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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325008/feasibility-of-an-ultra-low-power-digital-signal-processor-platform-as-a-basis-for-a-fully-implantable-brain-computer-interface-system
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Po T Wang, Keulanna Gandasetiawan, Colin M McCrimmon, Alireza Karimi-Bidhendi, Charles Y Liu, Payam Heydari, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
A fully implantable brain-computer interface (BCI) can be a practical tool to restore independence to those affected by spinal cord injury. We envision that such a BCI system will invasively acquire brain signals (e.g. electrocorticogram) and translate them into control commands for external prostheses. The feasibility of such a system was tested by implementing its benchtop analogue, centered around a commercial, ultra-low power (ULP) digital signal processor (DSP, TMS320C5517, Texas Instruments). A suite of signal processing and BCI algorithms, including (de)multiplexing, Fast Fourier Transform, power spectral density, principal component analysis, linear discriminant analysis, Bayes rule, and finite state machine was implemented and tested in the DSP...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324693/cortical-complexity-in-bipolar-disorder-applying-a-spherical-harmonics-approach
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Igor Nenadic, Rachel A Yotter, Maren Dietzek, Kerstin Langbein, Heinrich Sauer, Christian Gaser
Recent studies using surface-based morphometry of structural magnetic resonance imaging data have suggested that some changes in bipolar disorder (BP) might be neurodevelopmental in origin. We applied a novel analysis of cortical complexity based on fractal dimensions in high-resolution structural MRI scans of 18 bipolar disorder patients and 26 healthy controls. Our region-of-interest based analysis revealed increases in fractal dimensions (in patients relative to controls) in left lateral orbitofrontal cortex and right precuneus, and decreases in right caudal middle frontal, entorhinal cortex, and right pars orbitalis, and left fusiform and posterior cingulate cortices...
February 21, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324103/harmonized-reference-ranges-for-circulating-testosterone-levels-in-men-of-four-cohort-studies-in-the-usa-and-europe
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Thomas G Travison, Hubert W Vesper, Eric Orwoll, Frederick Wu, Jean Marc Kaufman, Ying Wang, Bruno Lapauw, Tom Fiers, Alvin M Matsumoto, Shalender Bhasin
Background: Reference ranges for testosterone are essential for making a diagnosis of hypogonadism in men. Objective: To establish harmonized reference ranges for total testosterone in men that can be applied across laboratories by cross-calibrating cohort-specific assays to a reference method and standard. Population: 9054 community-dwelling men in cohort studies in the United States and Europe: Framingham Heart Study; European Male Aging Study; Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study; Male Sibling Study of Osteoporosis...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323832/age-related-cognitive-decline-and-associations-with-sex-education-and-apolipoprotein-e-genotype-across-ethnocultural-groups-and-geographic-regions-a-collaborative-cohort-study
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Darren M Lipnicki, John D Crawford, Rajib Dutta, Anbupalam Thalamuthu, Nicole A Kochan, Gavin Andrews, M Fernanda Lima-Costa, Erico Castro-Costa, Carol Brayne, Fiona E Matthews, Blossom C M Stephan, Richard B Lipton, Mindy J Katz, Karen Ritchie, Jacqueline Scali, Marie-Laure Ancelin, Nikolaos Scarmeas, Mary Yannakoulia, Efthimios Dardiotis, Linda C W Lam, Candy H Y Wong, Ada W T Fung, Antonio Guaita, Roberta Vaccaro, Annalisa Davin, Ki Woong Kim, Ji Won Han, Tae Hui Kim, Kaarin J Anstey, Nicolas Cherbuin, Peter Butterworth, Marcia Scazufca, Shuzo Kumagai, Sanmei Chen, Kenji Narazaki, Tze Pin Ng, Qi Gao, Simone Reppermund, Henry Brodaty, Antonio Lobo, Raúl Lopez-Anton, Javier Santabárbara, Perminder S Sachdev
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of dementia varies around the world, potentially contributed to by international differences in rates of age-related cognitive decline. Our primary goal was to investigate how rates of age-related decline in cognitive test performance varied among international cohort studies of cognitive aging. We also determined the extent to which sex, educational attainment, and apolipoprotein E ε4 allele (APOE*4) carrier status were associated with decline. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We harmonized longitudinal data for 14 cohorts from 12 countries (Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States), for a total of 42,170 individuals aged 54-105 y (42% male), including 3...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323638/fast-lesion-mapping-during-hifu-treatment-using-harmonic-motion-imaging-guided-focused-ultrasound-hmigfus-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yang Han, Shutao Wang, Thomas Payen, Elisa Konofagou
