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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241147/earth-s-first-stable-continents-did-not-form-by-subduction
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Tim E Johnson, Michael Brown, Nicholas J Gardiner, Christopher L Kirkland, R Hugh Smithies
The geodynamic environment in which Earth's first continents formed and were stabilized remains controversial. Most exposed continental crust that can be dated back to the Archaean eon (4 billion to 2.5 billion years ago) comprises tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite rocks (TTGs) that were formed through partial melting of hydrated low-magnesium basaltic rocks; notably, these TTGs have 'arc-like' signatures of trace elements and thus resemble the continental crust produced in modern subduction settings. In the East Pilbara Terrane, Western Australia, low-magnesium basalts of the Coucal Formation at the base of the Pilbara Supergroup have trace-element compositions that are consistent with these being source rocks for TTGs...
February 27, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240858/performance-investigation-of-multilayer-mos2-thin-film-transistors-fabricated-via-mask-free-optically-induced-electrodeposition
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Meng Li, Na Liu, Pan Li, Jialin Shi, Guangyong Li, Ning Xi, Yuechao Wang, Lianqing Liu
Transition metal dichalcogenides, particularly MoS2, have recently received enormous interest in explorations of the physics and technology of nanodevice applications because of their excellent optical and electronic properties. Although monolayer MoS2 has been extensively investigated for various possible applications, its difficulty of fabrication renders it less appealing than multilayer MoS2. Moreover, multilayer MoS2, with its inherent high electronic/photonic state densities, has higher output driving capabilities and can better satisfy the ever-increasing demand for versatile devices...
February 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240677/an-unusual-cause-of-myelopathy-ochronotic-spondyloarthropathy-with-positive-hla-b27
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Sinem Bozkurt, Lale Aktekin, Fatma Gülçin Uğurlu, Serdar Balci, Nebahat Sezer, Selami Akkus
Ochronosis is a late developing complication of alkaptonuria, a black brownish pigment in the fibrous and cartilaginous tissues. Although most previous studies reported alkaptonuria and back pain due to ochronosis, thoracic myelopathy is an extremely rare complication. In this report, a paraparetic patient who has ochronotic spondiloarthropathy with the presence of HLA B27 antigen is described. He had low back and leg pain and morning stiffness for 5 yrs. Last year, these were followed by tingling, numbness, and weakness the in lower extremities and he was operated on with preliminary diagnosis of prolapsed disc herniation and cord compression...
February 24, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240661/molecular-imaging-in-neuroendocrine-differentiation-of-prostate-cancer-68-ga-psma-versus-68-ga-dota-noc-pet-ct
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Sharjeel Usmani, Najeeb Ahmed, Fahad Marafi, Rashid Rasheed, Henney G Amanguno, Fareeda Al Kandari
We report on a 62-year-old man with metastatic prostate cancer (cT3b N1) diagnosed in 2011, treated with total androgen blockage with flutamide and goserelin acetate (Zoladex). He presented with left suprascapular swelling and low-back pain after being asymptomatic for 5 years. His prostate-specific antigen was 0.049 ng/mL. F-NaF PET-CT and Ga-PSMA scan were negative, whereas Ga-DOTA NOC scan done after 10 days showed multiple somatostatin-avid hepatic and lymph node metastasis.
February 24, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240654/lumbar-spine-alignment-in-6-common-postures-a-rom-analysis-with-implications-for-deformity-correction
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Hwee Weng Dennis Hey, Eugene Tze-Chun Lau, Kimberly-Anne Tan, Joel Louis Lim, Denise Choong, Leok-Lim Lau, Ka-Po Gabriel Liu, Hee-Kit Wong
STUDY DESIGN: . A prospective cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVE: To compare lumbar spine alignment in 6 common postures, and estimate loss in range of motion (ROM) relative to standing. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Ideal position for fusion of lumbar spine remains unknown. While surgical fusion is necessary for deformity correction and symptom relief, the final position in which the vertebrae are immobilized should provide maximum residual function...
