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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637148/pure-tone-hearing-profiles-in-children-with-otitis-media-with-effusion
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Ting Cai, Bradley McPherson, Caiwei Li, Feng Yang
INTRODUCTION: Otitis media with effusion (OME) is a common middle ear disease in children. The associated conductive hearing loss is a major concern for hearing health professionals. The aim of the present study was to describe the configuration of pure tone audiograms of children with OME and to design a statistical stratification algorithm to facilitate hearing loss profiling in children with OME. METHODS: School age children with OME were recruited. Bone and air conduction thresholds were obtained using standard procedures...
February 25, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637125/bilateral-movements-increase-sustained-extensor-force-in-the-paretic-arm
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Nyeonju Kang, James H Cauraugh
PURPOSE: Muscle weakness in the extensors poststroke is a common motor impairment. Unfortunately, research is unclear on whether bilateral movements increase extensor force production in the paretic arm. This study investigated sustained force production while stroke individuals maximally extended their wrist and fingers on their paretic arm. Specifically, we determined isometric force production in three conditions: (a) unilateral paretic arm, (b) unilateral nonparetic arm, and (c) bilateral (both arms executing the same movement simultaneously)...
February 6, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636792/mtf-and-dqe-enhancement-using-an-apodized-aperture-x-ray-detector-design
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Tomi F Nano, Terenz Escartin, Elina Ismailova, Karim S Karim, Jan Lindstrȍm, Ho Kyung Kim, Ian A Cunningham
PURPOSE: Acquisition of high-quality x-ray images using low patient exposures requires detectors with high detective quantum efficiency (DQE). We describe a novel apodized-aperture pixel (AAP) design that increases high-frequency modulation transfer function (MTF) and DQE values. The AAP design makes a separation of physical sensor elements from image pixels by using very small sensor elements (e.g. 0.010-0.025 mm) to synthesize desired larger image pixels (e.g. 0.1-0.2 mm). METHODS: A cascaded systems model of signal and noise propagation is developed to describe the benefits of the AAP approach in terms of the MTF, Wiener noise power spectrum (NPS) and DQE...
June 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636755/technical-note-combination-of-multiple-epid-imager-layers-improves-image-quality-and-tracking-performance-of-low-contrast-to-noise-objects
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Stephen Sf Yip, Joerg Rottmann, Haijian Chen, Daniel Morf, Rony Füglistaller, Josh Star-Lack, George Zentai, Ross Berbeco
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that combining multiple amorphous silicon flat panel layers increases photon detection efficiency in an electronic portal imaging device (EPID), improving image quality and tracking accuracy of low contrast targets during radiotherapy METHODS: The prototype imager evaluated in this study contained 4 individually programmable layers each with a copper converter layer, Gd2 O2 S scintillator and active-matrix flat panel imager (AMFPI). The imager was placed on a Varian TrueBeam linac and a Las Vegas phantom programmed with sinusoidal motion (peak-to-peak amplitude=20mm, Period=3...
June 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636326/experimental-study-of-the-detection-limit-in-dual-gate-biosensors-using-ultra-thin-silicon-transistors
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Ting Wu, Abdullah Alharbi, Kae-Dyi You, Kim Kisslinger, Eric A Stach, Davood Shahrjerdi
Dual-gate field-effect biosensors (bioFETs) with asymmetric gate capacitances were shown to surpass the Nernst limit of 59 mV/pH. However, previous studies have conflicting findings on the effect of the capacitive amplification scheme on the sensor detection limit, which is inversely proportional to the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Here, we present a systematic experimental investigation of the SNR using ultra-thin silicon transistors. Our sensors operate at low voltage and feature asymmetric front and back oxide capacitances with asymmetry factors of 1...
June 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636312/combining-protein-and-mirna-quantification-for-bladder-cancer-analysis
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Ruixue Duan, Zhenyu Zhang, Fuxin Zheng, Longwang Wang, Ju Guo, Tianchi Zhang, Xiaomeng Dai, Shengwei Zhang, Dong Yang, Renrui Kuang, Gongxian Wang, Chaohong He, Abdul Hakeem, Chang Shu, Ping Yin, Xiaoding Lou, Fuqing Zeng, Huageng Liang, Fan Xia
We combine the telomerase extension reaction and microRNA (miRNA)-induced rolling circle amplification, followed by graphene oxide (GO) and nicking enzyme assisted signal amplification, to analyze telomerase and miRNA 21 in urine samples with following merits. Firstly, it is a binary assay and can simultaneously output double signals which corresponds to the quantities of telomerase and miRNA, respectively. Secondly, telomerase activity is firstly enhanced by using DNA molecular beacon probe to inhibit the formation of G-quadruplex...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635640/analysis-of-maneuvering-targets-with-complex-motions-by-two-dimensional-product-modified-lv-s-distribution-for-quadratic-frequency-modulation-signals
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Fulong Jing, Shuhong Jiao, Changbo Hou, Weijian Si, Yu Wang
For targets with complex motion, such as ships fluctuating with oceanic waves and high maneuvering airplanes, azimuth echo signals can be modeled as multicomponent quadratic frequency modulation (QFM) signals after migration compensation and phase adjustment. For the QFM signal model, the chirp rate (CR) and the quadratic chirp rate (QCR) are two important physical quantities, which need to be estimated. For multicomponent QFM signals, the cross terms create a challenge for detection, which needs to be addressed...
