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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335570/an-improved-multi-sensor-fusion-navigation-algorithm-based-on-the-factor-graph
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Qinghua Zeng, Weina Chen, Jianye Liu, Huizhe Wang
An integrated navigation system coupled with additional sensors can be used in the Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MUAV) applications because the multi-sensor information is redundant and complementary, which can markedly improve the system accuracy. How to deal with the information gathered from different sensors efficiently is an important problem. The fact that different sensors provide measurements asynchronously may complicate the processing of these measurements. In addition, the output signals of some sensors appear to have a non-linear character...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335542/the-impact-of-bending-stress-on-the-performance-of-giant-magneto-impedance-gmi-magnetic-sensors
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Julie Nabias, Aktham Asfour, Jean-Paul Yonnet
The flexibility of amorphous Giant Magneto-Impedance (GMI) micro wires makes them easy to use in several magnetic field sensing applications, such as electrical current sensing, where they need to be deformed in order to be aligned with the measured field. The present paper deals with the bending impact, as a parameter of influence of the sensor, on the GMI effect in 100 µm Co-rich amorphous wires. Changes in the values of key parameters associated with the GMI effect have been investigated under bending stress...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335491/health-and-wellbeing-of-occupants-in-highly-energy-efficient-buildings-a-field-study
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Peter Wallner, Peter Tappler, Ute Munoz, Bernhard Damberger, Anna Wanka, Michael Kundi, Hans-Peter Hutter
Passive houses and other highly energy-efficient buildings need mechanical ventilation. However, ventilation systems in such houses are regarded with a certain degree of skepticism by parts of the public due to alleged negative health effects. Within a quasi-experimental field study, we investigated if occupants of two types of buildings (mechanical vs. natural ventilation) experience different health, wellbeing and housing satisfaction outcomes and if associations with indoor air quality exist. We investigated 123 modern homes (test group: with mechanical ventilation; control group: naturally ventilated) built in the years 2010 to 2012 in the same geographic area and price range...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335478/lactational-stage-of-pasteurized-human-donor-milk-contributes-to-nutrient-limitations-for-infants
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Christina J Valentine, Georgia Morrow, Amanda Reisinger, Kelly A Dingess, Ardythe L Morrow, Lynette K Rogers
BACKGROUND: Mother's own milk is the first choice for feeding preterm infants, but when not available, pasteurized human donor milk (PDM) is often used. Infants fed PDM have difficulties maintaining appropriate growth velocities. To assess the most basic elements of nutrition, we tested the hypotheses that fatty acid and amino acid composition of PDM is highly variable and standard pooling practices attenuate variability; however, total nutrients may be limiting without supplementation due to late lactational stage of the milk...
March 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335436/photonic-low-cost-micro-sensor-for-in-line-wear-particle-detection-in-flowing-lube-oils
#5
Jon Mabe, Joseba Zubia, Eneko Gorritxategi
The presence of microscopic particles in suspension in industrial fluids is often an early warning of latent or imminent failures in the equipment or processes where they are being used. This manuscript describes work undertaken to integrate different photonic principles with a micro- mechanical fluidic structure and an embedded processor to develop a fully autonomous wear debris sensor for in-line monitoring of industrial fluids. Lens-less microscopy, stroboscopic illumination, a CMOS imager and embedded machine vision technologies have been merged to develop a sensor solution that is able to detect and quantify the number and size of micrometric particles suspended in a continuous flow of a fluid...