February 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240434/c3-n-a-2d-crystalline-hole-free-tunable-narrow-bandgap-semiconductor-with-ferromagnetic-properties
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Siwei Yang, Wei Li, Caichao Ye, Gang Wang, He Tian, Chong Zhu, Peng He, Guqiao Ding, Xiaoming Xie, Yang Liu, Yeshayahu Lifshitz, Shuit-Tong Lee, Zhenhui Kang, Mianheng Jiang
Graphene has initiated intensive research efforts on 2D crystalline materials due to its extraordinary set of properties and the resulting host of possible applications. Here the authors report on the controllable large-scale synthesis of C3 N, a 2D crystalline, hole-free extension of graphene, its structural characterization, and some of its unique properties. C3 N is fabricated by polymerization of 2,3-diaminophenazine. It consists of a 2D honeycomb lattice with a homogeneous distribution of nitrogen atoms, where both N and C atoms show a D6h -symmetry...
February 27, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239180/clinical-and-demographic-predictors-of-conversion-to-dementia-in-mexican-elderly-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Sara G Aguilar-Navarro, Alberto J Mimenza-Alvarado, José Alberto Ávila-Funes, Teresa Juárez-Cedillo, Carolina Bernal-López, Celia G Hernández-Favela
BACKGROUND: Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is considered a clinical stage between normal cognitive aging and dementia. The clinical course of MCI is heterogeneous, with a significant number of cases progressing to dementia or reverting back to normal. OBJECTIVE: To determine the predictors of conversion from mild cognitive impairment to dementia among Mexican older adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A sample of 175 persons underwent clinical and neuropsychological evaluation to establish mild cognitive impairment diagnosis...
January 2017: Revista de Investigación Clínica; Organo del Hospital de Enfermedades de la Nutrición
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238152/myocardial-infarction-in-neonates-a-review-of-an-entity-with-significant-morbidity-and-mortality
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Koyelle Papneja, Anthony K Chan, Tapas K Mondal, Bosco Paes
Coronary artery disease is a global problem with high mortality rates and significant residual sequelae that affect long-term quality of life. Myocardial infarction (MI) in neonates is a recognized, uncommon entity, but the incidence and broad spectrum of the disease is unknown and likely underestimated due to limited reporting which in the majority is confined to acute ischemic events. The challenges involve clinical diagnosis which masquerades in the early phase as non-specific symptoms and signs that are commonly found in a host of neonatal disorders...
February 25, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237888/cognitive-fatigue-a-time-based-resource-sharing-account
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Guillermo Borragán, Hichem Slama, Mario Bartolomei, Philippe Peigneux
Cognitive Fatigue (CF) is an important confound impacting cognitive performance. How CF is triggered and what are the features that make a cognitive effort perceived as exhausting remain unclear. In the theoretical framework of the Time-based Resource-sharing (TBRS) model (Barrouillet et al., 2004), we hypothesized that CF is an outcome of increased cognitive load due to constrained time to process ongoing cognitive demands. We tested this cognitive load-related CF hypothesis across 2 experiments manipulating both task complexity and cognitive load induced by the processing time interval...
February 3, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236124/prevalence-and-clinical-significance-of-lumbosacral-transitional-vertebra-lstv-in-a-young-back-pain-population-with-suspected-axial-spondyloarthritis-results-of-the-spondyloarthritis-caught-early-space-cohort
#10
F de Bruin, S Ter Horst, J L Bloem, R van den Berg, M de Hooge, F van Gaalen, H Dagfinrud, M van Oosterhout, R Landewé, D van der Heijde, M Reijnierse
OBJECTIVE: To determine in a cohort of young patients with suspected axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), the prevalence of lumbosacral transitional vertebra (LSTV), its association with local bone marrow edema (BME) and lumbar spine degeneration, and the potential relationship with MRI findings and clinical signs of axSpA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Baseline imaging studies and clinical information of patients from the SPondyloArthritis Caught Early-cohort (back pain ≥3 months, ≤2 years, onset <45 years) were used...
