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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103556/steerable-wavelet-machines-swm-learning-moving-frames-for-texture-classification
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Adrien Depeursinge, Zsuzsanna Puspoki, John Paul Ward, Michael Unser
We present texture operators encoding classspecific local organizations of image directions (LOID) in a rotation-invariant fashion. The LOIDs are key for visual understanding, and are at the origin of the success of the popular approaches such as local binary patterns (LBP) and the scaleinvariant feature transform (SIFT). Whereas LBPs and SIFT yield handcrafted image representations, we propose to learn dataspecific representations of the LOIDs in a rotation-invariant fashion. The image operators are based on steerable circular harmonic wavelets (CHW), offering a rich and yet compact initial representation for characterizing natural textures...
January 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103335/construction-of-a-low-cost-homemade-laparoscopic-simulator-for-use-in-a-caribbean-setting
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S Persaud, I Hosein, D Dan, P S Griffith
Introduction: To the modern surgeon in training, the acquisition of laparoscopic skills is essential. Laparoscopic simulators are effective but in the often resource poor setting of the Caribbean, the cost of these simulators is often prohibitive. We describe the construction of a simulator which is cheap, easy to assemble and effective. It is also relatively easy to mass produce for use in training programmes across the region. Materials and methods: The simulator is constructed using a semi-transparent plastic box...
June 13, 2016: West Indian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102448/development-of-a-new-assessment-tool-for-cervical-myelopathy-using-hand-tracking-sensor-part-1-validity-and-reliability
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M Abdulhadi Alagha, Mahmoud A Alagha, Eleanor Dunstan, Olaf Sperwer, Kate A Timmins, Bronek M Boszczyk
PURPOSE: To assess the reliability and validity of a hand motion sensor, Leap Motion Controller (LMC), in the 15-s hand grip-and-release test, as compared against human inspection of an external digital camera recording. METHODS: Fifty healthy participants were asked to fully grip-and-release their dominant hand as rapidly as possible for two trials with a 10-min rest in-between, while wearing a non-metal wrist splint. Each test lasted for 15 s, and a digital camera was used to film the anterolateral side of the hand on the first test...
January 19, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102262/scaling-single-cell-genomics-from-phenomenology-to-mechanism
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Amos Tanay, Aviv Regev
Three of the most fundamental questions in biology are how individual cells differentiate to form tissues, how tissues function in a coordinated and flexible fashion and which gene regulatory mechanisms support these processes. Single-cell genomics is opening up new ways to tackle these questions by combining the comprehensive nature of genomics with the microscopic resolution that is required to describe complex multicellular systems. Initial single-cell genomic studies provided a remarkably rich phenomenology of heterogeneous cellular states, but transforming observational studies into models of dynamics and causal mechanisms in tissues poses fresh challenges and requires stronger integration of theoretical, computational and experimental frameworks...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102229/the-neurosteroidogenic-enzyme-5%C3%AE-reductase-mediates-psychotic-like-complications-of-sleep-deprivation
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Roberto Frau, Valentina Bini, Alessio Soggiu, Simona Scheggi, Alessandra Pardu, Silvia Fanni, Paola Roncada, Monica Puligheddu, Francesco Marrosu, Donatella Caruso, Paola Devoto, Marco Bortolato
Acute sleep deprivation (SD) can trigger or exacerbate psychosis- and mania-related symptoms; the neurobiological basis of these complications, however, remains elusive. Given the extensive involvement of neuroactive steroids in psychopathology, we hypothesized that the behavioral complications of SD may be contributed by 5α-reductase (5αR), the rate-limiting enzyme in the conversion of progesterone into the neurosteroid allopregnanolone. We first tested whether rats exposed to SD may exhibit brain-regional alterations in 5αR isoenzymes and neuroactive steroid levels; then, we assessed whether the behavioral and neuroendocrine alterations induced by SD may be differentially modulated by the administration of the 5αR inhibitor finasteride, as well as progesterone and allopregnanolone...
