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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335211/noise-removal-with-maintained-spatial-resolution-in-raman-images-of-cells-exposed-to-submicron-polystyrene-particles
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Linnea Ahlinder, Susanne Wiklund Lindström, Christian Lejon, Paul Geladi, Lars Österlund
The biodistribution of 300 nm polystyrene particles in A549 lung epithelial cells has been studied with confocal Raman spectroscopy. This is a label-free method in which particles and cells can be imaged without using dyes or fluorescent labels. The main drawback with Raman imaging is the comparatively low spatial resolution, which is aggravated in heterogeneous systems such as biological samples, which in addition often require long measurement times because of their weak Raman signal. Long measurement times may however induce laser-induced damage...
April 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334628/superwetting-and-aptamer-functionalized-shrink-induced-high-surface-area-electrochemical-sensors
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A Hauke, L S Selva Kumar, M Y Kim, J Pegan, M Khine, H Li, K W Plaxco, J Heikenfeld
Electrochemical sensing is moving to the forefront of point-of-care and wearable molecular sensing technologies due to the ability to miniaturize the required equipment, a critical advantage over optical methods in this field. Electrochemical sensors that employ roughness to increase their microscopic surface area offer a strategy to combatting the loss in signal associated with the loss of macroscopic surface area upon miniaturization. A simple, low-cost method of creating such roughness has emerged with the development of shrink-induced high surface area electrodes...
March 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333645/improving-crowdsourced-label-quality-using-noise-correction
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Jing Zhang, Victor S Sheng, Tao Li, Xindong Wu
Crowdsourcing systems provide a cost effective and convenient way to collect labels, but they often fail to guarantee the quality of the labels. This paper proposes a novel framework that introduces noise correction techniques to further improve the quality of integrated labels that are inferred from the multiple noisy labels of objects. In the proposed general framework, information about the qualities of labelers estimated by a front-end ground truth inference algorithm is utilized to supervise subsequent label noise filtering and correction...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332425/statistical-tool-to-detect-small-hearing-threshold-shifts
#4
Tron Vedul Tronstad
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to present a new tool that can be used in the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. Even in most countries where noise levels are well regulated, many workers are still exposed to high levels of noise and suffer from permanent threshold shifts. It is necessary to develop a new strategy to prevent such damage. METHOD: A statistical process control (SPC) scheme is presented that is able to detect both large and small hearing threshold shifts...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330550/-the-type-of-traumatic-sensorineural-hearing-loss-affects-diagnostic-and-medico-legal-assessment
#5
Steen Gimsing
Traumatic sensorineural hearing loss (TSHN) is mostly a high-frequency loss resembling noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). However, approx. 25% of TSHN audiograms differ from NIHL in being of the slope, flat or low-frequency type. The physical properties of the trauma influence the audiogram shape, and the great individual variation of susceptibility to TSHN indicates the importance of genetic factors as well. As TSHN, like NIHL, predominantly is of a metabolic rather than a mechanical nature, its magnitude and configuration may change considerably during the first weeks after the causative incident...
March 20, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329261/effects-of-noise-on-vascular-function-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-mechanistic-insight-from-studies-in-mice
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Thomas Münzel, Andreas Daiber, Sebastian Steven, Lan P Tran, Elisabeth Ullmann, Sabine Kossmann, Frank P Schmidt, Matthias Oelze, Ning Xia, Huige Li, Antonio Pinto, Philipp Wild, Kai Pies, Erwin R Schmidt, Steffen Rapp, Swenja Kröller-Schön
Aims: Epidemiological studies indicate that traffic noise increases the incidence of coronary artery disease, hypertension and stroke. The underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Field studies with nighttime noise exposure demonstrate that aircraft noise leads to vascular dysfunction, which is markedly improved by vitamin C, suggesting a key role of oxidative stress in causing this phenomenon. Methods and results: We developed a novel animal model to study the vascular consequences of aircraft noise exposure...
February 17, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328494/hearing-aid-technology-for-the-21st-century-a-proposal-for-universal-wireless-connectivity-and-improved-sound-quality
#7
Richard Einhorn
Approximately 360 million people in the world live with a debilitating hearing loss. The most common conditions-age-related and noise-induced sensorineural hearing loss-are both progressive and, for the foreseeable future, neither curable nor reversible.
March 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327127/effects-of-vitellaria-paradoxa-c-f-gaertn-aqueous-leaf-extract-administration-on-salmonella-typhimurium-infected-rats
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Siméon Pierre Chegaing Fodouop, Sedric Donald Tala, Lunga Paul Keilah, Norbert Kodjio, Mefokou Didiane Yemele, Armel Herve Kamdje Nwabo, Bridget Nji-Kah, Joseph Tchoumboue, Donatien Gatsing
BACKGROUND: The present study investigates the effects of Vitellaria paradoxa crude extract administration on Salmonella typhimurium infected Wistar rats. METHODS: Rats were infected by single dose oral administration of Salmonella typhimurium (1.5×10(8) CFU). Negative control groups were infected and treated orally with distilled water (vehicle), neutral control group were not infected, while the four test groups were treated up to 18 days with 55 mg/kg, 110 mg/kg, 220 mg/kg and 440 mg/kg body weight of aqueous extract of V...
