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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438009/modulation-format-free-and-automatic-bias-control-for-optical-iq-modulators-based-on-dither-correlation-detection
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Xiaolei Li, Lei Deng, Xiaoman Chen, Mengfan Cheng, Songnian Fu, Ming Tang, Deming Liu
A novel automatic bias control (ABC) method for optical in-phase and quadrature (IQ) modulator is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. In the proposed method, two different low frequency sine wave dither signals are generated and added on to the I/Q bias signal respectively. Instead of power monitoring of the harmonics of the dither signal, dither-correlation detection is proposed and used to adjust the bias voltages of the optical IQ modulator. By this way, not only frequency spectral analysis isn't required but also the directional bias adjustment could be realized, resulting in the decrease of algorithm complexity and the growth of convergence rate of ABC algorithm...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437983/generation-of-patterned-phase-only-holograms-ppohs
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P W M Tsang, Y T Chow, T-C Poon
A fast and non-iterative method for generating a phase-only hologram, hereafter referred to as the patterned-phase-only hologram (PPOH), is reported in this paper. Briefly, a phase mask with a periodic phase pattern is added to the source image, and converted into a hologram. Subsequently, only the phase component is retained as a phase-only hologram. Experimental evaluation reveals that the visual quality of the reconstructed images of the PPOH generated with our proposed method is favorable, and superior to that obtained with existing methods...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437963/raman-gain-and-femtosecond-laser-induced-damage-of-ge-as-s-chalcogenide-glasses
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Yan Zhang, Yinsheng Xu, Chenyang You, Dong Xu, Junzhou Tang, Peiqing Zhang, Shixun Dai
Chemical stoichiometric Ge-As-S glasses were prepared, and their thermal properties, refractive index (n), optical bandgap, Raman gain, and femtosecond laser damage were examined. Results revealed that the n and density (ρ) of the glasses decreased as Ge concentration increased, whereas the bandgap and glass transition temperature (Tg) increased. The Raman gain coefficients (g<sub>R</sub>) of the samples were calculated on the basis of spontaneous Raman scattering spectra. g<sub>R</sub> decreased from 2...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437887/influence-of-sinomenine-upon-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-osteoclastogenesis
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Biao Zhou, Xiaolong Lu, Zhi Tang, Dan Liu, Youliang Zhou, Peng Zeng, Hui Xiong
With the advent of aging, the morbidity rates of such diseases as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis has witnessed a significant increase. As a common rattan drug, sinomenine (SIN) has been widely applied for the treatment of various arthritic diseases in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinics. Given that SIN has been reported to inhibit the expression of Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in several types of cells, in this study, the influence of SIN treatment on PGE2 expression in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), thereby changing the osteoprotegerin (OPG) receptor/activator for the nuclear factor-κ B ligand (RANKL) ratio, was investigated...
April 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437714/additional-value-of-venous-phase-added-to-aortic-ct-angiography-in-patients-with-aortic-aneurysm
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Yukichi Tanahashi, Satoshi Goshima, Hiroshi Kondo, Yoshifumi Noda, Kota Sakurai, Hiroshi Kawada, Nobuyuki Kawai, Shigeru Furui, Masayuki Matsuo
PURPOSE: To compare diagnostic performance of unenhanced and CTA images (Image set 1) to that of combined unenhanced, CTA, and venous-phase images (Image set 2) for incidentalomas in patients with aortic aneurysm. METHODS: Preoperative CT Images of consecutive 240 patients were reviewed by two observers for incidentalomas. Diagnostic performance was assessed. RESULTS: Sensitivity was higher in Image set 2 than Image set 1 in observer 1 and overall (P=0...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437683/pink1-and-parkin-emerging-themes-in-mitochondrial-homeostasis
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REVIEW
Thomas G McWilliams, Miratul Mk Muqit
The Parkinson's disease (PD)-associated protein kinase, PTEN-induced putative kinase1 (PINK1), and ubiquitin E3 ligase, Parkin function in a common signalling pathway known to regulate mitochondrial network homeostasis and quality control, including mitophagy. The multistep activation of this pathway, as well as an unexpected convergence between the post-translational modifications of ubiquitylation and phosphorylation, has added breadth to our understanding of cellular damage responses during human disease...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437654/enhancement-of-particle-aggregation-in-the-presence-of-organic-matter-during-neutralization-of-acid-drainage-in-a-stream-confluence-and-its-effect-on-arsenic-immobilization
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Guillermo Arce, Mauricio Montecinos, Paula Guerra, Cristian Escauriaza, Marina Coquery, Pablo Pastén
Acid drainage (AD) is an important environmental concern that impacts water quality. The formation of reactive Fe and Al oxyhydroxides during the neutralization of AD at river confluences is a natural attenuation process. Although it is known that organic matter (OM) can affect the aggregation of Fe and Al oxyhydroxides and the sorption of As onto their surfaces, the role of OM during the neutralization of AD at river confluences has not been studied. Field and experimental approaches were used to understand this role, using the Azufre River (pH 2) - Caracarani River (pH 8...
