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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538875/particular-characteristics-of-atopic-eczema-in-tropical-environments-the-tropical-environment-control-for-chronic-eczema-and-molecular-assessment-teccema-cohort-study
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Jorge Sánchez, Andrés Sánchez, Ricardo Cardona
Background: Atopic dermatitis is a prevalent health problem in the world. Allergic sensitization is an important risk factor, but the roles of other factors, inherent in tropic region, are unknown. Objective: A cohort study was designed in a tropical city to investigate molecular and environmental risk factors for eczema, considering as particular features perennial exposure to mites, poor living conditions and others tropical characteristics. Methods: 433 patients were included at baseline and biological samples were collected during 24 months of follow-up...
March 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538834/characteristics-of-liver-fibrosis-with-different-etiologies-using-a-fully-quantitative-fibrosis-assessment-tool
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Q Wu, X Zhao, H You
This study aimed to test the diagnostic performance of a fully quantitative fibrosis assessment tool for liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). A total of 117 patients with liver fibrosis were included in this study, including 50 patients with CHB, 49 patients with PBC and 18 patients with NASH. All patients underwent liver biopsy (LB). Fibrosis stages were assessed by two experienced pathologists. Histopathological images of LB slices were processed by second harmonic generation (SHG)/two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy without staining, a system called qFibrosis (quantitative fibrosis) system...
May 18, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538252/concurrent-paraspinous-myopathy-and-myasthenia-gravis
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Alissa E Romano, Zaid Al-Qudah, Henry J Kaminski, Bashar Katirji, Karim Salame
Paraspinous myopathy is a rare neuromuscular disorder characterized by selective involvement of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar muscles. Leading clinical features include a bent spine or dropped head (antecollis). In myasthenia gravis (MG), patients may have camptocormia secondary to neuromuscular junction dysfunction of the paraspinal muscles, and this condition usually responds to acetylcholinesterase inhibitors or immunosuppressive treatments. However, concomitant MG and paraspinous myopathy with histologic and electrophysiologic evidence of myopathic changes of the paraspinal muscles has only been reported twice in the literature...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538149/icon-an-adaptation-of-infinite-hmms-for-time-traces-with-drift
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Ioannis Sgouralis, Steve Pressé
Bayesian nonparametric methods have recently transformed emerging areas within data science. One such promising method, the infinite hidden Markov model (iHMM), generalizes the HMM that itself has become a workhorse in single molecule data analysis. The iHMM goes beyond the HMM by self-consistently learning all parameters learned by the HMM in addition to learning the number of states without recourse to any model selection steps. Despite its generality, simple features (such as drift), common to single molecule time traces, result in an overinterpretation of drift and the introduction of artifact states...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537723/multivariate-metal-organic-frameworks-as-multifunctional-heterogeneous-asymmetric-catalysts-for-a-broad-of-sequential-reactions
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Qingchun Xia, Zijian Li, Chunxia Tan, Yan Liu, Wei Gong, Yong Cui
The search for versatile heterogeneous catalysts with multiple active sites for a broad of asymmetric transformations has long been of great interest, but it remains a formidable synthetic challenge. Here we demonstrate that multivariate metal-organic frameworks (MTV-MOFs) can be used as an excellent platform to engineer heterogeneous catalysts featuring multiple and cooperative active sites. An isostructural series of twofold interpenetrated MTV-MOFs that contain up to three different chiral metallosalen catalysts were constructed and used as efficient and recyclable heterogeneous catalysts for a variety of asymmetric sequential alkene epoxidation/epoxide ring-opening reactions...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535640/-study-of-diffusion-weighted-imaging-in-combination-with-conventional-mri-signs-for-inflammation-activity-of-chronic-hepatitis-b
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H W Ren, H Y Ye, W M An, J H Dong, Y Liu
Objective: To study the correlation between ADC values of diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and the pathological grading in inflammation activity of chronic hepatitis B, and combined with conventional MRI features to predict the diagnosis effectiveness. Methods: A total of 142 cases of patients with chronic hepatitis B were selected as inflammatory group in 302 Hospital of PLA from January 2014 to December 2015, while 20 cases of healthy subjects without history of liver disease were chosen as control group...
May 23, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535637/-analysis-of-prodromal-phase-and-prodromal-events-in-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis
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Y Yao, B Peng, X H Wang, F Fang, D Xu, X L Xu, H T Ren, Y C Zhu, L Y Cui, H Z Guan
Objective: To analyze prodromal phase and prodromal events of anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis. Methods: Clinical data of 179 patients hospitalized and diagnosed during 2010-2016 including adults and children in Peking Union Medical College Hospital and Beijing Children's Hospital were collected.Patients with prodromal phase or prodromal events were selected.A retrospective analysis of clinical characteristics including prodromal phase or prodromal events, course of disease, brain imaging, laboratory results and therapeutic effect was performed...
