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Bo Zhu, Jeremiah Z Liu, Stephen F Cauley, Bruce R Rosen, Matthew S Rosen
Image reconstruction is essential for imaging applications across the physical and life sciences, including optical and radar systems, magnetic resonance imaging, X-ray computed tomography, positron emission tomography, ultrasound imaging and radio astronomy. During image acquisition, the sensor encodes an intermediate representation of an object in the sensor domain, which is subsequently reconstructed into an image by an inversion of the encoding function. Image reconstruction is challenging because analytic knowledge of the exact inverse transform may not exist a priori, especially in the presence of sensor non-idealities and noise...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Mingyang Shang, Bing Han, Chibiao Ding, Jili Sun, Tao Zhang, Lijia Huang, Dadi Meng
Spotlight synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is a proven technique, which can provide high-resolution images as compared to those produced by traditional stripmap SAR. This paper addresses a high-resolution SAR focusing experiment based on Gaofen-3 satellite (GF-3) staring data with about 55 cm azimuth resolution and 240 MHz range bandwidth. In staring spotlight (ST) mode, the antenna always illuminates the same scene on the ground, which can extend the synthetic aperture. Based on a two-step processing algorithm, some special aspects such as curved-orbit model error correction, stop-and-go correction, and antenna pattern demodulation must be considered in image focusing...
March 22, 2018: Sensors
Khurul Ain Mohamed Mahzir, Siti Salwa Abd Gani, Uswatun Hasanah Zaidan, Mohd Izuan Effendi Halmi
In this study, the optimal conditions for the extraction of antioxidants from the Buah Mahkota Dewa fruit ( Phaleria macrocarpa) was determined by using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). The optimisation was applied using a Central Composite Design (CCD) to investigate the effect of three independent variables, namely extraction temperature (°C), extraction time (minutes) and extraction solvent to-feed ratio (% v / v ) on four responses: free radical scavenging activity (DPPH), ferric ion reducing power assay (FRAP), total phenolic content (TPC) and total flavonoid content (TFC)...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Thomas Jursa, Cheryl R Stein, Donald R Smith
Biomarkers of environmental metal exposure in children are important for elucidating exposure and health risk. While exposure biomarkers for As, Cd, and Pb are relatively well defined, there are not yet well-validated biomarkers of Mn exposure. Here, we measured hair Mn, Pb, Cd, and As levels in children from the Mid-Ohio Valley to determine within and between-subject predictors of hair metal levels. Occipital scalp hair was collected in 2009-2010 from 222 children aged 6-12 years (169 female, 53 male) participating in a study of chemical exposure and neurodevelopment in an industrial region of the Mid-Ohio Valley...
March 22, 2018: Toxics
Delphine Adam, Marta Maciejewska, Aymeric Naômé, Loïc Martinet, Wouter Coppieters, Latifa Karim, Denis Baurain, Sébastien Rigali
Cave moonmilk deposits host an abundant and diverse actinobacterial population that has a great potential for producing novel natural bioactive compounds. In our previous attempt to isolate culturable moonmilk-dwelling Actinobacteria, only Streptomyces species were recovered, whereas a metagenetic study of the same deposits revealed a complex actinobacterial community including 46 actinobacterial genera in addition to streptomycetes. In this work, we applied the rehydration-centrifugation method to lessen the occurrence of filamentous species and tested a series of strategies to achieve the isolation of hard-to-culture and rare Actinobacteria from the moonmilk deposits of the cave "Grotte des Collemboles"...
March 22, 2018: Antibiotics
Cristina Teixidó, Ana Giménez-Capitán, Miguel Ángel Molina-Vila, Vicente Peg, Niki Karachaliou, Alejandra Rodríguez-Capote, Josep Castellví, Rafael Rosell
CONTEXT: - Technologic advances have contributed to the increasing relevance of RNA analysis in clinical oncology practice. The different genetic aberrations that can be screened with RNA include gene fusions and splice variants. Validated methods of identifying these alterations include fluorescence in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, and next-generation sequencing, which can provide physicians valuable information on disease and treatment of cancer patients...
