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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222005/a-modular-low-complexity-ecg-delineation-algorithm-for-real-time-embedded-systems
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Jose Manuel Bote, Joaquin Recas, Francisco Rincon, David Atienza, Roman Hermida
This work presents a new modular and lowcomplexity algorithm for the delineation of the different ECG waves (QRS, P and T peaks, onsets and end). Involving a reduced number of operations per second and having a small memory footprint, this algorithm is intended to perform realtime delineation on resource-constrained embedded systems. The modular design allows the algorithm to automatically adjust the delineation quality in run time to a wide range of modes and sampling rates, from a Ultra-low power mode when no arrhythmia is detected, in which the ECG is sampled at low frequency, to a complete High-accuracy delineation mode in which the ECG is sampled at high frequency and all the ECG fiducial points are detected, in case of arrhythmia...
February 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221756/pattern-recognition-using-carbon-nanotube-synaptic-transistors-with-an-adjustable-weight-update-protocol
#2
Sungho Kim, Bongsik Choi, Meehyun Lim, Jinsu Yoon, Juhee Lee, Hee-Dong Kim, Sung-Jin Choi
Recent electronic applications require an efficient computing system that can perform data processing with limited energy consumption. Inspired by the massive parallelism of the human brain, a neuromorphic system (hardware neural network) may provide an efficient computing unit to perform such tasks as classification and recognition. However, the implementation of synaptic devices (i.e., the essential building blocks for emulating the functions of biological synapses) remains challenging due to their uncontrollable weight update protocol and corresponding uncertain effects on the operation of the system, which can lead to a bottleneck in the continuous design and optimization...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218652/steady-%C3%AE-ray-effects-on-the-performance-of-ppp-botda-and-tw-cotdr-fiber-sensing
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Isabelle Planes, Sylvain Girard, Aziz Boukenter, Emmanuel Marin, Sylvie Delepine-Lesoille, Claude Marcandella, Youcef Ouerdane
We investigated the evolution of the performances of Pulse Pre Pump-Brillouin Time Domain Analysis (PPP-BOTDA) and Tunable Wavelength Coherent Optical Time Domain Reflectometry (TW-COTDR) fiber-based temperature and strain sensors when the sensing optical fiber is exposed to two γ-ray irradiation conditions: (i) at room temperature and a dose rate of 370 Gy(SiO2)/h up to a total ionizing dose (TID) of 56 kGy; (ii) at room temperature and a dose rate of 25 kGy(SiO2)/h up to a TID of 10 MGy. Two main different classes of single-mode optical fibers have been tested in situ, radiation-tolerant ones: fluorine-doped or nitrogen-doped core fibers, as well as Telecom-grade germanosilicate ones...
February 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217520/elevated-glycated-hemoglobin-predicts-macrosomia-among-asian-indian-pregnant-women-wings-9
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Balaji Bhavadharini, Manni Mohanraj Mahalakshmi, Mohan Deepa, Ranjani Harish, Belma Malanda, Arivudainambi Kayal, Anne Belton, Ponnusamy Saravanan, Unnikrishnan Ranjit, Ram Uma, Ranjit Mohan Anjana, Viswanathan Mohan
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the optimal glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) cut point for diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and to evaluate the usefulness of HbA1c as a prognostic indicator for adverse pregnancy outcomes. METHODS: HbA1c estimations were carried out in 1459 pregnant women attending antenatal care centers in urban and rural Tamil Nadu in South India. An oral glucose tolerance test was carried out using 75 g anhydrous glucose, and GDM was diagnosed using the International Association of the Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups criteria...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216098/potential-influences-of-complement-factor-h-in-autoimmune-inflammatory-and-thrombotic-disorders
#5
Janez Ferluga, Lubna Kouser, Valarmathy Murugaiah, Robert B Sim, Uday Kishore
