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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339681/on-tear-film-breakup-tbu-dynamics-and-imaging
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Richard J Braun, Tobin A Driscoll, Carolyn G Begley, P Ewen King-Smith, Javed I Siddique
We report the results of some recent experiments to visualize tear film dynamics. We then study a mathematical model for tear film thinning and tear film breakup (TBU), a term from the ocular surface literature. The thinning is driven by an imposed tear film thinning rate which is input from in vivo measurements. Solutes representing osmolarity and fluorescein are included in the model. Osmolarity causes osmosis from the model ocular surface, and the fluorescein is used to compute the intensity corresponding closely to in vivo observations...
February 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339461/mass-elevation-and-lee-effects-markedly-lift-the-elevational-distribution-of-ground-beetles-in-the-himalaya-tibet-orogen
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Joachim Schmidt, Jürgen Böhner, Roland Brandl, Lars Opgenoorth
Mass elevation and lee effects markedly influence snow lines and tree lines in high mountain systems. However, their impact on other phenomena or groups of organisms has not yet been quantified. Here we quantitatively studied their influence in the Himalaya-Tibet orogen on the distribution of ground beetles as model organisms, specifically whether the ground beetle distribution increases from the outer to the inner parts of the orogen, against latitudinal effects. We also tested whether July temperature and solar radiation are predictors of the beetle's elevational distribution ranges...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337978/microrna-filters-hox-temporal-transcription-noise-to-confer-boundary-formation-in-the-spinal-cord
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Chung-Jung Li, Tian Hong, Ying-Tsen Tung, Ya-Ping Yen, Ho-Chiang Hsu, Ya-Lin Lu, Mien Chang, Qing Nie, Jun-An Chen
The initial rostrocaudal patterning of the neural tube leads to differential expression of Hox genes that contribute to the specification of motor neuron (MN) subtype identity. Although several 3' Hox mRNAs are expressed in progenitors in a noisy manner, these Hox proteins are not expressed in the progenitors and only become detectable in postmitotic MNs. MicroRNA biogenesis impairment leads to precocious expression and propagates the noise of Hoxa5 at the protein level, resulting in an imprecise Hoxa5-Hoxc8 boundary...
March 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337647/revisiting-the-role-of-language-in-spatial-cognition-categorical-perception-of-spatial-relations-in-english-and-korean-speakers
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Kevin J Holmes, Kelsey Moty, Terry Regier
The spatial relation of support has been regarded as universally privileged in nonlinguistic cognition and immune to the influence of language. English, but not Korean, obligatorily distinguishes support from nonsupport via basic spatial terms. Despite this linguistic difference, previous research suggests that English and Korean speakers show comparable nonlinguistic sensitivity to the support/nonsupport distinction. Here, using a paradigm previously found to elicit cross-language differences in color discrimination, we provide evidence for a difference in sensitivity to support/nonsupport between native English speakers and native Korean speakers who were late English learners and tested in a context that privileged Korean...
March 23, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337605/application-of-diet-theory-reveals-context-dependent-foraging-preferences-in-an-herbivorous-coral-reef-fish
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John Hanmer, J Wilson White, Joseph R Pawlik
Dietary preferences of grazers can drive spatial variability in top-down control of autotroph communities, because diet composition may depend on the relative availability of autotroph species. On Caribbean coral reefs, parrotfish grazing is important in limiting macroalgae, but parrotfish dietary preferences are poorly understood. We applied diet-switching analysis to quantify the foraging preferences of the redband parrotfish (Sparisoma aurofrenatum). At 12 Caribbean reefs, we observed 293 redband parrotfish in 5-min feeding bouts and quantified relative benthic algal cover using quadrats...