The successful clinical application of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation depends on reliable monitoring of the lesion formation. Harmonic motion imaging guided focused ultrasound (HMIgFUS) is an ultrasound-based elasticity imaging technique, which monitors HIFU ablation based on the stiffness change of the tissue instead of the echo intensity change in conventional B-mode monitoring, rendering it potentially more sensitive to lesion development. Our group has shown that predicting the lesion location based on the radiation force-excited region is feasible during HMIgFUS...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323420/synthesis-and-characterization-of-the-high-pressure-nickel-borate-%C3%AE-nib4o7
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Martin K Schmitt, Oliver Janka, Oliver Niehaus, Thomas Dresselhaus, Rainer Pöttgen, Florian Pielnhofer, Richard Weihrich, Maria Krzhizhanovskaya, Stanislav Filatov, Rimma Bubnova, Lkhamsuren Bayarjargal, Björn Winkler, Robert Glaum, Hubert Huppertz
γ-NiB4O7 was synthesized in a high-pressure/high-temperature experiment at 5 GPa and 900 °C. The single-crystal structure analysis yielded the following results: space group P6522 (No. 179), a = 425.6(2), c = 3490.5(2) pm, V = 0.5475(2) nm(3), Z = 6, and Flack parameter x = -0.010(5). Second harmonic generation measurements confirmed the acentric crystal structure. Furthermore, γ-NiB4O7 was characterized via vibrational as well as single-crystal electronic absorption spectroscopy, magnetic measurements, high-temperature X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetry...
March 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319252/physiologic-reduction-of-hepatic-venous-blood-flow-by-the-valsalva-maneuver-decreases-liver-stiffness
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Selcan Ipek-Ugay, Heiko Tzschätzsch, Jürgen Braun, Thomas Fischer, Ingolf Sack
OBJECTIVES: Liver stiffness increases after intake of food or water, suggesting that hepatic venous blood flow affects the results of elastographic measurements. This study investigated the correlation between in vivo liver stiffness and hepatic blood flow using the Valsalva maneuver for reducing intrahepatic venous blood flow. METHODS: Intrahepatic changes in venous blood flow were assessed by sonography based on the pulsed wave Doppler velocity, vessel diameter assessment, and blood flow volume measurements in the portal vein and right hepatic vein...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318967/pitch-strength-as-an-outcome-measure-for-treatment-of-dysphonia
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Lisa M Kopf, Cristina Jackson-Menaldi, Adam D Rubin, Jean Skeffington, Eric J Hunter, Mark D Skowronski, Rahul Shrivastav
BACKGROUND: Measurement of treatment outcomes is critical for the spectrum of voice treatments (ie, surgical, behavioral, or pharmacological). Outcome measures typically include visual (eg, stroboscopic data), auditory (eg, Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice; Grade, Roughness, Breathiness, Asthenia, Strain), and objective correlates of vocal fold vibratory characteristics, such as acoustic signals (eg, harmonics-to-noise ratio, cepstral peak prominence) or patient self-reported questionnaires (eg, Voice Handicap Index, Voice-Related Quality of Life)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318004/the-conflicting-role-of-buckled-structure-in-phonon-transport-of-2d-group-iv-and-group-v-materials
#9
Bo Peng, Dequan Zhang, Hao Zhang, Hezhu Shao, Gang Ni, Yongyuan Zhu, Heyuan Zhu
Controlling heat transport through material design is one important step toward thermal management in 2D materials. To control heat transport, a comprehensive understanding of how structure influences heat transport is required. It has been argued that a buckled structure is able to suppress heat transport by increasing the flexural phonon scattering. Using a first principles approach, we calculate the lattice thermal conductivity of 2D mono-elemental materials with a buckled structure. Somewhat counterintuitively, we find that although 2D group-V materials have a larger mass and higher buckling height than their group-IV counterparts, the calculated κ of blue phosphorene (106...