Complement system homeostasis is important for host self-protection and anti-microbial immune surveillance, and recent research indicates roles in tissue development and remodelling. Complement also appears to have several points of interaction with the blood coagulation system. Deficiency and altered function due to gene mutations and polymorphisms in complement effectors and regulators, including Factor H, have been associated with familial and sporadic autoimmune inflammatory - thrombotic disorders, in which autoantibodies play a part...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215404/facile-preparation-of-salt-tolerant-anion-exchange-membrane-adsorber-using-hydrophobic-membrane-as-substrate
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Jinxin Fan, Jianquan Luo, Xiangrong Chen, Yinhua Wan
In this study, a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hydrophobic membrane with high mechanical property was used as substrate to prepare salt-tolerant anion-exchange (STAE) membrane adsorber. Effective hydrophilization and functionalization of PVDF membrane was realized via polydopamine (PDA) deposition, thus overcoming the drawbacks of hydrophobic substrates including poor water permeability, inert property as well as severe non-specific adsorption. The following polyallylamine (PAH) coupling was carried out at pH 10...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214439/different-cultivation-methods-to-acclimatise-ammonia-tolerant-methanogenic-consortia
#7
Hailin Tian, Ioannis A Fotidis, Enrico Mancini, Irini Angelidaki
Bioaugmentation with ammonia tolerant-methanogenic consortia was proposed as a solution to overcome ammonia inhibition during anaerobic digestion process recently. However, appropriate technology to generate ammonia tolerant methanogenic consortia is still lacking. In this study, three basic reactors (i.e. batch, fed-batch and continuous stirred-tank reactors (CSTR)) operated at mesophilic (37°C) and thermophilic (55°C) conditions were assessed, based on methane production efficiency, incubation time, TAN/FAN (total ammonium nitrogen/free ammonia nitrogen) levels and maximum methanogenic activity...
February 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213343/checking-questionable-entry-of-personally-identifiable-information-encrypted-by-one-way-hash-transformation
#8
Xianlai Chen, Yang C Fann, Matthew McAuliffe, David Vismer, Rong Yang
BACKGROUND: As one of the several effective solutions for personal privacy protection, a global unique identifier (GUID) is linked with hash codes that are generated from combinations of personally identifiable information (PII) by a one-way hash algorithm. On the GUID server, no PII is permitted to be stored, and only GUID and hash codes are allowed. The quality of PII entry is critical to the GUID system. OBJECTIVE: The goal of our study was to explore a method of checking questionable entry of PII in this context without using or sending any portion of PII while registering a subject...
February 17, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213185/a-comparative-study-of-photogrammetric-methods-using-panoramic-photography-in-a-forensic-context
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Kayleigh Sheppard, John P Cassella, Sarah Fieldhouse
Taking measurements of a scene is an integral aspect of the crime scene documentation process, and accepted limits of accuracy for taking measurements at a crime scene vary throughout the world. In the UK, there is no published accepted limit of accuracy, whereas the United States has an accepted limit of accuracy of 0.25 inch. As part of the International organisation for Standardisation 17020 accreditation competency testing is required for all work conducted at the crime scene. As part of this, all measuring devices need to be calibrated within known tolerances in order to meet the required standard, and measurements will be required to have a clearly defined limit of accuracy...
February 4, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211337/enhanced-electrochemical-degradation-of-ibuprofen-in-aqueous-solution-by-ptru-alloy-catalyst
#10
Chiung-Fen Chang, Tsan-Yao Chen, Ching-Ju Monica Chin, Yu-Tsun Kuo
Electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs) regarded as a green technology for aqueous ibuprofen treatment was investigated in this study. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), Pt nanoparticles (Pt NPs), and PtRu alloy, of which physicochemical properties were characterized by XRD and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, were used to synthesize three types of cheap and effective anodes based on commercial conductive glass. Furthermore, the operating parameters, such as the current densities, initial concentrations, and solution pH were also investigated...
