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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922407/segmental-arterial-stiffness-in-relation-to-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-with-preserved-systolic-heart-function
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Chih-Hsuan Yen, Chung-Lieh Hung, Ping-Ying Lee, Jui-Peng Tsai, Yau-Huei Lai, Cheng-Huang Su, Hung-I Yeh, Charles Jia-Yin Hou, Kuo-Liong Chien
BACKGROUND: Central arterial stiffness has been shown to play a key role in cardiovascular disease. However, evidence regarding such arterial stiffness from various arterial segments in relation to B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) remains elusive. METHODS: A total of 1255 participants (47.8% men; mean age: 62.6 ± 12.3 [SD] years) with preserved left ventricular function (ejection fraction ≥50%) and ≥1 risk factors were consecutively studied. Arterial pulse wave velocity (PWV) by automatic device (VP-2000; Omron Healthcare) for heart-femoral (hf-PWV), brachial-ankle (ba-PWV), and heart-carotid (hc-PWV) segments were obtained and related to BNP concentrations (Abbott Diagnostics, Abbott Park, IL, USA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922405/assessment-on-induced-genetic-variability-and-divergence-in-the-mutagenized-lentil-populations-of-microsperma-and-macrosperma-cultivars-developed-using-physical-and-chemical-mutagenesis
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Rafiul Amin Laskar, Samiullah Khan
Induced mutagenesis was employed to create genetic variation in the lentil cultivars for yield improvement. The assessments were made on genetic variability, character association, and genetic divergence among the twelve mutagenized populations and one parent population of each of the two lentil cultivars, developed by single and combination treatments with gamma rays and hydrazine hydrates. Analysis of variance revealed significant inter-population differences for the observed quantitative phenotypic traits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921128/precision-of-bone-density-and-micro-architectural-properties-at-the-distal-radius-and-tibia-in-children-an-hr-pqct-study
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C E Kawalilak, A T Bunyamin, K M Björkman, J D Johnston, S A Kontulainen
Precision errors need to be known when monitoring bone micro-architecture in children with HR-pQCT. Precision errors for trabecular bone micro-architecture ranged from 1 to 8% when using the standard evaluation at the radius and tibia. Precision errors for cortical bone micro-architecture ranged from 1 to 11% when using the advanced cortical evaluation. INTRODUCTION: Our objective was to define HR-pQCT precision errors (CV%RMS) and least significant changes (LSCs) at the distal radius and tibia in children using the standard evaluation and the advanced cortical evaluation...
September 18, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920914/robust-visual-tracking-via-online-discriminative-and-low-rank-dictionary-learning
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Tao Zhou, Fanghui Liu, Harish Bhaskar, Jie Yang
In this paper, we propose a novel and robust tracking framework based on online discriminative and low-rank dictionary learning. The primary aim of this paper is to obtain compact and low-rank dictionaries that can provide good discriminative representations of both target and background. We accomplish this by exploiting the recovery ability of low-rank matrices. That is if we assume that the data from the same class are linearly correlated, then the corresponding basis vectors learned from the training set of each class shall render the dictionary to become approximately low-rank...
September 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920090/reconstructing-coral-calcification-fluid-dissolved-inorganic-carbon-chemistry-from-skeletal-boron-an-exploration-of-potential-controls-on-coral-aragonite-b-ca
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Nicola Allison
The boron geochemistry of coral skeletons reflects the dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) chemistry of the calcification fluid from which the skeletons precipitates and may be a valuable tool to investigate the effects of climate change on coral calcification. In this paper I calculate the predicted B/Ca of aragonite precipitating from seawater based fluids as a function of pH, [DIC] and [Ca(2+)]. I consider how different co-precipitating DIC species affect aragonite B/Ca and also estimate the impact of variations in the B(OH)4(-)/co-precipitating DIC aragonite partition coefficient (KD), which may be associated with changes in the DIC and Ca(2+) chemistry of the calcification fluid...
August 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918149/predicting-methane-emissions-of-lactating-danish-holstein-cows-using-fourier-transform-mid-infrared-spectroscopy-of-milk
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N Shetty, G Difford, J Lassen, P Løvendahl, A J Buitenhuis
Enteric methane (CH4), a potent greenhouse gas, is among the main targets of mitigation practices for the dairy industry. A measurement technique that is rapid, inexpensive, easy to use, and applicable at the population level is desired to estimate CH4 emission from dairy cows. In the present study, feasibility of milk Fourier transform mid-infrared (FT-IR) spectral profiles as a predictor for CH4:CO2 ratio and CH4 production (L/d) is explained. The partial least squares regression method was used to develop the prediction models...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918109/precision-based-guidelines-for-sub-maximal-normalisation-task-selection-for-trunk-extensor-emg
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Jennie A Jackson, Svend Erik Mathiassen, Jack P Callaghan, Patrick G Dempsey
AIM: The object of this study was to quantify the contribution of sub-maximal normalisation to the overall variance of exposure parameters describing erector spinae (ES) activity, and to provide guidelines for task selection which minimize methodological variance. METHODS: ES EMG was measured from three locations (T9, L1 and L5 levels) on fifteen men performing a manual materials handling task in the laboratory on three separate days. Four repeats of each of eleven sub-maximal normalisation tasks (eight static, three dynamic) were collected, work data were normalised to each task and repeat, and exposure parameters calculated...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918063/a-pca-based-method-for-determining-craniofacial-relationship-and-sexual-dimorphism-of-facial-shapes
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Wuyang Shui, Mingquan Zhou, Steve Maddock, Taiping He, Xingce Wang, Qingqiong Deng
Previous studies have used principal component analysis (PCA) to investigate the craniofacial relationship, as well as sex determination using facial factors. However, few studies have investigated the extent to which the choice of principal components (PCs) affects the analysis of craniofacial relationship and sexual dimorphism. In this paper, we propose a PCA-based method for visual and quantitative analysis, using 140 samples of 3D heads (70 male and 70 female), produced from computed tomography (CT) images...
