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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641393/a-technical-review-of-subvalvular-techniques-for-repair-of-ischaemic-mitral-regurgitation-and-their-associated-echocardiographic-and-survival-outcomes
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Leonidas V Athanasopoulos, Roberto P Casula, Prakash P Punjabi, Yusuf S Abdullahi, Thanos Athanasiou
Subvalvular techniques are gaining ground as adjunct procedures for addressing ischaemic mitral regurgitation. The aim of this study was to describe the different techniques and assess their results. A systematic review of the literature was performed. The end points of interest were recurrence of mitral regurgitation, cardiac events and early and late echocardiographic measurements. After initial screening, 450 articles were identified, of which 24 provided the best available evidence on the topic. The different subvalvular techniques had similar mortality rates when compared with the standard restrictive annuloplasty...
June 21, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641263/radian-visual-exploration-of-traceroutes
#2
Massimo Candela, Marco Di Bartolomeo, Giuseppe Di Battista, Claudio Squarcella
Several projects deploy probes in the Internet. Probes are systems that continuously perform traceroutes and other networking measurements (e.g. ping) towards selected targets. Measurements can be stored and analyzed to gain knowledge on several aspects of the Internet, but making sense of such data requires suitable methods and tools for exploration and visualization. We present Radian, a tool that allows to visualize traceroute paths at different levels of detail and to animate their evolution during a selected time interval...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641251/robust-face-recognition-with-kernelized-locality-sensitive-group-sparsity-representation
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Shoubiao Tan, Xi Sun, Wentao Chan, Lei Qu, Ling Shao
In this paper, a novel joint sparse representation method is proposed for robust face recognition. We embed both group sparsity and kernelized locality-sensitive constraints into the framework of sparse representation. The group sparsity constraint is designed to utilize the grouped structure information in the training data. The local similarity between test and training data is measured in the kernel space instead of the Euclidian space. As a result, the embedded nonlinear information can be effectively captured, leading to a more discriminative representation...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641226/evaluation-of-trace-element-concentration-in-cancerous-and-non-cancerous-tissues-of-human-stomach
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Shadi Kohzadi, Farshad Sheikhesmaili, Ramesh Rahehagh, Baran Parhizkar, Ebrahim Ghaderi, Hozan Loqmani, Behzad Shahmoradi, Ebrahim Mohammadi, Afshin Maleki
Gastric cancer has a high mortality rate in west of Iran. Various environmental elements are proposed as cancer risk factors including trace elements. Trace elements can induce initiation or progression of carcinogenesis via oxidative stress and DNA injury. The aim of this study was to measure and compare some trace element concentration (Ca, Cu, Fe, As, Mg, Ni, Cd and Cr) in gastric cancer tissues and normal tissues. For this purpose, 35 patients with gastric cancer and 30 without any cancer were biopsied...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641198/combined-computational-experimental-approach-to-predict-blood-brain-barrier-bbb-permeation-based-on-green-salting-out-thin-layer-chromatography-supported-by-simple-molecular-descriptors
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Krzesimir Ciura, Mariusz Belka, Piotr Kawczak, Tomasz Bączek, Michał J Markuszewski, Joanna Nowakowska
The objective of this paper is to build QSRR/QSAR model for predicting the blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability. The obtained models are based on salting-out thin layer chromatography (SOTLC) constants and calculated molecular descriptors. Among chromatographic methods SOTLC was chosen, since the mobile phases are free of organic solvent. As consequences, there are less toxic, and have lower environmental impact compared to classical reserved phases liquid chromatography (RPLC). During the study three stationary phase silica gel, cellulose plates and neutral aluminum oxide were examined...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641179/quantitative-study-of-the-proportion-of-the-pore-volume-of-human-fluorotic-enamel-filled-by-resin-infiltrant
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Frederico Barbosa de Sousa, Isabel Maria Porto Lelis, Regina Célia Bressan Queiroz Figueiredo, Andressa Cavalcanti Pires, Raquel Fernanda Gerlach
AIM: Capillarity theory predicts that the pore volume infiltrated by a liquid in a body with tubular capillaries is directly proportional to the capillary radius. The expected volume available for infiltration is the loosely bound water volume, which can be related to the capillary radii. We tested the hypothesis that the proportion of the pore volume infiltrated by resin infiltrant (Vratio(resin)) is correlated and agrees with the proportion of the pore volume with loosely bound water ( [Formula: see text] )...
