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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341628/species-richness-and-endemism-in-the-native-flora-of-california
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Bruce G Baldwin, Andrew H Thornhill, William A Freyman, David D Ackerly, Matthew M Kling, Naia Morueta-Holme, Brent D Mishler
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: California's vascular flora is the most diverse and threatened in temperate North America. Previous studies of spatial patterns of Californian plant diversity have been limited by traditional metrics, non-uniform geographic units, and distributional data derived from floristic descriptions for only a subset of species. METHODS: We revisited patterns of sampling intensity, species richness, and relative endemism in California based on equal-area spatial units, the full vascular flora, and specimen-based distributional data...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341281/uncemented-metal-backed-tantalum-patellar-components-in-total-knee-arthroplasty-have-a-high-fracture-rate-at-midterm-follow-up
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Jeremy Y Chan, Nicholas J Giori
BACKGROUND: There is interest in uncemented total knee arthroplasty due to the hope for long-term biologic fixation, but limited data are available regarding uncemented tantalum patellar components. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the radiographic outcomes of uncemented tantalum patellar implants at midterm follow-up. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed a consecutive series of 30 knees in 29 patients who underwent cementless total knee arthroplasty with an uncemented metal-backed tantalum patella between September 2006 and April 2009...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332322/design-of-character-based-dna-barcode-motif-for-species-identification-a-computational-approach-and-its-validation-in-fishes
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Mohua Chakraborty, Bishal Dhar, Sankar Kumar Ghosh
The DNA barcodes are generally interpreted using distance-based and character-based methods. The former uses clustering of comparable groups, based on the relative genetic distance, while the latter is based on the presence or absence of discrete nucleotide substitutions. The distance-based approach has a limitation in defining a universal species boundary across the taxa since the rate of mtDNA evolution is not constant throughout the taxa. However, character-based approach more accurately defines this using a unique set of nucleotide characters...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324185/diameters-and-bone-thickness-at-the-margin-of-the-foramen-magnum-in-dry-skulls-from-pediatric-population-a-cross-sectional-anatomical-study
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Marina Raguz, Pero Hrabac, Dora Sedmak, Miroslav Gjurasin, Natasa Kovacic
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to estimate the size and bone thickness at the margin of the foramen magnum in a pediatric population. METHODS: Sixty occipital bone specimens from the collection of macerated skulls at the Department of Anatomy, University of Zagreb, were examined and measured using a vernier scale/caliper. For the purpose of analysis, specimens were divided into two age groups: 1-6 years and 7-18 years of age (before and after the fusion of ossification centers in the occipital bone)...
March 21, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324122/mr-imaging-differentiation-of-fe-2-and-fe-3-based-on-relaxation-and-magnetic-susceptibility-properties
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Olaf Dietrich, Johannes Levin, Seyed-Ahmad Ahmadi, Annika Plate, Maximilian F Reiser, Kai Bötzel, Armin Giese, Birgit Ertl-Wagner
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the MR imaging behavior of ferrous (Fe(2+)) and ferric (Fe(3+)) iron ions in order to develop a noninvasive technique to quantitatively differentiate between both forms of iron. METHODS: MRI was performed at 3 T in a phantom consisting of 21 samples with different concentrations of ferrous and ferric chloride solutions (between 0 and 10 mmol/L). A multi-echo spoiled gradient-echo pulse sequence with eight echoes was used for both T 2* and quantitative susceptibility measurements...
March 21, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323993/bisphosphonate-treatment-and-the-characteristics-of-femoral-fractures-in-children-with-osteogenesis-imperfecta
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Ilkka Vuorimies, Mervi K Mäyränpää, Helena Valta, Heikki Kröger, Sanna Toiviainen-Salo, Outi Mäkitie
CONTEXT: Bisphosphonates' (BPs) short-term benefits are evident in the treatment of children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) but some concerns related to long-term effects still remain. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the effect of BPs on characteristics of femoral fractures in children with OI. DESIGN AND SETTING: Retrospective cohort study at a university hospital. PATIENTS AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Study included 93 patients with OI...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319133/effects-of-sudden-walking-perturbations-on-neuromuscular-reflex-activity-and-three-dimensional-motion-of-the-trunk-in-healthy-controls-and-back-pain-symptomatic-subjects
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Juliane Mueller, Tilman Engel, Steffen Mueller, Josefine Stoll, Heiner Baur, Frank Mayer
BACKGROUND: Back pain patients (BPP) show delayed muscle onset, increased co-contractions, and variability as response to quasi-static sudden trunk loading in comparison to healthy controls (H). However, it is unclear whether these results can validly be transferred to suddenly applied walking perturbations, an automated but more functional and complex movement pattern. There is an evident need to develop research-based strategies for the rehabilitation of back pain. Therefore, the investigation of differences in trunk stability between H and BPP in functional movements is of primary interest in order to define suitable intervention regimes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315596/effects-of-hip-and-trunk-muscle-strengthening-on-hip-function-and-lower-limb-kinematics-during-step-down-task
