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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922836/a-novel-method-for-full-locomotion-compensation-of-an-untethered-walking-insect
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Shunsuke Shigaki, Shunpei Fukushima, Daisuke Kurabayashi, Takeshi Sakurai, Ryohei Kanzaki
In this study, we developed a novel unfixed-type experimental system that we call a '3-DOF servosphere.' This system comprises one sphere and three omniwheels that support the sphere. The measurement method is very simple. An experimental animal is placed on top of the sphere. The position and heading angle of the animal are observed by using a high-speed camera installed above the sphere. Because the system can rotate the sphere with three degrees of freedom (DOFs) independently, the position and heading angle at the origin can be maintained without fixing the body...
December 6, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922550/a-novel-abcc6-haplotype-is-associated-with-azathioprine-drug-response-in-myasthenia-gravis
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Lara Colleoni, Barbara Galbardi, Claudia Barzago, Silvia Bonanno, Sara Franzi, Rita Frangiamore, Giorgia Camera, Maria Foti, Donatella Biancolini, Eleonora Canioni, Lorenzo Maggi, Carlo Antozzi, Renato Mantegazza, Pia Bernasconi, Dimos Kapetis
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in drug-metabolizing enzymes and transporters (DMETs) with the response to azathioprine (AZA) in patients affected by myasthenia gravis (MG) to determine possible genotype-phenotype correlations. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Genomic DNA from 180 AZA-treated MG patients was screened through the Affymetrix DMET platform, which characterizes 1931 SNPs in 225 genes. The significant SNPs, identified to be involved in AZA response, were subsequently validated by allelic discrimination and direct sequencing...
December 2, 2016: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922541/effects-of-the-5-ht1a-receptor-agonists-buspirone-and-8-oh-dpat-on-pupil-size-in-common-marmosets
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Manato Kotani, Naoko Urushino, Itaru Natsutani, Yuji Ogi, Kazuhito Ikeda
As pupil size is affected by psychotropic drugs in all mammals, it has been used as a well-established clinical indicator for the preclinical and clinical development of novel drugs. It has been reported that activation of the serotonin (5-HT)1A receptor differently affects pupil response in rodents (mydriasis) and humans (miosis). Thus, it is important to establish a quantitative system for measuring pupil size using other species, such as nonhuman primates. Common marmosets have recently attracted a great deal of attention as suitable experimental animals in the psychoneurological field because of handling ease compared with other nonhuman primates and the requirement for small amounts of test drugs...
December 2, 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921121/a%C3%A2-4d-ultrasound-real-time-tracking-system-for-external-beam-radiotherapy-of-upper-abdominal-lesions-under-breath-hold
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Dwi Seno Kuncoro Sihono, Lena Vogel, Christel Weiß, Johannes Thölking, Frederik Wenz, Frank Lohr, Judit Boda-Heggemann, Hansjörg Wertz
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To evaluate a novel four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound (US) tracking system for external beam radiotherapy of upper abdominal lesions under computer-controlled deep-inspiration breath-hold (DIBH). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The tracking accuracy of the research 4D US system was evaluated using two motion phantoms programmed with sinusoidal and breathing patterns to simulate free breathing and DIBH. Clinical performance was evaluated with five healthy volunteers...
December 5, 2016: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921074/initial-performance-studies-of-a-wearable-brain-positron-emission-tomography-camera-based-on-autonomous-thin-film-digital-geiger-avalanche-photodiode-arrays
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Charles R Schmidtlein, James N Turner, Michael O Thompson, Krishna C Mandal, Ida Häggström, Jiahan Zhang, John L Humm, David H Feiglin, Andrzej Krol
Using analytical and Monte Carlo modeling, we explored performance of a lightweight wearable helmet-shaped brain positron emission tomography (PET), or BET camera, based on thin-film digital Geiger avalanche photodiode arrays with Lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate (LYSO) or [Formula: see text] scintillators for imaging in vivo human brain function of freely moving and acting subjects. We investigated a spherical cap BET and cylindrical brain PET (CYL) geometries with 250-mm diameter. We also considered a clinical whole-body (WB) LYSO PET/CT scanner...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919114/a-low-cost-high-definition-video-system-for-microsurgical-hindlimb-replantation-in-rats
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Rui Sergio, Monteiro de Barros, Marcus Vinicius Henriques Brito, Rafael Aquino Leal, Renan Kleber Costa Teixeira, Marcelo Ferreia Sabbá, Vitor Nagai Yamaki, Marcos Vinicius Vieira Lemos