January 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101648/the-limits-of-boundaries-unpacking-localization-and-cognitive-mapping-relative-to-a-boundary
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Ruojing Zhou, Weimin Mou
Previous research (Zhou, Mou, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition 42(8):1316-1323, 2016) showed that learning individual locations relative to a single landmark, compared to learning relative to a boundary, led to more accurate inferences of inter-object spatial relations (cognitive mapping of multiple locations). Following our past findings, the current study investigated whether the larger number of reference points provided by a homogeneous circular boundary, as well as less accessible knowledge of direct spatial relations among the multiple reference points, would lead to less effective cognitive mapping relative to the boundary...
January 19, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101403/quantitative-assessment-of-hemodynamic-and-structural-characteristics-of-in-vivo-brain-tissue-using-total-diffuse-reflectance-spectrum-measured-in-a-non-contact-fashion
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Yinchen Song, Sarahy Garcia, Yisel Frometa, Jessica C Ramella-Roman, Mohammad Soltani, Mohamed Almadi, Jorge J Riera, Wei-Chiang Lin
Here we present a new methodology that investigates the intrinsic structural and hemodynamic characteristics of in vivo brain tissue, in a non-contact fashion, and can be easily incorporated in an intra-operative environment. Within this methodology, relative total diffuse reflectance spectra (RTD(λ)) were acquired from targets using a hybrid spectroscopy imaging system. A spectral interpretation algorithm was subsequently applied to RTD(λ) to retrieve optical properties related to the compositional and structural characteristics of each target...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100834/soft-robotic-sleeve-supports-heart-function
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Ellen T Roche, Markus A Horvath, Isaac Wamala, Ali Alazmani, Sang-Eun Song, William Whyte, Zurab Machaidze, Christopher J Payne, James C Weaver, Gregory Fishbein, Joseph Kuebler, Nikolay V Vasilyev, David J Mooney, Frank A Pigula, Conor J Walsh
There is much interest in form-fitting, low-modulus, implantable devices or soft robots that can mimic or assist in complex biological functions such as the contraction of heart muscle. We present a soft robotic sleeve that is implanted around the heart and actively compresses and twists to act as a cardiac ventricular assist device. The sleeve does not contact blood, obviating the need for anticoagulation therapy or blood thinners, and reduces complications with current ventricular assist devices, such as clotting and infection...
January 18, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100725/genome-wide-association-study-identifies-mapt-locus-influencing-human-plasma-tau-levels
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Jason Chen, Jin-Tai Yu, Kevin Wojta, Hui-Fu Wang, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Jennifer S Yokoyama, Michael W Weiner, Joel H Kramer, Howard Rosen, Bruce L Miller, Giovanni Coppola, Adam L Boxer
OBJECTIVE: To identify genetic loci associated with plasma tau concentrations in healthy elders and individuals with Alzheimer disease. METHODS: Four hundred sixty-three non-Hispanic white individuals exceeding quality control criteria were included from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI-1) cohort. Association of plasma tau with genetic polymorphisms was performed with a linear regression model. Significant associations were validated in an independent replication cohort consisting of 431 healthy elders or individuals with mild cognitive impairment recruited from the University of California, San Francisco Memory and Aging Center...
