managers must employ a comprehensive, adaptable and balanced leadership style. DESIGN: This was a purposive, cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: Physiotherapy managers were surveyed using the Bolman and Deal Leadership Orientations Instrument...
July 18, 2016: Physiotherapy
Cinzia Caliendo, Muhammad Hamidullah
The propagation of surface acoustic Love modes along ZnO/glass-based structures was modeled and analysed with the goal of designing a sensor able to detect changes in the environmental parameters, such as liquid viscosity changes and minute amounts of mass supported in the viscous liquid medium. Love mode propagation was modeled by numerically solving the system of coupled electro-mechanical field equations and Navier-Stokes equations. The phase and group velocities and the attenuation of the acoustic wave propagating along the 30° tilted c-axis ZnO/glass structure contacting a viscous non-conductive liquid were calculated for different ZnO guiding layer thicknesses, added mass thicknesses, and liquid viscosity and density...
December 2, 2016: Biosensors
N Giordano
Direct numerical solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations have been used to compute tones produced by a model of the piccolo. The behavior depends on the angle at which the air jet is directed at the embouchure hole and the displacement of the jet center from the embouchure edge. Values of the jet angle and displacement are found that produce pure tones with spectra similar to those of real piccolo tones. The behavior of calculated tones as a function of the blowing speed u is studied, and it is found that unsteady behavior can occur depending on the value of u, the jet angle, and the jet displacement...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Jie Li
In this Letter, coalescence-bouncing transitions of head-on binary droplet collisions are predicted by a novel macroscopic model based entirely on fundamental laws of physics. By making use of the lubrication theory of Zhang and Law [Phys. Fluids 23, 042102 (2011)], we have modified the Navier-Stokes equations to accurately account for the rarefied nature of the interdroplet gas film. Through the disjoint pressure model, we have incorporated the intermolecular van der Waals forces. Our model does not use any adjustable (empirical) parameters...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Janina Wirth, Kory K Green, Megan O'Connor, Shuang F Lim
Upconverting nanoparticles show potential applications in the field of photovoltaics and array-based detection devices. While fluorescence enhancement using interference of incident radiation is well known in Stokes-shift type systems such as fluorescent dyes; the effect of such interference geometry in nonlinear Anti-Stokes type emission, such as in upconversion rare earth photophysics is demonstrated for the first time. This work describes in detail the influence of the interference modulation on both the excitation (interion energy transfer) and radiative decay with nonradiative decay processes active between emissive levels...
December 2, 2016: Small
R T Mumgaard, S D Scott, M Khoury
A multi-spectral line-polarization motional Stark effect (MSE-MSLP) diagnostic has been developed for the Alcator C-Mod tokamak wherein the Stokes vector is measured in multiple wavelength bands simultaneously on the same sightline to enable better polarized background subtraction. A ten-sightline, four wavelength MSE-MSLP detector system was designed, constructed, and qualified. This system consists of a high-throughput polychromator for each sightline designed to provide large étendue and precise spectral filtering in a cost-effective manner...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
J Howard, M Kocan, S Lisgo, R Reichle
An optical coherence imaging system is presently being designed for impurity transport studies and other applications on ITER. The wide variation in magnetic field strength and pitch angle (assumed known) across the field of view generates additional Zeeman-polarization-weighting information that can improve the reliability of tomographic reconstructions. Because background reflected light will be somewhat depolarized analysis of only the polarized fraction may be enough to provide a level of background suppression...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Mark W Lee
The incorporation of polyhedral boranes into novel photoluminescent materials is an area with increasing interest. While the neutral carboranes have been widely investigated for this purpose, the dodecaborate ion has received much less attention. Herein we report a significant expansion to the scope of substitution reactions for the dodecaborate ion, whereby this cluster was observed to react directly with a wide range of arenes in a step-wise and controlled manner. In the products of these reactions, the dodecaborate ion serves as a core upon which up to nine mono- or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon ligands are exohedrally bonded...
December 2, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
A D DiVasta, H A Feldman, C T Rubin, J S Gallagher, N Stokes, D P Kiel, B D Snyder, C M Gordon
: We sought to determine whether low-magnitude mechanical stimulation (LMMS) normalizes bone turnover among adolescents hospitalized for anorexia nervosa (AN). Brief, daily LMMS prevents the decline in bone turnover typically seen during bed rest in AN. LMMS may have application for patients with AN in the inpatient setting to protect bone health. INTRODUCTION: Malnourished adolescents with AN requiring medical hospitalization are at high risk for rapid reduction in skeletal quality...
December 1, 2016: Osteoporosis International
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