February 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210263/a-paradigm-shift-on-the-question-of-b-cells-in-transplantation-recent-insights-on-regulating-the-alloresponse
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Daniel J Firl, Gilles Benichou, James I Kim, Heidi Yeh
B lymphocytes contribute to acute and chronic allograft rejection through their production of donor-specific antibodies (DSAs). In addition, B cells present allopeptides bound to self-MHC class II molecules and provide costimulation signals to T cells, which are essential to their activation and differentiation into memory T cells. On the other hand, both in laboratory rodents and patients, the concept of effector T cell regulation by B cells is gaining traction in the field of transplantation. Specifically, clinical trials using anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies to deplete B cells and reverse DSA had a deleterious effect on rates of acute cellular rejection; a peculiar finding that calls into question a central paradigm in transplantation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208954/effect-of-surgical-curve-correction-on-exercise-tolerance-and-physical-capacities-in-patients-of-severe-spinal-deformity
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Prateek C Patil, Ashok K Rathod, Mandar Borde, Vishwajeet Singh, Hemant U Singh
INTRODUCTION: Traditionally, surgical intervention for patients with a spinal deformity has been considered for cosmetic benefits, but surgical intervention can alter the lung physiology or volumes and in turn leads to increase in physical capacity and exercise tolerance. Therefore, we conducted this to determine whether a surgical correction would restore the lung physiology, physical capacity and exercise tolerance in patients with kyphoscoliosis. AIM: To evaluate the usage of six-minute walk test scores and modified Borg scores as tools/measures for exercise tolerance in patients with spinal deformity and to study the effects of surgical correction of spinal deformity on exercise tolerance with above parameters as the measures...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205007/long-term-evaluation-of-biliary-reflux-after-experimental-one-anastomosis-gastric-bypass-in-rats
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Matthieu Bruzzi, Henri Duboc, Caroline Gronnier, Dominique Rainteau, Anne Couvelard, Maude Le Gall, André Bado, Jean-Marc Chevallier
BACKGROUND: Controversy remains regarding biliary reflux after one-anastomosis gastric bypass (OAGB). The aim of this "pilot" study was to analyze biliary reflux and its potential long-term consequences on esogastric mucosae in OAGB-operated rats. METHODS: Diet-induced obese rats were subjected to OAGB (n = 10) or sham (n = 4) surgery and followed up for 16 weeks. Evolution of weight and glucose tolerance was analyzed. Bile acid concentration measurement, histological and qRT-PCR analysis were performed in the esogastric segments...
February 15, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199125/one-pot-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-branched-n-acylamines-via-titanium-mediated-condensation-of-amides-aldehydes-and-organometallics
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Chunhui Dai, Julien Genovino, Bruce M Bechle, Matthew S Corbett, Chan Woo Huh, Colin R Rose, Jianmin Sun, Joseph S Warmus, David C Blakemore
A three-component, titanium-mediated synthesis of α-branched N-acylamines from commercial or readily accessible amides, aldehydes, and organometallic reagents is reported. The transformation proceeds under mild reaction conditions and tolerates a variety of functional groups (including nitrile, carbamate, olefin, basic amine, furan, and other sensitive heteroaromatics) to generate a large umbrella of α-branched N-acylamine products in high yields. The operationally practical procedure enables the use of this method in parallel chemical synthesis, a valuable feature that can facilitate the screening of bioactive molecules by medicinal chemists...
February 15, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198466/demonstration-of-qubit-operations-below-a-rigorous-fault-tolerance-threshold-with-gate-set-tomography
#15
Robin Blume-Kohout, John King Gamble, Erik Nielsen, Kenneth Rudinger, Jonathan Mizrahi, Kevin Fortier, Peter Maunz
Quantum information processors promise fast algorithms for problems inaccessible to classical computers. But since qubits are noisy and error-prone, they will depend on fault-tolerant quantum error correction (FTQEC) to compute reliably. Quantum error correction can protect against general noise if-and only if-the error in each physical qubit operation is smaller than a certain threshold. The threshold for general errors is quantified by their diamond norm. Until now, qubits have been assessed primarily by randomized benchmarking, which reports a different error rate that is not sensitive to all errors, and cannot be compared directly to diamond norm thresholds...
