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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231453/siderophore-transport-by-mmpl5-mmps5-protein-complex-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Padmani Sandhu, Yusuf Akhter
Iron is an essential metal ion required for the various physiological activities of bacteria. The pathogenic bacteria remain dependent on the host cell for their iron requirements and evolved with specialized scavenging machinery in the form of iron chelating siderophores. Mycobacterium tuberculosis has two types of siderophore molecules, mycobactin and carboxymycobactin. These are synthesized inside bacterial cells and need to be transported outside by specialized membrane associated proteins. MmpL5-MmpS5 (mycobacterial membrane protein large5-mycobacterial membrane protein small5) complex has been linked to the export of non-ferrated siderophores to extracellular environment but the precise molecular mechanism involved was largely unknown...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230108/mediation-pathways-and-effects-of-green-structures-on-respiratory-mortality-via-reducing-air-pollution
#2
Yu-Sheng Shen, Shih-Chun Candice Lung
Previous studies have shown both health and environmental benefits of green spaces, especially in moderating temperature and reducing air pollution. However, the characteristics of green structures have been overlooked in previous investigations. In addition, the mediation effects of green structures on respiratory mortality have not been assessed. This study explores the potential mediation pathways and effects of green structure characteristics on respiratory mortality through temperature, primary and secondary air pollutants separately using partial least squares model with data from Taiwan...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227971/a-feature-exploration-methodology-for-learning-based-cuffless-blood-pressure-measurement-using-photoplethysmography
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Kefeng Duan, Zhiliang Qian, Mohamed Atef, Guoxing Wang, Kefeng Duan, Zhiliang Qian, Mohamed Atef, Guoxing Wang, Zhiliang Qian, Kefeng Duan, Guoxing Wang, Mohamed Atef
In this work, we propose a feature exploration method for learning-based cuffless blood pressure measurement. More specifically, to efficiently explore a large feature space from the photoplethysmography signal, we have applied several analytical techniques, including random error elimination, adaptive outlier removal, maximum information coefficient and Pearson's correlation coefficient based feature assessment methods. We evaluate fifty-seven possible feature candidates and propose three separate feature sets with each containing eleven features to predict the systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and mean blood pressure (MBP), respectively...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227961/balancing-accuracy-delay-and-battery-autonomy-for-pervasive-seizure-detection
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Athanasios Karapatis, Robert M Seepers, Marijn van Dongen, Wouter A Serdijn, Christos Strydis, Athanasios Karapatis, Robert M Seepers, Marijn van Dongen, Wouter A Serdijn, Christos Strydis, Athanasios Karapatis, Wouter A Serdijn, Robert M Seepers, Christos Strydis, Marijn van Dongen
A promising alternative for treating absence seizures has emerged through closed-loop neurostimulation, which utilizes a wearable or implantable device to detect and subsequently suppress epileptic seizures. Such devices should detect seizures fast and with high accuracy, while respecting the strict energy budget on which they operate. Previous work has overlooked one or more of these requirements, resulting in solutions which are not suitable for continuous closed-loop stimulation. In this paper, we perform an in-depth design space exploration of a novel seizure-detection algorithm, which uses a complex Morlet wavelet filter and a static thresholding mechanism to detect absence seizures...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227744/classification-of-non-weight-bearing-lower-limb-movements-towards-a-potential-treatment-for-phantom-limb-pain-based-on-myoelectric-pattern-recognition
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Eva Lendaro, Max Ortiz-Catalan, Eva Lendaro, Max Ortiz-Catalan, Max Ortiz-Catalan, Eva Lendaro