May 23, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535442/mining-for-osteogenic-surface-topographies-in-silico-design-to-in%C3%A2-vivo-osseo-integration
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Frits F B Hulshof, Bernke Papenburg, Aliaksei Vasilevich, Marc Hulsman, Yiping Zhao, Marloes Levers, Natalie Fekete, Meint de Boer, Huipin Yuan, Shantanu Singh, Nick Beijer, Mark-Anthony Bray, David J Logan, Marcel Reinders, Anne E Carpenter, Clemens van Blitterswijk, Dimitrios Stamatialis, Jan de Boer
Stem cells respond to the physicochemical parameters of the substrate on which they grow. Quantitative material activity relationships - the relationships between substrate parameters and the phenotypes they induce - have so far poorly predicted the success of bioactive implant surfaces. In this report, we screened a library of randomly selected designed surface topographies for those inducing osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Cell shape features, surface design parameters, and osteogenic marker expression were strongly correlated in vitro...
May 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535366/comprehensibility-and-neural-substrate-of-communicative-gestures-in-severe-aphasia
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Katharina Hogrefe, Wolfram Ziegler, Nicole Weidinger, Georg Goldenberg
Communicative gestures can compensate incomprehensibility of oral speech in severe aphasia, but the brain damage that causes aphasia may also have an impact on the production of gestures. We compared the comprehensibility of gestural communication of persons with severe aphasia and non-aphasic persons and used voxel based lesion symptom mapping (VLSM) to determine lesion sites that are responsible for poor gestural expression in aphasia. On group level, persons with aphasia conveyed more information via gestures than controls indicating a compensatory use of gestures in persons with severe aphasia...
May 20, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535087/cytotoxic-t-cells-in-chronic-idiopathic-neutropenia-express-restricted-antigen-receptors
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Semeli Mastrodemou, Evangelia Stalika, Anna Vardi, Katerina Gemenetzi, Michalis Spanoudakis, Maria Karypidou, Irene Mavroudi, Anastasia Hadzidimitriou, Catherine Stavropoulos-Giokas, Helen A Papadaki, Kostas Stamatopoulos
Chronic idiopathic neutropenia (CIN) is an acquired disorder of granulopoiesis characterized by female predominance and mostly uncomplicated course. Crucial to CIN pathophysiology is the presence of activated T lymphocytes with myelosuppressive properties in both peripheral blood (PB) and bone marrow (BM). We systematically profiled the T cell receptor beta chain (TRB) gene repertoire in CD8(+) cells of 34 CIN patients through subcloning/Sanger sequencing analysis of TRBV-TRBD-TRBJ gene rearrangements. Remarkable repertoire skewing and oligoclonality were observed, along with shared clonotypes between different patients, alluding to antigen selection...
May 23, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534832/the-boom-in-3d-printed-sensor-technology
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Yuanyuan Xu, Xiaoyue Wu, Xiao Guo, Bin Kong, Min Zhang, Xiang Qian, Shengli Mi, Wei Sun
Future sensing applications will include high-performance features, such as toxin detection, real-time monitoring of physiological events, advanced diagnostics, and connected feedback. However, such multi-functional sensors require advancements in sensitivity, specificity, and throughput with the simultaneous delivery of multiple detection in a short time. Recent advances in 3D printing and electronics have brought us closer to sensors with multiplex advantages, and additive manufacturing approaches offer a new scope for sensor fabrication...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534806/feature-selection-for-nonstationary-data-application-to-human-recognition-using-medical-biometrics
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Majid Komeili, Wael Louis, Narges Armanfard, Dimitrios Hatzinakos
Electrocardiogram (ECG) and transient evoked otoacoustic emission (TEOAE) are among the physiological signals that have attracted significant interest in biometric community due to their inherent robustness to replay and falsification attacks. However, they are time-dependent signals and this makes them hard to deal with in across-session human recognition scenario where only one session is available for enrollment. This paper presents a novel feature selection method to address this issue. It is based on an auxiliary dataset with multiple sessions where it selects a subset of features that are more persistent across different sessions...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534786/evolutionary-computing-enriched-computer-aided-diagnosis-system-for-diabetic-retinopathy-a-survey
#13
Romany Mansour
The alterations caused due to diabetes mellitus results into significant micro-vasculature that eventually causes diabetic retinopathy (DR) that keeps on increasing as per time and eventually causes complete vision loss. Identifying subtle variations in morphological changes in retinal blood vessels, optic disk, exudates, micro-aneurysms, hemorrhage etc is complicate and requires robust computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system so as to enable earlier and efficient DR diagnosis practices. In majority of the existing CAD systems, the need of functional enhancement has been realized time by time to ensure accurate and time efficient DR...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534785/efficient-hardware-implementation-of-real-time-low-power-movement-intention-detector-system-using-fft-and-adaptive-wavelet-transform
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Alireza Chamanzar, Mahdi Shabany, Alireza Malekmohammadi, Sara Mohammadinejad
