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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149766/numerosity-estimation-benefits-from-transsaccadic-information-integration
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Carolin Hübner, Alexander C Schütz
Humans achieve a stable and homogeneous representation of their visual environment, although visual processing varies across the visual field. Here we investigated the circumstances under which peripheral and foveal information is integrated for numerosity estimation across saccades. We asked our participants to judge the number of black and white dots on a screen. Information was presented either in the periphery before a saccade, in the fovea after a saccade, or in both areas consecutively to measure transsaccadic integration...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149752/hazard-assessment-of-hydraulic-fracturing-chemicals-using-an-indexing-method
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Guangji Hu, Tianyi Liu, James Hager, Kasun Hewage, Rehan Sadiq
The rapid expansion of unconventional natural gas production has triggered considerable public concerns, particularly regarding environmental and human health (EHH) risks posed by various chemical additives used in hydraulic fracturing (HF) operations. There is a need to assess the potential EHH hazards of additives used in real-world HF operations. In this study, HF additive and fracturing fluid data was acquired, and EHH hazards were assessed using an indexing approach. The indexing system analyzed chemical toxicological data of different ingredients contained within additives and produced an aggregated EHH safety index for each additive, along with an indicator describing the completeness of the chemical toxicological data...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149739/removal-of-tio2-nanoparticles-from-water-by-low-pressure-pilot-plant-filtration
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Josune Olabarrieta, Oihane Monzón, Yolanda Belaustegui, Jon-Iñaki Alvarez, Saioa Zorita
Rising use of nanoparticles in manufacturing as well as in commercial products bring issues related to environmental release and human exposure. A large amount of TiO2 nanoparticles will eventually reach wastewater treatment plants. Low pressure membrane filtration has been suggested as a feasible treatment of water streams. This study investigated first at laboratory scale the influence of: i) membrane material, ii) pore size and iii) water chemistry on nTiO2 removal. TiO2 retention was governed by the cake layer formation mechanism and significant retention of nanoparticles was observed even for filters having considerably larger pores than nTiO2...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149725/a-method-for-the-design-of-ultrasonic-devices-for-scanning-acoustic-microscopy-using-impulsive-signals
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Mototaka Arakawa, Hiroshi Kanai, Kazuo Ishikawa, Ryo Nagaoka, Kazuto Kobayashi, Yoshifumi Saijo
Scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM) using impulsive signals is useful for characterization of biological tissues and cells. The operating center frequency of an ultrasonic device strongly depends on the performance characteristics of the device if the measurement is conducted by using impulsive signals. In this paper, a method for the design of ultrasonic devices for SAM using impulsive signals was developed. A new plane-wave model was introduced to calculate frequency characteristics of loss of ultrasonic devices by taking into account the conversion loss at the ultrasonic transducer, the transmission loss at the acoustic anti-reflection coating, and the propagation loss in the couplant...
November 2, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149722/effects-of-middle-ear-quasi-static-stiffness-on-sound-transmission-quantified-by-a-novel-3-axis-optical-force-sensor
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Ivo Dobrev, Jae Hoon Sim, Baktash Aqtashi, Alexander M Huber, Thomas Linder, Christof Röösli
BACKGROUND: Intra-operative quantification of the ossicle mobility could provide valuable feedback for the current status of the patient's conductive hearing. However, current methods for evaluation of middle ear mobility are mostly limited to the surgeon's subjective impression through manual palpation of the ossicles. This study investigates how middle ear transfer function is affected by stapes quasi-static stiffness of the ossicular chain. The stiffness of the middle ear is induced by a) using a novel fiber-optic 3-axis force sensor to quantify the quasi-static stiffness of the middle ear, and b) by artificial reduction of stapes mobility due to drying of the middle ear...
November 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149709/performance-and-microbial-communities-in-a-combined-bioelectrochemical-and-sulfur-autotrophic-denitrification-system-at-low-temperature
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Dan Chen, Hongyu Wang, Kai Yang, Fang Ma
Combined bioelectrochemical and sulfur autotrophic denitrification (CBSAD) system had proven to be feasible for nitrate removal at low temperature. This system obtained excellent denitrification efficiency 96.55% at 10 ± 2 °C long term operation. Nitrate removal efficiency presented increased tendency with applied current increased from 50 to 200 mA and then decreased when the applied current was further increased to 300 mA. The CBSAD system owned the most abundant and rich communities at current 200 mA, and the community structures of the microbial samples at different current conditions were clearly different from each other...