February 24, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235695/the-differential-effects-of-prolonged-exercise-upon-executive-function-and-cerebral-oxygenation
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Gavin D Tempest, Karen Davranche, Jeanick Brisswalter, Stephane Perrey, Rémi Radel
The acute-exercise effects upon cognitive functions are varied and dependent upon exercise duration and intensity, and the type of cognitive tasks assessed. The hypofrontality hypothesis assumes that prolonged exercise, at physiologically challenging intensities, is detrimental to executive functions due to cerebral perturbations (indicated by reduced prefrontal activity). The present study aimed to test this hypothesis by measuring oxygenation in prefrontal and motor regions using near-infrared spectroscopy during two executive tasks (flanker task and 2-back task) performed while cycling for 60min at a very low intensity and an intensity above the ventilatory threshold...
February 14, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235575/original-article-epidemiology-and-treatment-of-acetabular-fractures-in-a-level-1-trauma-centre-retrospective-study-of-414-patients-over-10-years
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Mehdi Boudissa, Florent Francony, Gael Kerschbaumer, Sebastien Ruatti, Michel Milaire, Philippe Merloz, Jérôme Tonetti
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies of acetabular fractures (AFs) are scarce and, to our knowledge, the most recent one from France,by Letournel and Judet,dates back to 1993. Studies have suggested a decrease in high-energy AFs contrasting with an increase in low-energy AFs due to the longer life expectancy. However, a French case-series study failed to confirm these data. We therefore conducted a 10-year retrospective study in a Level-1 trauma centre to: 1) characterise the epidemiological profile of AF, 2) and to describe the treatment strategy...
February 21, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229537/high-temperature-stable-perovskite-solar-cell-based-on-low-cost-carbon-nanotube-hole-contact
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Kerttu Aitola, Konrad Domanski, Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena, Kári Sveinbjörnsson, Michael Saliba, Antonio Abate, Michael Grätzel, Esko Kauppinen, Erik M J Johansson, Wolfgang Tress, Anders Hagfeldt, Gerrit Boschloo
Mixed ion perovskite solar cells (PSC) are manufactured with a metal-free hole contact based on press-transferred single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) film infiltrated with 2,2,7,-7-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,90-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD). By means of maximum power point tracking, their stabilities are compared with those of standard PSCs employing spin-coated Spiro-OMeTAD and a thermally evaporated Au back contact, under full 1 sun illumination, at 60 °C, and in a N2 atmosphere. During the 140 h experiment, the solar cells with the Au electrode experience a dramatic, irreversible efficiency loss, rendering them effectively nonoperational, whereas the SWCNT-contacted devices show only a small linear efficiency loss with an extrapolated lifetime of 580 h...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228791/two-cases-of-pregnancy-and-lactation-associated-osteoporosis-successfully-treated-with-denosumab
#14
Ariel Sánchez, María Belén Zanchetta, Karina Danilowicz
Case 1. A 35-year-old woman in the 8(th) month of her first pregnancy suffered acute lumbar pain that persisted for 4 months. In the 5(th) month postpartum an acute increase in the low back pain led to a MRI which showed recent deformity in L1 and deformities of undetermined time of evolution in L2, L4, and L5. Laboratory evaluation did not reveal metabolic derangements. She had low bone mineral density (BMD, DXA) and severe deterioration of the microarchitecture of distal appendicular bone (HR-pQCT). Kyphoplasty of all 4 vertebrae was performed in 2 stages, and treatment with subcutaneous denosumab, 60 mg every 6 months, was begun...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228539/three-dimensional-printing-spiders-back-and-forth-glue-application-yields-silk-anchorages-with-high-pull-off-resistance-under-varying-loading-situations
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Jonas O Wolff, Marie E Herberstein
The anchorage of structures is a crucial element of construction, both for humans and animals. Spiders use adhesive plaques to attach silk threads to substrates. Both biological and artificial adhesive structures usually have an optimal loading angle, and are prone to varying loading situations. Silk anchorages, however, must cope with loading in highly variable directions. Here we show that the detachment forces of thread anchorages of orb-web spiders are highly robust against pulling in different directions...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228138/current-management-practices-for-patients-presenting-with-low-back-pain-to-a-large-emergency-department-in-canada
#16
Matthew L Nunn, Jill A Hayden, Kirk Magee
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is one of the leading causes of disability. Presentations to the emergency department (ED) are common and consume significant healthcare resources. However, treatment of patients with LBP is variable and highly physician dependent. Our study objective was to describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients presenting to the ED with LBP, the diagnostic strategies employed by ED physicians, and the subsequent management. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study using clinical and electronic health data at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Center's Charles V...
