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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515159/intermittent-fasting-pretreatment-prevents-cognitive-impairment-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion
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Yuan Hu, Ying Yang, Miao Zhang, Min Deng, Jun-Jian Zhang
Background: Whether intermittent fasting (IF) pretreatment can prevent vascular cognitive dysfunction remains unknown to our knowledge.Objective: We investigated the effects and underlying mechanisms of IF pretreatment on cognitive dysfunction in a permanent 2-vessel occlusion (2VO) vascular dementia rat model.Methods: Male Wistar rats weighing 200 g were subjected to either IF or ad libitum feeding for 12 wk before 2VO surgery. Rats in the IF protocol underwent alternative-day feed deprivation (FD). Memory of the animals was assessed by using the Morris water maze (MWM) and the novel object recognition (NOR) test 6 wk after the surgery...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512467/extra-facial-landmark-localization-via-global-shape-reconstruction
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Shuqiu Tan, Dongyi Chen, Chenggang Guo, Zhiqi Huang
Localizing facial landmarks is a popular topic in the field of face analysis. However, problems arose in practical applications such as handling pose variations and partial occlusions while maintaining moderate training model size and computational efficiency still challenges current solutions. In this paper, we present a global shape reconstruction method for locating extra facial landmarks comparing to facial landmarks used in the training phase. In the proposed method, the reduced configuration of facial landmarks is first decomposed into corresponding sparse coefficients...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495328/flow-glottogram-and-subglottal-pressure-relationship-in-singers-and-untrained-voices
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Johan Sundberg
This article combines results from three earlier investigations of the glottal voice source during phonation at varying degrees of vocal loudness (1) in five classically trained baritone singers (Sundberg et al., 1999), (2) in 15 female and 14 male untrained voices (Sundberg et al., 2005), and (3) in voices rated as hyperfunctional by an expert panel (Millgård et al., 2015). Voice source data were obtained by inverse filtering. Associated subglottal pressures were estimated from oral pressure during the occlusion for the consonant /p/...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483394/postischemic-fish-oil-treatment-confers-task-dependent-memory-recovery
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Janaína Nicolau de Oliveira, Luane Oliveira Reis, Emilene Dias Fiuza Ferreira, Jacqueline Godinho, Cristiano Correia Bacarin, Ligia Mendes Soares, Rúbia Maria Weffort de Oliveira, Humberto Milani
A series of our previous studies demonstrated that fish oil (FO), equivalent to 300mg/kg docosahexahenoic acid (DHA), facilitates memory recovery after transient, global cerebral ischemia (TGCI) in the aversive radial maze (AvRM). The present study sought to address two main issues: (i) whether the memory-protective effect of FO that has been observed in the AvRM can be replicated in the passive avoidance test (PAT) and object location test (OLT) and (ii) whether FO at doses that are lower than those used previously can also prevent TGCI-induced memory loss...
May 5, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475048/trunk-branch-ensemble-convolutional-neural-networks-for-video-based-face-recognition
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Changxing Ding, Dacheng Tao
Human faces in surveillance videos often suffer from severe image blur, dramatic pose variations, and occlusion. In this paper, we propose a comprehensive framework based on Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) to overcome challenges in video-based face recognition (VFR). First, to learn blur-robust face representations, we artificially blur training data composed of clear still images to account for a shortfall in real-world video training data. Using training data composed of both still images and artificially blurred data, CNN is encouraged to learn blur-insensitive features automatically...
May 2, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474130/blood-vessel-segmentation-in-color-fundus-images-based-on-regional-and-hessian-features
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Syed Ayaz Ali Shah, Tong Boon Tang, Ibrahima Faye, Augustinus Laude
PURPOSE: To propose a new algorithm of blood vessel segmentation based on regional and Hessian features for image analysis in retinal abnormality diagnosis. METHODS: Firstly, color fundus images from the publicly available database DRIVE were converted from RGB to grayscale. To enhance the contrast of the dark objects (blood vessels) against the background, the dot product of the grayscale image with itself was generated. To rectify the variation in contrast, we used a 5 × 5 window filter on each pixel...
May 4, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473615/ten-days-of-repeated-local-forearm-heating-does-not-affect-cutaneous-vascular-function
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Michael A Francisco, Vienna E Brunt, Krista Nicole Jensen, Santiago Lorenzo, Christopher Todd Minson
The aim of the present study was to determine whether 10 days of repeated local heating was capable of inducing peripheral adaptations to the cutaneous vasculature, and to investigate potential mechanisms of adaptation. We also assessed maximal forearm blood flow to determine if repeated local heating affects maximal dilator capacity. METHODS: Before and after 10 days of heat training consisting of one-hour forearm exposures to 42°C water, or 32°C (control) in the contralateral arm (randomized and counterbalanced), we assessed hyperemia to rapid local heating of the skin (N=14 young, recreationally-active subjects)...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463182/hypoperfusion-induced-by-preconditioning-treadmill-training-in-hyper-early-reperfusion-after-cerebral-ischemia-a-laser-speckle-imaging-study
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Zhijie He, Hongyang Lu, Xiaojiao Yang, Li Zhang, Yi Wu, Wenxiu Niu, Li Ding, Guili Wang, Shanbao Tong, Jie Jia
Exercise preconditioning induces neuroprotective effects during cerebral ischemia and reperfusion, which involves the recovery of cerebral blood flow (CBF). Mechanisms underly-ing the neuroprotective effects of re-established CBF following ischemia and reperfusion are unclear. The present study investi-gated CBF in hyper-early stage of reperfusion by laser speckle contrast imaging, a full-field high-resolution optical imaging technique. Rats with or without treadmill training were subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion followed by reperfusion...