September 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916591/continuous-glucose-monitoring-in-very-preterm-infants-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Alfonso Galderisi, Andrea Facchinetti, Garry M Steil, Paulina Ortiz-Rubio, Francesco Cavallin, William V Tamborlane, Eugenio Baraldi, Claudio Cobelli, Daniele Trevisanuto
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Impaired glucose control in very preterm infants is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and poor neurologic outcome. Strategies based on insulin titration have been unsuccessful in achieving euglycemia in absence of an increase in hypoglycemia and mortality. We sought to assess whether glucose administration guided by continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is more effective than standard of care blood glucose monitoring in maintaining euglycemia in very preterm infants...
September 15, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916419/development-of-an-indirect-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-elisa-to-differentiate-antibodies-against-wild-type-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-from-the-vaccine-strain-tjm-f92-based-on-a-recombinant-nsp2-protein
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X X Wang, F X Wang, Z G Li, Y J Wen, X Wang, N Song, H Wu
An accurate ELISA method to differentiate pigs infected with wild-type porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRSV) strains from vaccinated ones would help to monitor PRRSV vaccination compliance. The recombinant protein GST-d120aa derived from the continuous deletion of 120 amino acids in the non-structural protein 2 region of the modified-live vaccine strain TJM-F92 was used to develop an indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (d120-ELISA) for differentiating serum antibodies against TJM-F92 from other PRRSV strains...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915341/-31-p-magnetic-resonance-fingerprinting-for-rapid-quantification-of-creatine-kinase-reaction-rate-in-vivo
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Charlie Y Wang, Yuchi Liu, Shuying Huang, Mark A Griswold, Nicole Seiberlich, Xin Yu
The purpose of this work was to develop a (31) P spectroscopic magnetic resonance fingerprinting (MRF) method for fast quantification of the chemical exchange rate between phosphocreatine (PCr) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) via creatine kinase (CK). A (31) P MRF sequence (CK-MRF) was developed to quantify the forward rate constant of ATP synthesis via CK ( kfCK), the T1 relaxation time of PCr ( T1PCr), and the PCr-to-ATP concentration ratio ( MRPCr). The CK-MRF sequence used a balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP)-type excitation with ramped flip angles and a unique saturation scheme sensitive to the exchange between PCr and γATP...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915319/an-improved-model-for-prostate-diffusion-incorporating-the-results-of-monte-carlo-simulations-of-diffusion-in-the-cellular-compartment
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Nima Gilani, Paul Malcolm, Glyn Johnson
The purpose of this work was to refine a previously published model of prostate diffusion by incorporating improved estimates of cellular diffusivity obtained by Monte Carlo simulation. Stromal and epithelial cell size and intracellular volume fraction in different grades of cancer were determined from histological images. Diffusion in different mixtures of cells, corresponding to different tumor grades, was simulated and cellular apparent diffusion coefficient and kurtosis values determined. These values were incorporated into the previously published model of prostate diffusion and model predictions compared with values found in the literature...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915314/-1-h-mrs-processing-parameters-affect-metabolite-quantification-the-urgent-need-for-uniform-and-transparent-standardization
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Alex A Bhogal, Remmelt R Schür, Lotte C Houtepen, Bart van de Bank, Vincent O Boer, Anouk Marsman, Peter B Barker, Tom W J Scheenen, Jannie P Wijnen, Christiaan H Vinkers, Dennis W J Klomp
Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1) H-MRS) can be used to quantify in vivo metabolite levels, such as lactate, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate (Glu). However, there are considerable analysis choices which can alter the accuracy or precision of (1) H-MRS metabolite quantification. It is currently unknown to what extent variations in the analysis pipeline used to quantify (1) H-MRS data affect outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the quantification of identical (1) H-MRS scans across independent and experienced research groups would yield comparable results...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915103/mr-spectroscopy-derived-proton-density-fat-fraction-is-superior-to-controlled-attenuation-parameter-for-detecting-and-grading-hepatic-steatosis
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Jurgen Henk Runge, Loek Pieter Smits, Joanne Verheij, Annekatrien Depla, Sjoerd Douwe Kuiken, Bert Cornelis Baak, Aart Johannes Nederveen, Ulrich Beuers, Jaap Stoker
Purpose To prospectively compare the diagnostic accuracy of controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) obtained with transient elastography and proton density fat fraction (PDFF) obtained with proton magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy with results of liver biopsy in a cohort of adult patients suspected of having nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this study. Informed consent was obtained from all patients. The authors evaluated 55 patients suspected of having NAFLD (40 men, 15 women)...