January 18, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100687/a-stripak-complex-mediates-axonal-transport-of-autophagosomes-and-dense-core-vesicles-through-pp2a-regulation
#10
Amanda L Neisch, Thomas P Neufeld, Thomas S Hays
Autophagy plays an essential role in the cellular homeostasis of neurons, facilitating the clearance of cellular debris. This clearance process is orchestrated through the assembly, transport, and fusion of autophagosomes with lysosomes for degradation. The motor protein dynein drives autophagosome motility from distal sites of assembly to sites of lysosomal fusion. In this study, we identify the scaffold protein CKA (connector of kinase to AP-1) as essential for autophagosome transport in neurons. Together with other core components of the striatin-interacting phosphatase and kinase (STRIPAK) complex, we show that CKA associates with dynein and directly binds Atg8a, an autophagosomal protein...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100426/ferumoxytol-mra-for-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-planning-with-renal-insufficiency
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Kimberly Kallianos, Travis S Henry, Yerem Yeghiazarians, Jeffrey Zimmet, Kendrick A Shunk, Elaine E Tseng, Vaikom Mahadevan, Michael D Hope
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is the test of choice for pre-procedure imaging of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) candidates. The iodinated contrast required, however, increases the risk of renal dysfunction in patients with pre-existing renal failure. Ferumoxytol is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent that can be used with renal failure. Its long vascular resonance time allows gated MRA sequences that approach CTA in image quality. We present respiratory and cardiac gated MRA enabled by ferumoxytol that can be post-processed in an analogous fashion to CTA...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100158/double-inferior-vena-cava-ivc-with-intrahepatic-interruption-hemiazygos-vein-continuation-and-intrahepatic-venous-shunt
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Hilal Sahin, Yeliz Pekcevik, Ramazan Aslaner
The duplication of the inferior vena cava (IVC) is a rare congenital anomaly, which also has some variations regarding the complex embryological development of the IVC. In the typical form, infrarenal IVC segments are duplicated and the left IVC joins the left renal vein, which crosses anterior to the aorta in the normal fashion to join the right IVC. In variant forms, the interruption of the intrahepatic segment of the IVC, azygos or hemiazygos continuation, or retroaortic course of the renal vein may be seen...
January 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100094/preliminary-reliability-and-internal-consistency-of-the-wheelchair-components-questionnaire-for-condition
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Karen Rispin, Melanie Dittmer, Jessica McLean, Joy Wee
Wheelchair durability and maintenance condition are key factors of wheelchair function. Durability studies done with double drum and drop testers, although valuable, do not perfectly imitate conditions of use. Durability may be harvested from clinical records; however, these may be inconsistent because protocols for recording information differ from place to place. Wheelchair professionals with several years of experience often develop a good eye for wheelchair maintenance condition. The Wheelchair Components Questionnaire for Condition (WCQc) was developed as a professional report questionnaire to provide data specifically on the maintenance condition of a wheelchair...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099323/anesthesia-and-databases-pediatric-cardiac-disease-as-a-role-model
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David F Vener, Sara K Pasquali, Emad B Mossad
Large data sets have now become ubiquitous in clinical medicine; they are particularly useful in high-acuity, low-volume conditions such as congenital heart disease where data must be collected from many centers. These data fall into 2 categories: administrative data arising from hospital admissions and charges and clinical data relating to specific diseases or procedures. In congenital cardiac diseases, there are now over a dozen of these data sets or registries focusing on various elements of patient care...
February 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098972/hepta-mutant-staphylococcus-aureus-sortase-a-srta7m-as-a-tool-for-in-vivo-protein-labeling-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#15
Qin Wu, Hidde L Ploegh, Matthias C Truttmann
In vivo protein ligation is of emerging interest as a means of endowing proteins with new properties in a controlled fashion. Tools to site-specifically and covalently modify proteins with small molecules, peptides, or other proteins in living cells are few and far between. Here, we describe the development of a Staphylococcus aureus sortase (SrtA)-based protein ligation approach for site-specific conjugation of fluorescent dyes and ubiquitin (Ub) to modify proteins in Caenorhabditis elegans. Hepta-mutant SrtA (SrtA7m) expressed in C...
January 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098467/modular-two-step-approach-for-the-stereodivergent-synthesis-of-1-3-diamines-with-three-continuous-stereocenters
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Juliette Halli, Michael Bolte, Jan Bats, Georg Manolikakes
A two-step reaction sequence for the highly stereodivergent construction of 1,3-diamines with three continuous stereocenters is reported. This novel method enables the controlled synthesis of any given diastereomer of the 1,3-diamine scaffold from a simple set of starting materials in a highly modular manner. The disclosed approach is based on the reaction of an enamide with an in situ generated N-acylimine followed by a subsequent trapping of the generated intermediate with a suitable nucleophile. By careful choice of starting materials, reagents, and reaction conditions, each stereocenter can be constructed in a highly selective fashion...
