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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102958/sliding-window-prior-data-assisted-compressed-sensing-for-mri-tracking-of-lung-tumors
#1
Eugene Yip, Jihyun Yun, Keith Wachowicz, Zsolt Gabos, Satyapal Rathee, B G Fallone
PURPOSE: Hybrid magnetic resonance imaging and radiation therapy devices are capable of imaging in real-time to track intrafractional lung tumor motion during radiotherapy. Highly accelerated magnetic resonance (MR) imaging methods can potentially reduce system delay time and/or improves imaging spatial resolution, and provide flexibility in imaging parameters. Prior Data Assisted Compressed Sensing (PDACS) has previously been proposed as an acceleration method that combines the advantages of 2D compressed sensing and the KEYHOLE view-sharing technique...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102942/a-platform-independent-method-to-reduce-ct-truncation-artifacts-using-discriminative-dictionary-representations
#2
Yang Chen, Adam Budde, Ke Li, Yinsheng Li, Jiang Hsieh, Guang-Hong Chen
PURPOSE: When the scan field of view (SFOV) of a CT system is not large enough to enclose the entire cross-section of the patient, or the patient needs to be positioned partially outside the SFOV for certain clinical applications, truncation artifacts often appear in the reconstructed CT images. Many truncation artifact correction methods perform extrapolations of the truncated projection data based on certain a priori assumptions. The purpose of this work was to develop a novel CT truncation artifact reduction method that directly operates on DICOM images...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102898/a-composite-autonomic-index-as-unitary-metric-for-heart-rate-variability-a-proof-of-concept
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Roberto Sala, Mara Malacarne, Nadia Solaro, Massimo Pagani, Daniela Lucini
BACKGROUND: This study addresses whether a unitary cardiac autonomic nervous system index (ANSI), obtained combining multiple metrics from Heart Rate Variability (HRV) into a radar plot could provide an easy appreciation of autonomic performance in a clinical setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data are standardized using percentile ranking of autonomic proxies from a relatively large reference population (n= 1593, age 39±13 years). Autonomic indices are obtained from autoregressive spectral analysis of (ECG derived) HRV at rest and during standing up...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102836/preparation-characterization-and-in-vitro-dosimetry-of-dispersed-engineered-nanomaterials
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Glen M DeLoid, Joel M Cohen, Georgios Pyrgiotakis, Philip Demokritou
Evidence continues to grow of the importance of in vitro and in vivo dosimetry in the hazard assessment and ranking of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs). Accurate dose metrics are particularly important for in vitro cellular screening to assess the potential health risks or bioactivity of ENMs. To ensure meaningful and reproducible quantification of in vitro dose, with consistent measurement and reporting between laboratories, it is necessary to adopt standardized and integrated methodologies for (i) generation of stable ENM suspensions in cell culture media; (ii) colloidal characterization of suspended ENMs, particularly of properties that determine particle kinetics in an in vitro system (size distribution and formed agglomerate effective density); and (iii) robust numerical fate and transport modeling for accurate determination of the ENM dose delivered to cells over the course of the in vitro exposure...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102827/a-low-cost-scalable-current-sensing-digital-headstage-for-high-channel-count-%C3%A2%C2%B5ecog
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Michael Trumpis, Michele Insanally, Jialin Zou, Ashraf ElSharif, Ali Ghomashchi, N Sertac Artan, Robert Froemke, Jonathan Viventi
OBJECTIVE: High channel count electrode arrays allow for the monitoring of large-scale neural activity at high spatial resolution. Implantable arrays featuring many recording sites require compact, high bandwidth front-end electronics. In the present study, we investigated the use of a small, light weight, and low cost digital current-sensing integrated circuit for acquiring cortical surface signals from a 61-channel micro-electrocorticographic (��ECoG) array. APPROACH: We recorded both acute and chronic ��ECoG signal from rat auditory cortex using our novel digital current-sensing headstage...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102529/recovery-from-chemotherapy-induced-white-matter-changes-in-young-breast-cancer-survivors
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Thibo Billiet, Louise Emsell, Mathieu Vandenbulcke, Ronald Peeters, Daan Christiaens, Alexander Leemans, Wim Van Hecke, Ann Smeets, Frederic Amant, Stefan Sunaert, Sabine Deprez
In a previous longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) study, we observed cerebral white matter (WM) alterations (reduced fractional anisotropy (FA)) related to decreased cognitive performance 3-5 months after chemotherapy-treatment (t2) when compared to baseline (t1) (Deprez et al. in Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 30(3), 274-281. doi:10.1200/JCO.2011.36.8571, 2012). The current study investigates the evolution and the nature of these previously observed microstructural changes...
