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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335574/proof-of-concept-development-of-snow-liquid-water-content-profiler-using-cs650-reflectometers-at-caribou-me-usa
#1
Carlos L Pérez Díaz, Jonathan Muñoz, Tarendra Lakhankar, Reza Khanbilvardi, Peter Romanov
The quantity of liquid water in the snowpack defines its wetness. The temporal evolution of snow wetness's plays a significant role in wet-snow avalanche prediction, meltwater release, and water availability estimations and assessments within a river basin. However, it remains a difficult task and a demanding issue to measure the snowpack's liquid water content (LWC) and its temporal evolution with conventional in situ techniques. We propose an approach based on the use of time-domain reflectometry (TDR) and CS650 soil water content reflectometers to measure the snowpack's LWC and temperature profiles...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335570/an-improved-multi-sensor-fusion-navigation-algorithm-based-on-the-factor-graph
#2
Qinghua Zeng, Weina Chen, Jianye Liu, Huizhe Wang
An integrated navigation system coupled with additional sensors can be used in the Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MUAV) applications because the multi-sensor information is redundant and complementary, which can markedly improve the system accuracy. How to deal with the information gathered from different sensors efficiently is an important problem. The fact that different sensors provide measurements asynchronously may complicate the processing of these measurements. In addition, the output signals of some sensors appear to have a non-linear character...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335550/preparation-of-biodegradable-and-elastic-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-co-lactide-copolymers-and-evaluation-as-a-localized-and-sustained-drug-delivery-carrier
#3
Ji Hoon Park, Bo Keun Lee, Seung Hun Park, Mal Geum Kim, Jin Woo Lee, Hye Yun Lee, Hai Bang Lee, Jae Ho Kim, Moon Suk Kim
To develop a biodegradable polymer possessing elasticity and flexibility, we synthesized MPEG-b-(PCL-co-PLA) copolymers (PCxLyA), which display specific rates of flexibility and elasticity. We synthesize the PCxLyA copolymers by ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone and l-lactide. PCxLyA copolymers of various compositions were synthesized with 500,000 molecular weight. The PCxLyA copolymers mechanical properties were dependent on the mole ratio of the ε-caprolactone and l-lactide components. Cyclic tensile tests were carried out to investigate the resistance to creep of PCxLyA specimens after up to 20 deformation cycles to 50% elongation...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335529/effects-of-momordica-charantia-bitter-melon-on-ischemic-diabetic-myocardium
#4
Attila Czompa, Alexandra Gyongyosi, Kitti Szoke, Istvan Bak, Evelin Csepanyi, David D Haines, Arpad Tosaki, Istvan Lekli
Objective: A rat model is here used to test a hypothesis that Momordica charantia (Bitter melon (BM)) extract favorably alters processes in cardiovascular tissue and is systemically relevant to the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and related cardiovascular disease. Methods: Male Lean and Zucker Obese (ZO) rats were gavage-treated for six weeks with 400 mg/kg body weight bitter melon (BM) extract suspended in mucin-water vehicle, or with vehicle (Control). Animals were segregated into four treatment groups, 10 animals in each group, according to strain (Lean or ZO) and treatment (Control or BM)...
March 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335489/effects-of-the-mediterranean-diet-before-and-after-weight-loss-on-eating-behavioral-traits-in-men-with-metabolic-syndrome
#5
Élise Carbonneau, Marie-Michelle Royer, Caroline Richard, Patrick Couture, Sophie Desroches, Simone Lemieux, Benoît Lamarche
The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) consumed before and after weight loss on eating behavioral traits as measured by the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ) in men with metabolic syndrome (MetS). In this fixed sequence study, 19 men with MetS (National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATPIII) criteria), aged between 24 and 62 years, first consumed a five-week standardized North American control diet followed by a five-week MedDiet, both under weight-maintaining controlled-feeding conditions...