March 30, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437365/a-method-to-account-for-variation-in-congenital-heart-surgery-length-of-stay
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Andrew Brennan, Kimberlee Gauvreau, Jean Connor, Melvin Almodovar, James DiNardo, Puja Banka, Meena Nathan, Derek Mathieu, Aditya Kaza, John E Mayer, Lisa Bergersen
OBJECTIVES: We sought to develop a risk-adjustment methodology for length of stay in congenital heart surgery, as none exist. DESIGN: Prospective cohort analysis combined with previously obtained retrospective cohort analysis of a Department of Cardiovascular Surgery clinical database. PATIENTS: Patients discharged from Boston Children's Hospital between October 1, 2006, and May 31, 2014, that underwent a congenital heart surgery procedure(s) linked to one of 103 surgical procedure types...
April 21, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437261/training-in-intraoperative-handover-and-display-of-a-checklist-improve-communication-during-transfer-of-care-an-interventional-cohort-study-of-anaesthesia-residents-and-nurse-anaesthetists
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Marion Jullia, Anaïs Tronet, Fabiola Fraumar, Vincent Minville, Olivier Fourcade, Xavier Alacoque, Yannick LeManach, Matt M Kurrek
BACKGROUND: Handovers during anaesthesia are common, and failures in communication may lead to morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesised that intraoperative handover training and display of a checklist would improve communication during anaesthesia care transition in the operating room. DESIGN: Interventional cohort study. SETTING: Single-centre tertiary care university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 204 random observations of handovers between anaesthesia providers (residents and nurse anaesthetists) over a 6-month period in 2016...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437216/posttraumatic-symptom-reporting-and-reported-cigarette-smoking-during-pregnancy
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Sara L Kornfield, Marian Moseley, Dina Appleby, Courtney L McMickens, Mary D Sammel, C Neill Epperson
INTRODUCTION: Increased prevalence of nicotine dependence among individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is well established. However, there are limited studies on the prevalence of smoking during pregnancy in relation to prepregnancy history of trauma exposures and active PTSD symptoms during pregnancy. Prenatal smoking has been implicated in a host of negative outcomes for mother and baby. Given maternal and fetal risk, it is critical to define predictors of continued cigarette smoking during pregnancy...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437011/noise-reduction-and-functional-maps-image-quality-improvement-in-dynamic-ct-perfusion-using-a-new-k-means-clustering-guided-bilateral-filter-kmgb
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Francesco Pisana, Thomas Henzler, Stefan Schönberg, Ernst Klotz, Bernhard Schmidt, Marc Kachelrieß
PURPOSE: Dynamic CT perfusion (CTP) consists in repeated acquisitions of the same volume in different time steps, slightly before, during and slightly afterwards the injection of contrast media. Important functional information can be derived for each voxel, which reflect the local hemodynamic properties and hence the metabolism of the tissue. Different approaches are being investigated to exploit data redundancy and prior knowledge for noise reduction of such datasets, ranging from iterative reconstruction schemes to high dimensional filters...
April 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437010/technical-note-comparison-of-peripheral-patient-dose-from-mr-guided-60-co-therapy-and-6mv-linear-accelerator-igrt
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Pascal Hauri, Roger A Hälg, Uwe Schneider
PURPOSE: The use of X-ray imaging in radiation therapy can give a substantial dose to the patient. A Cobalt machine combined with an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was recently introduced to clinical work. One positive aspect of using non-ionizing imaging devices is the reduction of the patient exposure. The purpose of this study was to quantify the difference in out-of-field dose to the patient between the image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) treatment applied with a linear accelerator with cone beam CT (CBCT) equipment and a Cobalt machine combined with an MRI...