March 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317974/a-second-order-nonlinear-optical-material-with-a-5-fold-interpenetrating-diamondoid-framework-based-on-two-achiral-precursors-spontaneous-resolution-to-absolute-chiral-induction
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Zhenzhen Shi, Ling Qin, Hegen Zheng
A pair of new enantiomeric Zn(ii) complexes with 5-fold interpenetrating diamondoid frameworks have been synthesized using two achiral tritopic and V-shaped ligands through spontaneous resolution, which crystallize in orthorhombic crystal systems with chiral P212121 space groups, showing a strong second harmonic generation response. In the presence of enantiopure propane-1,2-diol as a chiral inducing agent, they are driven to controllable homochiral crystallization of the desired enantiomorph, confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction and circular dichroism spectroscopy...
March 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317938/on-the-determination-of-%C3%AF-2-in-thin-films-a-comparison-of-one-beam-second-harmonic-generation-measurement-methodologies
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Artur Hermans, Clemens Kieninger, Kalle Koskinen, Andreas Wickberg, Eduardo Solano, Jolien Dendooven, Martti Kauranen, Stéphane Clemmen, Martin Wegener, Christian Koos, Roel Baets
The determination of the second-order susceptibility (χ((2))) of thin film samples can be a delicate matter since well-established χ((2)) measurement methodologies such as the Maker fringe technique are best suited for nonlinear materials with large thicknesses typically ranging from tens of microns to several millimeters. Here we compare two different second-harmonic generation setups and the corresponding measurement methodologies that are especially advantageous for thin film χ((2)) characterization. This exercise allows for cross-checking the χ((2)) obtained for identical samples and identifying the main sources of error for the respective techniques...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317838/tuning-the-multiferroic-mechanisms-of-tbmno3-by-epitaxial-strain
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Kenta Shimamoto, Saumya Mukherjee, Sebastian Manz, Jonathan S White, Morgan Trassin, Michel Kenzelmann, Laurent Chapon, Thomas Lippert, Manfred Fiebig, Christof W Schneider, Christof Niedermayer
A current challenge in the field of magnetoelectric multiferroics is to identify systems that allow a controlled tuning of states displaying distinct magnetoelectric responses. Here we show that the multiferroic ground state of the archetypal multiferroic TbMnO3 is dramatically modified by epitaxial strain. Neutron diffraction reveals that in highly strained films the magnetic order changes from the bulk-like incommensurate bc-cycloidal structure to commensurate magnetic order. Concomitant with the modification of the magnetic ground state, optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) and electric measurements show an enormous increase of the ferroelectric polarization, and a change in its direction from along the c- to the a-axis...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317072/sonographic-classification-of-testicular-tumors-by-tissue-harmonic-imaging-experience-of-58-cases
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Atsuo Kawamoto, Tadashi Hatano, Kazuhiro Saito, Rie Inoue, Toshitaka Nagao, Shigeru Sanada
PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between our proposed sonographic classification of testicular tumors by tissue harmonic imaging and histological type. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 58 testicular tumors and tumor-like lesions [seminomatous germ cell tumor (SGCT): 28; non-seminomatous germ cell tumor (NSGCT): 16; lymphoid and hematopoietic tumor (LHT): 7; Leydig cell tumor: 1; epidermal cyst: 2; and tumor of paratesticular structure (TPS): 4]. We divided a sonographic image into six types for morphological criteria and three types for color Doppler criteria...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316025/harmonization-of-forest-disturbance-datasets-of-the-conterminous-usa-from-1986-to-2011
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Christopher E Soulard, William Acevedo, Warren B Cohen, Zhiqiang Yang, Stephen V Stehman, Janis L Taylor
Several spatial forest disturbance datasets exist for the conterminous USA. The major problem with forest disturbance mapping is that variability between map products leads to uncertainty regarding the actual rate of disturbance. In this article, harmonized maps were produced from multiple data sources (i.e., Global Forest Change, LANDFIRE Vegetation Disturbance, National Land Cover Database, Vegetation Change Tracker, and Web-Enabled Landsat Data). The harmonization process involved fitting common class ontologies and determining spatial congruency to produce forest disturbance maps for four time intervals (1986-1992, 1992-2001, 2001-2006, and 2006-2011)...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314823/body-size-indicators-and-risk-of-gallbladder-cancer-pooled-analysis-of-individual-level-data-from-19-prospective-cohort-studies
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Peter T Campbell, Christina C Newton, Cari M Kitahara, Alpa V Patel, Patricia Hartge, Jill Koshiol, Katherine A McGlynn, Hans-Olov Adami, Amy Berrington de González, Laura E Beane Freeman, Leslie Bernstein, Julie E Buring, Neal D Freedman, Yu-Tang Gao, Graham G Giles, Marc J Gunter, Mazda Jenab, Linda M Liao, Roger L Milne, Kim Robien, Dale P Sandler, Catherine Schairer, Howard D Sesso, Xiao-Ou Shu, Elisabete Weiderpass, Alicja Wolk, Yong-Bing Xiang, Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Wei Zheng, Susan M Gapstur
Background: There are few established risk factors for gallbladder cancer beyond gallstones. Recent studies suggest a higher risk with high body mass index (BMI), an indicator of general heaviness, but evidence from other body size measures is lacking.Methods: Associations of adult BMI, young adult BMI, height, adult weight gain, waist circumference (WC), waist-height ratio (WHtR), hip circumference (HC), and waist-hip ratio (WHR) with gallbladder cancer risk were evaluated. Individual-level data from 1,878,801 participants in 19 prospective cohort studies (14 studies had circumference measures) were harmonized and included in this analysis...