June 15, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641175/atmospheric-dust-deposition-on-soils-around-an-abandoned-fluorite-mine-hammam-zriba-ne-tunisia
#7
Chaima Djebbi, Fredj Chaabani, Oriol Font, Ignasi Queralt, Xavier Querol
The present study focuses on the eolian dispersion and dust deposition, of major and trace elements in soils in a semi-arid climate, around an old fluorite (CaF2) and barite (BaSO4) mine, located in Hammam Zriba in Northern Tunisia. Ore deposits from this site contain a high amount of metal sulphides constituting heavy metal pollution in the surrounding environment. Samples of waste from the surface of mine tailings and agricultural topsoil samples in the vicinity of the mine were collected. The soil samples and a control sample from unpolluted area, were taken in the direction of prevailing northwest and west winds...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641128/expectancy-of-impairment-attenuates-marijuana-induced-risk-taking
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Rachel L Gunn, Linda Skalski, Jane Metrik
BACKGROUND: Marijuana use has been associated with increased risk-taking and impulsive behavior. While pharmacologic effects of marijuana can lead to inhibitory impairment, expectancy of potential impairment may result in compensatory behavioral response by decreasing impulsive decisions and risky behaviors. With the increases in marijuana use and related problems, a better understanding of the individual characteristics associated with marijuana intoxication and risky behavior is needed...
June 13, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641120/the-cognitive-bases-of-the-development-of-past-and-future-episodic-cognition-in-preschoolers
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Gülten Ünal, Annette Hohenberger
The aim of this study was to use a minimalist framework to examine the joint development of past and future episodic cognition and their underlying cognitive abilities in 3- to 5-year-old Turkish preschoolers. Participants engaged in two main tasks, a what-where-when (www) task to measure episodic memory and a future prediction task to measure episodic future thinking. Three additional tasks were used for predicting children's performance in the two main tasks: a temporal language task, an executive function task, and a spatial working memory task...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641059/the-latent-structure-of-social-anxiety-disorder-and-the-performance-only-specifier-a-taxometric-analysis
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Grace B Boyers, Joshua J Broman-Fulks, David P Valentiner, Kathleen McCraw, Lisa Curtin, Kurt D Michael
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is often treated as a discrete diagnostic entity that represents a naturally occurring class, though empirical evidence largely supports a dimensional conceptualization of social fears. Further, the inclusion of a "performance only" specifier in the DSM-5 implies that individuals who experience intense social anxiety exclusively in performance situations are distinct from those with broader social fears. The purpose of the present research was to examine the latent structure of SAD and the DSM-5 "performance only" specifier in a large nonclinical sample (n = 2019)...
June 22, 2017: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641044/the-effects-of-short-versus-long-inter-set-rest-intervals-in-resistance-training-on-measures-of-muscle-hypertrophy-a-systematic-review
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Jozo Grgic, Bruno Lazinica, Pavle Mikulic, James W Krieger, Brad Jon Schoenfeld
Although the effects of short versus long inter-set rest intervals in resistance training on measures of muscle hypertrophy have been investigated in several studies, the findings are equivocal and the practical implications remain unclear. In an attempt to provide clarity on the topic, we performed a systematic literature search of PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, and Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) electronic databases. Six studies were found to have met the inclusion criteria: (a) an experimental trial published in an English-language peer-reviewed journal; (b) the study compared the use of short (≤60 s) to long (>60 s) inter-set rest intervals in a traditional dynamic resistance exercise using both concentric and eccentric muscle actions, with the only difference in resistance training among groups being the inter-set rest interval duration; (c) at least one method of measuring changes in muscle mass was used in the study; (d) the study lasted for a minimum of four weeks, employed a training frequency of ≥2 resistance training days per week, and (e) used human participants without known chronic disease or injury...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641025/relationship-between-length-and-width-of-the-purple-line-and-foetal-head-descent-in-active-phase-of-labour
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Morvarid Irani, Masoumeh Kordi, Habibollah Esmaily
Purple line is one of the non-invasive methods to assess the progress of labour. This longitudinal observational study was performed on 350 women during the active phase of labour. We assessed the relationship between length and width of the purple line and foetal head descent. Women were examined in the lateral position and researcher recorded the presence or absence of the line before each vaginal examination. Where present length and width of the line was measured using a disposable tape measure. The purple line appeared in 75...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641022/a-randomized-single-dose-parallel-study-on-enhancement-of-nitric-oxide-in-serum-and-saliva-with-the-use-of-natural-sports-supplement-in-healthy-adults
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Joby Jacob, Sreeraj Gopi, Chandradhara Divya
Sports supplements that stimulate the production of nitric oxide (NO) are widely promoted agents in the sports nutrition domain, and nitric oxide plays an important role to enhance the cardiovascular and physical fitness of the sports participants. The purpose of the study is to investigate whether oral intake of a sports nutritional supplement (Fitnox) is able to increase nitrate (NO3(-)) and nitrite (NO2(-)) levels in blood serum and saliva of healthy adults. Fitnox is a unique blend of Kaempferia parviflora methoxy flavones, pomegranate peel polyphenols, and Moringa oleifera leaf saponins...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640977/neurogenic-bowel-dysfunction-clinical-management-recommendations-of-the-neurologic-incontinence-committee-of-the-fifth-international-consultation-on-incontinence-2013
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REVIEW
Nikki Cotterill, Helmut Madersbacher, Jean J Wyndaele, Apostolos Apostolidis, Marcus J Drake, Jerzy Gajewski, John Heesakkers, Jalesh Panicker, Piotr Radziszewski, Ryuji Sakakibara, Karl-Dietrich Sievert, Rizwan Hamid, Thomas M Kessler, Anton Emmanuel
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based guidelines for the management of neurological disease and lower bowel dysfunction have been produced by the International Consultations on Incontinence (ICI). These are comprehensive guidelines, and were developed to have world-wide relevance. AIMS: To update clinical management of neurogenic bowel dysfunction from the recommendations of the 4th ICI, 2009. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A series of evidence reviews and updates were performed by members of the working group...
