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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340356/acquiring-variation-in-an-artificial-language-children-and-adults-are-sensitive-to-socially-conditioned-linguistic-variation
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Anna Samara, Kenny Smith, Helen Brown, Elizabeth Wonnacott
Languages exhibit sociolinguistic variation, such that adult native speakers condition the usage of linguistic variants on social context, gender, and ethnicity, among other cues. While the existence of this kind of socially conditioned variation is well-established, less is known about how it is acquired. Studies of naturalistic language use by children provide various examples where children's production of sociolinguistic variants appears to be conditioned on similar factors to adults' production, but it is difficult to determine whether this reflects knowledge of sociolinguistic conditioning or systematic differences in the input to children from different social groups...
March 21, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340293/functional-paper-based-platform-for-rapid-capture-and-detection-of-ceo2-nanoparticles
#2
Ali Othman, Daniel Andreescu, Dinusha P Karunaratne, Suryadevara V Babu, Silvana Andreescu
Development of systems for capture, sequestration and tracking of nanoparticles (NPs) is becoming a significant focus in many aspects of nanotechnology and environmental research. These systems enable a broad range of applications for evaluating concentration, distribution and effects of NPs for environmental, clinical, epidemiological and occupational exposure studies. Herein, we describe the first example of a ligand-graft multifunctional platform for capture and detection of cerium oxide (CeO2 or ceria) NPs...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340213/effects-of-alcohol-dependence-severity-on-neural-correlates-of-delay-discounting
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Aaron C Lim, Anita Cservenka, Lara A Ray
Aims: The current study examines the relationship between alcohol dependence severity and delay discounting neural activation. Methods: Participants (N = 17; 6 female) completed measures of alcohol use and severity and a functional magnetic resonance imaging version of a delay discounting task. Results: Alcohol dependence severity was negatively associated with activation in superior frontal gyrus during impulsive relative to delayed decisions, and positively associated with activation in paracingulate gyrus and frontal pole in delayed relative to impulsive decisions...
March 18, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339733/a-two-phase-mixture-model-of-platelet-aggregation
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Jian Du, Aaron L Fogelson
We present a two-phase model of platelet aggregation in coronary-artery-sized blood vessels. The model tracks the number densities of three platelet populations as well as the concentration of a platelet activating chemical. Through the formation of elastic bonds, activated platelets can cohere with one another to form a platelet thrombus. Bound platelets in a thrombus move in a velocity field different from that of the bulk fluid. Stresses produced by the elastic bonds act on the bound platelet material. Movement of the bound platelet material and that of the background fluid are coupled through an interphase drag and an incompressibility constraint...
February 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339721/analysis-of-professional-competencies-for-the-clinical-research-data-management-profession-implications-for-training-and-professional-certification
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Meredith N Zozus, Angel Lazarov, Leigh R Smith, Tim E Breen, Susan L Krikorian, Patrick S Zbyszewski, Shelly K Knoll, Debra A Jendrasek, Derek C Perrin, Demetris N Zambas, Tremaine B Williams, Carl F Pieper
Objective: : To assess and refine competencies for the clinical research data management profession. Materials and Methods: : Based on prior work developing and maintaining a practice standard and professional certification exam, a survey was administered to a captive group of clinical research data managers to assess professional competencies, types of data managed, types of studies supported, and necessary foundational knowledge. Results: : Respondents confirmed a set of 91 professional competencies...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339702/subclinical-chronic-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-resulting-from-phosphine-poisoning
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E Szymczyk, M Wiszniewska, J Walusiak-Skorupa, J D Kasprzak, P Lipiec
We present a case of a 32-year-old male crew member of a cargo ship, accidentally exposed to phosphine, a fumigating substance. He and other crew members developed increasing fatigue and digestive disorders 24 h later; two died from acute pulmonary oedema. The patient was admitted to hospital, where bilateral pneumonia, acute nephritis, hepatopathy, electrolyte imbalance and leucopenia were diagnosed. He was discharged from hospital 3 weeks later. He was examined 4 months later for possible chronic consequences of acute phosphine poisoning, which included echocardiography showing normal heart size and cardiac function...
February 21, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339656/development-of-a-real-time-wave-field-reconstruction-tem-system-i-incorporation-of-an-auto-focus-tracking-system
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Takahiro Tamura, Yoshihide Kimura, Yoshizo Takai
We have developed a real-time wave field reconstruction transmission electron microscope system that enables auto focus tracking at a video rate. In the developed system, a high-speed image calculation technique using a graphical processing unit was incorporated along with two techniques facilitating high-speed focus control using high-voltage modulation and weighted image integration using exposure time control. By utilizing these techniques, the sample drift induced in the Z-axis direction can be measured and automatically corrected for every 1/30 of a second...