April 27, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452882/field-and-en-route-reboa-a-feasible-military-reality
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Viktor A Reva, Tal Hörer, Andrey I Makhnovskiy, Mikhail V Sokhranov, Igor M Samokhvalov, Joseph J DuBose
BACKGROUND: Severe non-compressible torso hemorrhage (NCTH) remains a leading cause of potentially preventable death in modern military conflicts. Resuscitative endovascular occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) has demonstrated potential as an effective adjunct to the treatment of NCTH in the civilian early hospital and even pre-hospital settings - but the application of this technology for military pre-hospital use has not been well described. We aimed to assess the feasibility of both field and en route pre-hospital REBOA in the military exercise setting simulating a modern armed conflict...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446953/neuroprotective-effects-of-exercise-on-brain-edema-and-neurological-movement-disorders-following-the-cerebral-ischemia-and-reperfusion-in-rats
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Nabi Shamsaei, Soheila Erfani, Masoud Fereidoni, Ali Shahbazi
INTRODUCTION: Cerebral ischemia and reperfusion causes physiological and biochemical changes in the neuronal cells that will eventually lead to cell damage. Evidence indicates that exercise reduces the ischemia and reperfusion-induced brain damages in animal models of stroke. In the present study, the effect of exercise preconditioning on brain edema and neurological movement disorders following the cerebral ischemia and reperfusion in rats was investigated. METHODS: Twenty-one adult male wistar rats (weighing 260-300 g) were randomly divided into three groups: sham operated, exercise plus ischemia, and ischemia group (7 rats per group)...
January 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442632/effect-of-aerobic-exercise-training-on-ventilatory-efficiency-and-respiratory-drive-in-obese-subjects
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Mehdi Chlif, Anis Chaouachi, Said Ahmaidi
BACKGROUND: Obese patients show a decline in exercise capacity and diverse degrees of dyspnea in association with mechanical abnormalities, increased ventilatory requirements secondary to the increased metabolic load, and a greater work of breathing. Consequently, obese patients may be particularly predisposed to the development of respiratory muscle fatigue during exercise. The aim of this study was to assess inspiratory muscle performance during incremental exercise in 19 obese male subjects (body mass index 41 ± 6 kg/m(2)) after aerobic exercise training using the noninvasive, inspiratory muscle tension-time index (TT0...
April 25, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424510/the-effect-of-slow-loaded-breathing-training-on-the-blood-pressure-response-to-handgrip-exercise-in-patients-with-isolated-systolic-hypertension
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Chulee Ubolsakka-Jones, Benjarat Sangthong, Wilaiwan Khrisanapant, David A Jones
Isolated systolic hypertension (ISH) is the most common form of hypertension in older people. It is characterized by increased resting systolic blood pressure (sBP) and increased sBP in response to exercise. It has previously been shown that slow breathing training reduces resting sBP, and the objective of the present study was to determine whether it also reduced the blood pressure response to static handgrip exercise. ISH patients aged between 60 and 74 years were randomly divided into a control group (10 subjects, 4 of which were male) that breathed normally and a trained group (10 subjects, 4 of which were male) that trained daily for 8 weeks by slow breathing against an inspiratory resistance of 18 cmH2O...
April 20, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420194/multiple-objects-fusion-tracker-using-a-matching-network-for-adaptively-represented-instance-pairs
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Sang-Il Oh, Hang-Bong Kang
Multiple-object tracking is affected by various sources of distortion, such as occlusion, illumination variations and motion changes. Overcoming these distortions by tracking on RGB frames, such as shifting, has limitations because of material distortions caused by RGB frames. To overcome these distortions, we propose a multiple-object fusion tracker (MOFT), which uses a combination of 3D point clouds and corresponding RGB frames. The MOFT uses a matching function initialized on large-scale external sequences to determine which candidates in the current frame match with the target object in the previous frame...