March 17, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314372/exploring-fluorescent-dyes-at-biomimetic-interfaces-with-second-harmonic-generation-and-molecular-dynamics
#16
Giuseppe Licari, Lukasz Cwiklik, Pavel Jungwirth, Eric Vauthey
The adsorption of a DNA fluorescent probe belonging to the thiazole orange family at the dodecane/water and dodecane/phospholipid/water interfaces has been investigated using a combination of surface-second harmonic generation (SSHG) and all-atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Both approaches point to a high affinity of the cationic dye for the dodecane/water interface with a Gibbs free energy of adsorption of the order of -45 kJ/mol. Similar affinity was observed with a monolayer of negatively charged DPPG (1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-rac-(1-glycerol)) lipids...
March 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306697/updates-to-the-common-rule-harmonizing-the-protection-of-human-subjects-with-research-in-a-new-era
#17
Edelle Edee Field-Fote
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April 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306317/angular-momentum-of-twisted-radiation-from-an-electron-in-spiral-motion
#18
M Katoh, M Fujimoto, H Kawaguchi, K Tsuchiya, K Ohmi, T Kaneyasu, Y Taira, M Hosaka, A Mochihashi, Y Takashima
We theoretically demonstrate for the first time that a single free electron in circular or spiral motion emits twisted photons carrying well-defined orbital angular momentum along the axis of the electron circulation, in adding to spin angular momentum. We show that, when the electron velocity is relativistic, the radiation field contains harmonic components and the photons of lth harmonic carry lℏ total angular momentum for each. This work indicates that twisted photons are naturally emitted by free electrons and are more ubiquitous in laboratories and in nature than ever thought...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306202/ultra-performance-convergence-chromatography-for-the-quantitative-determination-of-bioactive-compounds-in-aralia-continentalis-kitagawa-as-quality-control-markers
#19
Hyo Seon Kim, Byeong Cheol Moon, Goya Choi, Wook Jin Kim, A Yeong Lee
A rapid ultra-performance convergence chromatography method was developed for the quantitative determination of bioactive compounds in Aralia continentalis as quality control markers. Quantitative analysis indicated the presence of two major bioactive compounds: diterpenoid acids continentalic acid and kaurenoic acid. Using a Torus 1-Aminoanthracene column, continentalic acid and kaurenoic acid were separated in less than 8 min. The method was validated with respect to precision, accuracy, and linearity according to the International Conference on Harmonization guidelines...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304040/intermolecular-anharmonicity-in-molecular-crystals-interplay-between-experimental-low-frequency-dynamics-and-quantum-quasi-harmonic-simulations-of-solid-purine
#20
Michael T Ruggiero, J Axel Zeitler, Alessandro Erba
The intermolecular anharmonic potential of crystalline purine is probed by means of temperature-dependent terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, low-frequency Raman scattering, X-ray diffraction, and ab initio quasi-harmonic quantum-chemical simulations. As temperature increases, anharmonicity in the intermolecular interactions results in strongly anisotropic thermal expansion - with a negative thermal expansion along the b crystallographic axis - yielding corresponding bulk structural modifications. The observed thermally-induced shifts of most vibrational bands in the terahertz region of the spectra are shown to arise from volume-dependent thermal changes of the hydrogen-bond pattern along the a and b crystallographic axes...
March 17, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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