Background The surgical microscope is still essential for microsurgery, but several alternatives that show promising results are currently under development, such as endoscopes and laparoscopes with video systems; however, as yet, these have only been used for arterial anastomoses. The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of a low-cost video-assisted magnification system in replantation of the hindlimbs of rats. Methods Thirty Wistar rats were randomly divided into two matched groups according to the magnification system used: the microscope group, with hindlimb replantation performed under a microscope with an image magnification of 40× and the video group, with the procedures performed under a video system composed of a high-definition camcorder, macrolenses, a 42-in television, and a digital HDMI cable...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918980/a-case-of-incarcerated-femoral-hernia-with-intestinal-blood-flow-assessment-by-brightfield-full-color-near-infrared-fluorescence-camera-report-of-a-case
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Shunjin Ryu, Masashi Yoshida, Hironori Ohdaira, Nobuhiro Tsutsui, Norihiko Suzuki, Eisaku Ito, Keigo Nakajima, Satoru Yanagisawa, Masaki Kitajima, Yutaka Suzuki
INTRODUCTION: Indocyanine green (ICG) fluorescence has been reported for examining intestinal blood flow (IBF), but not in the case of bowel released from entrapment in a femoral hernia. We report the case of a patient with incarcerated obturator femoral hernia in whom the bowel was preserved after evaluation of IBF with ICG fluorescence using a brightfield full-color near-infrared fluorescence camera. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A woman in her 60s was diagnosed with incarcerated femoral hernia and underwent surgery...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918851/influence-of-a-100-m-simulated-in-water-rescue-on-cardiopulmonary-parameters
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Ana Sousa, Ricardo J Fernandes, Núria Rodríguez, J Arturo Abraldes
OBJECTIVE: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after a drowning episode is performed under fatigue conditions. However, the characterization of CPR in this context is still unknown. Our purpose was to investigate the effect of a 100-m simulated in-water rescue on CPR and physiological parameters in trained certified lifeguards. METHODS: Thirty trained certified lifeguards (age 24.6 ± 3.8 yrs; height 178.2 ± 7.4 cm and weight 76.9 ± 10.6 kg) completed two protocols using an adult manikin: (i) 4-min CPR after 4-min baseline conditions (CPR), and (ii) 4-min CPR after a 100-m simulated in-water rescue in the sea (CPR Rescue), both with a compression-ventilation ratio of 30:2...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918655/activity-profiles-and-positional-differences-of-handball-players-during-the-world-championships-in-qatar-2015
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Marco Cardinale, Rodney Whiteley, Ahmed Abdelrahman Hosny, Nebojsa Popovic
PURPOSE: Handball is an Olympic sport played indoor by 6 court players and one goalkeeper with rolling substitutions. Limited data exist on elite players competing in a World Championship and virtually no information exits on the evolution of time-motion performance over the course of a long tournament. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze time motion characteristics of elite male handball players of the last World Championships played in Qatar in 2015. METHODS: 384 Players from 24 national teams were analyzed during 88 matches using a tracking camera system and a bespoke software (Prozone Handball V...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916948/a-robust-and-device-free-system-for-the-recognition-and-classification-of-elderly-activities
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Fangmin Li, Mohammed Abdulaziz Aide Al-Qaness, Yong Zhang, Bihai Zhao, Xidao Luan
Human activity recognition, tracking and classification is an essential trend in assisted living systems that can help support elderly people with their daily activities. Traditional activity recognition approaches depend on vision-based or sensor-based techniques. Nowadays, a novel promising technique has obtained more attention, namely device-free human activity recognition that neither requires the target object to wear or carry a device nor install cameras in a perceived area. The device-free technique for activity recognition uses only the signals of common wireless local area network (WLAN) devices available everywhere...
December 1, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916858/three-dimensional-continuous-displacement-measurement-with-temporal-speckle-pattern-interferometry
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Jie Qin, Zhan Gao, Xu Wang, Shanwei Yang
A speckle interferometer which can measure whole field three-dimensional displacements continuously and dynamically has been built. Three different wavelength lasers are used to produce the speckle interferograms of the two in-plane displacements (displacements in the x- and y-direction) and one out-of-plane displacement (displacement in the z-direction), respectively. One color CCD camera is employed to collect these mixed speckle interferograms simultaneously. The mixed interferograms are separated by the Red, Green and Blue channels of the color CCD camera, and then are processed by the wavelet transform technique to extract the phase information of the measured object...
November 29, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914551/feature-proportion-accuracy-of-hand-drawn-facial-approximation
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Kristina B Altes
Several studies have investigated the predictive accuracy of facial approximation methods for individual facial features, but few have investigated the ability of these methods to accurately predict the relative dimensions of these features. Photographs of 10 skulls from the William M. Bass Donated Skeletal Collection were used to create hand-drawn facial approximations following the guidelines presented in Taylor (2001). Measurements of the eyes, nose, and mouth were made and converted to ratios for comparison to their corresponding antemortem photographs...
