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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231342/nonlinear-image-registration-with-bidirectional-metric-and-reciprocal-regularization
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Shihui Ying, Dan Li, Bin Xiao, Yaxin Peng, Shaoyi Du, Meifeng Xu
Nonlinear registration is an important technique to align two different images and widely applied in medical image analysis. In this paper, we develop a novel nonlinear registration framework based on the diffeomorphic demons, where a reciprocal regularizer is introduced to assume that the deformation between two images is an exact diffeomorphism. In detail, first, we adopt a bidirectional metric to improve the symmetry of the energy functional, whose variables are two reciprocal deformations. Secondly, we slack these two deformations into two independent variables and introduce a reciprocal regularizer to assure the deformations being the exact diffeomorphism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230080/demonstrating-the-potential-of-yttrium-doped-barium-zirconate-electrolyte-for-high-performance-fuel-cells
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Kiho Bae, Dong Young Jang, Hyung Jong Choi, Donghwan Kim, Jongsup Hong, Byung-Kook Kim, Jong-Ho Lee, Ji-Won Son, Joon Hyung Shim
In reducing the high operating temperatures (≥800 °C) of solid-oxide fuel cells, use of protonic ceramics as an alternative electrolyte material is attractive due to their high conductivity and low activation energy in a low-temperature regime (≤600 °C). Among many protonic ceramics, yttrium-doped barium zirconate has attracted attention due to its excellent chemical stability, which is the main issue in protonic-ceramic fuel cells. However, poor sinterability of yttrium-doped barium zirconate discourages its fabrication as a thin-film electrolyte and integration on porous anode supports, both of which are essential to achieve high performance...
February 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229062/two-techniques-of-tonsillectomy-performed-in-identical-twins-a-case-report
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Ali Bagherihagh, Seyed Mousa Sadr Hossein
INTRODUCTION: Cold dissection (CD) and bipolar cautery dissection (BCD) techniques are two common surgical tonsillectomy procedures used in the clinic. Obstruction has become more prevalent as the major surgical indication and is most prominently observed in younger children. CASE REPORT: In this report, we aimed to explain the abovementioned surgical techniques in detail and compare the results in identical twins (monozygote twins). Using low energy electrocautery, irrigating the operation site continuously during cauterization, avoiding unnecessary sutures, and direct cautery to the tonsil bed are all effective measures that have diminished post-op pain in bipolar electrocautery dissection, compared to cold dissection tonsillectomy...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229032/role-of-dual-energy-computed-tomography-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-gout
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REVIEW
Divya Jayakumar, Shiv T Sehra, Suneesh Anand, Gary W Stallings, Abhijeet Danve
Gout is a well-known inflammatory arthritis and affects four percent of the United States population. It results from the deposition of uric acid crystals in joints, tendons, bursae, and other surrounding tissues. Prevalence of gout has increased in the recent decade. Gout is usually seen in conjunction with other chronic comorbid conditions like cardiac disease, metabolic syndrome, and renal disease. The diagnosis of this inflammatory arthritis is confirmed by visualization of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals in the synovial fluid...
January 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228517/high-monetary-reward-rates-and-caloric-rewards-decrease-temporal-persistence
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Bowen J Fung, Stefan Bode, Carsten Murawski
Temporal persistence refers to an individual's capacity to wait for future rewards, while forgoing possible alternatives. This requires a trade-off between the potential value of delayed rewards and opportunity costs, and is relevant to many real-world decisions, such as dieting. Theoretical models have previously suggested that high monetary reward rates, or positive energy balance, may result in decreased temporal persistence. In our study, 50 fasted participants engaged in a temporal persistence task, incentivised with monetary rewards...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228015/rate-constants-from-instanton-theory-via-a-microcanonical-approach
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Sean R McConnell, Andreas Löhle, Johannes Kästner
Microcanonical instanton theory offers the promise of providing rate constants for chemical reactions including quantum tunneling of atoms over the whole temperature range. We discuss different rate expressions, which require the calculation of stability parameters of the instantons. The traditional way of obtaining these stability parameters is shown to be numerically unstable in practical applications. We provide three alternative algorithms to obtain such stability parameters for non-separable systems, i...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227961/balancing-accuracy-delay-and-battery-autonomy-for-pervasive-seizure-detection