The brain-computer interfacing (BCI), a platform to extract features and classify different motor movement tasks from noisy and highly correlated electroencephalogram signals, is limited mostly by the complex and power-hungry algorithms. Among different techniques recently devised to tackle this issue, real-time onset detection, due to its negligible delay and minimal power overhead, is the most efficient one. Here, we propose a novel algorithm that outperforms the state-of-the-art design by sixfold in terms of speed, without sacrificing the accuracy for a real-time, hand movement intention detection based on the adaptive wavelet transform with only 1 s detection delay and maximum sensitivity of 88% and selectivity of 78% (only 7% loss of sensitivity)...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534697/pregnancy-outcome-of-laparoscopic-tubal-reanastomosis-retrospective-results-from-a-single-clinical-centre
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Rana Karayalcin, Sarp Ozcan, Aytekin Tokmak, Beril Gürlek, Okan Yenicesu, Hakan Timur
Objective Tubal sterilization is a widespread method of contraception. Post-sterilization regret is encountered, despite careful consideration prior to the procedure. Two treatment options are available for women after having had tubal sterilization: microsurgical reversal and IVF treatment. Recent improvements in laparoscopy have allowed tubal reanastomosis to be performed. This study aimed to evaluate the reproductive outcome after laparoscopic tubal reanastomosis and surgical features of the patients. Methods From June 2007 to January 2010, 27 patients with bilateral tubal ligation who underwent laparoscopic tubal reanastomosis were evaluated retrospectively...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534412/exploration-of-biogenic-nano-chemobiotics-fabricated-by-sliver-nanoparticle-and-galactoxyloglucan-with-an-efficient-bio-distribution-in-solid-tumor-investigated-by-sers-fingerprinting
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Manu M Joseph, Jyothi B Nair, Ramya N Adukkadan, Neethu Hari, Raveendran Pillai, Ananthakrishnan J Nair, Kaustabh Kumar Maiti, Sreelekha Therakathinal T
An incredible exploration of a dual modality nano composite wherein, chemotherapy in fusion with antibacterial efficacy obtained in a biogenic fabrication, which transformed as a novel nano-chemobiotics (NCB) prevailing fundamental molecular level investigation by surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) platform. The nano composite is a facile, robust and eco-friendly constitution between silver nanoparticles (SNPs) and a naturally occurring galactoxyloglucan (PST001) denoted as SNP@PST which displayed biocompatibility with an upgraded selective cytotoxicity towards cancer cells...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534392/ultrahigh-resolution-titanium-deep-reactive-ion-etching
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Bryan W K Woo, Shannon C Gott, Ryan A Peck, Dong Yan, Mathias W Rommelfanger, Masaru P Rao
Due to its unique combination of advantageous properties, titanium (Ti) represents a promising new material for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Recently, realization of this promise has been made possible with the advent of processes that enable deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) of high-aspect-ratio (HAR) structures in bulk Ti substrates. However, to date, these processes have been limited to minimum feature sizes (MFS) ≥ 750 nm. While this is sufficient for many applications, MFS reduction to the deep sub-micrometer range opens potential for further device miniaturization, as well as opportunity for endowing devices with unique functionalities that derive from precisely-defined structures within this length scale regime...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534179/spines-vs-microspines-an-overview-of-the-sculpture-exine-in-selected-basal-and-derived-asteraceae-with-focus-on-asteroideae
#18
María C Tellería
This study presents a detailed examination of the echinate and microechinate sculpturing in relation to the size of pollen grains in 31 selected species of Asteraceae belonging to the subfamilies Barnadesioideae, Mutisioideae, Carduoideae and Asteroideae. The aims were to recognize sculpturing patterns, under LM and SEM, within large and small pollen of both basal and derived species and to explore the features that could have taxonomic value to apply in palynological disciplines. The detailed examination of the exine surface showed both the relevance and limits of sculptural patterns for taxonomy...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533959/preservation-media-durations-and-cell-concentrations-of-short-term-storage-affect-key-features-of-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-therapeutic-application
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Fengli Zhang, Huaijuan Ren, Xiaohu Shao, Chao Zhuang, Yantian Chen, Nianmin Qi
BACKGROUND: Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) have shown great potential in the treatment of various diseases. However, the optimum short-term storage condition of ADSCs in 2∼8 °C is rarely reported. This study aimed at optimizing a short-term storage condition to ensure the viability and function of ADSCs before transplantation. METHODS: Preservation media and durations of storage were evaluated by cell viability, apoptosis, adhesion ability and colony-forming unit (CFU) capacity of ADSCs...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533745/characterization-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-human-serotonergic-neurons
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Lining Cao, Rui Hu, Ting Xu, Zhen-Ning Zhang, Weida Li, Jianfeng Lu
In the brain, the serotonergic neurons located in the raphe nucleus are the unique resource of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which plays a pivotal role in the regulation of brain development and functions. Dysfunction of the serotonin system is present in many psychiatric disorders. Lack of in vitro functional human model limits the understanding of human central serotonergic system and its related diseases and clinical applications. Previously, we have developed a method generating human serotonergic neurons from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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