Research in myoelectric pattern recognition (MPR) for the prediction of motor volition has primarily focused on the upper limbs. Recent studies in the lower limbs have mainly concentrated on prosthetic control, while MPR for lower limb rehabilitation purposes has received little attention. In this work we investigated the viability of a MPR system for the prediction of four degrees of freedom controlled in a near natural or physiologically appropriate fashion. We explored three different electrode configurations for acquiring electromyographic (EMG) signals: two targeted (bipolar and monopolar) and one untargeted (electrodes equally spaced axially)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227658/evaluating-the-deflection-of-dexterous-continuum-manipulators-with-unevenly-distributed-compliant-joints
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Anzhu Gao, Ryan J Murphy, Hao Liu, Iulian Iordachita, Mehran Armand, Anzhu Gao, Ryan J Murphy, Hao Liu, Iulian Iordachita, Mehran Armand, Hao Liu, Anzhu Gao, Iulian Iordachita, Mehran Armand, Ryan J Murphy
Dexterous continuum manipulators (DCMs) offer great potential for increasing instrument reach in minimally-invasive surgical procedures. We previously designed and fabricated a tendon driven DCM with a large instrument channel and evenly distributed compliant joints for minimally-invasive skull base surgery and the treatment of osteolysis during hip revision surgery. The evenly distributed compliant joints, in some cases, may limit the reach of the DCM during lesion removal. In this paper, we propose a finite element analysis (FEA) method for optimizing the distribution of the compliant joints based on treatment space requirements determined preoperatively...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227163/maximum-correntropy-based-attention-gated-reinforcement-learning-designed-for-brain-machine-interface
#7
Hongbao Li, Fang Wang, Qiaosheng Zhang, Shaomin Zhang, Yiwen Wang, Xiaoxiang Zheng, Jose C Principe, Hongbao Li, Fang Wang, Qiaosheng Zhang, Shaomin Zhang, Yiwen Wang, Xiaoxiang Zheng, Jose C Principe, Yiwen Wang, Jose C Principe, Xiaoxiang Zheng, Qiaosheng Zhang, Shaomin Zhang, Hongbao Li, Fang Wang
Reinforcement learning is an effective algorithm for brain machine interfaces (BMIs) which interprets the mapping between neural activities with plasticity and the kinematics. Exploring large state-action space is difficulty when the complicated BMIs needs to assign credits over both time and space. For BMIs attention gated reinforcement learning (AGREL) has been developed to classify multi-actions for spatial credit assignment task with better efficiency. However, the outliers existing in the neural signals still make interpret the neural-action mapping difficult...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227097/effects-of-geometry-and-material-on-the-insertion-of-very-small-neural-electrode
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Shaun P Marshall, Wei-Chen Lin, Paras R Patel, Albert J Shih, Cynthia A Chestek, Shaun P Marshall, Wei-Chen Lin, Paras R Patel, Albert J Shih, Cynthia A Chestek, Wei-Chen Lin, Shaun P Marshall, Cynthia A Chestek, Albert J Shih, Paras R Patel
For neural probes to be used chronically for years in the human body, they must provoke minimal scarring. Recently, a number of groups have reported substantially reduced scar tissue using cellular scale electrodes below 15 μm in size. This size scale is accessible to manufacturing techniques, but can be very difficult to insert in the brain for most common electrode materials. In this study, we explore the design space available to cellular scale electrodes that will self-insert into the brain. First a mathematical model is developed using beam buckling equations for different materials and geometries...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226394/the-social-dimensions-of-therapeutic-horticulture
#9
Holly Harris
Harnessing nature to promote mental health is increasingly seen as a sustainable solution to healthcare across the industrialised world. The benefits of these approaches to well-being include reduced symptoms of anxiety, depression and improved social functioning. Many studies assume that contact with nature is the main therapeutic component of these interventions yet 'green care' programmes typically include activities not based on 'nature' that may contribute to positive outcomes. This study explored the views of service users participating in a Therapeutic Horticultural programme on what factors promoted their engagement in the project, to identify variables other than 'nature' that may be responsible for successful engagement in these programmes...