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Athanasios Karapatis, Robert M Seepers, Marijn van Dongen, Wouter A Serdijn, Christos Strydis, Athanasios Karapatis, Robert M Seepers, Marijn van Dongen, Wouter A Serdijn, Christos Strydis, Athanasios Karapatis, Wouter A Serdijn, Robert M Seepers, Christos Strydis, Marijn van Dongen
A promising alternative for treating absence seizures has emerged through closed-loop neurostimulation, which utilizes a wearable or implantable device to detect and subsequently suppress epileptic seizures. Such devices should detect seizures fast and with high accuracy, while respecting the strict energy budget on which they operate. Previous work has overlooked one or more of these requirements, resulting in solutions which are not suitable for continuous closed-loop stimulation. In this paper, we perform an in-depth design space exploration of a novel seizure-detection algorithm, which uses a complex Morlet wavelet filter and a static thresholding mechanism to detect absence seizures...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227906/initial-comparison-of-energy-measures-for-neural-stimulation-in-a-single-conductance-channel
#8
John Stahl, Damon A Miller, John Stahl, Damon A Miller, John Stahl, Damon A Miller
This paper considers the utility of several alternative energy measures to reduce the energy required by a stimulation current source to charge a neuron membrane capacitance to a prescribed value in the case of a single sodium channel. For a simple case, minimizing the energy of the nonlinear channel conductance provides improved efficiency in terms of stimulator energy as compared to minimizing a squared-integral measure of the stimulation current. This work lays the foundation for expanding this investigation to a full conductance-based Hodgkin-Huxley model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227820/evaluating-respiratory-muscle-activity-using-a-wireless-sensor-platform
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Luis Estrada, Abel Torres, Leonardo Sarlabous, Raimon Jane, Luis Estrada, Abel Torres, Leonardo Sarlabous, Raimon Jane, Raimon Jane, Luis Estrada, Leonardo Sarlabous, Abel Torres
Wireless sensors are an emerging technology that allows to assist physicians in the monitoring of patients health status. This approach can be used for the non-invasive recording of the electrical respiratory muscle activity of the diaphragm (EMGdi). In this work, we acquired the EMGdi signal of a healthy subject performing an inspiratory load test. To this end, the EMGdi activity was captured from a single channel of electromyography using a wireless platform which was compared with the EMGdi and the inspiratory mouth pressure (Pmouth) recorded with a conventional lab equipment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227590/elastic-ribbon-like-piezoelectric-energy-harvester-for-wearable-devices-with-stretchable-surfaces
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You Liang Lionel, Wong, Gary K Fedder, You Liang Lionel, Wong, Gary K Fedder
This paper presents an elastic ribbon-like piezoelectric energy harvester which is targeted for skin-wearable devices by harnessing the movements of stretchable surfaces. The device aims to power up smart thin stick-on devices for healthcare monitoring. By embedding a ribbon-like PVDF film in a flexible elastomer, Ecoflex, the device is potentially able to stretch 34%, while maintaining internal strain of the film below its plastic deformation limit. Alternate electrode layout and bimorph configuration help to reduce charge cancellation, while increasing overall effectiveness...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227174/two-threshold-energy-based-fall-detection-using-a-triaxial-accelerometer
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Angela Sucerquia, Jose D Lopez, Francisco Vargas, Angela Sucerquia, Jose D Lopez, Francisco Vargas, Angela Sucerquia, Francisco Vargas, Jose D Lopez
Elderly fall detection based on accelerometers is an active research area. Nowadays authors are addressing specific problems such as failure rates and energy consumption, but in most cases their strategies do not conciliate these objectives. In this paper we propose a double threshold based methodology with two novel detection features, a product between the sum vector magnitude and the signal magnitude area, and a normalization of the signal magnitude area over five 1 s windows. The methodology was validated using the public Mobifall dataset, and one developed for this work...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225134/phase-behaviour-and-gravity-directed-self-assembly-of-hard-convex-spherical-caps
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John M McBride, Carlos Avendaño
We investigate the phase behaviour and self-assembly of convex spherical caps using Monte Carlo simulations. This model is used to represent the main features observed in experimental colloidal particles with mushroom-cap shape [Riley et al., Langmuir, 2010, 26, 1648]. The geometry of this non-centrosymmetric convex model is fully characterized by the aspect ratio χ* defined as the spherical cap height to diameter ratio. We use NPT Monte Carlo simulations combined with free energy calculations to determine the most stable crystal structures and the phase behaviour of convex spherical caps with different aspect ratios...