November 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149707/over-expression-of-cyclooxygenase-2-in-increased-reticulated-platelets-leads-to-aspirin-resistance-after-elective-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery
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Xiaoxuan Gong, Xuezhong Wang, Zhuowen Xu, Tiantian Zhu, Qiu Zhang, Jinying Zhang, Xiaowei Wang, Chunjian Li
INTRODUCTION: Aspirin resistance (AR) has been reported to present after coronary artery bypass graft causing saphenous vein graft failure. We aimed to investigate the factors that affect the anti-platelet effect of aspirin after off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (OPCAB). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty OPCAB candidates were successively recruited. Platelet count, platelet aggregation, reticulated platelet (RP), platelets' cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 and COX-2 expressions were determined during the peri-operative period...
November 9, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149685/simultaneous-drug-identification-in-urine-of-sexual-assault-victims-by-using-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Hei Hwa Lee, Suen Chi Chen, Jong Feng Lee, Hsin Yu Lin, Bai Hsiun Chen
According to domestic and international epidemiological investigation, the proportion of substance involved sexual assault has the trend of ascent. In the past, laboratory methods that investigated urine sample of the sexual assault victims was to screen with enzyme immunoassay and then confirmed with mass spectrometry. The objective of the study is to simultaneously identify abused drugs in 126 decoded urine samples of sexual assault victims by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. The instrument was operated in multiple-reaction monitoring with an electro-spray positive ionization mode...
November 11, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149684/combining-benford-s-law-and-machine-learning-to-detect-money-laundering-an-actual-spanish-court-case
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Elena Badal-Valero, José A Alvarez-Jareño, Jose M Pavía
OBJECTIVES: This paper is based on the analysis of the database of operations from a macro-case on money laundering orchestrated between a core company and a group of its suppliers, 26 of which had already been identified by the police as fraudulent companies. In the face of a well-founded suspicion that more companies have perpetrated criminal acts and in order to make better use of what are very limited police resources, we aim to construct a tool to detect money laundering criminals...
November 11, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149674/the-impact-of-operational-strategies-on-the-performance-of-a-photo-ebpr-system
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V C F Carvalho, E B Freitas, P J Silva, J C Fradinho, M A M Reis, A Oehmen
A novel Phototrophic - Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (Photo-EBPR) system, consisting of a consortium of photosynthetic organisms and polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs), was studied in this work. A sequencing batch reactor was fed with a mixture of acetate and propionate (75%-25%) and subjected to dark/light cycles in order to select a photo-EBPR system containing PAOs and photosynthetic organisms, the latter likely providers of oxygen to the system. The results from the selection period (stage 1) showed that the photo-EBPR culture was capable of performing P release in the dark and P uptake in the presence of light, under limited oxygen concentrations...
November 4, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149673/the-feasibility-of-nanofiltration-membrane-bioreactor-nf-mbr-reverse-osmosis-ro-process-for-water-reclamation-comparison-with-ultrafiltration-membrane-bioreactor-uf-mbr-ro-process
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Ming Feng Tay, Chang Liu, Emile R Cornelissen, Bing Wu, Tzyy Haur Chong
This study examines the feasibility of a novel nanofiltration membrane bioreactor (NF-MBR) followed by reverse osmosis (RO) process for water reclamation at 90% recovery and using an ultrafiltration MBR (UF-MBR)+RO as baseline for comparison. Both MBRs adopted the same external hollow fiber membrane configurations and operating conditions. The collected permeates of the MBRs were subsequently fed to the respective RO systems. The results showed that the NF-MBR (operated at a constant flux of 10 L/m(2)h) achieved superior MBR permeate quality due to enhanced biodegradation and high rejection capacity of the NF membrane, leading to lower RO fouling rates (∼3...
November 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149617/decoding-early-and-late-cortical-contributions-to-individuation-of-attended-and-unattended-objects
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Claire K Naughtin, Jason B Mattingley, Angela D Bender, Paul E Dux
To isolate a visual stimulus as a unique object with a specific spatial location and time of occurrence, it is necessary to first register (individuate) the stimulus as a distinct perceptual entity. Recent investigations into the neural substrates of object individuation have suggested it is subserved by a distributed neural network, but previous manipulations of individuation load have introduced extraneous visual confounds, which might have yielded ambiguous findings, particularly in early cortical areas...
November 8, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149500/ep-radiofrequency-generators-significant-offsets-between-selected-and-delivered-power
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Felix Bourier, Bernhard Schwarz, Amir Brkic, Lara Wolf, Verena Semmler, Marc Kottmaier, Elena Risse, Marta Telishevska, Stephanie Brooks, Sarah Lengauer, Marielouise Kornmayer, Katharina Koch-Büttner, Florian Berger, Gabriele Hessling, Isabel Deisenhofer, Tilko Reents
INTRODUCTION: For radiofrequency ablation, the EP Shuttle®, Ampere®, and SmartAblate® generator models are most frequently used in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to assess the correlation between selected and delivered RF power for different generators. METHODS AND RESULTS: In an experimental setup, ablation catheters were connected to the EP Shuttle®, Ampere®, and SmartAblate® generators. The power delivered by the generators was measured using a current converter and an oscilloscope...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149478/hospital-quality-patient-risk-and-medicare-expenditures-for-cancer-surgery
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Sarah P Shubeck, Jyothi R Thumma, Justin B Dimick, Hari Nathan
BACKGROUND: Surgical resection is a cornerstone of curative-intent therapy for patients with solid organ malignancies. With increasing attention paid to the costs of surgical care, there is a new focus on variations in the costs of cancer surgery. This study evaluated the potential interactive effect of hospital quality and patient risk on expenditures for cancer resections. METHODS: With 100% Medicare claim data for 2010-2013, patients aged 65 to 99 years who had undergone cancer resection were identified...
