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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107205/comparison-of-linear-and-non-linear-models-for-predicting-energy-expenditure-from-raw-accelerometer-data
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Alexander H K Montoye, Munni Begum, Zachary Henning, Karin A Pfeiffer
This study had three purposes, all related to evaluating energy expenditure (EE) prediction accuracy from body-worn accelerometers: (1) compare linear regression to linear mixed models, (2) compare linear models to artificial neural network models, and (3) compare accuracy of accelerometers placed on the hip, thigh, and wrists. Forty individuals performed 13 activities in a 90 min semi-structured, laboratory-based protocol. Participants wore accelerometers on the right hip, right thigh, and both wrists and a portable metabolic analyzer (EE criterion)...
January 20, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106657/impact-of-case-order-on-laparoscopic-sacrocolpopexy-do-surgeons-need-a-warm-up
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Erin Seifert Lavelle, Lindsay C Turner, Jonathan P Shepherd
OBJECTIVES: Warm-up is defined as a preparatory activity or procedure. Using case order as a surrogate for surgeon warm-up, first cases were compared with second or later cases for intraoperative complications, operative time, and length of stay (LOS) among women undergoing laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of laparoscopic sacrocolpopexies performed from 2009 through 2014 at a large academic center. Any surgery preceding laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy was considered a surrogate for surgeon warm-up...
January 18, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106651/evaluating-the-impact-of-intraoperative-surgical-team-handoffs-on-patient-outcomes
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Lauren E Giugale, Sarah Sears, Erin S Lavelle, Charelle M Carter-Brooks, Michael Bonidie, Jonathan P Shepherd
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the impact of intraoperative personnel handoffs on clinical outcomes in patients undergoing minimally invasive sacrocolpopexy (SCP). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed SCPs performed at an academic center between 2009 and 2014. We analyzed the number of staff handoffs, defined as any instance a scrub technician (tech) or circulating nurse handed off responsibility for a break or shift change. Outcomes included operative (OR) time and composite variables for major complications (conversion to an open procedure, bladder injury, bowel injury, blood transfusion, infection, ileus, bowel obstruction, readmission, or mesh complication) and prolapse recurrence (prolapse at or beyond the hymen or retreatment)...
January 18, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106388/mechanistic-studies-of-single-step-styrene-production-using-a-rhodium-i-catalyst
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Benjamin A Vaughan, Sarah K Khani, J Brannon Gary, James D Kammert, Michael S Webster-Gardiner, Bradley A McKeown, Robert J Davis, Thomas R Cundari, T Brent Gunnoe
The direct and single-step conversion of benzene, ethylene, and a Cu(II) oxidant to styrene using the Rh(I) catalyst ((Fl)DAB)Rh(TFA)(η(2)-C2H4) [(Fl)DAB = N,N'-bis(pentafluorophenyl)-2,3-dimethyl-1,4-diaza-1,3-butadiene; TFA = trifluoroacetate] has been reported to give quantitative yields (with Cu(II) as the limiting reagent) and selectivity combined with turnover numbers >800. This report details mechanistic studies of this catalytic process using a combined experimental and computational approach. Examining catalysis with the complex ((Fl)DAB)Rh(OAc)(η(2)-C2H4) shows that the reaction rate has a dependence on catalyst concentration between first- and half-order that varies with both temperature and ethylene concentration, a first-order dependence on ethylene concentration with saturation at higher concentrations of ethylene, and a zero-order dependence on the concentration of Cu(II) oxidant...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106280/erk1-directly-interacts-with-jnk1-leading-to-regulation-of-jnk1-c-jun-activity-and-cell-transformation
#5
Bong Seok Kang, Yoon Jin Hwang, Zigang Dong
ERK1 and ERK2 share a great deal of homology and have been presumed to have similar functions. Available antibodies recognize both isoforms making the elucidation of functional differences challenging. Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase networks are commonly depicted in the literature as linear and sequential phosphorylation cascades; however, the activation of these pathways is not mutually exclusive. Little doubt exists that MAP kinases engage in crosstalk, but the extent or the direct effect of these "conversations" is unclear...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106004/wetting-behavior-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-nanofluids
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Adya Karthikeyan, Sylvain Coulombe, Anne-Marie Kietzig
Nanofluids - engineered colloidal suspensions in base liquids - have captivated the interest of researchers over the last two decades for various existing as well as emerging technological applications. The main impetus for the synthesis of such novel nanocomposite liquids is the potential to alter properties of the base liquid, such as its viscosity, thermal conductivity, and surface tension, and to introduce specific optical and magnetic properties. Numerous studies suggest trends and explanations for the effects associated with the addition of nanoparticles, and that deviation from the base liquid properties are dependent on nanoparticle concentration...