March 21, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324965/high-dielectric-material-in-mri-numerical-assessment-of-the-reduction-of-the-induced-local-power-on-implanted-cardiac-leads
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Eugenio Mattei, Elena Lucano, Federica Censi, Leonardo M Angelone, Giovanni Calcagnini
High dielectric materials (HDM) have been proposed in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the images acquired while reducing the radiofrequency (RF) absorption in tissue. The aim of this study is to assess the potential merit of using HDM to reduce power induced at the tip of an endocardial lead in patients undergoing MRI. Numerical simulations were performed using a commercial finite-differences time-domain (FDTD) software to model the RF field generated by a birdcage body coil at 64 MHz on a human body model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324943/overcoming-spatio-temporal-limitations-using-dynamically-scaled-in-vitro-pc-mri-a-flow-field-comparison-to-true-scale-computer-simulations-of-idealized-stented-and-patient-specific-left-main-bifurcations
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Susann Beier, John Ormiston, Mark Webster, John Cater, Stuart Norris, Pau Medrano-Gracia, Alistair Young, Kathleen Gilbert, Brett Cowan
The majority of patients with angina or heart failure have coronary artery disease. Left main bifurcations are particularly susceptible to pathological narrowing. Flow is a major factor of atheroma development, but limitations in imaging technology such as spatio-temporal resolution, signal-to-noise ratio (SNRv), and imaging artefacts prevent in vivo investigations. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling is a common numerical approach to study flow, but it requires a cautious and rigorous application for meaningful results...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323018/modulation-of-auditory-percepts-by-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation
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Margarete Anna Ueberfuhr, Amalia Braun, Lutz Wiegrebe, Benedikt Grothe, Markus Drexl
Transcutaneous, electrical stimulation with electrodes placed on the mastoid processes represents a specific way to elicit vestibular reflexes in humans without active or passive subject movements, for which the term galvanic vestibular stimulation was coined. It has been suggested that galvanic vestibular stimulation mainly affects the vestibular periphery, but whether vestibular hair cells, vestibular afferents, or a combination of both are excited, is still a matter of debate. Galvanic vestibular stimulation has been in use since the late 18(th) century, but despite the long-known and well-documented effects on the vestibular system, reports of the effect of electrical stimulation on the adjacent cochlea or the ascending auditory pathway are surprisingly sparse...
March 17, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318887/multi-focus-beamforming-for-thermal-strain-imaging-using-a-single-ultrasound-linear-array-transducer
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Man M Nguyen, Xuan Ding, Steven A Leers, Kang Kim
Ultrasound-induced thermal strain imaging (TSI) has been used successfully to identify lipid- and water-based tissues in atherosclerotic plaques in some research settings. However, TSI faces several challenges to be realized in clinics. These challenges include motion artifacts and displacement tracking accuracy, as well as limited heating capability, which contributes to low thermal strain signal-to-noise ratio, and a limited field of view. Our goal was to address the challenge in heating tissue in TSI. Current TSI systems use separate heating and imaging transducers, which require physical alignment of the heating and imaging beams and result in a bulky setup that limits in vivo operation...
March 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316272/prenatal-noise-and-restraint-stress-interact-to-alter-exploratory-behavior-and-balance-in-juvenile-rats-and-mixed-stress-reverses-these-effects
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Soumeya Badache, Slim Bouslama, Oualid Brahmia, Abdel Madjid Baïri, Abdel Krim Tahraoui, Ali Ladjamaa
We aimed to investigate in adolescent rats the individual and combined effects of prenatal noise and restraint stress on balance control, exploration, locomotion and anxiety behavior. Three groups of pregnant rats were exposed to daily repeated stress from day 11 to day 19 of pregnancy: 3 min noise (Noise Stress, NS); 10 min restraint (Restraint Stress, RS); or 3 min noise followed by 10 min restraint (Mixed Stress, MS). On postnatal days (PND) 44, 45 and 46, four groups of male rats (Control, NS, RS:, MS; 16 rats each), were tested as follows: 1) Beam walking (BW), 2) Open Field (OF), and 3) Elevated plus maze (EPM)...
March 19, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315023/external-noise-and-external-signal-induced-transition-of-gene-switch-and-coherence-resonance-in-the-genetic-regulatory-system
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Jian-Cheng Shi, Min Luo, Tao Dong, Chu-Sheng Huang
The transition of gene switch induced by external noises (multiplicative external noise and additive external noise) and external signals is investigated in the genetic regulatory system. Results show that the state-to-state transition of gene switch as well as resonant behaviors, such as the explicit coherence resonance (ECR), implicit coherence resonance (ICR) and control parameter coherence biresonance (CPCBR), can appear when noises are injected into the genetic regulatory system. The ECR is increased with the increase of the control parameter value when starting from the supercritical Hopf bifurcation parameter point, and there exists a critical control parameter value for the occurrence of ECR...