February 23, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227977/surrogate-analysis-of-fractal-dimensions-from-semg-sensor-array-as-a-predictor-of-chronic-low-back-pain
#17
Manouane Caza-Szoka, Daniel Massicotte, Francois Nougarou, Martin Descarreaux, Manouane Caza-Szoka, Daniel Massicotte, Francois Nougarou, Martin Descarreaux, Manouane Caza-Szoka, Daniel Massicotte, Martin Descarreaux, Francois Nougarou
In this paper, a method based on nonlinear analysis of sEMG sensor array signals (2 arrays of 5×13 sensors) to detect chronic low back pain is presented. The use of an FFT based surrogate analysis method isolates the nonlinear structure of the signals from the effect of the power spectrum. The fractal dimension is used for the nonlinear characteristic. From the sensor arrays, a certain number of channels which exhibits the most nonlinearity for a subject are kept as input of a small neural network. A leave-one-out type cross-validation method shows a success rate of 80%...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227733/accuracy-evaluation-of-the-kinect-v2-sensor-during-dynamic-movements-in-a-rehabilitation-scenario
#18
M Capecci, M G Ceravolo, F Ferracuti, S Iarlori, S Longhi, L Romeo, S N Russi, F Verdini, M Capecci, M G Ceravolo, F Ferracuti, S Iarlori, S Longhi, L Romeo, S N Russi, F Verdini, S Longhi, L Romeo, S N Russi, S Iarlori, M Capecci, F Ferracuti, M G Ceravolo, F Verdini
In this paper, the accuracy evaluation of the Kinect v2 sensor is investigated in a rehabilitation scenario. The accuracy analysis is provided in terms of joint positions and angles during dynamic postures used in low-back pain rehabilitation. Although other studies have focused on the validation of the accuracy in terms of joint angles and positions, they present results only considering static postures whereas the rehabilitation exercise monitoring involves to consider dynamic movements with a wide range of motion and issues related to the joints tracking...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227641/optimization-of-an-unpowered-energy-stored-exoskeleton-for-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Xinyu Guan, Linhong Ji, Rencheng Wang, Wenjie Huang, Xinyu Guan, Linhong Ji, Rencheng Wang, Wenjie Huang, Rencheng Wang, Xinyu Guan, Wenjie Huang, Linhong Ji
The paper describes a novel unpowered energy-stored exoskeleton (ES-EXO) for spinal cord injured patients in consideration of patients' characteristics and injured levels. It proposed a method to optimize the energy-stored element to decrease the hip joint moment in walking. EMG patterns, ground reaction force and motion data from one participant with complete spinal cord injury at T10 were recorded. A combined human-ES-EXO model was built and the stored-energy element including locations and stiffness of springs were optimized in AnyBody Modeling System...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227621/non-contact-automatic-respiration-monitoring-in-restrained-rodents
#20
Behnaz Rezaei, Jared Lowe, Jason R Yee, Stephen Porges, Sarah Ostadabbas, Behnaz Rezaei, Jared Lowe, Jason R Yee, Stephen Porges, Sarah Ostadabbas, Sarah Ostadabbas, Jason R Yee, Stephen Porges, Jared Lowe, Behnaz Rezaei
Prairie voles are socially monogamous rodents that form social bonds similar to those seen in primates. Social behavior investigation in these species, that include studying their breathing regulation, can provide us with an invaluable psychological model to understand social and emotional functions in both animals and humans. There have been several studies associated with the respiratory pattern of these species in the state of fear-induced defense. However, non-invasive measurement methods employed so far suffer from the lack of a natural experiment environment for the rodents...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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