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Štefan Sotak, Ivica Lazúrová, Marek Felšöci, Božena Nováková, Hedviga Wagnerová
INTRODUCTION: Autoimmune thyroiditis (AIT) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2T) are the two most common endocrinological diseases worldwide. The relationship between T1DM and autoimmune thyreopathies is known and described, but the relationship between thyreopathies and diabetes type 2 is not clarified sufficiently through that studies manifest increasingly the connection between them. OBJECTIVE: Investigate the prevalence of DM2T in patients with AIT in hypothyroid stadium and compare with common population and investigate a possible association between thyroid and glucose metabolism parameters...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Floris Laporte, Andrew Katumba, Joni Dambre, Peter Bienstman
We propose a new design for a passive photonic reservoir computer on a silicon photonics chip which can be used in the context of optical communication applications, and study it through detailed numerical simulations. The design consists of a photonic crystal cavity with a quarter-stadium shape, which is known to foster interesting mixing dynamics. These mixing properties turn out to be very useful for memory-dependent optical signal processing tasks, such as header recognition. The proposed, ultra-compact photonic crystal cavity exhibits a memory of up to 6 bits, while simultaneously accepting bitrates in a wide region of operation...
April 2, 2018: Optics Express
Grzegorz Gawron, Marzena Trzaska-Sobczak, Ewa Sozańska, Piotr Śnieżek, Adam Barczyk
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to measure the concentrations of vitamin D in serum of COPD patients with chronic respiratory failure in comparison to healthy control group. The correlation between the levels of vitamin D in serum and the selected clinical, spirometric and blood gas parameters was the additional aim of the study. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 61 patients with diagnosed COPD in stadium of chronic respiratory failure (45 men and 16 women) and 37 healthy controls (19 men and 18 women)...
2018: Advances in Respiratory Medicine
Scott A Goldberg, Jeremy Maggin, Michael S Molloy, Olesya Baker, Ritu Sarin, Michael Kelleher, Kevin Mont, Adedeji Fajana, Eric Goralnick
OBJECTIVE: Mass gathering events can substantially impact public safety. Analyzing patient presentation and transport rates at various mass gathering events can help inform staffing models and improve preparedness. METHODS: A retrospective review of all patients seeking medical attention across a variety of event types at a single venue with a capacity of 68,756 from January 2010 through September 2015. RESULTS: We examined 232 events with a total of 8,260,349 attendees generating 8157 medical contacts...
March 19, 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Sergey Zhukov, Dagmar Eder-Goy, Sergey Fedosov, Bai-Xiang Xu, Heinz von Seggern
The present study is focused on tubular multi-channel arrays composed of commercial fluoropolymer (FEP) tubes with different wall thickness. After proper charging in a high electric field, such tubular structures exhibit a large piezoelectric [Formula: see text] coefficient significantly exceeding the values of classical polymer ferroelectrics and being even comparable to conventional lead-free piezoceramics. The quasistatic piezoelectric [Formula: see text] coefficient was theoretically derived and its upper limits were evaluated considering charging and mechanical properties of the arrays...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Karin Gasser
A 10-year-old female Australian Cattle Dog was referred for investigation of a mediastinal mass. During clinical examination, a mandarin- sized mass was detected ventrally of the trachea. According to computed tomographic (CT) findings and cytology of a fine-needle aspirate, thyroid neoplasia was suspected. The assumed tumour affected the left thyroid gland and was staged as stadium II because of enlargement of the ipsilateral cervical and retropharyngeal lymph nodes. The left thyroid, including the parathyroid gland, was removed surgically with a guarded prognosis...
February 2018: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
Fiachra O'Brolcháin, Simone de Colle, Bert Gordijn
The development of "smart stadia", i.e. the use of "smart technologies" in the way sports stadia are designed and managed, promises to enhance the experience of attending a live match through innovative and improved services for the audience, as well as for the players, vendors and other stadium stakeholders. These developments offer us a timely opportunity to reflect on the ethical implications of the use of smart technologies and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT has the potential to radically transform society and is representative of the ways that novel technologies will alter human life...
