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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231429/two-dimensional-excitonic-photoluminescence-in-graphene-on-a-cu-surface
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Youngsin Park, Yooseok Kim, Chang Woo Myung, Robert Anthony Taylor, Christopher C S Chan, Benjamin P L Reid, Tim J Puchtler, Robin J Nicholas, Laishram Tomba Singh, Geunsik Lee, Chan-Cuk Hwang, Chong-Yun Park, Kwang S Kim
Despite having outstanding electrical properties, graphene is unsuitable for optical devices because of its zero band gap. Here, we report two-dimensional excitonic photoluminescence (PL) from graphene grown on a Cu(111) surface, which shows an unexpected and remarkably sharp strong emission near 3.16 eV (full-width at half-maximum ≤ 3meV) and multiple emissions around 3.18 eV. As temperature increases, these emissions blue-shift, displaying the characteristic negative thermal coefficient of graphene. The observed PL originates from the significantly suppressed dispersion of excited electrons in graphene caused by hybridization of graphene π and Cu d orbitals of the 1st and 2nd Cu layers at a shifted saddle point 0...
February 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230967/live-cell-pyrophosphate-imaging-by-in-situ-hot-spot-generation
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Mingmin Li, Jin Li, Huixia Di, Huiqiao Liu, Dingbin Liu
Controlling the electromagnetic hot-spot generation is essential for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) assays. Current hot spot-based SERS assays have been extensively studied in solutions or on substrates. However, probing biospecies by controlling the hot-spot assembly in living systems has not been demonstrated thus far. Herein, we report a background-free SERS probe for imag-ing pyrophosphate (PPi), a biochemically significant anion, in living cells. Intracellular PPi is able to induce the nanoparticle dimeri-zation, thus creating an intense electromagnetic hot spot and dramatically enhancing the signal of the Raman reporters residing in the hot spot...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230909/a-general-instrumental-variable-framework-for-regression-analysis-with-outcome-missing-not-at-random
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Eric J Tchetgen Tchetgen, Kathleen E Wirth
The instrumental variable (IV) design is a well-known approach for unbiased evaluation of causal effects in the presence of unobserved confounding. In this article, we study the IV approach to account for selection bias in regression analysis with outcome missing not at random. In such a setting, a valid IV is a variable which (i) predicts the nonresponse process, and (ii) is independent of the outcome in the underlying population. We show that under the additional assumption (iii) that the IV is independent of the magnitude of selection bias due to nonresponse, the population regression in view is nonparametrically identified...
February 23, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230396/detecting-target-changes-in-multiple-object-tracking-with-peripheral-vision-more-pronounced-eccentricity-effects-for-changes-in-form-than-in-motion
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Christian Vater, Ralf Kredel, Ernst-Joachim Hossner
In the current study, dual-task performance is examined with multiple-object tracking as a primary task and target-change detection as a secondary task. The to-be-detected target changes in conditions of either change type (form vs. motion; Experiment 1) or change salience (stop vs. slowdown; Experiment 2), with changes occurring at either near (5°-10°) or far (15°-20°) eccentricities (Experiments 1 and 2). The aim of the study was to test whether changes can be detected solely with peripheral vision. By controlling for saccades and computing gaze distances, we could show that participants used peripheral vision to monitor the targets and, additionally, to perceive changes at both near and far eccentricities...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229619/measurement-of-hepcidin-isoforms-in-human-serum-by-liquid-chromatography-with-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
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Simon Handley, Lewis Couchman, Paul Sharp, Iain Macdougall, Cajetan Moniz
AIM: Hepcidin-25 is the master regulator of iron homeostasis. N-truncated isoforms of hepcidin-25 have been identified (hepcidin-20, -22, -24), although data on the concentrations of these isoforms are sparse. MATERIALS & METHODS: Serum was mixed with aqueous formic acid, and the supernatant loaded onto a 96-well-SPE-plate. Eluted analytes were analyzed using LC-HR-MS. Forty-seven paired dipotassium-EDTA human plasma and serum samples were analyzed. RESULTS: The LLOQ was 1 μg/l (all analytes)...