February 22, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225798/effect-of-maternal-death-on-child-survival-in-rural-west-africa-25-years-of-prospective-surveillance-data-in-the-gambia
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Susana Scott, Lindsay Kendall, Pierre Gomez, Stephen R C Howie, Syed M A Zaman, Samba Ceesay, Umberto D'Alessandro, Momodou Jasseh
BACKGROUND: The death of a mother is a tragedy in itself but it can also have devastating effects for the survival of her children. We aim to explore the impact of a mother's death on child survival in rural Gambia, West Africa. METHODS: We used 25 years of prospective surveillance data from the Farafenni Health and Demographic surveillance system (FHDSS). Mortality rates per 1,000 child-years up to ten years of age were estimated and Kaplan-Meier survival curves plotted by maternal vital status...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223804/decreased-bacterial-growth-on-titanium-nanoscale-topographies-created-by-ion-beam-assisted-evaporation
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Michelle Stolzoff, Jason E Burns, Arash Aslani, Eric J Tobin, Congtin Nguyen, Nicholas De La Torre, Negar H Golshan, Katherine S Ziemer, Thomas J Webster
Titanium is one of the most widely used materials for orthopedic implants, yet it has exhibited significant complications in the short and long term, largely resulting from poor cell-material interactions. Among these many modes of failure, bacterial infection at the site of implantation has become a greater concern with the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Nanostructured surfaces have been found to prevent bacterial colonization on many surfaces, including nanotextured titanium. In many cases, specific nanoscale roughness values and resulting surface energies have been considered to be "bactericidal"; here, we explore the use of ion beam evaporation as a novel technique to create nanoscale topographical features that can reduce bacterial density...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222849/considering-employee-needs-during-a-catastrophe-requires-innovative-recovery-plans-why-traditional-workplace-recovery-solutions-are-outdated
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Joe Sullivan
Mobile technology has changed the way we live and operate, with co-working, flexible spaces and home office solutions that offer us the freedom to work when and where we choose. However, when disaster strikes the workplace, people are often the last to be considered in the recovery process. This paper examines strategies for businesses and their employees to continue working after a disaster strikes. It explores the trends in the market, the benefits and drawbacks of different approaches and the attitudes of continuity experts and small business owners who have the responsibility to ensure that businesses, and people, continue to function, even when their main place of work is inaccessible...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222626/proximal-fibular-osteotomy-a-new-surgery-for-pain-relief-and-improvement-of-joint-function-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis
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Xiaohu Wang, Lei Wei, Zhi Lv, Bin Zhao, Zhiqing Duan, Wenjin Wu, Bin Zhang, Xiaochun Wei
Objective To explore the effects of proximal fibular osteotomy as a new surgery for pain relief and improvement of medial joint space and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Methods From January 2015 to May 2015, 47 patients who underwent proximal fibular osteotomy for medial compartment osteoarthritis were retrospectively followed up. Preoperative and postoperative weight-bearing and whole lower extremity radiographs were obtained to analyse the alignment of the lower extremity and ratio of the knee joint space (medial/lateral compartment)...
February 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222382/corporeal-illusions-in-chronic-spinal-cord-injuries
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Michele Scandola, Salvatore Maria Aglioti, Renato Avesani, Gianettore Bertagnoni, Anna Marangoni, Valentina Moro
While several studies have investigated corporeal illusions in patients who have suffered from a stroke or undergone an amputation, only anecdotal or single case reports have explored this phenomenon after spinal cord injury. Here we examine various different types of bodily misperceptions in a comparatively large group of 49 people with spinal cord injury in the post-acute and chronic phases after the traumatic lesion onset. An extensive battery of questionnaires concerning a variety of body related feelings was administered and the results were correlated to the main clinical variables...
