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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351297/a-fast-combination-method-in-dsmt-and-its-application-to-recommender-system
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Yilin Dong, Xinde Li, Yihai Liu
In many applications involving epistemic uncertainties usually modeled by belief functions, it is often necessary to approximate general (non-Bayesian) basic belief assignments (BBAs) to subjective probabilities (called Bayesian BBAs). This necessity occurs if one needs to embed the fusion result in a system based on the probabilistic framework and Bayesian inference (e.g. tracking systems), or if one needs to make a decision in the decision making problems. In this paper, we present a new fast combination method, called modified rigid coarsening (MRC), to obtain the final Bayesian BBAs based on hierarchical decomposition (coarsening) of the frame of discernment...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351112/dimensional-variations-in-the-soft-tissue-profile-after-removal-of-implant-supported-fixed-interim-restorations-a-pilot-clinical-study
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Juan C Duran, Felipe Aguirre, Rodrigo Pino, Diego Velásquez
PURPOSE: To measure dimensional changes of the periimplant soft tissue profile after removal of a single implant fixed interim restorations using digital impression procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten participants presenting with single implant-supported fixed interim restorations (ISFIRs) on the maxillary esthetic zone. A 2-step silicone impression was made of the maxillary arch with the ISFIRs. The experimental procedure was obtained by making digital impressions of the gingival contours immediately after ISFIR removal...
January 17, 2018: Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351052/particulate-coral-hydroxyapatite-sheltered-by-titanium-mesh-for-localized-alveolar-rehabilitation-after-onlay-graft-failure-a-case-report
#3
Miao Zhou, Shuyi Li, Hendrik Terheyden, Shuaishuai Cao, Yuejuan Che, Yuanming Geng
Reconstruction of bone loss in the alveolar ridge has long been challenging. Autologous bone grafts are considered as the "golden standard", while little research has focused on how to repair pronounced alveolar bone defects after autologous bone graft failure. The aim of this study was to detail a method based on the titanium mesh technique coupled with particulate coral hydroxyapatite to solve the Onlay graft failure. With bone deficiency in the #11 and #24- #25 regions, we harvested two autologous bone blocks for reconstruction...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Oral Implantology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350636/imaging-of-pediatric-foot-disorders
#4
Alfonso Reginelli, Anna Russo, Fabrizio Turrizziani, Roberto Picascia, Elisa Micheletti, Vittoria Galeazzi, Umberto Russo, Assunta Sica, Fabrizio Cioce, Alberto Aliprandi, Andrea Giovagnoni, Salvatore Cappabianca
Infants and children undergo imaging studies to evaluate a wide variety of congenital and acquired disorders. Imaging protocols have to consider the patient's comfort, level of anxiety, and smaller size. The first imaging study is usually made with plain radiographs. The routine radiographic examination of the foot includes the anteroposterior (AP), lateral, and oblique projections. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (RMI) provides excellent anatomic detail of cartilage, vasculature and soft tissue thanks to superior soft tissue contrast and spatial resolution, so is valuable in many cases...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350579/evaluation-of-respiratory-motion-corrected-cone-beam-ct-at-end-expiration-in-abdominal-radiotherapy-sites-a-prospective-study
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Russell E Kincaid, Agung E Hertanto, Yu-Chi Hu, Abraham J Wu, Karyn A Goodman, Hai D Pham, Ellen D Yorke, Qinghui Zhang, Qing Chen, Gig S Mageras
BACKGROUND: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) for radiotherapy image guidance suffers from respiratory motion artifacts. This limits soft tissue visualization and localization accuracy, particularly in abdominal sites. We report on a prospective study of respiratory motion-corrected (RMC)-CBCT to evaluate its efficacy in localizing abdominal organs and improving soft tissue visibility at end expiration. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In an IRB approved study, 11 patients with gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer and five with pancreatic cancer underwent a respiration-correlated CT (4DCT), a respiration-gated CBCT (G-CBCT) near end expiration and a one-minute free-breathing CBCT scan on a single treatment day...