February 23, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228586/modeling-the-diversity-of-spontaneous-and-agonist-induced-electrical-activity-in-anterior-pituitary-corticotrophs
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Patrick Allen Fletcher, Hana Zemkova, Stanko S Stojilkovic, Arthur Sherman
Pituitary corticotrophs fire action potentials spontaneously and in response to stimulation with corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and arginine vaspressin (AVP), and such electrical activity is critical for calcium signaling and calcium-dependent adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secretion. These cells typically fire tall sharp action potentials when spontaneously active, but a variety of other spontaneous patterns have also been reported, including various modes of bursting. There is variability in reports of the fraction of corticotrophs that are electrically active, as well as their patterns of activity, and the sources of this variation are not well understood...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228416/cough-and-expiration-reflexes-elicited-by-inhaled-irritant-gases-are-intensified-in-ovalbumin-sensitized-mice
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Cheng Zhang, Ruei-Lung Lin, Jeff Hong, Mehdi Khosravi, Lu-Yuan Lee
This study was designed to determine the effect of active sensitization with ovalbumin (Ova) on cough responses to inhaled irritant gases in mice. Conscious mice moved freely in a recording chamber while the pressure change in the chamber, audio and video signals of the mouse movements were recorded simultaneously to measure the frequencies of cough reflex (CR) and expiration reflex (ER). To further verify the accuracy of cough analysis, the intra-pleural pressure was also recorded by a telemetry sensor surgically implanted in the intra-pleural space in a subgroup of mice...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228022/electron-nuclear-wave-packet-dynamics-through-a-conical-intersection
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Kilian Hader, Julian Albert, E K U Gross, Volker Engel
We investigate the coupled electron-nuclear dynamics in a model system showing a conical intersection (CoIn) between two excited state potential energy surfaces. Within the model, a single electron and nucleus move in two dimensions in an external static field. It is demonstrated that the nuclear density conserves its initial Gaussian shape when directly passing the CoIn, whereas the electronic density remains approximately constant. This is in sharp contrast to the picture which evolves from an analysis within the basis of adiabatic electronic states...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227832/sinusoidal-stimulation-trains-suppress-epileptiform-spikes-induced-by-4-ap-in-the-rat-hippocampal-ca1-region-in-vivo
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Zheshan Guo, Zhouyan Feng, Ying Yu, Wenjie Zhou, Zhaoxiang Wang, Xuefeng Wei, Zheshan Guo, Zhouyan Feng, Ying Yu, Wenjie Zhou, Zhaoxiang Wang, Xuefeng Wei, Ying Yu, Zhouyan Feng, Xuefeng Wei, Zhaoxiang Wang, Zheshan Guo, Wenjie Zhou
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) shows promises in the treatment of refractory epilepsy. Due to the complex causes of epilepsy, the mechanisms of DBS are still unclear. Depolarization block caused by the persistent excitation of neurons may be one of the possible mechanisms. To test the hypothesis, 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) was injected in rat hippocampal CA1 region in-vivo to induce epileptiform activity. Sinusoidal stimulation trains were applied to the afferent pathway (Schaffer collaterals) of CA1 region to suppress the epileptiform spikes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227671/imquant-an-image-based-fluorescence-reader-for-quantitative-lateral-flow-immunoassays
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Kaushik Basak Chowdhury, Jayaraj Joseph, Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Kaushik Basak Chowdhury, Jayaraj Joseph, Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Jayaraj Joseph, Kaushik Basak Chowdhury
Fluorescence immunoassays (FIA) have strong potential in enabling rapid quantitative immunological testing at point of care. Existing state of the art instruments employ laser scanning of FIA test kits, which require the use of electromechanical systems, making the instrument bulky, heavy and less reliable in the long term. There is a growing need for an extremely compact and reliable, motion-free, automated reader for accurate quantification of immunoassays. Here, we present ImQuant, an image based FIA reader with integrated monochromatic excitation source, optical filtering and real time image capture, assisted with an intuitive graphical user interface...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226862/novel-fractal-planar-electrode-design-for-efficient-neural-stimulation