January 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101968/defined-daily-doses-ddd-do-not-accurately-reflect-opioid-doses-used-in-contemporary-chronic-pain-treatment
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Suzanne Nielsen, Natasa Gisev, Raimondo Bruno, Wayne Hall, Milton Cohen, Briony Larance, Gabrielle Campbell, Marian Shanahan, Fiona Blyth, Nicholas Lintzeris, Sallie Pearson, Richard Mattick, Louisa Degenhardt
OBJECTIVE: To assess how well the defined daily dose (DDD) metric reflects opioid utilisation among chronic non-cancer pain patients. DESIGN: Descriptive, cross-sectional study, utilising a 7-day medication diary. SETTING: Community-based treatment settings, Australia. SUBJECTS: A sample of 1101 people prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. METHODS: Opioid dose data was collected via a self-completed 7-day medication diary capturing names, strengths and doses of each medication taken in the past week...
January 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101729/air-pollution-and-successful-aging-recent-evidence-and-new-perspectives
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REVIEW
Gali Cohen, Yariv Gerber
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Worldwide demographic changes occurring in a relatively short period have led to a growing interest in the determinants of aging "successfully" and how to promote a healthier old age. As environmental exposures such as ambient air pollution are believed to play a role in the process of aging, they might represent one of the pathways turning potential successful agers to unsuccessful agers. We aimed to critically review the current epidemiological evidence of the associations between chronic exposure to ambient air pollution and several key determinants of unsuccessful aging and to identify specific populations of unsuccessful agers that are potentially more vulnerable to air pollution's health effects...
January 18, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101703/differences-in-cortical-sources-of-the-event-related-p3-potential-between-young-and-old-participants-indicate-frontal-compensation
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R van Dinteren, R J Huster, M L A Jongsma, R P C Kessels, M Arns
The event-related P3 potential, as elicited in auditory signal detection tasks, originates from neural activity of multiple cortical structures and presumably reflects an overlap of several cognitive processes. The fact that the P3 is affected by aging makes it a potential metric for age-related cognitive change. The P3 in older participants is thought to encompass frontal compensatory activity in addition to task-related processes. The current study investigates this by decomposing the P3 using group independent component analysis (ICA)...
January 18, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101632/a-discrete-time-model-for-population-persistence-in-habitats-with-time-varying-sizes
#10
Ying Zhou, William F Fagan
In this paper, we use periodic and stochastic integrodifference models to study the persistence of a single-species population in a habitat with temporally varying sizes. We extend a persistence metric for integral operators on bounded domains to that of integral operators on unbounded domains. Using this metric in the periodic model, we present new perspectives of the critical habitat size problem in the case of dynamically changing habitat sizes. Specifically, we extend the concept of critical habitat size to that of lower minimal limit size in a period-2 scenario, and prove the existence of the lower minimal limit size...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101398/wide-field-retinal-optical-coherence-tomography-with-wavefront-sensorless-adaptive-optics-for-enhanced-imaging-of-targeted-regions
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James Polans, Brenton Keller, Oscar M Carrasco-Zevallos, Francesco LaRocca, Elijah Cole, Heather E Whitson, Eleonora M Lad, Sina Farsiu, Joseph A Izatt
The peripheral retina of the human eye offers a unique opportunity for assessment and monitoring of ocular diseases. We have developed a novel wide-field (>70°) optical coherence tomography system (WF-OCT) equipped with wavefront sensorless adaptive optics (WSAO) for enhancing the visualization of smaller (<25°) targeted regions in the peripheral retina. We iterated the WSAO algorithm at the speed of individual OCT B-scans (~20 ms) by using raw spectral interferograms to calculate the optimization metric...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100723/a-respiratory-gated-micro-ct-comparison-of-respiratory-patterns-in-free-breathing-and-mechanically-ventilated-rats
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Nancy L Ford, Lynda McCaig, Andrew Jeklin, James F Lewis, Ruud A W Veldhuizen, David W Holdsworth, Maria Drangova
In this study, we aim to quantify the differences in lung metrics measured in free-breathing and mechanically ventilated rodents using respiratory-gated micro-computed tomography. Healthy male Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized with ketamine/xylazine and scanned with a retrospective respiratory gating protocol on a GE Locus Ultra micro-CT scanner. Each animal was scanned while free-breathing, then intubated and mechanically ventilated (MV) and rescanned with a standard ventilation protocol (56 bpm, 8 mL/kg and PEEP of 5 cm H2O) and again with a ventilation protocol that approximates the free-breathing parameters (88 bpm, 2...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100633/automated-mitotic-spindle-tracking-suggests-a-link-between-spindle-dynamics-spindle-orientation-and-anaphase-onset-in-epithelial-cells
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Matthew Larson, William Bement
Proper spindle positioning at anaphase onset is essential for normal tissue organization and function. Here we develop automated spindle tracking software and apply it to characterize mitotic spindle dynamics in the Xenopus laevis embryonic epithelium. We find that metaphase spindles first undergo a sustained rotation that brings them on-axis with their final orientation. This sustained rotation is followed by a set of striking, stereotyped rotational oscillations that bring the spindle into near contact with the cortex and then move it rapidly away from the cortex...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100479/evidence-of-central-sensitisation-in-those-with-dry-eye-symptoms-and-neuropathic-like-ocular-pain-complaints-incomplete-response-to-topical-anaesthesia-and-generalised-heightened-sensitivity-to-evoked-pain
