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Carol Stewart, Nick D Kim, David M Johnston, Mostafa Nayyerloo
The greater Wellington region, New Zealand, is highly vulnerable to large earthquakes because it is cut by active faults. Bulk water supply pipelines cross the Wellington Fault at several different locations, and there is considerable concern about severe disruption of the provision of reticulated water supplies to households and businesses in the aftermath of a large earthquake. A number of policy initiatives have been launched encouraging householders to install rainwater tanks to increase post-disaster resilience...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Samuel J Blake, Zhangkai Cheng, Shaghik Atakaramians, Steven Meikle, Minghui Lu, Philip Vial, Zdenka Kuncic
PURPOSE: A Geant4 model of a novel, water-equivalent electronic portal imaging device (EPID) prototype for radiotherapy imaging and dosimetry utilising an array of plastic scintillating fibres (PSFs) has been developed. Monte Carlo (MC) simulations were performed to quantify the PSF-EPID imaging performance and to investigate design aspects affecting performance for optimisation. METHODS: Using the Geant4 model, the PSF-EPID's imaging performance for 6 MV photon beams was quantified in terms of its modulation transfer function (MTF), noise power spectrum (NPS) and detective quantum efficiency (DQE)...
October 13, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
Y Yamada, E Vandermeulen, T Heigl, J Somers, A Vaneylen, S E Verleden, H Bellon, S De Vleeschauwer, E K Verbeken, D E Van Raemdonck, R Vos, G M Verleden, W Jungraithmayr, B M Vanaudenaerde
The single most important cause of late mortality after lung transplantation is chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD). However, the pathological development of CLAD was not as simple as previously presumed and subclassification phenotypes, bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) and restrictive CLAD (rCLAD), have been introduced. We want to re-investigate how CLAD manifests in the murine orthotopic lung transplant model and investigate the role of interleukin 17A (IL-17A) within this model. Orthotopic LTx was performed in CB57Bl6, IL-17 WT and IL-17 KO mice...
October 10, 2016: Transplant Immunology
Tobias Hollmer, Winfried Petry
(99)Mo is the most widely used radioactive isotope in nuclear medicine. Its main production route is the fission of uranium. A major challenge for a reliable supply is the conversion from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU). A promising candidate to realize this conversion is the cylindrical LEU irradiation target. The target consists of a uranium foil encapsulated between two coaxial aluminum cladding cylinders. This target allows a separate processing of the irradiated uranium foil and the cladding when recovering the (99)Mo...
October 6, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Arko Graf, Laura Tropf, Yuriy Zakharko, Jana Zaumseil, Malte C Gather
Exciton-polaritons form upon strong coupling between electronic excitations of a material and photonic states of a surrounding microcavity. In organic semiconductors the special nature of excited states leads to particularly strong coupling and facilitates condensation of exciton-polaritons at room temperature, which may lead to electrically pumped organic polariton lasers. However, charge carrier mobility and photo-stability in currently used materials is limited and exciton-polariton emission so far has been restricted to visible wavelengths...
October 10, 2016: Nature Communications
Jingjing Guo, Xinyue Liu, Nan Jiang, Ali K Yetisen, Hyunwoo Yuk, Changxi Yang, Ali Khademhosseini, Xuanhe Zhao, Seok-Hyun Yun
A core-clad fiber made of elastic, tough hydrogels is highly stretchable while guiding light. Fluorescent dyes are easily doped into the hydrogel fiber by diffusion. When stretched, the transmission spectrum of the fiber is altered, enabling the strain to be measured and also its location.
October 7, 2016: Advanced Materials
Tomohito Saito, Masaaki Sato, Yohei Taniguchi, Tomohiro Murakawa, Shaf Keshavjee
Chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) is a major limitation to long-term success of lung transplantation. Restrictive allograft syndrome (RAS) is a recently discovered subtype of CLAD, showing distinct clinical, pathological and radiological features compared with the major CLAD subtype, bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). Introduction of the novel CLAD classification system that differentiates CLAD into BOS and RAS has stimulated research activities aiming delineation of the underlying pathological mechanism in the 2 CLAD subtypes...
