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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732233/piecewise-convexity-of-artificial-neural-networks
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Blaine Rister, Daniel L Rubin
Although artificial neural networks have shown great promise in applications including computer vision and speech recognition, there remains considerable practical and theoretical difficulty in optimizing their parameters. The seemingly unreasonable success of gradient descent methods in minimizing these non-convex functions remains poorly understood. In this work we offer some theoretical guarantees for networks with piecewise affine activation functions, which have in recent years become the norm. We prove three main results...
July 3, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731871/online-family-problem-solving-for-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-influences-of-parental-marital-status-and-participation-on-adolescent-outcomes
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Stacey P Raj, Nanhua Zhang, Michael W Kirkwood, H Gerry Taylor, Terry Stancin, Tanya M Brown, Shari L Wade
OBJECTIVE: To examine the moderating effects of parent marital status and participation on efficacy of an online family problem-solving intervention for pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: Participants were 132 adolescents (12-17 years) who had sustained a recent (<6 months) TBI and their parents. Participants were randomly assigned to the intervention (Counselor-Assisted Problem Solving, CAPS) or an Internet resource comparison (IRC) condition. CAPS was designed to support families in the initial phase following TBI, by teaching problem-solving skills and addressing common challenges...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731766/observing-dissipative-topological-defects-with-coupled-lasers
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Vishwa Pal, Chene Tradonsky, Ronen Chriki, Asher A Friesem, Nir Davidson
Topological defects have been observed and studied in a wide range of systems, such as cosmology, spin systems, cold atoms, and optics, as they are quenched across a phase transition into an ordered state. These defects limit the coherence of the system and its ability to approach a fully ordered state, so revealing their origin and control is becoming an increasingly important field of research. We observe dissipative topological defects in a one-dimensional ring of phased-locked lasers, and show how their formation is related to the Kibble-Zurek mechanism and is governed in a universal manner by two competing time scales...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731754/accidental-peccei-quinn-symmetry-protected-to-arbitrary-order
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Luca Di Luzio, Enrico Nardi, Lorenzo Ubaldi
A SU(N)_{L}×SU(N)_{R} gauge theory for a scalar multiplet Y transforming in the bifundamental representation (N,N[over ¯]) preserves, for N>4, an accidental U(1) symmetry first broken at operator dimension N. A vacuum expectation value for Y can break the symmetry to H_{s}=SU(N)_{L+R} or to H_{h}=SU(N-1)_{L}×SU(N-1)_{R}×U(1)_{L+R}. In the first case the accidental U(1) gets also broken, yielding a pseudo-Nambu-Goldstone boson with mass suppression controlled by N. In the second case a global U(1) remains unbroken...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731682/cold-adaptation-of-triosephosphate-isomerase
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Johan Åqvist
The main problem for enzymes from psychrophilic species, that need to work near the freezing point of liquid water, is the exponential decay of reaction rates as the temperature is lowered. Cold-adapted enzymes have solved this problem by shifting the activation enthalpy-entropy balance for the catalyzed reaction compared to their mesophilic orthologs. To understand the structural basis of this universal feature it is necessary to examine pairs of such orthologous enzymes, with known 3D structures, at the microscopic level...
July 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731638/factors-influencing-hospital-foodservice-staff-s-capacity-to-deliver-a-nutrition-intervention
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Jorja Collins, Catherine E Huggins, Judi Porter, Claire Palermo
AIM: Implementation of an intervention can result in a discrepancy between what was planned and what is delivered, affecting outcomes for recipients. The aim was to explore, from the perspective of hospital foodservice staff, their experiences delivering a nutrition intervention and the barriers and enablers to its implementation. METHODS: A process evaluation of a pilot study was undertaken using qualitative description. A purposive sample (n = 15) of hospital foodservice supervisors and foodservice assistants responsible for delivering a higher energy menu to hospital patients participated in focus groups and semistructured interviews...
April 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731582/episodic-foresight-beyond-the-very-next-event-in-3-and-4-year-old-children
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Hannah Boden, Lisa G Labuschagne, Ashley E Hinten, Damian Scarf
Testing episodic foresight in children generally involves presenting them with a problem in one location (e.g., Room A) and, after a spending a delay in a different location, telling them they will be returning to Room A. Before they go, children are presented with a number of items, one of which will allow them to solve the problem in Room A. At around 3 to 4 years of age children display episodic foresight, selecting the item that will allow them to solve the problem. To date, however, no study has assessed whether 3- and 4-year-old children can plan beyond the very next event, selecting the correct item when there is a delay before returning to Room A...