June 22, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640923/how-much-detail-is-needed-in-modeling-a-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-figure-8-coil-measurements-and-brain-simulations
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Petar I Petrov, Stefano Mandija, Iris E C Sommer, Cornelis A T van den Berg, Sebastiaan F W Neggers
BACKGROUND: Despite TMS wide adoption, its spatial and temporal patterns of neuronal effects are not well understood. Although progress has been made in predicting induced currents in the brain using realistic finite element models (FEM), there is little consensus on how a magnetic field of a typical TMS coil should be modeled. Empirical validation of such models is limited and subject to several limitations. METHODS: We evaluate and empirically validate models of a figure-of-eight TMS coil that are commonly used in published modeling studies, of increasing complexity: simple circular coil model; coil with in-plane spiral winding turns; and finally one with stacked spiral winding turns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640855/the-effect-of-subpressure-on-the-bond-strength-of-resin-to-zirconia-ceramic
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Yong-Mei Li, Rui-Shen Zhuge, Zu-Tai Zhang, Yue-Ming Tian, Ning Ding
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to investigate the effect of subpressure on the bond strength of resin to zirconia ceramic. The subpressure would create a pressure gradient which could clean out the bubbles in the adhesives or bonding interface. METHODS: Twenty-eight pre-sintered zirconia discs were fabricated. Half of them were polished (group P, n = 14), and the rest were sandblasted (group S, n = 14). After sintered,the surface roughness of the zirconia discs was measured...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640847/heart-rate-lowering-treatment-leads-to-a-reduction-in-vulnerable-plaque-features-in-atherosclerotic-rabbits
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Raf H M van Hoof, Evelien Hermeling, Judith C Sluimer, Julie Salzmann, Arnold P G Hoeks, Jérôme Roussel, Mat J A P Daemen, Harry Struijker-Boudier, Joachim E Wildberger, Sylvia Heeneman, M Eline Kooi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of a heart rate (HR) lowering agent (Ivabradine) on features of atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound imaging, and histology. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Atherosclerosis was induced in the abdominal aorta of 19 rabbits. Nine rabbits were treated with Ivabradine (17 mg/kg/day) during the entire study period. At week 14, imaging was performed. Plaque size was quantified on contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MR images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640836/craniofacial-similarity-analysis-through-sparse-principal-component-analysis
#18
Junli Zhao, Fuqing Duan, Zhenkuan Pan, Zhongke Wu, Jinhua Li, Qingqiong Deng, Xiaona Li, Mingquan Zhou
The computer-aided craniofacial reconstruction (CFR) technique has been widely used in the fields of criminal investigation, archaeology, anthropology and cosmetic surgery. The evaluation of craniofacial reconstruction results is important for improving the effect of craniofacial reconstruction. Here, we used the sparse principal component analysis (SPCA) method to evaluate the similarity between two sets of craniofacial data. Compared with principal component analysis (PCA), SPCA can effectively reduce the dimensionality and simultaneously produce sparse principal components with sparse loadings, thus making it easy to explain the results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640821/noise-reduction-in-single-time-frame-optical-dna-maps
#19
Paola C Torche, Vilhelm Müller, Fredrik Westerlund, Tobias Ambjörnsson
In optical DNA mapping technologies sequence-specific intensity variations (DNA barcodes) along stretched and stained DNA molecules are produced. These "fingerprints" of the underlying DNA sequence have a resolution of the order one kilobasepairs and the stretching of the DNA molecules are performed by surface adsorption or nano-channel setups. A post-processing challenge for nano-channel based methods, due to local and global random movement of the DNA molecule during imaging, is how to align different time frames in order to produce reproducible time-averaged DNA barcodes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640810/lassim-a-network-inference-toolbox-for-genome-wide-mechanistic-modeling
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Rasmus Magnusson, Guido Pio Mariotti, Mattias Köpsén, William Lövfors, Danuta R Gawel, Rebecka Jörnsten, Jörg Linde, Torbjörn Nordling, Elin Nyman, Sylvie Schulze, Colm E Nestor, Huan Zhang, Gunnar Cedersund, Mikael Benson, Andreas Tjärnberg, Mika Gustafsson
Recent technological advancements have made time-resolved, quantitative, multi-omics data available for many model systems, which could be integrated for systems pharmacokinetic use. Here, we present large-scale simulation modeling (LASSIM), which is a novel mathematical tool for performing large-scale inference using mechanistically defined ordinary differential equations (ODE) for gene regulatory networks (GRNs). LASSIM integrates structural knowledge about regulatory interactions and non-linear equations with multiple steady state and dynamic response expression datasets...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
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