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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092932/burden-assessment-of-infectious-and-cardio-vascular-diseases-in-india-for-the-decade-2004-2014
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Kajori Banerjee, Laxmi Kant Dwivedi
Purpose: In India, diseases, communicable or non-communicable, are argued to be biased in affecting a certain socio-economic strata of the population. Using 60th (2004) and 71st (2014) National Sample Survey rounds, this study assesses the pressure of infectious diseases against cardio-vascular diseases (CVD) and alteration of disease burden over various socio-economic, demographic sub-population for 2004-2014. Methods: To assess the burden of diseases over the two time points separated by a decade prevalence rates, hospitalization rates, case fatality rates, mortality burden is estimated...
December 14, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092856/separation-of-antibody-drug-conjugate-species-by-rplc-a-generic-method-development-approach
#2
Szabolcs Fekete, Imre Molnár, Davy Guillarme
This study reports the use of modelling software for the successful method development of IgG1 cysteine conjugated antibody drug conjugate (ADC) in RPLC. The goal of such a method is to be able to calculate the average drug to antibody ratio (DAR) of and ADC product. A generic method development strategy was proposed including the optimization of mobile phase temperature, gradient profile and mobile phase ternary composition. For the first time, a 3D retention modelling was presented for large therapeutic protein...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092785/integrated-ssfp-for-functional-brain-mapping-at-7t-with-reduced-susceptibility-artifact
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Kaibao Sun, Rong Xue, Peng Zhang, Zhentao Zuo, Zhongwei Chen, Bo Wang, Thomas Martin, Yi Wang, Lin Chen, Sheng He, Danny J J Wang
Balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) offers an alternative and potentially important tool to the standard gradient-echo echo-planar imaging (GE-EPI) for functional MRI (fMRI). Both passband and transition band based bSSFP have been proposed for fMRI. The applications of these methods, however, are limited by banding artifacts due to the sensitivity of bSSFP signal to off-resonance effects. In this article, a unique case of the SSFP-FID sequence, termed integrated-SSFP or iSSFP, was proposed to overcome the obstacle by compressing the SSFP profile into the width of a single voxel...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092730/serum-agr2-as-a-useful-biomarker-for-pituitary-adenomas
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Mamatemin Tohti, Junyang Li, Chao Tang, Guodao Wen, Abdukeyum Abdujilil, Parhat Yizim, Chiyuan Ma
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate whether the serum Anterior Gradient-2 (AGR2) can be used as a potential biomarker screening in the diagnosis of Pituitary adenomas(PAs). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The serum AGR2 protein levels were preoperatively measured in 163 PA patients, 43 patients with other sellar lesions excluding PAs, 7 patients with prostate cancer as a positive control and 20 normal people(10 female and 10 male) using Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA)...
January 9, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092550/-l_0-gradient-projection
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Shunsuke Ono
Minimizing L0 gradient, the number of the nonzero gradients of an image, together with a quadratic datafidelity to an input image has been recognized as a powerful edge-preserving filtering method. However, the L0 gradient minimization has an inherent difficulty: a user-given parameter controlling the degree of flatness does not have a physical meaning since the parameter just balances the relative importance of the L0 gradient term to the quadratic data-fidelity term. As a result, the setting of the parameter is a troublesome work in the L0 gradient minimization...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092518/compositional-model-based-fisher-vector-coding-for-image-classi%C3%AF-cation
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Lingqiao Liu, Peng Wang, Chunhua Shen, Lei Wang, Anton van den Hengel, Chao Wang, Heng Tao Shen
Deriving from the gradient vector of a generative model of local features, Fisher vector coding (FVC) has been identified as an effective coding method for image classification. Most, if not all, FVC implementations employ the Gaussian mixture model (GMM) as the generative model for local features. However, the representative power of a GMM can be limited because it essentially assumes that local features can be characterized by a fixed number of feature prototypes, and the number of prototypes is usually small in FVC...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092513/automatic-nuclear-segmentation-using-multi-scale-radial-line-scanning-with-dynamic-programming
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Hongming Xu, Cheng Lu, Richard Berendt, Naresh Jha, Mrinal Mandal
In the diagnosis of various cancers by analyzing histological images, automatic nuclear segmentation is an important step. However, nuclear segmentation is a difficult problem because of overlapping nuclei, inhomogeneous staining, and presence of noisy pixels and other tissue components. In this paper, we present an automatic technique for nuclear segmentation in skin histological images. The proposed technique first applies a bank of generalized Laplacian of Gaussian (gLoG) kernels to detect nuclear seeds...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092504/wall-shear-rate-measurement-validation-of-a-new-method-through-multiphysics-simulations
#8
Stefano Ricci, Abigail Swillens, Alessandro Ramalli, Patrick Segers, Piero Tortoli
Wall shear stress is known to affect the vessel endothelial function and to be related to important pathologies like the development of atherosclerosis. It is defined as the product of the blood viscosity by the blood velocity gradient at the wall position, i.e., the wall shear rate (WSR). The WSR measurement is particularly challenging in important cardiovascular sites, like the carotid bifurcation, because of the related complex flow configurations characterized by high spatial and temporal gradients, wall movement, and clutter noise...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092379/structure-fragmentation-patterns-and-magnetic-properties-of-small-nickel-oxide-clusters
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R H Aguilera-Del-Toro, F Aguilera-Granja, L C Balbás, A Vega
We report a comprehensive theoretical study of the structural and electronic properties of neutral and charged nickel oxide clusters, NinOm(0/±) (n = 3-8 and m = 1-10), in the context of recent experiments of photodissociation and Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry. By means of density functional theory calculations in the generalized gradient approximation for exchange and correlation, we determined the putative ground states as well as the low-energy structural- and spin-isomers which were then used to explore the favorable fragmentation channels of the nickel oxide cationic clusters, and the resulting most abundant products, in good qualitative agreement with photodissociation measurements...