March 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335404/perceptions-of-health-co-benefits-in-relation-to-greenhouse-gas-emission-reductions-a-survey-among-urban-residents-in-three-chinese-cities
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Jinghong Gao, Guozhang Xu, Wenjun Ma, Yong Zhang, Alistair Woodward, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Sari Kovats, Paul Wilkinson, Tianfeng He, Hualiang Lin, Tao Liu, Shaohua Gu, Jun Wang, Jing Li, Jun Yang, Xiaobo Liu, Jing Li, Haixia Wu, Qiyong Liu
Limited information is available on the perceptions of stakeholders concerning the health co-benefits of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of urban residents on the health co-benefits involving GHG abatement and related influencing factors in three cities in China. Beijing, Ningbo and Guangzhou were selected for this survey. Participants were recruited from randomly chosen committees, following quotas for gender and age in proportion to the respective population shares...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335394/motor-function-evaluation-of-hemiplegic-upper-extremities-using-data-fusion-from-wearable-inertial-and-surface-emg-sensors
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Yanran Li, Xu Zhang, Yanan Gong, Ying Cheng, Xiaoping Gao, Xiang Chen
Quantitative evaluation of motor function is of great demand for monitoring clinical outcome of applied interventions and further guiding the establishment of therapeutic protocol. This study proposes a novel framework for evaluating upper limb motor function based on data fusion from inertial measurement units (IMUs) and surface electromyography (EMG) sensors. With wearable sensors worn on the tested upper limbs, subjects were asked to perform eleven straightforward, specifically designed canonical upper-limb functional tasks...
March 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335359/temperature-and-angle-dependent-magnetic-properties-of-ni-nanotube-arrays-fabricated-by-electrodeposition-in-polycarbonate-templates
#8
Yonghui Chen, Chen Xu, Yibo Zhou, Khan Maaz, Huijun Yao, Dan Mo, Shuangbao Lyu, Jinglai Duan, Jie Liu
Parallel arrays of Ni nanotubes with an external diameter of 150 nm, a wall thickness of 15 nm, and a length of 1.2 ± 0.3 µm were successfully fabricated in ion-track etched polycarbonate (PC) templates by electrochemical deposition. The morphology and crystal structure of the nanotubes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Structural analyses indicate that Ni nanotubes have a polycrystalline structure with no preferred orientation...
December 1, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335333/plant-mediated-green-synthesis-of-cuo-nanoparticles-comparison-of-toxicity-of-engineered-and-plant-mediated-cuo-nanoparticles-towards-daphnia-magna
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Sadia Saif, Arifa Tahir, Tayyaba Asim, Yongsheng Chen
Research on green production methods for metal oxide nanoparticles (NPs) is growing, with the objective to overcome the potential hazards of these chemicals for a safer environment. In this study, facile, ecofriendly synthesis of copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles was successfully achieved using aqueous extract of Pterospermum acerifolium leaves. P. acerifolium-fabricated CuO nanoparticles were further characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and dynamic light scattering (DLS)...
November 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335331/the-use-of-spray-dried-mn%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-c-composites-as-electrocatalysts-for-li-o%C3%A2-batteries
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Hong-Kai Yang, Chih-Chun Chin, Jenn-Shing Chen
The electrocatalytic activities of Mn₃O₄/C composites are studied in lithium-oxygen (Li-O₂) batteries as cathode catalysts. The Mn₃O₄/C composites are fabricated using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) with organic surfactants as the carbon sources. The physical and electrochemical performance of the composites is characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, particle size analysis, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements, elemental analysis, galvanostatic charge-discharge methods and rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) measurements...
November 7, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335317/cytotoxicity-of-silver-nanoparticle-and-chitin-nanofiber-sheet-composites-caused-by-oxidative-stress
#11
Jun Kinoda, Masayuki Ishihara, Hidemi Hattori, Shingo Nakamura, Koichi Fukuda, Hidetaka Yokoe
Size-controlled spherical silver nanoparticles (<10 nm) and chitin-nanofiber sheet composites (Ag NPs/CNFS) have previously been reported to have strong antimicrobial activity in vitro. Although Ag NPs/CNFS have strong antimicrobial activity, their cytotoxicity has not been investigated. This study was performed to evaluate the effects of Ag NPs/CNFS on cytotoxicity for fibroblasts in vitro and healing delay of wound repair in vivo, focused on oxidative stress. Cytotoxic activities of Ag NPs/CNFS were investigated using a fibroblast cell proliferation assay, nitric oxide/nitrogen dioxide (NO/NO₂) measurement of the cell lysates in vitro, inhibitory effects of Ag NPs/CNFS on healing-impaired wound repair using diabetic mice in vivo, 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) immunohistochemical staining of the skin sections, and generation of carbonyl protein in the wound was performed to evaluate cytotoxicity with oxidative stress...