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Vanessa Lara Araújo, Thales Rezende Souza, Viviane Otoni do Carmo Carvalhais, Aline Castro Cruz, Sérgio Teixeira Fonseca
BACKGROUND: Strengthening of the hip and trunk muscles has the potential to change lower limb kinematic patterns, such as excessive hip medial rotation and adduction during weight-bearing tasks. This study aimed to investigate the effect of hip and trunk muscles strengthening on hip muscle performance, hip passive properties, and lower limb kinematics during step-down task in women. METHODS: Thirty-four young women who demonstrated dynamic knee valgus during step-down were divided into two groups...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302609/enhancing-brain-lesions-during-acute-optic-neuritis-and-or-longitudinally-extensive-transverse-myelitis-may-portend-a-higher-relapse-rate-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
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G Orman, K Y Wang, Y Pekcevik, C B Thompson, M Mealy, M Levy, I Izbudak
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders are inflammatory demyelinating disorders with optic neuritis and/or longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis episodes. We now know that neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders are associated with antibodies to aquaporin-4, which are highly concentrated on astrocytic end-feet at the blood-brain barrier. Immune-mediated disruption of the blood-brain barrier may manifest as contrast enhancement on brain MR imaging. We aimed to delineate the extent and frequency of contrast enhancement on brain MR imaging within 1 month of optic neuritis and/or longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis attacks and to correlate contrast enhancement with outcome measures...
March 16, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301067/progressive-iron-accumulation-across-multiple-sclerosis-phenotypes-revealed-by-sparse-classification-of-deep-gray-matter
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Ahmed M Elkady, Dana Cobzas, Hongfu Sun, Gregg Blevins, Alan H Wilman
PURPOSE: To create an automated framework for localized analysis of deep gray matter (DGM) iron accumulation and demyelination using sparse classification by combining quantitative susceptibility (QS) and transverse relaxation rate (R2*) maps, for evaluation of DGM in multiple sclerosis (MS) phenotypes relative to healthy controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: R2*/QS maps were computed using a 4.7T 10-echo gradient echo acquisition from 16 clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), 41 relapsing-remitting (RR), 40 secondary-progressive (SP), 13 primary-progressive (PP) MS patients, and 75 controls...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298841/etiological-profile-of-noncompressive-myelopathies-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-northeast-india
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Ashok Kumar Kayal, Munindra Goswami, Marami Das, Lakhshya Jyoti Basumatary, Suvorit Subhas Bhowmick, Baiakmenlang Synmon
BACKGROUND: The discovery of antibodies against aquaporin-4 and evolving concepts of noncompressive myelopathies in the 21(st) century have made a major impact on the etiological profile of these diseases, with few cases turning out to be idiopathic. OBJECTIVE: To find causes of noncompressive myelopathy in a tertiary care hospital of Northeast India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational study was carried out in the Neurology Department of Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati, from September 2013 to February 2016...
January 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292902/tunable-moir%C3%A3-bands-and-strong-correlations-in-small-twist-angle-bilayer-graphene
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Kyounghwan Kim, Ashley DaSilva, Shengqiang Huang, Babak Fallahazad, Stefano Larentis, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, Brian J LeRoy, Allan H MacDonald, Emanuel Tutuc
According to electronic structure theory, bilayer graphene is expected to have anomalous electronic properties when it has long-period moiré patterns produced by small misalignments between its individual layer honeycomb lattices. We have realized bilayer graphene moiré crystals with accurately controlled twist angles smaller than 1° and studied their properties using scanning probe microscopy and electron transport. We observe conductivity minima at charge neutrality, satellite gaps that appear at anomalous carrier densities for twist angles smaller than 1°, and tunneling densities-of-states that are strongly dependent on carrier density...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289642/therapeutic-effect-of-microcurrent-therapy-in-children-with-in-toeing-gait-caused-by-increased-femoral-anteversion-a-pilot-study
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Jae Ki Ahn, Dong Rak Kwon, Gi-Young Park, Ki-Hoon Lee, Jae Hwal Rim, Won Bin Jung, Dae Gil Kwon
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of portable microcurrent therapy device (PMTD) of the hip internal rotators in the treatment of in-toeing gait caused by increased femoral anteversion in children over 8 years of age. METHODS: Eleven children (22 legs; 4 boys and 7 girls; mean age, 10.4±1.6 years) with in-toeing gait caused by increased femoral anteversion were included in the present study. All children received 60 minutes of PMTD (intensity, 25 µA; frequency, 8 Hz) applied to the hip internal rotators daily for 4 weeks...