February 18, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339596/health-warning-labels-for-smokeless-tobacco-the-impact-of-graphic-images-on-attention-recall-and-craving
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Elizabeth G Klein, Amanda J Quisenberry, Abigail B Shoben, Sarah Cooper, Amy K Ferketich, Micah Berman, Ellen Peters, Mary Ellen Wewers
Introduction: Little research has examined the impacts of graphic health warnings on the users of smokeless tobacco products. Methods: A convenience sample of past-month, male smokeless tobacco users (n = 142; 100% male) was randomly assigned to view a smokeless tobacco advertisement with a graphic health warning (GHW) or a text-only warning. Eye-tracking equipment measured viewing time, or dwell time, in milliseconds. Following the advertisement exposure, participants self-reported smokeless tobacco craving and recalled any content in the health warning message (unaided recall)...
January 28, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339503/rat-retinal-vasomotion-assessed-by-laser-speckle-imaging
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Anastasiia Y Neganova, Dmitry D Postnov, Olga Sosnovtseva, Jens Christian B Jacobsen
Vasomotion is spontaneous or induced rhythmic changes in vascular tone or vessel diameter that lead to rhythmic changes in flow. While the vascular research community debates the physiological and pathophysiological consequence of vasomotion, there is a great need for experimental techniques that can address the role and dynamical properties of vasomotion in vivo. We apply laser speckle imaging to study spontaneous and drug induced vasomotion in retinal network of anesthetized rats. The results reveal a wide variety of dynamical patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339189/polymerization-induced-self-assembly-pisa-control-over-the-morphology-of-19f-containing-polymeric-nano-objects-for-cell-uptake-and-tracking
#10
Wei Zhao, Hang Thu Ta, Cheng Zhang, Andrew Keith Whittaker
Fluorine-containing polymeric materials are receiving increasing attention as imaging probes in fluorine-19 magnetic resonance imaging (19F MRI), for example to enable quantitative in vivo detection of cells. Here we describe the one-pot polymerization synthesis of 19F-containing functional poly(OEGA-co-TFEA)-b-poly(St-co-VBA) copolymers as a new class of fluorinated MRI agent. A range of nanoparticle morphologies, including spheres, worm-like particles and vesicles were formed as a consequence of polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA)...
March 24, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339140/acquisition-of-voice-onset-time-in-toddlers-at-high-and-low-risk-for-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Karen Chenausky, Helen Tager-Flusberg
Although language delay is common in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), research is equivocal on whether speech development is affected. We used acoustic methods to investigate the existence of sub-perceptual differences in the speech of toddlers who developed ASD. Development of the distinction between b and p was prospectively tracked in 22 toddlers at low risk for ASD (LRC), 22 at high risk for ASD without ASD (HRA-), and 11 at high risk for ASD who were diagnosed with ASD at 36 months (HRA+). Voice onset time (VOT), the main acoustic difference between b and p, was measured from spontaneously produced words at 18, 24, and 36 months...
March 24, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339121/connecting-today-s-climates-to-future-analogs-to-facilitate-species-movement-under-climate-change
#12
Caitlin E Littlefield, Brad H McRae, Julia Michalak, Joshua J Lawler, Carlos Carroll
Increasing connectivity is an important strategy for facilitating species range shifts and maintaining biodiversity in the face of climate change. To date, however, few studies have included future climate projections in efforts to prioritize areas for increasing connectivity. Here, we identify key areas likely to facilitate climate-induced species movement across western North America. Using historical climate datasets and future climate projections, we mapped potential routes between current climates and their future analogs with a novel moving-window analysis based on electrical circuit theory...
March 24, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339109/validation-of-dynamic-treatment-couch-tracking-for-prostate-sbrt
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Stefanie Ehrbar, Simon Schmid, Alexander Jöhl, Stephan Klöck, Matthias Guckenberger, Oliver Riesterer, Stephanie Tanadini-Lang
PURPOSE: In stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) of prostatic cancer, a high dose per fraction is applied to the target with steep dose gradients. Intrafractional prostate motion can occur unpredictably during the treatment and lead to target miss. This work investigated the dosimetric benefit of motion compensation with dynamic treatment-couch tracking for prostate SBRT treatments in the presence of prostatic motion. METHODS: Ten SBRT treatment plans for prostate cancer patients with integrated boosts to their index lesion were prepared...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338917/association-between-serum-levels-of-uric-acid-and-blood-pressure-tracking-in-childhood
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Bohyun Park, Hye Ah Lee, Sung Hee Lee, Bo Mi Park, Eun Ae Park, Hae Soon Kim, Su Jin Cho, Hyesook Park
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that high levels of serum uric acid of very early life are a result of the in-utero environment and may lead to elevated blood pressure (BP) in adulthood. However, serum uric acid levels can change throughout life. We investigated the effect of serum uric acid levels in childhood on the BP tracking and analysed BP according to changes in serum uric acid levels in early life. METHODS: A total of 449 children from the Ewha Birth and Growth Cohort study underwent at least 2 follow-up examinations...