July 21, 2017: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731323/analyzing-liposomal-drug-delivery-systems-in-three-dimensional-cell-culture-models-using-maldi-imaging-mass-spectrometry
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Jessica K Lukowski, Eric M Weaver, Amanda B Hummon
Cancer chemotherapeutics often fail to reach all diseased cells. To help solve this problem, researchers are investigating novel drug delivery systems. Liposomes are an attractive option due to their low toxicity, high biocompatibility, and potential to carry a large amount of a drug to the tumor site, all while avoiding being eliminated from the body. This study evaluates the penetration of doxorubicin-encased liposomes into three-dimensional cell cultures, or spheroids. Liposomes composed of lipids containing head groups of phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), and cholesterol were created by extrusion...
July 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731305/the-role-of-lead-ii-in-nucleic-acids
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Joana Palou-Mir, Miquel Barceló-Oliver, Roland K O Sigel
Although lead(II) is naturally not associated with nucleic acids, this metal ions has been applied with DNA and RNA in various contexts. Pb2+ is an excellent hydrolytic metal ion for nucleic acids, which is why it is mainly used as probing agent for secondary structure and to determine metal ion binding sites both in vitro and in vivo. A further application of lead(II) is in structural studies, i.e., NMR, but also in X-ray crystallography, mostly using this heavy metal to solve the phase problem in the latter method...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730911/important-learning-factors-in-high-and-low-achieving-students-in-undergraduate-biomechanics
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ChengTu Hsieh, Duane Knudson
The purpose of the present study was to document crucial factors associated with students' learning of biomechanical concepts, particularly between high- and-low achieving students. Students (N = 113) from three introductory biomechanics classes at two public universities volunteered for the study. Two measures of students' learning were obtained, final course grade and improvement on the Biomechanics Concept Inventory version 3 administered before and after the course. Participants also completed a 15-item questionnaire documenting student learning characteristics, effort, and confidence...
July 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730791/a-mathematical-optimization-model-for-efficient-assignment-of-inpatients-in-an-oncology-center-in-china
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Ming Lv, Bo Kou, Zhi-Li Zhou, Wen-Bo He
This paper addresses a problem for assignment of chemo-receiving inpatients in an oncology care center, which has not been addressed in the literature. Chemotherapy is regarded as one of the most effective treatments for cancer. In recent years, as cancer incidence increased, the number of patients admitted to a cancer treatment center has also been rising. How to balance the workload of medical service resources by planning admission of patients has become an essential problem that must be given consideration by policy- makers...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729927/fatigue-and-cognition-pupillary-responses-to-problem-solving-in-early-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Sigrid A de Rodez Benavent, Gro O Nygaard, Hanne F Harbo, Siren Tønnesen, Piotr Sowa, Nils I Landrø, Marte Wendel-Haga, Lars Etholm, Kristian B Nilsen, Liv Drolsum, Emilia Kerty, Elisabeth G Celius, Bruno Laeng
INTRODUCTION: In early multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, cognitive changes and fatigue are frequent and troublesome symptoms, probably related to both structural and functional brain changes. Whether there is a common cause of these symptoms in MS is unknown. In theory, an altered regulation of central neuropeptides can lead to changes in regulation of autonomic function, cognitive difficulties, and fatigue. Direct measurements of central neuropeptides are difficult to perform, but measurements of the eye pupil can be used as a reliable proxy of function...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729805/dental-treatment-considerations-for-a-pediatric-patient-with-incontinentia-pigmenti-bloch-sulzberger-syndrome
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Amy Yi-Ling Chen, Kevin Chen
Incontinentia pigmenti (IP) is a uncommon gene disorder, heritage with X-linked dominant mode. IP patients have a characteristic dentition varying from marked hypodontia to delayed eruption and conical crowns on both dentitions. A 5½-year-old girl, whose mother and younger sister were also diagnosed with IP, has the whirling-like pigmented skin lesion over her trunk and four extremities. Four primary teeth and multiple permanent tooth germs were found to be congenital missing. Dental considerations of further treatment were discussed with her parents including the preservation of primary molars, possible interim prosthesis in mixed or permanent dentition, full mouth rehabilitation with orthodontic and prosthodontic combined treatment, and implant therapy in adulthood...
April 2017: European Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728979/ploc-mvirus-predict-subcellular-localization-of-multi-location-virus-proteins-via-incorporating-the-optimal-go-information-into-general-pseaac
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Xiang Cheng, Xuan Xiao, Kuo-Chen Chou
Knowledge of subcellular locations of proteins is crucially important for in-depth understanding their functions in a cell. With the explosive growth of protein sequences generated in the postgenomic age, it is highly demanded to develop computational tools for timely annotating their subcellular locations based on the sequence information alone. The current study is focused on virus proteins. Although considerable efforts have been made in this regard, the problem is far from being solved yet. Most existing methods can be used to deal with single-location proteins only...