March 17, 2017: Acta Biotheoretica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306650/cochlear-transcriptome-following-acoustic-trauma-and-dexamethasone-administration-identified-by-a-combination-of-rna-seq-and-dna-microarray
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Yukihide Maeda, Ryotaro Omichi, Akiko Sugaya, Shin Kariya, Kazunori Nishizaki
AIM: To elucidate molecular mechanisms of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and glucocorticoid therapy in the cochlea. BACKGROUND: Glucocorticoids are used to treat many forms of acute sensorineural hearing loss, but their molecular action in the cochlea remains poorly understood. METHODS: Dexamethasone was administered intraperitoneally immediately following acoustic overstimulation at 120 dB SPL for 2 hours to mice. The whole cochlear transcriptome was analyzed 12 and 24 hours following noise trauma and dexamethasone administration by both next-generation sequencing (RNA-seq) and DNA microarray...
March 16, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303411/identifying-the-origin-of-effects-of-contralateral-noise-on-transient-evoked-otoacoustic-emissions-in-unanesthetized-mice
#16
Yingyue Xu, Mary Ann Cheatham, Jonathan H Siegel
Descending neural pathways in the mammalian auditory system are known to modulate the function of the peripheral auditory system. These pathways include the medial olivocochlear (MOC) efferent innervation to outer hair cells (OHCs) and the acoustic reflex pathways mediating middle ear muscle (MEM) contractions. Based on measurements in humans (Marks and Siegel, companion paper), we applied a sensitive method to attempt to differentiate MEM and MOC reflexes using contralateral acoustic stimulation in mice under different levels of anesthesia...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301265/acoustic-analysis-of-snoring-sounds-originating-from-different-sources-determined-by-drug-induced-sleep-endoscopy
#17
Hao Peng, Huijie Xu, Zhiyong Xu, Weining Huang, Ruifang Jia, Hui Yu, Zhao Zhao, Jiajun Wang, Zhan Gao, Qiuying Zhang, Weihong Huang
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the possibility of fundamental frequency (F0) and formant frequency (FF) to generally differentiate the sources of snoring sounds determined by drug-induced sleep endoscopy (DISE). METHODS: A total of 74 snoring subjects underwent DISE and snoring sounds were recorded simultaneously. The noise-suppressed snoring sounds were analyzed and classified into different groups based on the sources of vibration identified by DISE. F0 and FFs were calculated...
March 16, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297941/noise-delocalization-and-quantum-diffusion-in-one-dimensional-tight-binding-models
#18
Ehsan Gholami, Zahra Mohammaddoust Lashkami
As an unusual type of anomalous diffusion behavior, namely (transient) superballistic transport, has been experimentally observed recently, but it is not yet well understood. In this paper, we investigate the white noise effect (in the Markov approximation) on quantum diffusion in one-dimensional tight-binding models with a periodic, disordered, and quasiperiodic region of size L attached to two perfect lattices at both ends in which the wave packet is initially located at the center of the sublattice. We find that in a completely localized system, inducing noise could delocalize the system to a desirable diffusion phase...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297314/radiation-doses-and-estimated-risk-from-angiographic-projections-during-coronary-angiography-performed-using-novel-flat-detector
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Anna Varghese, Roshan S Livingstone, Lijo Varghese, Parveen Kumar, Sirish Chandra Srinath, Oommen K George, Paul V George
Coronary angiography (CA) procedure uses various angiographic projections to elicit detailed information of the coronary arteries with some steep projections involving high radiation dose to patients. This study intends to evaluate radiation doses and estimated risk from angiographic projections during CA procedure performed using novel flat detector (FD) system with improved image processing and noise reduction techniques. Real-time monitoring of radiation doses using kerma-area product (KAP) meter was performed for 140 patients using Philips Clarity FD system...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292353/the-effect-of-pcdh15-gene-variations-on-the-risk-of-noise-induced-hearing-loss-in-a-chinese-population
#20
Xiang Rong Xu, Jing Jing Wang, Qiu Yue Yang, Jie Jiao, Li Hua He, Shan Fa Yu, Gui Zhen Gu, Guo Shun Chen, Wen Hui Zhou, Hui Wu, Yan Hong Li, Huan Ling Zhang, Zeng Rui Zhang, Xian Ning Jin
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a complex disease caused by interactions between environmental and genetic factors. This study investigated whether genetic variability in protocadherin related 15 (PCDH15) underlies an increased susceptibility to the development of NIHL in a Chinese population. The results showed that compared with the TT genotype of rs11004085, CT/CC genotypes were associated with an increased risk of NIHL [adjusted odds ratio (OR) = 2.64; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.14-6.11, P = 0...
February 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
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