January 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092272/material-dependent-implant-artifact-reduction-using-semac-vat-and-mavric-a-prospective-mri-phantom-study
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Lukas Filli, Lukas Jud, Roger Luechinger, Daniel Nanz, Gustav Andreisek, Val M Runge, Sebastian Kozerke, Nadja A Farshad-Amacker
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the degree of artifact reduction in magnetic resonance imaging achieved with slice encoding for metal artifact correction (SEMAC) in combination with view angle tilting (VAT) and multiacquisition variable resonance image combination (MAVRIC) for standard contrast weightings and different metallic materials. METHODS: Four identically shaped rods made of the most commonly used prosthetic materials (stainless steel, SS; titanium, Ti; cobalt-chromium-molybdenum, CoCr; and oxidized zirconium, oxZi) were scanned at 3 T...
January 13, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091855/combining-dispersion-modelling-with-synoptic-patterns-to-understand-the-wind-borne-transport-into-the-uk-of-the-bluetongue-disease-vector
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Laura Burgin, Marie Ekström, Suraje Dessai
Bluetongue, an economically important animal disease, can be spread over long distances by carriage of insect vectors (Culicoides biting midges) on the wind. The weather conditions which influence the midge's flight are controlled by synoptic scale atmospheric circulations. A method is proposed that links wind-borne dispersion of the insects to synoptic circulation through the use of a dispersion model in combination with principal component analysis (PCA) and cluster analysis. We illustrate how to identify the main synoptic situations present during times of midge incursions into the UK from the European continent...
January 14, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091822/does-the-growth-differentiation-balance-hypothesis-explain-allocation-to-secondary-metabolites-in-combretum-apiculatum-an-african-savanna-woody-species
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Dawood Hattas, Peter F Scogings, Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto
The growth differentiation balance hypothesis (GDBH) provides a framework that predicts a trade-off between costs of secondary metabolites (SMs) relative to the demand for photosynthate by growth. However, this hypothesis was developed using empirical evidence from plant species in northern boreal and temperate systems, leaving its applicability to species under different abiotic and biotic conditions questionable and generalizations problematic. The objective of this study was to investigate whether the GDBH explains allocation to SMs in the deciduous African savanna woody species C...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091791/a-novel-scalable-robust-downstream-process-for-oncolytic-rat-parvovirus-isoelectric-point-based-elimination-of-empty-particles
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Barbara Leuchs, Veronika Frehtman, Markus Riese, Marcus Müller, Jean Rommelaere
The rodent protoparvovirus H-1PV, with its oncolytic and oncosuppressive properties, is a promising anticancer agent currently under testing in clinical trials. This explains the current demand for a scalable, good manufacturing practice-compatible virus purification process yielding high-grade pure infectious particles and overcoming the limitations of the current system based on density gradient centrifugation. We describe here a scalable process offering high purity and recovery. Taking advantage of the isoelectric point difference between full and empty particles, it eliminates most empty particles...
January 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091595/geological-support-for-the-umbrella-effect-as-a-link-between-geomagnetic-field-and-climate
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Ikuko Kitaba, Masayuki Hyodo, Takeshi Nakagawa, Shigehiro Katoh, David L Dettman, Hiroshi Sato
The weakening of the geomagnetic field causes an increase in galactic cosmic ray (GCR) flux. Some researchers argue that enhanced GCR flux might lead to a climatic cooling by increasing low cloud formation, which enhances albedo (umbrella effect). Recent studies have reported geological evidence for a link between weakened geomagnetic field and climatic cooling. However, more work is needed on the mechanism of this link, including whether the umbrella effect is playing a central role. In this research, we present new geological evidence that GCR flux change had a greater impact on continental climate than on oceanic climate...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090666/quantitative-ultrashort-echo-time-imaging-for-assessment-of-massive-iron-overload-at-1-5-and-3-tesla
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Axel J Krafft, Ralf B Loeffler, Ruitian Song, Aaryani Tipirneni-Sajja, M Beth McCarville, Matthew D Robson, Jane S Hankins, Claudia M Hillenbrand
PURPOSE: Hepatic iron content (HIC) quantification via transverse relaxation rate (R2*)-MRI using multi-gradient echo (mGRE) imaging is compromised toward high HIC or at higher fields due to the rapid signal decay. Our study aims at presenting an optimized 2D ultrashort echo time (UTE) sequence for R2* quantification to overcome these limitations. METHODS: Two-dimensional UTE imaging was realized via half-pulse excitation and radial center-out sampling. The sequence includes chemically selective saturation pulses to reduce streaking artifacts from subcutaneous fat, and spatial saturation (sSAT) bands to suppress out-of-slice signals...