November 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149471/polyaniline-derived-n-doped-carbon-coated-cobalt-phosphide-nanoparticles-deposited-on-n-doped-graphene-as-an-efficient-electrocatalyst-for-hydrogen-evolution-reaction
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Jingwen Ma, Min Wang, Guangyu Lei, Guoliang Zhang, Fengbao Zhang, Wenchao Peng, Xiaobin Fan, Yang Li
The development of highly efficient and durable non-noble metal electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is significant for clean and renewable energy research. This work reports the synthesis of N-doped graphene nanosheets supported N-doped carbon coated cobalt phosphide (CoP) nanoparticles via a pyrolysis and a subsequent phosphating process by using polyaniline. The obtained electrocatalyst exhibits excellent electrochemical activity for HER with a small overpotential of -135 mV at 10 mA cm(-2) and a low Tafel slope of 59...
November 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149469/cuffed-versus-uncuffed-endotracheal-tubes-for-general-anaesthesia-in-children-aged-eight-years-and-under
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Flavia A De Orange, Rebeca Gac Andrade, Andrea Lemos, Paulo Sgn Borges, José N Figueiroa, Pete G Kovatsis
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of endotracheal intubation in paediatrics, uncuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) have been the standard of care for children under eight years old, based on the presumption that complications, particularly postoperative stridor, are higher with cuffed ETTs. The major disadvantages of uncuffed ETTs cited for this shift in procedure include the difficulty in achieving tidal volumes due to leakage around an uncuffed ETT. To seal the airway adequately, uncuffed tubes may need to be exchanged for another tube with a larger diameter, which sometimes requires several attempts before the appropriate size is found...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149464/novel-intra-operative-management-in-the-meld-na-era-continuous-veno-venous-hemofiltration-for-severe-hyponatremia-in-liver-transplantation
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Shunji Nagai, Dilip Moonka, Anita Patel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 17, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149433/predictive-values-of-pulse-pressure-variation-and-stroke-volume-variation-for-fluid-responsiveness-in-patients-with-pneumoperitoneum
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Marko Zlicar, Vesna Novak-Jankovic, Rok Blagus, Maurizio Cecconi
Animal studies suggest that dynamic predictors remain useful in patients with pneumoperitoneum, but human data is conflicting. Our aim was to determine predictive values of pulse pressure variation (PPV) and stroke volume variation (SVV) in patients with pneumoperitoneum using LiDCORapid™ haemodynamic monitor. Standardised fluid challenges of colloid were administered to patients undergoing laparoscopic procedures, one fluid challenge per patient. Intra-abdominal pressure was automatically held at 12 mmHg...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149429/population-analysis-of-predictors-of-difficult-intubation-with-direct-laryngoscopy-in-pediatric-patients-with-and-without-thyroid-disease
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Aalap C Shah, William C K Ng, Sean Sinnott, Joseph P Cravero
PURPOSE: There are no data on the prevalence and predictors of difficult intubation (DI) in pediatric patients with thyroid disease. This study (1) assesses the prevalence of DI in patients with thyroid disease undergoing elective operations, (2) identifies other predictors of DI in children, and (3) evaluates the effect of DI on postoperative care and length-of-stay. METHODS: A single-center retrospective cohort analysis of procedures in patients assigned with an ICD-9 code for thyroid disease between June 2012 and February 2016...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149427/the-impact-of-the-national-bowel-screening-program-in-the-netherlands-on-detection-and-treatment-of-endoscopically-unresectable-benign-polyps
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C C M Marres, C J Buskens, E Schriever, P C M Verbeek, M W Mundt, W A Bemelman, A W H van de Ven
BACKGROUND: In January 2014, a national bowel cancer screening program started in the Netherlands. The program is being implemented in phases until 2019. Due to this program, an increase in patients referred for a colorectal resection for benign, but endoscopically unresectable polyps, is expected. So far, most resections are performed according to oncological principles despite no pre-operative histological diagnosis of malignancy. The aim of this study was to analyze the increase in referred patients during the first year of the screening program and to compare pathological results and clinical outcome of resections of patients undergoing resection for benign polyps before and after implementation of screening...
November 17, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
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