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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533792/retrospective-analysis-of-wood-anatomical-traits-reveals-a-recent-extension-in-tree-cambial-activity-in-two-high-elevation-conifers
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Marco Carrer, Daniele Castagneri, Angela L Prendin, Giai Petit, Georg von Arx
The study of xylogenesis or wood formation is a powerful, yet labor intensive monitoring approach to investigate intra-annual tree growth responses to environmental factors. However, it seldom covers more than a few growing seasons, so is in contrast to the much longer lifespan of woody plants and the time scale of many environmental processes. Here we applied a novel retrospective approach to test the long-term (1926-2012) consistency in the timing of onset and ending of cambial activity, and in the maximum cambial cell division rate in two conifer species, European larch and Norway spruce at high-elevation in the Alps...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427469/graves-orbitopathy-as-a-rare-disease-in-europe-a-european-group-on-graves-orbitopathy-eugogo-position-statement
#2
P Perros, L Hegedüs, L Bartalena, C Marcocci, G J Kahaly, L Baldeschi, M Salvi, J H Lazarus, A Eckstein, S Pitz, K Boboridis, P Anagnostis, G Ayvaz, A Boschi, T H Brix, N Currò, O Konuk, M Marinò, A L Mitchell, B Stankovic, F B Törüner, G von Arx, M Zarković, W M Wiersinga
BACKGROUND: Graves' orbitopathy (GO) is an autoimmune condition, which is associated with poor clinical outcomes including impaired quality of life and socio-economic status. Current evidence suggests that the incidence of GO in Europe may be declining, however data on the prevalence of this disease are sparse. Several clinical variants of GO exist, including euthyroid GO, recently listed as a rare disease in Europe (ORPHA466682). The objective was to estimate the prevalence of GO and its clinical variants in Europe, based on available literature, and to consider whether they may potentially qualify as rare...
April 20, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416313/changes-of-periodontal-parameters-after-apical-surgery-correlation-of-clinical-and-cone-beam-computed-tomographic-data
#3
Thomas von Arx, Linda Antonini, Giovanni E Salvi, Michael M Bornstein
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the changes of the marginal periodontium 1 year after apical surgery. METHODS: Clinical and radiographic (cone-beam computed tomographic) examinations of 54 teeth treated with buccal access flaps for apical surgery were performed at baseline and after 1 year. Clinical assessment included measurements of probing pocket depth, the level of gingival margin (GM), and the width of keratinized tissue. Subsequently, the clinical attachment level (CAL) and the width of the attached gingiva were calculated...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408010/be-careful-what-you-ask-for-effects-of-benefit-descriptions-on-diabetes-patients-benefit-risk-tradeoff-preferences
#4
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Lill-Brith von Arx, F Reed Johnson, Morten Raun Mørkbak, Trine Kjær
BACKGROUND: As more studies report on patient preferences for diabetes treatment, identifying diabetes outcomes other than glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) to describe effectiveness is warranted to understand patient-relevant, benefit-risk tradeoffs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate how preferences differ when effectiveness (glycemic control) is presented as long-term sequela (LTS) risk mitigation rather than an asymptomatic technical marker (HbA1c). METHODS: People with type 2 diabetes and using insulin (n = 3160) were randomly assigned to four self-administered, discrete-choice experiments that differed by their presentation of effectiveness...
April 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387369/unexplained-early-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathy-in-han-chinese-children-next-generation-sequencing-and-phenotype-enriching
#5
Ahmed Arafat, Peng Jing, Yuping Ma, Miao Pu, Gai Nan, He Fang, Chen Chen, Yin Fei
Early Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathy (EIEE) presents shortly after birth with frequent, severe seizures and progressive disturbance of cerebral function. This study was to investigate a cohort of Chinese children with unexplained EIEE, infants with previous genetic diagnoses, causative brain malformations, or inborn errors of metabolism were excluded. We used targeted next-generation sequencing to identify potential pathogenic variants of 308 genes in 68 Han Chinese patients with unexplained EIEE. A filter process was performed to prioritize rare variants of potential functional significance...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379577/new-research-perspectives-from-a-novel-approach-to-quantify-tracheid-wall-thickness
#6
Angela Luisa Prendin, Giai Petit, Marco Carrer, Patrick Fonti, Jesper Björklund, Georg von Arx
The analysis of xylem cell anatomical features in dated tree rings provides insights into xylem functional responses and past growth conditions at intra-annual resolution. So far, special focus has been given to the lumen of the water-conducting cells, whereas the equally relevant cell wall thickness (CWT) has been less investigated due to methodological limitations. Here we present a novel approach to measure tracheid CWT in high-resolution images of wood cross-sections that is implemented within the specialized image-analysis tool 'ROXAS'...
