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Akihiro Suzuki, Takashi Morie, Hakaru Tamukoh
This paper proposes a shared synapse architecture for autoencoders (AEs), and implements an AE with the proposed architecture as a digital circuit on a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). In the proposed architecture, the values of the synapse weights are shared between the synapses of an input and a hidden layer, and between the synapses of a hidden and an output layer. This architecture utilizes less of the limited resources of an FPGA than an architecture which does not share the synapse weights, and reduces the amount of synapse modules used by half...
2018: PloS One
Azael Che-Mendoza, Anuar Medina-Barreiro, Edgar Koyoc-Cardeña, Valentín Uc-Puc, Yamili Contreras-Perera, Josué Herrera-Bojórquez, Felipe Dzul-Manzanilla, Fabian Correa-Morales, Hilary Ranson, Audrey Lenhart, Philip J McCall, Axel Kroeger, Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, Pablo Manrique-Saide
BACKGROUND: There is a need for effective methods to control Aedes aegypti and prevent the transmission of dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika viruses. Insecticide treated screening (ITS) is a promising approach, particularly as it targets adult mosquitoes to reduce human-mosquito contact. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A cluster-randomised controlled trial evaluated the entomological efficacy of ITS based intervention, which consisted of the installation of pyrethroid-impregnated long-lasting insecticide-treated netting material fixed as framed screens on external doors and windows...
March 15, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Jared M Dickinson, Andrew C D'Lugos, Marcus A Naymik, Ashley L Siniard, Amanda J Wolfe, Donald P Curtis, Matthew J Huentelman, Chad C Carroll
Aerobic (AE) and resistance exercise (RE) elicit unique adaptations in skeletal muscle that have distinct implications for health and performance. The purpose of this study was to identify the unique transcriptome response of skeletal muscle to acute AE and RE. In a counter-balanced, cross-over design, six healthy, recreationally active young men (27{plus minus}3y) completed acute AE (40 min cycling, ~70% maximal HR) and RE (8 sets, 10 reps, ~65% 1RM), separated by ~1wk. Muscle biopsies ( vastus lateralis) were obtained before and at 1 and 4h post exercise...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Eun Ae Kang, Hyuk Yoon, A Young Seo, Cheol Min Shin, Jong Pil Im, Young Soo Park, Joo Sung Kim, Nayoung Kim, Dong Ho Lee
OBJECTIVES: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease is more common in immunocompromised patients but may occur in people with normal immune function. In addition, CMV enterocolitis can aggravate inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), but there was little knowledge of differences in clinical and endoscopic features of CMV enterocolitis between patients with IBD and without IBD. The aim of this study was to determine the difference in clinical implication in CMV enterocolitis between the IBD patients and non-IBD patients...
March 15, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Jung-Hoon Lee, Ruda Lee, Moon-Hyon Hwang, Marc T Hamilton, Yoonjung Park
Background: Vascular endothelial dysfunction induced by hyperglycemia and elevated insulin resistance is a potent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and likely contributes to multiple chronic disease complications associated with aging. The aim of this study was to systematically review and quantify the effects of exercise on endothelial function (EF) in type 2 diabetes (T2D). Methods: Five electronic databases were searched (until June 2017) for studies that met the following criteria: (i) randomized controlled trials; (ii) T2D aged ≥ 18 years; (iii) measured EF by brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD); (iv) structured and supervised exercise intervention for ≥ 8 weeks...
2018: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
Li Li, Bing Chen, Hongbin Yan, Yannan Zhao, Zhongzi Lou, Jianqiu Li, Baoquan Fu, Xingquan Zhu, Donald P McManus, Jianwu Dai, Wanzhong Jia
BACKGROUND: Hepatocyte-based metacestode culture is an attractive method to study alveolar echinococcosis (AE), but it is limited by the relatively short lifespan of cultured hepatocytes in maintaining their normal function. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We describe a three-dimensional (3D) hepatic culture system developed from co-cultured hepatocytes and mesenchymal stem cells using a collagen scaffold to study the development of Echinococcus multilocularis larvae...