April 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
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In the context of the White Book of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM), this paper deals with Research, the future of PRM. PRM students and specialists are mainly involved in biomedical research, investigating the biological processes, the causes of diseases, their medical diagnosis, the evaluation of their consequences on functioning, disability and health and the effects of health interventions at an individual and a societal level. Most of the current PRM research, often interdisciplinary, originates from applied research which, using existing knowledge, is directed towards specific goals...
April 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
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The White Book (WB) of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) in Europe is produced by the 4 European PRM Bodies (European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine - EARM, European Society of PRM - ESPRM, European Union of Medical Specialists - PRM Section, European College of PRM-ECPRM served by the European Union of Medical Specialists-PRM Board) and constitutes the reference book for PRM physicians in Europe. It has now reached its third edition; the first was published in 1989 and the second in 2006/2007...
April 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Emilie Kowalczewski, Joern Klein
The goal of this cross-sectional qualitative study was to assess the impact of climate change on Sámi youth health, health care access, and health-seeking behaviour. Indigenous research methodology served as the basis of the investigation which utilised focus groups of youths and one-on-one interviews of adult community leaders using a semi-structured, open-ended questions. The results of the focus groups and interviews were then analysed to identify trends. We found that Sámi youth mostly associate the implications of climate change to their culture andcultural practices rather than the historical influence the environment had on Sámi health...
December 2018: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
David Cameron, Jasper Ubels, Fredrik Norström
BACKGROUND: The amount a government should be willing to invest in adopting new medical treatments has long been under debate. With many countries using formal cost-effectiveness (C/E) thresholds when examining potential new treatments and ever-growing medical costs, accurately setting the level of a C/E threshold can be essential for an efficient healthcare system. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review is to describe the prominent approaches to setting a C/E threshold, compile available national-level C/E threshold data and willingness-to-pay (WTP) data, and to discern whether associations exist between these values, gross domestic product (GDP) and health-adjusted life expectancy (HALE)...
2018: Global Health Action
Andrzej Werbart, Camilla von Below, Karin Engqvist, Sofia Lind
OBJECTIVE: To explore therapists' experiences of therapeutic process in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with nonimproved young adults. METHOD: Eight nonimproved cases were identified according to the criterion of reliable and clinically significant change in self-rated symptoms. Transcripts of therapist interviews (8 at baseline and 8 at termination) were analyzed applying grounded-theory methodology. RESULTS: A tentative conceptual process model was constructed around the core category Having Half of the Patient in Therapy...
March 22, 2018: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
Judi Mesman
This introduction to the special issue on video observations of sensitive caregiving in different cultural communities provides a general theoretical and methodological framework for the seven empirical studies that are at the heart of this special issue. It highlights the cross-cultural potential of the sensitivity construct, the importance of research on sensitivity "off the beaten track," the advantages and potential challenges of the use of video in diverse cultural contexts, and the benefits of forming research teams that include local scholars...