March 19, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335483/land-use-for-edible-protein-of-animal-origin-a-review
#6
REVIEW
Gerhard Flachowsky, Ulrich Meyer, Karl-Heinz Südekum
The present period is characterized by a growing world population and a higher demand for more and better quality food, as well as other products for an improved standard of living. In the future, there will be increasingly strong competition for arable land and non-renewable resources such as fossil carbon-sources, water, and some minerals, as well as between food, feed, fuel, fiber, flowers, and fun (6 F's). Proteins of animal origin like milk, meat, fish, eggs and, probably, insects are very valuable sources of essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins, but their production consumes some non-renewable resources including arable land and causes considerable emissions...
March 18, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335431/building-a-relationship-between-robot-characteristics-and-teleoperation-user-interfaces
#7
Michael Mortimer, Ben Horan, Mehdi Seyedmahmoudian
The Robot Operating System (ROS) provides roboticists with a standardized and distributed framework for real-time communication between robotic systems using a microkernel environment. This paper looks at how ROS metadata, Unified Robot Description Format (URDF), Semantic Robot Description Format (SRDF), and its message description language, can be used to identify key robot characteristics to inform User Interface (UI) design for the teleoperation of heterogeneous robot teams. Logical relationships between UI components and robot characteristics are defined by a set of relationship rules created using relevant and available information including developer expertise and ROS metadata...
March 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335426/elevated-serum-hepcidin-levels-during-an-intensified-training-period-in-well-trained-female-long-distance-runners
#8
Aya Ishibashi, Naho Maeda, Daichi Sumi, Kazushige Goto
Iron is essential for providing oxygen to working muscles during exercise, and iron deficiency leads to decreased exercise capacity during endurance events. However, the mechanism of iron deficiency among endurance athletes remains unclear. In this study, we compared iron status between two periods involving different training regimens. Sixteen female long-distance runners participated. Over a seven-month period, fasting blood samples were collected during their regular training period (LOW; middle of February) and during an intensified training period (INT; late of August) to determine blood hematological, iron, and inflammatory parameters...
March 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335415/time-modulated-arrays-from-their-origin-to-their-utilization-in-wireless-communication-systems
#9
REVIEW
Roberto Maneiro-Catoira, Julio Brégains, José A García-Naya, Luis Castedo
Time-modulated arrays (TMAs) are electromagnetic systems whose radiated power pattern is controlled by the application of variable-width periodical pulses to the individual elements. The nonlinear nature of the array operation causes the appearance of radiation patterns at the harmonic frequencies of such periodic pulses. The technique can be used for improving the side-lobe level (SLL) topology of the radiation pattern at the central frequency and/or to profitably exploit the harmonic patterns in order to supply smart antenna capabilities...
March 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335280/pregnancy-vaccination-with-gold-glyco-nanoparticles-carrying-listeria-monocytogenes-peptides-protects-against-listeriosis-and-brain-and-cutaneous-associated-morbidities
#10
Ricardo Calderón-Gonzalez, Héctor Terán-Navarro, Elisabet Frande-Cabanes, Eva Ferrández-Fernández, Javier Freire, Soledad Penadés, Marco Marradi, Isabel García, Javier Gomez-Román, Sonsoles Yañez-Díaz, Carmen Álvarez-Domínguez
Listeriosis is a fatal infection for fetuses and newborns with two clinical main morbidities in the neonatal period, meningitis and diffused cutaneous lesions. In this study, we vaccinated pregnant females with two gold glyconanoparticles (GNP) loaded with two peptides, listeriolysin peptide 91-99 (LLO91-99) or glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase 1-22 peptide (GAPDH1-22). Neonates born to vaccinated mothers were free of bacteria and healthy, while non-vaccinated mice presented clear brain affections and cutaneous diminishment of melanocytes...