June 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635507/cochlear-implant-effectiveness-in-postlingual-single-sided-deaf-individuals-what-s-the-point
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Mareike Finke, Hanna Bönitz, Björn Lyxell, Angelika Illg
OBJECTIVES: By extending the indication criteria for cochlear implants (CI), the population of CI candidates increased in age, as well as range and type of hearing loss. This qualitative study identified factors that contributed to seek CI treatment in single-sided deaf individuals and gained insights how single-sided deafness (SSD) and hearing with a CI affect their lives. DESIGN: An open-ended questionnaire and a standardised inventory (IOI-HA) were used. Qualitative data reflecting the reasons to seek CI treatment and the individual experiences after CI switch-on were collected...
March 5, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635495/analysis-of-audiometric-notch-as-a-noise-induced-hearing-loss-phenotype-in-us-youth-data-from-the-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-2005-2010
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Ishan S Bhatt, O'neil Guthrie
OBJECTIVE: Bilateral audiometric notch (BN) at 4000-6000 Hz was identified as a noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) phenotype for genetic association analysis in college-aged musicians. This study analysed BN in a sample of US youth. DESIGN: Prevalence of the BN within the study sample was determined and logistic-regression analyses were performed to identify audiologic and other demographic factors associated with BN. Computer-simulated "flat" audiograms were used to estimate potential influence of false-positive rates in estimating the prevalence of the BN...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635402/analysing-the-vocal-behaviour-of-teachers-during-classroom-teaching-using-a-portable-voice-accumulator
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Manfred Nusseck, Bernhard Richter, Claudia Spahn, Matthias Echternach
PURPOSE: Teachers are at a considerable risk of developing vocal health problems due to intensive voice use during teaching. This study investigated factors related to the teacher's voice during a teaching situation. METHODS: Overall, 113 teachers were recorded during a typical class lesson, lasting on average 48 min. A portable voice dosimeter (VoxLog System) was used to measure the sound pressure level (SPL) of the noise in the classroom, the teacher's voice SPL, the fundamental frequency (fo) and the phonation time...
March 3, 2017: Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634048/activation-volume-vs-bold-signal-change-as-measures-of-fmri-activation-its-impact-on-gaba-fmri-activation-correlation
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Pallab K Bhattacharyya, Micheal D Phillips, Lael A Stone, Mark J Lowe
PURPOSE: To explore the relative robustness of functional MRI (fMRI) activation volume and blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal change as fMRI metric, and to study the effect of relative robustness on the correlation between fMRI activation and cortical gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) in healthy controls and patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: fMRI data were acquired from healthy controls and patients with MS, with the subjects peforming self paced bilateral finger tapping in block design...
June 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633991/the-path-to-timelessness-insight-assignment-conditions-and-strong-anticipation
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REVIEW
Susie Vrobel
This paper focusses on the notions of time and timelessness in Eastern and Western thought traditions. The Introduction addresses the Eastern differentiation between the mind, which does not operate in a successive manner and is therefore not caught in time, and the time-laden successively operating mind and brain. I also describe how Jiddu Krishnamurti reconciles the two through insight, an event which restructures the brain and culminates in an eternal Now. In the following sections, I draw analogies to Western notions of timelessness and insight...
June 17, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633551/a-pareto-based-ensemble-with-feature-and-instance-selection-for-learning-from-multi-class-imbalanced-datasets
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Alberto Fernández, Cristobal José Carmona, María José Del Jesus, Francisco Herrera
Imbalanced classification is related to those problems that have an uneven distribution among classes. In addition to the former, when instances are located into the overlapped areas, the correct modeling of the problem becomes harder. Current solutions for both issues are often focused on the binary case study, as multi-class datasets require an additional effort to be addressed. In this research, we overcome these problems by carrying out a combination between feature and instance selections. Feature selection will allow simplifying the overlapping areas easing the generation of rules to distinguish among the classes...