April 4, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373469/nab-paclitaxel-and-gemcitabine-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-the-one-year-experience-of-the-national-cancer-institute-of-naples
#7
Alessandro Ottaiano, Monica Capozzi, Chiara DE Divitiis, Claudia VON Arx, Elena DI Girolamo, Guglielmo Nasti, Ernesta Cavalcanti, Fabiana Tatangelo, Giovanni Romano, Antonio Avallone, Salvatore Tafuto
BACKGROUND: Pancreas adenocarcinoma is the sixth cause of cancer-related death worldwide with an increasing mortality in the Western countries. Recently, the association between nab-paclitaxel (nab-P) and gemcitabine (GEM) has significantly improved progression-free and overall survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients affected by metastatic pancreas adenocarcinoma were treated at the Department of Abdominal Oncology of the National Cancer Institute of Naples from July 2015 to July 2016 with nab-P at 125 mg per square meter of body-surface area followed by GEM at 1,000 mg per square meter on days 1, 8 and 15 every 4 weeks...
April 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348543/the-predictive-validity-of-four-intelligence-tests-for-school-grades-a-small-sample-longitudinal-study
#8
Jasmin T Gygi, Priska Hagmann-von Arx, Florine Schweizer, Alexander Grob
Intelligence is considered the strongest single predictor of scholastic achievement. However, little is known regarding the predictive validity of well-established intelligence tests for school grades. We analyzed the predictive validity of four widely used intelligence tests in German-speaking countries: The Intelligence and Development Scales (IDS), the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RIAS), the Snijders-Oomen Nonverbal Intelligence Test (SON-R 6-40), and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV), which were individually administered to 103 children (Mage = 9...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338978/isotope-signals-and-anatomical-features-in-tree-rings-suggest-a-role-for-hydraulic-strategies-in-diffuse-drought-induced-die-back-of-pinus-nigra
#9
Laura Petrucco, Andrea Nardini, Georg von Arx, Matthias Saurer, Paolo Cherubini
The 2003 and 2012 summer seasons were among the warmest and driest of the last 200 years over southeastern Europe, and in particular in the Karst region (northeastern Italy). Starting from winter-spring 2013, several black pines (Pinus nigra J.F. Arnold) suffered crown die-back. Declining trees occurred nearby individuals with no signs of die-back, raising hypotheses about the occurrence of individual-specific hydraulic strategies underlying different responses to extreme drought. We investigated possible processes driving black pine decline by dendrochronological and wood anatomical measurements, coupled with analysis of tree-ring carbon (δ13C) and oxygen (δ18O) isotopic composition in healthy trees (H) and trees suffering die-back (D)...
March 17, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320456/thiolation-of-arabinoxylan-and-its-application-in-the-fabrication-of-controlled-release-mucoadhesive-oral-films
#10
Muhammad Hanif, Muhammad Zaman
BACKGROUND: Mucoadhesion is an important property that helps oral drug delivery system to remain attached with buccal mucosa and hence to improve the delivery of the drug. The current study was designed to achieve the thiol modification of Arabinoxylan (ARX) and to develop a mucoadhesive oral film for the improved delivery of tizanidine hydrochloride (TZN HCl). METHOD: Synthesis of thiolated arabinoxylan (TARX) was accomplished by esterification of ARX with thioglycolic acid (TGA)...
