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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448428/therapeutic-ultrasound-in-navicular-stress-injuries-in-elite-track-and-field-athletes
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Nikolaos Malliaropoulos, Dimosthenis Alaseirlis, George Konstantinidis, Agapi Papalada, Ioannis Tsifountoudis, Kosmas Petras, Nicola Maffulli
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain whether therapeutic ultrasound (TUS) can be used to assess the progression of conservative management in navicular stress injuries. DESIGN: This is a prospective, clinical case series. Level of evidence IV. SETTING: All participants were examined and followed up in a private Sports Injury Clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Ten elite track and field athletes with severe dorsal midfoot pain over the navicular bone participated in this study...
May 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446216/the-effect-of-adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cells-in-a-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-stroke-model-depends-on-their-engraftment-rate
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Saskia Grudzenski, Sebastian Baier, Anne Ebert, Pim Pullens, Andreas Lemke, Karen Bieback, Rick M Dijkhuizen, Lothar R Schad, Angelika Alonso, Michael G Hennerici, Marc Fatar
BACKGROUND: In the field of experimental stem cell therapy, intra-arterial (IA) delivery yields the best results concerning, for example, migrated cell number at the targeted site. However, IA application also appears to be associated with increased mortality rates and infarction. Since many rodent studies systemically apply 1 × 10(6) cells, this could also be a consequence of engrafted cell number. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the effect of different doses of adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ASCs) on engraftment rates and stroke outcome measured in vivo using 9...
April 26, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444855/intraguild-interactions-and-behavior-of-spodoptera-frugiperda-and-helicoverpa-spp-on-maize
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José P F Bentivenha, Débora G Montezano, Thomas E Hunt, Edson L L Baldin, Julie A Peterson, Vinícius S Victor, Luiz E R Pannuti, Ana M Vélez, Silvana V Paula-Moraes
BACKGROUND: Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is one of the major pests of maize, and is in the same feeding guild of the noctuid pests, Helicoverpa zea (Boddie), and Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner), recently reported in South and North America. The intraguild interactions of these species were assessed in laboratory and field conditions by determining the survival of larvae in interactions scenarios with non-Bt maize silks and ears. Moreover, a video-tracking system was utilized to evaluate behavioral parameters during larval interactions in scenarios with or without food...
April 26, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443626/nanodiamond-enhanced-mri-via-in-situ-hyperpolarization
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David E J Waddington, Mathieu Sarracanie, Huiliang Zhang, Najat Salameh, David R Glenn, Ewa Rej, Torsten Gaebel, Thomas Boele, Ronald L Walsworth, David J Reilly, Matthew S Rosen
Nanodiamonds are of interest as nontoxic substrates for targeted drug delivery and as highly biostable fluorescent markers for cellular tracking. Beyond optical techniques, however, options for noninvasive imaging of nanodiamonds in vivo are severely limited. Here, we demonstrate that the Overhauser effect, a proton-electron polarization transfer technique, can enable high-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of nanodiamonds in water at room temperature and ultra-low magnetic field. The technique transfers spin polarization from paramagnetic impurities at nanodiamond surfaces to (1)H spins in the surrounding water solution, creating MRI contrast on-demand...
April 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441599/transport-and-attenuation-of-salmonella-enterica-fecal-indicator-bacteria-and-a-poultry-litter-marker-gene-are-correlated-in-soil-columns
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Sirisha Mantha, Angela Anderson, Saraswati Poudel Acharya, Valerie J Harwood, Jennifer Weidhaas
Millions of tons of fecal-contaminated poultry litter are applied to U.S. agricultural fields annually. Precipitation and irrigation facilitate transport of fecal-derived pathogens and fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) to groundwater. The goal of this study was to compare transport of pathogens, FIB, and a microbial source tracking marker gene for poultry litter (LA35) in a simulated soil-to-groundwater system. Nine laboratory soil columns containing four different soil types were used to evaluate microbial transport to groundwater via infiltration...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440546/stem-cell-dynamics-in-muscle-regeneration-insights-from-live-imaging-in-different-animal-models
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Dhanushika Ratnayake, Peter D Currie
In recent years, live imaging has been adopted to study stem cells in their native environment at cellular resolution. In the skeletal muscle field, this has led to visualising the initial events of muscle repair in mouse, and the entire regenerative response in zebrafish. Here, we review recent discoveries in this field obtained from live imaging studies. Tracking of tissue resident stem cells, the satellite cells, following injury has captured the morphogenetic dynamics of stem/progenitor cells as they facilitate repair...
