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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335583/is-accessibility-to-dental-care-facilities-in-rural-areas-associated-with-number-of-teeth-in-elderly-residents
#1
Tsuyoshi Hamano, Miwako Takeda, Kazumichi Tominaga, Kristina Sundquist, Toru Nabika
Given that public transportation networks are less developed in rural than in urban areas, a lack of accessibility to dental care facilities could be a barrier to routine dental checkups. Thus, we hypothesized that the distance to the dental care facilities is a risk factor for tooth loss. The aim of this study was to test whether there is an association between the distance to dental care facilities, estimated by geographic information systems, and number of teeth, assessed by an oral examination, among elderly residents of a rural area in Japan...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335572/efficient-and-security-enhanced-anonymous-authentication-with-key-agreement-scheme-in-wireless-sensor-networks
#2
Jaewook Jung, Jongho Moon, Donghoon Lee, Dongho Won
At present, users can utilize an authenticated key agreement protocol in a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) to securely obtain desired information, and numerous studies have investigated authentication techniques to construct efficient, robust WSNs. Chang et al. recently presented an authenticated key agreement mechanism for WSNs and claimed that their authentication mechanism can both prevent various types of attacks, as well as preserve security properties. However, we have discovered that Chang et al's method possesses some security weaknesses...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335569/a-quantitative-risk-assessment-model-involving-frequency-and-threat-degree-under-line-of-business-services-for-infrastructure-of-emerging-sensor-networks
#3
Xu Jing, Hanwen Hu, Huijun Yang, Man Ho Au, Shuqin Li, Naixue Xiong, Muhammad Imran, Athanasios V Vasilakos
The prospect of Line-of-Business Services (LoBSs) for infrastructure of Emerging Sensor Networks (ESNs) is exciting. Access control remains a top challenge in this scenario as the service provider's server contains a lot of valuable resources. LoBSs' users are very diverse as they may come from a wide range of locations with vastly different characteristics. Cost of joining could be low and in many cases, intruders are eligible users conducting malicious actions. As a result, user access should be adjusted dynamically...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335568/an-electricity-price-aware-open-source-smart-socket-for-the-internet-of-energy
#4
Óscar Blanco-Novoa, Tiago M Fernández-Caramés, Paula Fraga-Lamas, Luis Castedo
The Internet of Energy (IoE) represents a novel paradigm where electrical power systems work cooperatively with smart devices to increase the visibility of energy consumption and create safer, cleaner and sustainable energy systems. The implementation of IoE services involves the use of multiple components, like embedded systems, power electronics or sensors, which are an essential part of the infrastructure dedicated to the generation and distribution energy and the one required by the final consumer. This article focuses on the latter and presents a smart socket system that collects the information about energy price and makes use of sensors and actuators to optimize home energy consumption according to the user preferences...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335561/optimal-power-allocation-of-relay-sensor-node-capable-of-energy-harvesting-in-cooperative-cognitive-radio-network
#5
Pham Ngoc Son, Dongsoo Har, Nam Ik Cho, Hyung Yun Kong
A cooperative cognitive radio scheme exploiting primary signals for energy harvesting is proposed. The relay sensor node denoted as the secondary transmitter (ST) harvests energy from the primary signal transmitted from the primary transmitter, and then uses it to transmit power superposed codes of the secrecy signal of the secondary network (SN) and of the primary signal of the primary network (PN). The harvested energy is split into two parts according to a power splitting ratio, one for decoding the primary signal and the other for charging the battery...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335541/effects-of-forest-therapy-on-depressive-symptoms-among-adults-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Insook Lee, Heeseung Choi, Kyung-Sook Bang, Sungjae Kim, MinKyung Song, Buhyun Lee
This study systematically reviewed forest therapy programs designed to decrease the level of depression among adults and assessed the methodological rigor and scientific evidence quality of existing research studies to guide future studies. This systematic review was conducted in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. The authors independently screened full-text articles from various databases using the following criteria: (1) intervention studies assessing the effects of forest therapy on depressive symptoms in adults aged 18 years and older; (2) studies including at least one control group or condition; (3) peer-reviewed studies; and (4) been published either in English or Korean before July 2016...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335537/an-effective-and-robust-decentralized-target-tracking-scheme-in-wireless-camera-sensor-networks
#7
Pengcheng Fu, Yongbo Cheng, Hongying Tang, Baoqing Li, Jun Pei, Xiaobing Yuan