February 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225090/proton-transfer-dynamics-dictate-quinone-speciation-at-lipid-modified-electrodes
#13
Edmund C M Tse, Christopher J Barile, Ying Li, Steven C Zimmerman, Ali Hosseini, Andrew A Gewirth
Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions are ubiquitous in biochemistry and alternative energy schemes. Natural enzymes utilize quinones in proton transfer chains and energy conversion processes. Here, we utilize a bio-inspired hybrid bilayer membrane system to control the reaction mechanism of a quinone molecule covalently bound to an electrode surface. In particular, by impeding proton access to the quinone moiety, we change the reaction pathway from a PCET process to a pure electron transfer step...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225054/nutritional-adequacy-of-diets-for-adolescents-with-overweight-and-obesity-considerations-for-dietetic-practice
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N B Lister, M L Gow, K Chisholm, A Grunseit, S P Garnett, L A Baur
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Adolescents have unique nutrient requirements due to rapid growth and development. High rates of obesity in adolescents require a variety of diet interventions to achieve weight loss under clinical supervision. The aim of this study is to examine the nutritional adequacy of energy-restricted diets for adolescents. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Three popular diets were modelled for 7 days and assessed by comparing the nutrient profile to the Australian Nutrient Reference Values...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224174/spectroscopic-polarographic-and-microcalorimetric-studies-on-mitochondrial-dysfunction-induced-by-ethanol
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Long Ma, Jia-Xin Dong, Can Wu, Xue-Yi Li, Jing Chen, Hong Zhang, Yi Liu
Liver mitochondria are involved in several important life processes; mitochondrial dysfunction and disorders are implicated in several human diseases. Alcohol permeates all tissues of the body and exerts some intrinsic hepatotoxicity. In this work, our results demonstrated that ethanol caused a series of mitochondria permeability transition pore (MPTP) opening factors such as mitochondrial swelling, increased permeability of H(+) and K(+), collapsed membrane potential, and increased membrane fluidity. Furthermore, mitochondrial ultrastructure alternation observed clearly by transmission electron microscopy and the release of Cytochrome c could explain the MPTP opening from another aspect...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221146/-new-strategies-and-protocols-in-swl
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Alberto Budía Alba, Pilar Bahilo Mateu, Guzmán Ordaz Jurado, José Daniel López-Acón, Marta Trassierra Villa, Francisco Boronat Tormo
OBJECTIVE: An update of the new treatment strategies in extracorporeal lithotripsy as a valid therapeutic alternative in the management of urinary calculi. METHODS: We performed a search and review of the most recent literature which responded to the terms "best practices", "update", "optimization", "practice pattern" in lithotripsy. Only articles written in English or Spanish were selected. RESULTS: The use of a stepwise voltage ramping during extracorporeal lithotripsy with or without pause before the first rise of energy, a decreased delivery rates and the use of a higher number of shock waves per session are shown as alternatives to improve the effectiveness with optimum safety profile...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221033/molecule-level-g-c3n4-coordinated-transition-metals-as-a-new-class-of-electrocatalysts-for-oxygen-electrode-reactions
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Yao Zheng, Yan Jiao, Yihan Zhu, Qiran Cai, Anthony Vasileff, Lu Hua Li, Yu Han, Ying Chen, Shi Zhang Qiao
Organometallic complexes with metal-nitrogen/carbon (M-N/C) coordination are the most important alternatives to precious metal catalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions (ORR and OER) in energy conversion devices. Here, we designed and developed a range of molecule-level graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) coordinated transition metals (M-C3N4) as a new generation of M-N/C catalysts for these oxygen electrode reactions. As a proof-of-concept example, we conducted theoretical evaluation and experimental validation on a cobalt-C3N4 catalyst with a desired molecular configuration, which possesses comparable electrocatalytic activity to that of precious metal benchmarks for the ORR and OER in alkaline media...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218728/compliment-graphene-oxide-coating-on-silk-fiber-surface-via-electrostatic-force-for-capacitive-humidity-sensor-applications
#18
Kook In Han, Seungdu Kim, In Gyu Lee, Jong Pil Kim, Jung-Ha Kim, Suck Won Hong, Byung Jin Cho, Wan Sik Hwang
Cylindrical silk fiber (SF) was coated with Graphene oxide (GO) for capacitive humidity sensor applications. Negatively charged GO in the solution was attracted to the positively charged SF surface via electrostatic force without any help from adhesive intermediates. The magnitude of the positively charged SF surface was controlled through the static electricity charges created on the SF surface. The GO coating ability on the SF improved as the SF's positive charge increased. The GO-coated SFs at various conditions were characterized using an optical microscope, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Raman spectroscopy, and LCR meter...
February 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218513/enhancing-sodium-ion-storage-behaviors-in-tinb2o7-by-mechanical-ball-milling
#19
Yangyang Huang, Xiang Li, Jiahuan Luo, Kun Wang, Qin Zhang, Yuegang Qiu, Shixiong Sun, Shantang Liu, Jiantao Han, Yunhui Huang
Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) have shown extensive prospect as alternative rechargeable batteries in large-scale energy storage systems owing to the abundance and low-cost of sodium. Developing high-performance cathode and anode materials is a big challenge for SIBs. As we all know, TiNb2O7 (TNO) exhibits a high capacity of ~250 mAh g-1 with excellent capacity retention as a Li-insertion anode for lithium-ion batteries, but it has rarely been discussed as an anode for SIBs. Here, we demonstrate ball-milled TiNb2O7 (BM-TNO) as SIB anode, which provides an average voltage of ~0...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218402/characterization-of-the-%C3%AE-and-p-phase-precipitates-in-the-cmsx-4-single-crystal-superalloy
#20
B Dubiel, P Indyka, T Moskalewicz, A Kruk, M Zubko, I Kalemba-Rec, K Berent
A combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning-transmission electron microscopy (STEM) using high-angle annular-dark-field (HAADF) imaging, focussed ion beam- scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) tomography, selected area electron diffraction with beam precession (PED), as well as spatially resolved energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), was used to investigate topologically close-packed (TCP) phases, occurring in the CMSX-4 superalloy subjected to high temperature annealing and creep deformation...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
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