August 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335102/efficacy-of-a-multiplex-paclitaxel-emission-stent-using-a-pluronic-%C3%A2-mixture-membrane-versus-a-covered-metal-stent-in-malignant-biliary-obstruction-a-prospective-randomized-comparative-study
#11
Sung Ill Jang, Se Joon Lee, Seok Jeong, Don Haeng Lee, Myung-Hwan Kim, Hong Jin Yoon, Dong Ki Lee
Background/Aims: A drug-eluting stent for unresectable malignant biliary obstruction was developed to increase stent patency by preventing tumor ingrowth. The safety and efficacy of a new generation of metallic stents covered with a paclitaxel-incorporated membrane using a Pluronic(®) mixture (MSCPM-II) were compared prospectively with those of covered metal stents (CMSs) in patients with malignant biliary obstructions. Methods: This study was initially designed as a prospective randomized trial but was closed early because of a high incidence of early occlusion...
March 24, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335101/prevalence-and-incidence-of-depression-during-interferon-based-antiviral-therapy-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-in-the-republic-of-korea
#12
Joo Yeong Baeg, In Hee Kim, Seung Young Seo, Young Seok Kim, Eun Uk Jung, Junhyeon Cho, Jung Wha Chung, Eun Sun Jang, Jin Wook Kim, Sook-Hyang Jeong
Background/Aims: The association between depression and chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection or pegylated interferon α and ribavirin therapy (PR therapy) has not been extensively studied in Korea. We aimed to clarify the prevalence of depression and its incidence during PR therapy in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients. Methods: In this prospective, multicenter study, 114 CHC patients were screened for depression using two self-reported scales, the Beck Depression Inventory-I (BDI-I) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale (HADS)...
March 24, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335097/effects-of-dietary-forage-to-concentrate-ratio-on-nutrient-digestibility-and-enteric-methane-production-in-growing-goats-capra-hircus-hircus-and-sika-deer-cervus-nippon-hortulorum
#13
Youngjun Na, Dong Hua Li, Sang Rak Lee
Two experiments were conducted to determine the effects of forage-to-concentrate (F:C) ratio on the nutrient digestibility and enteric methane (CH4) emission in growing goats and Sika deer. Three male growing goats (BW = 19.0 ± 0.7 kg) and three male growing deer (BW = 19.3 ± 1.2 kg) were respectively allotted to a 3 × 3 Latin square design with an adaptation period of 7 d and a data collection period of 3 d. Respiration-metabolism chambers were used for measuring the enteric CH4 emission. Treatments of low (25:75), moderate (50:50), and high (73:27) F:C ratios were given to both goats and Sika deer...
March 21, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335096/estimation-of-methane-emissions-from-local-and-crossbreed-beef-cattle-in-dak-lak-province-of-vietnam
#14
Carlos Alberto Ramírez-Restrepo, Dung Van Tien, Ngoan Le Duc, Mario Herrero, Phung Le Dinh, Dung Dinh Van, Sen Le Thi Hoa, Cuong Vu Chi, Cesar Solano-Patiño, Amy M Lerner, Timothy D Searchinger
Objective: This study was aimed at evaluating effects of cattle breed resources and alternative mixed-feeding practices on meat productivity and emission intensities from household farming systems in Daklak Province, Vietnam. Methods: Records from Local Yellow x Red Sindhi (Bos indicus; Lai Sind) and ½ Limousin, ½ Drought Master and ½ Red Angus cattle during the growth (0 to 21 months) and fattening (22 to 25 months) periods were used to better understand variations on meat productivity and enteric methane emissions...
March 21, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335094/growth-and-physiological-responses-of-broiler-chickens-to-diets-containing-raw-full-fat-soybean-meal-and-supplemented-with-a-high-impact-microbial-protease
#15
Mammo Mengesha Erdaw, Shubiao Wu, Paul A Iji, Rider A Perez-Maldonado
Objective: This study was to evaluate the change and function of the pancreas, and small intestine in relation to growth performance of broilers on diets supplemented with raw soybean meal (RSBM) and protease. Samples of test ingredients and diets, after mixing and prior to being used were also assessed on contents of anti-nutritional factors. Methods: A 3 x 3 factorial study was used, with three levels of RSBM (commercial SBM was replaced by RSBM at 0, 10 or 20%) and protease (0...