March 22, 2018: Attachment & Human Development
Zhilan Ye, Tao Zhang, Wenshan He, Honglin Jin, Cuiwei Liu, Zhe Yang, Jinghua Ren
Despite promising in-vitro evidence for effective glioblastoma treatment, most drugs are hindered from entering the central nervous system due to the presence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Thus, successful modification of drug delivery and novel therapeutic strategies are needed to overcome this obstacle. Extracellular vesicles (EVs), cell-derived membrane-encapsulated structures with diameters ranging from 50-1000 nm, have been explored as drug delivery system to deliver their cargo to the brain tissue...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Alessio Marcozzi, Franck Pellestor, Wigard P Kloosterman
In 2011 a phenomenon involving complex chromosomal rearrangements was discovered in cancer genomes. This phenomenon has been termed chromothripsis, on the basis of its chromosomal hallmarks, which point to an underlying process involving chromosome (chromo) shattering (thripsis). The prevailing hypothesis of cancer genome evolution as a gradual process of mutation and selection was challenged by the discovery of chromothripsis, because its patterns of chromosome rearrangement rather indicated an one-off catastrophic burst of genome rearrangement...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Aaron B Simmons, Peter G Fuerst
The retina is a highly organized neural tissue consisting of three neural layers and two synaptic layers. Blood vessels that nourish the mouse and human neural retina mirror this organization consisting of three plexus layers, or plexuses, that run parallel within the retina, connected by interplexus vessels to create a closed vascular network. Here, we describe a methodology to describe this organization that can be used to interrogate factors mediating retinal vessel patterning including: coverage of the vascular plexuses, branching and orientation of the interplexus connections, and digital reconstruction of the retinal vasculature to measure vessel length and density...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Chase B Hellmer, Tomomi Ichinose
Retinal first-order neurons, photoreceptors, receive visual inputs and convert them to neural signals. The second-order neurons, bipolar cells then sort out the visual signals and encode them through multiple neural streams. Approximately 15 morphological types of bipolar cells have been identified, which are thought to encode different aspects of visual signals such as motion and color (Ichinose et al. J Neurosci 34(26):8761-8771, 2014; Euler et al. Nat Rev Neurosci 15(8):507-519, 2014). To investigate functional aspects of OFF bipolar cells, single cell recordings are preferred; however, bipolar cells in the mouse retina are small and hard to distinguish from other types of cells...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ruirui Li, Pengfei Gu, Xiangyu Fan, Junyu Shen, Yulian Wu, Lixuan Huang, Qiang Li
A polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-producing strain was isolated from propylene oxide (PO) saponification wastewater activated sludge and was identified as Brevundimonas vesicularis UJN1 through 16S rDNA sequencing and Biolog microbiological identification. Single-factor and response surface methodology experiments were used to optimize the culture medium and conditions. The optimal C/N ratio was 100/1.04, and the optimal carbon and nitrogen sources were sucrose (10 g/L) and NH4 Cl (0.104 g/L) respectively. The optimal culture conditions consisted of initial pH of 6...
March 21, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Lesli Hokanson, Michael Gerhardt Quinn, Natalie Schüz, Kristy de Salas, Jenn Scott
PURPOSE: There is a global increase in chronic, degenerative illnesses that require long-term intervention and support as a result of the aging population. The majority of support needs are met by informal family caregivers. While there have been three decades of research focusing on caregivers in general, the extent to which research has focused on Indigenous caregivers is unclear. Worldwide, Indigenous peoples face severe economic and health disadvantages that may make them even more vulnerable to the negative aspects of informal caregiving...
March 21, 2018: Quality of Life Research
Alessandra Biancolillo, Silvia De Luca, Sebastian Bassi, Léa Roudier, Remo Bucci, Andrea D Magrì, Federico Marini
Common hazelnuts are widely present in human diet all over the world, and their beneficial effects on the health have been extensively investigated and demonstrated. Different in-depth researches have highlighted that the harvesting area can define small variations in the chemical composition of the fruits, affecting their quality. As a consequence, it has become relevant to develop methodologies which would allow authenticating and tracing hazelnuts. In the light of this, the present work aims to develop a non-destructive method for the authentication of a specific high-quality Italian hazelnut, "Nocciola Romana," registered with a protected designation of origin (PDO)...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Cedrigue Boris Djiongo Kenfack, Olivier Monga, Serge Moto Mpong, René Ndoundam
Within the last decade, several approaches using quaternion numbers to handle and model multiband images in a holistic manner were introduced. The quaternion Fourier transform can be efficiently used to model texture in multidimensional data such as color images. For practical application, multispectral satellite data appear as a primary source for measuring past trends and monitoring changes in forest carbon stocks. In this work, we propose a texture-color descriptor based on the quaternion Fourier transform to extract relevant information from multiband satellite images...
March 21, 2018: Acta Biotheoretica
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