April 11, 2017: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633421/linking-noise-to-cardiovascular-disease-pathogenesis
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Tomasz J Guzik, Keith M Channon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 13, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633360/expression-properties-exhibit-correlated-patterns-with-the-fate-of-duplicated-genes-their-divergence-and-transcriptional-plasticity-in-saccharomycotina
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Florian Mattenberger, Beatriz Sabater-Muñoz, Christina Toft, Gaurav Sablok, Mario A Fares
Gene duplication is an important source of novelties and genome complexity. What genes are preserved as duplicated through long evolutionary times can shape the evolution of innovations. Identifying factors that influence gene duplicability is therefore an important aim in evolutionary biology. Here, we show that in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae the levels of gene expression correlate with gene duplicability, its divergence, and transcriptional plasticity. Genes that were highly expressed before duplication are more likely to be preserved as duplicates for longer evolutionary times and wider phylogenetic ranges than genes that were lowly expressed...
June 15, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632772/characterization-of-slow-cycling-cells-in-the-mouse-cochlear-lateral-wall
#16
Yang Li, Kotaro Watanabe, Masato Fujioka, Kaoru Ogawa
Cochlear spiral ligament fibrocytes (SLFs) play essential roles in the physiology of hearing including ion recycling and the generation of endocochlear potential. In adult animals, SLFs can repopulate after damages, yet little is known about the characteristics of proliferating cells that support SLFs' self-renewal. Here we report in detail about the characteristics of cycling cells in the spiral ligament (SL). Fifteen P6 mice and six noise-exposed P28 mice were injected with 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) for 7 days and we chased BrdU retaining cells for as long as 60 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632688/high-quality-3-dimensional-1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopic-imaging-of-the-prostate-without-endorectal-receive-coil-using-a-semi-laser-sequence
#17
Nassim Tayari, Isabell K Steinseifer, Kirsten M Selnæs, Tone F Bathen, Marnix C Maas, Arend Heerschap
OBJECTIVES: Inclusion of 3-dimensional H magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (3D-H-MRSI) in routine multiparametric MRI of the prostate requires good quality spectra and easy interpretable metabolite maps of the whole organ obtained without endorectal coil in clinically feasible acquisition times. We evaluated if a semi-LASER pulse sequence with gradient offset independent adiabaticity refocusing pulses (GOIA-sLASER) for volume selection can meet these requirements. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirteen patients with suspicion of prostate cancer and 1 patient known to have prostate cancer were examined at 3 T with a multichannel body-receive coil...
June 19, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632501/evaluation-of-automatic-dose-rate-control-for-flat-panel-imaging-using-a-spatial-frequency-domain-figure-of-merit
#18
Michiel Dehairs, Hilde Bosmans, Walter Desmet, Nicholas W Marshall
Current automatic dose rate controls (ADRCs) of dynamic x-ray imaging systems adjust acquisition parameters in response to changes in patient thickness in order to achieve a constant signal level in the image receptor. This work compares a 3 parameter (3P) ADRC control to a more flexible 5-parameter (5P) method to meet this goal. A phantom composed of 15 composite poly(methyl) methacrylate (PMMA)/aluminium (Al) plates was imaged on a Siemens Artis Q dynamic system using standard 3P and 5P ADRC technique. Phantom thickness covered a water equivalent thickness range of 2...
June 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632499/model-based-sphere-localization-mbsl-in-x-ray-projections
#19
Stefan Sawall, Joscha Maier, Carsten Leinweber, David Prox, Carsten Funck, Jan Kuntz, Marc Kachelriess
The detection of spherical markers in x-ray projections is an important task in a variety of applications, e.g. geometric calibration and detector distortion correction. Therein, the projection of the sphere center on the detector is of particular interest as the used spherical beads are no ideal point-like objects. Only few methods have been proposed to estimate this respective position on the detector with sufficient accuracy and surrogate positions, e.g. the center of gravity, are used, impairing the results of subsequent algorithms...
June 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632306/analytical-modeling-provides-new-insight-into-complex-mutual-coupling-between-surface-loops-at-ultrahigh-fields
#20
N I Avdievich, A Pfrommer, I A Giapitzakis, A Henning
Ultrahigh-field (UHF) (≥7 T) transmit (Tx) human head surface loop phased arrays improve both the Tx efficiency (B1(+) /√P) and homogeneity in comparison with single-channel quadrature Tx volume coils. For multi-channel arrays, decoupling becomes one of the major problems during the design process. Further insight into the coupling between array elements and its dependence on various factors can facilitate array development. The evaluation of the entire impedance matrix Z for an array loaded with a realistic voxel model or phantom is a time-consuming procedure when performed using electromagnetic (EM) solvers...
June 20, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
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