March 14, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Rong-Xing Zhou, Hai-Jie Hu, Wen-Jie Ma, Yong Jiang, Fu-Yu Li
RATIONALE: Pancreatic alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is an exceptionally rare disease; no more than 10 cases have been published to date. It is characterized as extensive local tissue infringement and destruction; thus, extended surgical resection, such as duodenopancreatectomy, is often needed to obtain a negative resection margin so as to improve the long-term outcome and prognosis. PATIENT CONCERNS: A middle-aged Tibetan man was admitted due to a 16-year history of recurrent pain in the right upper abdomen...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
James J Leyden, Vilma Sniukiene, David R Berk, Alexandre Kaoukhov
BACKGROUND: There is a need for new oral antibiotics for acne with improved safety profiles and targeted antibacterial spectra. Sarecycline is a novel, tetracycline-class antibiotic specifically designed for acne, offering a narrow spectrum of activity compared with currently available tetracyclines, including less activity against enteric Gram-negative bacteria. This phase 2 study evaluated the efficacy and safety of three doses of sarecycline for moderate to severe facial acne vulgaris...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
A V Revishchin, G M Solus, I I Poletaeva, G V Pavlova
Using immunoblotting, we showed that in rats of audiogenic epilepsy (AE) prone strain (Krushinsky- Molodkina, KM) the superior colliculus tissue (SC) contains significantly less quantity of glial neurotrophic factor (GDNF), beta-tubulin and actin in comparison to the same brain region in "0" rats, nonprone to AE. This fact led to the suggestion that the histological structure of the SC in KM rats could differ significantly from that of the "0" strain. Using neuromorphologу technique, we demonstrated that the total number of SC cells, as well as the number of neurons were significantly less in KM rats than in the "0" strain rats...
January 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
Rhodri Saunders, Jason A Davis, Peter Kranke, Rachel Weissbrod, David K Whitaker, Jenifer R Lightdale
Background: Studies have reported on the incidence of sedation-related adverse events (AEs), but little is known about their impact on health care costs and resource use. Methods: Health care providers and payers in five countries were recruited for an online survey by independent administrators to ensure that investigators and respondents were blinded to each other. Surveys were conducted in the local language and began with a "screener" to ensure that respondents had relevant expertise and experience...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Tuerhongjiang Tuxun, Shadike Apaer, Hai-Zhang Ma, Jin-Ming Zhao, Ren-Yong Lin, Tuerganaili Aji, Ying-Mei Shao, Hao Wen
Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake by alveolar echinococcosis (AE) liver lesions is a signal of their metabolic activity and of disease progression. In order to find a surrogate marker for this status, we investigated whether parameters of the peripheral and/or periparasitic immune responses were associated with metabolic activity in a prospective case-control study of 30 AE patients and 22 healthy controls. Levels of 18 cytokines and chemokines, representative of innate and adaptive immune responses, were assessed in plasma and peripheral cells of two groups of patients with (MAAE) and without (MIAE) metabolically active lesions, and in the liver of MAAE patients...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
M Chen, M H Jia, Y L Ma, H B Luo, H C Chen, C J Yang, J Dai, L Yang, L J Dong, R Lu, L J Song, Y Han, J Y Lu, A K L Cheung, Z W Chen, L Lu
Multiple human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 genotypes in China were first discovered in Yunnan Province before disseminating throughout the country. As the HIV-1 epidemic continues to expand in Yunnan, genetic characteristics and transmitted drug resistance (TDR) should be further investigated among the recently infected population. Among 2828 HIV-positive samples newly reported in the first quarter of 2014, 347 were identified as recent infections with BED-captured enzyme immunoassay (CEIA). Of them, 291 were successfully genotyped and identified as circulating recombinant form (CRF)08_BC (47...
March 14, 2018: Epidemiology and Infection
Dominik Zinsser, Roy Marcus, Ahmed E Othman, Fabian Bamberg, Konstantin Nikolaou, Thomas Flohr, Mike Notohamiprodjo
BACKGROUND:  For years, the number of performed CT examinations has been rising. At the same time, computed tomography became more dose efficient. The aim of this article is to give an overview about the state of the art in dose reduction in CT and to highlight currently available tools in dose management. METHOD:  By performing a literature research on Pubmed regarding dose reduction in CT, relevant articles were identified and analyzed. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:  Technical innovations with individual adaptation of tube current and voltage as well as iterative image reconstruction enable a considerable dose reduction with preserved image quality...
March 13, 2018: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
Ejay Nsugbe, Cristobal Ruiz-Carcel, Andrew Starr, Ian Jennions
The final phase of powder production typically involves a mixing process where all of the particles are combined and agglomerated with a binder to form a single compound. The traditional means of inspecting the physical properties of the final product involves an inspection of the particle sizes using an offline sieving and weighing process. The main downside of this technique, in addition to being an offline-only measurement procedure, is its inability to characterise large agglomerates of powders due to sieve blockage...