March 21, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335092/effect-of-energy-density-and-virginiamycin-supplementation-in-diets-on-growth-performance-and-digestive-function-of-finishing-steers
#16
Juan Diego Navarrete, Martin F Montano, Constantino Raymundo, Jaime Salinas-Chavira, Noemi Torrentera, Richard Avery Zinn
Objective: In the study was determined the influence of virginiamycin supplementation on growth-performance and characteristics of digestion of cattle, decreasing dietary NEm from 2.22 to 2.10 Mcal/kg. Methods: Eighty crossbred beef steers (298.2 ± 6.3 kg) were used in a 152-d performance evaluation consisting of a 28-d adaptation period followed by a 124-d growing-finishing period. During the 124-d period steers were fed either a lesser energy dense (LED, 2.10 Mcal/kg NEm) or higher energy dense (HED, 2...
March 21, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335085/modifications-in-dietary-and-alcohol-intakes-between-before-and-after-cancer-diagnosis-results-from-the-prospective-population-based-nutrinet-sant%C3%A3-cohort
#17
Philippine Fassier, Laurent Zelek, Lucie Lécuyer, Patrick Bachmann, Marina Touillaud, Nathalie Druesne-Pecollo, Pilar Galan, Patrice Cohen, Hélène Hoarau, Paule Latino-Martel, Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot, Julia Baudry, Serge Hercberg, Mélanie Deschasaux, Mathilde Touvier
Post-diagnosis diet and alcohol consumption may be associated with cancer prognosis, recurrence and mortality. Our aim was to investigate food, nutrient and alcohol intake variations between before and after cancer diagnosis and their determinants in a prospective cohort. Subjects (n=696) were incident cancer cases diagnosed in the NutriNet-Santé cohort between 2009 and 2016. Food, nutrient and alcohol intakes were prospectively collected using repeated non-consecutive 24-h dietary records since subjects' inclusion (i...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335082/reporting-of-mitotic-rate-in-cutaneous-melanoma-a-study-using-the-national-cancer-data-base
#18
Patrick D Lorimer, Emily C Benham, Kendall Walsh, Yimei Han, Meghan R Forster, Terry Sarantou, Richard L White, Joshua S Hill
BACKGROUND: The seventh edition of the American Joint Commission on Cancer staging manual (AJCC7, published 2009), updated thin cutaneous melanoma staging protocols with the incorporation of mitotic rate (MR). In these patients, higher MR is associated with decreased survival. This study utilizes the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) to evaluate MR reporting since AJCC7. METHODS: The NCDB was queried for patients with primary cutaneous melanoma from 1998 to 2013...
March 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335081/the-impact-of-body-mass-index-and-nuclear-%C3%AE-catenin-on-survival-in-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer-treated-with-preoperative-radiochemotherapy
#19
Jaime Gomez-Millan, Maria Isabel Queipo, Maria Del Mar Delgado, Lidia Perez-Villa, Alicia Roman, Fernando De la Portilla, Esperanza Torres, Vanessa De Luque, Eloisa Bayo, Jose Antonio Medina
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: We examined the prognostic value of obesity and nuclear β-catenin in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer. METHODS: We prospectively recruited a total of 98 eligible patients with locally advanced cancer for preoperative radiochemotherapy followed by total mesorectal excision. Patients' height and weight were reaorded before radiochemotherapy, and the immunohistochemical expression of nuclear β-catenin was analyzed. Disease-free survival (DFS) was analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method and a Cox regression model was employed for the multivariate analysis...
March 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335075/breastmilk-with-a-high-omega-6-to-omega-3-fatty-acid-ratio-induced-cellular-events-similar-to-insulin-resistance-and-obesity-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
#20
H Vaidya, S K Cheema
BACKGROUND: An imbalance of omega (n)-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) during critical periods of development may have adverse effects on the health of the newborn in later life. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that breastmilk with higher n-6 to n-3 PUFA ratio will have higher inflammatory cytokines and initiate cellular events similar to insulin resistance and obesity. METHODS: Breastmilk was collected from healthy women who gave natural birth at full term...
March 23, 2017: Pediatric Obesity
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