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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220883/reducing-luminance-intensity-can-improve-motion-perception-in-noise
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Rémy Allard, Angelo Arleo
Visual perception generally improves under brighter environments. For instance, motion sensitivity is known to improve with luminance intensity especially at high temporal frequencies. However, the current study counter-intuitively shows that increasing luminance intensity can impair motion sensitivity in noise. Motion sensitivity was measured with and without noise added to a drifting Gabor patch as a function of the temporal frequency and luminance intensity. As expected, motion sensitivity in absence of noise reached a ceiling performance at a relatively low luminance intensity (about 35 td) for low temporal frequencies and improved with luminance intensity up to the highest luminance intensity tested (353 td) for high temporal frequencies...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214382/allergic-contact-cheilitis-from-anethole-containing-toothpastes-a-practical-solution
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N Horst, J Leysen, T Mellaerts, J Lambert, O Aerts
In patients presenting with therapy-resistant cheilitis, especially when extending to the perioral skin, patch tests should be performed, even in longstanding cases(1-2) . A 55-year-old woman suffered from an oozing cheilitis for three months with erythema, edema and crusting of the lips and perioral skin (Fig. 1). An intra-oral burning sensation, loss of taste and a dry mouth were also present. Microbiological swabs and a blood analysis did not reveal any abnormalities, and the application of topical corticosteroids brought only temporary relief...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211483/colonisation-in-social-species-the-importance-of-breeding-experience-for-dispersal-in-overcoming-information-barriers
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A Payo-Payo, M Genovart, A Sanz-Aguilar, J L Greño, M García-Tarrasón, A Bertolero, J Piccardo, D Oro
Studying colonisation is crucial to understand metapopulations, evolutionary ecology and species resilience to global change. Unfortunately, few empirical data are available because field monitoring that includes empty patches at large spatiotemporal scales is required. We examine the colonisation dynamics of a long-lived seabird over 34 years in the western Mediterranean by comparing population and individual data from both source colony and the newly-formed colonies. Since social information is not available, we hypothesize that colonisation should follow particular dispersal dynamics and personal information must be crucial in decision making...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210214/arginine-vasopressin-alters-both-spontaneous-and-phase-locked-synaptic-inputs-to-airway-vagal-preganglionic-neuron-via-activation-of-v1a-receptor-insights-into-stress-related-airway-vagal-excitation
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Xianxia Yan, Xingxin Chen, Yuhong Guo, Ding He, Yonghua Chen, Chunmei Xia, Jijiang Wang
The airway vagal preganglionic neurons (AVPNs) in the external formation of the nucleus ambiguus (eNA) play a major role in the vagal control of tracheobronchial smooth muscle tone and maintenance of airway resistance. The eNA receives vasopressinergic projection from the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN), the key node for the genesis of psychological stress. Since airway vagal excitation is reportedly to be associated with the psychological stress-induced/exacerbated airway hyperresponsiveness in asthmatics, arginine vasopressin (AVP) might be involved in stress-related airway vagal excitation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207004/patch-testing-for-adverse-drug-reactions
#5
Sahil Sekhon, Susan T Nedorost
Adverse drug reactions result in a substantial number of hospital admissions and inpatient events. Diagnosis usually is made with clinical judgment and circumstantiality without diagnostic testing. Furthermore, even in situations where diagnostic testing is performed, no safe gold standard tests exist. Oral rechallenge is currently the gold standard but carries the risk of recrudescence of severe allergic symptoms. Other tests include skin prick tests, the lymphocyte transformation test, immunohistochemistry, and patch testing...
