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Zhe Li, Jian-Guo Zhang, Yan Ye, Xiaoping Li
BACKGROUND: Accurate implantation of a depth electrode into the brain is of the greatest importance in deep brain stimulation (DBS), and various stereotactic systems have been developed for electrode implantation. However, an updated analysis of depth electrode implantation in the modern era of DBS is lacking. OBJECTIVE: This study aims at providing an updated review on targeting accuracy of DBS electrode implantation by analyzing contemporary DBS electrode implantation operations from the perspective of precision engineering...
October 27, 2016: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Aline Cruz Esmeraldo Áfio, Aline Tomaz de Carvalho, Luciana Vieira de Caravalho, Andréa Soares Rocha da Silva, Lorita Marlena Freitag Pagliuca
Objective: to assess the automatic accessibility of assistive technology in online courses for the hearing impaired. Method: evaluation study guided by the Assessment and Maintenance step proposed in the Model of Development of Digital Educational Material. The software Assessor and Simulator for the Accessibility of Sites (ASES) was used to analyze the online course "Education on Sexual and Reproductive Health: the use of condoms" according to the accessibility standards of national and international websites...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Colby Hansen, Dan Cushman, Nicholas Anderson, Wei Chen, Christine Cheng, Shirley D Hon, Man Hung
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric head injuries occur commonly and are being reported in increasing numbers. Balance testing is a key component in the evaluation of suspected concussion, and the balance error scoring system (BESS) is likely the most well-known and widely used measure. To date, normative BESS scores for adults have been reported but not for children. DESIGN: Normative data for BESS scores and modified BESS scores were created in a cohort of healthy children. Potential variables were analyzed as predictors of BESS performance...
November 2016: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
Qiang Liu, Jian Liang, Carl W Stanhope, Di Yan
PURPOSE: Inaccurate density information may introduce dose calculation errors when inhomogeneity correction is applied. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of density variation on photon dose calculation accuracy using the convolution/superposition (CS) algorithm with the focus on newer treatment technologies including intensity modulated radiotherapy, volumetric modulated arc radiotherapy, and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). METHODS: Calculations were first performed using simple inhomogeneity phantoms in order to determine clinically relevant tolerance levels for different tissue types...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Austin M Faught, Michael Trager, Fang-Fang Yin, John Kirkpatrick, Justus Adamson
PURPOSE: The recent development of multifocal stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) using a single isocenter volumetric modulated arc theory (VMAT) technique warrants a re-examination of the quality assurance (QA) tolerances for routine mechanical QA recommended by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine Task Group Report Number 142. Multifocal SRS can result in targets with small volumes being at a large off-axis distance from the treatment isocenter. Consequently, angular errors in the collimator, patient support assembly (PSA), or gantry could have an increased impact on target coverage...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Enrico Franco, Mike Ristic, Marc Rea, Wladyslaw M W Gedroyc
PURPOSE: Percutaneous ablation under MRI-guidance allows treating otherwise inoperable liver tumors locally using a catheter probe. However, manually placing the probe is an error-prone and time consuming task that requires a considerable amount of training. The aim of this paper was to present a pneumatically actuated robotic instrument that can assist clinicians in MRI-guided percutaneous intervention of the liver and to assess its functionality in a clinical setting. The robot positions a needle-guide inside the MRI scanner bore and assists manual needle insertions outside the bore...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Svenja Ipsen, Ralf Bruder, Rick O'Brien, Paul J Keall, Achim Schweikard, Per R Poulsen
PURPOSE: With the trend in radiotherapy moving toward dose escalation and hypofractionation, the need for highly accurate targeting increases. While MLC tracking is already being successfully used for motion compensation of moving targets in the prostate, current real-time target localization methods rely on repeated x-ray imaging and implanted fiducial markers or electromagnetic transponders rather than direct target visualization. In contrast, ultrasound imaging can yield volumetric data in real-time (3D + time = 4D) without ionizing radiation...