October 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Hidemi Suzuki, Atsushi Hata, Yuki Shina, Takamasa Yun, Kazuhisa Tanaka, Yuichi Sakairi, Hironobu Wada, Taiki Fujiwara, Takahiro Nakajima, Takekazu Iwata, Masako Chiyo, Shigetoshi Yoshida, Ichiro Yoshino
Chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) is a critical impediment to the long-term survival after lung transplantation. A rat orthotopic lung transplantation model was developed in the early 1970s, and using this model, our laboratory has shown that the immunopathogenesis of CLAD involves both allogeneic immunity and autoimmunity. However, further investigation of CLAD is limited by the scarcity of transgenic and knockout strains. The model most widely used to study CLAD, the mouse model of heterotopic tracheal transplantation, has some incomplete pathophysiologic features of CLAD, which limits the utility of this model...
October 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Takeshi Shiraishi, Akinori Iwasaki
The most frequent cause of death within a year after lung transplantation is infectious complications, which shifts to chronic allograft rejection or chronic lung allograft dysfunction(CLAD) thereafter. It is no doubt that minimization of the dose of immunosuppression within the acceptable therapeutic range is a best strategy to avoid infectious complications however, adequate dose of immunosuppressant is mandatory to protect lung allografts from acute or chronic rejection. Carefully balanced therapy of immunosuppression and infection control is extremely important for patient's long term survival after lung transplantation...
October 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Yang Zheng, Changming Chen, Jihou Wang, Zuosen Shi, Zhenzhen Cai, Xiaoqiang Sun, Fei Wang, Zhanchen Cui, Daming Zhang
In this work, a novel polymer thermo-optic switch with loss compensation function is successfully designed and fabricated by direct UV-writing technology. The waveguide core and cladding layer material of the switch are based on the low-loss fluorinated photopolymer and erbium-containing gain copolymer. The absorption loss characteristics and thermal stabilities of the core and cladding materials are studied. The optimal optical field distribution for loss-compensation structures is analyzed by modifying refractive index difference between the core and cladding...
September 14, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Laura Rich, Angus M Brown
The historically neurocentric view of astrocytes as Styrofoam cushioning that rigidly clad neurons within the brain parenchyma has been superseded in the past 30 years by an increasing appreciation of the myriad roles astrocytes contribute to supporting physiological brain function. It is widely recognized that the continuous support provided by astrocytes, from prenatal development to maturity, is vital for neuronal function. Indeed, the numerous and diverse roles furnished by astrocytes contrasts with the vital but restricted transmission of action potentials that is the neuron's primary role...
October 5, 2016: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
Magdalena Lachowska, Jorge Bohórquez, Özcan Özdamar, Kazimierz Niemczyk
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the accuracy with which the innovative QASSR method predicts behavioral thresholds in adult patients with sensorineural hearing loss. DESIGN: Subjects were tested at four carrier frequencies (500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz).The resulting QASSR recordings were analyzed for thresholds and magnitude/phase characteristics. Tone-burst ABR was recovered from QASSR signal using CLAD method and analyzed in the time domain. The electrophysiological estimates were compared to hearing thresholds determined behaviorally...
December 2016: International Journal of Audiology
M Y Shino, S S Weigt, N Li, A Derhovanessian, D M Sayah, R H Huynh, R Saggar, A L Gregson, A Ardehali, D J Ross, J P Lynch, R M Elashoff, J A Belperio
The impact of allograft injury time-of-onset on the risk of chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) remains unknown. We hypothesized that episodes of late-onset (≥6 months) allograft injury would produce an augmented CXCR3/ligand immune response, leading to increased CLAD. In a retrospective single-center study, 1894 transbronchial biopsies from 441 lung transplant recipients were reviewed for the presence of acute rejection (AR), lymphocytic bronchiolitis (LB), diffuse alveolar damage (DAD) and organizing pneumonia (OP)...