September 15, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914609/effect-of-multiple-perfusion-components-on-pseudo-diffusion-coefficient-in-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-imaging
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Zi-Xiang Kuai, Wan-Yu Liu, Yue-Min Zhu
The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of multiple perfusion components on the pseudo-diffusion coefficient D* in the bi-exponential intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) model. Simulations were first performed to examine how the presence of multiple perfusion components influences D*. The real data of livers (n=31), spleens (n=31) and kidneys (n=31) of 31 volunteers was then acquired using DWI for in vivo study and the number of perfusion components in these tissues was determined together with their perfusion fraction and D*, using an adaptive multi-exponential IVIM model...
September 15, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913930/accuracy-repeatability-and-interplatform-reproducibility-of-t1-quantification-methods-used-for-dce-mri-results-from-a-multicenter-phantom-study
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Octavia Bane, Stefanie J Hectors, Mathilde Wagner, Lori L Arlinghaus, Madhava P Aryal, Yue Cao, Thomas L Chenevert, Fiona Fennessy, Wei Huang, Nola M Hylton, Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Kathryn E Keenan, Dariya I Malyarenko, Robert V Mulkern, David C Newitt, Stephen E Russek, Karl F Stupic, Alina Tudorica, Lisa J Wilmes, Thomas E Yankeelov, Yi-Fei Yen, Michael A Boss, Bachir Taouli
PURPOSE: To determine the in vitro accuracy, test-retest repeatability, and interplatform reproducibility of T1 quantification protocols used for dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI at 1.5 and 3 T. METHODS: A T1 phantom with 14 samples was imaged at eight centers with a common inversion-recovery spin-echo (IR-SE) protocol and a variable flip angle (VFA) protocol using seven flip angles, as well as site-specific protocols (VFA with different flip angles, variable repetition time, proton density, and Look-Locker inversion recovery)...
September 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913893/gonial-angle-measured-by-orthopantomography-as-a-predictor-of-maximum-occlusal-force
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Shunta Miwa, Masahiro Wada, Shumei Murakami, Tohru Suganami, Kazunori Ikebe, Yoshinobu Maeda
PURPOSE: To establish the accuracy of measuring the gonial angle on an orthopantomogram (GAO), as defined by the anatomic relationship between the inferior and posterior borders of the mandible. Furthermore, to examine the relationship between GAO and maximum occlusal force (MOF) in the premolar and molar regions of healthy young adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Orthopantomograms of dry mandibles were obtained in three orientations in the sagittal plane, to represent variation in image acquisition in clinical settings...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912704/reliability-of-eeg-measures-of-interaction-a-paradigm-shift-is-needed-to-fight-the-reproducibility-crisis
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Yvonne Höller, Andreas Uhl, Arne Bathke, Aljoscha Thomschewski, Kevin Butz, Raffaele Nardone, Jürgen Fell, Eugen Trinka
Measures of interaction (connectivity) of the EEG are at the forefront of current neuroscientific research. Unfortunately, test-retest reliability can be very low, depending on the measure and its estimation, the EEG-frequency of interest, the length of the signal, and the population under investigation. In addition, artifacts can hamper the continuity of the EEG signal, and in some clinical situations it is impractical to exclude artifacts. We aimed to examine factors that moderate test-retest reliability of measures of interaction...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912520/intraoperative-intorsional-traction-test-of-the-inferior-oblique
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A J Connor, S P Kraft
PurposeWe present a novel variation of the traction test of the inferior oblique (IO) muscle. We demonstrate the correlation between the traction test and clinically graded IO overaction and describe the utility of this test to confirm IO weakening.MethodsWe performed a retrospective chart review on all patients who underwent IO surgery and intraoperative intorsion traction tests by a single surgeon over a 10-year period. We compared the traction test results, in 'clock hours' of freedom, before and after IO surgery...
September 15, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911657/convenient-uv-spectrophotometric-determination-of-citrates-in-aqueous-solutions-with-applications-in-the-pharmaceutical-analysis-of-oral-electrolyte-formulations
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Sylwester Krukowski, Mateusz Karasiewicz, Waclaw Kolodziejski
Herein, we present a convenient method for quantitative spectrophotometric determination of citrate ions in aqueous solutions in the middle-UV range. It involves measuring the absorbance of citric acid at 209 nm under suppressed dissociation at pH < 1.0 in the presence of hydrochloric acid. Validation of the method was performed according to the guidelines of the International Conference on Harmonization. A very good linear dependence of the absorbance on concentration (r(2) = 0.9999) was obtained in a citrate concentration range of 0...
July 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
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