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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910985/uvb-radiation-vitamin-d-and-multiple-sclerosis
#1
H F DeLuca, L Plum
Acheson et al. (1960) observed an inverse relationship between sunlight exposure and the incidence of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This led to the suggestion that increased levels of vitamin D caused by sunlight in some way suppresses MS. Further, super physiological doses of the metabolically active metabolite of vitamin D, i.e. 1α,25 dihydroxy vitamin D suppresses the animal model of MS i.e. experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). However, this response was accompanied by hypercalcemia. Hypercalcemia itself can suppress EAE...
December 2, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910659/the-multi-spectral-line-polarization-mse-system-on-alcator-c-mod
#2
R T Mumgaard, S D Scott, M Khoury
A multi-spectral line-polarization motional Stark effect (MSE-MSLP) diagnostic has been developed for the Alcator C-Mod tokamak wherein the Stokes vector is measured in multiple wavelength bands simultaneously on the same sightline to enable better polarized background subtraction. A ten-sightline, four wavelength MSE-MSLP detector system was designed, constructed, and qualified. This system consists of a high-throughput polychromator for each sightline designed to provide large étendue and precise spectral filtering in a cost-effective manner...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910567/a-high-resolution-ir-visible-imaging-system-for-the-w7-x-limiter
#3
G A Wurden, L A Stephey, C Biedermann, M W Jakubowski, J P Dunn, M Gamradt
A high-resolution imaging system, consisting of megapixel mid-IR and visible cameras along the same line of sight, has been prepared for the new W7-X stellarator and was operated during Operational Period 1.1 to view one of the five inboard graphite limiters. The radial line of sight, through a large diameter (184 mm clear aperture) uncoated sapphire window, couples a direct viewing 1344 × 784 pixel FLIR SC8303HD camera. A germanium beam-splitter sends visible light to a 1024 × 1024 pixel Allied Vision Technologies Prosilica GX1050 color camera...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910478/measurement-of-turbulent-electron-temperature-fluctuations-on-the-asdex-upgrade-tokamak-using-correlated-electron-cyclotron-emission
#4
S J Freethy, G D Conway, I Classen, A J Creely, T Happel, A Köhn, B Vanovac, A E White
Turbulent temperature fluctuations are measured on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak using pairs of closely spaced, narrow-band heterodyne radiometer channels and a standard correlation technique. The pre-detection spacing and bandwidth of the radiometer channel pairs is chosen such that they are physically separated less than a turbulent correlation length, but do not overlap. The radiometer has 4 fixed filter frequency channels and two tunable filter channels for added flexibility in the measurement position. Relative temperature fluctuation amplitudes are observed in a helium plasma to be δT/T = (0...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910471/the-national-ignition-facility-modular-kirkpatrick-baez-microscope
#5
L A Pickworth, J Ayers, P Bell, N F Brejnholt, J G Buscho, D Bradley, T Decker, S Hau-Riege, J Kilkenny, T McCarville, T Pardini, J Vogel, C Walton
Current two-dimensional X-ray imaging at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) uses time resolved pinhole cameras with ∼10-25 μm pinholes. This method has limitations in the smallest resolvable features that can be imaged with reasonable photon statistics for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) applications. ICF sources have a broadband self-emission spectrum that causes the pinhole images obtained, through thin foil filters, to contain a similarly broadband spectrum complicating the interpretation of structure in the source...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910456/two-color-spatial-and-temporal-temperature-measurements-using-a-streaked-soft-x-ray-imager
#6
A S Moore, J Benstead, M F Ahmed, J Morton, T M Guymer, R Soufli, T Pardini, R L Hibbard, C G Bailey, P M Bell, S Hau-Riege, M Bedzyk, M J Shoup, S P Regan, T Agliata, R Jungquist, D W Schmidt, L B Kot, W J Garbett, M S Rubery, J W Skidmore, E Gullikson, F Salmassi
A dual-channel streaked soft x-ray imager has been designed and used on high energy-density physics experiments at the National Ignition Facility. This streaked imager creates two images of the same x-ray source using two slit apertures and a single shallow angle reflection from a nickel mirror. Thin filters are used to create narrow band pass images at 510 eV and 360 eV. When measuring a Planckian spectrum, the brightness ratio of the two images can be translated into a color-temperature, provided that the spectral sensitivity of the two images is well known...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910414/electron-cyclotron-emission-radiometer-upgrade-on-the-j-text-tokamak
#7
Z J Yang, X M Pan, X D Ma, B W Ruan, R B Zhou, C Zhang