December 2016: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913346/automatic-design-of-high-sensitivity-color-filter-arrays-with-panchromatic-pixels
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Jia Li, Chenyan Bai, Zhouchen Lin, Jian Yu
In most of existing digital cameras, color images have to be reconstructed from raw images which only have one color sensed at each pixel, as their imaging sensors are covered by color filter arrays (CFAs). At each pixel a CFA usually allows only a portion of the light spectrum to pass through and thereby reduces the light sensitivity of pixels. To address this issue, previous works have explored adding panchromatic pixels into CFAs. However, almost all existing methods assign panchromatic pixels empirically, making the designed CFAs prone to aliasing artifacts...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912910/molecular-imaging-for-prostate-cancer-performance-analysis-of-68-ga-psma-pet-ct-versus-choline-pet-ct
#14
L Michaud, K A Touijer
INTRODUCTION: There is a need for a precise and reliable imaging to improve the management of prostate cancer. In recent years the PET/CT with choline has changed the handling of prostate cancer in Europe, and it is commonly used for initial stratification or for the diagnosis of a biochemical recurrence, although it does not lack limitations. Other markers are being tested, including the ligand of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), that seems to offer encouraging prospects. The goal of this piece of work was to critically review the role of choline and PSMA PET/CT in prostate cancer...
November 29, 2016: Actas Urologicas Españolas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912155/home-based-interventions-improve-trained-but-not-novel-dual-task-balance-performance-in-older-adults-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Suleeporn Wongcharoen, Somporn Sungkarat, Peeraya Munkhetvit, Vipul Lugade, Patima Silsupadol
The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of four different home-based interventions on dual-task balance performance and to determine the generalizability of the four trainings to untrained tasks. Sixty older adults, aged 65 and older, were randomly assigned to one of four home-based interventions: single-task motor training, single-task cognitive training, dual-task motor-cognitive training, and dual-task cognitive-cognitive training. Participants received 60-min individualized training sessions, 3 times a week for 4 weeks...
November 22, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911144/comparison-of-pulsed-dye-laser-versus-combined-pulsed-dye-laser-and-nd-yag-laser-in-the-treatment-of-inflammatory-acne-vulgaris
#16
Manal Mohamed Salah El Din, Nevien Ahmed Samy, Amira Eid Salem
BACKGROUND: Both pulsed dye laser and combined 585/1,064-nm (sequential dual-wave-length PDL and Nd:YAG) laser improves inflammatory skin disorders including acne vulgaris. OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of 585 nm pulsed dye laser versus sequential dual-wave-length PDL and Nd:YAG in treatment of acne vulgaris. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Thirty patients complaining of acne vulgaris were treated with a single pass of PDL alone on half of the face and a single pass of combined 585/1064-nm laser on the other half for four treatment sessions at 2 weeks interval, then assessed by the count and severity of the acne lesions & digital camera photographs Results: The study showed that inflammatory acne lesions count was significantly reduced by 82...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910871/noncontact-and-wide-field-characterization-of-the-absorption-and-scattering-properties-of-apple-fruit-using-spatial-frequency-domain-imaging
#17
Dong Hu, Xiaping Fu, Xueming He, Yibin Ying
Spatial-frequency domain imaging (SFDI), as a noncontact, low-cost and wide-field optical imaging technique, offers great potential for agro-product safety and quality assessment through optical absorption (μa) and scattering (μ) property measurements. In this study, a laboratory-based SFDI system was constructed and developed for optical property measurement of fruits and vegetables. The system utilized a digital light projector to generate structured, periodic light patterns and illuminate test samples...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910821/reply-to-comment-on-imaging-of-prompt-gamma-rays-emitted-during-delivery-of-clinical-proton-beams-with-a-compton-camera-feasibility-studies-for-range-verification
#18
Jerimy C Polf, Stephen Avery, Dennis S Mackin, Sam Beddar
A reply is provided to the points raised in the comment by Dr Sitek (2016 Phys. Med. Biol. 61 8941) on Polf et al (2015 Phys. Med. Biol. 60 7085).
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910819/comment-on-imaging-of-prompt-gamma-rays-emitted-during-delivery-of-clinical-proton-beams-with-a-compton-camera-feasibility-studies-for-range-verification
#19
Arkadiusz Sitek
The origin ensemble (OE) algorithm is a new method used for image reconstruction from nuclear tomographic data. The main advantage of this algorithm is the ease of implementation for complex tomographic models and the sound statistical theory. In this comment, the author provides the basics of the statistical interpretation of OE and gives suggestions for the improvement of the algorithm in the application to prompt gamma imaging as described in Polf et al (2015 Phys. Med. Biol. 60 7085).
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910692/observation-of-runaway-electrons-by-infrared-camera-in-j-text
#20
R H Tong, Z Y Chen, M Zhang, D W Huang, W Yan, G Zhuang
When the energy of confined runaway electrons approaches several tens of MeV, the runaway electrons can emit synchrotron radiation in the range of infrared wavelength. An infrared camera working in the wavelength of 3-5 μm has been developed to study the runaway electrons in the Joint Texas Experimental Tokamak (J-TEXT). The camera is located in the equatorial plane looking tangentially into the direction of electron approach. The runaway electron beam inside the plasma has been observed at the flattop phase...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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