February 17, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220758/a-bio-inspired-electrocommunication-system-for-small-underwater-robots
#15
Wei Wang, Jindong Liu, Guangming Xie, Li Wen, Jianwei Zhang
Weakly electric fishes (Gymnotid and Mormyrid) use an electric field to communicate efficiently (termed electrocommunication) in the turbid waters of confined spaces where other communication modalities fail. Inspired by this biological phenomenon, we design an artificial electrocommunication system for small underwater robots and explore the capabilities of such an underwater robotic communication system. An analytical model for electrocommunication is derived to predict the effect of the key parameters such as electrode distance and emitter current of the system on the communication performance...
February 21, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220333/developing-skilled-doctor-patient-communication-in-the-workplace-a-qualitative-study-of-the-experiences-of-trainees-and-clinical-supervisors
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Esther Giroldi, Wemke Veldhuijzen, Kristel Geelen, Jean Muris, Frits Bareman, Herman Bueving, Trudy van der Weijden, Cees van der Vleuten
To inform the development of recommendations to facilitate learning of skilled doctor-patient communication in the workplace, this qualitative study explores experiences of trainees and supervisors regarding how trainees learn communication and how supervisors support trainees' learning in the workplace. We conducted a qualitative study in a general practice training setting, triangulating various sources of data to obtain a rich understanding of trainees and supervisors' experiences: three focus group discussions, five discussions during training sessions and five individual interviews...
February 20, 2017: Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219745/interactive-exploration-for-continuously-expanding-neuron-databases
#17
Zhongyu Li, Dimitris N Metaxas, Aidong Lu, Shaoting Zhang
This paper proposes a novel framework to help biologists explore and analyze neurons based on retrieval of data from neuron morphological databases. In recent years, the continuously expanding neuron databases provide a rich source of information to associate neuronal morphologies with their functional properties. We design a coarse-to-fine framework for efficient and effective data retrieval from large-scale neuron databases. In the coarse-level, for efficiency in large-scale, we employ a binary coding method to compress morphological features into binary codes of tens of bits...
February 17, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219354/relationship-between-facet-tropism-and-facet-joint-degeneration-in-the-sub-axial-cervical-spine
#18
Xin Rong, Ziyang Liu, Beiyu Wang, Xuelin Pan, Hao Liu
BACKGROUND: Facet tropism is the angular asymmetry between the left and right facet joint orientation. Although debatable, facet tropism was suggested to be associated with disc degeneration, facet degeneration and degenerative spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between facet tropism and facet degeneration in the sub-axial cervical spine. METHODS: A total of 200 patients with cervical spondylosis were retrospectively analyzed...
February 20, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216341/mechanisms-of-protection-against-irreversible-oxidation-of-the-catalytic-cysteine-of-aldh-enzymes-possible-role-of-vicinal-cysteines
#19
Rosario A Muñoz-Clares, Lilian González-Segura, Dario S Murillo-Melo, Héctor Riveros-Rosas
The catalytic mechanism of the NAD(P)(+)-dependent aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs) involves the nucleophilic attack of the essential cysteine (Cys302, mature HsALDH2 numbering) on the aldehyde substrate. Although oxidation of Cys302 will inactivate these enzymes, it is not yet well understood how this oxidation is prevented. In this work we explore possible mechanisms of protection by systematically analyzing the reported three-dimensional structures and amino acid sequences of the enzymes of the ALDH superfamily...
February 16, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216320/coordination-of-orofacial-motor-actions-into-exploratory-behavior-by-rat
#20
Anastasia Kurnikova, Jeffrey D Moore, Song-Mao Liao, Martin Deschênes, David Kleinfeld
The delineation of sensorimotor circuits that guide exploration begins with an understanding of the pattern of motor outputs [1]. These motor patterns provide a clue to the form of the underlying circuits [2-4] (but see [5]). We focus on the behaviors that rodents use to explore their peripersonal space through goal-directed positioning of their nose, head, and vibrissae. Rodents sniff in response to novel odors, reward expectation, and as part of social interactions [6-12]. Sniffing serves olfaction [13, 14], while whisking synchronized to sniffing serves vibrissa-based touch [6, 15, 16]...
February 14, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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