February 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287957/algebraic-clustering-of-affine-subspaces
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Manolis Tsakiris, Rene Vidal
Subspace clustering is an important problem in machine learning with many applications in computer vision and pattern recognition. Prior work has studied this problem using algebraic, iterative, statistical, low-rank and sparse representation techniques. While these methods have been applied to both linear and affine subspaces, theoretical results have only been established in the case of linear subspaces. For example, algebraic subspace clustering (ASC) is guaranteed to provide the correct clustering when the data points are in general position and the union of subspaces is transversal...
March 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287704/orientational-binding-of-dna-guided-by-the-c2n-template
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Zonglin Gu, Lin Zhao, Shengtang Liu, Guangxin Duan, Jose Manuel Perez-Aguilar, Judong Luo, Weifeng Li, Ruhong Zhou
A detailed understanding of the interactions between biomolecules and nanomaterial surfaces is critical for the development of biomedical applications of these nanomaterials. Here, we characterized the binding patterns and dynamics of a double stranded DNA (dsDNA) segment on the recently synthesized nitrogenized graphene (C2N) with both theoretical (including classical and quantum calculations) and experimental approaches. Our results show that the dsDNA repeatedly exhibits a strong preference in its binding mode on the C2N substrate, displaying an upright orientation that is independent of its initial configurations...
March 28, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286027/creating-normograms-of-dural-sinuses-in-healthy-persons-using-computer-assisted-detection-for-analysis-and-comparison-of-cross-section-dural-sinuses-in-the-brain
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Reut Anconina, Dinah Zur, Anat Kesler, Svetlana Lublinsky, Ronen Toledano, Victor Novack, Elya Benkobich, Rosa Novoa, Evelyne Farkash Novic, Ilan Shelef
Dural sinuses vary in size and shape in many pathological conditions with abnormal intracranial pressure. Size and shape normograms of dural brain sinuses are not available. The creation of such normograms may enable computer-assisted comparison to pathologic exams and facilitate diagnoses. The purpose of this study was to quantitatively evaluate normal magnetic resonance venography (MRV) studies in order to create normograms of dural sinuses using a computerized algorithm for vessel cross-sectional analysis...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281182/evaluation-of-magnetonanoparticles-conjugated-with-new-angiogenesis-peptides-in-intracranial-glioma-tumors-by-mri
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Erica Aparecida de Oliveira, Jelena Lazovic, Lea Guo, Horacio Soto, Bluma Linkowski Faintuch, Massoud Akhtari, Whitney Pope
Angiogenesis plays a critical role in progression of malignant gliomas. The development of glioma-specific labeling molecules that can aid detection and visualization of angiogenesis can help surgical planning and improve treatment outcome. The aim of this study was to evaluate if two peptides (GX1 and RGD-GX1) linked to angiogenesis can be used as an MR-imaging markers of angiogenesis. MR imaging was performed in U87 glioblastoma-bearing NOD-SCID mice at different time points between 15 and 120 min post-injection to visualize particle distribution...
March 9, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277325/the-pathway-of-injectate-spread-with-the-transmuscular-quadratus-lumborum-block-a-cadaver-study
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Mette Dam, Bernhard Moriggl, Christian K Hansen, Romed Hoermann, Thomas F Bendtsen, Jens Børglum
BACKGROUND: The spread of injectate resulting from a transmuscular quadratus lumborum (TQL) block and a transverse oblique paramedian (TOP) TQL block has never been examined. The aim of this cadaveric study was to investigate by which pathway the injectate spreads cephalad into the thoracic paravertebral space and which nerves were dyed by the injectate cephalad and caudad to the diaphragm when performing a TQL and a TOP TQL block. We also aimed to investigate whether the thoracic and lumbar sympathetic trunks as well as the lumbar plexus were covered by the injectate...
March 8, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268465/data-correction-to-determine-a-representative-pattern-of-a-set-of-3d-knee-kinematic-measurements
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Imen Mechmeche, Amar Mitiche, Youssef Ouakrim, Jacques A De Guise, Neila Mezghani
The purpose of this study is to determine a representative pattern of a set of three dimensional (3D) knee kinematic measurement curves recorded throughout several trials with a patient walking on a treadmill. The measurements are knee angles, (namely joint angles) with respect to the sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes, as a function of time during a gait cycle. Two serious difficulties met while extracting a representative pattern from the trials are that the curves possess phase variability and there are outliers...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265010/venous-collateral-drainage-patterns-predict-clinical-worsening-in-dural-venous-sinus-thrombosis
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Sunil A Sheth, Harry Trieu, David S Liebeskind, Jeffrey L Saver, Viktor Szeder, Reza Jahan, Satoshi Tateshima, Gary Duckwiler
BACKGROUND: Dural venous sinus thrombosis (DVST) is an increasingly recognized cause of a wide array of neurological symptoms, with outcomes that range from complete recovery to death. The condition of approximately 23% of patients with DVST will worsen after initial presentation, as a result of restricted venous outflow and venous hypertension, but early identification of this subset is challenging. A venous collateral scale (VCS) that grades alternative drainage routes may improve prediction of clinical deterioration...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
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