March 1, 2018: Science and Engineering Ethics
Črt Lozej, Marko Robnik
We perform a detailed numerical study of diffusion in the ɛ stadium of Bunimovich, and propose an empirical model of the local and global diffusion for various values of ɛ with the following conclusions: (i) the diffusion is normal for all values of ɛ (≤0.3) and all initial conditions, (ii) the diffusion constant is a parabolic function of the momentum (i.e., we have inhomogeneous diffusion), (iii) the model describes the diffusion very well including the boundary effects, (iv) the approach to the asymptotic equilibrium steady state is exponential, (v) the so-called random model (Robnik et al...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Kongyi Li, Chunmiao Zhang, Yaping Wu, Wenzhi Lin, Xuanli Zheng, Yinghui Zhou, Shiqiang Lu, Junyong Kang
We report an experimental observation and direct control of quantum transport in artificial two-dimensional Au lattices. Combining the advanced techniques of low-temperature deposition and newly developed double-probe scanning tunneling spectroscopy, we display a two-dimensional carrier transport and demonstrate a strong in-plane transport modulation in the two-dimensional Au lattices. In well-ordered Au lattices, we observe the carrier transport behavior manifesting as a band-like feature with an energy gap...
March 14, 2018: Nano Letters
P Lobbia, J Calcagno, G Mougabure-Cueto
Pyrethroid resistance has been detected in Triatoma infestans (Klug) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) specimens from different areas of Argentina and Bolivia. Genes conferring resistance can have a pleiotropic effect with epidemiological and evolutionary consequences. This research studied excretion/defecation patterns in deltamethrin-resistant T. infestans in order to elucidate its biological performance, adaptive consequences and role in the transmission of Chagas' disease. One deltamethrin-susceptible strain and two deltamethrin-resistant strains were used...
February 12, 2018: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Brian E Menaker, Adam E Barry, Steven M Howell
Sporting events in the U.S., particularly college football games, provide an opportunity for high-risk alcohol consumption that can result in alcohol-related consequences and associated public safety issues. Policy implication and predicting alcohol-related misconduct at college football games has become a concern for university administrators. To address this issue, we explored the extent to which the profile of a game or opponent-whether that be operationalized by classification (e.g., in-state opponent, conference opponent) or opponent quality (e...
April 2018: Journal of Primary Prevention
Wei Lu, Jun Teng, Qiushi Zhou, Qiexin Peng
The stress in structural steel members is the most useful and directly measurable physical quantity to evaluate the structural safety in structural health monitoring, which is also an important index to evaluate the stress distribution and force condition of structures during structural construction and service phases. Thus, it is common to set stress as a measure in steel structural monitoring. Considering the economy and the importance of the structural members, there are only a limited number of sensors that can be placed, which means that it is impossible to obtain the stresses of all members directly using sensors...
February 1, 2018: Sensors
Jacqueline Bachofner, Piero V Valli, Irina Bergamin, Arne Kröger, Patrizia Künzler, Adriana Baserga, Dominique L Braun, Burkhardt Seifert, Anja Moncsek, Jan Fehr, David Semela, Lorenzo Magenta, Beat Müllhaupt, Benedetta Terziroli Beretta-Piccoli, Joachim Mertens, The Swiss Hepatitis C Cohort Study
BACKGROUND: The introduction of direct acting antivirals (DAAs) for the therapy of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) has revolutionised treatment and marks a paradigm shift in the approach to this disease, rendering interferon-based therapies obsolete. AIMS OF THE STUDY: We retrospectively and prospectively evaluated treatment results after the introduction of DAA in Switzerland in a cohort of patients with CHC. METHODS: We examined 565 patients who received DAA treatment for CHC between November 2013 and June 2016 with regard to HCV genotype, fibrosis stadium, treatment and outcome...