February 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194343/the-effect-of-a-condylar-repositioning-plate-on-condylar-position-and-relapse-in-two-jaw-surgery
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Gyu Sik Jung, Taek Kyun Kim, Jeong Woo Lee, Jung Dug Yang, Ho Yun Chung, Byung Chae Cho, Kang Young Choi
BACKGROUND: Numerous condylar repositioning methods have been reported. However, most of them are 2-dimensional or are complex procedures that require a longer operation time and a highly trained surgeon. This study aims to introduce a new technique using a condylar repositioning plate and a centric relation splint to achieve a centric relationship. METHODS: We evaluated 387 patients who had undergone surgery for skeletal jaw deformities. During the operation, a centric relation splint, intermediate splint, final centric occlusion splint, and condylar repositioning plate along with an L-type mini-plate for LeFort I osteotomy or a bicortical screw for bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy were utilized for rigid fixation...
January 2017: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187940/carbon-dioxide-consumption-of-the-microalga-scenedesmus-obtusiusculus-under-transient-inlet-co2-concentration-variations
#17
Juan Cabello, Marcia Morales, Sergio Revah
The extensive microalgae diversity offers considerable versatility for a wide range of biotechnological applications in environmental and production processes. Microalgal cultivation is based on CO2 fixation via photosynthesis and, consequently, it is necessary to evaluate, in a short time and reliable way, the effect of the CO2 gas concentration on the consumption rate and establish the tolerance range of different strains and the amount of inorganic carbon that can be incorporated into biomass in order to establish the potential for industrial scale application...
February 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187089/clinical-outcome-of-neoadjuvant-radiochemotherapy-in-locally-advanced-cervical-cancer-results-of-an-open-prospective-multicenter-phase-2-study-of-the-north-eastern-german-society-of-gynecological-oncology
#18
Dominique Koensgen, Jalid Sehouli, Antje Belau, Martin Weiss, Matthias B Stope, Vivien Grokopf, Michael Eichbaum, Peter Ledwon, Werner Lichtenegger, Marek Zygmunt, Günter Köhler, Alexander Mustea
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the response rate, toxicity, operability, and surgical complication rate of neoadjuvant concomitant radiochemotherapy (cRCH) (ifosfamide + carboplatin) followed by radical hysterectomy plus external-beam radiotherapy with curative intention in locally advanced primary inoperable stages IIB and IIIB squamous cell cervical cancer. METHODS: Patients with cervical cancer from 8 departments were enrolled. Patients received 3 cycles of ifosfamide 1...
March 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183145/minimally-invasive-microscopic-posterior-cervical-decompression-simple-safe-and-effective
#19
Pierluigi Vergara
Background and Study Aims Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in the elderly population. Surgery is usually successful in preventing any deterioration, as well as improving functional status and quality of life. This study assesses the safety and efficacy of minimally invasive microscopic posterior cervical decompression for the treatment of CSM. Materials and Methods A retrospective review of patients with myelopathy from cervical stenosis treated with minimally invasive posterior cervical decompression was performed...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180124/does-a-negative-emergency-celiotomy-exclude-the-possibility-of-significant-diaphragmatic-injury-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#20
Alireza Hamidian Jahromi, David Pennywell, John T Owings
INTRODUCTION: Diaphragmatic rupture (DR) is an uncommon, potentially serious complication following blunt or penetrating abdominal trauma. Even with a high index of suspicion, the diagnosis of DR can easily be missed for a long period post injury. Delayed or missed diagnosis [delayed diagnosis of diaphragmatic rupture (DDDR)] and delayed diaphragmatic rupture (DDR) are possible explanations in cases where the initial operative exploration fails to show the diaphragmatic damage. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we present a patient with suspected DR that was not seen on initial open abdominal exploration, but was suggested by subsequent serial imaging...
September 2016: Trauma Monthly
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