October 20, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335284/graphene-enabled-electrodes-for-electrocardiogram-monitoring
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Numan Celik, Nadarajah Manivannan, Andrew Strudwick, Wamadeva Balachandran
The unique parameters of graphene (GN)-notably its considerable electron mobility, high surface area, and electrical conductivity-are bringing extensive attention into the wearable technologies. This work presents a novel graphene-based electrode for acquisition of electrocardiogram (ECG). The proposed electrode was fabricated by coating GN on top of a metallic layer of a Ag/AgCl electrode using a chemical vapour deposition (CVD) technique. To investigate the performance of the fabricated GN-based electrode, two types of electrodes were fabricated with different sizes to conduct the signal qualities and the skin-electrode contact impedance measurements...
August 23, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335203/temperature-dependent-magnetic-response-of-antiferromagnetic-doping-in-cobalt-ferrite-nanostructures
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Adeela Nairan, Maaz Khan, Usman Khan, Munawar Iqbal, Saira Riaz, Shahzad Naseem
In this work MnxCo1-xFe₂O₄ nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized using a chemical co-precipitation method. Phase purity and structural analyses of synthesized NPs were performed by X-ray diffractometer (XRD). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) reveals the presence of highly crystalline and narrowly-dispersed NPs with average diameter of 14 nm. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum was measured in the range of 400-4000 cm(-1) which confirmed the formation of vibrational frequency bands associated with the entire spinel structure...
April 18, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335080/comparisons-among-mri-signs-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-and-fractional-anisotropy-in-dogs-with-a-solitary-intracranial-meningioma-or-histiocytic-sarcoma
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Masae Wada, Daisuke Hasegawa, Yuji Hamamoto, Yoshihiko Yu, Aki Fujiwara-Igarashi, Michio Fujita
Although MRI has become widely used in small animal practice, little is known about the validity of advanced MRI techniques such as diffusion-weighted imaging and diffusion tensor imaging. The aim of this retrospective analytical observational study was to investigate the characteristics of diffusion parameters, that is the apparent diffusion coefficient and fractional anisotropy, in dogs with a solitary intracranial meningioma or histiocytic sarcoma. Dogs were included based on the performance of diffusion MRI and histological confirmation...
March 23, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335024/impaired-dual-tasking-in-parkinson-s-disease-is-associated-with-reduced-focusing-of-cortico-striatal-activity
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Freek Nieuwhof, Bastiaan R Bloem, Miriam F Reelick, Esther Aarts, Inbal Maidan, Anat Mirelman, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Ivan Toni, Rick C Helmich
Impaired dual tasking, namely the inability to concurrently perform a cognitive and a motor task (e.g. 'stops walking while talking'), is a largely unexplained and frequent symptom of Parkinson's disease. Here we consider two circuit-level accounts of how striatal dopamine depletion might lead to impaired dual tasking in patients with Parkinson's disease. First, the loss of segregation between striatal territories induced by dopamine depletion may lead to dysfunctional overlaps between the motor and cognitive processes usually implemented in parallel cortico-striatal circuits...
March 17, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335012/improving-working-memory-performance-in-brain-injured-patients-using-hypnotic-suggestion
#16
Jonas K Lindeløv, Rikke Overgaard, Morten Overgaard
Working memory impairment is prevalent in brain injured patients across lesion aetiologies and severities. Unfortunately, rehabilitation efforts for this impairment have hitherto yielded small or no effects. Here we show in a randomized actively controlled trial that working memory performance can be effectively restored by suggesting to hypnotized patients that they have regained their pre-injury level of working memory functioning. Following four 1-h sessions, 27 patients had a medium-sized improvement relative to 22 active controls (Bayes factors of 342 and 37...