March 23, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337190/epidemiological-characteristics-and-environmental-risk-factors-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-in-hubei-province-china-from-2011-to-2016
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Tang Wang, Xin-Lou Li, Man Liu, Xiao-Jia Song, Hao Zhang, Yu-Bin Wang, Bao-Pin Tian, Xue-Sen Xing, Shi-Yue Li
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is a tick-borne viral disease affecting hundreds of people in China each year. To better understand the epidemiological characteristics and environmental risk factors associated with the incidence of SFTS in Hubei Province, China, we conducted a retrospective epidemiological study and risk assessment of SFTS from 2011 to 2016. Although, the incidence and epidemic areas of SFTS are increasing, the fatality rate has decreased. Elderly farmers are the population most commonly infected with SFTS virus between May and July in the northeast Hubei Province, which seems to be consistent with local agricultural activities and the seasonal abundance of ticks...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337131/changes-in-neuronal-oscillations-accompany-the-loss-of-hippocampal-ltp-that-occurs-in-an-animal-model-of-psychosis
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Alexander N Kalweit, Bezhad Amanpour-Gharaei, Jens Colitti-Klausnitzer, Denise Manahan-Vaughan
The first-episode of psychosis is followed by a transient time-window of ca. 60 days during which therapeutic interventions have a higher likelihood of being effective than interventions that are started with a greater latency. This suggests that, in the immediate time-period after first-episode psychosis, functional changes occur in the brain that render it increasingly resistant to intervention. The precise mechanistic nature of these changes is unclear, but at the cognitive level, sensory and hippocampus-based dysfunctions become increasingly manifest...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336667/dengue-diversity-across-spatial-and-temporal-scales-local-structure-and-the-effect-of-host-population-size
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Henrik Salje, Justin Lessler, Irina Maljkovic Berry, Melanie C Melendrez, Timothy Endy, Siripen Kalayanarooj, Atchareeya A-Nuegoonpipat, Sumalee Chanama, Somchai Sangkijporn, Chonticha Klungthong, Butsaya Thaisomboonsuk, Ananda Nisalak, Robert V Gibbons, Sopon Iamsirithaworn, Louis R Macareo, In-Kyu Yoon, Areerat Sangarsang, Richard G Jarman, Derek A T Cummings
A fundamental mystery for dengue and other infectious pathogens is how observed patterns of cases relate to actual chains of individual transmission events. These pathways are intimately tied to the mechanisms by which strains interact and compete across spatial scales. Phylogeographic methods have been used to characterize pathogen dispersal at global and regional scales but have yielded few insights into the local spatiotemporal structure of endemic transmission. Using geolocated genotype (800 cases) and serotype (17,291 cases) data, we show that in Bangkok, Thailand, 60% of dengue cases living <200 meters apart come from the same transmission chain, as opposed to 3% of cases separated by 1 to 5 kilometers...
March 24, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336491/neurobehavioral-effects-of-lithium-in-the-rat-investigation-of-the-effect-concentration-relationships-and-the-contribution-of-the-poisoning-pattern
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Anne-Sophie Hanak, Lucie Chevillard, Rodolphe Lebeau, Patricia Risède, Jean-Louis Laplanche, Nadia Benturquia, Bruno Mégarbane
Severity of lithium poisoning depends on the ingested dose, previous treatment duration and renal function. No animal study has investigated neurobehavioral differences in relation to the lithium poisoning pattern observed in humans, while differences in lithium pharmacokinetics have been reported in lithium-pretreated rats mimicking chronic poisonings with enhanced brain accumulation in rats with renal failure. Our objectives were: 1)-to investigate lithium-related effects in overdose on locomotor activity, anxiety-like behavior, spatial recognition memory and anhedonia in the rat; 2)-to model the relationships between lithium-induced effects on locomotion and plasma, erythrocyte, cerebrospinal fluid and brain concentrations previously obtained according to the poisoning pattern...