January 18, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098418/investigation-of-the-variability-of-anterior-chamber-scan-protocol-with-cirrus-high-definition-optical-coherence-tomography
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Tin A Tun, Shayne S Tan, Eray Atalay, Sushma Verma, Monisha E Nongpiur, Mani Baskaran, Tin Aung, Rahat Husain
IMPORTANCE: The evaluation of anterior chamber scan (ACS) of Cirrus optical coherence tomography (OCT) for routine clinical use BACKGROUND: To assess the variability of anterior chamber angle (ACA) measurements using the ACS DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study PARTICIPANTS: Forty subjects aged 40-80 years METHODS: One randomly selected eye from 40 subjects was imaged with Cirrus OCT (model 5000, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA) by two different operators (expert vs non-expert) with a 15-minute interval for inter- and intra-observer variability of image acquisition...
January 18, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098149/characterising-private-and-shared-signatures-of-positive-selection-in-37-asian-populations
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Xuanyao Liu, Dongsheng Lu, Woei-Yuh Saw, Philip J Shaw, Pongsakorn Wangkumhang, Chumpol Ngamphiw, Suthat Fucharoen, Worachart Lert-Itthiporn, Kwanrutai Chin-Inmanu, Tran Nguyen Bich Chau, Katie Anders, Anuradhani Kasturiratne, H Janaka de Silva, Tomohiro Katsuya, Ryosuke Kimura, Toru Nabika, Takayoshi Ohkubo, Yasuharu Tabara, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Ken Yamamoto, Mitsuhiro Yokota, Dolikun Mamatyusupu, Wenjun Yang, Yeun-Jun Chung, Li Jin, Boon-Peng Hoh, Ananda R Wickremasinghe, RickTwee-Hee Ong, Chiea-Chuen Khor, Sarah J Dunstan, Cameron Simmons, Sissades Tongsima, Prapat Suriyaphol, Norihiro Kato, Shuhua Xu, Yik-Ying Teo
The Asian Diversity Project (ADP) assembled 37 cosmopolitan and ethnic minority populations in Asia that have been densely genotyped across over half a million markers to study patterns of genetic diversity and positive natural selection. We performed population structure analyses of the ADP populations and divided these populations into four major groups based on their genographic information. By applying a highly sensitive algorithm haploPS to locate genomic signatures of positive selection, 140 distinct genomic regions exhibiting evidence of positive selection in at least one population were identified...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097511/brain-calcification-and-movement-disorders
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Vladimir S Kostić, Igor N Petrović
Brain calcifications may be an incidental finding on neuroimaging in normal, particularly older individuals, but can also indicate numerous hereditary and nonhereditary syndromes, and metabolic, environmental, infectious, autoimmune, mitochondrial, traumatic, or toxic disorders. Bilateral calcifications most commonly affecting the basal ganglia may often be found in idiopathic cases, and a new term, primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), has been proposed that recognizes the genetic causes of the disorder and that calcifications occurred well beyond the basal ganglia...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097497/gopro-hero-cameras-for-creation-of-a-three-dimensional-educational-neurointerventional-video
#20
Min S Park, Andrea Brock, Vance Mortimer, Philipp Taussky, William T Couldwell, Edward Quigley
Neurointerventional education relies on an apprenticeship model, with the trainee observing and participating in procedures with the guidance of a mentor. While educational videos are becoming prevalent in surgical cases, there is a dearth of comparable educational material for trainees in neurointerventional programs. We sought to create a high-quality, three-dimensional video of a routine diagnostic cerebral angiogram for use as an educational tool. A diagnostic cerebral angiogram was recorded using two GoPro HERO 3+ cameras with the Dual HERO System to capture the proceduralist's hands during the case...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
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