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Ashley M Crane, William Feuer, Elizabeth R Felix, Roy C Levitt, Allison L McClellan, Konstantinos D Sarantopoulos, Anat Galor
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate how closely neuropathic-like ocular pain (NOP) symptoms align with a metric of central sensitisation (ie, the presence of persistent ocular pain after topical anaesthetic placement) in individuals with dry eye (DE) symptoms. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of 224 individuals with DE symptoms seen in the Miami Veterans Affairs eye clinic. An evaluation was performed consisting of questionnaires regarding DE symptoms, NOP descriptors and evoked pain sensitivity testing on the forehead and forearm, followed by a comprehensive ocular surface examination including corneal mechanical sensitivity testing...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100255/early-life-exposure-to-air-pollution-and-greater-use-of-academic-support-services-in-childhood-a-population-based-cohort-study-of-urban-children
#15
Jeanette A Stingone, Katharine H McVeigh, Luz Claudio
BACKGROUND: There is a growing literature showing associations between prenatal and early-life exposure to air pollution and children's neurodevelopment. However, it is unclear if decrements in neurodevelopment observed in epidemiologic research translate into observable functional outcomes in the broader pediatric population. The objective of this study was to examine the association between early-life exposures to common urban air toxics and the use of academic support services, such as early intervention and special education within a population-based cohort of urban children...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098839/continuous-glucose-monitoring-enables-the-detection-of-losses-in-infusion-set-actuation-lisas
#16
Daniel P Howsmon, Faye Cameron, Nihat Baysal, Trang T Ly, Gregory P Forlenza, David M Maahs, Bruce A Buckingham, Juergen Hahn, B Wayne Bequette
Reliable continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) enables a variety of advanced technology for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. In addition to artificial pancreas algorithms that use CGM to automate continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), CGM can also inform fault detection algorithms that alert patients to problems in CGM or CSII. Losses in infusion set actuation (LISAs) can adversely affect clinical outcomes, resulting in hyperglycemia due to impaired insulin delivery. Prolonged hyperglycemia may lead to diabetic ketoacidosis-a serious metabolic complication in type 1 diabetes...
January 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098818/a-study-on-coexistence-capability-evaluations-of-the-enhanced-channel-hopping-mechanism-in-wbans
#17
Zhongcheng Wei, Yongmei Sun, Yuefeng Ji
As an important coexistence technology, channel hopping can reduce the interference among Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). However, it simultaneously brings some issues, such as energy waste, long latency and communication interruptions, etc. In this paper, we propose an enhanced channel hopping mechanism that allows multiple WBANs coexisted in the same channel. In order to evaluate the coexistence performance, some critical metrics are designed to reflect the possibility of channel conflict. Furthermore, by taking the queuing and non-queuing behaviors into consideration, we present a set of analysis approaches to evaluate the coexistence capability...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098155/the-geometric-nature-of-weights-in-real-complex-networks
#18
Antoine Allard, M Ángeles Serrano, Guillermo García-Pérez, Marián Boguñá
The topology of many real complex networks has been conjectured to be embedded in hidden metric spaces, where distances between nodes encode their likelihood of being connected. Besides of providing a natural geometrical interpretation of their complex topologies, this hypothesis yields the recipe for sustainable Internet's routing protocols, sheds light on the hierarchical organization of biochemical pathways in cells, and allows for a rich characterization of the evolution of international trade. Here we present empirical evidence that this geometric interpretation also applies to the weighted organization of real complex networks...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097711/pharmacists-perceptions-of-pay-for-performance-versus-fee-for-service-remuneration-for-the-management-of-hypertension-through-pharmacist-prescribing
#19
Meagen M Rosenthal, Nimisha Desai, Sherilyn K D Houle
OBJECTIVES: As pharmacists expand their roles as patient care providers, remuneration must be offered for patient care activities apart from dispensing. Most jurisdictions paying for such services utilize the fee-for-service (FFS) model, while little is known about the role of pay for performance (P4P) within the pharmacy profession. This study aimed to elicit the experience of pharmacists practicing under both models within the Alberta Clinical Trial in Optimizing Hypertension (RxACTION) study in Alberta, Canada...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097710/comparative-evaluation-of-label-free-quantification-methods-for-shotgun-proteomics
#20
Julia A Bubis, Lev I Levitsky, Mark V Ivanov, Irina A Tarasova, Mikhail V Gorshkov
RATIONALE: Label-free quantification (LFQ) is a popular strategy for shotgun proteomics. A variety of LFQ algorithms have been developed recently. However, a comprehensive comparison of the most commonly used LFQ methods is still rare, in part due to a lack of clear metrics for their evaluation and an annotated and quantitatively well-characterized data set. METHODS: Five LFQ methods were compared: spectral counting based algorithms SIN , emPAI, and NSAF, and approaches relying on the extracted ion chromatogram (XIC) intensities, MaxLFQ and Quanti...
January 18, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
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