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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211498/a-terahertz-in-line-polarization-converter-based-on-through-via-connected-double-layer-slot-structures
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Jeong Min Woo, Sajid Hussain, Jae-Hyung Jang
A terahertz (THz) in-line polarization converter that yields a polarization conversion ratio as high as 99.9% is demonstrated at 1 THz. It has double-layer slot structures oriented in orthogonal directions that are electrically connected by 1/8-wavelngth-long through-via holes beside the slot structures. The slots on the front metal-plane respond to the incident THz wave with polarization orthogonal to the slots and generates a circulating surface current around the slots. The surface current propagates along a pair of through-via holes that function as a two-wire transmission line...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210849/developmental-changes-in-notch1-and-nle1-expression-in-a-genetic-model-of-absence-epilepsy
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Fariba Karimzadeh, Sayed Mostafa Modarres Mousavi, Fatemeh Alipour, Hassan Hosseini Ravandi, Stjepana Kovac, Ali Gorji
Childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) is an epilepsy syndrome with seizures occurring in the early childhood, highlighting that seizures susceptibility in CAE is dependent on brain development. The Notch 1 signalling pathway is important in brain development, yet the role of the Notch1 signalling pathway in CAE remains elusive. We here explored Notch1 and its modulator notchless homologue 1 (NLE1) expression in WAG/Rij and control rats using immunohistochemistry. Functional Notch 1 effects were assessed in WAG/Rij rats in vivo...
February 16, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208598/neighborhood-environment-and-falls-among-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Emily Joy Nicklett, Matthew C Lohman, Matthew Lee Smith
Background: Falls present a major challenge to active aging, but the relationship between neighborhood factors and falls is poorly understood. This study examined the relationship between fall events and neighborhood factors, including neighborhood social cohesion (sense of belonging, trust, friendliness, and helpfulness) and physical environment (vandalism/graffiti, rubbish, vacant/deserted houses, and perceived safety walking home at night). Methods: Data were analyzed from 9259 participants over four biennial waves (2006-2012) of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a nationally representative sample of adults aged 65 and older in the United States...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208332/richtmyer-meshkov-instability-of-a-flat-interface-subjected-to-a-rippled-shock-wave
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Liyong Zou, Jinhong Liu, Shenfei Liao, Xianxu Zheng, Zhigang Zhai, Xisheng Luo
The Richtmyer-Meshkov (RM) instability of a nominally flat interface (N_{2}/SF_{6}) subjected to a rippled shock, as the counterpart of a corrugated interface interacting with a planar shock, is studied experimentally in a vertical shock tube using both schlieren photography and fog visualization diagnostics. The nonplanar incident shock wave is produced by a planar shock diffracting around a rigid cylinder, and the flat interface is created by a membraneless technique. Three different distances η (the ratio of spacing from cylinder to interface over cylinder diameter) are considered...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198882/integrated-photonic-power-divider-with-arbitrary-power-ratios
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Ke Xu, Lu Liu, Xiang Wen, Wenzhao Sun, Nan Zhang, Ningbo Yi, Shang Sun, Shumin Xiao, Qinghai Song
Integrated optical power splitters are one of the fundamental building blocks in photonic integrated circuits. Conventional multimode interferometer-based power splitters are widely used as they have reasonable footprints and are easy to fabricate. However, it is challenging to realize arbitrary split ratios, especially for multi-outputs. In this Letter, an ultra-compact power splitter with a QR code-like nanostructure is designed by a nonlinear fast search method. The highly functional structure is composed of a number of freely designed square pixels with the size of 120×120  nm which could be either dielectric or air...
February 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198403/noninvasive-quantification-of-blood-potassium-concentration-from-ecg-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Cristiana Corsi, Marilisa Cortesi, Giulia Callisesi, Johan De Bie, Carlo Napolitano, Antonio Santoro, David Mortara, Stefano Severi
Blood potassium concentration ([K(+)]) influences the electrocardiogram (ECG), particularly T-wave morphology. We developed a new method to quantify [K(+)] from T-wave analysis and tested its clinical applicability on data from dialysis patients, in whom [K(+)] varies significantly during the therapy. To elucidate the mechanism linking [K(+)] and T-wave, we also analysed data from long QT syndrome type 2 (LQT2) patients, testing the hypothesis that our method would have underestimated [K(+)] in these patients...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197645/subclinical-decrease-in-myocardial-function-in-asymptomatic-infants-of-diabetic-mothers-a-tissue-doppler-study
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Jenny E Zablah, Dorota Gruber, Guillaume Stoffels, Estefania G Cabezas, Denise A Hayes
Infants of diabetic mothers (IDMs) with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are recognized to have impaired myocardial performance, but less is known about ventricular function in IDMs without hypertrophy. We hypothesized that in asymptomatic newborns with normal two-dimensional echocardiographic evaluations, pulsed wave tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) would suggest a subclinical decrease in the cardiac function of IDMs compared to infants of non-diabetics (nIDMs). This is a retrospective cohort study of asymptomatic neonates ≥36 weeks gestation, at 0-7 days of life, with normal standard echocardiograms...