January 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090656/real-time-monitoring-of-tissue-displacement-and-temperature-changes-during-mr-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound
#16
Pierre Bour, Fabrice Marquet, Valéry Ozenne, Solenn Toupin, Erik Dumont, Jean-François Aubry, Matthieu Lepetit-Coiffe, Bruno Quesson
PURPOSE: The therapy endpoint most commonly used in MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound is the thermal dose. Although namely correlated with nonviable tissue, it does not account for changes in mechanical properties of tissue during ablation. This study presents a new acquisition sequence for multislice, subsecond and simultaneous imaging of tissue temperature and displacement during ablation. METHODS: A single-shot echo planar imaging sequence was implemented using a pair of motion-encoding gradients, with alternated polarities...
January 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090655/30-second-bound-and-pore-water-concentration-mapping-of-cortical-bone-using-2d-ute-with-optimized-half-pulses
#17
Mary Kate Manhard, Kevin D Harkins, Daniel F Gochberg, Jeffry S Nyman, Mark D Does
PURPOSE: MRI of cortical bone has the potential to offer new information about fracture risk. Current methods are typically performed with 3D acquisitions, which suffer from long scan times and are generally limited to extremities. This work proposes using 2D UTE with half pulses for quantitatively mapping bound and pore water in cortical bone. METHODS: Half-pulse 2D UTE methods were implemented on a 3T Philips Achieva scanner using an optimized slice-select gradient waveform, with preparation pulses to selectively image bound or pore water...
January 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090458/efficient-isolation-of-sperm-with-high-dna-integrity-and-stable-chromatin-packaging-by-a-combination-of-density-gradient-centrifugation-and-magnetic-activated-cell-sorting
#18
Hee-Jun Chi, Su-Jin Kwak, Seok-Gi Kim, Youn-Young Kim, Ji-Young Park, Chang-Seok Yoo, Il-Hae Park, Hong-Gil Sun, Jae-Won Kim, Kyeong-Ho Lee
OBJECTIVE: This study was carried out to investigate the correlations of the sperm DNA fragmentation index (DFI) with semen parameters and apoptosis, and to investigate the effects of density-gradient centrifugation (DGC) and magnetic-activated cell sorting (MACS) on reducing the proportion of sperm with DNA fragmentation and protamine deficiency. METHODS: Semen analysis and a sperm DNA fragmentation assay were performed to assess the correlations between semen parameters and the DFI in 458 semen samples...
December 2016: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090301/pulmonary-pulse-wave-transit-time-is-associated-with-right-ventricular-pulmonary-artery-coupling-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#19
Kurt W Prins, E Kenneth Weir, Stephen L Archer, Jeremy Markowitz, Lauren Rose, Marc Pritzker, Richard Madlon-Kay, Thenappan Thenappan
Pulmonary pulse wave transit time (pPTT), defined as the time for the systolic pressure pulse wave to travel from the pulmonary valve to the pulmonary veins, has been reported to be reduced in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH); however, the underlying mechanism of reduced pPTT is unknown. Here, we investigate the hypothesis that abbreviated pPTT in PAH results from impaired right ventricular-pulmonary artery (RV-PA) coupling. We quantified pPTT using pulsed-wave Doppler ultrasound from 10 healthy age- and sex-matched controls and 36 patients with PAH...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090291/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-as-a-novel-biomarker-of-portopulmonary-hypertension
#20
Hilary M DuBrock, Josanna M Rodriguez-Lopez, Barbara L LeVarge, Michael P Curry, Paul A VanderLaan, Zsuzsanna K Zsengeller, Elizabeth Pernicone, Ioana R Preston, Paul B Yu, Ivana Nikolic, Dihua Xu, Ravi I Thadhani, Richard N Channick, S Ananth Karumanchi
Portopulmonary hypertension (POPH) is a poorly understood complication of liver disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality. We sought to identify novel biomarkers of POPH disease presence and severity. We performed a prospective, multicenter, case-control study involving patients with liver disease undergoing right heart catheterization. POPH cases were defined as a mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) ≥25 mmHg and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) >240 dynes˙s˙cm(-5). Plasma samples were collected from the systemic and pulmonary circulation, and antibody microarray was used to identify biomarkers...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
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