In this paper, we propose an effective and robust decentralized tracking scheme based on the square root cubature information filter (SRCIF) to balance the energy consumption and tracking accuracy in wireless camera sensor networks (WCNs). More specifically, regarding the characteristics and constraints of camera nodes in WCNs, some special mechanisms are put forward and integrated in this tracking scheme. First, a decentralized tracking approach is adopted so that the tracking can be implemented energy-efficiently and steadily...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335534/a-networked-sensor-system-for-the-analysis-of-plot-scale-hydrology
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German Villalba, Fernando Plaza, Xiaoyang Zhong, Tyler W Davis, Miguel Navarro, Yimei Li, Thomas A Slater, Yao Liang, Xu Liang
This study presents the latest updates to the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) testbed, a $50,000 USD, 104-node outdoor multi-hop wireless sensor network (WSN). The network collects environmental data from over 240 sensors, including the EC-5, MPS-1 and MPS-2 soil moisture and soil water potential sensors and self-made sap flow sensors, across a heterogeneous deployment comprised of MICAz, IRIS and TelosB wireless motes. A low-cost sensor board and software driver was developed for communicating with the analog and digital sensors...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335510/gender-recognition-from-human-body-images-using-visible-light-and-thermal-camera-videos-based-on-a-convolutional-neural-network-for-image-feature-extraction
#9
Dat Tien Nguyen, Ki Wan Kim, Hyung Gil Hong, Ja Hyung Koo, Min Cheol Kim, Kang Ryoung Park
Extracting powerful image features plays an important role in computer vision systems. Many methods have previously been proposed to extract image features for various computer vision applications, such as the scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT), speed-up robust feature (SURF), local binary patterns (LBP), histogram of oriented gradients (HOG), and weighted HOG. Recently, the convolutional neural network (CNN) method for image feature extraction and classification in computer vision has been used in various applications...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335494/cooperative-opportunistic-pressure-based-routing-for-underwater-wireless-sensor-networks
#10
Nadeem Javaid, Muhammad, Arshad Sher, Wadood Abdul, Iftikhar Azim Niaz, Ahmad Almogren, Atif Alamri
In this paper, three opportunistic pressure based routing techniques for underwater wireless sensor networks (UWSNs) are proposed. The first one is the cooperative opportunistic pressure based routing protocol (Co-Hydrocast), second technique is the improved Hydrocast (improved-Hydrocast), and third one is the cooperative improved Hydrocast (Co-improved Hydrocast). In order to minimize lengthy routing paths between the source and the destination and to avoid void holes at the sparse networks, sensor nodes are deployed at different strategic locations...
March 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335424/an-alternative-wearable-tracking-system-based-on-a-low-power-wide-area-network
#11
Raul Fernández-Garcia, Ignacio Gil
This work presents an alternative wearable tracking system based on a low-power wide area network. A complete GPS receiver was integrated with a textile substrate, and the latitude and longitude coordinates were sent to the cloud by means of the SIM-less SIGFOX network. To send the coordinates over SIGFOX protocol, a specific codification algorithm was used and a customized UHF antenna on jeans fabric was designed, simulated and tested. Moreover, to guarantee the compliance to international regulations for human body exposure to electromagnetic radiation, the electromagnetic specific absorption rate of this antenna was analyzed...
March 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335403/comparison-of-faunal-scavenging-of-submerged-carrion-in-two-seasons-at-a-depth-of-170-m-in-the-strait-of-georgia-british-columbia
#12
Gail S Anderson, Lynne S Bell
The taphonomy of carcasses submerged in the ocean is little understood, yet it is extremely important ecologically and forensically. The objectives of this study were to determine the fate of pig carcasses as human proxies in the Strait of Georgia at 170 m in spring and fall. Using Ocean Networks Canada's Victoria Experimental Network Underseas (VENUS) observatory, two carcasses per season were placed under a cabled platform hosting a webcam and instruments measuring water chemistry. Two minutes of video were recorded every 15 min...
March 13, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335384/localization-and-tracking-of-implantable-biomedical-sensors
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Ilknur Umay, Barış Fidan, Billur Barshan
Implantable sensor systems are effective tools for biomedical diagnosis, visualization and treatment of various health conditions, attracting the interest of researchers, as well as healthcare practitioners. These systems efficiently and conveniently provide essential data of the body part being diagnosed, such as gastrointestinal (temperature, pH, pressure) parameter values, blood glucose and pressure levels and electrocardiogram data. Such data are first transmitted from the implantable sensor units to an external receiver node or network and then to a central monitoring and control (computer) unit for analysis, diagnosis and/or treatment...