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Xuefeng Wei, Mehdi Benmassaoud, Miriam Meller, Sindhuja Kuchibhatla, Xuefeng Wei, Mehdi Benmassaoud, Miriam Meller, Sindhuja Kuchibhatla, Mehdi Benmassaoud, Sindhuja Kuchibhatla, Miriam Meller, Xuefeng Wei
Planar electrodes are used in epidural spinal cord stimulation and cortical stimulation. Stimulation efficiency of an electrode is characterized by its ability to activate a volume of neural tissue with lower voltage and power requirements. As current density tends to increase towards the sharp edges of an electrode, we hypothesize that electrode designs involving a greater amount of sharp edges will have higher variations of current density, and therefore increase stimulation efficiency, compared to electrodes with flat or rounded edges...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226660/identifying-stereotypic-evolving-micro-scale-seizures-sems-in-the-hypoxic-ischemic-eeg-of-the-pre-term-fetal-sheep-with-a-wavelet-type-ii-fuzzy-classifier
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Hamid Abbasi, Laura Bennet, Alistair J Gunn, Charles P Unsworth, Hamid Abbasi, Laura Bennet, Alistair J Gunn, Charles P Unsworth, Charles P Unsworth, Laura Bennet, Hamid Abbasi, Alistair J Gunn
Perinatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) around the time of birth due to lack of oxygen can lead to debilitating neurological conditions such as epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Experimental data have shown that brain injury evolves over time, but during the first 6-8 hours after HIE the brain has recovered oxidative metabolism in a latent phase, and brain injury is reversible. Treatments such as therapeutic cerebral hypothermia (brain cooling) are effective when started during the latent phase, and continued for several days...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226644/examining-the-effect-of-mgso4-on-sharp-wave-transient-activity-in-the-hypoxic-ischemic-fetal-sheep-model
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Meherzad J Lakadia, Hamid Abbasi, Alistair J Gunn, Charles P Unsworth, Laura Bennet, Meherzad J Lakadia, Hamid Abbasi, Alistair J Gunn, Charles P Unsworth, Laura Bennet, Laura Bennet, Hamid Abbasi, Alistair J Gunn, Meherzad J Lakadia, Charles P Unsworth
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) due to lack of oxygen is a debilitating disorder experienced by a significant number of preterm infants during birth. Studies show that the brain undergoes different phases of injury following hypoxic insult, but the first 6-8 hours (known as a latent phase) are the key to treatment efficacy. Cerebral hypothermia is one known treatment, and for it to be effective it must be started during the latent phase and continued for several days. In order to determine the effectiveness of treatment it is important to pinpoint the time of insult...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226445/difficulty-understanding-speech-in-noise-by-the-hearing-impaired-underlying-causes-and-technological-solutions
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Eric W Healy, Sarah E Yoho, Eric W Healy, Sarah E Yoho, Sarah E Yoho, Eric W Healy
A primary complaint of hearing-impaired individuals involves poor speech understanding when background noise is present. Hearing aids and cochlear implants often allow good speech understanding in quiet backgrounds. But hearing-impaired individuals are highly noise intolerant, and existing devices are not very effective at combating background noise. As a result, speech understanding in noise is often quite poor. In accord with the significance of the problem, considerable effort has been expended toward understanding and remedying this issue...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224370/a-dual-mode-bioreactor-system-for-tissue-engineered-vascular-models
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N Bono, S Meghezi, M Soncini, M Piola, D Mantovani, Gianfranco Beniamino Fiore
In the past decades, vascular tissue engineering has made great strides towards bringing engineered vascular tissues to the clinics and, in parallel, obtaining in-lab tools for basic research. Herein, we propose the design of a novel dual-mode bioreactor, useful for the fabrication (construct mode) and in vitro stimulation (culture mode) of collagen-based tubular constructs. Collagen-based gels laden with smooth muscle cells (SMCs) were molded directly within the bioreactor culture chamber. Based on a systematic characterization of the bioreactor culture mode, constructs were subjected to 10% cyclic strain at 0...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224276/preparedness-and-cancer-related-symptom-management-among-cancer-survivors-in-the-first-year-post-treatment
