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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910697/sensitivity-of-magnetic-field-line-pitch-angle-measurements-to-sawtooth-events-in-tokamaks
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J Ko
The sensitivity of the pitch angle profiles measured by the motional Stark effect (MSE) diagnostic to the evolution of the safety factor, q, profiles during the tokamak sawtooth events has been investigated for Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR). An analytic relation between the tokamak pitch angle, γ, and q estimates that Δγ ∼ 0.1° is required for detecting Δq ∼ 0.05 near the magnetic axis (not at the magnetic axis, though). The pitch angle becomes less sensitive to the same Δq for the middle and outer regions of the plasma (Δγ ∼ 0...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910620/a-novel-technique-for-real-time-estimation-of-edge-pedestal-density-gradients-via-reflectometer-time-delay-data
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L Zeng, E J Doyle, T L Rhodes, G Wang, C Sung, W A Peebles, M Bobrek
A new model-based technique for fast estimation of the pedestal electron density gradient has been developed. The technique uses ordinary mode polarization profile reflectometer time delay data and does not require direct profile inversion. Because of its simple data processing, the technique can be readily implemented via a Field-Programmable Gate Array, so as to provide a real-time density gradient estimate, suitable for use in plasma control systems such as envisioned for ITER, and possibly for DIII-D and Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910162/effects-of-sample-size-and-distributional-assumptions-on-competing-models-of-the-factor-structure-of-the-panss-and-bprs
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Stephen J Tueller, Kiersten L Johnson, Kevin J Grimm, Sarah L Desmarais, Brian G Sellers, Richard A Van Dorn
Factor analytic work on the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) and Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) has yielded varied and conflicting results. The current study explored potential causes of these discrepancies. Prior research has been limited by small sample sizes and an incorrect assumption that the items are normally distributed when in practice responses are highly skewed ordinal variables. Using simulation methodology, we examined the effects of sample size, (in)correctly specifying item distributions, collapsing rarely endorsed response categories, and four factor analytic models...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910112/analytical-gradients-for-subsystem-density-functional-theory-within-the-slater-function-based-amsterdam-density-functional-program
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Danny Schlüns, Mirko Franchini, Andreas W Götz, Johannes Neugebauer, Christoph R Jacob, Lucas Visscher
We present a new implementation of analytical gradients for subsystem density-functional theory (sDFT) and frozen-density embedding (FDE) into the Amsterdam Density Functional program (ADF). The underlying theory and necessary expressions for the implementation are derived and discussed in detail for various FDE and sDFT setups. The parallel implementation is numerically verified and geometry optimizations with different functional combinations (LDA/TF and PW91/PW91K) are conducted and compared to reference data...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909927/fungal-biomass-as-biosorbent-for-the-removal-of-acid-blue-161-dye-in-aqueous-solution
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Mayerly Johana Puchana-Rosero, Eder C Lima, Santiago Ortiz-Monsalve, Bianca Mella, Dimitrius da Costa, Eduardo Poll, Mariliz Gutterres
Physical and thermal treatment was used to inactivate Trametes sp. SC-10 fungus. The resulting biomass was named BTV, characterized by analytical techniques such as SEM, EDX, FTIR, BET, and Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH) model. pH, kinetic, and equilibrium adsorption studies with the Acid Blue 161 (AB-161) dye were investigated at 303.15 K. The kinetics of the biosorption process were examined at 600.00 and 1300 mg L(-1), using pseudo-first-order, pseudo-second-order, and Avrami fractional-order models. The maximum biosorption capacity of BTV for AB-161 dye was 221...
December 2, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908923/aerobic-exercise-and-cancer-related-fatigue-in-adults-a-re-examination-using-the-ivhet-model-for-meta-analysis
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George A Kelley, Kristi S Kelley
BACKGROUND: While the results of a recent meta-analysis using the traditional random-effects model yielded a statistically significant standardized mean difference (SMD) reduction in cancer-related fatigue (CRF) as a result of aerobic exercise, a recently developed inverse heterogeneity (IVhet) model has been shown to be more valid than the traditional random-effects model. The purpose of this study was to compare these previous meta-analytic results using the IVhet model. METHODS: Using data from a previous meta-analysis that included 36 SMD effect sizes (ES's) representing 2,830 adults (1,426 exercise, 1,404 control), results were pooled using the IVhet model...
December 1, 2016: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908259/a-novel-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-estimation-of-bilirubin-glucuronides-and-its-application-to-in-vitro-enzyme-assays
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Siva Prasad Putluru, Murali Krishna Matta, Deepak Ahire, Murali Subramanian, Michael Sinz, Sandhya Mandlekar
Bilirubin is a toxic waste product of metabolism, eliminated mainly through UGT1A1 mediated conjugation to mono- and di-glucuronides. Due to the potentially low Km value of bilirubin glucuronidation, the quantitative sensitivity obtained with most UV/visible light detection methods are not sufficient to accurately calculate UGT1A1 enzyme kinetics and inhibition properties of new chemical entities at low bilirubin concentrations. In addition, bilirubin, as well as its metabolites, are unstable during sample preparation and bioanalysis...