July 17, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727566/model-free-adaptive-control-for-unknown-nonlinear-zero-sum-differential-game
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Xiangnan Zhong, Haibo He, Ding Wang, Zhen Ni
In this paper, we present a new model-free globalized dual heuristic dynamic programming (GDHP) approach for the discrete-time nonlinear zero-sum game problems. First, the online learning algorithm is proposed based on the GDHP method to solve the Hamilton-Jacobi-Isaacs equation associated with H∞ optimal regulation control problem. By setting backward one step of the definition of performance index, the requirement of system dynamics, or an identifier is relaxed in the proposed method. Then, three neural networks are established to approximate the optimal saddle point feedback control law, the disturbance law, and the performance index, respectively...
July 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727552/nonparametric-joint-shape-and-feature-priors-for-image-segmentation
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Ertunc Erdil, M Usman Ghani, Lavdie Rada, A Ozgur Argunsah, Devrim Unay, Tolga Tasdizen, Mujdat Cetin
In many image segmentation problems involving limited and low-quality data, employing statistical prior information about the shapes of the objects to be segmented can significantly improve the segmentation result. However, defining probability densities in the space of shapes is an open and challenging problem, especially if the object to be segmented comes from a shape density involving multiple modes (classes). Existing techniques in the literature estimate the underlying shape distribution by extending Parzen density estimator to the space of shapes...
July 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727134/biological-markers-with-potential-clinical-value-in-endometrial-cancer-review-of-the-literature
#17
Nadia Taoussi, Ali Alghamdi, Konrad Futyma, Tomasz Rechberger
Endometrial carcinoma (EC) is the most common malignancy of the female genital tract encountered in western countries, making it the fourth most common cancer in women. The incidence of uterine cancer is on the rise throughout the developed world where diagnosis is increasingly observed among younger patients. With regard to this, attention has been focused on conducting more studies to achieve a better understanding of the molecular genetics related to endometrial carcinogenesis. Over the years, EC has been classified into two broad histopathological subtypes based on the mechanism of development, and we can therefore observe specific biomarkers related to the respective subtype...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726593/validation-and-normalization-of-the-tower-of-london-drexel-university-test-2nd-edition-in-an-adult-population-with-intellectual-disability
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Javier García-Alba, Susanna Esteba-Castillo, Miguel Ángel Castellanos López, Emili Rodríguez Hidalgo, Nuria Ribas Vidal, Fernando Moldenhauer Díaz, Ramón Novell-Alsina
Despite how important it is to assess executive functioning in persons with Intellectual Disability (ID), instruments adapted and validated for this population are scarce. This study's primary goal was to find evidence for the validity of the ID version of the Tower of London (TOLDXtm) test in persons with mild (IDMi) and moderate (IDMo) levels of ID with Down Syndrome (DS). A multicenter study was carried out. Subjects (n = 63, ≥ 39 years old) had DS with mild (n = 39) or moderate ID (n = 24) with no minor neurocognitive disorder or Alzheimer's disease...
July 20, 2017: Spanish Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726213/how-mechanisms-explain-interfield-cooperation-biological-chemical-study-of-plant-growth-hormones-in-utrecht-and-pasadena-1930-1938
#19
Caterina Schürch
This article examines to what extent a particular case of cross-disciplinary research in the 1930s was structured by mechanistic reasoning. For this purpose, it identifies the interfield theories that allowed biologists and chemists to use each other's techniques and findings, and that provided the basis for the experiments performed to identify plant growth hormones and to learn more about their role in the mechanism of plant growth. In 1930, chemists and biologists in Utrecht and Pasadena began to cooperatively study plant growth...
September 2017: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726090/flavoprotein-minisog-bret-induced-cytotoxicity-depends-on-its-intracellular-localization
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E I Shramova, G M Proshkina, S M Deyev, R V Petrov
It is proposed to use the bioluminescent resonance energy transfer to solve the problem of creating the internal light sources in photodynamic therapy of cancer. Energy donor in the developed system is the oxidized form of the luciferase NanoLuc substrate furimamide, and acceptor is the phototoxic fluorescent protein miniSOG. It is shown that, in the proposed system, the photoinduced cytotoxicity of flavoprotein miniSOG in vitro depends on the intracellular localization, and the cytotoxic effect is 48% for the cytoplasmic localization of the fusion protein, 65% for the mitochondrial localization, and 69% for the membrane localization...
May 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
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