March 20, 2017: Daru: Journal of Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298263/a-proof-of-principle-simulation-for-closed-loop-control-based-on-preexisting-experimental-thalamic-dbs-enhanced-instrumental-learning
#11
Ching-Fu Wang, Shih-Hung Yang, Sheng-Huang Lin, Po-Chuan Chen, Yu-Chun Lo, Han-Chi Pan, Hsin-Yi Lai, Lun-De Liao, Hui-Ching Lin, Hsu-Yan Chen, Wei-Chen Huang, Wun-Jhu Huang, You-Yin Chen
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been applied as an effective therapy for treating Parkinson's disease or essential tremor. Several open-loop DBS control strategies have been developed for clinical experiments, but they are limited by short battery life and inefficient therapy. Therefore, many closed-loop DBS control systems have been designed to tackle these problems by automatically adjusting the stimulation parameters via feedback from neural signals, which has been reported to reduce the power consumption...
May 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280739/a-miso-arx-based-method-for-single-trial-evoked-potential-extraction
#12
Nannan Yu, Lingling Wu, Dexuan Zou, Ying Chen, Hanbing Lu
In this paper, we propose a novel method for solving the single-trial evoked potential (EP) estimation problem. In this method, the single-trial EP is considered as a complex containing many components, which may originate from different functional brain sites; these components can be distinguished according to their respective latencies and amplitudes and are extracted simultaneously by multiple-input single-output autoregressive modeling with exogenous input (MISO-ARX). The extraction process is performed in three stages: first, we use a reference EP as a template and decompose it into a set of components, which serve as subtemplates for the remaining steps...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269727/mr-conditional-safety-assessment-of-implanted-medical-devices-advantages-of-computational-human-phantoms
#13
James E Brown, Rui Qiang, Paul J Stadnik, Larry J Stotts, Jeffrey A Von Arx
Until recently, patients with active implantable medical devices (AIMDs) have been contraindicated for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Current efforts to demonstrate safety of these devices separate the interaction of the device and MRI into several hazards. For several of these hazards, computational human phantoms (CHPs) are used to provide conservative conditions for a risk-based analysis. This use of CHPs for the identification of conservative conditions provides a substantial benefit to the assessment of MR conditional safety over experimental techniques, as the evaluation of millions of test cases is possible in simulation, but impractical (due to economic constraints) and, in some cases, unethical for an experimental effort...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269350/saw-lc-coupled-resonator-wideband-vco-for-medical-telemetry
#14
Madhav Venkateswaran, Mark Hillig, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Brian Sutton, Larry J Stotts
Wireless links with implantable devices can help in real-time monitoring of symptoms, irregularities, implanted device efficacy and their reconfiguration. We present the design of a low-power wideband voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) to facilitate implantable wireless telemetry. A coupled SAW-LC resonator design combines high Q and spectral purity of a SAW element and tunability of an LC-tank. The designed 2.7 MHz bandwidth VCO is suitable for full duplex communication protocols in the MedRadio band with frequency agility and higher duty cycles, in conformance with FCC regulations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268423/dynamic-cerebral-autoregulation-in-young-athletes-following-concussion
#15
Kyriaki Kostoglou, Alexander D Wright, Jonathan D Smirl, Kelsey Bryk, Paul van Donkelaar, Georgios D Mitsis
The purpose of this study was to examine cerebral autoregulation (CA) in young athletes experiencing concussion. The subjects were monitored and repeatedly tested 72 hours, 2 weeks and 1 month post-injury. Mean arterial blood pressure (MABP), end-tidal partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PETCO2) and cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV) in the middle and posterior cerebral arteries were monitored during mental activation paradigms. In order to characterize CA we employed autoregressive models with exogenous inputs (ARX) and impulse response models based on the Laguerre expansion technique (LET)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258660/pure-optic-ataxia-and-visual-hemiagnosia-extending-the-dual-visual-hypothesis
#16
