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Helen Peters, Kate Francis, Kate Harding, Pat A Tookey, Claire Thorne
OBJECTIVES: To describe the use and outcomes of operative delivery and invasive procedures in pregnancy amongst women living with HIV. STUDY DESIGN: The National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood (NSHPC) is a comprehensive population-based surveillance study in the UK and Ireland. The NSHPC has collected data on operative delivery since 2008, and invasive procedures in pregnancy (amniocentesis, cordocentesis, chorionic villus sampling) from 2012. Descriptive analyses were conducted on 278 pregnancies expected to deliver from 1 January 2008 with outcome reported to the NSHPC by 31 March 2016...
December 24, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Behzad Nazer, Mohammad Reza Dehghani, Bahram Goliaei
Extraction of plasmid DNA (pDNA) from an alkaline bacterial cell lysate has been investigated using partitioning and affinity partitioning in aqueous two-phase systems (ATPSs) containing 12% (w/w) polyethylene glycol and 12% (w/w) sodium sulfate. In this work, a modified 20bp pyrimidine oligonucleotide acting as a triplex-forming oligonucleotide (TFO) was employed as an affinity ligand to improve the partition behavior. The pUC118 plasmid was chosen to be extracted because of its specific oligonucleotide recognition sequence...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Manoj K Shah, Gladys Asa, Julie Sherwood, Kari Graber, Teresa M Bergholz
Low moisture foods such as nuts, spices, and seeds have been implicated in several outbreaks due to Salmonella or E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Such foods may be consumed raw, and can be used as ingredients in other food products. While numerous thermal inactivation studies have been conducted for Salmonella on nuts, studies on other seeds and grains are minimal. Product water activity can influence the thermal resistance of pathogens, where thermal resistance increases as water activity decreases, leading to a requirement for higher temperatures and longer exposure times to achieve significant reduction of pathogen numbers...
January 6, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Edison GilPavas, Izabela Dobrosz-Gómez, Miguel Ángel Gómez-García
In this study, the industrial textile wastewater was treated using a chemical-based technique (coagulation-flocculation, C-F) sequential with an advanced oxidation process (AOP: Fenton or Photo-Fenton). During the C-F, Al2(SO4)3 was used as coagulant and its optimal dose was determined using the jar test. The following operational conditions of C-F, maximizing the organic matter removal, were determined: 700 mg/L of Al2(SO4)3 at pH = 9.96. Thus, the C-F allowed to remove 98% of turbidity, 48% of Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), and let to increase in the BOD5/COD ratio from 0...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
J Mal, Y V Nancharaiah, E D van Hullebusch, P N L Lens
Wastewaters contaminated by both selenium and ammonium need to be treated prior to discharge into natural water bodies, but there are no studies on the simultaneous removal of selenium and ammonium. A sequencing batch reactor (SBR) was inoculated with activated sludge and operated for 90days. The highest ammonium removal efficiency achieved was 98%, while the total nitrogen removal was 75%. Nearly a complete chemical oxygen demand removal efficiency was attained after 16days of operation, whereas complete selenate removal was achieved only after 66days...
January 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Mamatemin Tohti, Junyang Li, Chao Tang, Guodao Wen, Abdukeyum Abdujilil, Parhat Yizim, Chiyuan Ma
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate whether the serum Anterior Gradient-2 (AGR2) can be used as a potential biomarker screening in the diagnosis of Pituitary adenomas(PAs). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The serum AGR2 protein levels were preoperatively measured in 163 PA patients, 43 patients with other sellar lesions excluding PAs, 7 patients with prostate cancer as a positive control and 20 normal people(10 female and 10 male) using Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA)...