January 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205307/segmentation-of-organs-at-risks-in-head-and-neck-ct-images-using-convolutional-neural-networks
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Bulat Ibragimov, Lei Xing
PURPOSE: Accurate segmentation of organs-at-risks (OARs) is the key step for efficient planning of radiation therapy for head and neck (HaN) cancer treatment. In the work, we proposed the first deep learning-based algorithm, for segmentation of OARs in HaN CT images, and compared its performance against state-of-the-art automated segmentation algorithms, commercial software, and interobserver variability. METHODS: Convolutional neural networks (CNNs)-a concept from the field of deep learning-were used to study consistent intensity patterns of OARs from training CT images and to segment the OAR in a previously unseen test CT image...
February 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202629/improving-the-in-silico-assessment-of-proarrhythmia-risk-by-combining-herg-human-ether-%C3%A3-go-go-related-gene-channel-drug-binding-kinetics-and-multichannel-pharmacology
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Zhihua Li, Sara Dutta, Jiansong Sheng, Phu N Tran, Wendy Wu, Kelly Chang, Thembi Mdluli, David G Strauss, Thomas Colatsky
BACKGROUND: The current proarrhythmia safety testing paradigm, although highly efficient in preventing new torsadogenic drugs from entering the market, has important limitations that can restrict the development and use of valuable new therapeutics. The CiPA (Comprehensive in vitro Proarrhythmia Assay) proposes to overcome these limitations by evaluating drug effects on multiple cardiac ion channels in vitro and using these data in a predictive in silico model of the adult human ventricular myocyte...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197106/inhibition-of-intermediate-conductance-calcium-activated-k-channel-kca3-1-and-fibroblast-mitogenesis-by-%C3%AE-linolenic-acid-and-alterations-of-channel-expression-in-the-lysosomal-storage-disorders-fabry-disease-and-niemann-pick-c
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Aida Oliván-Viguera, Javier Lozano-Gerona, Laura López de Frutos, Jorge J Cebolla, Pilar Irún, Edgar Abarca-Lachen, Ana J García-Malinis, Ángel Luis García-Otín, Yolanda Gilaberte, Pilar Giraldo, Ralf Köhler
The calcium/calmodulin-gated KCa3.1 channel regulates normal and abnormal mitogenesis by controlling K(+)-efflux, cell volume, and membrane hyperpolarization-driven calcium-entry. Recent studies suggest modulation of KCa3.1 by omega-3 fatty acids as negative modulators and impaired KCa3.1 functions in the inherited lysosomal storage disorder (LSD), Fabry disease (FD). In the first part of present study, we characterize KCa3.1 in murine and human fibroblasts and test the impact of omega-3 fatty acids on fibroblast proliferation...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194806/allergenic-sesquiterpene-lactones-from-cushion-bush-leucophyta-brownii-cass-new-and-old-sensitizers-in-a-shrub-turned-a-pot-plant
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Evy Paulsen, Mette G Hyldgaard, Klaus E Andersen, Flemming Andersen, Lars P Christensen
BACKGROUND: The Australian cushion bush (Leucophyta brownii) of the Compositae family of plants has become a popular pot and container plant. The plant produces the sesquiterpene lactone allergen calocephalin. OBJECTIVES: To assess the sensitizing potential of sesquiterpene lactones from cushion bush. PATIENTS/MATERIALS/METHODS: Eleven Compositae-sensitive patients were patch tested with seven sesquiterpene lactones isolated from cushion bush...
February 14, 2017: Contact Dermatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194803/the-current-spectrum-of-contact-sensitization-in-patients-with-chronic-leg-ulcers-or-stasis-dermatitis%C3%A2-%C3%A2-new-data-from-the-information-network-of-departments-of-dermatology-ivdk
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Cornelia Erfurt-Berge, Johannes Geier, Vera Mahler
BACKGROUND: Patients with lower leg dermatitis, chronic venous insufficiency or chronic leg ulcers have a high prevalence of contact sensitization. OBJECTIVES: To identify the current spectrum of contact allergens in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data of the Information Network of Departments of Dermatology on 5264 patients with the above diagnoses from the years 2003 to 2014 (study group) were compared with data on 4881 corresponding patients from 1994 to 2003 (historical control group) and with a current control group without these diagnoses (n = 55 510)...