January 29, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
Florian J Maier, Markus Sesselmann, Ingo Rehberg, Reinhard Richter
We experimentally investigate magnetic surface swimmers on water. These objects self-assemble from ferromagnetic microparticles and a nonmagnetic disk. They are floating on the liquid surface due to interface tension and move under the influence of a harmonically oscillating homogeneous magnetic field oriented vertically, which is distinguished by its amplitude and frequency. The speed of the surface swimmers strongly depends on these parameters. The functional dependencies between speed and amplitude and between speed and frequency are investigated by independently varying both control parameters...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
Silvanie Volz, Konstantinos Kalousis, Jung In Song, Tobias Kisch, Eike Wenzel, Peter Mailänder
OBJECTIVE: Interdisciplinary work including surgery and additive radiotherapy is often needed for the therapy of tumours. Beneath this, brachytherapy is an important part of the radiotherapy. It was first used over 100 years ago and is in regular use after the development of afterload technology in the early 1970s. Today it is often used in different tumour therapies, for example in soft tissue sarcoma or breast tumours, in order to decrease the risk of local recurrence. Concerning its benefits, higher doses could be used because of the localized effect with equivalent local control rate and less toxicity of treatment...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Joshua Conrad Jackson, Jonathan Jong, David Bilkey, Harvey Whitehouse, Stefanie Zollmann, Craig McNaughton, Jamin Halberstadt
Separate research streams have identified synchrony and arousal as two factors that might contribute to the effects of human rituals on social cohesion and cooperation. But no research has manipulated these variables in the field to investigate their causal - and potentially interactive - effects on prosocial behaviour. Across four experimental sessions involving large samples of strangers, we manipulated the synchronous and physiologically arousing affordances of a group marching task within a sports stadium...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Matteo Ridolfi, Stef Vandermeeren, Jense Defraye, Heidi Steendam, Joeri Gerlo, Dirk De Clercq, Jeroen Hoebeke, Eli De Poorter
Radio frequency (RF)-based indoor positioning systems (IPSs) use wireless technologies (including Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and ultra-wide band (UWB)) to estimate the location of persons in areas where no Global Positioning System (GPS) reception is available, for example in indoor stadiums or sports halls. Of the above-mentioned forms of radio frequency (RF) technology, UWB is considered one of the most accurate approaches because it can provide positioning estimates with centimeter-level accuracy. However, it is not yet known whether UWB can also offer such accurate position estimates during strenuous dynamic activities in which moves are characterized by fast changes in direction and velocity...
January 9, 2018: Sensors
Juan P Barret, Jan L Roodenburg
Modern treatment of advanced intraoral cancer involves multidisciplinary teams with use of complicated reconstructive techniques to provide improved survival with optimal rehabilitation. Mastication is an important part of this process, and it can be severely impaired by tumor ablation. Whether flap reconstruction is a determinant factor in dental rehabilitation is still in debate. Patients and methods: Thirty-five patients with advanced intraoral cancer were reviewed to determine dental rehabilitation of different reconstructive techniques...
February 2017: International Journal of Surgery. Oncology
Theodore G Andreadis, Michael C Thomas, John J Shepard
A multi-year study was conducted to examine the natural ecology of the microsporidium Amblyospora khaliulini and more fully characterize parasite development and histopathology in all stages of its primary mosquito host, Aedes communis and intermediate copepod host, Acanthocyclops vernalis with redescription of the species. A. khaliulini exhibits polymorphic development, produces three morphologically and functionally distinct spores, and is both horizontally and vertically transmitted. Development in A. vernalis is restricted to females, occurs within the ovaries and results in death of the host...
January 2018: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
Thomas Seidl, Daniel Linke, Martin Lames
Spatio-temporal parameters like step length, step frequency and ground contact time are directly related to sprinting performance. There is still a lack of knowledge, however, on how these parameters interact. Recently, various algorithms for the automatic detection of step parameters during sprint running have been presented which have been based on data from motion capture systems, video cameras, opto-electronic systems or Inertial measurement units. However, all of these methods suffer from at least one of the following shortcomings: they are (a) not applicable for more than one sprinter simultaneously, (b) only capable of capturing a small volume or (c) do not provide accurate spatial parameters...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
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