September 27, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Xiongwei Hu, Xiang Shen, Jianjun Wu, Jinggang Peng, Lvyun Yang, Jinyan Li, Haiqin Li, Nengli Dai
We proposed and experimentally demonstrated a high temperature fiber sensor using a hetero-structured cladding solid-core photonic bandgap fiber (HCSC-PBGF) for the first time to our knowledge. A hetero-structured cladding solid-core photonic bandgap fiber is designed and fabricated that supports vibrant core mode and cladding mode transmission. Then, an all fiber M-Z interference sensor is constructed by splicing single mode fiber at both ends of HCSC-PBGF without any other micromachining. The transmission characteristics of HCSC-PBGF are analyzed with a full-vector beam propagation method and a full-vector finite element method, and the simulation results are consistent with experiment results...
September 19, 2016: Optics Express
Dong-Ryoung Lee, Suin Jang, Min Woo Lee, Hongki Yoo
We propose a dual-detection confocal displacement sensor (DDCDS) with a compact fiber-based optical probe. This all-fiber-optic sensor probe is simple and robust, since it only requires simple alignment of a gradient refractive index lens and a double-clad fiber (DCF). The DDCDS is composed of two point detectors, one coupled to a single mode fiber and the other coupled to a multimode fiber, which are used to measure the light intensity from a core and an inner clad of a DCF, respectively. The ratio of the axial response curves, measured by the two detectors, can be used to obtain a linear relationship between the axial position of the object plane and the ratio of the intensity signals...
September 20, 2016: Applied Optics
Sangita Nangia Ajmani, Mohini Paul, Poonam Chauhan, A K Ajmani, Namrta Yadav
AIM: To assess the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in burka-clad pregnant women and to study feto-maternal outcome in these women. METHODS: 200 pregnant burka-clad women of 18-40-year age group irrespective of the period of gestation were recruited from the ANC OPD/ward of Kasturba hospital, and their vitamin D levels were estimated. Patients were categorized into vitamin D deficient, vitamin D inadequate, and vitamin D adequate according to The Endocrine Society Guidelines...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Ashim Kumar Debnath, Narelle Haworth, Amy Schramm, Amy Williamson
Mandatory bicycle helmet laws have been found to increase helmet wearing rates in Australia and internationally. However, much of the research on factors influencing compliance with the Australian helmet laws is dated or focuses on commuters and city areas only. To address this gap, video recordings of bicycle riders were undertaken at 17 sites across Queensland, Australia, representing a mixture of on- and off-road locations, speed limits and regions. Helmet status was able to be determined for 98% of riders observed...
September 14, 2016: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Miaomiao Zhao, Hao Guo, Wenyao Liu, Jun Tang, Lei Wang, Binzhen Zhang, Chenyang Xue, Jun Liu, Wendong Zhang
For high-precision biochemical sensing, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has been demonstrated to be a highly sensitive spectroscopic analytical method and Ag is considered to be the best material for SERS performance. Due to the high surface activity of Ag nanoparticles, the high stability of Ag nanostructures, especially in moist environments, is one of the key issues that need to be solved. A method for silica (SiO2) cladding of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) is demonstrated here for high sensitivity and long-term stability when putted in aqueous solution...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Nurmemet Abdukerim, Lizhu Li, Martin Rochette
We report the first chalcogenide-based optical parametric oscillator (OPO) relying on pure parametric gain. The all-fiber OPO operates in the wavelength range of 2 μm and is tunable over 290 nm from the combined Stokes and anti-Stokes contributions. The gain medium is a 10 cm long chalcogenide microwire made from a high modal confinement As<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> core with cyclo olefin polymer cladding, leading to optimized chromatic dispersion, high nonlinearity, and broadband transparency...
September 15, 2016: Optics Letters
Y Tang, Z Xi, M Xu, S Bäumer, A J L Adam, H P Urbach
Hyperbolic metamaterials (HMMs) are anisotropic materials with a permittivity tensor that has both positive and negative eigenvalues. Here we report that by using a type II HMM as a cladding material, a waveguide that only supports higher-order modes can be achieved, while the lower-order modes become leaky and are absorbed in the HMM cladding. This counter-intuitive property can lead to novel application in optical communications and photonic integrated circuits. The loss in our HMM insulator-HMM (HIH) waveguide is smaller than that of similar guided modes in a metal-insulator-metal (MIM) waveguide...
September 15, 2016: Optics Letters
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