October 2016: Medical Physics
T Essinger-Hileman, A Kusaka, J W Appel, S K Choi, K Crowley, S P Ho, N Jarosik, L A Page, L P Parker, S Raghunathan, S M Simon, S T Staggs, K Visnjic
We present an evaluation of systematic effects associated with a continuously rotating, ambient-temperature half-wave plate (HWP) based on two seasons of data from the Atacama B-Mode Search (ABS) experiment located in the Atacama Desert of Chile. The ABS experiment is a microwave telescope sensitive at 145 GHz. Here we present our in-field evaluation of celestial (Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) plus galactic foreground) temperature-to-polarization leakage. We decompose the leakage into scalar, dipole, and quadrupole leakage terms...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Mohamad S Goodarzi, Hossein Saghafifar
A new method is presented to measure chlorine concentration more accurately than conventional method in exhaust gases of a jet-type singlet oxygen generator. One problem in this measurement is the existence of micrometer-sized droplets. In this article, an empirical method is reported to eliminate the effects of the droplets. Two wavelengths from a fiber coupled LED are adopted and the measurement is made on both selected wavelengths. Chlorine is measured by the two-wavelength more accurately than the one-wavelength method by eliminating the droplet term in the equations...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Sutapa Roy, S Dietrich, Felix Höfling
The dynamic and static critical behavior of a family of binary Lennard-Jones liquid mixtures, close to their continuous demixing points (belonging to the so-called model H' dynamic universality class), are studied computationally by combining semi-grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations and large-scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, accelerated by graphic processing units (GPU). The symmetric binary liquid mixtures considered cover a variety of densities, a wide range of compressibilities, and various interactions between the unlike particles...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
A Bourret, D Garant
Quantitative genetics approaches, and particularly animal models, are widely used to assess the genetic (co)variance of key fitness related traits and infer adaptive potential of wild populations. Despite the importance of precision and accuracy of genetic variance estimates and their potential sensitivity to various ecological and population specific factors, their reliability is rarely tested explicitly. Here, we used simulations and empirical data collected from an 11-year study on tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), a species showing a high rate of extra-pair paternity and a low recruitment rate, to assess the importance of identity errors, structure and size of the pedigree on quantitative genetic estimates in our dataset...
October 26, 2016: Heredity
S J Chai, D Cole, A Nisler, B E Mahon
As poultry consumption continues to increase worldwide, and as the United States accounts for about one-third of all poultry exports globally, understanding factors leading to poultry-associated foodborne outbreaks in the United States has important implications for food safety. We analysed outbreaks reported to the United States' Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System from 1998 to 2012 in which the implicated food or ingredient could be assigned to one food category. Of 1114 outbreaks, poultry was associated with 279 (25%), accounting for the highest number of outbreaks, illnesses, and hospitalizations, and the second highest number of deaths...