March 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336425/characterizing-object-and-position-dependent-response-profiles-to-uni-and-bilateral-stimulus-configurations-in-human-higher-visual-cortex-a-7t-fmri-study
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Joel Reithler, Judith C Peters, Rainer Goebel
Visual scenes are initially processed via segregated neural pathways dedicated to either of the two visual hemifields. Although higher-order visual areas are generally believed to utilize invariant object representations (abstracted away from features such as stimulus position), recent findings suggest they retain more spatial information than previously thought. Here, we assessed the nature of such higher-order object representations in human cortex using high-resolution fMRI at 7T, supported by corroborative 3T data...
March 21, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335803/spatial-temporal-analysis-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-the-northeast-of-the-yunnan-province-people-s-republic-of-china
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Li Huang, Xin-Xu Li, Eniola Michael Abe, Lin Xu, Yao Ruan, Chun-Li Cao, Shi-Zhu Li
BACKGROUND: The number of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) cases in China ranks third in the world. A continuous increase in cases has recently been recorded in Zhaotong prefecture-level city, which is located in the northeastern part of Yunnan province. This study explored the space-time dynamics of PTB cases in Zhaotong to provide useful information that will help guide policymakers to formulate effective regional prevention and control strategies. METHODS: The data on PTB cases were extracted from the nationwide tuberculosis online registration system...
March 24, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335415/time-modulated-arrays-from-their-origin-to-their-utilization-in-wireless-communication-systems
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Roberto Maneiro-Catoira, Julio Brégains, José A García-Naya, Luis Castedo
Time-modulated arrays (TMAs) are electromagnetic systems whose radiated power pattern is controlled by the application of variable-width periodical pulses to the individual elements. The nonlinear nature of the array operation causes the appearance of radiation patterns at the harmonic frequencies of such periodic pulses. The technique can be used for improving the side-lobe level (SLL) topology of the radiation pattern at the central frequency and/or to profitably exploit the harmonic patterns in order to supply smart antenna capabilities...
March 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335024/impaired-dual-tasking-in-parkinson-s-disease-is-associated-with-reduced-focusing-of-cortico-striatal-activity
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Freek Nieuwhof, Bastiaan R Bloem, Miriam F Reelick, Esther Aarts, Inbal Maidan, Anat Mirelman, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Ivan Toni, Rick C Helmich
Impaired dual tasking, namely the inability to concurrently perform a cognitive and a motor task (e.g. 'stops walking while talking'), is a largely unexplained and frequent symptom of Parkinson's disease. Here we consider two circuit-level accounts of how striatal dopamine depletion might lead to impaired dual tasking in patients with Parkinson's disease. First, the loss of segregation between striatal territories induced by dopamine depletion may lead to dysfunctional overlaps between the motor and cognitive processes usually implemented in parallel cortico-striatal circuits...
March 17, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334264/spatial-patterns-and-sequential-sampling-plans-for-predators-of-aphis-glycines-hemiptera-aphididae-in-minnesota-soybean
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Anh K Tran, Robert L Koch
The soybean aphid, Aphis glycines Matsumura, is an economically important soybean pest. Many studies have demonstrated that predatory insects are important in suppressing A. glycines population growth. However, to improve the utilization of predators in A. glycines management, sampling plans need to be developed and validated for predators. Aphid predators were sampled in soybean fields near Rosemount, Minnesota, from 2006-2007 and 2013-2015 with sample sizes of 20-80 plants. Sampling plans were developed for Orius insidiosus (Say), Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), and all aphidophagous Coccinellidae species combined...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334246/the-role-of-the-beetle-hypocryphalus-mangiferae-coleoptera-curculionidae-in-the-spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-mango-wilt
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Tarcísio Visintin da Silva Galdino, Dalton de Oliveira Ferreira, Paulo Antônio Santana Júnior, Lucas de Paulo Arcanjo, Elenir Aparecida Queiroz, Renato Almeida Sarmento, Marcelo Coutinho Picanço