January 9, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Oliver G McDonald, Xin Li, Tyler Saunders, Rakel Tryggvadottir, Samantha J Mentch, Marc O Warmoes, Anna E Word, Alessandro Carrer, Tal H Salz, Sonoko Natsume, Kimberly M Stauffer, Alvin Makohon-Moore, Yi Zhong, Hao Wu, Kathryn E Wellen, Jason W Locasale, Christine A Iacobuzio-Donahue, Andrew P Feinberg
During the progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), heterogeneous subclonal populations emerge that drive primary tumor growth, regional spread, distant metastasis, and patient death. However, the genetics of metastases largely reflects that of the primary tumor in untreated patients, and PDAC driver mutations are shared by all subclones. This raises the possibility that an epigenetic process might operate during metastasis. Here we report large-scale reprogramming of chromatin modifications during the natural evolution of distant metastasis...
January 16, 2017: Nature Genetics
Marco Prinz, Josef Priller
The CNS is protected by the immune system, including cells that reside directly within the CNS and help to ensure proper neural function, as well as cells that traffic into the CNS with disease. The CNS-resident immune system is comprised mainly of innate immune cells and operates under homeostatic conditions. These myeloid cells in the CNS parenchyma and at CNS-periphery interfaces are highly specialized but also extremely plastic cells that immediately react to any changes in CNS homeostasis and become reactive in the context of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease...
January 16, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
Tilo Wuensch, Darius Ferenc Ruether, Caroline Zöllner, Tobias Mueller, Tobias Jung, Magnus Kaffarnik, Ursula Kassner, Eckart Schott, Stephan Kiefer, Johann Pratschke, Martin Stockmann, Maximilian Jara
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a frequent complication of cirrhosis, characterized by cognitive deficits that negatively impact patients' quality of life. The mild, minimal hepatic encephalopathy (mHE) can only be detected by psychometric tests and early mHE detection can prevent more severe complications or even survival times. Here, we aimed to investigate the feasibility and validity of the novel-developed electronic number connection test (eNCT), which is designed as a fast and easy-to-perform mHE patient self-test...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Bahaa Ghammraoui, Lucretiu M Popescu
We investigate the use of energy dispersive x-ray coherent scatter computed tomography (ED-CSCT) as a non-invasive diagnostic method to differentiate between type I and type II breast calcifications. This approach is sensitive to the differences of composition and internal crystal structure of different types of microcalcifications. The study is carried out by simulating a CSCT system with a scanning pencil beam, considering a polychromatic x-ray source and an energy-resolving photon counting detector. In a first step, the multidimensional angle and energy distributed CSCT data is reduced to the projection-space distributions of only a few components, corresponding to the expected target composition: adipose, glandular tissue, weddellite (calcium oxalate) for type I calcifications, and hydroxyapatite for type II calcifications...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
J R Panter, H Kusumaatmaja
The fundamental impacts of surface geometry on the stability of wetting states, and the transitions between them are elucidated for square posts and reentrant structures in three dimensions. We identify three principal outcomes of particular importance for future surface design of liquid-repellent surfaces. Firstly, we demonstrate and quantify how capillary condensation and vapour cavitation affect wetting state stabilities. At high contact angles, cavitation is enhanced about wide, closely-spaced square posts, leading to the existence of suspended states without an associated collapsed state...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Lorenzo Livi, Filippo Maria Bianchi, Cesare Alippi
It is a widely accepted fact that the computational capability of recurrent neural networks (RNNs) is maximized on the so-called "edge of criticality." Once the network operates in this configuration, it performs efficiently on a specific application both in terms of: 1) low prediction error and 2) high short-term memory capacity. Since the behavior of recurrent networks is strongly influenced by the particular input signal driving the dynamics, a universal, application-independent method for determining the edge of criticality is still missing...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Elliot Greenwald, Christoph Maier, Qihong Wang, Robert Beaulieu, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Gert Cauwenberghs, Nitish Thakor
An 8-channel current steerable, multi-phasic neural stimulator with on-chip current DAC calibration and residue nulling for precise charge balancing is presented. Each channel consists of two sub-binary radix DACs followed by wide-swing, high output impedance current buffers providing time-multiplexed source and sink outputs for anodic and cathodic stimulation. A single integrator is shared among channels and serves to calibrate DAC coefficients and to closely match the anodic and cathodic stimulation phases...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