February 14, 2017: Contact Dermatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194084/civil-construction-work-the-unseen-contributor-to-the-occupational-and-global-disease-burden
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R Sitalakshmi, P Saikumar, P Jeyachandran, Manoharan, Thangavel, Jayakar Thomas
BACKGROUND: Construction industry is the second largest employment giving industry in India with many semi-skilled or unskilled workers taking up the occupation for livelihood without any training and proper guidance. AIM: To evaluate the pathogenic association of cement exposure to occupational contact dermatoses as evidenced by immune markers and to correlate their pulmonary functions with years of exposure to cement. SETTING AND DESIGN: This was a cross-sectional study conducted among randomly selected cement workers...
May 2016: Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192624/mr-based-synthetic-ct-generation-using-a-deep-convolutional-neural-network-method
#12
Xiao Han
PURPOSE: Interests have been rapidly growing in the field of radiotherapy to replace CT with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), due to superior soft tissue contrast offered by MRI and the desire to reduce unnecessary radiation dose. MR-only radiotherapy also simplifies clinical workflow and avoids uncertainties in aligning MR with CT. Methods, however, are needed to derive CT-equivalent representations, often known as synthetic CT (sCT), from patient MR images for the purpose of dose calculation and DRR-based patient positioning...
February 13, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192183/measuring-kinetics-and-potency-of-herg-block-for-cipa
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Monique J Windley, Najah Abi-Gerges, Bernard Fermini, Jules C Hancox, Jamie I Vandenberg, Adam P Hill
INTRODUCTION: The Comprehensive in vitro Proarrhythmic Assay (CiPA) aims to update current cardiac safety testing to better evaluate arrhythmic risk. A central theme of CiPA is the use of in silico approaches to risk prediction incorporating models of drug binding to hERG. To parameterize these models, accurate in vitro measurement of potency and kinetics of block is required. The Ion Channel Working Group was tasked with: i) selecting a protocol that could measure kinetics of block and was easily implementable on automated platforms for future rollout in industry and ii) acquiring a reference dataset using the standardized protocol...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191351/evaluating-the-measurement-properties-of-the-self-assessment-of-treatment-version-ii-follow-up-version-in-patients-with-painful-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy
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Floortje van Nooten, Dylan Trundell, Dorota Staniewska, Jun Chen, Evan W Davies, Dennis A Revicki
Background. The Self-Assessment of Treatment version II (SAT II) measures treatment-related improvements in pain and impacts and impressions of treatment in neuropathic pain patients. The measure has baseline and follow-up versions. This study assesses the measurement properties of the SAT II. Methods. Data from 369 painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN) patients from a phase III trial assessing capsaicin 8% patch (Qutenza®) efficacy and safety were used in these analyses. Reliability, convergent validity, known-groups validity, and responsiveness (using the Brief Pain Inventory-Diabetic Neuropathy [BPI-DN] and Patient Global Impression of Change [PGIC]) analyses were conducted, and minimally important differences (MID) were estimated...
2017: Pain Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190519/matrix-metalloproteinase-9-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-central-amygdala-in-control-of-alcohol-seeking-behavior
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Marzena Stefaniuk, Anna Beroun, Tomasz Lebitko, Olga Markina, Szymon Leski, Ksenia Meyza, Anna Grzywacz, Jerzy Samochowiec, Agnieszka Samochowiec, Kasia Radwanska, Leszek Kaczmarek
BACKGROUND: Dysfunction of the glutamatergic system has been implicated in alcohol addiction; however, the molecular underpinnings of this phenomenon are still poorly understood. In the current study we have investigated the possible function of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in alcohol addiction because this protein has recently emerged as an important regulator of excitatory synaptic plasticity. METHODS: For long-term studies of alcohol drinking in mice we used IntelliCages...