January 19, 2018: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349570/assessment-of-ten-density-functionals-through-the-use-of-local-hyper-softness-to-get-insights-about-the-catalytic-activity-iron-based-organometallic-compounds-for-ethylene-polymerization-as-testing-molecules
#6
Jorge I Martínez-Araya, Daniel Glossman-Mitnik
Ten functionals were used to assess their capability to compute a local reactivity descriptor coming from the Conceptual Density Functional Theory on a group of iron-based organometallic compounds that have been synthesized by Zohuri, G.H. et al. in 2010; these compounds bear the following substituent groups: H-, O2N- and CH3O- at the para position of the pyridine ring and their catalytic activities were experimentally measured by these authors. The present work involved a theoretical analysis applied on the aforementioned iron-based compounds thus leading to suggest a new 2,6-bis(imino)pyridine catalyst based on iron(II) bearing a fluorine atom whose possible catalytic activity is suggested to be near the catalytic activity of the complex bearing a hydrogen atom as a substituent group by means of the so called local hyper-softness (LHS) thus opening a chance to estimate a possible value of catalytic activity for a new catalyst that has not been synthesized yet without simulating the entire process of ethylene polymerization...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347540/compliant-contact-versus-rigid-contact-a-comparison-in-the-context-of-granular-dynamics
#7
Arman Pazouki, Michał Kwarta, Kyle Williams, William Likos, Radu Serban, Paramsothy Jayakumar, Dan Negrut
We summarize and numerically compare two approaches for modeling and simulating the dynamics of dry granular matter. The first one, the discrete-element method via penalty (DEM-P), is commonly used in the soft matter physics and geomechanics communities; it can be traced back to the work of Cundall and Strack [P. Cundall, Proc. Symp. ISRM, Nancy, France 1, 129 (1971); P. Cundall and O. Strack, Geotechnique 29, 47 (1979)GTNQA80016-850510.1680/geot.1979.29.1.47]. The second approach, the discrete-element method via complementarity (DEM-C), considers the grains perfectly rigid and enforces nonpenetration via complementarity conditions; it is commonly used in robotics and computer graphics applications and had two strong promoters in Moreau and Jean [J...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347207/role-of-anchoring-energy-on-the-texture-of-cholesteric-droplets-finite-element-simulations-and-experiments
#8
Guilhem Poy, Felix Bunel, Patrick Oswald
We present a numerical method to compute defect-free textures inside cholesteric domains of arbitrary shape. This method has two interesting properties, namely a robust and fast quadratic convergence to a local minimum of the Frank free energy, thanks to a trust region strategy. We apply this algorithm to study the texture of cholesteric droplets in coexistence with their isotropic liquid in two cases: when the anchoring is planar and when it is tilted. In the first case, we show how to determine the anchoring energy at the cholesteric-isotropic interface from a study of the optical properties of droplets of different sizes oriented with an electric field...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347149/simulation-and-observation-of-line-slip-structures-in-columnar-structures-of-soft-spheres
#9
J Winkelmann, B Haffner, D Weaire, A Mughal, S Hutzler
We present the computed phase diagram of columnar structures of soft spheres under pressure, of which the main feature is the appearance and disappearance of line slips, the shearing of adjacent spirals, as pressure is increased. A comparable experimental observation is made on a column of bubbles under forced drainage, clearly exhibiting the expected line slip.