October 26, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
Nathan W Skelley, Lauren M Yarholar, Lars C Richardson
BACKGROUND: Powered parachutes are becoming a popular form of sport flying. No previous study has reviewed injuries in this sport. The purpose of this study was to describe the injuries associated with powered parachute flying, the flight factors involved in an incident, and the impact an incident has on current sport involvement. METHODS: National Transportation Safety Board incident reports involving powered parachutes between 2004 and 2015 were reviewed. Internet searches were performed to contact involved pilots to find further information...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Ross S Firestone, Scott A Cameron, Peter C Tyler, Rodrigo Gay Ducati, Adam Z Spitz, Vern L Schramm
5'-Methylthioadenosine phosphorylase (MTAP) and 5'-methylthioadenosine nucleosidase (MTAN) catalyze the phosphorolysis and hydrolysis of 5'-methylthioadenosine (MTA), respectively. Both enzymes have low KM values for their substrates. Kinetic assays for these enzymes are challenging, as the ultraviolet absorbance spectra for reactant MTA and product adenine are similar. We report a new assay using 2-amino-5'-methylthioadenosine (2AMTA) as an alternative substrate for MTAP and MTAN enzymes. Hydrolysis or phosphorolysis of 2AMTA forms 2,6-diaminopurine, a fluorescent and easily quantitated product...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Wei Yang, Xiaoyuan Wang, Wei Zheng, Kedong Li, Haofeng Liu, Yueming Sun
Following the publication of this article, an interested reader drew to our attention anomalies associated with the data shown in Fig. 2, which presented the mRNA and protein expression levels of tropomyosin 1 (TPM1) in HuCCT1 cells. Essentially, the control bands for α-tubulin had been duplicated across from Fig. 2A to Fig. 2B, and from Fig. 2D to Fig. 2E [the experiments showing treatment of the cells with (A) manumycin A, (B) U0126, (D) 5-aza-2-deoxycytidine (DAC) and (E) trichostatin A (TSA)], respectively...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Flavio Egger, Federica Targa, Ivan Unterholzner, Russell P Grant, Markus Herrmann, Christian J Wiedermann
Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant (NOAC) therapy may be inappropriate if prescription was incorrect, the patient's physiological parameters change, or interacting concomitant medications are erroneously added. The aim of this report was to illustrate inappropriate NOAC prescription in a 78-year-old woman with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and borderline renal dysfunction who was switched from warfarin to rivaroxaban and subsequently developed bruising with hemorrhagic shock and acute on chronic renal failure...
August 8, 2016: Clinics and Practice
Anne K Ellis, Mena Soliman, Lisa M Steacy, Daniel E Adams, Barnaby Hobsbawn, Terry J B Walker
BACKGROUND: The Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU) in Kingston, Ontario, Canada is a controlled allergen challenge facility (CACF) that has been previously clinically validated for the use of ragweed and grass pollen in clinical studies. In this study we aim to validate the use of birch pollen to challenge allergic participants. METHODS: A total of 59 volunteers were screened and 38 birch allergic participants and ten non-allergics completed the study, outside of tree pollen season...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Anna M Borghi, Edoardo Zarcone
One key issue for theories of cognition is how abstract concepts, such as freedom, are represented. According to the WAT (Words As social Tools) proposal, abstract concepts activate both sensorimotor and linguistic/social information, and their acquisition modality involves the linguistic experience more than the acquisition of concrete concepts. We report an experiment in which participants were presented with abstract and concrete definitions followed by concrete and abstract target-words. When the definition and the word matched, participants were required to press a key, either with the hand or with the mouth...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Daipayan Guha, Raphael Jakubovic, Shaurya Gupta, Naif M Alotaibi, David Cadotte, Leodante B da Costa, Rajeesh George, Chris Heyn, Peter Howard, Anish Kapadia, Jesse M Klostranec, Nicolas Phan, Gamaliel Tan, Todd G Mainprize, Albert Yee, Victor X D Yang
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Spinal intra-operative computer-assisted navigation (CAN) may guide pedicle screw placement. CAN techniques have been reported to reduce pedicle screw breach rates across all spinal levels. However, definitions of screw breach vary widely across studies, if reported at all. The absolute quantitative error of spinal navigation systems is theoretically a more precise and generalizable metric of navigation accuracy. It has also been computed variably, and reported in fewer than a quarter of clinical studies of CAN-guided pedicle screw accuracy...
October 21, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Barbara N Arch, Joanne Blair, Andrew McKay, John W Gregory, Paul Newland, Carrol Gamble
BACKGROUND: Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) is an important outcome measure in diabetes clinical trials. For multicentre designs, HbA1c can be measured locally at participating centres or by sending blood samples to a central laboratory. This study analyses the agreement between local and central measurements, using 1-year follow-up data collected in a multicentre randomised controlled trial (RCT) of newly diagnosed children with type I diabetes. METHODS: HbA1c measurements were routinely analysed both locally and centrally at baseline and then at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months and the data reported in mmol/mol...
October 24, 2016: Trials
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