January 5, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190468/curcuma-aeruginosa-roxb-essential-oil-slows-hair-growth-and-lightens-skin-in-axillae-a-randomised-double-blinded-trial
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Jukkarin Srivilai, Preeyawass Phimnuan, Jiraporn Jaisabai, Nantakarn Luangtoomma, Neti Waranuch, Nantaka Khorana, Wudtichai Wisuitiprot, C Norman Scholfield, Katechan Champachaisri, Kornkanok Ingkaninan
BACKGROUND: Androgenic hair-growth contributes to secondary gender characteristics but can be troublesome in women. Inhibiting axillary hair-growth via 5-α-reductases using the Thai medicinal plant, Curcuma aeruginosa Roxb. is an attractive treatment strategy. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: C. aeruginosa essential oil (CA-oil) formulated as a lotion is an efficacious and safe inhibitor of axillary hair growth. STUDY DESIGN: This trial was a single center, randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled 10 weeks, intervention in 60 women (18-23 years) and 2 weeks washout with axillary hair length was the primary end-point...
February 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188316/rash-on-eyebrows-and-periumbilical-region
#17
Richard P Usatine, Sharon E Jacob
Patch testing data indicate that the 5 most prevalent contact allergens out of more than 3700 that are known are: nickel (14.3% of patients tested), fragrance mix (14%), the topical antibiotic neomycin (11.6%), balsam of Peru (used in some perfumes, toiletries, and pharmaceutical items) (10.4%), and the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal (10.4%).
January 2017: Journal of Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187898/vessel-segmentation-and-microaneurysm-detection-using-discriminative-dictionary-learning-and-sparse-representation
#18
Malihe Javidi, Hamid-Reza Pourreza, Ahad Harati
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a major cause of visual impairment, and the analysis of retinal image can assist patients to take action earlier when it is more likely to be effective. The accurate segmentation of blood vessels in the retinal image can diagnose DR directly. In this paper, a novel scheme for blood vessel segmentation based on discriminative dictionary learning (DDL) and sparse representation has been proposed. The proposed system yields a strong representation which contains the semantic concept of the image...
February 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186878/latent-class-hough-forests-for-6-dof-object-pose-estimation
#19
Rigas Kouskouridas, Alykhan Tejani, Andreas Doumanoglou, Danhang Tang, Tae-Kyun Kim
In this paper we present Latent-Class Hough Forests, a method for object detection and 6 DoF pose estimation in heavily cluttered and occluded scenarios. We adapt a state of the art template matching feature into a scale-invariant patch descriptor and integrate it into a regression forest using a novel template-based split function. We train with positive samples only and we treat class distributions at the leaf nodes as latent variables. During testing we infer by iteratively updating these distributions, providing accurate estimation of background clutter and foreground occlusions and, thus, better detection rate...
February 7, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186692/targeted-genome-engineering-to-control-vegf-expression-in-human-umbilical-cord-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-potential-implications-for-the-treatment-of-myocardial-infarction
#20
Hyun-Min Cho, Pyung-Hwan Kim, Hyun-Kyung Chang, Yi-Ming Shen, Kwaku Bonsra, Byung-Jae Kang, Soo-Young Yum, Joo-Hyun Kim, So-Yeong Lee, Min-Cheol Choi, Hyongbum Henry Kim, Goo Jang, Je-Yoel Cho
Human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs) exhibit potency for the regeneration of infarcted hearts. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is capable of inducing angiogenesis and can boost stem cell-based therapeutic effects. However, high levels of VEGF can cause abnormal blood vessel growth and hemangiomas. Thus, a controllable system to induce therapeutic levels of VEGF is required for cell therapy. We generated an inducible VEGF-secreting stem cell (VEGF/hUCB-MSC) that controls the expression of VEGF and tested the therapeutic efficacy in rat myocardial infarction (MI) model to apply functional stem cells to MI...
January 3, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
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