The knowledge of the spatiotemporal dynamics of pathogens and their vectors is an important step in determining the pathogen dispersion pattern and the role of vectors in disease dynamics. However, in the case of mango wilt little is known about its spatiotemporal dynamics and the relationship of its vector [the beetle Hypocryphalus mangiferae (Stebbing 1914)] to these dynamics. The aim of this work was to determine the spatial-seasonal dynamic of H. mangiferae attacks and mango wilt in mango orchards and to verify the importance of H...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334091/landscape-level-patterns-of-elevated-fs1-asian-allele-frequencies-in-populations-of-gypsy-moth-lepidoptera-erebidae-at-a-northern-u-s-boundary
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Marissa A Streifel, Patrick C Tobin, Lucia Hunt, Hannah Nadel, John J Molongoski, Brian H Aukema
From a regulatory perspective, Asian gypsy moth is a species complex consisting of three species of Lymantria and two subspecies of Lymantria dispar (L.), differing from the European subspecies, L. dispar dispar (L.), by having consistently flight-capable females. As such, the invasion potential in North America is thought to exceed that of European gypsy moth. USDA-APHIS therefore has a monitoring program to detect Asian gypsy moth at high-risk introduction pathways. Molecular markers are used to improve the diagnosis of Asian gypsy moth...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334085/environmental-niche-divergence-among-three-dune-shrub-sister-species-with-parapatric-distributions
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Sergio Chozas, Rosa M Chefaoui, Otília Correia, Raúl Bonal, Joaquín Hortal
Background and Aims: The geographical distributions of species are constrained by their ecological requirements. The aim of this work was to analyse the effects of environmental conditions, historical events and biogeographical constraints on the diversification of the three species of the western Mediterranean shrub genus Stauracanthus , which have a parapatric distribution in the Iberian Peninsula. Methods: Ecological niche factor analysis and generalized linear models were used to measure the response of all Stauracanthus species to the environmental gradients and map their potential distributions in the Iberian Peninsula...
February 20, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333937/variability-in-age-and-size-at-maturation-reproductive-longevity-and-long-term-growth-dynamics-for-kemp-s-ridley-sea-turtles-in-the-gulf-of-mexico
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Larisa Avens, Lisa R Goshe, Lewis Coggins, Donna J Shaver, Ben Higgins, Andre M Landry, Rhonda Bailey
Effective management of protected sea turtle populations requires knowledge not only of mean values for demographic and life-history parameters, but also temporal and spatial trends, variability, and underlying causes. For endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii), the need for baseline information of this type has been emphasized during attempts to understand causes underlying the recent truncation in the recovery trajectory for nesting females. To provide insight into variability in age and size at sexual maturation (ASM and SSM) and long-term growth patterns likely to influence population trends, we conducted skeletochronological analysis of humerus bones from 333 Kemp's ridleys stranded throughout the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) from 1993 to 2010...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333648/mobile-stride-length-estimation-with-deep-convolutional-neural-networks
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Julius Hannink, Thomas Kautz, Cristian Pasluosta, Jens Barth, Samuel Schulein, Karl-Gunter Gassmann, Jochen Klucken, Bjoern Eskofier
OBJECTIVE: Accurate estimation of spatial gait characteristics is critical to assess motor impairments resulting from neurological or musculoskeletal disease. Currently, however, methodological constraints limit clinical applicability of state-ofthe- art double integration approaches to gait patterns with a clear zero-velocity phase. METHODS: We describe a novel approach to stride length estimation that uses deep convolutional neural networks to map stride-specific inertial sensor data to the resulting stride length...
March 9, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333637/multi-scale-multi-feature-context-modeling-for-scene-recognition-in-the-semantic-manifold
#20
Xinhang Song, Shuqiang Jiang, Luis Herranz
Before the big data era, scene recognition was often approached with two-step inference using localized intermediate representations (objects, topics, etc). One of such approaches is the semantic manifold (SM), in which patches and images are modeled as points in a semantic probability simplex. Patch models are learned resorting to weak supervision via image labels, which leads to the problem of scene categories co-occurring in this semantic space. Fortunately, each category has its own cooccurrence patterns that are consistent across the images in that category...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
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