January 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103551/ultrasound-flow-mapping-for-the-investigation-of-crystal-growth
#7
Norman Thieme, Paul Bonisch, Dagmar Meier, Richard Nauber, Lars Buttner, Kaspars Dadzis, Olf Patzold, Lamine Sylla, Jurgen Czarske
A high energy conversion and cost efficiency are keys for the transition to renewable energy sources, e.g. solar cells. The efficiency of multi-crystalline solar cells can be improved by enhancing the understanding of its crystallization process, especially the directional solidification. In this paper, a novel measurement system for the characterization of flow phenomena and solidification processes in low-temperature model experiments on the basis of ultrasound Doppler velocimetry is described. It captures turbulent flow phenomena in two planes with a frame rate of 3...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100065/evaluation-of-sulphur-amino-acid-requirement-of-male-korean-native-ducklings-from-hatch-to-21-day-of-age
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J Yoo, Y J Yi, S S Wickramasuriya, E Kim, T K Shin, H M Cho, N Kim, J M Heo
1. A dose-response experiment was conducted with male Korean native ducklings (KND) to evaluate the total sulphur amino acid (TSAA) requirement from hatch to 21 d of age. 2. A completely randomised design with 7 dietary TSAA concentrations (0.62, 0.65, 0.68, 0.71, 0.74, 0.77 and 0.80%) were used with 6 replications per treatment. 3. Body weight (BW) and feed intake were measured weekly to calculate average daily gain (ADG), average daily feed intake (ADFI) and feed conversion ratio (FCR). One duckling per pen (n=6) was killed by cervical dislocation to weigh empty body and drumsticks at the conclusion of experiment...
January 19, 2017: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097295/association-of-systemic-medication-use-with-intraocular-pressure-in-a-multiethnic-asian-population-the-singapore-epidemiology-of-eye-diseases-study
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Henrietta Ho, Yuan Shi, Jacqueline Chua, Yih-Chung Tham, Sing Hui Lim, Tin Aung, Tien Yin Wong, Ching-Yu Cheng
Importance: There is limited understanding of the associations between systemic medication use and intraocular pressure (IOP) in the general population. Objective: To examine the association between systemic medication use and IOP in a multiethnic Asian population. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this post hoc analysis of the Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases study, a population-based study of 10 033 participants (78.7% response rate) from 3 racial/ethnic groups (Chinese [recruited from February 9, 2009, through December 19, 2011], Malays [recruited from August 16, 2004, though July 10, 2006], and Indians [recruited from May 21, 2007, through December 29, 2009]), participants with glaucoma, previous ocular surgery, or trauma and an IOP asymmetry greater than 5 mm Hg between eyes were excluded...
