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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926946/a-multi-verse-optimizer-with-levy-flights-for-numerical-optimization-and-its-application-in-test-scheduling-for-network-on-chip
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Cong Hu, Zhi Li, Tian Zhou, Aijun Zhu, Chuanpei Xu
We propose a new meta-heuristic algorithm named Levy flights multi-verse optimizer (LFMVO), which incorporates Levy flights into multi-verse optimizer (MVO) algorithm to solve numerical and engineering optimization problems. The Original MVO easily falls into stagnation when wormholes stochastically re-span a number of universes (solutions) around the best universe achieved over the course of iterations. Since Levy flights are superior in exploring unknown, large-scale search space, they are integrated into the previous best universe to force MVO out of stagnation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926447/motivation-and-attention-following-hemispheric-stroke
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E Olgiati, C Russell, D Soto, P Malhotra
Spatial neglect (SN) is an extremely common disorder of attention; it is most frequently a consequence of stroke, especially to the right cerebral hemisphere. The current view of SN is that it is not a unitary deficit but a multicomponent syndrome. Crucially, it has been repeatedly shown that it has a considerable negative impact on rehabilitation outcome. Although a number of behavioral and pharmacological therapies have been developed, none of these appears to be applicable to all patients with SN or has proved unequivocally successful in clinical trials...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925776/providers-and-administrators-perceptions-of-complementary-and-integrative-health-practices-across-the-veterans-health-administration
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Carol E Fletcher, Allison R Mitchinson, Erika Trumble, Daniel B Hinshaw, Jeffery A Dusek
OBJECTIVES: Use of complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies is being promoted by the Veterans Health Administration (VA), but promotion may not equate to adoption. The purpose of this study was to explore whether perceptions regarding CIH at one VA medical center (VAMC) were similar to perceptions from a sample of other VAMCs. DESIGN: This article reports a subset of qualitative findings from a mixed-methods study. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Sites were recruited through a VA-wide CIH listserver...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925177/t-cell-diversification-reflects-antigen-selection-in-the-blood-of-patients-on-immune-checkpoint-inhibition-and-may-be-exploited-as-liquid-biopsy-biomarker
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Nuray Akyüz, Anna Brandt, Alexander Stein, Simon Schliffke, Thorben Mährle, Julia Quidde, Eray Goekkurt, Sonja Loges, Thomas Haalck, Christopher Ford, Anne Marie Asemissen, Benjamin Thiele, Janina Radloff, Toni Thenhausen, Artus Krohn-Grimberghe, Carsten Bokemeyer, Mascha Binder
Cancer immunotherapy with antibodies targeting immune checkpoints, such as programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), shows encouraging results, but reliable biomarkers predicting response to this costly and potentially toxic treatment approach are still lacking. To explore an immune signature predictive for response, we performed liquid biopsy immunoprofiling in 18 cancer patients undergoing PD-1 inhibition before and shortly after initiation of treatment by multicolor flow cytometry and next-generation T- and B-cell immunosequencing (TCRß/IGH)...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923717/characterization-of-exploratory-activity-and-learning-ability-of-healthy-and-schizophrenia-like-rats-in-a-square-corridor-system-ambitus
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G Horvath, P Liszli, G Kekesi, A Büki, G Benedek
The rodent tasks with food rewards are useful methods to evaluate memory functions, including hole-board and corridor tests. The AMBITUS system (a square corridor with several food rewards), as a combination of these tests, was developed for the investigation of a variety of parameters associated with exploration and cognitive performance in rodents. Experiments were performed to characterize these behaviors in healthy rats and a new "schizophrenia-like" rat substrain with impaired learning ability to reveal the reliability in tests related to these functions...
December 3, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921462/surgical-management-of-primary-parapharyngeal-space-tumors-a-10-year-review
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Xiaoling Shi, Lei Tao, Xiaoming Li, Haitao Wu, Weiting Huang, Xiaoling Chen, Cai Li, Yan Shen, Qi Chen, Di Tang, Chunsheng Wei, Dehui Wang, Liang Zhou
CONCLUSIONS: Most neoplasms of the parapharyngeal space are benign. The transcervical surgical approach is the preferred procedure in most cases. Intra-operative endoscopic exploration offers a new surgical management technique to reduce operative complications and post-operative recurrence rates. OBJECTIVES: To present the authors' experience in the treatment of primary parapharyngeal space tumors with emphasis on surgical approaches and employment of endoscopy to detect residual tumors through conventional approaches...