Fabrizio Patane, Stefano Rossi, Fausto Del Sette, Juri Taborri, Paolo Cappa
This paper presents the modular design and control of a novel compliant lower limb multi-joint exoskeleton for the rehabilitation of ankle knee mobility and locomotion of pediatric patients with neurological diseases, such as Cerebral Palsy (CP). The device consists of an untethered powered knee-ankle-foot orthosis (KAFO), addressed as WAKE-up (Wearable Ankle Knee Exoskeleton), characterized by a position control and capable of operating synchronously and synergistically with the human musculoskeletal system...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Jiansheng Chen, Zhengqin Li, Bo Huang
In this paper, we present a superpixel segmentation algorithm called linear spectral clustering (LSC), which is capable of producing superpixels with both high boundary adherence and visual compactness for natural images with low computational costs. In LSC, a normalized cuts based formulation of image segmentation is adopted using a distance metric that measures both the color similarity and the space proximity between image pixels. However, rather than directly using the traditional eigen-based algorithm, we approximate the similarity metric through a deliberately designed kernel function such that pixel values can be explicitly mapped to a high-dimensional feature space...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
Miguel Arevalillo-Herraez, Maximo Cobos, Miguel Garcia Pineda
In this paper, we present an effective algorithm to reduce the number of wraps in a two-dimensional (2-D) phase signal provided as input. The technique is based on an accurate estimate of the fundamental frequency of a 2-D complex signal with the phase given by the input, and the removal of a dependent additive term from the phase map. Unlike existing methods based on the Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT), the frequency is computed by using noise-robust estimates that are not restricted to integer values. Then, to deal with the problem of a non-integer shift in the frequency domain, an equivalent operation is carried out on the original phase signal...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
Kamyar Firouzi, Butrus Khuri-Yakub
This paper presents the theory of the k-space method generalized to model elastic wave propagation in heterogeneous anisotropic media. The k-space methods are promising time integration techniques giving, in conjunction with collocation spectral methods, accurate and efficient numerical schemes for problems in heterogeneous media. In this study, the k-space operator is derived in a spatially continuous form using the Fourier analysis of the displacement formalism of elastodynamics. An efficient numerical algorithm is then constructed by applying a Fourier collocation spectral method, leading to define the discrete k-space scheme...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Charlotte Constans, Thomas Deffieux, Pierre Pouget, Mickael Tanter, Jean-Francois Aubry
Low intensity transcranial focused ultrasound has been demonstrated to produce neuromodulation in both animals and humans. Primarily for technical reasons, frequency is one of the most poorly investigated critical wave parameters. We propose the use of a quadri-band transducer capable of operating at 200, 320, 850 and 1380 kHz for further investigation of the frequency dependence of neuromodulation efficacy while keeping the position of the transducer fixed with respect to the subject's head. This paper presents the results of the transducer calibration in water, in vitro transmission measurements through a monkey skull flap, 3D simulations based on both a μCT-scan of a rat and on CT-scans of 2 macaques...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Yinran Chen, Ling Tong, Alejandra Ortega, Jianwen Luo, Jan D'hooge
Today's three-dimensional (3-D) cardiac ultrasound imaging systems suffer from relatively low spatial and temporal resolution, limiting their applicability in daily clinical practice. To address this problem, 3-D diverging wave imaging with spatial coherent compounding (DWC) as well as 3-D multi-line-transmit (MLT) imaging have recently been proposed. Currently, the former improves the temporal resolution significantly at the expense of image quality and the risk of introducing motion artifacts whereas the latter only provides a moderate gain in volume rate but mostly preserves quality...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Xiao-Tong Yuan, Qingshan Liu
We introduce a family of Newton-type greedy selection methods for ℓ0-constrained minimization problems. The basic idea is to construct a quadratic function to approximate the original objective function around the current iterate and solve the constructed quadratic program over the cardinality constraint. The next iterate is then estimated via a line search operation between the current iterate and the solution of the sparse quadratic program. This iterative procedure can be interpreted as an extension of the constrained Newton methods from convex minimization to non-convex ℓ0-constrained minimization...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
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