April 25, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439864/long-term-confocal-imaging-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-roots-for-simultaneous-quantification-of-root-growth-and-fluorescent-signals
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Delyana Stoeva, Christian Göschl, Bruce Corliss, Wolfgang Busch
Observing cellular and molecular processes in living organisms is key for understanding many important biological processes. Confocal microscopy is excellently suited for this as it enables the observation of molecules and cells in tissue layers of living organisms in three dimensions over time. However, in continuously growing organs, such as plant roots, observations over extended time spans become difficult as the specimen quickly grows out the field of view. Here, we provide a protocol that allows for the acquisition of confocal microscope time-lapse images of root tips spanning many hours, as the growing root tip is tracked and the microscopy is automatized to change the position of the stage...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439538/adaptive-foveated-single-pixel-imaging-with-dynamic-supersampling
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David B Phillips, Ming-Jie Sun, Jonathan M Taylor, Matthew P Edgar, Stephen M Barnett, Graham M Gibson, Miles J Padgett
In contrast to conventional multipixel cameras, single-pixel cameras capture images using a single detector that measures the correlations between the scene and a set of patterns. However, these systems typically exhibit low frame rates, because to fully sample a scene in this way requires at least the same number of correlation measurements as the number of pixels in the reconstructed image. To mitigate this, a range of compressive sensing techniques have been developed which use a priori knowledge to reconstruct images from an undersampled measurement set...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439521/dynamic-electronic-collimation-method-for-3-d-catheter-tracking-on-a-scanning-beam-digital-x-ray-system
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David A P Dunkerley, Jordan M Slagowski, Tobias Funk, Michael A Speidel
Scanning-beam digital x-ray (SBDX) is an inverse geometry x-ray fluoroscopy system capable of tomosynthesis-based 3-D catheter tracking. This work proposes a method of dose-reduced 3-D catheter tracking using dynamic electronic collimation (DEC) of the SBDX scanning x-ray tube. This is achieved through the selective deactivation of focal spot positions not needed for the catheter tracking task. The technique was retrospectively evaluated with SBDX detector data recorded during a phantom study. DEC imaging of a catheter tip at isocenter required 340 active focal spots per frame versus 4473 spots in full field-of-view (FOV) mode...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438722/propagation-of-meandering-rotors-surrounded-by-high-dominant-frequency-areas-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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João Salinet, Fernando S Schlindwein, Peter Stafford, Tiago P Almeida, Xin Li, Frederique J Vanheusden, María S Guillem, G André Ng
BACKGROUND: identification of arrhythmogenic regions remains a challenge in persistent atrial fibrillation (persAF). Frequency and phase analysis allows identification of potential ablation targets. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the spatiotemporal association between dominant frequency (DF) and re-entrant phase activation areas. METHODS: Eight persAF patients undergoing first-time catheter ablation procedure were enrolled. A non-contact array catheter was deployed into the left atrium (LA) and 2048 AF electrograms (AEG) were acquired for 15 seconds following ventricular far-field cancellation...
April 21, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437066/electric-field-driven-direct-desulfurization
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Bogdana Borca, Tomasz Michnowicz, Rémi Pétuya, Marcel Pristl, Verena Schendel, Ivan Pentegov, Ulrike Kraft, Hagen Klauk, Peter Wahl, Rico Gutzler, Andrés Arnau, Uta Schlickum, Klaus Kern
The ability to elucidate the elementary steps of a chemical reaction at the atomic scale is important for the detailed understanding of the processes involved which is key to uncover avenues for improved reaction paths. Here, we track the chemical pathway of an irreversible direct desulfurization reaction of tetracenothiophene adsorbed on the Cu(111) closed-packed surface at the submolecular level. Using the precise control of the tip position in a Scanning Tunneling Microscope and the electric field applied across the tunnel junction, the two carbon-sulfur bonds of a thiophene unit are successively cleaved...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434863/spatiotemporally-controlled-mechanical-cues-drive-progenitor-mesenchymal-to-epithelial-transition-enabling-proper-heart-formation-and-function
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Timothy R Jackson, Hye Young Kim, Uma L Balakrishnan, Carsten Stuckenholz, Lance A Davidson
During early cardiogenesis, bilateral fields of mesenchymal heart progenitor cells (HPCs) move from the anterior lateral plate mesoderm to the ventral midline, undergoing a mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition (MET) en route to forming a single epithelial sheet. Through tracking of tissue-level deformations in the heart-forming region (HFR) as well as movement trajectories and traction generation of individual HPCs, we find that the onset of MET correlates with a peak in mechanical stress within the HFR and changes in HPC migratory behaviors...
April 17, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433440/spatial-compounding-technique-to-obtain-rotation-elastogram-a-feasibility-study
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AliArshad Kothawala, Sowmiya Chandramoorthi, N Ravi Kiran Reddy, Arun Kumar Thittai
The perception of stiffness and slipperiness of a breast mass on palpation is used by physicians to assess the level of suspicion of a lesion as being malignant or benign. However, most current ultrasound elastography imaging methods provide only stiffness-related information. There is no existing approach that provides information about the local rigid body rotation undergone by only a loosely bonded, asymmetrically oriented lesion subjected to a small quasi-static compression. The inherent poor lateral resolution in ultrasound imaging poses a limitation in estimating the local rigid body rotation...