February 4, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334943/effects-of-prefrontal-cortex-damage-on-emotion-understanding-eeg-and-behavioural-evidence
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Anat Perry, Samantha N Saunders, Jennifer Stiso, Callum Dewar, Jamie Lubell, Torstein R Meling, Anne-Kristin Solbakk, Tor Endestad, Robert T Knight
Humans are highly social beings that interact with each other on a daily basis. In these complex interactions, we get along by being able to identify others' actions and infer their intentions, thoughts and feelings. One of the major theories accounting for this critical ability assumes that the understanding of social signals is based on a primordial tendency to simulate observed actions by activating a mirror neuron system. If mirror neuron regions are important for action and emotion recognition, damage to regions in this network should lead to deficits in these domains...
February 22, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334939/association-between-tau-deposition-and-antecedent-amyloid-%C3%AE-accumulation-rates-in-normal-and-early-symptomatic-individuals
#18
Duygu Tosun, Susan Landau, Paul S Aisen, Ronald C Petersen, Mark Mintun, William Jagust, Michael W Weiner
A long-term goal of our field is to determine the sequence of pathological events, which ultimately lead to cognitive decline and dementia. In this study, we first assessed the patterns of brain tau tangle accumulation (measured with the positron emission tomography tracer 18F-AV-1451) associated with well-established Alzheimer's disease factors in a cohort including cognitively healthy elderly individuals and individuals at early symptomatic stages of Alzheimer's disease. We then explored highly associated patterns of greater 18F-AV-1451 binding and increased annualized change in cortical amyloid-β plaques measured as florbetapir positron emission tomography binding antecedent to 18F-AV-1451 positron emission tomography scans, and to what extent these multimodal pattern associations explained the variance in cognitive performance and clinical outcome measures, independently and jointly...
March 17, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334837/clinical-outcome-of-definitive-radiation-therapy-for-superficial-esophageal-cancer
#19
Yutaro Koide, Takeshi Kodaira, Hiroyuki Tachibana, Natsuo Tomita, Chiyoko Makita, Makoto Itoh, Tetsuya Abe, Kei Muro, Masahiro Tajika, Yasumasa Niwa, Yoshiyuki Itoh, Shinji Naganawa
Objective: To analyze the clinical outcome of concurrent chemoradiotherapy in superficial esophageal cancer patients. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed data for 123 patients with superficial esophageal cancer who received external beam radiotherapy without intracavitary brachytherapy plus systemic chemotherapy during 1998-2015. Elective nodal irradiation was not performed. The dosage to planning treatment volume was 60 Gy in 30 fractions. The main outcome measure was overall survival...
February 23, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334813/construction-of-ductal-diameter-centiles-in-the-first-24%C3%A2-h-of-life-and-their-relation-to-cerebral-blood-flow-in-neonates-weighing-less-than-1250%C3%A2-g-in-the-first-24%C3%A2-h-of-life
#20
Sunil Pawar, Deepak Sharma, Srinivas Murki, Sreeram Subramaniam, Hemashree Kandraju
Aims and objectives: To evaluate the ductal diameter centiles in the first 24 h of life and their relation to cerebral blood flow in neonates weighing <1250 g in the first 24 h of life. Method and material: This prospective observational cohort study enrolled 44 infants with birth weight <1250 g. Two-dimensional echocardiography and color Doppler were performed within the first 12 h of life and were repeated again in the next 12 h of life to assess the ductal size and middle cerebral artery (MCA) flows [peak systolic velocity (PSV), end diastolic velocity (EDV), mean velocity (MV) and pulsatility index (PI)]...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
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