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346937/uhlenbeck-ford-model-phase-diagram-and-corresponding-states-analysis
#10
Rodolfo Paula Leite, Pedro Antonio Santos-Flórez, Maurice de Koning
Using molecular dynamics simulations and nonequilibrium thermodynamic-integration techniques we compute the Helmholtz free energies of the body-centered-cubic (bcc), face-centered-cubic (fcc), hexagonal close-packed, and fluid phases of the Uhlenbeck-Ford model (UFM) and use the results to construct its phase diagram. The pair interaction associated with the UFM is characterized by an ultrasoft, purely repulsive pair potential that diverges logarithmically at the origin. We find that the bcc and fcc are the only thermodynamically stable crystalline phases in the phase diagram...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346737/quantitative-and-qualitative-assessment-of-the-relative-arterial-contributions-to-the-calcaneus
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Johanna C E Donders, Craig E Klinger, Andre D Shaffer, Lionel E Lazaro, Ryan R Thacher, Jonathan P Dyke, David S Wellman, David L Helfet, Dean G Lorich
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to quantitatively and qualitatively assess relative arterial contributions to the calcaneus. METHOD: Fourteen cadaveric ankle pairs were used. In each specimen, the posterior tibial artery, peroneal artery, and anterior tibial artery were cannulated and used for contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). Quantitative MRI analysis of the pre- and postcontrast MRI scans facilitated assessment of relative arterial contributions...
January 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344917/non-cardiac-uptake-of-technetium-99m-pyrophosphate-in-transthyretin-cardiac-amyloidosis
#12
Brett W Sperry, Matthew H Gonzalez, Richard Brunken, Manuel D Cerqueira, Mazen Hanna, Wael A Jaber
BACKGROUND: Technetium-based bone scintigraphy is rapidly becoming the most common non-invasive imaging tool in the diagnosis of Transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis (ATTR). Skeletal muscle uptake has been described with technetium-99m-3,3-diphosphono-1,2-propanodicarboxylic acid (TcDPD), and may account for masking of bony uptake. We sought to investigate skeletal muscle uptake of technetium-99m-pyrophosphate (TcPYP) in patients with ATTR. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a retrospective analysis of 57 patients diagnosed with ATTR who underwent TcPYP scintigraphy...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343772/shape-matching-soft-mechanical-metamaterials
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M J Mirzaali, S Janbaz, M Strano, L Vergani, A A Zadpoor
Architectured materials with rationally designed geometries could be used to create mechanical metamaterials with unprecedented or rare properties and functionalities. Here, we introduce "shape-matching" metamaterials where the geometry of cellular structures comprising auxetic and conventional unit cells is designed so as to achieve a pre-defined shape upon deformation. We used computational models to forward-map the space of planar shapes to the space of geometrical designs. The validity of the underlying computational models was first demonstrated by comparing their predictions with experimental observations on specimens fabricated with indirect additive manufacturing...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343155/carboxymethyl-chitosan-zinc-coating-for-prevention-of-pin-tract-infection-an-animal-model
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Vidmi Taolam Martin, Lei Wang, Rong Zeng, DeQiang You, XianRong Zhang, Welera Haissou Elodie, Bin Yu
BACKGROUND: Pin tract infection is a common problem in orthopedic and traumatology surgery. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of an implant coated with carboxymethyl chitosan-zinc (CMC-Zn2+) in prevention of pin tract infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four male New Zealand White rabbits were randomized into two equal groups ( n = 12, uncoated and CMC-Zn2+). The implants were colonized with 1 × 106 colony forming units of Staphylococcus aureus and inserted into the lateral right proximal tibia in each rabbit...
January 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342963/sum-of-the-magnitude-for-hard-decision-decoding-algorithm-based-on-loop-update-detection
#15
Jiahui Meng, Danfeng Zhao, Hai Tian, Liang Zhang
In order to improve the performance of non-binary low-density parity check codes (LDPC) hard decision decoding algorithm and to reduce the complexity of decoding, a sum of the magnitude for hard decision decoding algorithm based on loop update detection is proposed. This will also ensure the reliability, stability and high transmission rate of 5G mobile communication. The algorithm is based on the hard decision decoding algorithm (HDA) and uses the soft information from the channel to calculate the reliability, while the sum of the variable nodes' (VN) magnitude is excluded for computing the reliability of the parity checks...