November 24, 2016: Drug Metabolism Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908151/technical-note-a-direct-ray-tracing-method-to-compute-integral-depth-dose-in-pencil-beam-proton-radiography-with-a-multilayer-ionization-chamber
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Paolo Farace, Roberto Righetto, Sylvain Deffet, Arturs Meijers, Francois Vander Stappen
PURPOSE: To introduce a fast ray-tracing algorithm in pencil proton radiography (PR) with a multilayer ionization chamber (MLIC) for in vivo range error mapping. METHODS: Pencil beam PR was obtained by delivering spots uniformly positioned in a square (45 × 45 mm(2) field-of-view) of 9 × 9 spots capable of crossing the phantoms (210 MeV). The exit beam was collected by a MLIC to sample the integral depth dose (IDDMLIC). PRs of an electron-density and of a head phantom were acquired by moving the couch to obtain multiple 45 × 45 mm(2) frames...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908091/higher-order-acoustoelastic-lamb-wave-propagation-in-stressed-plates
#9
Ning Pei, Leonard J Bond
Modeling and experiments are used to investigate Lamb wave propagation in the direction perpendicular to an applied stress. Sensitivity, in terms of changes in velocity, for both symmetrical and anti-symmetrical modes was determined. Codes were developed based on analytical expressions for waves in loaded plates and they were used to give wave dispersion curves. The experimental system used a pair of compression wave transducers on variable angle wedges, with set separation, and variable frequency tone burst excitation, on an aluminum plate 0...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908037/the-structure-of-hindi-stop-consonants
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Kushagra Singh, Nachiketa Tiwari
The pronunciation of stop consonants varies markedly with age, gender, accent, etc. Yet by extracting appropriate cues common to these varying pronunciations, it is possible to correctly identify the spoken consonant. In this paper, the structure underlying Hindi stop consonants is presented. This understanding may potentially be used as a "recipe" for their artificial synthesis. Hindi alphabet stops were analyzed for this purpose. This alphabet has an organized and comprehensive inventory of stop consonants, and its consonants invariably terminate with the neutral vowel schwa...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908022/sampled-data-based-consensus-and-containment-control-of-multiple-harmonic-oscillators-a-motion-planning-approach
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Yongfang Liu, Yu Zhao, Guanrong Chen
This paper studies the distributed consensus and containment problems for a group of harmonic oscillators with a directed communication topology. First, for consensus without a leader, a class of distributed consensus protocols is designed by using motion planning and Pontryagin's principle. The proposed protocol only requires relative information measurements at the sampling instants, without requiring information exchange over the sampled interval. By using stability theory and the properties of stochastic matrices, it is proved that the distributed consensus problem can be solved in the motion planning framework...
November 2016: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907897/cost-effectiveness-of-embryo-transfer-strategies-a-decision-analytic-model-using-long-term-costs-and-consequences-of-singletons-and-multiples-born-as-a-consequence-of-ivf
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M M J van Heesch, A D I van Asselt, J L H Evers, M A H B M van der Hoeven, J C M Dumoulin, C E M van Beijsterveldt, G J Bonsel, R H M Dykgraaf, J B van Goudoever, C Koopman-Esseboom, W L D M Nelen, K Steiner, P Tamminga, N Tonch, H L Torrance, C D Dirksen
STUDY QUESTION: What is the cost-effectiveness of elective single embryo transfer (eSET) versus double embryo transfer (DET) strategies from a societal perspective, when applying a time horizon of 1, 5 and 18 years? SUMMARY ANSWER: From a short-term perspective (1 year) it is cost-effective to replace DET with single embryo transfer; however when intermediate- (5 years) and long-term (18 years) costs and consequences are incorporated, DET becomes the most cost-effective strategy, given a ceiling ratio of €20 000 per quality-adjusted life years (QALY) gained...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907861/in-situ-time-lapse-study-of-extracellular-polymeric-substance-discharge-in-streptococcus-mutans-biofilm
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Bernard Haochih Liu, Li-Chieh Yu
Streptococcus mutans is one of the main pathogens that cause tooth decay. By metabolizing carbohydrates, S. mutans emits extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) that adheres to the tooth surface and forms layers of biofilm. Periodontal disease occurs due to the low pH environment created by S. mutans biofilm, and such an acidic environment gradually erodes tooth enamel. Since the existence of EPS is essential in the formation of biofilm, the in-situ investigation of its generation and distribution in real time is the key to the control and suppression of S...