To meet experimental requirements, the J-TEXT electron cyclotron emission (ECE) diagnostic is being upgraded. The front end antenna and transmission line have been modified and a new 8-channel W-band detecting unit has been developed. The improved ECE system will extend the frequency range from 94.5-124.5 GHz to 80.5-124.5 GHz. This will enable the system to cover the most plasma in the radius direction for BT = 1.8-2.2 T, and it even can cover almost the whole plasma range ρ = - 0.8-0.9 (minus means the high field side) at BT = 1...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910383/design-of-practical-alignment-device-in-kstar-thomson-diagnostic
#8
J H Lee, S H Lee, I Yamada
The precise alignment of the laser path and collection optics in Thomson scattering measurements is essential for accurately determining electron temperature and density in tokamak experiments. For the last five years, during the development stage, the KSTAR tokamak's Thomson diagnostic system has had alignment fibers installed in its optical collection modules, but these lacked a proper alignment detection system. In order to address these difficulties, an alignment verifying detection device between lasers and an object field of collection optics is developed...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910024/multicolor-karyotyping-and-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-banding-mcb-mband
#9
Thomas Liehr, Moneeb A K Othman, Katharina Rittscher
Multicolor fluorescence in situ hybridization (mFISH) approaches are routine applications in tumor as well as clinical cytogenetics nowadays. The first approach when thinking about mFISH is multicolor karyotyping using human whole chromosome paints as probes; this can be achieved by narrow-band filter-based multiplex-FISH (M-FISH) or interferometer/spectroscopy-based spectral karyotyping (SKY). Besides, various FISH-based banding approaches were reported in the literature, including multicolor banding (MCB/mBAND) the latter being evaluated by narrow-band filters, and using specific software...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908026/resonant-metalenses-for-flexural-waves-in-plates
#10
Andrea Colombi
The dispersion curves of a cluster of closely spaced rods supported by a thin plate are characterised by subwavelength bandgaps and slow group velocities induced by local resonance effects. A recent analytical study [Williams, Roux, Rupin, and Kuperman (2015). Phys. Rev. B 91, 104307], has shown how the slow velocity branch depends, amongst other parameters, on the height of the rods that make up the cluster. Such metamaterial, offering easy-to-tune spatial velocity gradients, is a perfect candidate for building gradient index lenses such as Luneburg, Maxwell, and 90° rotating...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906324/energy-level-systems-and-transitions-of-ho-luag-laser-resonantly-pumped-by-a-narrow-line-width-tm-fiber-laser
#11
Hao Chen, Ting Zhao, Hao Yang, Le Zhang, Tianyuan Zhou, Dingyuan Tang, Chingping Wong, Yung-Fu Chen, Deyuan Shen
We presented a Ho:LuAG ceramic laser in-band pumped by a narrow emission line-width Tm fiber laser at 1907 nm. All of potential transitions between 5I7 and 5I8 manifold were discussed to form the Ho's in-band-pump energy level systems, which were not described in details earlier. For the emission band centered at ~2095 nm, both laser absorption and emission transition separately consisted of two groups were first analyzed and observed. Using output couplers (OCs) with different transmittances (T = 6, 10 and 20%), the similar ~0...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906234/generation-of-spectral-clusters-in-a-mixture-of-noble-and-raman-active-gases
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Pooria Hosseini, Amir Abdolvand, Philip St J Russell
We report a novel scheme for the generation of dense clusters of Raman sidebands. The scheme uses a broadband-guiding hollow-core photonic crystal fiber (HC-PCF) filled with a mixture of H<sub>2</sub>, D<sub>2</sub>, and Xe for efficient interaction between the gas mixture and a green laser pump pulse (532 nm, 1 ns) of only 5 μJ of energy. This results in the generation from noise of more than 135 rovibrational Raman sidebands covering the visible spectral region with an average spacing of only 2...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904863/recent-updates-in-the-endoscopic-diagnosis-of-barrett-s-oesophagus
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REVIEW
Neel Sharma, Khek Yu Ho
BACKGROUND: Barrett's oesophagus (BO) is a premalignant condition associated with the development of oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC). Despite the low risk of progression per annum, OAC is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, with an estimated 5-year survival of 10%. Furthermore, the incidence of OAC continues to rise globally. Therefore, it is imperative to detect the premalignant phase of BO and follow up such patients accordingly. SUMMARY: The mainstay diagnosis of BO is endoscopy and biopsy sampling...
October 2016: Gastrointestinal Tumors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899949/corrigendum-to-effect-of-narrow-band-ultraviolet-b-phototherapy-and-methotrexate-on-microrna-146a-levels-in-blood-of-psoriatic-patients
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Amal Abou El-Fadle, Asmaa M Ele-Refaei, Fatma M El-Esawy
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1155/2015/145769.].