January 15, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340353/clinical-performance-of-one-piece-screw-retained-implant-crowns-based-on-hand-veneered-cad-cam-zirconia-abutments-after-a-mean-follow-up-period-of-2-3-years
#16
Nicole Schnider, Fiona Alena Forrer, Urs Brägger, Stefan Paul Hicklin
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical performance of one-piece, screw-retained implant crowns based on hand-veneered computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) zirconium dioxide abutments with a crossfit connection at least 1 year after insertion of the crown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Consecutive patients who had received at least one Straumann bone level implant and one-piece, screw-retained implant crowns fabricated with CARES zirconium dioxide abutments were reexamined...
January 2018: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339580/advantages-of-soft-subdural-implants-for-the-delivery-of-electrochemical-neuromodulation-therapies-to-the-spinal-cord
#17
Marco Capogrosso, Jérôme Gandar, Nathan Greiner, Eduardo Martin Moraud, Nikolaus Wenger, Polina Shkorbatova, Pavel E Мusienko, Ivan Minev, Stephanie P Lacour, Gregoire Courtine
We recently developed soft neural interfaces enabling the delivery of electrical and chemical stimulation to the spinal cord. These stimulations restored locomotion in animal models of paralysis. Soft interfaces can be placed either below or above the dura mater. Theoretically, the subdural location combines many advantages, including increased selectivity of electrical stimulation, lower stimulation thresholds, and targeted chemical stimulation through local drug delivery. However, these advantages have not been documented, nor have their functional impact been studied in-silico or in a relevant animal model of neurological disorders using a multimodal neural interface...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339002/development-of-a-new-three-directional-distractor-system-for-the-correction-of-maxillary-transverse-and-sagittal-deficiency
#18
Canay Yılmaz Asan, Nükhet Kütük, Gökmen Kurt, Alper Alkan
PURPOSE: Class 3 malocclusions with maxillary deficiency, which are treated surgically and/or ordonotically, are common among adult patients. The aim of this study was to develop a three-directional bone-borne distractor that would allow the transverse expansion and sagittal advancement of the maxilla simultaneously. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Computed tomography images of a patient with maxillary deficiency were transmitted to a software program, and a distractor was designed with different sizes (D1, D2, D3) and manufactured from titanium alloy...
December 18, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336354/an-analytical-poroelastic-model-for-ultrasound-elastography-imaging-of-tumors
#19
Md Tauhidul Islam, Anuj Chaudhry, Ginu Unnikrishnan, J N Reddy, Raffaella Righetti
The mechanical behavior of biological tissues has been studied using a number of mechanical models. Due to the relatively high fluid content and mobility, many biological tissues have been modeled as poroelastic materials. Diseases such as cancers are known to alter the poroelastic response of a tissue. Tissue poroelastic properties such as compressibility, interstitial permeability and fluid pressure also play a key role for the assessment of cancer treatments and for improved therapies. At the present time, however, a limited number of poroelastic models for soft tissues are retrievable in the literature, and the ones available are not directly applicable to tumors as they typically refer to uniform tissues...
January 16, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336085/endotracheal-tube-placement-during-computed-tomography-of-brachycephalic-dogs-alters-upper-airway-dimensional-measurements
#20
Nai-Chieh Liu, Eileen L Troconis, Matthew McMillan, Marie-Aude Genain, Lajos Kalmar, David J Price, David R Sargan, Jane F Ladlow
Computed tomography (CT) is used to document upper airway lesions in dogs with brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome. The presence of an endotracheal tube during CT scanning is often required for general anesthesia. We hypothesized that the endotracheal tube placement would change the soft tissue dimensions of the upper airway. The aims of this prospective, method comparison study were to evaluate the reliability of the previously reported upper airway CT measurements with endotracheal tube placement, and to propose measurements that are minimally affected by the endotracheal tube...
January 15, 2018: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
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