March 14, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338868/effects-of-field-size-and-depth-on-photoneutron-dose-equivalent-distributions-in-an-18-mv-x-ray-medical-accelerator
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Amir Hakimi, Mehdi Sohrabi, Seied Rabie Mahdavi
Photoneutron (PN) dosimetry studies in high-energy X-ray medical accelerators are of high clinical and scientific interest in particular to protect patients undergoing radiotherapy. In this context, fast, epithermal and thermal PN dose equivalent distributions in different field sizes and depths in air and in a multilayer polyethylene phantom were studied. Polycarbonate track dosemeters in contact with a 10B convertor (with or without cadmium cover) when electrochemically etched were applied. PN dose equivalents in air and on the surface of the phantom are linear functions of field size...
March 1, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338720/from-teeth-to-baleen-and-raptorial-to-bulk-filter-feeding-in-mysticete-cetaceans-the-role-of-paleontological-genetic-and-geochemical-data-in-feeding-evolution-and-ecology
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Annalisa Berta, Agnese Lanzetti, Eric G Ekdale, Thomas A Deméré
The origin of baleen and filter feeding in mysticete cetaceans occurred sometime between approximately 34 and 24 million years ago and represents a major macroevolutionary shift in cetacean morphology (teeth to baleen) and ecology (raptorial to filter feeding). We explore this dramatic change in feeding strategy by employing a diversity of tools and approaches: morphology, molecules, development, and stable isotopes from the geological record. Adaptations for raptorial feeding in extinct toothed mysticetes provide the phylogenetic context for evaluating morphological apomorphies preserved in the skeletons of stem and crown edentulous mysticetes...
December 16, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338607/how-to-make-reliable-washable-and-wearable-textronic-devices
#17
Xuyuan Tao, Vladan Koncar, Tzu-Hao Huang, Chien-Lung Shen, Ya-Chi Ko, Gwo-Tsuen Jou
In this paper, the washability of wearable textronic (textile-electronic) devices has been studied. Two different approaches aiming at designing, producing, and testing robust washable and reliable smart textile systems are presented. The common point of the two approaches is the use of flexible conductive PCB in order to interface the miniaturized rigid (traditional) electronic devices to conductive threads and tracks within the textile flexible fabric and to connect them to antenna, textile electrodes, sensors, actuators, etc...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338359/optimizing-the-team-for-required-power-during-track-cycling-team-pursuit
#18
Levi Heimans, Wouter R Dijkshoorn, Marco J M Hoozemans, Jos J de Koning
PURPOSE: Since the aim of the men's team pursuit in time trial track cycling is to accomplish a distance of 4000m as fast as possible, optimizing aerodynamic drag can contribute to achieving this goal. The aim of this study is to determine the drafting effect in second, third and fourth position during the team pursuit in track cycling as a function of the team members' individual frontal areas in order to minimize the required power. METHOD: Eight experienced track cyclists of the Dutch national selection performed 39 trials of 3-km in different teams of four cyclists at a constant velocity of 15...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338170/-clinical-research-progress-of-mesenteric-internal-hernia-after-roux-en-y-reconstruction
#19
Zhengrong Xu, Wenjun Guo
Postoperative internal hernia is a rare clinical complication which often occurs after digestive tract reconstruction. Roux-en-Y anastomosis is a common type of digestive tract reconstruction. Internal hernia after Roux-en-Y reconstruction, which occurs mainly in the mesenteric defect caused by incomplete closure of mesenteric gaps in the process of digestive tract reconstruction, is systematically called, in our research, as mesenteric internal hernia after Roux-en-Y reconstruction. Such internal hernia can be divided, according to the different structures of mesentric defect, into 3 types: the type of mesenteric defect at the jejunojejunostomy (J type), the type of Petersen's defect (P type), and the type of mesenteric defect in the transverse mesocolon (M type)...
March 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338095/the-effect-of-microbial-mats-in-the-decay-of-anurans-with-implications-for-understanding-taphonomic-processes-in-the-fossil-record
#20
M Iniesto, I Villalba, A D Buscalioni, M C Guerrero, A I López-Archilla
The pattern and sequence of the decomposition of the Pipidae African dwarf frog (Hymenochirus boettgeri) is tracked in an experiment with microbial mats in order to explore soft tissue preservation over three years. Frog decay in microbial mats is preceded by rapid entombment (25-30 days) and mediated by the formation of a sarcophagus, which is built by a complex microbial community. The frog carcasses maintained a variety of soft tissues for years. Labile organic structures show greater durability within the mat, cells maintain their general shape (bone marrow cells and adipocytes), and muscles and connective tissues (adipose and fibrous tendons) exhibit their original organic structures...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
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