April 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436882/home-based-therapy-after-stroke-using-the-hand-spring-operated-movement-enhancer-handsome
#14
Ji Chen, Diane Nichols, Elizabeth B Brokaw, Peter S Lum
In previous work, we developed a lightweight wearable hand exoskeleton (HandSOME) that improves range of motion and function in laboratory testing. In this pilot study, we added the ability to log movement data for extended periods and recruited 10 chronic stroke subjects to use the device during reach and grasp task practice at home for 1.5 hours/day, 5 days per week, for 4 weeks. Seven subjects completed the study, performing 448 ± 651 hand movements per training day. After training, impairment was reduced (Fugl-Meyer Test; gain=4...
April 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436879/study-on-interaction-between-temporal-and-spatial-information-in-classification-of-emg-signals-in-myoelectric-prostheses
#15
Radhika Menon, Gaetano Di Caterina, Heba Lakany, Lykourgos Petropoulakis, Bernard Conway, John Soraghan
Advanced forearm prosthetic devices employ classifiers to recognize different electromyography (EMG) signal patterns, in order to identify the user's intended motion gesture. The classification accuracy is one of the main determinants of real-time controllability of a prosthetic limb and hence the necessity to achieve as high an accuracy as possible. In this paper, we study the effects of the temporal and spatial information provided to the classifier on its offline performance and analyze their inter-dependencies...
April 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436758/amphetamine-type-stimulants-ats-use-and-homosexuality-related-enacted-stigma-are-associated-with-depression-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-msm-in-two-major-cities-in-vietnam-in-2014
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Nga Thi Thu Vu, Martin Holt, Huong Thi Thu Phan, Lan Thi La, Gioi Minh Tran, Tung Thanh Doan, Trang Nguyen Nhu Nguyen, John de Wit
BACKGROUND: Men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately affected by mental health concerns, including depression. Amphetamine-type-stimulants (ATS) use and homosexuality-related stigma and discrimination have been found associated with depression among MSM. OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of depression and its associations with ATS use and homosexuality-related stigma and discrimination among MSM in Vietnam. METHODS: 622 MSM were conveniently recruited in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, from September to December 2014...
April 24, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436756/the-role-of-attachment-style-in-interpersonal-psychotherapy-for-depressed-adolescents
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Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel, Ana Westervelt, Kristina Reigstad, Laura Mufson, Susanne Lee
OBJECTIVE(S): This study examined changes in depressed adolescents' reports of attachment anxiety and avoidance with interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-A), and the relationship between attachment style and change in depression with IPT-A. METHOD: Forty adolescents (aged 12-17) participated in a 16-week randomized clinical trial of 4 adaptive treatment strategies for adolescent depression that began with IPT-A and augmented treatment for insufficient responders (n = 22) by adding additional IPT-A sessions (n = 11) or the antidepressant medication, fluoxetine (n = 11)...
April 24, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436713/modified-dextran-heparin-based-triggered-release-microspheres-for-cardiovascular-delivery-of-therapeutic-drugs-using-protamine-as-a-stimulus
#18
Hoai X Nguyen, Edgar A O'Rear
In this study, we describe the synthesis of an amine-modified acetalated dextran polymer which is combined with heparin (HP) as the basis for a novel controlled release system. Dextran-amine (DEXAM) conjugates, synthesized using reductive amination, were incorporated into DEXAM/HP microspheres. HP binds to positively charged ammonium ions of the DEXAM conjugates, contributing to the structural integrity of the microspheres. Crystal violet (CV) was encapsulated inside DEXAM/HP microspheres as a model drug to test the system...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436665/intra-and-interskeletal-proteome-variations-in-fresh-and-buried-bones
#19
Noemi Procopio, Andrew T Chamberlain, Michael Buckley
Proteomic methods are acquiring greater importance in archaeology and palaeontology due to the longevity of proteins in skeletal remains. There are also developing interests in forensic applications, offering the potential to shed light on post-mortem intervals and age at death estimation. However, our understanding of intra- and interskeletal proteome variations is currently severely limited. Here, we evaluated the proteomes obtained from five distinct subsamples of different skeletal elements from buried pig carcasses to ascertain the extent of variation within and between individuals...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436648/statistical-variable-selection-an-alternative-prioritization-strategy-during-the-non-target-analysis-of-lc-hr-ms-data
#20
Saer Samanipour, Malcolm J Reid, Kevin V Thomas
Liquid chromatography coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HR-MS) has been one of the main analytical tools for the analysis of small polar organic pollutants in the environment. LC-HR-MS typically produces a large amount of data for a single chromatogram. The analyst is therefore required to perform prioritization prior to non-target structural elucidation. In the present study we have combined the F-ratio statistical variable selection and the apex detection algorithms in order to perform prioritization in data sets produced via LC-HR-MS...
April 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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