2016: Dermatology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897298/high-mobility-anisotropic-transport-in-few-layer-%C3%AE-b28-films
#15
Liangzhi Kou, Yandong Ma, Liujiang Zhou, Ziqi Sun, Yuantong Gu, Aijun Du, Sean Smith, Changfeng Chen
Recent reports of successful synthesis of atomically thin boron films have raised great prospects of discovering novel electronic and transport properties in a new type of 2D materials. Here we show by first-principles calculations that monolayer and bilayer γ-B28 films are intrinsically metallic while the thicker films possess intriguing electronic states that exhibit moderate to large bandgaps in all the interior layers but are nearly gapless at the surface. Remarkably, these surface electronic states are tunable by strain, allowing the outermost layer to transition between a semimetal and a narrow-gap semiconductor...
November 29, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895406/simplified-criteria-for-diagnosing-superficial-esophageal-squamous-neoplasms-using-narrow-band-imaging-magnifying-endoscopy
#16
Akira Dobashi, Kenichi Goda, Noboru Yoshimura, Tomohiko R Ohya, Masayuki Kato, Kazuki Sumiyama, Masato Matsushima, Shinichi Hirooka, Masahiro Ikegami, Hisao Tajiri
AIM: To simplify the diagnostic criteria for superficial esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SESCC) on Narrow Band Imaging combined with magnifying endoscopy (NBI-ME). METHODS: This study was based on the post-hoc analysis of a randomized controlled trial. We performed NBI-ME for 147 patients with present or a history of squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck, or esophagus between January 2009 and June 2011. Two expert endoscopists detected 89 lesions that were suspicious for SESCC lesions, which had been prospectively evaluated for the following 6 NBI-ME findings in real time: "intervascular background coloration"; "proliferation of intrapapillary capillary loops (IPCL)"; and "dilation", "tortuosity", "change in caliber", and "various shapes (VS)" of IPCLs (i...
November 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895234/ultraviolet-raman-wide-field-hyperspectral-imaging-spectrometer-for-standoff-trace-explosive-detection
#17
Kyle T Hufziger, Sergei V Bykov, Sanford A Asher
We constructed the first deep ultraviolet (UV) Raman standoff wide-field imaging spectrometer. Our novel deep UV imaging spectrometer utilizes a photonic crystal to select Raman spectral regions for detection. The photonic crystal is composed of highly charged, monodisperse 35.5 ± 2.9 nm silica nanoparticles that self-assemble in solution to produce a face centered cubic crystalline colloidal array that Bragg diffracts a narrow ∼1.0 nm full width at half-maximum (FWHM) UV spectral region. We utilize this photonic crystal to select and image two different spectral regions containing resonance Raman bands of pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and NH4NO3 (AN)...
November 28, 2016: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894979/-comparison-of-white-light-photodynamic-diagnosis-and-narrow-band-imaging-in-detection-of-carcinoma-in-situ-cis-or-flat-dysplasia-at-transurethral-resection-of-the-bladder-the-dablaca-8-study
#18
Ditte Drejer, Sami Béji, Recep Oezeke, Anna Munk Nielsen, Søren Høyer, Truls Erik Bjerklund Johansen, Gitte W Lam, Jørgen B Jensen
: Photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) and narrow band imaging (NBI) are two different modalities used to improve detection of tumors, carcinoma in situ (CIS) and flat dysplasia compared to white light (WL) cystoscopy. OBJECTIVES: To compare findings in NBI to findings in WL and PDD in a high risk patient population. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: 171 patients were included in the study from four different urological departments in Denmark and Norway...
November 25, 2016: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894928/per-oral-video-cholangiopancreatoscopy-with-narrow-band-imaging-for-the-evaluation-of-indeterminate-pancreaticobiliary-disease
#19
Rawad Mounzer, Gregory L Austin, Sachin Wani, Brian C Brauer, Norio Fukami, Raj J Shah
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cholangiopancreatoscopy in evaluating pancreaticobiliary pathology is currently limited by suboptimal optics. The aim of this study was to characterize the operating characteristics of per-oral video cholangiopancreatoscopy with narrow-band imaging (POVCP) findings in indeterminate pancreaticobiliary disease and describe their association with neoplasia. METHODS: Data from consecutive patients undergoing POVCP for the evaluation of indeterminate pancreaticobiliary disease at a single tertiary care center were analyzed...
November 25, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894424/intestinal-rotation-abnormalities-and-midgut-volvulus
#20
REVIEW
Jacob C Langer
Rotation abnormalities may be asymptomatic or may be associated with obstruction caused by bands, midgut volvulus, or associated atresia or web. The most important goal of clinicians is to determine whether the patient has midgut volvulus with intestinal ischemia, in which case an emergency laparotomy should be done. If the patient is not acutely ill, the next goal is to determine whether the patient has a narrow-based small bowel mesentery. In general, the outcomes for children with a rotation abnormality are excellent, unless there has been midgut volvulus with significant intestinal ischemia...
February 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
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