January 12, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096664/predictors-of-outcomes-following-reablement-in-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Hanne Tuntland, Ingvild Kjeken, Eva Langeland, Bjarte Folkestad, Birgitte Espehaug, Oddvar Førland, Mona Kristin Aaslund
BACKGROUND: Reablement is a rehabilitation intervention for community-dwelling older adults, which has recently been implemented in several countries. Its purpose is to improve functional ability in daily occupations (everyday activities) perceived as important by the older person. Performance and satisfaction with performance in everyday life are the major outcomes of reablement. However, the evidence base concerning which factors predict better outcomes and who receives the greatest benefit in reablement is lacking...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094994/ag-sn-bimetallic-catalyst-with-a-core-shell-structure-for-co2-reduction
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Wesley W Luc, Charles Collins, Siwen Wang, Hongliang Xin, Kai He, Yijin Kang, Feng Jiao
Converting greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) to value-added chemicals is an appealing approach to tackle CO2 emission challenges. The chemical transformation of CO2 requires suitable catalysts that can lower the activation energy barrier, thus minimizing the energy penalty associated with the CO2 reduction reaction. First-row transition metals are potential candidates as catalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction; however, their high oxygen affinity makes them easy to be oxidized, which could, in turn, strongly affect the catalytic properties of metal-based catalysts...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094377/mechanistic-insights-into-heterogeneous-methane-activation
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Allegra A Latimer, Hassan Aljama, Arvin Kakekhani, Jong Suk Yoo, Ambarish Kulkarni, Charlie Tsai, Max Garcia-Melchor, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Jens K Nørskov
While natural gas is an abundant chemical fuel, its low volumetric energy density has prompted a search for catalysts able to transform methane into more useful chemicals. This search has often been aided through the use of transition state (TS) scaling relationships, which estimate methane activation TS energies as a linear function of a more easily calculated descriptor, such as final state energy, thus avoiding tedious TS energy calculations. It has been shown that methane can be activated via a radical or surface-stabilized pathway, both of which possess a unique TS scaling relationship...
January 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094348/weight-of-abcb1-and-por-genes-on-oral-tacrolimus-exposure-in-cyp3a5-nonexpressor-pediatric-patients-with-stable-kidney-transplant
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G N Almeida-Paulo, I Dapía García, R Lubomirov, A M Borobia, N L Alonso-Sánchez, L Espinosa, A J Carcas-Sansuán
Tacrolimus (TAC) is highly effective for the prevention of acute organ rejection. However, its clinical use may be challenging due to its large interindividual pharmacokinetic variability, which can be partially explained by genetic variations in TAC-metabolizing enzymes and transporters. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of genetic and clinical factors on TAC pharmacokinetic variability in 21 stable pediatric renal transplant patients. This study was nested in a previous Prograf to Advagraf conversion clinical trial...
January 17, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092630/comparative-monte-carlo-study-on-the-performance-of-integration-and-list-mode-detector-configurations-for-carbon-ion-computed-tomography
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Sebastian Meyer, Chiara Gianoli, Lorena Magallanes, Benedikt Kopp, Thomas Tessonnier, Guillaume Landry, George Dedes, Bernd Voss, Katia Parodi
Ion beam therapy offers the possibility of a highly conformal tumor-dose distribution; however, this technique is extremely sensitive to inaccuracies in the treatment procedures. Ambiguities in the conversion of Hounsfield units of the treatment planning x-ray CT to relative stopping power (RSP) can cause uncertainties in the estimated ion range of up to several millimeters. Ion CT (iCT) represents a favorable solution allowing to directly assess the RSP. In this simulation study we investigate the performance of the integration-mode configuration for carbon iCT, in comparison with a single-particle approach under the same set-up...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092557/single-image-super-resolution-using-global-regression-based-on-multiple-local-linear-mappings
#15
Jae-Seok Choi, Munchurl Kim
Super-resolution (SR) has become more vital, because of its capability to generate high-quality ultra-high definition (UHD) high-resolution (HR) images from low-resolution (LR) input images. Conventional SR methods entail high computational complexity, which makes them difficult to be implemented for up-scaling of full-high-definition (FHD) input images into UHD-resolution images. Nevertheless, our previous super-interpolation (SI) method showed a good compromise between PSNR performances and computational complexity...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091857/lack-of-heart-rate-variability-during-sleep-related-apnea-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-tle-an-indirect-marker-of-sudep
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C S Nayak, S Sinha, M Nagappa, K Thennarasu, A B Taly
PURPOSE: Apneas occurring during sleep may precipitate autonomic instability in epilepsy patients making them susceptible to sudden death (SUDEP). Literature on heart rate variability (HRV) during apnea among patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is sparse. The aim of this study was to characterize the HRV during the peri-apneic period in patients with TLE and compare with HRV of matched healthy individuals during the overnight polysomnographic (PSG) recording. Further, the role of carbamazepine (CBZ) in modulating peri-apneic HRV in the above cohort was also assessed...