December 6, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920956/grassland-productivity-in-response-to-nutrient-additions-and-herbivory-is-scale-dependent
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Erica A H Smithwick, Douglas C Baldwin, Kusum J Naithani
Vegetation response to nutrient addition can vary across space, yet studies that explicitly incorporate spatial pattern into experimental approaches are rare. To explore whether there are unique spatial scales (grains) at which grass response to nutrients and herbivory is best expressed, we imposed a large (∼3.75 ha) experiment in a South African coastal grassland ecosystem. In two of six 60 × 60 m grassland plots, we imposed a scaled sampling design in which fertilizer was added in replicated sub-plots (1 × 1 m, 2 × 2 m, and 4 × 4 m)...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920670/two-visual-pathways-in-primates-based-on-sampling-of-space-exploitation-and-exploration-of-visual-information
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Bhavin R Sheth, Ryan Young
Evidence is strong that the visual pathway is segregated into two distinct streams-ventral and dorsal. Two proposals theorize that the pathways are segregated in function: The ventral stream processes information about object identity, whereas the dorsal stream, according to one model, processes information about either object location, and according to another, is responsible in executing movements under visual control. The models are influential; however recent experimental evidence challenges them, e.g., the ventral stream is not solely responsible for object recognition; conversely, its function is not strictly limited to object vision; the dorsal stream is not responsible by itself for spatial vision or visuomotor control; conversely, its function extends beyond vision or visuomotor control...
2016: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920145/three-small-receptive-field-ganglion-cells-in-the-mouse-retina-are-distinctly-tuned-to-size-speed-and-object-motion
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Jason Jacoby, Gregory W Schwartz
: Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are frequently divided into functional types by their ability to extract and relay specific features from a visual scene, such as the capacity to discern local or global motion, direction of motion, stimulus orientation, contrast or uniformity, or the presence of large or small objects. Here we introduce three previously uncharacterized, non-direction selective ON-OFF RGC types that represent a distinct set of feature detectors in the mouse retina. The three high definition (HD) RGCs possess small receptive field (RF) centers and strong surround suppression...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919733/variable-neighborhood-search-for-reverse-engineering-of-gene-regulatory-networks
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Charles Nicholson, Leslie Goodwin, Corey Clark
A new search heuristic, Divided Neighborhood Exploration Search, designed to be used with inference algorithms such as Bayesian networks to improve on the reverse engineering of gene regulatory networks is presented. The approach systematically moves through the search space to find topologies representative of gene regulatory networks that are more likely to explain microarray data. In empirical testing it is demonstrated that the novel method is superior to the widely employed greedy search techniques in both the quality of the inferred networks and computational time...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917564/mind-the-gap-in-clinical-trials-a-participatory-action-analysis-with-citizen-collaborators
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Amy Price, Su May Liew, Jo Kirkpatrick, Jazmin Price, Taylor Lopreto, Yasmin Nelken
What are the strengths, gaps, expectations, and barriers to research engagement in clinical trials as communicated through social media? Clinical trials test treatments to provide reliable information for safety and effectiveness. Trials are building blocks in which what is learned in earlier research can be used to improve treatments, compare alternatives, and improve quality of life. For 20 years, the percentages of clinical trials volunteers have decreased whereas the costs of running clinical trials have multiplied...
December 4, 2016: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917344/research-on-early-warning-index-of-the-spatial-temperature-field-in-concrete-dams
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Guang Yang, Chongshi Gu, Tengfei Bao, Zhenming Cui, Kan Kan
Warning indicators of the dam body's temperature are required for the real-time monitoring of the service conditions of concrete dams to ensure safety and normal operations. Warnings theories are traditionally targeted at a single point which have limitations, and the scientific warning theories on global behavior of the temperature field are non-existent. In this paper, first, in 3D space, the behavior of temperature field has regional dissimilarity. Through the Ward spatial clustering method, the temperature field was divided into regions...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916639/binding-thermodynamics-discriminates-fragments-from-druglike-compounds-a-thermodynamic-description-of-fragment-based-drug-discovery
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Glyn Williams, György G Ferenczy, Johan Ulander, György M Keserű
Small is beautiful - reducing the size and complexity of chemical starting points for drug design allows better sampling of chemical space, reveals the most energetically important interactions within protein-binding sites and can lead to improvements in the physicochemical properties of the final drug. The impact of fragment-based drug discovery (FBDD) on recent drug discovery projects and our improved knowledge of the structural and thermodynamic details of ligand binding has prompted us to explore the relationships between ligand-binding thermodynamics and FBDD...
December 1, 2016: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914196/ecological-caring-revisiting-the-original-ideas-of-caring-science
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Helena Dahlberg, Albertine Ranheim, Karin Dahlberg
The aim of this empirically grounded philosophical paper is to explore the notion of holistic care with the intention to expand it into a notion of ecological care and in such a way revisit the original ideas of caring science. The philosophical analysis, driven by lifeworld theory and especially Merleau-Ponty's philosophy, is firmly rooted in contemporary clinical care. We used interview data from patients in a study at an anthroposophic clinic in Sweden, which forms part of an ecological community with, for example, ecological agriculture...