March 13, 2018: Sensors
G Authried, S C Prasad, E Rye Rasmussen, A Bygum
A subset of patients with angioedema (AE) and urticaria has histamine releasing autoanti-boies. The histamine release test (HR-test) has been used as a tool in chronic urticaria to de-fine the autoimmune subgroup and may possibly guide the clinician to a more personalized therapy, like omalizumab and cyclosporine. The prevalence and value of positive histamine releasing autoantibodies in monosymptomatic AE is sparsely described in the literature. The purpose of this study was to report the prevalence of positive histamine releasing autoanti-bodies in a cohort of patients with recurrent AE and evaluate the usefulness of this test in AE patients...
February 19, 2018: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Felicia Turowski, Ulrich Hügle, Arno Dormann, Matthias Bechtler, Ralf Jakobs, Uwe Gottschalk, Ellen Nötzel, Dirk Hartmann, Albrecht Lorenz, Frank Kolligs, Wilfried Veltzke-Schlieker, Andreas Adler, Olaf Becker, Bertram Wiedenmann, Nataly Bürgel, Hanno Tröger, Michael Schumann, Severin Daum, Britta Siegmund, Christian Bojarski
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The aim of the study was to evaluate the usefulness and diagnostic and therapeutic outcome of the single-operator cholangiopancreatoscopy (SOC) with SpyGlassDS™. METHODS: In a retrospective multicenter study between November 2015 and January 2017, SpyGlassDS™ procedures were analyzed in participating centers. Indications, accuracy of SOC-guided biopsies, management of large bile duct stones, and complications were analyzed. Follow-up was 4 months...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
Charlotte H Maden, David Fairman, Michelle Chalker, Maria J Costa, William A Fahy, Nadia Garman, Pauline T Lukey, Tim Mant, Simon Parry, Juliet K Simpson, Robert J Slack, Stuart Kendrick, Richard P Marshall
PURPOSE: Inhaled drug delivery is an attractive route by which to deliver drugs to lungs of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). GSK3008348 is a potent and selective small molecule being developed as the first inhaled inhibitor of the αvβ6 integrin for the treatment of IPF. The phase 1 first-time-in-human clinical trial (NCT02612051) presented here was designed to investigate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of single doses of GSK3008348 in healthy participants...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Roy Fleischmann, Peter Winkle, Jeffrey N Miner, Xiaohong Yan, Liz Hicks, Shakti Valdez, Jesse Hall, Sha Liu, Zancong Shen, Michael Gillen, Martha Hernandez-Illas
Objectives: Verinurad (RDEA3170) is a high affinity, selective uric acid transporter (URAT1) inhibitor indevelopment for treating gout and asymptomatic hyperuricaemia. This phase IIa study evaluated the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and safety of verinurad combined with allopurinol versus allopurinol alone in adults with gout. Methods: Forty-one subjects were randomised into two cohorts of verinurad (2.5-20 mg) plus allopurinol (300 mg once daily) versus allopurinol 300 mg once daily, 600 mg once daily or 300 mg twice daily alone...
2018: RMD Open
Tomoo Kishaba, Yuichiro Nei, Masashi Momose, Hiroaki Nagano, Shin Yamashiro
Objective: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common parenchymal lung disease. Patients with IPF sometimes develop acute exacerbation (AE), which predicts a poor prognosis. To evaluate the predictors of 90-day mortality of AE in patients with IPF based on the new 2016 criteria. Materials and Methods: Sixty-five patients with AE were studied retrospectively between January 2001 and December 2016 at Okinawa Chubu Hospital. Results: The mean age of the patients was 74 years, with 40 (61...
February 2018: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
Recep Sade, Mecit Kantarci, Berhan Genc, Hayri Ogul, Betul Gundogdu, Omer Yilmaz
Objective: Alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is a rare life-threatening parasitic infection. Computed tomography perfusion (CTP) imaging has the potential to provide both quantitative and qualitative information about the tissue perfusion characteristics. The purpose of this study was the examination of the characteristic features and feasibility of CTP in AE liver lesions. Material and Methods: CTP scanning was performed in 25 patients who had a total of 35 lesions identified as AE of the liver...
February 2018: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
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