February 14, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195639/ethosuximide-sodium-valproate-or-lamotrigine-for-absence-seizures-in-children-and-adolescents
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Francesco Brigo, Stanley C Igwe
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review originally published in 2003, Issue 3, and updated in 2005, Issue 4.Absence seizures are brief epileptic seizures which present in childhood and adolescence. Depending on clinical features and electroencephalogram (EEG) findings they are divided into typical, atypical absences, and absences with special features. Typical absences are characterised by sudden loss of awareness and an EEG typically shows generalised spike wave discharges at three cycles per second...
February 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194861/association-between-reduced-arterial-stiffness-and-preserved-diastolic-function-of-the-left-ventricle-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-patients
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Kyung-Taek Park, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Sohee Oh, Woo-Hyun Lim, Jae-Bin Seo, Woo-Young Chung, Sang-Hyun Kim, Myung-A Kim, Joo-Hee Zo
The aim of this study was to investigate whether arterial stiffness plays a role in retaining normal diastolic function in a middle-aged and elderly Korean population. A total of 267 patients without documented cardiovascular disease, 50 years and older (mean age, 57.3±6.3 years; 69.8% men) were retrospectively analyzed. All patients underwent both transthoracic echocardiography and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity measurement on the same day. Patients with septal annular peak velocity (e') ≥8 cm/s and left atrial volume index <34 mL/m(2) were considered as having normal diastolic function...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193613/apparent-aortic-stiffness-in-children-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-existence-of-vascular-interdependency
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Michal Schäfer, D Dunbar Ivy, Steven H Abman, Alex J Barker, Lorna P Browne, Brian Fonseca, Vitaly Kheyfets, Kendall S Hunter, Uyen Truong
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular dysfunction, mediated by ventricular interdependence, has been associated with negative outcomes in children with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Considering the dilation of the pulmonary arteries as a paramount sign of PAH, we hypothesized that the ascending aorta will present signs of apparent stiffness in children with PAH and that this effect may be because of mechanical interaction with the dilated main pulmonary artery (MPA). METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty-two children with PAH and 26 age- and size-matched controls underwent comprehensive cardiac magnetic resonance evaluation...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191874/instantaneous-wave-free-ratio-to-guide-coronary-revascularization-physiological-framework-validation-and-differences-with-fractional-flow-reserve
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Guus A de Waard, Carlo Di Mario, Amir Lerman, Patrick W Serruys, Niels van Royen
Determining the optimal treatment strategy for revascularization of coronary artery stenosis involves the use of fractional flow reserve (FFR). To improve the low clinical uptake of physiological lesion assessment to guide revascularization, the instantaneous wave-free period (iFR) was proposed as a simpler alternative to FFR that does not require adenosine administration. iFR is calculated as the ratio of blood pressure distal and proximal to a coronary artery stenosis during the diastolic wave- free period...
February 14, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190356/hydroperoxide-measurements-during-low-temperature-gas-phase-oxidation-of-n-heptane-and-n-decane
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Anne Rodriguez, Olivier Herbinet, Xiangzan Meng, Christa Fittschen, Zhandong Wang, Lili Xing, Lidong Zhang, Frédérique Battin-Leclerc
A wide range of hydroperoxides (C1-C3 alkyl hydroperoxides, C3-C7 alkenyl hydroperoxides, C7 ketohydroperoxides and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)), as well as ketene and diones, have been quantified during the gas-phase oxidation of n-heptane. Some of these species, as well as C10 alkenyl hydroperoxides and ketohydroperoxides, were also measured during the oxidation of n-decane. These experiments were was performed using an atmospheric jet-stirred reactor at temperatures from 500 to 1100 K and one of three analytical methods: time-of-flight mass spectrometry combined with tunable synchrotron photoionization with a molecular beam sampling: time-of-flight mass spectrometry combined with laser photoionization with a capillary tube sampling, continuous wave cavity ring-down spectroscopy (cw-CRDS) with sonic probe sampling...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188556/onset-of-soret-induced-convection-in-a-horizontal-layer-of-ternary-fluid-with-fixed-vertical-heat-flux-at-the-boundaries
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T P Lyubimova, E S Sadilov, S A Prokopev
The paper deals with the investigation of the onset and weakly nonlinear regimes of the Soret-driven convection of ternary liquid mixture in a horizontal layer with rigid impermeable boundaries subjected to the prescribed constant vertical heat flux. It is found that there are monotonous and oscillatory longwave instability modes. The boundary of the monotonous longwave instability in the parameter plane Rayleigh number Ra - net separation ratio [Formula: see text] at fixed separation ratio of one of solutes consists of two branches of hyperbolic type...