April 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410880/the-effect-of-user-experience-and-inflation-technique-on-endotracheal-tube-cuff-pressure-using-a-feline-airway-simulator
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Donna M White, José I Redondo, Alastair R Mair, Fernando Martinez-Taboada
OBJECTIVE: The effect of user experience and inflation technique on endotracheal tube cuff pressure using a feline airway simulator. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, experimental clinical study. METHODS: Participants included veterinary students at the beginning (group S1) and end (group S2) of their 2-week anaesthesia rotation and veterinary anaesthetists (group A). The feline airway simulator was designed to simulate an average size feline trachea, intubated with a 4...
February 24, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410109/classification-via-sparse-representation-of-steerable-wavelet-frames-on-grassmann-manifold-application-to-target-recognition-in-sar-image
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Ganggang Dong, Gangyao Kuang, Na Wang, Wei Wang
Automatic target recognition has been studied widely over the years, yet it is still an open problem. The main obstacle consists in extended operating conditions, e.g., depression angle change, configuration variation, articulation, occlusion. To deal with them, this paper proposes a new classification strategy. We develop a new representation model via the steerable wavelet frames. The proposed representation model is entirely viewed as an element on Grassmann manifolds. To achieve target classification, we embed Grassmann manifolds into an implicit Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space (RKHS), where the kernel sparse learning can be applied...
April 7, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399772/nurse-led-ranibizumab-intravitreal-injections-in-wet-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-literature-review
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Emma Gregg
Aim The aim of this literature review was to explore the development of the role of specialist ophthalmic nurses in delivering ranibizumab intravitreal injections to patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and to evaluate their contribution to reducing capacity pressures in medical retina services, while maintaining safe and effective standards of care. Method A systematic literature search was undertaken to identify relevant articles published between January 2000 and June 2015. A search of electronic databases was undertaken, and selected relevant journals were searched manually...
April 12, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394461/successful-treatment-of-infertility-in-a-female-sumatran-orangutan-pongo-abelii
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Neil Maclachlan, Gordon Hunt, Sarah Fowkes, Melissa Frost, John Miller, Gari Purcell-Jones, Peter Sullivan, Alberto Barbon, Andrew Routh, Francisco J López, Eluned C Price
In 2011, a female Sumatran orangutan housed at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust became infertile following a massive antepartum hemorrhage in labor and the delivery of a stillborn infant. The placenta was infected with Pantoea sp. Hysterosalpingography (HSG) revealed blocked fallopian tubes, and pressurized fallopian tube perfusion was used to reverse the tubal occlusion. She subsequently conceived and following an intensive training program, we were able to measure umbilical artery waveform analysis for fetal well-being and placental localization to exclude placenta previa, which could complicate pregnancy and lead to catastrophic hemorrhage...
March 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392959/restricted-blood-flow-exercise-in-sedentary-overweight-african-american-females-may-increase-muscle-strength-and-decrease-endothelial-function-and-vascular-autoregulation
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Vernon Bond, Bryan Heath Curry, Krishna Kumar, Sudhakar Pemminati, Vasavi Rakesh Gorantla, Kishan Kadur, Richard Mark Millis
OBJECTIVES: Exercise with partially restricted blood flow is a low-load, low-intensity resistance training regimen which may have the potential to increase muscle strength in the obese, elderly and frail who are unable to do high-load training. Restricted blood flow exercise has also been shown to affect blood vessel function variably and can, therefore, contribute to blood vessel dysfunction. This pilot study tests the hypothesis that unilateral resistance training of the leg extensors with partially restricted blood flow increases muscle strength and decreases vascular autoregulation...
March 2017: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391813/a-pc-based-shutter-glasses-controller-for-visual-stimulation-using-multithreading-in-labwindows-cvi
#19
Ivan Gramatikov, Kurt Simons, David Guyton, Boris Gramatikov
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Amblyopia, commonly known as "lazy eye," is poor vision in an eye from prolonged neurologic suppression. It is a major public health problem, afflicting up to 3.6% of children, and will lead to lifelong visual impairment if not identified and treated in early childhood. Traditional treatment methods, such as occluding or penalizing the good eye with eye patches or blurring eye drops, do not always yield satisfactory results. Newer methods have emerged, based on liquid crystal shutter glasses that intermittently occlude the better eye, or alternately occlude the two eyes, thus stimulating vision in the "lazy" eye...
May 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366057/development-of-a-recalcitrant-large-clot-burden-bifurcation-occlusion-model-for-mechanical-thrombectomy
#20
Visish M Srinivasan, Stephen R Chen, Kevin M Camstra, Gouthami Chintalapani, Peter Kan
OBJECTIVE Stroke is a major cause of disability and death in adults. Several large randomized clinical trials have shown the significant benefit of mechanical thrombectomy with modern stent retrievers in the treatment of large-vessel occlusions. However, large clots located at bifurcations remain challenging to treat. An in vivo model of these recalcitrant clots needs to be developed to test future generations of devices. METHODS Autologous blood was drawn from anesthetized swine via a femoral sheath. Blood was then mixed with thrombin, calcium chloride, and saline, and injected into silicone tubing to form cylindrical clots in the standard fashion...
April 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
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