March 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335383/a-biomedical-investigation-of-the-hepatoprotective-effect-of-radix-salviae-miltiorrhizae-and-network-pharmacology-based-prediction-of-the-active-compounds-and-molecular-targets
#14
Ming Hong, Sha Li, Ning Wang, Hor-Yue Tan, Fan Cheung, Yibin Feng
Radix salviae miltiorrhizae (Danshen in Chinese), a classic traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herb, has been used for centuries to treat liver diseases. In this study, the preventive and curative potential of Danshen aqueous extract on acute/chronic alcoholic liver disease (ALD) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) was studied. The in vivo results indicated that Danshen could alleviate hepatic inflammation, fatty degeneration, and haptic fibrogenesis in ALD and NAFLD models. In the aspect of mechanism of action, the significant reduction in MDA levels in both ALD and NAFLD models implies the decreased levels of oxidative stress by Danshen...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335298/monitoring-damage-propagation-in-glass-fiber-composites-using-carbon-nanofibers
#15
Ahmed Al-Sabagh, Eman Taha, Usama Kandil, Gamal-Abdelnaser Nasr, Mahmoud Reda Taha
In this work, we report the potential use of novel carbon nanofibers (CNFs), dispersed during fabrication of glass fiber composites to monitor damage propagation under static loading. The use of CNFs enables a transformation of the typically non-conductive glass fiber composites into new fiber composites with appreciable electrical conductivity. The percolation limit of CNFs/epoxy nanocomposites was first quantified. The electromechanical responses of glass fiber composites fabricated using CNFs/epoxy nanocomposite were examined under static tension loads...
September 10, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335296/controlled-mechanical-cracking-of-metal-films-deposited-on-polydimethylsiloxane-pdms
#16
Andreas Polywka, Luca Stegers, Oliver Krauledat, Thomas Riedl, Timo Jakob, Patrick Görrn
Stretchable large area electronics conform to arbitrarily-shaped 3D surfaces and enables comfortable contact to the human skin and other biological tissue. There are approaches allowing for large area thin films to be stretched by tens of percent without cracking. The approach presented here does not prevent cracking, rather it aims to precisely control the crack positions and their orientation. For this purpose, the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is hardened by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (172 nm) through an exposure mask...
September 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335282/inverter-circuits-using-zno-nanoparticle-based-thin-film-transistors-for-flexible-electronic-applications
#17
Fábio F Vidor, Thorsten Meyers, Ulrich Hilleringmann
Innovative systems exploring the flexibility and the transparency of modern semiconducting materials are being widely researched by the scientific community and by several companies. For a low-cost production and large surface area applications, thin-film transistors (TFTs) are the key elements driving the system currents. In order to maintain a cost efficient integration process, solution based materials are used as they show an outstanding tradeoff between cost and system complexity. In this paper, we discuss the integration process of ZnO nanoparticle TFTs using a high-k resin as gate dielectric...
August 23, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335039/brain-temporal-complexity-in-explaining-the-therapeutic-and-cognitive-effects-of-seizure-therapy
#18
Faranak Farzan, Sravya Atluri, Ye Mei, Sylvain Moreno, Andrea J Levinson, Daniel M Blumberger, Zafiris J Daskalakis
Over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, a third of whom are medication-resistant. Seizure therapy remains the most effective treatment in depression, even when many treatments fail. The utility of seizure therapy is limited due to its cognitive side effects and stigma. The biological targets of seizure therapy remain unknown, hindering design of new treatments with comparable efficacy. Seizures impact the brains temporal dynamicity observed through electroencephalography. This dynamicity reflects richness of information processing across distributed brain networks subserving affective and cognitive processes...
March 3, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335035/a-novel-cisd2-mutation-associated-with-a-classical-wolfram-syndrome-phenotype-alters-ca2-homeostasis-and-er-mitochondria-interactions
#19
Cécile Rouzier, David Moore, Cécile Delorme, Sandra Lacas-Gervais, Samira Ait-El-Mkadem, Konstantina Fragaki, Florence Burté, Valérie Serre, Sylvie Bannwarth, Annabelle Chaussenot, Martin Catala, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, Véronique Paquis-Flucklinger
Wolfram syndrome (WS) is progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by early-onset optic atrophy and diabetes mellitus, which can be associated with more extensive central nervous system and endocrine complications. The majority of patients harbour pathogenic WFS1 mutations, but recessive mutations in a second gene, CISD2, have been described in a small number of families with Wolfram syndrome type 2 (WFS2). The defining diagnostic criteria for WFS2 also consist of optic atrophy and diabetes mellitus, but unlike WFS1, this phenotypic subgroup has been associated with peptic ulcer disease and an increased bleeding tendency...
March 6, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335028/defining-the-5%C3%AE-and-3%C3%AE-landscape-of-the-drosophila-transcriptome-with-exo-seq-and-rnaseh-seq
#20
Shaked Afik, Osnat Bartok, Maxim N Artyomov, Alexander A Shishkin, Sabah Kadri, Mor Hanan, Xiaopeng Zhu, Manuel Garber, Sebastian Kadener
Cells regulate biological responses in part through changes in transcription start sites (TSS) or cleavage and polyadenylation sites (PAS). To fully understand gene regulatory networks, it is therefore critical to accurately annotate cell type-specific TSS and PAS. Here we present a simple and straightforward approach for genome-wide annotation of 5΄- and 3΄-RNA ends. Our approach reliably discerns bona fide PAS from false PAS that arise due to internal poly(A) tracts, a common problem with current PAS annotation methods...
February 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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