February 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188450/terminal-latency-abnormality-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-without-split-hand-syndrome
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Donghwi Park, Jin-Sung Park
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has a peculiar involvement pattern; clinically it is known as split hand syndrome and electrophysiologically shows abnormalities in the abductor pollicis brevis (APB)/abductor digiti minimi (ADM) ratio. The aim of this study was to find a significant electrophysiological parameter in upper limb onset ALS patients with normal APB/ADM ratio when compared to cervical spondylotic amyotrophy (CSA) and healthy controls. We retrospectively reviewed the electrophysiological results of 47 upper limb onset ALS and 42 CSA cases; 20 healthy individuals were included as controls...
February 10, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186887/accelerated-singular-value-based-ultrasound-blood-flow-clutter-filtering-with-randomized-singular-value-decomposition-rsvd-and-randomized-spatial-downsampling
#15
Pengfei Song, Joshua Trzasko, Armando Manduca, Bo Qiang, Ramanathan Kadirvel, David Kallmes, Shigao Chen
Singular value decomposition (SVD)-based ultrasound blood flow clutter filters have recently demonstrated substantial improvement in clutter rejection for ultrafast plane wave microvessel imaging, and have become the commonly used clutter filtering method for many novel ultrafast imaging applications such as functional ultrasound and super-resolution imaging. At present, however, the computational burden of SVD remains as a major hurdle for practical implementation and clinical translation of this method. To address this challenge, in the study we present two blood flow clutter filtering methods based on randomized singular value decomposition (rSVD) and randomized spatial downsampling to accelerate SVD clutter filtering with minimal compromise to the clutter filter performance...
February 7, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186652/on-the-contribution-of-curl-free-current-patterns-to-the-ultimate-intrinsic-signal-to-noise-ratio-at-ultra-high-field-strength
#16
Andreas Pfrommer, Anke Henning
The ultimate intrinsic signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is a coil independent performance measure to compare different receive coil designs. To evaluate this benchmark in a sample, a complete electromagnetic basis set is required. The basis set can be obtained by curl-free and divergence-free surface current distributions, which excite linearly independent solutions to Maxwell's equations. In this work, we quantitatively investigate the contribution of curl-free current patterns to the ultimate intrinsic SNR in a spherical head-sized model at 9...
February 10, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186496/ecg-derived-respiration-comparison-of-time-domain-approaches-and-application-to-altered-breathing-patterns-of-patients-with-schizophrenia
#17
Marcus Schmidt, Andy Schumann, Jonas Mueller, Karl-Juergen Baer, Georg Rose
In life-threatening diseases and in several clinical interventions, monitoring of vital parameters is essential to guarantee the safety of patients. Besides monitoring the electrocardiogram (ECG), it is helpful to assess respiratory activity. If the respiration signal itself is not recorded, it can be extracted from the ECG (i.e. ECG derived respiration, EDR). In the present paper, we compared six EDR approaches, namely RS-decline quantified by central moments, respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), R-wave amplitude, QRS area, RS-distance and maximum RS-slope...
February 10, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185594/sleep-apnoea-in-australian-men-disease-burden-co-morbidities-and-correlates-from-the-australian-longitudinal-study-on-male-health
#18
Chamara Visanka Senaratna, Dallas R English, Dianne Currier, Jennifer L Perret, Adrian Lowe, Caroline Lodge, Melissa Russell, Sashane Sahabandu, Melanie C Matheson, Garun S Hamilton, Shyamali C Dharmage
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common disorder with under-rated clinical impact, which is increasingly being recognised as having a major bearing on global disease burden. Men are especially vulnerable and become a priority group for preventative interventions. However, there is limited information on prevalence of the condition in Australia, its co-morbidities, and potential risk factors. METHODS: We used data from 13,423 adult men included in the baseline wave of Ten to Men, an Australian national study of the health of males, assembled using stratified cluster sampling with oversampling from rural and regional areas...
October 31, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185354/eligibility-of-pacemaker-patients-for-subcutaneous-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators
#19
James E Ip, Michael S Wu, Peter J Kennel, George Thomas, Christopher F Liu, Jim W Cheung, Steven M Markowitz, Bruce B Lerman
INTRODUCTION: The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) has emerged as a viable therapeutic option for patients who are deemed high risk for sudden cardiac death. Previous studies have shown that 7-15% of patients are not candidates for the S-ICD based on their intrinsic QRS/T-wave morphology. Presently, it is not known if the S-ICD can be considered as supplementary therapy in patients who are ventricularly paced. We sought to determine the proportion of ventricularly paced patients who would qualify for an S-ICD...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185283/discrimination-between-qrs-and-t-waves-using-a-right-parasternal-lead-for-s-icd-in-a-patient-with-a-single-ventricle
#20
Takahiko Nishiyama, Takehiro Kimura, Nobuhiro Nishiyama, Yoshiyasu Aizawa, Keiichi Fukuda, Seiji Takatsuki
The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) is a useful option for patients with a single ventricle (SV) in which transvenous leads are contraindicated because of intracardiac shunts. We report a case in which a right parasternal lead placement was indicated for an S-ICD in a resuscitated patient with an SV. There were significant changes in the magnitude of R to T waves ratio in the right compared to left parasternal lead position. Screening in the right parasternal position is effective for selecting appropriate patients with CHD for S-ICD implantations...
February 9, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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