2016: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914094/walking-through-a-virtual-environment-improves-perceived-size-within-and-beyond-the-walked-space
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Zachary D Siegel, Jonathan W Kelly
Distances tend to be underperceived in virtual environments (VEs) by up to 50%, whereas distances tend to be perceived accurately in the real world. Previous work has shown that allowing participants to interact with the VE while receiving continual visual feedback can reduce this underperception. Judgments of virtual object size have been used to measure whether this improvement is due to the rescaling of perceived space, but there is disagreement within the literature as to whether judgments of object size benefit from interaction with feedback...
December 2, 2016: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914047/deterministic-search-methods-for-computational-protein-design
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Seydou Traoré, David Allouche, Isabelle André, Thomas Schiex, Sophie Barbe
One main challenge in Computational Protein Design (CPD) lies in the exploration of the amino-acid sequence space, while considering, to some extent, side chain flexibility. The exorbitant size of the search space urges for the development of efficient exact deterministic search methods enabling identification of low-energy sequence-conformation models, corresponding either to the global minimum energy conformation (GMEC) or an ensemble of guaranteed near-optimal solutions. In contrast to stochastic local search methods that are not guaranteed to find the GMEC, exact deterministic approaches always identify the GMEC and prove its optimality in finite but exponential worst-case time...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912029/how-to-establish-a-bioregenerative-life-support-system-for-long-term-crewed-missions-to-the-moon-or-mars
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Yuming Fu, Leyuan Li, Beizhen Xie, Chen Dong, Mingjuan Wang, Boyang Jia, Lingzhi Shao, Yingying Dong, Shengda Deng, Hui Liu, Guanghui Liu, Bojie Liu, Dawei Hu, Hong Liu
To conduct crewed simulation experiments of bioregenerative life support systems on the ground is a critical step for human life support in deep-space exploration. An artificial closed ecosystem named Lunar Palace 1 was built through integrating efficient higher plant cultivation, animal protein production, urine nitrogen recycling, and bioconversion of solid waste. Subsequently, a 105-day, multicrew, closed integrative bioregenerative life support systems experiment in Lunar Palace 1 was carried out from February through May 2014...
December 2, 2016: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911808/exploration-of-joint-redundancy-but-not-task-space-variability-facilitates-supervised-motor-learning
#18
Puneet Singh, Sumitash Jana, Ashitava Ghosal, Aditya Murthy
The number of joints and muscles in a human arm is more than what is required for reaching to a desired point in 3D space. Although previous studies have emphasized how such redundancy and the associated flexibility may play an important role in path planning, control of noise, and optimization of motion, whether and how redundancy might promote motor learning has not been investigated. In this work, we quantify redundancy space and investigate its significance and effect on motor learning. We propose that a larger redundancy space leads to faster learning across subjects...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910875/an-integrated-modelling-framework-from-cells-to-organism-based-on-a-cohort-of-digital-embryos
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Paul Villoutreix, Julien Delile, Barbara Rizzi, Louise Duloquin, Thierry Savy, Paul Bourgine, René Doursat, Nadine Peyriéras
We conducted a quantitative comparison of developing sea urchin embryos based on the analysis of five digital specimens obtained by automatic processing of in toto 3D+ time image data. These measurements served the reconstruction of a prototypical cell lineage tree able to predict the spatiotemporal cellular organisation of a normal sea urchin blastula. The reconstruction was achieved by designing and tuning a multi-level probabilistic model that reproduced embryo-level dynamics from a small number of statistical parameters characterising cell proliferation, cell surface area and cell volume evolution along the cell lineage...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910663/multi-energy-sxr-cameras-for-magnetically-confined-fusion-plasmas-invited
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L F Delgado-Aparicio, J Maddox, N Pablant, K Hill, M Bitter, J E Rice, R Granetz, A Hubbard, J Irby, M Greenwald, E Marmar, K Tritz, D Stutman, B Stratton, P Efthimion
A compact multi-energy soft x-ray camera has been developed for time, energy and space-resolved measurements of the soft-x-ray emissivity in magnetically confined fusion plasmas. Multi-energy soft x-ray imaging provides a unique opportunity for measuring, simultaneously, a variety of important plasma properties (Te, nZ, ΔZeff, and ne,fast). The electron temperature can be obtained by modeling the slope of the continuum radiation from ratios of the available brightness and inverted radial emissivity profiles over multiple energy ranges...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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