Jurka R Meichtry, Dario Cazzoli, Silvia Chaves, Sebastian von Arx, Tobias Pflugshaupt, Roger Kalla, Claudio L Bassetti, Klemens Gutbrod, René M Müri
Goodale and Milner's two visual system hypothesis is an influential model for the understanding of the primate visual system. Lesions of either the ventral (occipito-temporal) or the dorsal (occipito-parietal) stream produce distinct and dissociated syndromes in humans: visual agnosia is typical for ventral damage, whereas optic ataxia (OA) for dorsal damage. We studied the case of a 59-year-old left-handed woman with a circumscribed lesion around the left posterior occipital sulcus, extending to the underlying white matter...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229599/palladium-catalyzed-arylcarboxylation-of-propargylic-alcohols-with-co2-and-aryl-halides-access-to-functionalized-%C3%AE-alkylidene-cyclic-carbonates
#17
Song Sun, Bingbing Wang, Ning Gu, Jin-Tao Yu, Jiang Cheng
A palladium-catalyzed, three-component reaction between propargylic alcohols, CO2, and aryl halides was developed whereby a sequential carboxylation, trans-oxopalladation of the C≡C bond by an ArPdX species, and a reductive elimination procedure afforded a series of functionalized α-alkylidene cyclic carbonates in moderate to excellent yields. Notably, the configuration of these tetrasubstituted olefins was dominated by the trans-oxopalladation step where the aryl group derived from ArX is located trans to the oxygen attached in the double bond...
February 23, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228521/clustered-brachiopod-hox-genes-are-not-expressed-collinearly-and-are-associated-with-lophotrochozoan-novelties
#18
Sabrina M Schiemann, José M Martín-Durán, Aina Børve, Bruno C Vellutini, Yale J Passamaneck, Andreas Hejnol
Temporal collinearity is often considered the main force preserving Hox gene clusters in animal genomes. Studies that combine genomic and gene expression data are scarce, however, particularly in invertebrates like the Lophotrochozoa. As a result, the temporal collinearity hypothesis is currently built on poorly supported foundations. Here we characterize the complement, cluster, and expression of Hox genes in two brachiopod species, Terebratalia transversa and Novocrania anomalaT. transversa has a split cluster with 10 genes (lab, pb, Hox3, Dfd, Scr, Lox5, Antp, Lox4, Post2, and Post1), whereas N...
March 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227991/mr-conditional-safety-assessment-of-implanted-medical-devices-advantages-of-computational-human-phantoms
#19
James E Brown, Rui Qiang, Paul J Stadnik, Larry J Stotts, Jeffrey A Von Arx, James E Brown, Rui Qiang, Paul J Stadnik, Larry J Stotts, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Rui Qiang, Paul J Stadnik, Larry J Stotts, Jeffrey A Von Arx, James E Brown
Until recently, patients with active implantable medical devices (AIMDs) have been contraindicated for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Current efforts to demonstrate safety of these devices separate the interaction of the device and MRI into several hazards. For several of these hazards, computational human phantoms (CHPs) are used to provide conservative conditions for a risk-based analysis. This use of CHPs for the identification of conservative conditions provides a substantial benefit to the assessment of MR conditional safety over experimental techniques, as the evaluation of millions of test cases is possible in simulation, but impractical (due to economic constraints) and, in some cases, unethical for an experimental effort...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227592/saw-lc-coupled-resonator-wideband-vco-for-medical-telemetry
#20
Madhav Venkateswaran, Mark Hillig, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Brian Sutton, Larry J Stotts, Madhav Venkateswaran, Mark Hillig, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Brian Sutton, Larry J Stotts, Mark Hillig, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Madhav Venkateswaran, Brian Sutton, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Larry J Stotts
Wireless links with implantable devices can help in real-time monitoring of symptoms, irregularities, implanted device efficacy and their reconfiguration. We present the design of a low-power wideband voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) to facilitate implantable wireless telemetry. A coupled SAW-LC resonator design combines high Q and spectral purity of a SAW element and tunability of an LC-tank. The designed 2.7 MHz bandwidth VCO is suitable for full duplex communication protocols in the MedRadio band with frequency agility and higher duty cycles, in conformance with FCC regulations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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