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Corinne R Leach, Alyssa N Troeschel, Dawn Wiatrek, Annette L Stanton, Michael Diefenbach, Kevin D Stein, Katherine Sharpe, Kenneth Portier
BACKGROUND: Many cancer survivors feel unprepared for the physical and psychosocial challenges that accompany the post-treatment care transition (i.e., re-entry phase), including management of cancer-related symptoms. Few studies have investigated personal and contextual factors associated with the extent of preparedness for re-entry or how they are related to cancer-related symptom management. PURPOSE: Data from the American Cancer Society's Cancer Survivor Transition Study examined (1) characteristics of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer survivors (n = 1188) within the first year of completing treatment who are most and least prepared for re-entry; and (2) how preparedness level and other characteristics are related to cancer-related symptom management...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223945/toward-respiratory-assessment-using-depth-measurements-from-a-time-of-flight-sensor
#17
Charles Sharp, Vahid Soleimani, Sion Hannuna, Massimo Camplani, Dima Damen, Jason Viner, Majid Mirmehdi, James W Dodd
Introduction: There is increasing interest in technologies that may enable remote monitoring of respiratory disease. Traditional methods for assessing respiratory function such as spirometry can be expensive and require specialist training to perform and interpret. Remote, non-contact tracking of chest wall movement has been explored in the past using structured light, accelerometers and impedance pneumography, but these have often been costly and clinical utility remains to be defined. We present data from a 3-Dimensional time-of-flight camera (found in gaming consoles) used to estimate chest volume during routine spirometry maneuvres...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223839/ultrasound-guided-alcohol-neurolysis-and-radiofrequency-ablation-of-painful-stump-neuroma-effective-treatments-for-post-amputation-pain
#18
Xin Zhang, Yongming Xu, Jin Zhou, Shaofeng Pu, Yingying Lv, Yueping Chen, Dongping Du
BACKGROUND: Post-amputation pain (PAP) is highly prevalent after limb amputation, and stump neuromas play a key role in the generation of the pain. Presently, PAP refractory to medical management is frequently treated with minimally invasive procedures guided by ultrasound, such as alcohol neurolysis and radiofrequency ablation (RFA). OBJECTIVE: To record the immediate and long-term efficacy of alcohol neurolysis and RFA. We first used alcohol neurolysis and then, when necessary, we performed RFA on PAP patients...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221994/video-saliency-detection-via-spatial-temporal-fusion-and-low-rank-coherency-diffusion
#19
Chenglizhao Chen, Shuai Li, Yongguang Wang, Hong Qin, Aimin Hao
This paper advocates a novel video saliency detection method based on the spatial-temporal saliency fusion and low-rank coherency guided saliency diffusion. In sharp contrast to the conventional methods, which conduct saliency detection locally in a frame-by-frame way and could easily give rise to incorrect low-level saliency map, in order to overcome the existing difficulties, this paper proposes to fuse the color saliency based on global motion clues in a batch-wise fashion. And we also propose low-rank coherency guided spatial-temporal saliency diffusion to guarantee the temporal smoothness of saliency maps...
February 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221948/a-state-by-state-assessment-of-food-service-regulations-for-prevention-of-norovirus-outbreaks
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Anita Kambhampati, Kayoko Shioda, L Hannah Gould, Donald Sharp, Laura G Brown, Umesh D Parashar, Aron J Hall
Noroviruses are the leading cause of foodborne disease in the United States. Foodborne transmission of norovirus is often associated with contamination of food during preparation by an infected food worker. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code provides model food safety regulations for preventing transmission of foodborne disease in restaurants; however, adoption of specific provisions is at the discretion of state and local governments. We analyzed the food service regulations of all 50 states and the District of Columbia (i...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
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