April 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431360/contrasting-dual-c-cl-isotope-fractionation-offers-potential-to-distinguish-reductive-chloroethene-transformation-from-breakdown-by-permanganate
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Eylem Doğan-Subaşı, Martin Elsner, Shiran Qiu, Stefan Cretnik, Siavash Atashgahi, Orfan Shouakar-Stash, Nico Boon, Winnie Dejonghe, Leen Bastiaens
cis-1,2-Dichloroethene (cis-DCE) and trichloroethene (TCE) are persistent, toxic and mobile pollutants in groundwater systems. They are both conducive to reductive dehalogenation and to oxidation by permanganate. In this study, the potential of dual element (C, Cl) compound specific isotope analyses (CSIA) for distinguishing between chemical oxidation and anaerobic reductive dechlorination of cis-DCE and TCE was investigated. Well-controlled cis-DCE degradation batch tests gave similar carbon isotope enrichment factors εC (‰), but starkly contrasting dual element isotope slopes Δδ(13)C/Δδ(37)Cl for permanganate oxidation (εC=-26‰±6‰, Δδ(13)C/Δδ(37)Cl≈-125±47) compared to reductive dechlorination (εC=-18‰±4‰, Δδ(13)C/Δδ(37)Cl≈4...
April 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430956/achieving-high-reliability-in-histology-%C3%A2-an-improvement-series-to-reduce-errors
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Yael K Heher, Yigu Chen, Sergey Pyatibrat, Edward Yoon, Jeffrey D Goldsmith, Kenneth E Sands
Objectives: Despite sweeping medical advances in other fields, histology processes have by and large remained constant over the past 175 years. Patient label identification errors are a known liability in the laboratory and can be devastating, resulting in incorrect diagnoses and inappropriate treatment. The objective of this study was to identify vulnerable steps in the histology workflow and reduce the frequency of labeling errors (LEs). Methods: In this 36-month study period, a numerical step key (SK) was developed to capture LEs...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430147/suitability-of-strain-gage-sensors-for-integration-into-smart-sport-equipment-a-golf-club-example
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Anton Umek, Yuan Zhang, Sašo Tomažič, Anton Kos
Wearable devices and smart sport equipment are being increasingly used in amateur and professional sports. Smart sport equipment employs various sensors for detecting its state and actions. The correct choice of the most appropriate sensor(s) is of paramount importance for efficient and successful operation of sport equipment. When integrated into the sport equipment, ideal sensors are unobstructive, and do not change the functionality of the equipment. The article focuses on experiments for identification and selection of sensors that are suitable for the integration into a golf club with the final goal of their use in real time biofeedback applications...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430109/acquisition-of-electrocardiogram-signals-during-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Julien Oster, Gari Clifford
The recording of the electrocardiogram (ECG) during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) acquisition is of great interest and importance. Firstly, MRI acquisition is a relatively slow process, which therefore complicates the imaging of moving organs. Cardiac MRI requires the development of strategies for acquiring high quality images, which is mainly achieved by synchronising the image acquisition with a specific time during the cardiac cycle. The ECG is used to monitor the heart's activity, and the detection of the largest and steepest peak in the cardiac cycle (the QRS complex) triggers the acquisition of slices of the k-space...
April 21, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429124/how-bumblebees-use-lateral-and-ventral-optic-flow-cues-for-position-control-in-environments-of-different-proximity
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Nellie Linander, Emily Baird, Marie Dacke
Flying insects frequently navigate through environments of different complexity. In this study, buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris L.) were trained to fly along tunnels of different widths, from 60 to 240 cm. In tunnel widths of 60 and 120 cm, bumblebees control their lateral position by balancing the magnitude of translational optic flow experienced in the lateral visual field of each eye. In wider tunnels, bumblebees use translational optic flow cues in the ventral visual field to control their lateral position and to steer along straight tracks...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423844/identifying-emerging-trends-in-medical-informatics-a-synthesis-approach
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Yasmin Van Kasteren, Patricia A H Williams, Anthony Maeder
Medical informatics is a young and rapidly evolving field, influenced by and impacting on many different knowledge domains. Recent contributions on scoping the associated body of knowledge are confounded both by variations in popular use of terminology for established areas, and by the advent of new areas without yet established terminology. Determining the scope of a topic through online bibliographic search filters is a well-established approach in scientific research and has been developed as a human-directed task...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421940/not-a-level-playing-field
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Your news story on the 'Nurse First' fast-track course is interesting (news online, 31 March). Superficially, the two-year programme appears to be a good way of recruiting talented and appropriately qualified graduates into a nursing career.
April 19, 2017: Nursing Standard
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