January 14, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090441/principal-component-analysis-t1%C3%AF-voxel-based-relaxometry-of-the-articular-cartilage-a-comparison-of-biochemical-patterns-in-osteoarthritis-and-anterior-cruciate-ligament-subjects
#17
Valentina Pedoia, Colin Russell, Allison Randolph, Xiaojuan Li, Sharmila Majumdar
BACKGROUND: Quantitative MR, including T1ρ mapping, has been extensively used to probe early biochemical changes in knee articular cartilage of subjects with osteoarthritis (OA) and others at risk for cartilage degeneration, such as those with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and reconstruction. However, limited studies have been performed aimed to assess the spatial location and patterns of T1ρ. In this study we used a novel voxel-based relaxometry (VBR) technique coupled with principal component analysis (PCA) to extract relevant features so as to describe regional patterns and to investigate their similarities and differences in T1ρ maps in subjects with OA and subjects six months after ACL reconstruction (ACLR)...
December 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089912/hiding-clinical-information-in-medical-images-a-new-high-capacity-and-reversible-data-hiding-technique
#18
Shabir A Parah, Farhana Ahad, Javaid A Sheikh, G M Bhat
A new high capacity and reversible data hiding scheme for e-healthcare applications has been presented in this paper. Pixel to Block (PTB) conversion technique has been used as an effective and computationally efficient alternative to interpolation for the cover image generation to ensure reversibility of medical images. A fragile watermark and Block Checksum (computed for each 4 × 4 block) have been embedded in the cover image for facilitating tamper detection and tamper localization, and hence content authentication at receiver...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081088/am-to-pm-conversion-in-a-resonant-microwave-optical-rectification-detector
#19
Brian H Kolner, Lanbing Kang
A LiNbO<sub>3</sub>-loaded microwave cavity pumped with weakly AM-modulated 30 fs optical pulses was used as a platform to investigate AM-to-PM conversion in the optical rectification process. Theoretical treatment of AM-to-PM conversion (i.e., peak-induced electrical phase deviation β<sub>i</sub> due to optical power modulation with index m) suggests that the dominant mechanism is self-group-velocity modulation due to χ<sup>(3)</sup> and cascaded χ<sup>(2)</sup> processes with a value of δ=β<sub>i</sub>/m=-151  dB, linearly dependent on the optical power at intensities of 6×10<sup>10</sup>  W/m<sup>2</sup> in a 40 mm long LiNbO<sub>3</sub> crystal...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079946/enantioselective-and-regiodivergent-addition-of-purines-to-terminal-allenes-synthesis-of-abacavir
#20
Niels Thieme, Bernhard Breit
The rhodium-catalyzed atom-economic asymmetric N-selective intermolecular addition of purine derivatives to terminal allenes is reported. Branched allylic purines were obtained in high yields, regioselectivity and outstanding enantioselectivity utilizing a Rh/Josiphos catalyst. Conversely, linear selective allylation of purines could be realized in good to excellent regio- and E/Z-selectivity with a Pd/dppf catalyst system. Furthermore, the new methodology was applied to a straightforward asymmetric synthesis of carbocyclic nucleoside abacavir...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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