November 24, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906604/statistical-considerations-regarding-to-correlated-lots-in-analytical-biosimilar-equivalence-test
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Meiyu Shen, Tianhua Wang, Yi Tsong
In the evaluation of the analytical similarity data, an equivalence testing approach for most critical and quantitative quality attributes, that are assigned to Tier 1 in their proposed three-tier approach, was proposed (Tsong, Dong, and Shen, 2016). Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended the proposed equivalence testing approach to sponsors through meeting comments for Pre-Investigational New Drug Applications (PINDs) and Investigational New Drug Applications (INDs) since 2014. FDA has received some feedbacks on statistical issues of potentially correlated reference lot values subjected to the equivalence testing since independent and identical observations (lot values) from the proposed biosimilar product and the reference product are assumed...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906513/smartphone-based-portable-wireless-optical-system-for-the-detection-of-target-analytes
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Shreedhar Gautam, Bhagwan S Batule, Hyo Yong Kim, Ki Soo Park, Hyun Gyu Park
Rapid and accurate on-site wireless measurement of hazardous molecules or biomarkers is one of the biggest challenges in nanobiotechnology. We herein describe a novel smartphone-based Portable and Wireless Optical System (PAWS) for rapid, quantitative, and on-site analysis of target analytes. As a proof-of-concept, we employed gold nanoparticles (GNP) and an enzyme, horse radish peroxidase (HRP), to generate colorimetric signals in response to two model target molecules, melamine and hydrogen peroxide, respectively...
December 1, 2016: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906380/efficient-texture-mapping-by-adaptive-mesh-division-in-mesh-based-computer-generated-hologram
#16
Yeong-Min Ji, Hanju- Yeom, Jae-Hyeung Park
We propose a method that achieves efficient texture mapping in fully-analytic computer generated holograms based on triangular meshes. In computer graphics, the texture mapping is commonly used to represent the details of objects without increasing the number of the triangular meshes. In fully-analytic triangular-mesh-based computer generated holograms, however, those methods cannot be directly applied because each mesh cannot have arbitrary amplitude distribution inside the triangular mesh area in order to keep the analytic representation...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906261/impact-of-nonstationary-optical-illumination-on-image-reconstruction-in-optoacoustic-tomography
#17
Yang Lou, Kun Wang, Alexander A Oraevsky, Mark A Anastasio
Optoacoustic tomography (OAT), also known as photoacoustic tomography, is a rapidly emerging hybrid imaging technique that possesses great potential for a wide range of biomedical imaging applications. In OAT, a laser is employed to illuminate the tissue of interest and acoustic signals are produced via the photoacoustic effect. From these data, an estimate of the distribution of the absorbed optical energy density within the tissue is reconstructed, referred to as the object function. This quantity is defined, in part, by the distribution of light fluence within the tissue that is established by the laser source...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905983/current-tobacco-use-and-its-associated-factors-among-adults-in-a-country-with-comprehensive-ban-on-tobacco-findings-from-the-nationally-representative-steps-survey-bhutan-2014
#18
Mongal Singh Gurung, Dorji Pelzom, Tandin Dorji, Wangchuk Drukpa, Chador Wangdi, Palanivel Chinnakali, Sonu Goel
BACKGROUND: Despite a comprehensive ban on cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of tobacco products since 2004, two nationwide surveys conducted in 2012 and 2013 reported high tobacco use in Bhutan. National Health Survey 2012 reported that 4 % of the population aged 15-75 years used smoked tobacco and about 48 % used smokeless tobacco. Similarly, Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) of Bhutan reported tobacco use prevalence of 30.3 % in 2013. However, factors associated with this high tobacco use were not systematically studied...
August 8, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905937/impact-of-tailored-blogs-and-content-on-usage-of-web-cipher-an-online-platform-to-help-policymakers-better-engage-with-evidence-from-research
#19
Steve R Makkar, Megan Howe, Anna Williamson, Frances Gilham
BACKGROUND: There is a need to develop innovations that can help bridge the gap between research and policy. Web CIPHER is an online tool designed to help policymakers better engage with research in order to increase its use in health policymaking. The aim of the present study was to test interventions in order to increase policymakers' usage of Web CIPHER. Namely, the impact of posting articles and blogs on topics relevant to the missions and scope of selected policy agencies in the Web CIPHER community...
December 1, 2016: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905897/cost-and-cost-effectiveness-of-tuberculosis-treatment-shortening-a-model-based-analysis
#20
G B Gomez, D W Dowdy, M L Bastos, A Zwerling, S Sweeney, N Foster, A Trajman, M A Islam, S Kapiga, E Sinanovic, G M Knight, R G White, W A Wells, F G Cobelens, A Vassall
BACKGROUND: Despite improvements in treatment success rates for tuberculosis (TB), current six-month regimen duration remains a challenge for many National TB Programmes, health systems, and patients. There is increasing investment in the development of shortened regimens with a number of candidates in phase 3 trials. METHODS: We developed an individual-based decision analytic model to assess the cost-effectiveness of a hypothetical four-month regimen for first-line treatment of TB, assuming non-inferiority to current regimens of six-month duration...
December 1, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
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